Posts tagged "abortion"

Indiana Passes Bill Outlawing Abortions Due To Birth Defects

Indiana passed a bill this week which would ban doctors from knowingly performing abortions when they knew the mother was doing so because of either the sex of the child or because the child was going to be born with a birth defect or disease. The first reason here is, of course, entirely made up.

By: Robyn Pennacchia / February 27, 2015

British Soccer Fans Chant “We Are Racist” While Blocking Black Metro Passenger From Boarding

French prosecutors and British police are investigating an incident on Paris’ Metro in which British soccer fans blocked a Black passenger from boarding, chanting “We’re racist.” [The Guardian] A brutal rape and murder is highlighting the contradictions in Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s policy and actual attitudes toward women. [The Daily Beast] A new report…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 18, 2015

House Passes “No Abortions For Poor Ladies” Bill On Roe v. Wade Anniversary

After backing down from a controversial bill that would make abortion illegal after 20 weeks, the Republican controlled House passed another anti-abortion bill today, called "The No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion" Act. Coincidentally, today is also the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that deemed abortion a decision to be made privately…

By: Robyn Pennacchia / January 22, 2015

Emma Sulkowicz Will Attend The State Of The Union Address

Columbia University artist Emma Sulkowicz, who has been carrying her dorm mattress in protest of campus rape, will be attending the State of the Union Address. [ArtNet] Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has published a new short story! Go read it! [Medium] Here’s a roundup of all the ridiculous abortion bills on the docket in America. [The

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 20, 2015

Jenny Slate Champions Repro Rights While Accepting Award For “Obvious Child”

I am so proud to be in a movie that is joyful and thoughtful and depicts a modern and authentic experience of unplanned pregnancy...Gillian Robespierre and Elizabeth Holm, who wrote this movie, assert that even while we're fighting for our rights we can do so creatively. Activism and creative expression can go together. Jenny Slate

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 16, 2015

Frisky Q&A: Dr. Rebecca Gomperts, Human Rights Activist & At-Sea Abortion Provider

Dr. Rebecca Gomperts is a physician, artist, human rights activist, and founder of organizations Women on Waves and Women on Web, which are featured in the documentary "Vessel." The organizations provide safe abortion options to women living in countries with restrictive abortion laws. Gomperts launched the Women on Waves, which sails a mobile abortion clinic to…

By: Claire Hannum / January 16, 2015

The United States Gets A “D” Grade For Women’s Reproductive Rights, According to NARAL Pro-Choice America

NARAL Pro-Choice America has graded the United States with a “D” for women’s reproductive rights. [NARAL] Slavoj Žižek on the Charlie Hebdo massacre: “The passionate intensity of the terrorists bears witness to a lack of true conviction.” [New Statesman] The Academy Awards (predictably) ignored black actors and directors. [The Grio]…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 15, 2015

North Dakota Gets Creative In Attempt To Ban Abortion

Last year, the state of North Dakota attempted to enact a "Fetal Heartbeat Bill" that would prevent women from seeking an abortion once a heartbeat can be detected, or at 6-7 weeks. This, however, was quickly overturned by a judge because it violated the standard set by the Supreme Court of 24-25 weeks. Now, thi…

By: Robyn Pennacchia / January 14, 2015

Wendy Davis’s Replacement Wore Anti-Abortion Cowboy Boots To Her Swearing In Ceremony

In order to run for Governor last term, All-American Shero Wendy Davis had to give up her seat in the Texas State Senate. Which means someone had to replace her. That person was Tea Party favorite, Konni Burton -- and not only is she Konni with a K, she's also klassy with a K.

By: Robyn Pennacchia / January 13, 2015

Tusmørke’s Oculus Rift Game Autumn Seeks To Help Rape Survivors

A forthcoming Oculus Rift video game is hoping to help rape survivors. [The Atlantic] An anti-gay group put out a pamphlet about how kids shouldn’t have to hear “the sounds of sodomy,” and of course the Internet ran with it. [RawStory] Why has there only ever been one Jewish Miss America? [The Daily Beast]…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 7, 2015

GOP Congress Not Wasting Any Time Trying To Ban Abortion

On Tuesday, the 114th Congress swung into session, and before any seats had the chance to warm up, two Republican legislators immediately introduced a bill meant to ban abortion after 20 weeks as opposed to the 23-24 weeks that is the present standard. The bill, introduced by Representatives Trent Franks (R-Terrible Porn Name) and Marsha…

By: Robyn Pennacchia / January 7, 2015

Missouri Women Will Need ‘Permission Slips’ From Fathers To Get Abortions, If This Law Passes

Watch out, Florida and Mississippi -- Missouri is coming for you. Between this and Ferguson, the state may be a top contender for Absolute Worst State in the Country. Which means I may have to cancel my plans for a dream vacation to Branson for the purposes of enjoying a brunch hosted by Greg Brady.

By: Robyn Pennacchia / December 17, 2014

Some Very Polite Counter-Protesters Convinced UK Anti-Choice Group Abort67 To Pack Up Their Protest And Go Away

The UK anti-choice abortion protesting group Abort67 -- the group that got an epic takedown from a pregnant passerby last week -- was counter-protested near an abortion clinic in London. The very polite counter-protesters put a sign up in front of Abort67’s giant picture of an aborted fetus that said, “My body, my choice.” One…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 11, 2014

Watch A Pregnant Woman Tear Some Anti-Choice Protesters A New One

A UK anti-choice group, Abort67, had set up outside of a London abortion clinic with a giant picture of an aborted fetus and had been filming their protest -- and possibly the women going into the clinic -- when this woman happened upon the Abort67 protesters being asked to turn their cameras off and move…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 4, 2014

Watch Don Lemon’s 14-Second Apology For His Stupid Rape Advice

Don Lemon gave a 14-second “if you were offended” apology for giving one of Bill Cosby's alleged victims terrible and unsolicited rape prevention advice. pMediaite] Bill Cosby is far from the only scumbag in Hollywood. [The Daily Beast] The ongoing online war between Anonymous and the KKK is just fantastic to read about. [ZDNet]…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 19, 2014

Missouri Has Been Declared A State Of Emergency Prior To Darren Wilson’s Grand Jury Decision

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency in Missouri while awaiting the Ferguson grand jury decision about Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed teenager Michael Brown. [Raw Story] Anonymous is doxxing Ku Klux Klan members who have been threatening violence in Ferguson, Missouri. [Daily Dot] Leslie Feinberg, legendary trans* activist, pioneering…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 17, 2014

America Is Basically Criminalizing The Fact Of Being Female (And Pregnant) With Personhood Laws

America is, in effect, criminalizing the very fact of having a female reproductive system. [NY Times] Bangladesh had its first trans* pride march. [Raw Story] Comedian Tig Notaro performed a comedy set topless after a double mastectomy. [Bitch]…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 10, 2014
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