Posts tagged "abortion rights"

Bill Nye Uses Science To Defend Women’s Reproductive Rights

It has been a pretty shitty year for women’s reproductive rights in this country, I think we can all agree. When so much progression has been made for LGBT rights, Trans Rights and more, the Right still wants to attack the decisions that women make with regards to women and reproduction. Laws are getting worse,…

Katrin Higher / September 26, 2015

Fire At Planned Parenthood Clinic In Washington State Was Arson

Weeks after a major anti-abortion demonstration took place at a Washington State Planned Parenthood clinic, a fire broke out early Friday morning. As if they didn’t have enough to deal with.
At no surprise to anyone, the fire has been ruled arson by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
A statement from the…

Katrin Higher / September 5, 2015

The EACH Woman Act Will Make Reproductive Choice A Reality For All Women

Abortion rights for all, regardless of income, on demand and without apology. …

Robyn Pennacchia / July 8, 2015

“Satanist” Missouri Woman Invokes “Religious Freedom” To Have Abortion Without Waiting 72 Hours

Here are two really fun facts about Missouri:
1) There is only one abortion provider in the entire state, at the Planned Parenthood of St. Louis
2) By law, women seeking an abortion must first have an initial appointment, and then wait 72 hours to be allowed to have it.
This means that women living…

Robyn Pennacchia / May 1, 2015

Trick-Or-Treat? Here’s Some Anti-Choice Propaganda Instead!

Wait one second, Fat-Shaming Trick-Or-Treat Lady! Before you claim the Worst House To Visit On Halloween Award, we have another contender! This past Halloween night, some trick-or-treaters in Albuquerque, New Mexico, discovered anti-abortion business card-sized literature amongst their bounty of Reese’s peanut butter cups, M&Ms and Starbursts. The cards are printed with pictures of fetuse…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 4, 2013

Texas Teen Sues Parents For Right To Not Have An Abortion

Mostly when we discuss the “right to choose,” we focus on the right to safe and legal access to abortion.  We mostly focus abortion as the “choice” because a woman’s right to make her own family planning decisions is constantly under attack from conservative politicians and the anti-abortion movement, both of which are pickled with the…

Jessica Wakeman / February 21, 2013

New York Governor Cuomo Looks To Update State’s Abortion Laws

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to update abortion laws in New York by removing restrictions on late term abortions (past 24 weeks), which have previously been available only if a woman’s life is at risk.  His proposal also includes allowing licensed practitioners to perform abortions, and changing the regulation of abortion to the state’s public health…

Sarah Gray / February 19, 2013

Woman Dies After Late-Term Abortion, Anti-Choice Protesters Leak Her Name & Private Medical Info

I’m warning you, it’s hard not to read this story without getting enraged.

Last week, a 29-year-old kindergarten teacher from New York went down to Germantown, Pennsylvania Maryland, to terminate her pregnancy at 33-weeks. She was married and fully enthusiastic about having a baby, according to the Washington Post, which says she had a…

Jessica Wakeman / February 15, 2013

Meet The Woman Reopening Dr. George Tiller’s Abortion Clinic In Witchita

Meet Julie Burkhart of the Trust Women Foundation who purchased the office owned by late abortion provider Dr. George Tiller, who was murdered by an anti-abortion extremist in 2009 in Wichita, Kansas. After raising nearly $1 million to reopen the clinic, it’s set to begin serving women’s reproductive health care needs again this spring.

Jessica Wakeman / February 11, 2013

North Dakota Advances Anti-Abortion “Fetal Personhood” Ballot Measure

North Dakota’s state Senate has approved a “fetal personhood” voter initiative which would allow citizens  to vote on whether to amend the state constitution to read that life begins at conception, thereby criminalizing all abortion. It now must pass North Dakota’s House of Representatives before it ends up on the 2014 ballot. [, Huffington

Jessica Wakeman / February 8, 2013

Alabama Seeks More Restrictions On Abortion Clinics

Alabama has advanced an Orwellian-named bill called the “Women’s Health & Safety Act” which seeks to heap more restrictions on abortion providers — for instance, regulating the architectural infrastructure of the buildings — in hopes it can close the state’s five remaining clinics. [Think Progress,]
According to a new Quinnipiac poll, 75…

Jessica Wakeman / February 7, 2013

Michigan Republicans Think Women Should Be Forced To Have Invasive, Medically Unnecessary Transvaginal Ultrasounds Before An Abortion

Women would be forced to have invasive, medically unnecessary transvaginal ultrasounds two hours before having an abortion if Republicans in Michigan get their way. A male Republican in Michigan’s state House of Representatives introduced a bill earlier this week similar to the one Virginia eventually backed-off of last year after public outcry.

Jessica Wakeman / February 7, 2013

Lizz Winstead Succinctly Breaks Down Where We Are With Roe V. Wade

Lizz Winstead is the one of the founding writers of “The Daily Show” and a staunch and funny feminist. In this new video, Winstead teams up with the women’s rights group UltraViolet to show you how much “choice” many women actually have. Did you know that there’s only one abortion clinic in these four states:…

Julie Gerstein / January 26, 2013

Today’s The 40th Anniversary Of ‘Roe Vs. Wade’

Today, January 22, marks the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s historic Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortions nationwide. Despite the fact that issues such gay rights held a spotlight in President Obama’s inaugural address, a woman’s right to choose is is still a highly divisive debate.

TIME magazine’s first issue of 2013 boldly stated…

Sarah Gray / January 22, 2013

The Soapbox: I’m From Ireland, And I’m So Grateful I Had My Abortion In America

I would truly love to be able to submit this piece with my name attached. However, as a young woman in modern Ireland, I feel it’s not possible due to the stigma and negativity attached to the subject matter.

A few weeks ago, 31-year-old Savita Halappanavar, an Indian dentist that had settled i…

Anonymous / November 16, 2012

The Soapbox: The Election Is Over But I’m Still Scared

Originally appeared on Role/Reboot. Republished here with permission.

It’s over.

For a while, I managed to hold it together. There was pie to eat and wine to drink and a couch to sink gratefully into. There were friends to laugh with and sigh with, dishes to clean up, and an 8am meeting o…

Emily Heist Moss / November 9, 2012

The Soapbox: How I Lost Faith In The Pro-Life Movement

This piece was originally published at and is being reprinted with permission.

The spring of my sophomore year of college I was president of my university’s Students for Life chapter. The fall of my junior year of college I cut my ties with the pro-life movement. Five years later I have lost…

Libby Anne / November 5, 2012