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NEWSLETTER  |  March 2, 2018  |  Vol. 1, Issue 5
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We set our alarms

This Saturday morning, we’re holding another action at that church in Soho which demonstrates in front of the nearby Planned Parenthood clinic ALL THE TIME.

If there’s any parishioner who hasn’t thought critically about what it means for a church to regularly protest a women’s health center, maybe another protest at their own gates will be instructive.

We need you to join us! At our last action there earlier this month, we were outnumbered for the first time in our group’s history. We know that’s just because it was very cold and very early, not because New Yorkers don’t support abortion access without shame and scrutiny, right?? Waking up early on a Saturday = adding waking hours to your life that don’t involve work.

When: Tomorrow! Saturday, March 3rd, 7:45am
Where: St. Patrick's Church, 263 Mott Street, NY, NY

RSVP on Facebook and set your alarms.

We look for signs of life

This week, we surveyed the smoking wasteland that is the abortion news cycle and found… some good news? We’ll take it. Here are the stories that blessed us this week:

1 - College students in California demand more

The College Student Right to Access Act in California would make the abortion pill available to students on campus across California’s state university system. It’s one of those rare legislative fights that would not just defend the rights we’ve already won, but make a bold push for new ground. Here’s a great op-ed from one of the student leaders of this fight, Marandah Rain Field-Elliot. “Understandably,” she says, “the current rhetoric in the battle for reproductive freedom echoes cries of ‘we won’t go back’... This response is politically necessary, but we can and must demand more.” We. must. demand. more. Needlepoint that, hang on it on your wall, hire a plane and write in the sky.

2 - NYC fines a crisis pregnancy center

NYC has finally fined a fake clinic (in the nomenclature of the right, a “crisis pregnancy center”) for failing to properly inform patients about the services they do and don’t provide. Sucks to suck, EMC Frontline! The rule requiring this disclosure seemed promising back when it was passed a few years ago, but since then the process for reporting violations has been messy. Speaking of which: did you know that you can report a fake clinic for not clearly disclosing that they’re fake fake fake? You can! Here’s the form; go forth and prosper.

3 - Activists in Ohio keep a clinic open

Grassroots activists held a rally and a press conference and made over 500 phone calls to keep an abortion clinic in Ohio open, and their efforts worked. The story of why their organizing work was necessary in the first place is a headache, but it’s a good lesson in how TRAP laws work: The clinic is mandated by a 2013 law to have a patient-transfer agreement with a hospital; they had been partnering with the University of Toledo Medical Center before the law anyway, but a little provision banning clinic-transfer agreements with public institutions forced them to look elsewhere. Their partnership with University of Michigan Health System was shot down because it would require patients to travel more than thirty miles (never mind that shutting down this clinic would force patients to travel even farther for abortion care). Finally, a private hospital agreed to partner with the clinic. Whew. Anyway, here’s a little more about the activists who made it happen.

4 - New Jersey (re)opens their wallets

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is restoring $7.45 million in state funding for family planning services. This money was an annual thing before former Governor Chris Christie, a selfish, small-minded man, did away with it for his eight years in office. The money can’t fund abortions, per the Hyde Amendment, but this goes in the win column.

5 - The Office of Refugee Resettlement backtracks

The Office of Refugee Resettlement is 1. walking back a prohibition on federally-funded lawyers discussing abortion rights with immigrant minors in custody and 2. currently being sued by the ACLU for going to great lengths to block abortion access for immigrant minors. An HHS spokesman blamed the dust-up over 1. on a “miscommunication.” Is Trump’s HHS afraid of the big bad ACLU??

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Time’s up on abortion clinic protests organized street harassment!

(Janelle Monae would give a speech at the Grammy’s about Time’s Up as if she were an alien announcing her arrival on earth.)

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