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Ha! Sorry, this is Casey! I was on exec board from 2008-2011, and I just graduated. Once I figure out the password, etc. I’ll send it along to Greg so you guys can publish here.
Back Up Your Birth Control is a national campaign committed to raising awareness of and expanding access to emergency contraception (EC). The grassroots efforts of the reproductive health community culminate every year in the annual National Day of Action - which is fast approaching!
Each spring, we invite bloggers across the internet to join the campaign by helping to spread the word about EC! Bloggers have a unique ability to clear up misconceptions about EC and help women stay up to date on the ever-changing landscape of EC products and regulations.
In order to prepare for the National Day of Action - and to arm you with the latest information about EC - we’re hosting a specialActivist Update Call next Wednesday, March 23 at 1pm. This call will feature experts from the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Reproductive Health Technologies Project, who will share the latest EC news, make sure you’re up to speed on the available methods of EC, and give you the inside scoop on recent efforts to expand over-the-counter access. Register to join the Activist Update Call on Wednesday, March 23!
Then, on the National Day of Action on March 30, 2011, use your platform to educate your community about EC and remind your readers how to back up their birth control! Let us know if you plan to blog for EC.
The Back Up Your Birth Control Team
In case any W&Mers are wondering, we will be selling discounted EC on April 8th from 10 am to 3 pm. Only $15! More details to come.
“I Have Sex”
A video response to the attacks on Planned Parenthood and the sexual health and freedom of America’s youth population.
Come check it out to hear what we have planned this semester.
“The Kentucky state Senate passed a law yesterday mandating that women seeking an abortion must wait 24 hours before the procedure is performed, and also must be shown an ultrasound of the fetus. The measure, which passed 32-5, requires that women receive an ultrasound and see the results, and if she chooses to avert her eyes, the “doctor still would have to describe to her the image.” Cases of rape or incest are not exempted from this requirement, and doctors face fines as high as $250,000 for disobeying the law.”
Surgical centers are held to tougher requirements than clinics and doctors offices, where 95% of abortions are performed, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Surgical centers must have wider doors and hallways, and specialized medical equipment, like ventilators, that are not required at clinics. According to John Nugent, President of Planned Parenthood of Maryland, few (if any) of the 41 abortion providers in the state have the financial means to implement such medically unnecessary changes. Probably because they’re spending their money, you know, treating their patients.
Nugent’s new clinic would also have to close its doors: the building is only five years old and was built to conform with the requirements of a doctor’s office (hallways eight feet wide). If the clinic were regulated as a surgical center, the hallways would have to be at least 12 feet wide. Nugent deemed this overkill: “There’s no reason to enact a new law that regulates the size of a hallway…”