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 fetuses alongside messages like “I am not a clump of cells, I am a human being,” “Am I not human?” and “53 million killed.” What a waste of paper! And not just because the anti-choice messaging is crap. I mean, clearly the pamphlets come as a complete disappointment to kids who expected candy and instead got finger cuts. Even a goddamn Mounds would be better! But I can’t imagine any parent who’s actually on the fence about abortion would be impressed by tactics like this. I mean, they went out for a nice evening trick-or-treating with their little Snow White or whatever and ended the night having to explain what abortion is to a six-year-old. I’m sure that really swayed them. [via Jezebel]
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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 Religious Right.
But a woman’s right to make her own family planning decisions also includes the choice make a family — even, in a recent case out of Texas, if the woman in question is a pregnant 16-year-old girl whose parents were trying to force her to have an abortion. Keep reading »
- 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 law rather than the penal codes. [New York Times]
- More uplifting news from politicians: Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings announced his campaign to end violence against women and is calling on 10,000 to rally at City Hall to end domestic violence. [Feministing]
- According to analysts and pollsters, how women feel about gun control could be a major factor in the 2014 midterm elections. According to Joe Garofoli of the San Francisco Chronicle, women think less about guns as a Second Amendment right and more about safety. [The Columbus Dispatch] Keep reading »
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 Pinterest board filled with baby items and a baby registry. But tragically, earlier this month, the woman instead found herself getting a late-term abortion at Germantown’s Women’s Reproductive Center clinic.
The abortion was a multi-day procedure, requiring her to stay in a hotel nearby. At some point during the procedure, she was taken to the ER of a local hospital, where she died the next day. Her death is currently under investigation by the state of Maryland.
This story is sad enough as it is. But the absolutely enraging part is that anti-abortion protesters have now been protesting outside the Germantown clinic revealing the woman’s name, where she worked, showing her photos, and sharing confidential details about her medical procedures which were revealed by “anonymous sources.”
That’s so fucked up. Keep reading »
- 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. [Mother Jones]
- HOORAY! The Pentagon announced today that it will extend the same benefits to same-sex couples that are enjoyed by straight couples, including hospital visitation rights and ID cards. Most importantly, same-sex widows will now be subject to the same death benefits. [Queerty]
- Are you a Frisky reader who is in high school or college? Then make sure you check out Feminist Summer Camp held by Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards. The next session is June 2-8, 2013, and you should apply. [Feminist Summer Camp] Keep reading »
- 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. [Feminist.org, Huffington Post]
- Also: aborted babies go to Hell, says some politician. Glad we cleared that one up. [Raw Story]
- On invisible women and the real history of domestic workers in America. [Mother Jones]
- The U.S. has one of the worst gender gaps in math skills in the developed world. [Slate] Keep reading »
- 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, Blog.Al.com]
- According to a new Quinnipiac poll, 75 percent of Americans polled support the military’s decision to lift the ban on women serving in ground combat. [Politico]
- On Saturday, First Lady Michelle Obama will attend the funeral of Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old girl who performed with her school in a parade for President Obama’s second inauguration and then was murdered two weeks later by gun violence in Chicago. [Madame Noire] Keep reading »
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. Keep reading »
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: North Dakota, South Dakota, Mississippi, and Arkansas? So just because women may theoretically have the right to abortion, they may not actually be able to procure one if needed. Why does any of this matter? Because an attack on abortion rights is an attack on women, and a not-so-subtle way of claiming sovereign control over women’s bodies.
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 that women have been losing ground ever since the Roe ruling, but is that really true? Let’s take a look at where women’s abortion rights stand today: