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Professor Mireille Miller-Young Charged With Theft, Battery, Vandalism After Stealing Anti-Abortion Protestors Sign

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Professor Steals Anti-Abortion Sign, Shoves Protester

Mireille Miller-Young, an associate professor of feminist studies at UC Santa Barbara, has been charged with theft, battery and vandalism after she stole a sign from anti-abortion protesters on campus and then destroyed.

During the fracas, Miller-Young allegedly scratched and pushed a 16-year-old girl who was one of the anti-abortion protesters. Keep reading »

Judge Strikes Down Arkansas’ Ban On Abortion After 12 Weeks

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  • A federal judge stuck down part of an anti-abortion “fetal heartbeat” law in Arkansas which would ban abortions after 12 weeks. Instead, the judge said that fetal viability should determine the legality of abortion. The other part of the law which requires doctors to perform an ultrasound and notify if the pregnant woman if her fetus has a heartbeat will still remains. [LA Times]
  • A (female!) Minnesota state rep said that wanting equal pay and sick leave makes women “look like whiners.” Waaaaah, I just want to be treated like a human being! [Feministing]
  • Eight stories of everyday sexism, as told by female journalists. Had BuzzFeed reached out to me for this story, I could have contributed lots more stories. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

Montana Abortion Clinic That Survived A Firebombing Attack Was Broken Into & Vandalized

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All Families Healthcare, the only clinic in Flathead Valley, Montana, which provides abortions as well as numerous other reproductive health surfaces to women, suffered a break-in and extensive vandalism on March 3rd.

All Families Healthcare experienced damage to its furniture, medical instruments and supplies, file cabinets, sewer line, furnace and water heater. A yellow powder also covered almost everything inside the clinic, The Missoulian newspaper reported. The clinic is run by Susan Cahill, a physician’s assistant in MT since the 1970s. In 1994, her clinic was firebombed by an anti-abortion extremist as part of a string of attacks against eight clinics that terminate pregnancies. At that time, Cahill’s clinic had to be closed for five months for repairs. Activists mobilized quickly after the most recent attack on the clinic and as of of today, an IndieGogo campaign has raised $41,000 and counting to repair the damage — and there are still 27 days left for the online fundraiser. Keep reading »

10 Differences Between Having An Abortion And Killing Grandma

In this week’s most exciting fallacy, professional Smurf Mike Huckabee is drawing a very confused parallel between abortion and murdering the elderly. According to Talking Points Memo, Huckabee argued that “[t]he same logic that leads women to get an abortion could justify ending the life of an elderly person who has become an inconvenience.” Then he slammed us with some rhetoric:

“If we teach the generation coming after us that it’s okay to terminate a human life because it represents a financial hardship or social disruption, what are we telling them?”

I don’t know! What are we telling them? I’m trying really hard to figure out the difference between having an abortion and killing your grandmother, but now that I know they’re the same thing, I’m struggling to the find the nuance. Let’s give it a shot. Read more on The Gloss…

Mommie Dearest: Talking About Abortion At Book Club

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One of the awesome things about having a new book out [The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood to Fit Reality] is that sometimes people actually want to talk to you about it! I’ve been having a blast the past couple of months traveling across the country doing bookstore readings and signings. Each place I visit, there’s always a handful of folks who come up and want to talk all things motherhood.

In New York City, many of the people in the audience wanted to touch on how the media portrays women — particularly those who are mothers — versus men. In Portland, Oregon, I heard from women who were increasingly frustrated by the work/home divide and the tired notion of “having it all.” Chicago found me chatting with young college students who had come to the book reading as part of a class field trip. We talked about their relationships with their own mothers and the concerns they had about becoming mothers themselves.

And then, there was book club. Last week, I was invited to join in for a local book club that had read my book for the month of February. I was pretty excited. I arrived at the host’s house, eager to hear what everyone thought of the book. After some snacking, drinking and a bunch of chit-chatting, they started to dig into the book. They had some questions for me, ranging from how I got the idea to create the book, to whether or not I used a pen name. (Let’s just say that if I had chosen a pen name, I probably would have gone with one that gets pronounced and written correctly at least 50 percent of the time …)

I also got to hear reactions to specific essays in the book, which is always nice. One that stuck out to the women in this group in particular was Liz Henry’s “The Macaroni and Cheese Dilemma.” Liz’s essay talks about choosing to have an abortion, and why that choice was the best for her family. Keep reading »

Colorado Is Considering “Fetal Personhood” Bill To Ban Abortion

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  • Colorado’s state legislature is considering a “fetal personhood” bill which would classify a fertilized egg as a “human being.” Such a bill would ban all abortions and possibly ban emergency contraception, including in cases of rape and incest. [KDVRThink Progress]
  • Oh, look, yet another depressing study about how women’s perceived inability to do math is a lifelong stereotype! [New York Times]
  • Awesomeness: a fashion company called Betabrand is using women with Ph.D.s instead of regular models to display their clothes. [BuzzFeed]
  • Check out this map displaying the decrease in abortion access throughout the state of Texas. [RH Reality Check]
  • Iraqi women protested this weekend against a proposed law that would legalize marital rape and child marriage. [Reuters] Keep reading »

Spain Is Close To Banning Abortion

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  • Spain is close to banning all abortions, except in the case of rape or severe risk to the mother’s health. [NPR]
  • A federal judge ruled that Kentucky must acknowledge same-sex marriages performed in other states. (KY has yet to address a lawsuit asking the state to issue same-sex marriage licenses.) [New York Times]
  • ABC’s new sitcom “Mixology” is apparently filled with crude jokes about rape, “whores,” and violence against women. Sounds like quality programming, Walt Disney Company. Family values indeed! [Hollywood Reporter]
  • On how the benefits of breastfeeding have been somewhat overstated. [Slate] Keep reading »

Mommie Dearest: A Pregnant Person Is A Person First

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Growing up, I thought the perfect host was a combination of Betty Crocker and Donna Reed: perfect clothes, perfect hair, perfect food, and perfect personality all coming together to ensure her guests are well taken care of.

However, Steve Martin, a Republican State Senator from Virginia, has a different take on the what it means to be a good host. He recently received a Valentine’s Day Card from the Virginia Pro-Choice Coalition asking the state Senator to protect women’s reproductive health options — everything from raising healthy children to having access to safe, legal abortion. Martin took it upon himself to reply publicly via his Facebook page. His response originally included the following:

“…I don’t expect to be in the room or will I do anything to prevent you from obtaining a contraceptive. However, once a child does exist in your womb, I’m not going to assume a right to kill it just because the child’s host (some refer to them as mothers) doesn’t want it to remain alive.” Keep reading »

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It was a Tuesday afternoon and I was on my therapist’s couch. I described for her an incident over the weekend when I felt sad, deeply sad, for seemingly no reason at all. I had felt reclusive and shy and wanted to stay in my bed; when my husband encouraged me to go to a birthday party that night that I actually wanted to go to, I had started crying. I’m a sensitive person, sure, but even while I was crying I knew my tears didn’t make much sense.

I shared some other strange behavior changes lately. I’ve been more hungry than usual, more often and ravenously so. I get snappish when I can’t eat immediately (hangry, I believe, is the technical term). I’m usually pretty easygoing, but lately I’d been having random mood swings. I was beginning to feel embarrassed about my behavior.

“You’re emotional … your appetite has changed …,” she paused. “Have you considered that you might be pregnant?” Keep reading »

Not This Crap Again: Virginia Politician Calls Pregnant Women “Hosts”

You can count on me to never get in the way of you “preventing an unintentional pregnancy.” I’m not actually sure what that means, because if it’s “unintentional” you must have been trying to prevent it. And, I don’t expect to be in the room or will I do anything to prevent you from obtaining a contraceptive. However, once a child does exist in your womb, I’m not going to assume a right to kill it just because the child’s host (some refer to them as mothers) doesn’t want it.

This is what Virginia state senator Steve Martin (a jerk, but not the star of “The Jerk,” just so we’re clear) had to say in a recent Facebook post, apparently prompted by him receiving some unsolicited mail from a pro-choice group. Uh, while it’s cool and all that Martin doesn’t “expect” to do anything to prevent women’s access to contraceptives — unlike many politicians these days, unfortunately — referring to pregnant women as “hosts,” as if we’re aliens or a bad book written by Twilight‘s Stephenie Meyers, is pretty disturbing. Unfortunately, I think Martin is saying what most anti-choice politicians and activists actually think about women who find themselves pregnant — as mere incubators for the fetus growing inside them, their own lives suddenly meaningless. [Slate]

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