During a debate on Monday, Republican congressional candidate Doug Lamalfa decided to get all sciencey on everyone by asserting a causal connection between abortion and breast cancer. Of course, he did it by blundering around disarmingly and using the phrase “abortion mill,” so that he could make a non-apology later on in case anyone got offended. As it turns out, it’s not just offensive or even debatable to claim that medical or surgical abortion cause cancer, it’s simply unsupportable, so Lamalfa had to issue an actual apology for lying and misleading people.
Crisis Pregnancy Centers are notorious for recklessly issuing false medical information non-stop, believing that whatever can be done to stop someone from terminating a pregnancy should be done. The Crisis Project is currently running a series of investigations into CPCs, secretly filming CPC staff and volunteers as they go through their spiels on abortion, contraception, and a host of other subjects. CPCs, however, because they are generally non-profit organizations affiliated with churches, are allowed to lie with impunity.
My main concern is that most folks don’t seem to care too much about “facts” these days, as long as they’re getting “both sides” - that is, the variously-informed opinions of pundits on 24-hour news cycles. Reality and scientific research have a surprisingly brittle toehold in both popular opinion and public policy, so what I want to know is, what reproductive or sexual health service is going to be “causing cancer” next? Fingers crossed for douching!
Pearl’s new bowl cut is so Boy Meets World.
The first question I asked my doctor after coming out of anesthesia last Tuesday was, “How many eggs?”
The second question was, “How long does the hCG stay in my system?”
Friends, Walter White is not the only one who uses chemistry for evil. The Sunday beforemy egg donation surgery, my neighbor helped me inject a dose of human chorionic gonadotropin, which would get the huge, swollen bundles of ovarian follicles I’d been cultivating all month to finally release their mature eggs so the IVF doctors could retrieve, fertilize, and monitor them for a few days before placing embryos in my recipient. Incidentally, hCG is also the hormone that tests positive in pregnancy tests.
…Pregnancy tests, including, of course, the pregnancy tests they use at crisis pregnancy centers, like the CPC that opened up on my block this spring.
The OK4RJ Care Hotline is excited to announce its first volunteer training session. Jen,Sandra, and I have retooled everything, so the new system will be more streamlined and easier to work with. We hope to have our soft launch by the end of summer, so we are training people starting now.
The OK4RJ Care Hotline was established as a resource for pregnant people in the state of Oklahoma. Too many of the other options were time-consuming, confusing, or gave biased, false information. The Care Hotline aims to be a safe space for any question involving pregnancy, parenting, abortion, or adoption, without any prejudice or preconceptions in our referrals. We feel like this is very necessary in today’s Oklahoma with the cuts to government health funding and the rise of Crisis Pregnancy Centers.
The Care Hotline works on a routed call system. Callers dial one number and the call is routed to the cell phone of an on-call volunteer. Volunteers then guide callers, using a series of scripts and worksheets to resources in the area. Inquiries that call for more information than the volunteer can provide are forwarded to case managers who will respond within 48 hours. The training provided to volunteers is very thorough, and we aim to help our volunteers feel confident on their calls. We also understand the pressure and stress taking some calls can bring, so OK4RJ has also placed on emphasis on self-care and monthly check-ins with our volunteers.
If you’re interested in coming to a one-time training session, we would love to have you. Our first session will be Sunday, July 24th from 4-7pm. We ask that anyone planning to attend please fill our the volunteer application form. We ask that all trainees have a laptop for this session, so if you don’t have one, just ask and we’ll find one for you to borrow!
Judie is a volunteer training coordinator and case manager for the hotline. She lobbies hard for pizza for every meeting. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.