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Jill began blogging for Feministe in 2005. She has since written as a weekly columnist for the Guardian newspaper and in April 2014 she was appointed as senior political writer for Cosmopolitan magazine.
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  1. The Raving Atheist
    The Raving Atheist September 6, 2007 at 11:51 pm |

    Are you sure you counted those women who need contraceptives right? When I did I got 1,558,724, but that was just before the Labor Day weekend when the need was possibly higher. Perhaps the disparity can also be explained by the fact that both of our figures are just completely made up.

    On the STD’s I think the stat relevant to whether the Planned Parenthood clinic is needed would be the disease rate for Aurora rather than all of Illinois. Might also be helpful to know how they decided Aurora needed more abortions, the “reproductive health service” that’s the primary focus of the protesters. Any stats on that?

    No links to the anti-choice bloggers who are supporting the protesters? Maybe you just left them out by mistake. Or maybe the problem is that those posts explain what some of the real issues are surrounding Planned Parenthood’s conduct in Aurora, issues which are also conspicuously ignored by the organization’s fundraising appeals. I really can’t fathom how an honest discussion of this matter can omit any mention of the city council meetings and investigations, and pretend this is somehow about protesters blocking construction. Don’t you want your readers to be able to make a “fully informed choice” about the controversy?

  2. Ledasmom
    Ledasmom September 7, 2007 at 12:30 pm |

    On the STD’s I think the stat relevant to whether the Planned Parenthood clinic is needed would be the disease rate for Aurora rather than all of Illinois

    That would only be the relative number if, in fact, reproductive health services were freely available in Illinois generally. Otherwise an Aurora clinic would presumably draw women from elsewhere.
    If you’re really concerned, RA, that people aren’t getting a balanced picture from this post, why didn’t you mention which bloggers are supporting the protestors? Here, I’ll help you: I know Dawn Eden’s talked about it on her blog. There ya go.

  3. madeline
    madeline September 7, 2007 at 1:53 pm |

    Aurora is one of the largest cities in the state (2nd or 3rd, it’s disputed) and I think it’s pretty safe to say that if Illinois on the whole has a problem with STDs, Aurora probably does too. But that’s neither here nor there. The main point is that my dad is one of the wackos protesting in Aurora, so everyone please sign the petition and donate if you can.

  4. Sayna
    Sayna September 7, 2007 at 11:27 pm |

    Scary stuff! Thank you for letting people know just how awful these creeps are! I had no idea who was organizing this. I just wish I could do more than sign a ribbon!

  5. Therese Z
    Therese Z September 9, 2007 at 1:03 pm |

    If they are so sure of their mission to Aurora and Northern Illinois, then shouldn’t they have filed their development plan under their proper name, instead of sneaking in under the name “Gemini Medical Clinic,” and saying their services were “unspecified?” One of the officers of this “clinic” signed her name as an officer of that corporation and then a year later, suddenly, there she was, an officer of Planned Parenthood? Not until a few months ago, with the building completed and the final permits ready for approval, did the real nature of this business emerge. (All pdf’ed evidence readily available in the blogosphere…)

    If Wal-Mart tried that crap, filing development plans under another store name, and then revealing themselves to be what some consider to be a detriment to their community, then outrage and lawsuits and protests would be the order of the day, and you wouldn’t even think to feature it.

    So, tell the whole story and see why the citizens demand their “choice” of whether they want that clinic in their neighborhood.

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