In a significant decision, the Punjab and Haryana High Court last week ruled that the right to abort a pregnancy in a marriage rests with the wife and not husband.
“A woman is not a machine in which raw material is put and a finished product comes out. She should be mentally prepared to conceive, continue the same and give birth to a child. The unwanted pregnancy would naturally affect the mental health of the pregnant woman…” said the court.
Stressing that marital intimacy between a couple does not automatically translate to the woman’s consent to child bearing, Justice Jitendra Chauhan said, “Mere consent to conjugal rights does not mean consent to give birth to a child for her husband.” Welcoming the judgement, Jagmati Sanwan, All India Democratic Women’s Association national vice-president said, “If the family conditions are unsuitable, no woman would like to give birth to a child because after all, she is the one who takes care of the children for all practical purposes. We see around us that fathers often desert their families after a couple of deliveries. But children become a part and parcel of the mother’s physical and emotional world. She invests much into their well being and she alone suffers. Hence, the rights of whether to give birth or not, should be with her.”
Take note, America.
A reminder from your friendly neighborhood comprehensive sex education advocates:
Why We Need Sex Ed Now!
- Among developed nations, the US ranks 1st in teen pregnancy and STDs.
- Every 2 minutes, 2 U.S. teens get pregnant. Of these, more than 80% are unintended.
- 50% of pregnant teens graduate high school vs. 90% of their peers.
- 1 in 4 sexually active teens will contract an S.T.D. this year.
- Though young people only account for ¼ of our sexually active population, they contract ½ of that population’s S.T.D.’s.
- Chlamydia among U.S. teens has nearly doubled since 2000.
Abstinence-only education is failing:
- Abstinence only states have the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the nation, but comprehensive sex-ed states have the lowest rates, yet abstinence still reigns supreme in American schools.
- In 2010, Texas rejected $4.4 million of federal funding for comprehensive sex ed programs.
- More than 96% of Texas school districts teach abstinence only.
- Gov. Rick Perry: “Abstinence works…it is the best form to teach our children.”
- Texas has the highest teen birth-rate in the nation. Out of every 1,000 teen girls, 62 give birth to a child.
Abstinence doesn’t work. Comprehensive sex-ed does.
- Teens who receive comprehensive sex-ed are 50% less likely to get pregnant than teens who receive abstinence-only.
- Teen pregnancy dropped 40% between 1990 and 2005. 80% of this drop was due to increased contraceptive usage. Just 14% was due to decreased sexual activity.
Parents believe in sex-ed, too:
- 91% of parents of high schoolers believe sex-ed in school is important.
- 93% think birth control is an appropriate topic for sex-ed to cover.
THIS NEEDS TO BE PRINTED OUT AND MAILED TO EVERY SINGLE CONSERVATIVE AND/OR REPUBLICAN LEGISLATOR IN THIS NATION. AND MOST CERTAINLY EVERY MEMBER OF THE STATE LEGISLATORS IN OKLAHOMA, VIRGINIA AND FLORIDA. SNOW THEM UNDER WITH THIS.
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[Image: a photo of a pro-life rally, with many people holding up a long banner with a picture of a fetus and the text “PERSONHOOD NOW!” However, the “w” in “now” has been crossed out digitally, and text has been added at the bottom, “Better luck next time.” End description.]
Except NOT better luck next time! No no no!
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In the escalating war on women’s rights in statehouse across the country, Iowa state Rep. Kim Pearson (R) may have just dropped the biggest bomb yet. Pearson, a freshman Tea Party lawmaker so extreme that she’s already drawn scorn from fellow Republicans and decided not to run for re-election, introduced a bill yesterday morning that would completely outlaw all abortions.
The bill makes “attempted feticide,” where the fetus does not die, a Class B felony,punishable by 25 years in prison. Iowans can even be punished for helping someone else perform an abortion, as, “joint criminal conduct shall apply to persons knowingly participating or concerned in the commission of feticide or attempted feticide under this section.”
Democrats complained the the bill — which would almost certainly violate Roe v. Wade— was a waste of time when there are pressing economic problems facing the state. “House Republicans and their colleagues in the Senate would rather put the lives of women in danger than have a real discussion about how we create jobs and move Iowa forward,” Iowa Democratic Party Chairwoman Sue Dvorsky said in a statement.
While the prospects of Pearson’s bill are unclear, a state House committee is currently debating a separate anti-abortion measure that would make doctors show a woman sonogram of the fetus before terminating a pregnancy. The focus on abortion does seem to violate a pledge made by Iowa House Speaker Kraig Paulsen (R) when he said in November, “we’re also not interested in squandering Iowans’ time” on divisive social issues.
[This is from 2/16. As far as I know there haven’t been any updates since then.]
Oh my god can you guys find another divisive social issue to harp on yet this is getting boring and terrible
Reproductive Health and Access Advocates,
HB 4117 has been scheduled to be heard in the House Agriculture Committee hearing scheduled for Tuesday, February 21 at 2:00 p.m. It is expected to pass out of this committee. HB 4117 would impose full ambulatory surgical treatment center (ASTC) licensing on all facilities where 50 or more abortions are performed each year. This legislation singles out abortion from other medical procedures for additional and expensive regulation.
The anti-choice groups have already sent out alerts to their members regarding this bill. We need to make sure that we are activating our supporters as well. Here is what you can do right now to fight HB 4117:
- Call your state representative( IL Capitol Switchboard: 217-782-2000) and tell him/her to “vote NO on HB 4117”
- Send a letter to state representatives explaining your opposition to HB 4117.
To find out who your State Representative is go to:
Illinois Choice Action Team
The Illinois Choice Action Team is a group of volunteers committed to advancing NARAL Pro-Choice America’s mission.
Signal boost. From Capital Fax:
“By a 13-0 vote, before a standing-room-only room of angry abortion-rights supporters clad in “Women are not livestock” T-shirts and buttons emblazoned with a cow, the panel advanced legislation putting new financial burdens on abortion clinics.
“The bill, sponsored by Rep. Darlene Senger (R-Naperville), would require abortion clinics to be retrofitted to resemble outpatient surgery centers, meaning equipment such as defibrillators and ventilators would be required for the first time while hallway and parking-lot dimensions would have to change. […]
“The House Agriculture Committee, stocked mainly by socially conservative Democrats and Republicans from Downstate, has been the conduit to get guns-rights and anti-abortion legislation to the House floor for years — a fact critics of Senger’s bill zeroed in on.”
Trust me, this has nothing to do with making abortions safer, and everything to do with further restricting and limiting them.
definitions of “life” according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
1. a : the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body
2. a : the period from birth to death
8. a vital or living being;
Fetuses cannot survive outside the womb during the time they are…