Posts tagged "abortion"

Frisky Q&A: Sarah Erdreich On Her Book Generation Roe

Forty years after the landmark decision, Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion, a woman’s right to make her own reproductive decisions is still a hotbed of discussion in state legislatures and a target of lawmakers.  Outside of these state capitals, talking about abortion is still largely taboo.

Sarah Erdreich is trying to open up a…

By: Sarah Gray / April 14, 2013

“If Babies Had Guns, They Wouldn’t Be Aborted,” Says Republican Politician

Yeah, that’s an actual thing an elected official said. Like, for real. Republican Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas tweeted the remark today, which is cringeworthy on multiple levels — not the least of which shooting people with guns doesn’t sound very “pro-life” to me. Perhaps in his own well-documented twisted mind Stockman thinks that owning…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 12, 2013

Man Vandalizes Indiana Planned Parenthood With An Ax

A 27-year-old man vandalized the Planned Parenthood clinic in Bloomington, Indiana, with an ax and splashed the clinic with red paint this morning. According to police, he targeted Planned Parenthood “due to abortions being performed there. He stated his intent was to damage the building because they ‘kill’ and ‘murder’ babies. He attributed hi…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 11, 2013

Arkansas State Senate Passes Bill To Defund Sex Education

Abortion foes in the Arkansas State Senate passed a bill yesterday to ban certain funding grants to Planned Parenthood.  The chosen grants heading to the chopping block?  Sex education. Which sucks, because Planned Parenthood provided the state’s sex ed.

According to Think Progress, Arkansas lacks a codified set of sex education requirements, which…

By: Sarah Gray / April 10, 2013

Oh, Good: Alabama Restricts Abortion Rights Even More

Alabama’s governor signed legislation placing more restrictions on abortion providers, including requiring them to have admitting privileges at the local hospital. [Yahoo]
Michigan lawmaker House Rep. Tom McMillin, a Republican, said transgender protections “violate the privacy rights of women and children,” saying that bathrooms should have to post signs saying “woman and girl…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 9, 2013

Kansas Legislature Advances Scary Abortion Bill

The state House of Representatives and Senate of Kansas advanced an anti-abortion bill which defines the beginning of life as “at fertilization,” which Republican Governor Sam Brownback is expected to sign. [Reuters, Feminist.org]
On Margaret Thatcher’s hatred of feminism. [Feministing]
Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton said she would consider running for office…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 8, 2013

Kansas Abortion Clinic Operated By Dr. George Tiller To Reopen

Finally, something positive happening for the reproductive rights of women in Kansas. Four years after abortion provider Dr. George Tiller was fatally shot by anti-abortion activist Scott Roeder in Wichita, Kansas, his clinic is re-opening.

Activist Julie Burkhart, who worked with Dr. Tiller for seven years, started the nonprofit organization Trust Women Foundation in 2010.

By: Sarah Gray / April 4, 2013

France Will Now Reimburse The Cost Of Abortions, Provide Free Contraception To Teen Girls

Beginning yesterday, France will provide access to free birth control for teenaged girls ages 15 to 18 without parental notification, as well as reimburse the cost of abortions to all women over age 18.

Pinch me. Am I dreaming? It’s not still April Fools’ Day, right?

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 2, 2013

Former Republican Senator Says Male Legislators “Shouldn’t Even Vote” On Abortion

Former three-term Senator Alan Simpson of Wyoming is an equal opportunity critic, throwing judgement at both President Obama and his own Republican party.  He’s known to be blunt with his opinions (regardless of hate mail) and this past week was no exception. He spoke frankly to a reporter at a local Chamber of Commerce in his hometow…

By: Sarah Gray / March 29, 2013

North Dakota Governor Signs “Fetal Heartbeat” Abortion Bill

Abortions are banned in North Dakota as soon as a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks, after Governor Jack Dalrymple signed the nation’s most restrictive abortion ban into law. This bill is one of several restrictive abortion bills that ND has passed through its legislature recently. [Bismark

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 26, 2013

North Dakota Passes Anti-Abortion Law Saying Life Begins At Conception

North Dakota passed the nation’s most restrictive ban on abortion today: the ND House of Representatives advanced a “fetal personhood” measure which declares a fertilized egg a human, thereby criminalizing all abortion. The bill now heads to the Republican governor’s desk.  [Huffington Post]
Smith College, a well-regarded women’s college which graduated the like…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 22, 2013

Judge Strikes Down Idaho’s Ban On Abortions After 20 Weeks

In 2011, Idaho banned abortions after 20 weeks based on the medically unproven claim that at that point in gestation a fetus can feel pain. Back in December 2010, Jennie Linn McCormack purchased RU-486, the abortion pill, online and terminated her pregnancy at 20 or 21 weeks. McCormack was initially charged for breaking a 1972…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 8, 2013

Minnesota Advances Anti-Abortion Bill

Minnesota’s House of Representatives advanced a bill that would end access state insurance covered abortions unless it was necessary to save the mother’s life, or if the pregnancy was caused by a sexual assault was reported within 48 hours of occurring.  A strange turn for a state that generally protects a women’s right to choose. [RH Reality Check]…

By: Sarah Gray / March 5, 2013

Texas Legislators Introduce Anti-Abortion “Fetal Pain” Bill

Texas State Representatives Jodie Laubenberg (D R) and Jeff Leach (R) have introduced a so-called “fetal pain” bill called The Preborn Pain Act, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks, claiming that a fetus, which is called an “unborn child” in the bill, can feel pain. The bill, if passed, would shorten the window of

By: Sarah Gray / March 5, 2013

South Dakota Flat-Out Being A**holes To Women Seeking Abortion

This is how anti-abortion extremists try to control women’s bodies: they use state legislatures to create bogus and medically unnecessary laws that make it very, very difficult for a woman to have an abortion.

Case in point? South Dakota, which already requires a 72-hour waiting period before an abortion, advanced a bill i…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 1, 2013

Indiana Advances Bill Requiring 2 Transvaginal Ultrasounds Before & After Abortion, Then Changes It

Indiana’s state Senate advanced a bill requiring a woman to get two transvaginal ultrasounds before taking the RU-486 abortion pill, one before and one afterwards. Fortunately, today they dropped that language, saying doctors should perform “appropriate testing” on women two weeks after the abortion pill is taken. Which could mean urine testing … or…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 25, 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

Abortion Clinic Workers Answer Tough Questions

his year marks the 40th anniversary of the legalization of abortion in the United States, thanks to Roe v. Wade. In honor of this landmark decision, two abortion clinic workerstook to Reddit with an IAmA (“I am a”) AMA (“ask me anything”), inviting people to ask them any questions they had about their experiences. The women describe their…

By: Tres Sugar / February 21, 2013

Alabama State Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin Says Abortions Remove A Woman’s Largest Organ & 5 Other Politicians Who Are Clueless About The Female Body

In shocking news to everyone, as a fetus you were your mother’s largest organ!  Or at least that’s what Alabama State Representative Mary Sue McClurkin (R) is now claiming.

The bill she introduced this week requires a series of demanding requirements of abortion clinics who perform this “big surgery.”  According to the Huffington Postthese…

By: Sarah Gray / February 20, 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…

By: Sarah Gray / February 19, 2013
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