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As of yesterday, because of the Affordable Health Care Act, every new health insurance policy must include FDA-approved contraceptives without any co-pays or deductibles.

In addition, all new insurance policies must cover women’s preventive care without co-pays or deductibles, including:

An annual well woman preventive care visit with your doctor.
Screening for:
Gestational diabetes
STIs
HIV/AIDS
HPV
Screening and counseling for domestic violence
Breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling

Remember these advanced when you vote in November!

Have you ever been to an obstetrician-gynecologist for a pelvic exam and Pap test? If your answer is “no” and you are 21 or older, pick up your phone today and make an appointment with your doctor or a family planning clinic in your area. On the other hand, if your answer is “yes,” then how long has it been since your last Pap smear and pelvic exam? All women should have annual Pap smears beginning at age 21, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Women 21 to 29 should get a Pap every year, then every other year (or as often as your doctor recommends) from ages 30 to 64.

AbortionWe all know about the war on women’s health that is being waged by the Republican Presidential candidates.  I will say that Rick Santorum has at least been consistent all of his political life.  He would like to see Planned Parenthood and other reproductive health clinics just disappear.  But then there’s Mitt Romney, who as Governor of Massachusetts used to be pro-choice and supported PPFA’s mission.  And now, of course, he has done a total reversal.

If Romney gets the presidential nomination, consider that he will try to stop PPFA (and the independent clinics) from not just performing abortions but also breast exams, life saving cervical cancer screenings, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases and offering birth control.

I urge those of you who support women’s health (and who trust women to make their own decisions) to get involved in the presidential campaign.  There may be no more important one than this one.

More Insults

Hello Male Legislators: Women are not Stupid.

Hello Male Legislators: Women are not Stupid.

When is this stuff gonna end?

Recently, the Oklahoma State Senate approved a bill that would require an abortion doctor to let a woman know that she had a right to hear the heartbeat of the fetus!   The bill was approved by a 34 – 8 vote and will soon go to the state House.

Originally, the bill required that women hear the heartbeat before having an abortion, but the bill’s author watered down the measure to secure its passage.  So, now it’s “only” optional.

Yet another insult.

Women know the embryo is living.

Women know the embryo is living.

So, if you hear the heartbeat, what does that prove?   It proves that the fetus is alive!  Oh revelation!  Thank you, oh wise ones, for informing us that we are carrying something that is alive.   Indeed, what you failed to realize was that, the reason why women go to get an abortion is because they KNOW the fetus is alive and growing and they don’t want it to live any longer.  But, then, we are sooooo stupid, so it’s fortunate that we have you boys around to educate us.

What are you going to do next – take away our vote?

Virginia Abortion

Virginia Abortion

The Virginia legislature has passed legislation requiring women to get an ultrasound before they could have an abortion.  Of course, it’s entirely insulting to women to suggest that they need this “help” but that’s only part of the story.

Abortion Ultrasound

Abortion Ultrasound

It seems that no one – not even the pro-choice groups – understood that if a woman was contemplating an early abortion, the only way to see the fetus would be to have a vaginal ultrasound!   That’s right.  It was not until a clever lawyer in the pro-choice movement thought this through a little that the word got out.  And now the legislature has gone back to the drawing board.

That’s a very sad commentary on the state of women’s health.  In many ways, we are still just afterthoughts.

Virginia Abortion

Virginia Abortion

Abortion Blockade

Abortion Blockade

What in God’s name is  going on in the Commonwealth of Virginia?

Last week, the state House and Senate in Virginia passed a bill that requires women to undergo an ultrasound procedure before having an abortion and, in many cases, it would require them to have a transvaginal ultrasound!     That’s right, I am not making this up.  In many cases, especially early abortions, the doctor would be forced to insert a probe inside the woman’s vagina in order to see the reproductive organs.

Vaginal Probe State Mandated Penetration

Vaginal Probe State Mandated Penetration

The anti-abortion crowd gets more disgusting with each passing year.

Divorce

Divorce

Are you a “middle aged” woman?   Are you recently divorced?

If so, you might be interested in the observations of one Christopher Coleman, an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, who has found that divorced middle aged women are more likely to contract HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

One reason is that they tend to “let their guard down” with new sexual partners and avoid using contraception since they are unafraid of getting pregnant.

Divorce

Divorce

Also, as you get older, physiological changes due to menopause (such as the thinning of vaginal walls) make it more that a woman will contract a virus. Then there is the fact that medications that would be used to treat an STD or HIV become hard for a woman to tolerate because an aging body metabolizes medications differently.

Careful, girls!

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