Posts tagged "abortion rights"

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,…
By: 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…
By: 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 law…
By: 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 Pinterest board…
By: 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. […
By: 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. [Feminist.org,…
By: 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, Blog.Al.com] According to a new Quinnipiac…
By: 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.
By: 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:…
By: 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…
By: 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 in Ireland with…
By: 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…
By: Emily Heist Moss / November 9, 2012

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

This piece was originally published at Patheos.com 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…
By: Libby Anne / November 5, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Romney Campaign Says It Still Supports Richard Mourdock

Mitt Romney's presidential campaign says it still supports the Tea Party's Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, who mind-bogglingly said that "God intended" pregnancies that result from rape. Mourdock is running a TV ad featuring Romney; the presidential campaign is apparently A-OK with continuing that endorsement. Keeeeeeep digging yourselves in a hole, boys. The electio…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 24, 2012

Another Male Politician Says Pregnancy From Rape Is A “Blessing” That Happened As God “Intended,” But I Have Questions About This Whole “God’s Intention” Thing

"The only exception I have to have an abortion is in the case of the life of the mother. I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize life is that gift from God. I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it i…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 24, 2012

According To New AZ Law, Pregnancy Begins Two Weeks Before Conception

Wait. What? I must be reading this wrong. The “Women’s Health and Safety Act,” signed into law yesterday by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, and referred to by some as "the egg drop bill," defines pregnancy as beginning two weeks before conception, as it calculates the gestational age starting with the first day of the last menstrual…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 24, 2012

Today In WTF: Bill Comparing Women To Livestock Passes

Seriously, ladies, what is this fuckery? As we reported earlier, a Georgia bill criminalizing abortion after 20 weeks, with no exceptions for rape or incest, has passed Georgia's Senate, and is expected to be signed into law by Republican Governor Nathan Deal. This bill has affectionately been referred to as the "women a…
By: Julie Gerstein / April 5, 2012

Women Leave “Vagina Updates” On Virginia State Senator’s Facebook Page

Meet Virginia State Senator Ryan McDougle! He is one of the state lawmakers who has come out to ardently support the state’s mandatory transvaginal ultrasound bill, almost as if he had no idea what was really entailed in women’s health decisions that are usually made by women. He is pictured above speaking with some of hi…
By: The Mary Sue / March 14, 2012