LPJL Daily Takedown – June 28th, 2017

The BCRA is B-CRAP

SHITTY AND SHITTIER: The Senate’s “healthcare” bill is actually worse for birth control than the crap-fest House bill! Under Obamacare, health plans must cover contraceptive services without a co-pay. Both the House and Senate bills make birth control more expensive and inaccessible by defunding Planned Parenthood. But the Senate bill also allows states to decide if birth control is even covered! And you can guess what types of “birth control” will be covered in Missouri—abstinence and prayer! Good news & Bad news: The Senate bill is currently stalled—while lawmakers try to make it even worse!

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The Frontiers of Anti-Choice Lawmakers are Getting Checked In Alaska

CHILL OUT, ALASKA! A lawsuit from Planned Parenthood has finally forced ALASKA to change the cold way it treats those seeking abortions after the first trimester. The state will no longer require a second doctor to get involved in abortions after 12 weeks. And it dropped the TRAPPY rule that blood and an operating room “appropriately staffed and equipped for major surgery” be ready for ANY abortion after the first trimester. Change may come at a glacial pace in Alaska, but at least the long night might be over!

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Spokane Public Schools Might Have a Change of Heartlessness on Sex Ed.

THE FACTS OF STRIFE: Conservative Uter-orcs in Spokane, Washington are trying to shit-can a progressive sex ed curriculum because it was developed with input from Planned Parenthood, because it mentions sex, oh, and BECAUSE JESUS. And they’re not too happy that the curriculum includes LGBTQ issues. One said the new plan would mean that “teachers with religious convictions about male-female roles and differences” could be forced to stifle their bigotry (paraphrasing.) Washington is a great, progressive state, but there are still pockets of douchebaggery. What’s in your state’s pockets?

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Ohio Tri-Masters of None Just Passed Yet Another Fucked Up Anti-choice Bill

COSTUME DRAMA in OHIO: It’s the HANDMAIDS vs. the MaNMAIDS! A bill to ban the safest and most common procedure used in abortions after the first trimester has been sent by an Ohio Senate committee to the full Senate… but not before the committee room hosted a RUNWAY CHALLENGE! Anti-choice forces (mostly male) occupied the front row, smartly decked out in fetus t-shirts, the traditional fashion choice of the intolerant. But the back of the room was lined with pro-choice fashionistas in the very latest VAG POWER accoutrements—HANDMAID’S TALE costumes! SASSY! The anti-choice forces got their bill passed, but pro-choice advocates definitely looked better.

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VAGICAL UPDATE!

YESTERDAY – First stop, deliver some lunch and some LOVE to Family Planning Associates in Chicago!

Second stop, VAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR AT METRO!

Ask anyone how last night’s show went in the Windy City last night and we will bet money they’d say they were BLOWN AWAY! Dina Nina Martinez did a kick-ass job hosting Joyelle Johnson, Leah Bonnema, Lizz Winstead, Alonzo Bodden & Recording Artist K’Valentine!

Lizz wrapped up last night’s show moderating a SPECTACULAR talkback with special guests Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Carrie Mathos, and Dr. Willie Parker!

Next Stop: ST LOUIS, MISSOURI!

The Press is falling in LOVE with the Vagical Mystery Tour. Check out what everyone’s saying about the hottest Resistance Comedy Tour in the country!

An Interview with Lizz Winstead and Things You Can Do to Help RIGHT NOW

On the ‘Vagical Mystery Tour’ with Lizz Winstead

How A Comedy Tour Is Helping Women Retain Their Reproductive Rights

 

Northern Lowlight

Somebody in Alaska needs to CHILL OUT.

Alaska state Rep. David Eastman is a cold-hearted DICKFROST who inserted a chilling message into a positive resolution meant to support many people 

A bill moving through the Alaska House was intended to raise awareness about sexual assault and child abuse. … until Eastman FORCIBLY INSERTED an amendment calling abortion “the ultimate form of child abuse.” Cold, dude.

Suddenly a piece of totally non-controversial, feel-good legislation had a big feel-bad turd dropped into it. Rep. Eastman NO-DICK had to make it all about abortion–and all about about him. Alaska has problems with very high rates of sexual assault. And now the fate of a resolution meant to support victims is in jeopardy. It may die in committee now, or attempts may be made to strip Eastman’s amendment on the floor.

So who is this PERMA-DOUCHE? Eastman is a anti-choice crusader who has called abortion “an assault on motherhood.” He thinks that Alaska’s requirement that the state must fund medically necessary abortions for Medicare recipients has spawned some sort of Abortion Club Med:

“We have folks who try to get pregnant in this state so that they can get a free trip to the city, and we have folks who want to carry their baby past the point of being able to have an abortion in this state so that they can have a free trip to Seattle.”

And it seems Rep. SnowWhite doesn’t much like the more diverse colors in the land of the Northern Lights. He was the ONLY  member of the entire Alaska legislature to vote against a bill honoring black soldiers who worked on the Alaska Highway during World War II under conditions much harsher than white soldiers!

He was also the ONLY vote against a bill honoring Hmong and Lao veterans of the Vietnam War, and the ONLY lawmaker to oppose the nomination of the first Alaska Native as House speaker. Hmmmm….

Oh, and of course, he’s from Wasilla–the spawning grounds of Abominable Snow Monsters. Help support Lady Parts Justice League as we call out Big Dipshits like Rep. David Eastman.7

Alaska Supreme Court Overturns Law Forcing Teens To Get Parental Consent Before An Abortion.

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Guest Post by one of our Alaskan LPJ Leaguers, journalist and activist Shannyn Moore

  Today, the Alaska Supreme Court found unconstitutional a law requiring physicians to notify a parent, guardian, or custodian of a minor seeking an abortion.  Today’s decision comes less than a month after the U.S. Supreme Court issued its historic ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v Hellerstedt–the most significant abortion-related ruling from the Court in more than two decades.

 “Today’s decision provides important protection to the safety and well-being of young women who need to end a pregnancy,” said Janet Crepps, senior counsel at the Center for Reproductive Rights. “The reality is that some young women face desperate circumstances and potentially violent consequences if they are forced to bring their parents into their reproductive health decisions. This law would have deprived these vulnerable women of their constitutional rights and put them at risk of serious harm.”

“We applaud the court for ruling to protect the health and safety of young women in Alaska,” said Christine Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. “We all want teens to be safe–and the sad truth is that some teens live in dangerous homes and can’t go to their parents. This law would prevent some of Alaska’s most vulnerable teens from accessing safe medical care.”

 “A young woman seeking an abortion doesn’t need additional hurdles. She needs a doctor,” said Joshua A. Decker, executive director of the ACLU of Alaska. “We have a responsibility to keep our daughters safe, and this law doesn’t do that. Healthy families don’t need government mandates to communicate. Instead, young women from families in crisis and young women in fear need safe, prompt, confidential health care, free of government-imposed restrictions.”

 The evidence in Alaska shows that most young women seeking an abortion involve a parent.  But some young women live in an abusive home, or a home where it would not be safe to disclose a pregnancy.  The law would have required a young woman to go through a complicated legal process to persuade a judge to allow her to have an abortion without parental involvement–forcing abortions later in pregnancy, if the young woman could access the procedure at all.

 Mandatory parental involvement laws like Alaska’s are opposed by state and national medical experts, including the American Academy of Pediatrics because they do not foster healthy communication, and in fact can be very detrimental to the health and safety of young women. In fact, the American Medical Association, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the Society for Adolescent Medicine have all advocated for the need to protect minor’s access to confidential reproductive health services.

 Known as the Papa Pilgrim Law, named after an Alaskan who claimed religious freedom to live on remote public lands and sexually abused his daughters. How would he react to notification if his daughter would have sought an abortion?