Tuesday, July 18, 2006

News From The Uterus Wars

First, Cecilia Fire Thunder got into trouble for suggesting that she might open a Planned Parenthood clinic on tribal land in South Dakota, to offer abortions to victims of rape and incest. South Dakota has a new law which would ban all abortions except those that are necessitated by danger to the woman's life, and this law would come in force when/if Roe v. Wade is overturned:

A tribal president who was ousted for proposing an abortion clinic on the reservation has been reinstated at least through next week.

Council members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe removed Cecelia Fire Thunder from office June 29 for proposing the clinic on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation that would be beyond the reach of South Dakota's strict new abortion ban.

A tribal judge reinstalled her temporarily Monday after she argued that council members didn't follow procedure when voting to remove her from office. A tribal court is scheduled July 28 to consider making the order permanent.

Such are the rewards for sticking up for women.

Then there are the happy news that our tax money is used to lie to pregnant women:

NARAL Pro-Choice America is renewing its call for Congress to step in and stop the Bush administration from funneling millions of taxpayer dollars into so-called "crisis pregnancy centers" (CPCs) that, as a new congressional report documents, are blatantly misleading women regarding medical issues.

Today Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), ranking member of the House Government Reform Committee, released the investigative report, False and Misleading Health Information Provided by Federally Funded Pregnancy Resource Centers. The report outlines how 20 CPCs in 15 states that received federal tax dollars misled or provided false information to investigators who called asking about their services.

An example about the misleading information these crisis pregnancy centers provide is the one about abortions causing breast cancer. They don't.

These are the bad news, I guess. But it's also true that South Dakotans launched a movement to overturn the rapists' fatherhood initiative.