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From: annie (76.196.39.185)
Subject:         Conrtraception as abortion?!?!? ... The White House is working to make it so...
Date: August 14, 2008 at 5:43 pm PST

I know that some folks do feel that they equate, and I understand that, but that does not give them the right to make that decision for everyone else.

What do you think about the behind-the-scenes action that is afoot to redefine contraception as abortion? ... adding to the ridiculum, it's being pushed as a "rule change" — meaning, it wouldn't require congressional approval.

Personally, I find it absolutely outrageous and an unbelievable interference in the privacy of the people.

Here's some info quoted from MoveOn.org on the topic:


Can you imagine living in a place where birth control is considered an "abortion" and health insurers won't cover it? Where even rape victims are denied emergency contraception?

It seems unbelievable, but the Bush Administration is quietly trying to redefine "abortion" to include birth control. The Houston Chronicle says this could wipe out dozens of state laws that protect women's reproductive freedom and protect rape victims.1 Access to basic health care for millions of women would be jeopardized. And it's being pushed as a "rule change"—meaning, it doesn't need congressional approval.

(their Poll is here: Poll)

The best way to beat back this proposal is to show Secretary Leavitt massive public outrage—that's why today we're launching this petition jointly with Planned Parenthood Action Fund. Together, we'll deliver every signature to Leavitt. You can help add to our momentum by forwarding this message to friends.

Here's what some others are saying about this proposal:

The draft regulation would define birth control as abortion...it could deny access to critical family planning for women across the country.—Letter signed by Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and 26 other senators.2

The draft rule could void laws in 27 states that require insurance companies to provide birth control coverage for women requesting it [and] laws in 14 states requiring that rape victims receive counseling and access to emergency, day-after contraceptives.—Houston Chronicle editorial3

The administration needs to stop playing word games with women's health and state clearly they will reject any regulations that will undermine women's access to basic health care.—Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.4

[It's] a spectacular act of complicity with the religious right... —RH Reality Check, Information and Analysis for Reproductive Health5

The birth control pill, the IUD, and emergency contraception might all become unavailable—illegal—as a result.—Brigid Riley, executive director of a Minnesota teen pregnancy prevention organization6

Poll


Thanks for all you do.

–Nita, Laura, Patrick S., Adam G., and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "Redefining abortion; Federal officials considering a rule allowing health care workers to refuse to provide contraceptives," Houston Chronicle, August 10, 2008

2. Letter to Secretary Mike Leavitt from Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and 26 other senators, July 23, 2008


3. "Redefining abortion; Federal officials considering a rule allowing health care workers to refuse to provide contraceptives," Houston Chronicle editorial, August 10, 2008

4. "Birth control: is administration backing down—or not?" Los Angeles Times blog, August 8, 2008

5. "HHS Moves to Define Contraception as Abortion," RH Reality Check, July 15, 2008

6. "White House Considering Contraception Restrictions," Public News Service, August 11, 2008


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