Abortion was not just legal—it was a safe, condoned, and practiced procedure in colonial America and common enough to appear in the legal and medical records of the period. Official abortion laws did not appear on the books in the United States until 1821, and abortion before quickening did not become illegal until the 1860s. If a woman living in New England in the 17th or 18th centuries wanted an abortion, no legal, social, or religious force would have stopped her.
This was a really fascinating read. Until the early 19th century, abortion was legal until “quickening,” or when the pregnant person first felt the baby kick - anywhere from 14 to 26 weeks into the pregnancy. Society only began to condemn it when people decided white, middle- to upperclass women weren’t having enough children soon enough in their lives, and when male doctors started taking over traditionally female health care fields, like midwifery.
Yep, shockingly enough, it’s never, ever been about the life of the fetus - only about misogyny, racism, and classism (ableism, too, though the article doesn’t discuss it).
In a dismaying move, the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has proposed changes to the guidelines for family medicine residency programs removing the requirement that residents learn to provide contraception.
In one of the clinics where we work, a 16-year-old girl came in with a sprained ankle. She left with a prescription for birth control.
This turn of events is not as surprising as it seems: As family physicians, we treat the whole person. A quick update revealed that our 16-year-old patient had recently begun to have unprotected sex—and had no plan to get birth control. One of the reasons we love practicing family medicine is that we get to know our patients over time and provide the preventive care they need at every possible opportunity.
A majority of U.S. women get their basic health care from a family physician or other primary care provider, and often that includes reproductive health care. Especially in rural and low-income areas, family physicians do it all! They not only provide birth control but also provide prenatal care, deliver babies, manage miscarriages, counsel patients about unintended pregnancies, and, increasingly, offer pregnancy termination so that their patients do not have to travel long distances and see unfamiliar doctors for these services.
This is unbelievable and dangerous. 99% of women* have used birth control at some point - every family doctor should be trained to provide these services.
Organic Eden Foods’ quiet right-wing agenda - A crunchy, natural food company marketed to liberals sues to stop covering employees’ contraception. ‘Eden Foods’ says of birth control that “these procedures almost always involve immoral & unnatural practices.”
(Salon) -The slogan for Eden Foods, which describes itself as the “oldest natural and organic food company in North America,” is “creation and maintenance of purity in food.” Its CEO and founder, Michael Potter, has been prominent in debates over labeling of organic food and GMOs. But the company has been quietly seeking in court another form of purity — to Catholic doctrine about sex being solely for procreation. That goes not just for Potter, but for all 128 of his employees.
That is, Eden Foods — an organic food company with no shortage of liberal customers — has quietly pursued a decidedly right-wing agenda, suing the Obama administration for exemption from the mandate to cover contraception for its employees under the Affordable Care Act. In court filings, Eden Foods, represented by the conservative Thomas More Law Center, alleges that its rights have been violated under the First Amendment, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act.
As of April 1 women in France will have access to free abortions, while teenage girls will be able to get free and anonymous contraception.
The French state will now reimburse 100 percent of the cost of abortions, while girls aged between 15 and 18 have access to free and anonymous birth control.
The change comes as a law voted in late 2012 comes into force.
Until now, French women over 18 could only claim back up to 80 percent for the procedure, which can cost up to 450 euros.
The operations, of which there are around 12,000 a year, will now be fully state-subsidised.
The move to full reimbursement, which was one of French President François Hollande’s 2012 campaign promises and is part of the 2013 social security budget, is designed to improve women’s access to abortions.
And by coupling it with free contraception for younger girls and women, France hopes to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies, and thus the number of abortions.
Let’s begin by making a few things clear. Contraception artificially blocks the life-creating potential of the sexual act between a man and woman. There are many ways contraception can do this. Acondom blocks fertility by keeping the man’s sperm from entering the woman’s body. The pillchemically blocks fertility by keeping the woman’s body from ovulating. There are many forms ofchemicals (spermicides, implants such as the IUD) that either kill sperm or impede a woman’s natural fertility cycle. There is also vasectomy that unnaturally blocks tubes that are designed to carry sperm out of a man’s body.
I was on the Planned Parenthood website and I read that some types of birth control are less effective for women over 198 pounds. I weigh about 240 pounds and this kind of freaked me out - I’m not sexually active but I didn’t realize that my options might be limited because of my weight. Do you know anything about this/ what types of birth control this affects? Thanks!
This unfortunatly is not something I know too much about. I did a bit of research on the subject, and it seems that a major reason that this disclaimer is made is because people who were overweight or obese were not included in the clinical trials for these methods (1). I also turned up some of the actual studies that found that weight is a factor in the effectiveness of birth control (2). However, these studies point to issues with just a couple of methods- mainly oral contraceptives. It is also worth noting that even though these methods may be less effective in overweight people, they are still extremely effective in general (3).
Its easy to get freaked out about all of the noise about birth control and weight, but don’t panic! The best person to talk to is your medical provider. They will be able to recommend the method that will work best for your body and lifestyle.
Furious at “people who were overweight or obese were not included in the clinical trials for these methods (1). […] weight is a factor in the effectiveness of birth control”.
In the last two years I’ve started yoyoing (not really through any medical stuff or major lifestyle changes, just through aging, I guess—I’m 24)around the boundary line between the overweight BMI category, where I’ve been pretty comfortable since adolescence, and the obese BMI category, where I am less comfortable for various social reasons, and reading a lot more about fat acceptance, which I haven’t seen as part of the story of reproductive justice except in the sense that it needs to be mentioned again and again that fat people are indeed sexual. But this article kind of clicked for me—what this means for the intersection of fat and reproductive justice is that fat people who can get pregnant who are on the pill (for example: many 24-year-olds) might be more likely to have unintended pregnancies due to certain kinds of contraceptive failure.
This can mean that the process of finding an abortion provider who will help you with a termination, which can already be a very, very hard process in many red states, becomes a degree harder if you’re fat.
And, guess where in the country you’re more likely to be fat?
♥ Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials;
♥ Margaret Atwood (especially the Mad Adam series & The Handmaid's Tale);
♥ The Hunger Games;
♥ The X-Files;
♥ (Mostly) everything Joss Whedon; and
♥ Unicorns, narwhals, time travel & zombies (not necessarily in that order).
Also, I'd rather pretend that season 6 of Lost never happened, and that Alias ended with the 2003 Superbowl episode.