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NEWSLETTER  |  JANUARY 24, 2018  |  Vol. 1, Issue 2
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Every first Saturday of the month, the Basilica of Saint Patrick's Old Cathedral in Manhattan leads a group of parishioners to Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger Center to harass and intimidate patients. On February 3, we’re going to show up, too. Help us to mobilize a visible, vocal, and unapologetic defense of abortion. The Facebook event is here, please join us! We’ll greet you with love and empowering slogans.

We’ll be talking strategy and logistics at our organizing meeting tomorrow, January 25, at Mayday Space in Bushwick; all are welcome.

Did you see our timeline of the big abortion news stories in 2017? Bookmark that then meet us back here.

Cool, hi, thank you for reading! Onward:

New Directions in Abortion Polling

Forty-five years after Roe v. Wade, a new survey from the research firm PerryUndem shows that a majority of Americans think that Roe should remain the law of the land. That’s old news, but the researchers also asked a bunch of questions that we’ve never seen before in abortion polling, about how women and men experience pregnancy scares and view white men in power and think about what the act of getting abortion should be like. Some tidbits:

  • 60% say that motherhood changes a woman’s life “completely. 38% say the same about men and fatherhood.

  • Most folks can’t explain the difference between Plan B, mifepristone and misoprostol, a D&E, and so on. But: very few think that the Supreme Court or politicians at any level of government should get to decide what sorts of procedures are used for abortion.

  • Most say that they want women who have abortions to feel confident, in control, unashamed, and supported (as opposed to vulnerable, ashamed, guilty, and without support).

  • 64% think that having an abortion “should be similar to getting other medical care,” as opposed to more difficult.

  • Most people agree that abortion kills a life or a potential life, and that women should be able to have abortions without government interference.

“A majority of voters does not know about the law and policies that regulate abortion,” the researchers wrote. Questions grounded in emotion and personal experience, like these, may be more revealing than questions about specific policies. We recommend dipping into the results.

Meanwhile, the National Right to Life Committee is parading poll numbers from the consulting firm founded by Kellyanne Conway to claim that “Americans Reject Abortion for Any Reason.” That’s per their annual “State of Abortion in the United States” report for 2018, which we won’t link to here. You know, hey, whatever helps you sleep at night, NRLC.

Reading List

A fantastic list of six major stories on abortion rights to watch in 2018; storms are brewing. Doctors who refuse to perform abortions for religious reasons can expect to receive the full support of the Trump administration. Being denied an abortion wreaks financial havoc on a person, according to a pioneering new study (did you know that studying the links between abortion and economic outcomes is pioneering??). Before Roe, travel agencies offered deals on international travel to obtain abortions, bundled with sightseeing. Abortions on TV are usually super serious and sad, but that’s starting to change.

Our National Nightmare, Part 1,341

Donald Trump became the first sitting president in American history to address March for Life attendees via live video. We didn’t tune in. Mike Pence didn’t either but he piped up to say that Trump is definitely “the most pro-life president in American history.” Luv 2 have a pro-life president who has never personally bankrolled or even just passively benefited from abortion care in any way.
Definitely not.

Pregnant? Don't Want to Be? Call Jane.

In 1965, a nineteen-year-old in Chicago named Heather Booth founded a secret network of women who learned how to perform abortions for anyone who needed one, called Jane. “At their peak, Jane was performing abortions four days a week and typically serving 10 women a day.” Do you also feel a thrill in your spine? Where has Jane been all our lives? Where is the Kickstarter campaign for a movie about Jane? Called Jane?

JANE. | Left to right: Martha Scott, Jeanne Galatzer-Levy, Abby Parisers, Sheila Smith, and Madeline Schwenk. Courtesy of Martha Scott.
The Future is Jane.

A group has been formed to help people navigate the medical and legal challenges of self-managing their abortions with the abortion pill. The legal challenges are far greater than the medical, as it turns out: all signs point to self-managed abortions as being safe and effective if people have access to good information, per this new study out of Peru. They have a great name, too: SASS, which stands for Self-managed Abortion, Safe and Supported.

Via Giphy.
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