Posts tagged "abortion"

Mommie Dearest: Talking About Abortion At Book Club

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…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / March 13, 2014

Colorado Is Considering “Fetal Personhood” Bill To Ban Abortion

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. [KDVR, Think Progress] Oh, look, yet another depressing study about how women'…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 11, 2014

Spain Is Close To Banning Abortion

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…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 27, 2014

Mommie Dearest: A Pregnant Person Is A Person First

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 mea…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / February 27, 2014

I Haven’t Had An Abortion, But I Would

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…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 26, 2014

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…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 24, 2014

Farrah Abraham Wanted An Abortion But Her Mom Said “That’s Not Going To Happen”

"She wanted to go get an abortion. ... Then I turned to her and I just said, 'We don't believe in that. That's a real person inside of you and we don't believe in killing. That's not going to happen.'" There are all kinds of examples of why some of the parents on "16 &am…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 21, 2014

Canadian Husband Keeping Pregnant Wife On Life Support Until Childbirth

Only a few weeks ago, a Texas husband successfully sued a hospital to remove his brain dead wife, Marlise Munoz, from "life support," something they had refused to do…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 7, 2014

Anti-Abortion Christian Groups Push “Cookie-cott” Of The Girl Scouts

Anti-abortion Christian groups launched a national boycott of the Girl Scouts current cookie selling fundraiser, because the group's Twitter account tweeted a link to an article which included Texas Democrat Wendy Davis as a 'woman of the year.' The groups are warning parents that the Girl Scouts are promoting politicians who support abortion. Oh, for…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 31, 2014

Republican Senator Rand Paul Wants To Stop Moms On Welfare From Having More Babies

“Maybe we have to say ‘enough’s enough, you shouldn’t be having kids after a certain amount ... I don’t know how you do all that because then it’s tough to tell a woman with four kids that she’s got a fifth kid we’re not going to give her any more money. But we have to…
By: Claire Hannum / January 30, 2014

Texas Court Forces Hospital To Take Brain Dead Pregnant Woman Off Life Support

A shameful, sad and gruesome chapter in Texas' history is finally over: a judge ordered a Fort Worth hospital to remove Marlise Munoz from life support. Munoz, who was pregnant with her second child, has been brain dead since November, when she apparently suffered a pulmonary embolism. Despite the 32-year-old's own wish…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 27, 2014

Republican Candidate Says Gay Marriage Makes God Punish Us With AIDS

Gay marriage and abortion are causing autism and AIDS, didn't you know? That's according to a Republican candidate in Chicago, everyone! Please keep talking to media outlets, wackadoo conservatives. Just keep on talking. [Jezebel] On President Obama's radical speech about sexual violence in America. [MSNBC] How to listen whe…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 24, 2014

Family Of Brain Dead Pregnant Woman Being Kept Alive By Texas Hospital Goes To Court

Yesterday, the family of Marlise Munoz filed an emergency motion against the Texas hospital asking them to take her off life support so they can bury her body. Thirty-three-year-old Marlise, who apparently suffered a pulmonary embolism in November, did not want to be kept alive on machines. Her wishes, and those of her husband and…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 24, 2014

Sarah Silverman & Zach Galifianakis Raise $20,000 For The Texas Abortion Fund

Sarah Silverman, Zach Galifianakis, Retta, Jen Kirkman and others raised around $20,000 at a comedy show on Sunday night called "A Night Of A Thousand Vaginas" to benefit the Texas Abortion Fund. The fund are a group of charities that women in Texas seeking abortions can tap into when facing prohibitive costs and barriers by…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 21, 2014

Texas Husband Sues Hospital To Take Brain Dead Pregnant Wife Off Life Support

The husband of Marlise Munoz, a braindead woman in Texas who allegedly suffered a blood clot in her lungs, is suing the hospital where she is being kept on life support against her and her family's wishes. She is 16 weeks pregnant and the hospital believes they have to follow a state law…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 14, 2014

6 Things To Know About The Supreme Court’s Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone Case

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court is set to begin hearing arguments on the subject of abortion. But it's not reproductive rights, per se, that the Court will be hearing about: this time it's a matter of clinic safety. McCullen vs. Coakley is a lawsuit against a 2007 Massachusetts law that forbids anti-abortion protesters from entering…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 13, 2014

Kathleen Hanna: My Abortion “Was One Of the Best Things That Happened To Me”

"Well, I worked at McDonald’s and I spent the money I earned at McDonald’s to get my abortion. I was only 15 and the person who got me pregnant did not want to give me any money. I was $40 short, so I had my drug dealer call him and threaten him, so he gave…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 8, 2014

Texas Hospital Is Forcing Brain Dead Pregnant Woman To Stay Alive, Against Her And Her Family’s Wishes

At 14 weeks pregnant, Marlise Munoz of Texas suffered what appeared to be a pulmonary embolism (blood clot) in her lungs and collapsed on the kitchen floor. She lay there for an hour until her husband found her, during which time her fetus was possibly not exposed to oxygen. Marlise was a paramedic who wa…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 8, 2014

Israel Might Cover Cost Of Abortions Next Year For All Women Age 20 To 33

Throughout 2014, Israel could cover the cost of all abortions for women age 20 to 33, regardless of their reason for needing the procedure. Is it just me or is anyone else's brain exploding?
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 30, 2013

Today’s Lady News: ACLU Sues Catholic Bishops Over Abortion Policies At Hospitals

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against Catholic bishops for denying medical care to women by refusing to provide the morning-after pill and perform abortions in their hospitals. In some counties, a Catholic hospital is the only place for a pregnant woman to receive medical care. Such was the situation for Tameska…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 3, 2013
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