Nov. 2, 2012
"Texas Will Continue Funding to Planned Parenthood, For Now," Andrea Grimes, RH Reality Check: Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek on Wednesday announced that the state's Women's Health Program will continue to receive federal funding and include Planned Parenthood as a provider, for the time being -- despite previous plans to bar the organization from participation beginning on Nov. 1. Grimes writes that the result is that "at least for now," women can continue to receive WHP services, such as Pap tests and contraception, through Planned Parenthood (Grimes, RH Reality Check, 10/31).
"Heartbeat: My Involuntary Miscarriage and 'Voluntary Abortion' in Ohio," Tamara Mann, Huffington Post blogs: Mann writes about her experience obtaining an abortion after learning that the fetus had severe anomalies that were incompatible with life outside the womb. Her doctors recommended she obtain an abortion as soon as possible to minimize risks to her own health, but her insurance company initially refused to cover the procedure because the fetus had a heartbeat. Once her insurer agreed to cover the abortion, Mann was required to sign a state-mandated consent form for elective abortion because of the presence of a fetal heartbeat. "Ohio is not the only state preoccupied with the heartbeat, [but] it seems to be one of the most committed," Mann writes, adding, "Why have so many people settled on the heartbeat as the best marker of life in-utero? This is not science. It is the tyranny of a metaphor" (Mann, Huffington Post blogs, 11/1).