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2nd-Feb-2009 11:38 am - OB/GYN recommendation
misc - not a weapon
I went to Caring for Women's Health today on the south side and was very impressed. The staff was pleasant and the NP I saw, Debra Taylor, was knowledgeable and not at all patronizing, which I find can often be the case. She definitely has a progressive outlook and made sure she discussed Gardasil with me. I don't know for a fact that she is pro-choice, but that is certainly the impression that I got. Overall, I would highly recommend this practice to anyone.
20th-Jul-2008 02:45 am - Oh joy.
The Dept of Health and Human Services is now attempting to redefine "birth control" as "abortion.


Is it obvious to everyone yet that this is about CONTROL, and not about morality? Sick.
17th-Feb-2008 09:58 pm - Free EC at Planned Parenthood
misc - not a weapon
* Tuesday, February 26 – Evansville, Mishawaka and Valparaiso health centers
* Tuesday, March 4 – Bloomington, Fort Wayne, Hammond, Lafayette, Muncie and Terre Haute health centers
* Tuesday, April 8 – Madison health center
20th-Jan-2008 08:07 pm - Blog for Choice 2008
political - pro child/family/choice

Don't forget, Tuesday is Blog for Choice day. This year's topic is why it's important to vote pro-choice.

I'll post my here as well as in my personal LJ and I encourage you to do the same.
24th-Nov-2007 09:16 pm(no subject)
political - thinking is patriotic
War, economy have red state thinking blue
74% of Hoosiers say nation is headed in wrong direction, leading some to rethink party loyalty

Disillusioned with President Bush's handling of the war, the economy and immigration, nearly half of likely voters in Indiana appear poised to buck 40 years of tradition and vote for a Democratic presidential ticket -- if it includes Sen. Evan Bayh, according to a new Indianapolis Star-WTHR (Channel 13) poll.

The poll of 600 Hoosiers -- including 449 who say they will definitely vote in the November 2008 election -- revealed a growing sense of pessimism, with nearly three-quarters saying the nation is headed in the wrong direction and 28 percent approving of George W. Bush's performance as president.

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points for all respondents and plus or minus 4.6 percentage points for likely voters. It was conducted by telephone Nov. 13-16.
The results also hint at a slight shift away from traditionally conservative Hoosier views on some issues, said J. Ann Selzer, president of Selzer & Co., a Des Moines, Iowa-based public opinion research firm that conducted the poll.

That includes 60 percent who support universal health coverage and 87 percent who favor requirements to make vehicles more fuel-efficient.

"What you have are a lot of disaffected Republicans," Selzer said, "and an overall theme that what we have now just isn't working for many Hoosiers, and something has to give."

Growing discontent among Indiana voters shows up clearly in views on next year's presidential race: Forty-seven percent said they anticipate voting for the Democratic presidential candidate if Bayh is on the ticket, compared with 33 percent who said they anticipate voting for the GOP candidate.

That would be a dramatic reversal for a dyed-in-the-wool "red" state where voters have backed the GOP's presidential candidate in all but three elections during the past 100 years.

The last Democrat to win Indiana was Lyndon B. Johnson, who pulled about 56 percent of the vote in the 1964 race with Barry Goldwater. Bush carried the state in 2000 and 2004 with nearly 56 percent and 59 percent of the vote, respectively. Read more...Collapse )
17th-Oct-2007 02:15 pm - Not a shock, sadly
civic - my hometown
Indiana gets 'F' for women's health
By Barb Berggoetz

“By and large, states are failing to meet minimum standards when it comes to women’s health,” said Judy Waxman, National Women’s Law Center vice president for health and reproductive rights in a written release.

“The states’ patchwork policies regarding women’s health result in far too many women falling through the cracks and not accessing the services they need to maintain optimal health.”

Nationally, the overall status of women’s health looks grim, according to this report. No state received an overall “satisfactory” grade, the highest rank. The top three states – Vermont, Minnesota and Massachusetts – received “satisfactory minus” grades. Most states earned an “unsatisfactory” grade.

Women’s health status in Indiana is among the worst in the nation, found a comprehensive national and state-by-state analysis of state policies and female health conditions released today.

Indiana ranked 40th among the states and Washington D.C. and received an “F” grade on the report card developed the National Women’s Law Center and Oregon Health and Science University.
“By and large, states are failing to meet minimum standards when it comes to women’s health,” said Judy Waxman, National Women’s Law Center vice president for health and reproductive rights in a written release.

“The states’ patchwork policies regarding women’s health result in far too many women falling through the cracks and not accessing the services they need to maintain optimal health.”

Nationally, the overall status of women’s health looks grim, according to this report. No state received an overall “satisfactory” grade, the highest rank. The top three states – Vermont, Minnesota and Massachusetts – received “satisfactory minus” grades. Most states earned an “unsatisfactory” grade.

“It’s rather depressing, I think, to be 40th,” said Dr. Robert Deaton, co-director of the St. Vincent Center for Women’s health. “But as a nation as a whole, no state did well.”

Eleven other states, mostly in the South, received an overall “F” grade. Kentucky was the only other Midwest state to get that grade. The last time this triennial report was released in 2004, Indiana ranked 41st, but got an “unsatisfactory” — the grade just above failing.

“We’d do better if we’d work harder at preventive care, wellness and prevention,” said Deaton.

The analysis is based on 27 health status benchmarks developed largely by using goals set by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People 2010 initiative. Among the issues measured were women’s access to health care services, including insurance and prenatal care and percentages of women who receive Pap Smears, mammograms, colorectal and cholesterol screenings.

Indiana’s relatively high percentages of women who are obese (26 percent), smoke (25 percent) and don’t exercise (28.7 percent) garnered individual “F” grades. Similarly, the percentages of women with high blood pressure (25.9 percent) and diabetes (7.8 percent) also were high enough to get a failing grade.

The report, called Making the Grade for Women’s Health, is the fourth in a series of triennial reports. The full report is available at http://hrc.nwlc.org/.
19th-Apr-2007 12:59 am - So...
What's being organized in our great state in response to today's Supreme court decision?

Please share anything you're doing and/or hearing!
7th-Apr-2007 10:44 am - Dear Group,
Please excuse the misspelling of little katelynn's link
Here is the correct spelling.  I am sorry for any inconvience. Thank you.

Sugar and spice and everything nice.

This is suppose to every little girls life.

What happens when life is not like that?

What if your life is filled with constant abuse by the people who suppose to protect you?

For little Katelynn of Indiana, her life is filled with this from a father, stepmother and father's family; everyone but her the relatives that love her have been deined the ability to see her.

What happens when the police will not stop this?

Than try Child Protection Service, but they will not stop this either.

The next thing to do is go to the court.

What would you do if the Child Protection Services and the court helped the abusers hurt her?

The media might work but they ignore majority of average people.

In this search for help, several politicians ignored or said stop bothering them.

If these people will not help little katelynn than who will?

Will this little girl have to pay the ultimate price for these adults mistakes?

Now, what will you do?!

This is Indiana's Shame and these are Teardrops for Katelynn

referral sources:


Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation :: Breaking the Silence: Children's Stories Aired on PBS http://www.mkacf.org/BreakTheSilence.html

Breaking the Silence

Battered Women, Abused Children, and Child Custody: A NATIONAL CRISIS

Petition for Justice for Katelynn:

Don't let these little abused children be abused in silence anymore, please.

Tell someone!

Demand answers!

Demand the children's truth!

Above all break through this silence for theses abused childrens sake!

No adults rights is greater than the right of the child to be safe!

****Please don't forget us!****
16th-Mar-2007 09:15 pm - Upcoming Evansville events
I'd like to pass on a few notes which may be of interest if you're going to be in the Evansville area any time soon...

First, there is an event planned for March 20 on USI campus to rally for the prevention of violence against women. In the past, USI has participated in "Take Back the Night" with Albion Fellows Bacon Center, but this year they're hosting an earlier event, with intent to get men more involved, so the march is titled "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes." Guys have the option of doing the walk in flowered flip-flops, with a few pairs of high heels available (only a few because men's sizes in heels are expensive). And yes, of course, women can go too.

I think it's an admirable effort. It's hard to get men involved in this kind of march, because apparently a man showing compassion toward the violence-against-women issue is fodder for teasing. Sad world this is. I'm happy about this event, though. Hopefully there'll be a decent turnout.

Registration starts at 5, under the University Center bridge. The march begins at 5. Contact event coordinator Stephanie Walden-Schwake at 812-461-5269 for more info.

I'll keep my ears open for this year's "Take Back the Night" rally, too. I hope that, since apparently USI's not involved this year, they still have a venue for the rally.

After the march, anti-sexist activist Jason Katz will speak in Carter Hall (on the second floor of the University Center) at 7 p.m. He's also leading a workshop in Carter Hall from 1-4 p.m. titled "More than a Few Good Men: Strategies for Inspiring Men and Boys to be Allies in Gender Violence Prevention."

You bet your boots I'll be there for the march and the speech. Can't go to the entire workshop because of classes, but if you're in or near Evansville, I highly encourage you to stop by for these events.

And finally, Planned Parenthood of Indiana is having a free EC day! That's right, a dose of emergency contraception that usually sells for around $45 is going to be FREE on April 3. The Evansville center is on Weinbach, close to UE. I'm willing to offer rides to anyone in the USI area who wants to take advantage of this awesome offer, but doesn't have transportation to the East Side.
4th-Mar-2007 11:58 am - Sad news
artistic - flowers
State Senator Anita Bowser (D-Michigan City) passed away this morning. She was a strong supporter of reproductive rights and other feminist causes. Last month at the Planned Parenthood rally at the statehouse, she encouraged more young women like us to run for office. She will be very missed.
3rd-Mar-2007 10:51 pm(no subject)
political - christian right
Sorry for the lack of updates. The good news is that there's not TOO much bad stuff to report. 2 of 3 anti-choice bills died in the Senate, and none were heard in the House. Below is a decent article from the Star about one of the bills that died.

Birth-control debate sinks abortion bill
Legislation would have made state's law one of the strictest in the country

By Bill Ruthhart

A debate over the definition of contraceptives has killed a bill that would have made Indiana abortion law among the strictest in the nation.

As originally proposed, Senate Bill 135 would have required Indiana doctors to tell a woman seeking an abortion that the fetus might feel pain and that life begins at conception.

But, while the bill was in committee, a sentence was inserted that defined contraception as the "use of a drug or device that has been approved to prevent pregnancy by the Federal Food and Drug Administration."

The federal government has defined contraception as anything that prevents pregnancy before a fertilized egg can attach itself to the uterine wall.

Indiana Right to Life and conservative Senate Republicans argue that life begins sooner -- at conception -- and that contraceptives should be defined as drugs and devices that prevent fertilization.

That difference became significant after Sen. Vi Simpson, D-Ellettsville, persuaded a Senate health committee to include the federal definition of contraception in SB 135.
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11th-Feb-2007 11:14 am(no subject)
misc - not a weapon
Values Play Into Treatment Recommendations, Study Finds

By Rob Stein
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, February 8, 2007; Page A09

Many doctors believe they have the right not to tell patients about treatments that they object to on moral or religious grounds and to refuse to refer patients elsewhere for the care, according to the first study to examine physicians' views on such situations.

In the survey of 1,144 doctors nationwide, 8 percent said they had no obligation to present all possible options to patients, and 18 percent said they did not have to tell patients about other doctors who provide care they found objectionable.

Based on the findings, the researchers estimate that more than 40 million Americans may be seeing physicians who do not believe that they are obligated to disclose information about legal treatments the doctor objects to, and 100 million have doctors who do not feel the need to refer patients to another provider.

"They are a minority of doctors, but it's fairly substantial minority," said Farr A. Curlin, a bioethicist at the University of Chicago who led the study, published in today's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

The survey was prompted by an intense debate over medical workers who refuse to deliver care that runs contrary to their moral or religious beliefs, asserting a "right of conscience" or "right of refusal." Some pharmacists, for example, refuse to fill prescriptions for birth control and emergency contraceptive "morning-after" pills. Some doctors and nurses refuse to participate in abortions, prescribe birth control pills or withdraw or withhold care from dying patients.
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I wish I could say I am surprised by these findings, but I'm not.
7th-Feb-2007 08:58 pm(no subject)
misc - rotunda pic at statehouse
Don't forget, tomorrow is the Prevention Now Rally at the Statehouse. Hope to see you there!
1st-Feb-2007 08:52 pm - Blogs of interest
misc - not a weapon
While all of us are obviously at least semi-active on LJ (or we wouldn't be here), there are lots of other great blogs outside of this site that I read on a regular basis. I'm sure all of you probably have some non-LJ favorites as well, so please share them in the comments if you get the chance.

Indiana specific/Indiana bloggers
Masson's blog
Taking Down Words
Advance Indiana
Indiana Law Blog
Faux Real

National or thematic
Our Bodies, Our Blog
Hugo Schwyzer

The Indiana ones are great resources for the latest news and rumors. I'm not 100% on board with them all the time, but they're definitely worth reading. Then again I guess that goes for the others, too. :)

Several of these blogs, particularly the national ones, have RSS feeds that can be streamed to your LJ friends page if you are so inclined. I keep meaning to check for and/or create feeds for the Indiana ones, but I haven't gotten around to it.
political - christian right
Senate Bill 117—Refusal to dispense birth control
This bill would change Indiana law such that no person shall be required, as a condition of training, employment, pay, promotion, or privileges, to dispense either (A) a medical device or drug that may result in an abortion; or (B) a birth control device or medication. So the nurse who refused to give emergency contraception to a rape victim, the pharmacist who refused to fill your prescription for birth control pills, and the gas station attendant who refused to sell you condoms would all be protected by law.

SB 117 could severely curtail access to contraception, especially in rural areas which may only have a single pharmacist per town or even county. If passed, we fear that measures like this could cause significant increases in unintended pregnancies and thus lead to an increase in the number of abortions. Planned Parenthood Advocates of Indiana strongly opposes legislation that so limits a person's right to make his/her own contraceptive choices and grants gas station attendants and pharmacists legally protected status as Indiana's sex police.

Senate Bill 119—Misuse of education funds
This bill would require each Indiana school corporation to include detailed instruction regarding human fetal development in its high school health education curriculum. In a state that does not require school corporations to teach sex education, this would be a needless misuse of both state and local education resources, and could potentially result in a curriculum designed solely as anti-choice propaganda.

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Indiana would much rather see health education funding being spent to develop and implement medically accurate sex education programs, and leave fetal development to biology class.

Senate Bill 135—Legislators playing doctor 1
SB 135 would amend Indiana's informed consent to abortion law to require a doctor to inform a pregnant woman that the fetus might feel pain, despite overwhelming scientific evidence and medical evidence to the contrary. The latest medical research (Journal of the American Medical Association, 2005) shows that the earliest the fetus might feel pain is 29-30 weeks' gestational age; abortions at this stage are banned in Indiana.

Even more outrageous, this legislation would also require that doctors inform patients that "human life begins when a human ovum is fertilized by a human sperm;" in other words, "life begins at conception". Clearly, the motivation for SB 135 is to require doctors to practice politics, not medicine. Planned Parenthood Advocates opposes legislation which mandates false speech and state sponsored harassment.

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27th-Jan-2007 02:41 pm - Gaining Access to HPV vaccinations
Did you know that 70% of cervical cancer is caused by a virus?

Did you know there's now a vaccine for that virus?

It's true. There's now a vaccine that can protect against the
virus responsible for the majority of cervical cancer--a disease
that kills 4,000 women a year in America alone.

Good news, right? Here's the better news: The women of the
Indiana State Senate are co-authoring Senate Bill 327, which
would require female 6th graders to be immunized against HPV
infection, in order to prevent cervical cancer.

Help us applaud this effort to increase awareness of and access
to the first vaccine that can prevent cancer. Tell your senator
that SB 327 is the right thing to do for the young women of

You can take action on this alert via the web at:

Visit the web address below to tell your friends about this.

We encourage you to take action by February 28, 2007

Help young women prevent cancer!

If you have access to a web browser, you can take action on this
alert by going to the following URL:


Your letter will be addressed and sent to:
Your State Senator (if you live in Indiana)


If you are not currently signed up to receive notifications like these from PPIN, please go to their website and register to sign this petition, or you can e-mail your representatives. The addresses should work, but the names may be wrong. I will fix this A.S.A.P. :)
19th-Jan-2007 07:54 pm - Prevention Now Rally
misc - not a weapon

Calling all Planned Parenthood Advocates throughout Indiana! We need you at the Statehouse on February 8, 2007 to stand up for Hoosier women, men and families! 2007 is our year to turn back the anti-choice tide and work for prevention, not punishment; birth control, not bans!

We need YOU in Indianapolis on February 8 to support proactive legislation that will help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and help improve the health of all Hoosiers by protecting and increasing access to birth control and comprehensive sex education.

Stand with us for common sense solutions to unintended pregnancy!

Need a ride?
We've reserved buses statewide: Bloomington, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Lafayette/ West Lafayette, Madison/ New Albany, Merrillville, Mishawaka, Muncie and Terre Haute.

Rally in style!
All of the best-dressed advocates will be wearing the Prevention Now t-shirt, featuring the logo seen above.

You can sign up, order a shirt and reserve a bus seat if you need one all by clicking here.

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I will definitely be at the rally and hopefully also at the program put on by IRCRC. If anyone else is going, we should meet up.
19th-Jan-2007 07:47 pm - Blog for Choice is MONDAY!
misc - not a weapon

You can sign up for Blog for Choice Day here and download a Blog for Choice Day sidebar graphic (to let your readers know that you're participating) here.

If you do a Blog for Choice Day post, we would love to see it posted here.
13th-Jan-2007 09:27 am - And so it begins...
political - christian right
Abortion bills make way back to the Statehouse
Under legislation, doctors would have to say that life begins at conception and that a fetus could feel pain
By Bill Ruthhart

Legislation that would make Indiana abortion law among the strictest in the nation is back again this year.

Under a pair of Senate bills filed Thursday, Indiana doctors would be required to tell women seeking an abortion that life begins at conception and that a fetus could feel pain.

Similar legislation passed the Indiana House last year but failed to come up for a vote in the Senate during the waning moments of the 2006 session.

This year, supporters say the odds of passage may be better.

"I believe if this gets to the floor for a vote, it will pass both the House and the Senate," said Sen. Patricia L. Miller, R-Indianapolis, an author of one of the bills.

Four states -- Arkansas, Georgia, Minnesota and Oklahoma -- have passed fetal-pain legislation, according to Americans United for Life, an anti-abortion group.

But as of last year, only South Dakota had gone as far as Miller would like to see Indiana move, passing a bill requiring doctors to tell abortion patients that life begins at conception.
Betty Cockrum, president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood of Indiana, said few states have adopted such legislation because it goes too far.
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17th-Nov-2006 12:28 pm - CPC's on World News Tonight
Did anyone happen to catch World News Tonight last night? They did a piece about Crisis Pregnancy Centers and their deceptive practices. One of the women interviewed was from Indy. She went into a clinic, thinking it was PP, and then when she realized she wasn't at PP, they wouldn't tell her where it was. Shady, shady, shady. Overall, I didn't think the reporter came down hard enough on CPC's, but I suppose I'm biased.
17th-Nov-2006 12:03 am - No stork
civic - my hometown
I know there have been a few entries about getting sterilized in the Indianapolis area. I'd seen an ad for this practice in the spring, but wasn't able to recall the name. I just heard a radio commercial, so if you're interested in it (particularly in getting Essure), you might check it out.
13th-Nov-2006 05:21 am - The Terrorists Who Aren't in the News
misc - not a weapon
The Terrorists Who Aren't in the News
Anti-abortion fanatics spread fear by bombings, murders and assaults, but the media take little notice.
By Jennifer L. Pozner, AlterNet.
Posted November 11, 2006.
This piece was originally published by Newsday.

On Sept. 11, 2006, the fifth anniversary of the terror attacks that devastated our nation, a man crashed his car into a building in Davenport, Iowa, hoping to blow it up and kill himself in the fire.

No national newspaper, magazine or network newscast reported this attempted suicide bombing, though an AP wire story was available. Cable news (save for MSNBC's Keith Olbermann) was silent about this latest act of terrorism in America.

Had the criminal, David McMenemy, been Arab or Muslim, this would have been headline news for weeks. But since his target was the Edgerton Women's Health Center, rather than, say, a bank or a police station, media have not called this terrorism -- even after three decades of extreme violence by anti-abortion fanatics, mostly fundamentalist Christians who believe they're fighting a holy war.

Since 1977, casualties from this war include seven murders, 17 attempted murders, three kidnappings, 152 assaults, 305 completed or attempted bombings and arsons, 375 invasions, 482 stalking incidents, 380 death threats, 618 bomb threats, 100 acid attacks, and 1,254 acts of vandalism, according to the National Abortion Federation.

Abortion providers and activists received 77 letters threatening anthrax attacks before 9/11, yet the media never considered anthrax threats as terrorism until after 9/11, when such letters were delivered to journalists and members of Congress.

After 9/11, Planned Parenthood and other abortion rights groups received 554 envelopes containing white powder and messages like: "You have been exposed to anthrax. ... We are going to kill all of you." They were signed by the Army of God, a group that hosts Scripture-filled web pages for "Anti-Abortion Heroes of the Faith," including minister Paul Hill, Michael Griffin and James Kopp, all convicted of murdering abortion providers, and a convicted clinic bomber, the Rev. Michael Bray. Another of their "martyrs," Clayton Waagner, mailed anthrax letters while a fugitive on the FBI's 10 most wanted list for anti-abortion related crimes.

"I am a terrorist," Waagner declared on the Army of God's web site. Boasting that God "freed me to make war on his enemy," he claimed he knew where 42 Planned Parenthood workers lived. "It doesn't matter to me if you're a nurse, receptionist, bookkeeper, or janitor, if you work for the murderous abortionist, I'm going to kill you."
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8th-Nov-2006 06:38 pm(no subject)
political - thinking is patriotic
Congratulations to all supporters of reproductive rights who were elected or re-elected last night to the state legislature. In particular I am thrilled to see David Orentlicher retaining his seat and Sue Errington winning her new senate seat.
8th-Nov-2006 06:21 pm - Attention Northern Indiana members
misc - not a weapon
Fund-raising Event Features Popular Area Bands and Good Food for a Great Cause

SOUTH BEND - Planned Parenthood of Indiana will host “Share the View,” an annual fundraising event, on Friday, Nov. 17, 5:15 – 9 p.m. downtown at the Holiday Inn City Center, Cityview Ballroom, 20th floor.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana welcomes the community to “Share the View” in support of the non-profit’s work to provide access to reproductive health services in the community. The event is for all ages. The evening will feature live music from local bands, including Kevin Joiner, Suggesting Scarlett, Denny Snyder and Eargazm. Attendees can learn salsa dancing with David Seymour and take part in a magic show by Mike Powers. Free food and a cash bar will be available. Attendees will also have the chance to win great door prizes, including a guitar donated by Hoosierdad’s, CD’s and more. Proceeds from the event allow Planned Parenthood to provide services to low-income women and men who could not otherwise afford them.
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Indiana Women's Choice Group - 2 July 2005