May 09, 2014

This week on To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbe, our panelists discuss the US’s response to the abduction of the Nigerian schoolgirls, new lows in teen pregnancy, and the fertility industry. On the panel this week joining host Bonnie Erbe is Women Thrive Co-founder Ritu Sharma; Republican Strategist Rina Shah; NPR Radio Host Avis Jones-DeWeever; and Republican Strategist Bettina Inclan. Click read more to see what they had to say!

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Nigerian Girls Abducted

Should the US intervene?

  • Ritu Sharma: "The International Violence Against Women Act would make it the law that the US government will respond quickly and effectively when there are outbreaks of extreme violence against women and girls. This is exactly one of those cases.”

  • Rina Shah: "The hijacking of Islam by its most fanatical members has led to these groups  that mirror al Qaeda to go in and spread their values in places where there is not much infrastructure and they’re doing things for the community .”

  • Avis Jones-DeWeever: "We need to do everything humanly possible to locate these girls and bring them back home.”

  • Bonnie Erbe: “The Nigerian government is sitting there and doing nothing and trying to pretend like it’s going away.”

  • Bettina Inclan: “Injustice anywhere is a problem, and we have to do everything to bring them home."

  • Nicole Lee: the lack of education of women and others is a global problem if we don’t take ownership of the situation there are going to be repercussions both politically and economically, but it’s also who we are.

Teen Pregnancy

New report says teen pregnancy, childbirth, and abortion are at an all-time low.

  • Ritu Sharma: "It is a sign that girls are more empowered to make choices about their futures.”

  • Avis Jones-DeWeever: "We cannot deny the importance of access to contraception in terms of explaining these low rates of teenage pregnancy.”

  • Bonnie Erbe: “The progeny of teenage girls end up being poor, not getting an education, continuing the cycle of violence. How can the right want to deny contraceptives to teen girls?”

  • Bettina Inclan:  “I don’t think people want to deny contraception. The right gets concerned when you’re forcing religious organizations to make judgements they are uncomfortable with. the broader issue is you’re educating people and talking about options.

  • Bettina Inclan: "Education is a powerful tool- educating boys about sex and what it means to be a father at an early age. We can’t just focus on it as a 'girl issue'; it’s a 'boy issue', too.”

Infertility Treatments

Is there enough regulation in the fertility industry?

  • Journalist Miriam Zoll: “I couldn't stop it. I had become addicted. I referred to myself as a ‘fertility junkie.’”

  • Journalist Sandhya Graves: “I had to really think, ‘what is my goal?’ Ultimately we want children, no matter if we adopt them.”

  • Ritu Sharma: "Don’t wait too long to have a family, because it’s not just about you and getting pregnant, it’s about that child.”

  • Rina Shah: "All of us around the table, we all know people who have done IVF and have been successful.”

  • Bettina Inclan: "We definitely need more transparency and couples that want to have children need to make informed choices.  But we have to make sure we are not stifling innovation.”

  • Bonnie Erbe: “A lot of career women can’t find husbands in their 20s and 30s. What should they do if they want to have children?”


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