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China’s Blind Activist Chen Guangcheng

(Source: BBC News)

Chen Guangcheng (file photo 2006)
Blind activist Chen Guangcheng exposed the harsher side of China’s family planning policies.

Blind since a young age and a self-taught legal activist, Chen Guangcheng rose to prominence for helping to expose harsh realities about China’s family planning policies.

His activism landed him in jail between 2006 and 2010 but even after he was released, Mr Chen and his family have been under virtual house arrest at his home in Shandong province.

He escaped from house arrest on 27 April 2012 and while his whereabouts remain unclear, the implication is that he is at a diplomatic mission in Beijing. (more…)

DA plans no charges on abortion records shredding

(Source: The Witchita Eagle)

TOPEKA — An outside investigation has determined that the Kansas Attorney General’s Office didn’t shred documents from a Planned Parenthood clinic when it destroyed abortion records in April 2009, raising questions about a county prosecutor’s statements that had prompted the dismissal of some criminal charges against the clinic.

None of the destroyed documents was “connected in any way” with Planned Parenthood, which performs abortions at its clinic in Overland Park, Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor said Friday. The attorney general’s office asked the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office to investigate the shredding and turn its findings over to Taylor.

The request came after Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe told a judge last fall that the attorney general’s office destroyed documents it had from Planned Parenthood, hindering the prosecution of its clinic. In November, the judge dismissed 49 of 107 charges against the clinic, including the most serious ones that accused it of falsifying reports to the state on abortions it performed in 2003.

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Being a pill about the pill? Santorum vs US views

(Source: Associated Press)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans don’t share Rick Santorum’s absolutist take on abortion. He’s out of step on women in combat. He questions the values of the two-thirds of mothers who work. He’s even troubled by something as commonplace as birth control — for married couples.

Even among a Republican presidential field eager to please religious conservatives, Santorum’s ideas stand out.

A Catholic father of seven whose kids are home-schooled, Santorum may seem to wear his conservatism as comfortably as his sweater vests. But he’s walked a careful path, keeping the more provocative opinions that helped sink his re-election to the Senate in 2006 mostly out of his presidential campaign.

That is until he leaped to the top of the polls, alongside Mitt Romney.

Now Santorum’s record on social issues is getting a closer look. On several matters, he’s outside the Republican mainstream. And if he becomes the GOP nominee, some of his ideas would probably be surprising, even puzzling, to general election voters.

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How to be an Everyday Reproductive Justice Hero

(Source: Abortion Gang)

Recently, I left my job in abortion care. Although I have a social justice, nonprofit, world-saving job that I love now, I miss the clinic, as I knew I would. I knew I would miss my coworkers of course, and the patients and their amazing stories. But what I didn’t realize was what a huge part of my identity it was. I had grown complacent in the knowledge that working in an abortion clinic was a noble act (instead of a privilege), and that my work was what defined me as an activist. Since leaving, I have had to have some serious, soul-searching conversations with myself about what truly constitutes activism, and how to continue and expand my fight for reproductive justice.

I feel that I have not given enough credit during my time in the movement to those who work outside of the clinics and advocacy organizations, who are reproductive justice freedom fighters on top of their day jobs. Unpaid activists who truly act out of the goodness of their hearts. And now that I no longer work in abortion care, it is no longer assumed that I care deeply about reproductive justice – I have to prove that I want it through my unpaid actions.

For my own benefit and for others like me, I have written the following list of how those of us with little time, money and energy to spare can be everyday heroes and activists.

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