I wanna read good news, good news!

Posted on August 2, 2011

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and so here ya go!  Days where really good news is abundant is rare, and I believe it shouldn’t be taken for granted.  I had read these articles separately throughout the day, and yet  the happiness i felt didn’t surface until i read them all together.  In a row.  It’s awesome!  i truly believe in actively practicing gratitude.   I’ll take any good news you got. — Feministe.

1) Judge blocks Kan. law stripping Planned Parenthood of fed. funding, says law unlikely to last

2) Insurers must cover birth control with no copays

The requirement is part of a broad expansion of coverage for women’s preventive care under President Barack Obama’s health care law. Also to be covered without copays are breast pumps for nursing mothers, an annual “well-woman” physical, screening for the virus that causes cervical cancer and for diabetes during pregnancy, counseling on domestic violence, and other services.

3) New Law [in State of New York] Ensures Domestic Batterers Can’t Legally Buy Guns

4) Married lesbian couple rescues 40 kids during Norway shooting rampage

The first three are immeasurably significant, and I very literally get butterflies in my stomach when I think about them.   In one state the importance of PP and the unconstitutionality of what anti’s were trying to do is being clearly established;  federally the importance of comprehensive healthcare for women was also reaffirmed.  Now, think about it.. most young women go to Planned Parenthood for contraception and screenings because we can get it for free or low cost – because home isn’t a safe place to discuss realities or because we couldn’t afford it through our doctors.  Now every woman will have the right to preventative care (hopefully it plays out as nicely as it sounds), we are one step closer to choice being a true choice (because choice starts before pregnancy).   I’m not saying now Planned Parenthood is irrelevant, by any means.  Many women still can’t even get basic healthcare.  My mom doesn’t even have health insurance. And across the country we saw women’s right to choose being chipped away.  Obviously there’s still a really long way to go, but that doesn’t mean we should be calloused and not appreciate and be grateful for what is being accomplished.

The fourth one makes me feel all mushy and really sparks the urge to run to the nearest “focus on the family” esque agency and say “what, sucka!” but i’m just feeling silly 🙂

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