Posts tagged "abortion"

Voting Results On Ballot Measures Shows There’s Still Hope For This Country

So Republicans now control the House and the Senate, and they defeated Democratic gubernatorial candidates in Maryland, Maine, Massachussetts, and (sigh) Illinois, and so control the majority of gubernatorial offices in the U.S. Don’t freak out too much; let’s be honest, politicians’ inability to care about their constituencies knows no political party. Ever…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 5, 2014

Many Polling Places Still Aren’t Accessible To Voters With Disabilities

Decades after the Americans with Disabilities Act, we still have polling places that are restrictive to disabled voters. [VICE] Read this fantastic piece about why street harassment shouldn’t be criminalized in the context of an unjust criminal justice system. [The Intercept] Oklahoma’s Supreme Court has delayed some abortion restrictions in the state. […
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 4, 2014

North Dakota Is Effectively Banning Abortion

North Dakota banned the abortion pill, leaving few options left for abortion in the state. [Think Progress] Conservative pundit Dennis Prager said that rape is just “unwanted kisses” and rape culture is a “gargantuan lie.” [Salon] The uptick in violence in inner cities has to do with mass incarceration, not poverty and segregation.
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 30, 2014

Efforts To Ban Same-Day Registration And Early Voting Are Voter Suppression

The effort to ban same-day voter registration and early voting amounts to massive voter suppression. [Slate] PurrVerse columnist Kitty Stryker gives a thorough, nuanced analysis of all the problems involved in Jian Ghomeshi labeling abuse as BDSM. [Guardian] Wonder Woma…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 29, 2014

John Grisham Is Wrong: It’s Not Easy To Stumble Upon Child Porn

It really isn’t easy to just stumble upon child porn, regardless of John Grisham’s assertions. [Daily Dot] In South Carolina, stand your ground laws give domestic abusers a loophole and shift blame onto victims who self-defend. [Salon] Please read this essay about the failure of Texas’s abortion laws for a couple who needed…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 16, 2014

One Of TIME‘s Most Influential Teens Is Trans

One of TIME’s 25 Most Influential Teens is a transgirl advocate and author named Jazz. [Advocate] Artist Kara Walker responds to white viewers’ macabre selfies at A Subtlety, her installation at the Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn this summer. [Jezebel] #StopGamerGate2014 has been trending all day on Twitter. [Kotaku] The National Book…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 15, 2014

Tennessee Could Change Its Constitution To Repeal Protections For Abortion In Any Circumstance

Tennessee’s state constitution could be changed so that it doesn’t protect abortions in any circumstance, ever. [Slate] A new PBS documentary series is delving into white identities and many of the delusions white people have about race in America. [The Grio] GamerGate is becoming the most distilled example of misogyny in American culture.
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 14, 2014

“Jane The Virgin” Handles Unplanned Pregnancy With Humor, Respect & Realism

When I was very young -- eight, maybe -- I remember walking out the back door of my family’s house with my mom. I had probably just asked for a cookie or something, and my mom’s response was this: “You know, if you keep eating sweets so much, people are going to think you’ll be…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 14, 2014

Clayton “Relax And Enjoy It” Williams Is A Key Funder In GOP Campaign Against Wendy Davis In TX

Clayton Williams, a former Republican candidate for Texas governor who is famous for saying rape victims should "sit back and enjoy it," is a major contributor to Greg Abbott's campaign against Wendy Davis in the state. Birds of a feather... [Houston Chronicle] Take the time for this long read from…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 8, 2014

Not Having Access To An Abortion Can Make It Harder To Leave An Abusive Relationship

Researchers at UCSF have found that not having access to an abortion when you want one makes it harder to leave an abusive relationship. [Feministing] Michael Daly looks at the strange history of Hannah Graham’s abductor’s crimes. [The Daily Beast]…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 30, 2014

This Woman’s Spoken Word Poem About Her Abortion Is Incredible

This is Leyla Josephine, a spoken word and performance artist based in Glasgow, Scotland, and the video above is her incredible spoken word poem about her abortion. Or rather, the guilt she does not feel for having an abortion when she was too young to be the kind of mother she wants to…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 21, 2014

Society Fails A Teenager Who Wants An Abortion, Now Her Mom Is Going To Jail

You know how for the last, oh, several decades, pro-choice activists have been saying, “Look, if you make safe, doctor-supervised abortions harder to get, women are just going to go back to unsafe hanger abortions”? Well, it’s true. A Pennsylvania nursing home aide, Jennifer Whalen, is now going to serve 12 to 18 months i…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 18, 2014

Tales Of An Abortion Doula

This fascinating essay about a woman's experience as an abortion doula is a must-read. [NYMag.com] Today is the 51st anniversary of the Birmingham church bombing that killed four little girls. [AL.com] Cover Girl appears to have moved their crossmarketing page for the Baltimore Ravens, who terminated their contract last week with…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 15, 2014

The Soapbox: The Problem With Wendy Davis’ Abortion Story

First, let me say that I’m a fan of Wendy Davis. I look forward to reading her recently debuted memoir, Forgetting to Be Afraid, and I admire her amazing energy, her dedication to public service, and her impeccable choice in footwear while filibustering for 11 hours in the Texas Senate last year. I’m…
By: Julia Fawkes Stuart / September 15, 2014

Texas Gubernatorial Candidate Wendy Davis Opens Up About Abortion 17 Years Ago

Texas State Senator Wendy Davis had an abortion 17 years ago, she revealed in a memoir being published next week. In her book Forgetting To Be Afraid, Davis shares that in 1997, she and her husband terminated a second-trimester pregnancy after they learned the fetus, a daughter, had serious brain abnormalities.
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 8, 2014

Abortion Clinic Opening In New Mexico To Serve Embattled West Texas

Texas was hit hard by the state legislature's abortion bills in 2013 which sought to shut down nearly all the clinics in the state by enacting a series of unnecessary laws aimed at "improving women's health" (those are scare quotes). About half of TX's clinics have already closed since Republican Governor Rick Perry…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 5, 2014

Judges Fend Off Abortion Restrictions In Louisiana & Texas

A federal judge allowed a new abortion law to go into effect in Louisiana, which requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital no more than 30 miles away, but ruled that doctors and clinics cannot be penalized for breaking the law while it is being debated. Abortion rights supporters say…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 2, 2014

Professor Mireille Miller-Young Sentenced To Anger Management Classes For Stealing Anti-Abortion Protesters’ Sign

Back in March, Mireille Miller-Young, an associate professor of feminist studies at UC Santa Barbara, made headlines for stealing a graphic anti-abortion sign from a group of protesters called Survivors Of The Abortion Holocaust on her campus. In addition to destroying the sign with scissors, Miller-Young also allegedly scratched and pushed a 16-year-old protester.
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 18, 2014

Meet Mississippi’s Christian Abortion Provider

Meet Dr. Willie Parker, a Christian and one of the two providers who travels to Mississippi's only abortion clinic to terminate unwanted pregnancies. He is, without a doubt, an inspiration and a hero. [Esquire] Basement trolls got very upset when a critic for the Village Voice gave "Guardians Of the Galaxy" a bad…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 31, 2014

North Carolina Teen Gave Birth After Secret Pregnancy & Buried Infant In Her Backyard

A teen girl in North Carolina kept her pregnancy a secret from everyone but her boyfriend, then buried their newborn in her backyard. Police said the infant appeared to have bled to death because the umbilical cord was cut improperly. Ashley Reed from Louisburg gave birth alone to her 8.5 lb. daughter, but texted her…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 25, 2014
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