Entries for February, 2007

CDC vaccine chairman opposes HPV vaccine mandate

From today’s

Mandate male circumcision?

A Feb. 23 article in the

Blogging on IL pro-life issues

I blogged a few times yesterday on the IllinoisReview.com blog re: human embryo/cloning experimentation legislation working its way through the IL legislature…. On bill crafters changing their definition of cloning… “maker” would do On the mainstream media’s help suggestion that the state abandon its legal fight against Choose Life license plates and instead scrap all […]

Movie: Amazing Grace; travel

I will be traveling today and tomorrow and likely not able to post. (Am speaking at a banquet for the here. Go to the official website

Lust at Tufts

From Tufts University’s (MA) campus newspaper, Feb. 15: Visitors to the Mayer Campus Center on Valentine’s Day opened the door to discover phallic balloons, condom roses and a “vulva wishing tree,” which were decorations for the “Sex Fair,” hosted by VOX: Voices for Choice. “The goal of the Sex Fair is to create a dialogue […]

NYC’s ruptured condom campaign

I alluded in my Gothamist’s site. This is related to the HPV vaccine fak in that its proponents want to educate about the vaccine, not the sexually destructive behavior that leads to the need for a vaccine. NYC stats are shocking. According to the here the “prevention” techniques Dr. Thomas Frieden, Commissioner of the NYC […]

Human eggs for sale

As liberal legislators across the country promote taxpayer funded embryonic stem cell/cloning experimentation, a main argument is there are leftover embryos in in vitro fertilization clinics they can see put to good use that would otherwise be discarded. We have always maintained the number of embryos available for experimentation is minute, and women will soon […]

New Stanek WND column, “Why not mandate condoms for boys?”

It doesn’t seem fair that legislators are focusing solely on adolescent girls to try to slow the spread the sexually transmitted disease human papillomavirus…. Lawmakers around the country are introducing legislation faster than sperm swims mandating that 11- and 12-year-old girls be injected with the three-dose HPV vaccination regimen (well, maybe six, or more, since […]

Merck admits influencing legislators thru WiG and cash

The New York Times, this morning….

Merck suspends mandatory HPV vaccine campaign

Read story on page 2: Merck suspends campaign to make Gardasil vaccination mandatory, Wall Street Journal, 4:52 p.m. EST [Hat tip: Merck stops campaign to mandate gardasil vaccine use (update 3), Bloomberg, 5:27 EST [Hat tip:

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hyde-anniversary-2013-final_smallby Kelli

Abortions are expensive. A first trimester abortion costs an average of $470. A second trimester abortion at 20 weeks costs an average of $1,500.

So what do you do if you can’t afford an abortion and you definitely can’t afford a baby?

If you happen to be one of the 12 million women who depend on Medicaid and other federal insurance programs, you are pretty screwed, thanks to the Hyde Amendment….

In the name of abortion rights, human rights and reproductive justice, it is time to repeal Hyde. Reproductive rights activists often focus on abortion’s legality and physical accessibility — where women can receive abortion care and how far along into a pregnancy the procedure is legal; but the fight for safe and legal abortion means nothing if it isn’t accessible to everyone.

I shouldn’t have to mention that providing coverage for abortion care leads to better economic outcomes for both the women who have abortions and for the institutions that would otherwise have to provide childcare service.

But, for some readers and most politicians, these nuances are what matter most for their public support of repealing Hyde. Sadly, the value of a woman’s life, autonomy and dignity aren’t always enough to influence policy. Often in a political context we see financial outcomes superseding socially just policy. Hyde is neither a socially just policy nor an economically sound one.

I currently have $342 in my savings account. If I didn’t admit that having less than $470 makes me nervous, I would be lying.

Like I said, abortions are expensive. But so is the cost of injustice.

So, happy anniversary, Hyde. Here’s to another year of classism, sexism, and broad-based discrimination lovingly provided by the United States government.

*This article refers to abortion care patients solely as women, but not all people who have abortions identify as women.

~ Carly Manes, discussing why she believes every woman deserves to have a “free” abortion, The Michigan Daily, September 29

[Graphic via NARAL Pro-Choice America]

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