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

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  • 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. [Deadspin] Keep reading »

“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 an alcoholic one day.”

She contends this never happened, but I remember it clear as day. That was when I decided not to drink. It seemed expedient: I could keep eating sweets, and it wouldn’t matter what people thought about my future drinking habits, because I’d know that I wasn’t going to drink and therefore wasn’t going to become an alcoholic.

So the scene in the CW’s new show, “Jane the Virgin” (which premiered on Monday night), in which the heroine’s grandmother tells a pre-adolescent Jane not to lose her virginity, speaks to me. I know that feeling. That is Catholic guilt. Apparently, I don’t even know the half of it — my mom is good at guilt-tripping, but my aunt tells me that my grandmother’s ability to discipline via shame was downright masterful. In fact, my mother even harnessed some residual power from her mother’s guilt-tripping expertise by telling me a few times over my childhood, “Your grandmother would be so disappointed.” Keep reading »

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

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

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  • 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]
  • Joanna Coles, the editor who brought political content to Cosmopolitan in recent years, is now helming Seventeen. [Flavorwire] Keep reading »

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

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"I Am Not Ashamed"

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 be. When the narrative is dominated by conservative Christians who claim all women regret their abortions, we need more women like Leyla (and Amanda, and Julia) speaking up to say that terminating an unwanted pregnancy was the best choice for everyone.

You can check out more videos about a woman’s right to choose at Upworthy’s new section, Feminent Domain. [Upworthy]

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

Why Men Need Abortion
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Why men need abortion as much as women do. Read More »
Wendy Davis, Hero
Wendy Davis Filibuster
Watch her filibuster on behalf of women's health. Read More »
Abortion Provider Death Threats
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NC politician calls for public hanging of abortion providers. Read More »
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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 in jail because she bought abortion pills from Europe for her 16-year-old daughter, who wanted to terminate her pregnancy and wound up in the hospital after having severe side effects. Keep reading »

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