Monday, October 31, 2011

Condom Action Movie!

This is a film by Echo Zen recently posted on Feministe. Echo is a feminist filmmaker and women’s health advocate who works to educate communities and families about health, sexuality and respect. His goal is to someday honor his peers by becoming a champion for reproductive justice, through his work as an educator and filmmaker. 

This film may seem comedic or extreme- where condom smugglers are attacked for distributing banned goods.  But there are those still pushing against basic birth control in the US.  Learn more about Initiative 26 in Mississippi.

Initiative 26 is a ballot initiative that Mississippians will vote on November 8th. The initiative would amend the state constitution to establish legal “personhood” at the moment of fertilization. This could mean the end of access to reproductive health care as we know it.  The stated goal of those behind Initiative 26 is to challenge Roe v. Wade, but it has many unintended medical and legal consequences. 
Initiative 26 could ban birth control. 
This initiative could ban access to common forms of birth control like the pill and the IUD.  The Mississippi chapter of American College of Obstetrician Gynecologists opposes the initiative.  

Initiative 26 could ban in-vitro fertilization.
Leading organizations in the field of in-vitro and other assisted reproductive technologies believe this will essentially ban their work to help families have children of their own.  Those organizations include the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART), and RESOLVE, a national infertility group. 

Initiative 26 bans abortion without exceptions for rape, incest, or life of the mother.  
This extreme measure contains no exceptions, leaving women with medically complex pregnancies without access to life-saving treatment.  For women with ectopic or molar pregnancies or unrelated illnesses like cancer, this initiative jeopardizes women’s lives.  Victims of rape or incest would be forced to carry the child of their abuser. 

Mississippians need more access to health care, not less. 
This initiative does nothing to prevent abortions or improve the health of Mississippians. In a state with the highest rates of Chlamydia, gonorrhea, maternal and infant mortality and morbidity rates, we cannot afford to have less health care and family planning in Mississippi.

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