Tag Archives: reproductive rights

Like I always say: Reproductive rights are not just about abortion

Published / by Kim / 3 Comments on Like I always say: Reproductive rights are not just about abortion

Republican lawmakers in Indiana are currently drafting legislation that would make it illegal for single women to become pregnant “by means other than sexual intercourse,” and would require married women to file for a “petition for parentage” in their local county probate court in order to use any form of ART. Under this legislation, “unauthorized reproduction” would become a class B misdemeanor. In addition, the law would subject married couples undergoing ART to same procedures that adoptive couples go through. I assume this means homestudies, criminal clearance, etc.

From Booman Tribune:

The change in Indiana law to require marriage as a condition for motherhood and criminalizing “unauthorized reproduction” was introduced at a summer meeting of the Indiana General Assembly’s Health Finance Commission on September 29 and a final version of the bill will come up for a vote at the next meeting at the end of this month.

Sen. Miller believes the requirement of marriage for parenting is for the benefit of the children that result from infertility treatments.

“We did want to address the issue of whether or not the law should allow single people to be parents. Studies have shown that a child raised by both parents – a mother and a father – do better. So, we do want to have laws that protect the children,” she explained.

When asked specifically if she believes marriage should be a requirement for motherhood, and if that is part of the bill’s intention, Sen. Miller responded, “Yes. Yes, I do.”

A draft of the legislation is available on the Health Finance Commission website.

If you live in Indiana and disagree with this proposed law, I strongly urge you to contact your state legislation to voice your opinion. Members of the Health Finance Commission can be contacted by telephone or email:

Sen. Patricia Miller (R) 232-9489 s32@…
Sen. Gregory Server (R) 232-9490 s50@…
Sen. Gary Dillon (R) 232-9808 s17@…
Sen. Beverly Gard (R) 232-9493 s28@…
Sen. Ryan Mishler (R) 233-0930 s9@…
Sen. Connie Lawson (R) 232-9984 s24@…
Sen. Marvin Riegsecker (R) 232-9488 s12@…
Sen. Billie Breaux (D) 232-9849 s34@…
Sen. Vi Simpson (D) 232-9849 s40@…
Sen. Connie Sipes (D) 232-9526 s46@…
Sen. Timothy Skinner (D) 232-9523 s38@…
Rep. Vaneta Becker (R) 232-9769 h78@…
Rep. Robert Behning (R) 232-9981 h91@…
Rep. Timothy Brown (R) 234-3825 h41@…
Rep. Mary Kay Budak(R) 232-9641 h20@…
Rep. David Frizzell (R) 232-9981 h93@…
Rep. Donald Lehe (R) 232-9648 h15@…
Rep. Richard Dodge (R) 232-9729 h51@…
Rep. Charlie Brown (D) 232-9676 h3@…
Rep. David Orentlicher (D) 232-9991 h86@…
Rep. Craig Fry (D) 232-9994 h5@…
Rep. Carolene Mays (D) 232-0243 h94@…
Rep. Scott Reske (D) 232-9695 h37@…

I know the email addies are wonky; there doesn’t seem to be a proper list of them yet. I’ll update when I find one.

Found via The Goddess.

Brilliant Move By Planned Parenthood

Published / by Kim / 1 Comment on Brilliant Move By Planned Parenthood

Fed up with picketers who harrass women entering the clinic and abuse and threaten employees, Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania has come up with a brilliant idea: turn the picketers into pledge drive fodder.

Here’s how it works: You decide on the amount you would like to pledge for each protester (minimum 10 cents). When protesters show up on our sidewalks, Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania will count and record their number each day from October 1 through November 30, 2005. We will place a sign outside the health center that tracks pledges and makes protesters fully aware that their actions are benefiting PPSP. At the end of the two-month campaign, we will send you an update on protest activities and a pledge reminder.

Via BoingBoing.

I Have a Bad Feeling About This

Published / by Kim / 2 Comments on I Have a Bad Feeling About This

The stem cell research debate has threatened for some time to shine a light on assisted reproduction, and we’re now at that point. With the House approving a bill that “permits the government to pay for studies involving human embryos that are in frozen storage at fertility clinics, so long as couples conceiving the embryos certified that they had made a decision to discard them,” I fear this may pave the way for restrictions on IVF as the right-to-lifers start realizing that frozen embryos are often destroyed.

My New Love

Published / by Kim / 4 Comments on My New Love

I absolutely adore abortionclinicdays. Written by two female – at least, I assume they’re female from the names they use. I could be wrong – abortion providers, this blog shows the human face of the abortion issue. From their About page:

We are two abortion providers with a combined experience of more than 48 years. We love our work and are committed to offering the very best experience for women who turn to us for help. We want this space to be a safe place to talk freely about our work, our patients’ stories, and how we feel about the experience of abortion in this country. In the time-honored tradition of the web, we have chosen to be anonymous because we want to talk about the real stuff without censoring ourselves. This blog will contain both individual posts and dialogues between the two of us, and we may post some thoughts from other providers as guest bloggers from time to time. Mostly, we want to speak openly, honestly, and from the heart about what we know about abortion today.

My only complaint would be that they don’t post often enough! I want more, more, more.