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

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Where do abortion rights stand today? Read More »
Ellen On Abortion Rights
"I want women to be able to choose," the actress says. Read More »
No Abortion Clinic?
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Will Mississippi become the first state without an abortion clinic? Read More »
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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 larger discourse about reproductive rights and the next generation of women. Generation Roe: Inside the Future of the Pro-Choice Movement tackles the difficult issues of stigma, activism, pop culture and how to talk about abortion as not just a scary political battle but a more nuanced, personal choice for all women.

I had a chance to speak to Erdreich about the book and what she believes are the biggest issues facing the women who came after Roe and the right to choose. Keep reading »

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

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Man vandalizes Indiana Planned Parenthood with an ax. Read More »
Tiller Clinic To Reopen
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The Kansas abortion clinic operated by Dr. George Tiller will reopen. Read More »
Our Favorite Republican
Alan Simpson
... says male legislators "shouldn't even vote" on abortion bills. Read More »
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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 guns means you’re just protecting yourself, ergo fetuses (“babies”) need protection from big, bad Planned Parenthood; but this reads to me as an allusion to clinic violence against doctors who perform abortions. Dr. George Tiller was, after all, murdered by an anti-abortion extremist with a gun.

Ugh. There’s believing in a right to bear arms and there’s being a gun nut who suggests children should have guns. [Raw Story]

Man Vandalizes Indiana Planned Parenthood With An Ax

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  • 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 his actions to his religious beliefs.” Clinic violence is domestic terrorism and it is scary. [IndyStar]
  • A florist has been sued by Washington state for refusing to sell flowers to a gay couple for their wedding. [Think Progress]
  • The Paycheck Fairness Act, which would protect women suffering wage discrimination, is still stalled in committee. [Think Progress]
  • On Ashley Judd’s aborted run for Kentucky’s Senate and what it means when we discuss gender and mental health. [Ms. Magazine]
  • Delaware is set to introduce a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. [Queerty] Keep reading »

Arkansas State Senate Passes Bill To Defund Sex Education

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Arkansas advances abortion ban with no exceptions for rape, incest. Read More »
Free BC, Fewer Abortions
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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 is why Planned Parenthood stepped in to do HIV/AIDS and STD/STI education in the state.  A Republican health education teacher, and assistant football coach, Darrell Seward, told the Huffington Post over the phone:

“I would challenge any legislator or politician in the state of Arkansas or higher to set foot in my classroom and listen to the curriculum and walk out and say it’s a bad program.  This program has been one of the most well-received programs that our students have ever been engaged in. I am a Republican, but this is one issue I feel very strongly about, because I see the benefit for our kids.”

So why take away these funds?  Well because the bill’s sponsor doesn’t like any state funding to go to any organization that has anything to do with abortion or abortion referrals.    Keep reading »

Oh, Good: Alabama Restricts Abortion Rights Even More

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  • 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 girls may be confronted there by men who think they are women.”  [Think Progress]
  • On feminist porn and Toronto’s recent Feminist Porn Awards. [The Week]
  • On why everyone needs to stop overanalyzing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s hair (if it’s not obvious already). [Slate] Keep reading »

Kansas Legislature Advances Scary Abortion Bill

Tiller Clinic To Reopen
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The Kansas abortion clinic operated by Dr. George Tiller will reopen. Read More »
WTF, Topeka?
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Topeka, Kansas, considers decriminalizing domestic violence. Read More »
No Morning-After Pill!
Kansas advances "conscience" bill to let pharmacists refuse you Plan B. Read More »

Kansas Abortion Clinic Operated By Dr. George Tiller To Reopen

No Abortion Clinic?
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Will Mississippi become the first state without an abortion clinic? Read More »
Clinic Open For Now
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Judge blocks law that would have closed Mississippi's one clinic. Read More »
D.C. Abortion Ban Fails
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A bill to ban abortions in D.C. after 20 weeks has failed in the House. Read More »

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.  The foundation purchased Tiller’s old office, and after raising nearly $1 million, is ready to open the South Wind Women’s Center.

There will be some changes: unlike under Dr. Tiller, the clinic will not provide late-term abortions.  The Kansas City Star reports that despite the fact that Kansas allows abortions 22 weeks into a pregnancy, the clinic’s cutoff will be 14 weeks.  South Wind Women’s Center will also provide other women’s heath services including fertility counseling and other routine health care, like Pap smears. Keep reading »

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

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Alan Simpson
... says male legislators "shouldn't even vote" on abortion bills. Read More »
ND "Fetal Heartbeat" Law
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North Dakota governor signs law banning abortions after fetal heartbeat. Read More »
ND Anti-Abortion Law
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Life begins at conception, according to a bill in North Dakota. Read More »
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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? Keep reading »

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

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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 hometown of Cody, Wyoming about gay rights, abortion, and why Republicans should stay out of social issues.

In a surprisingly candid comment, Simpson said, “[Abortion] is a hideous thing. It’s terrible. … But it’s a deeply intimate and personal thing. … Men legislators shouldn’t even vote on it.” Wow, that’s not even an opinion that man liberal politicians espouse!

More good Simpson-isms after the jump: Keep reading »

North Dakota Governor Signs “Fetal Heartbeat” Abortion Bill

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  • 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 Tribune, The Week]
  • A male student at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill who is accused of raping fellow student Landen Gambill claims that she has created a “intimidating” environment on campus for him. He was cleared of a sexual assault charge by a campus board, but was found guilty by that same board of harassing Gambill. Still, he faces no criminal charges. Gambill is one of five students who asked the federal government to look into UNC’s handling of sexual violence cases at the school. [WRAL]
  • Eight edgy post-feminist pitches for the traffic-hungry editor, like “I Don’t Have To Know You To Know You Were Asking For It.” [Feministing] Keep reading »
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