The Pro-Life Action League sponsored a conference this past weekend in Rosemont, Illinois, criticizing the use of birth control. The conference, called “Contraception is Not the Answer,” brought Christian conservatives together to extend the anti-abortion movement, organizing against all methods of artificial reproductive control. Joseph Scheidler, the leader of the Pro-Life Action League, explained the need for this shift in the movement to the Chicago Tribune, saying “contraception is more the root cause of abortion than anything else.”
The conference presented participants with several arguments against artificial birth control, including claims that birth control promotes sexual promiscuity and decreases the birth rate, Chicago Tribune reports. Damon Clarke Owens, president of New Jersey Natural Family Planning and a conference participant, adds that contraception changes the act of sex between a man and a woman into something other than a “unconditional gift to self” by rejecting “God’s gift of children,” according to the Chicago Tribune. Others falsely claimed that contraception doesn’t always prevent conception and must therefore be considered abortion.
Whether the conference’s message will resonate with the American public, however, is dubious. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 98 percent of sexually active 15- to 44-year-old women and girls have used at least one method of contraception and a Harris Interactive poll in July shows that 91 percent of likely voters believe that birth control options should be accessible to the American public, Kaiser reports.
Media Resources: Chicago Tribune 9/24/06; Kaiser Daily Women’s Health Policy 9/26/06
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .