About 20 members of the Redlands Area Democratic Club met Saturday in Loma Linda and heard about recent attacks on women's health and a conservative "war on women" from a Planned Parenthood representative.
"Since 2010, lawmakers have introduced more than 2,000 reproductive health provisions in legislatures across the country, the vast majority of which seek to undermine women's health by cutting basic health services and restricting access to breat exams, cancer screenings, birth control and abortion," Julie Meigs Korinke, public affairs manager for Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties, said as she read from prepared remarks.
"Right now more than half of women of reproductive age are living in a state hostile to women's health, and so far the current legislative session isn't looking any better," Korinke said.
"In the first quarter of 2012, legislators have introduced 944 provisions related to reproductive health and rights - half of which would further restrict access to safe and legal abortion, while the others are designed to eliminate access to birth control basic, preventive women's health care."
Nationwide, Korinke said, there are seven trends at the state level that Planned Parenthood considers most dangerous to women's health:
1. Mandatory Ultrasounds
2. Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers
3. "Personhood" Measures
4. Abortion Restrictions
5. Rollbacks on Comprehensive Sex Education
6. Birth Control Restrictions
7. Attacks on Planned Parenthood Patients
For more information about Planned Parenthood's perspective on these trends, visit http://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/get-involved
Korinke said after her talk she could not comment on Michigan state Rep. Lisa Brown's speech Wednesday in the Lansing capitol, where she used the word "vagina" in defense of women's health and was subsequently prohibited from speaking Thursday by House Republicans.
The Detroit News on Saturday published an op/ed column by Brown, headlined "Silenced on the House Floor for Using Correct Body Terms."
Saturday's Redlands Area Democratic Club meeting was held in a private dining area of , 24960 Redlands Blvd. in Loma Linda.
For more information about the Redlands Area Democratic Club visit www.redlandsdemocrats.org.