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Read The Daily Femme’s interview with Feministing’s new Executive Editor, Samhita Mukhopadhyay.
Hundreds are dead or missing after a mudslide in Uganda.
‘Tis the season for fubar anti-choice legislation…
The Oklahoma House voted 87-7 to require women seeking abortions to be shown an ultrasound and told specific information like the size of the fetus. EIGHTY-SEVEN TO SEVEN. The Oklahoma Supreme Court would like to remind the House they already ruled mandatory ultrasounds unconstitutional. So that was a nice waste of everyone’s time.
A bill to criminalize midwifery was defeated in Mississippi today.
President Obama wants an up-or-down vote on what’s now being called health insurance reform. Looks like he’s willing to pass the bill through reconciliation, if the votes are there. The anti-choice Nelson language appears to be staying in the bill, which will make abortion even more difficult to access. The language keeping undocumented immigrants from purchasing health insurance in the new exchanges looks to be staying in as well.

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8 Comments

  1. Toongrrl
    Posted March 3, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    Why criminalize midwifery? It’s respectable and has been used for centuries!!!!

  2. brendonb
    Posted March 3, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    Haven’t seen this here or on other feminist blogs I read, so I thought I’d alert you to the arrest in Tehran of filmmaker Jafar Panahi, Panahi’s family, and a group of friends staying with Panahi’s family. Panahi is the director of, among other films, The Circle and Offside, award-winning critical examinations of the condition of women in Iranian society.
    Panahi was a supporter last year of Mir-Hossein Mousavi’s reformist presidential campaign last year and was detained with his family briefly after a rally in memory of Neda Agha-Soltan.
    More information can be found at the AV Club, and there’s a petition calling for his release here.

  3. bifemmefatale
    Posted March 4, 2010 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    In all of the states I’ve seen it done, it’s been promoted by the ob-gyn doctors and CNMs. It’s maximizing their customer base and eliminating competition, not what’s best for moms and babies.

  4. nella
    Posted March 4, 2010 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    criminalize midwifery? What???

  5. Kathleen Hagerty
    Posted March 4, 2010 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    I don’t understand at all. It’s illegal to have a home-birth in PA. If you want a mid-wife, you have to go to a certified midwifing center, and those places are very tightly tied to the local hospitals. I really think that it’s the medical industry, which is so powerful in this country. If a doctor does anything that is against the medical “standard,” which in this case is hospital birth, it’s considered “quackery” and thus, unsafe. I’ve had this experience when telling my mainstream doctors about the very competent naturopath I go to. I agree that there are times when one needs conventional medical health, but in childbirth, that is the exception rather than the rule.

  6. Anony-mouse
    Posted March 4, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    Hundreds are dead or missing after a mudslide in Uganda.
    Obviously God hates people who hate gays.

  7. uberhausfrau
    Posted March 4, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    regarding oklahoma’s ultrasound law.
    on tuesday, texas had it’s primary for several races including governor and the republican ballot had several propositions for the state legislature. much was made of tea-party-ers and the most conservative of the base coming out in force for this primary (while the tea-party issue may have been overstated, primary turn out was a record high). some of the propositions passed well into the 90s for – including things on government size and the use of “god” in public spaces. there was also a proposition on requiring/forcing women to view an ultrasound before receiving an abortion which only passed with a 2/3rds majority.
    i was surprised. my theories are:
    - voters realised ultrasounds are already a diagnostic tool used prior to an abortion and women can ask to see it/have access to their own medical records anyway and therefore this proposition is redundant.
    - voters know these types of impositions get overturned and it would be a waste of effort and tax-payer money in litigation
    - the more libertarian voters saw this as the “gov’ment” dictating what goes on between doctor and patient, regardless of the right’s general affinity for anything limiting and restricting free and unhindered access to reproductive health.
    - people crossing party lines to vote in the republican looking to force a run-off voted no on this prop while ignoring the others
    - or, hope of hope, people are more pro-choice than they let on in this state of big hair, big guns and big religion.
    im not sure if one or all of these may have been a factor. sure would have liked to see some exit polling.

  8. uberhausfrau
    Posted March 4, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    as stated in the article, in the south, especially among women of colour, the granny midwife has very important role in the lives and health of women and children. it has been surmised that the disappearance of granny midwives has some part in the rate of maternal and infant mortality in the south among the poor and underserved.
    one phenomenal movie, actually put out by georgia’s department of health, is all my babies about mary frances hill coley. ffs, she attends a premature birth with a malnurished mother (today she’d be high-risk as all get out) at home with a good outcome for mother and child. if she’s not qualified, i dont know what is.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_My_Babies

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