*New York City is the largest city in America and they are having problems with certain age residents that helped bolster their numbers.
New teen pregnancy ads are plastered throughout New York City subways and other venues all thanks to New York’s Department of Social Services. And of course, women who were teenage parents, reproductive health advocates, and other activists feel that the campaign doesn’t help, but hinders by negatively stigmatizing young parents, according to the New York Times.
Planned Parenthood has taken issue with the campaign, criticizing the lack of pregnancy prevention resources that do not accompany the posters.
Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) condemns Planned Parenthood as a racist organization that is supported by President Obama and the Democrats for targeting minorities for abortions.
*What the heck is going on in the GOP camp?
More ridiculous attacks against the president are surfacing and once again, they are baseless and have no credibility. The Republicans are using anything they can in a desperate race for the presidency.
Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) is the father to children of African American, Hispanic, and Native American descent that he and his wife adopted.
He claims to be incensed that President Obama and the Democratic party would fund Planned Parenthood because, in his opinion, the organization “was created for the sole purpose of killing children that look like mine.”
*Gabrielle Union is hot about some very ignorant remarks made by GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin recently about rape.
Akin, who opposes abortion, even in cases of rape or incest, told an interviewer over the weekend that in cases of “legitimate rape,” women won’t get pregnant.
Monday, on MSNBC’s “NOW with Alex Wagner,” Union, a participant in a Planned Parenthood breast health event, talked about her support of the organization (which has been under attack by GOP legislators for providing family planning among its many services) and slammed Akin’s remarks.
“Todd Akin…I was shocked. I would say saddened except that it pissed me off,” said Union.
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey’s, Union discussed her traumatic experience of sexual assault.
“When I was 19, I had a summer job at a shoe store. One night, as my coworker and I were closing up, a man robbed the shop and raped me at gunpoint. Afterward, I was in shock. I just couldn’t believe that something like that could happen. For days I asked myself, ‘Why me?’”
*Abortion clinics across the nation have increasingly been offering discounts for their services on Sundays, partly to counter afternoon church protests by believers opposed to such clinics and the practice of abortion, reported The Christian Post.
Examples of such offers include the Orlando Women’s Center abortion clinic in Florida, which advertises discounted abortions with the offer: “LIMITED TIME SPECIAL! PRINT THIS PAGE AND BRING IT IN FOR $50 SAVINGS. ONLY ON SUNDAYS!”
The website Fund Abortion Now provides financial support to women seeking to have abortions and collects funds to aid them with their decision across all 50 states.
“The 100+ local abortion funds in our organization help women pay for abortions they can’t otherwise afford,” the website states.
*Planned Parenthood’s former media director Tait Sye is now working for the Department of Health and Human Services as deputy assistant secretary for public affairs, says the Christian Post.
Sye played a major role in speaking for the nation’s largest abortion provider on a daily basis and most recently had to defend HHS’s rule that required most employers, including some self-insured religious institutions, to provide free birth control.
Planned Parenthood performs more than one-quarter of all abortions in the United States and has sued multiple states for either cutting or eliminating a portion of their public funding.
In his new role, Sye will assist the communication efforts for the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The debate over the new Health and Human Services regulations, which require all employers to pay 100 percent of the cost of contraception including abortion-inducing chemicals, has been rightly cast as an intrusion on religious liberty. Opponents of such regulations are no more advocating a ban on contraceptives than vegetarian restaurants are advocating a ban on meat. They are simply saying that companies shouldn’t have to pay for services to which they object for moral reasons.
But black Americans in particular would be wise to pay close attention, since the age old contraception battle has special historical significance to them. For more than a century, “reproductive services” have been special code words for the constant, silent effort of the powerful to control black breeding. And this control has often come in the form of a “helping hand.”
From the earliest days of our nation, people in power have wanted to control black reproduction. Before the Civil War, slave owners had a financial interest in increasing the birthrate among their slaves. This was a matter of simple economics; even before the transatlantic slave trade was outlawed, it had become cheaper to “breed” your slaves than to import new ones. Female slaves were pressured to become pregnant (often they were raped).”