DIY abortion attempts three times as prevalent in Texas as other states…

The Texas Policy Evaluation Project at The University of Texas at Austin found 6.9 percent of 721 patients seeking abortion tried to end their pregnancies on their own before going to an abortion clinic, compared to 2.2 percent nationally. The results of the study were released Thursday morning.

“We hear from clients pretty often, if I can’t get money for this, trying it at home is their next step,” said Cristina Parker, a spokeswoman for the Lilith Fund, which offers financial assistance to people who need abortions.

South Carolina bill to compensate people for forced birth…

The compensation suggested in the legislation includes reasonable living, legal, medical, psychological, and psychiatric expenses that are directly related to prenatal, intrapartal, and postpartal periods. In addition, upon detection of a fetal heartbeat, a pregnant person may claim the fetus as a child for purposes of federal or state income tax credits or deductions.

A Georgia reporter had her butt slapped on live TV and she’s not having any of it …

Alexandrea Bozarjian, reporter for a local Savannah, GA TV station was groped during an annual Talmadge Bridge run on Saturday.

“To the man who smacked my butt on live TV this morning: You violated, objectified, and embarrassed me. No woman should EVER have to put up with this at work or anywhere!! Do better,” she wrote.

Bozarjian did not immediately respond to a request for comment made by NBC News, but a spokesperson for the Savannah Police Department confirmed they had been in touch with her.

I Can’t Believe I Still Have to Protest This…

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Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region is currently fighting the state health director, Dr. Randall Williams, to keep its license to perform abortions. The clinic is the last one in the state that performs abortions.

During testimony, it was revealed that Dr. Williams compiled a spreadsheet from women’s medical records to track their menstrual periods.

“The spreadsheet, which was made at Williams’ request by the state’s main inspector, helped to identify patients who had undergone failed abortions…

Williams testified that the investigation of Planned Parenthood began after state inspectors found evidence of a failed abortion that didn’t have a corresponding complication report logged with the state.

The spreadsheet, which was based on medical records the investigator had access to during the state’s annual inspection, also included medical identification numbers, dates of medical procedures and the gestational ages of fetuses.

The last column of the spreadsheet included the date of the last menstrual period of each patient calculated by the health department. The patient’s names were not included.

The investigation eventually found four patients that had to return to Planned Parenthood more than once to have a successful surgical abortion. The failed abortions led the department to have ‘grave concerns’ that caused it to withhold the St. Louis clinic’s license.”

To me, this seems to be a “little bit” creepy and just a tad bit of overreach by the health director.

“The Missouri House minority leader has called on Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican, to ‘immediately investigate’ whether ‘patient privacy was compromised or laws broken’ or whether Williams was a ‘a person who Missourians can be comfortable having in a position of public trust.’

‘State law requires the health department director to be ‘of recognized character and integrity,’ state Rep. Crystal Quade, D-Springfield, said in a statement. ‘This unsettling behavior calls into question whether Doctor Williams meets that high standard.’

Shortly following the hearing, the head of the St. Louis Planned Parenthood said she found the spreadsheet “deeply disturbing.”

‘This is government overreach at its worst,’ Yamelsie Rodriguez, CEO of Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region, said in a statement. ‘It shadows the Trump administration’s history of tracking the periods of refugee girls under the government’s care. This is outrageous and disgusting.’ “

All these years since Roe v Wade and the battle continues for women’s reproductive rights all around the country, including here, in Georgia, with the state’s “Heartbeat Bill” passing and now in court.


The year of the women

Solidarity

Every woman I know was watching yesterday. And they all felt like this:

The power of the moment — the reason that people cried in airplane seats and called into C-SPAN to tell their own stories of sexual assault — was in seeing Ford tell a story of private pain before a massive public audience.

It was to see her speak, without knowing yet who would believe her.

“16A: Crying. 14B: Crying. 17C: Weeping,” Ron Lieber, a New York Times columnist, wrote on Twitter from a flight headed from New York to Salt Lake City, listing the reactions as passengers watched the hearing on seat-back televisions. “I am one of the criers.”