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Re: “Planned Parenthood PinkOut Day Tucson

Debbie, Planned Parenthood has never claimed to provide mammograms, though other people mistakenly believe they offer them. Just like most other providers of gynecological services, they refer patients to radiologists for mammograms.

Yes, "these leftist programs," originally signed into law by that infamous communist Richard M. Nixon. The Title X program helps everyone have access to vital family-planning services, which, by the way, reduce unintended pregnancies and the demand for abortion. If you're against abortion, you should be thrilled that there are programs out there that help everyone access reliable contraception -- and you should be rallying for even more access, so women don't have to travel unreasonable distances to access them, and can choose ultra-effective and long-lasting contraceptives such as the implant. Besides, investment in family planning saves tax dollars down the road. These programs make good fiscal sense.

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Posted by Annabolic on 09/30/2015 at 4:42 PM

Re: “State Rep. Victoria Steele Reveals She Was a Victim of Sexual Assault, Testifies Against Bill Prohibiting Abortion Coverage for Obamacare Insurance

I am so proud to have Rep. Steele speaking for me at the Capitol. Arizona desperately needs leaders like her to stand up to the prevailing irrationality that has been overtaking the Republican party in recent years.

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Posted by Annabolic on 03/11/2015 at 6:09 PM

Re: “Pima County Election Fun Facts: Most Voters Prefer Early Ballots, But One Out of Four Didn't Send One In

Mathtest: Your math is off -- 66% would represent a 2 in 3 return rate. :P

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Posted by Annabolic on 11/07/2014 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Orr, Friese Talk Gun Laws, Women's Rights at Only Debate for LD9

I don't know what Ethan Orr is talking about when he says he "worked" with Planned Parenthood, who has never endorsed him. His votes have shown he doesn't care about reproductive rights, and if that's not enough, take a look at the Center for Arizona Policy's "pro-life proclamation" he signed onto.

With Ethan Orr, we can cross our fingers and hope he'll do the right thing -- as he did with SB 1062 and Medicaid expansion -- but with Dr. Friese, we can be confident that our representative will do the right thing! Victoria Steele and Randall Friese should both be representing our district! Bring Ethan Orr home!

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Posted by Annabolic on 09/05/2014 at 5:40 PM

Re: “Independence Inconvenience

Pointing out that Donna didn't give her decision to have an abortion a whole lot of (apparent) thought is hardly a criticism. In fact, her unwavering confidence sets this film apart from other mainstream movies that have portrayed abortion as something that can only be approached with a long and agonizing decision-making process.

Do you think that most heterosexually active women have never given a moment's thought to what they would do if they became pregnant before they were ready to be a parent? Because most of them have already contemplated what they would do in that situation, and for many women who have abortions, there is no tortured vacillation at all. Which is precisely what we saw Donna experience in this film.

Ditto for her mother, who was probably relieved that her daughter would get to have a safe abortion rather than get knocked unconscious on a stranger's kitchen table in pre-Roe America.

Obvious Child deserves kudos for presenting a realistic portrayal of abortion without stigma or overwrought dramatics.

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Posted by Annabolic on 06/27/2014 at 3:25 PM

Re: “Terri Proud Fired for Comments About Women's Menstrual Cycles in Combat

Given how ignorant she is about women's health, perhaps it isn't shocking that she doesn't realize how common it is for women to use hormonal birth control to regulate or even stop menstruation altogether. Question answered.

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Posted by Annabolic on 04/03/2013 at 9:16 PM

Re: “Voting for the Tucson Weekly Celebrity Showdown's Round of 16 is Live!

I have to say, I really resent being forced to vote for Lisa Frank just so I can vote against that quack Andrew Weil. Frank tormented my youth with her rainbow-laden fluorescent hellscapes populated by hot-pink unicorns and chartreuse flowers. She is the symbol of the ostracization of my elementary school years, and still she's better than Dr. Weil, that embarrassment to an otherwise fine medical school. The man disregards the scientific method in favor of supernatural snake oil, which he promotes as a "doctor" but makes money off of as a "businessman." That guy's the worst.

Posted by Annabolic on 04/01/2013 at 8:17 PM

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