Posts tagged "abortion"

Study: North & South Are Increasingly Polarized Over Abortion

Support for legal abortion has dropped in the South yet increased in New England over the past eight years, according to the findings in a new Pew Research Center poll. [PewResearch.org] Due to the Texas constitution's definition of marriage, the Texas National Guard is refusing to process same-sex benefits requests. Today i…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 3, 2013

Couple’s Abortion Included In Their New York Times Wedding Announcement

Every week, one couple is lucky enough to get prime real estate in the Vows section, the New York Times' wedding announcement page, where their romance is told in a long story, and friends and family contribute adorable anecdotes. I've read about many a bride and groom (or bride and bride, or groom and groom),…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 3, 2013

“Choice: Texas” Turns The State’s Abortion Struggles Into A Video Game

Texas' most recent spate of anti-abortion legislation has effectively destroyed women's access to reproductive healthcare in the state. Your chances of getting a safe abortion in Texas are now dependent on factors related to class and privilege: where you live, the flexibility of your job, access to transportation, and financial resources. It's a…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / September 2, 2013

Alabama Republican Is Trying To Ban Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye From Schools

Alabama State Senator Bill Holtzclaw, under pressure from the Tea Party, is trying to remove The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison's harrowing Nobel Prize-winning book about a young African-American girl, from schools because it contains scenes of sexual assault, which conservative Tea Party members argue is "child pornography." They want to ban the book from schools because they…
By: Julie Gerstein / August 30, 2013

Forget Miley, Here’s How To Talk To Your Sons About Robin Thicke

Last thing we'll say on the subject, we swear: Parenting blogs are filled with articles tackling how to talk to your daughters about Miley Cyrus. But how do we talk to our sons about Robin Thicke? As writer Eric Clapp points out, "We need to call bullshit on attempts to end domestic violence and misogyny…
By: Julie Gerstein / August 29, 2013

Etsy Offers Tasteful, Rape-Positive “You’ve Just Been Roofied” Glass

Ain't nothing like a date-rape joke, especially when it involves dishware, right? Etsy seller ThatGlassStore is selling a customized sandblast-etched drinking glass that reads "you've just been roofied" on its bottom. Because, as the store explains in its product description, "This glass holds a surprise for the unexpected person drinking from it." Yes,…
By: Julie Gerstein / August 28, 2013

BuzzFeed Publishes Anti-Planned Parenthood Article Written By Personhood USA

BuzzFeed actually ran a "listicle" written anti-abortion group Personhood USA, "8 Outrageous Things Planned Parenthood Was Caught Doing," which includes items like "Taking money to abort African-American babies." What the fuck, BuzzFeed? How the hell did this get editorially greenlit? [BuzzFeed] Domonique Newburn, 32, a transgender woman and the star of a…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 23, 2013

The GOP Is Now Trying To Lure Women Out Of The Kitchen

The GOP is worried about the lack of Republican women in Congress. This issue became a priority when the Republicans realized that they needed a friendly female face to put on their late-term abortion bans and ladies-can't-be-trusted-with-their-own-bodies legislation. It doesn’t exactly look great when you can only find dudes that will vouch for the pro-life…
By: Mary Odell / August 7, 2013

Could North Carolina Temporarily Be Without An Abortion Clinic?

North Carolina has suspended the license of the one abortion provider in the state that is able to stay open following the passage of new abortion restrictions. Femcare, in Asheville, is expected to reopen once it improves upon 23 violations.  [Huffington Post, RH Reality Check] On things that look like…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 1, 2013

What’s An “Abortion Contract”?

Ever heard of an "abortion contract"? Well, NBA player J.J. Reddick reportedly had one. Reddick requested his ex-girlfriend, Vanessa Lopez, sign a legal agreement saying that she would have an abortion and that he would stay in a relationship with her for at least one year, otherwise he would pay her $25,000. You can read…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 24, 2013

Pro-Choice Activists Go On “Freedom Ride” To 14 States With Only One Remaining Abortion Clinic

Abortion rights activists called Stop Patriarchy are going on a "freedom ride" (a reference to the Civil Rights movement that I'm not quite sure is appropriate) this summer and will visit the 14 states across the country which only have one abortion clinic. [US News & World Reports] Clear…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 23, 2013

Texas Wants To Ban Abortions After 6 Weeks Of Pregnancy

Today In “I Can’t Believe I’m From Texas”: Not only did Rick Perry just sign the bill that will close the majority of abortion clinics throughout Texas, but legislators are now trying to get all abortions banned after six weeks. Yep, you heard me. SIX WEEKS!
By: Daley Quinn / July 19, 2013

Governor Rick Perry Signs Anti-Abortion Bill HB2 Into Law As Protesters Chant, “Shame! Shame!”

This morning, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed devastating anti-abortion bill HB2 into law behind closed doors in an auditorium at the Texas State Capitol. As Perry and his cronies congratulated each other on passing a piece of legislation that will undoubtedly result in the deaths of some of their constituents, protesters camped outside…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / July 18, 2013

Superhero Texas State Senator Wendy Davis Is Raking In Political Donations

Since her famous filibuster to the Texas legislature over a restrictive anti-abortion bill, State Senator Wendy Davis has gained more than $1 million in political donations. [Reuters] Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, announced her candidacy today against the current Republican senator from Wyoming. […
By: Daley Quinn / July 16, 2013

State Senator Wendy Davis On Why She Stood Up For Texas Women

In her own words, here is one of our personal heroes, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis on why she stood up for TX women by filibustering an anti-abortion bill for nearly 13 hours. [Washington Post] On Massachusetts' approach to curbing domestic homicide (i.e. murder via domestic violence) by focusing on the…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 15, 2013

Female Dentist’s Assistant Fired For Being Too Hot

After a female dental assistant was fired from her job because her male boss was worried that he would have an affair with her, the all-male Iowa Supreme Court ruled the lay-off legal! [Talking Points Memo] Asshole Jesse Watters mocked…
By: Daley Quinn / July 12, 2013

Sarah Slamen Finishes Her Testimony Against Anti-Abortion Bill

This past week, my new hero, the slammin’ Sarah Slamen, tried to testify against the anti-abortion bill in front of the Texas state Senate, but was cut off and taken out of the building before she could finish. Yesterday, she finishing her testimony in front of the whole country on “The Last…
By: Daley Quinn / July 12, 2013

Comedian Rob Delaney On Why He Supports Safe, Legal Abortion

I support a woman's right to safe, legal abortion because centuries of history shows us that women are going to get abortions whether they're safe and legal or not. And when they're not safe and legal, these women will often die terribly or be damaged irreparably. In my fantasy utopia, there would be no abortion.
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 11, 2013

11-Year-Old To Give Birth To Rapist’s Baby In Chile, Where Abortion Is Illegal

A 11-year-old girl in Chile, who was impregnated by her mother's boyfriend, told a TV interviewer recently that giving birth to a baby would be like "having a doll." Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, who opposes abortion, has praised the fifth grader publicly for her "depth and maturity" in carrying the pregnancy to term. Oh, and…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 10, 2013

Abortion Restrictions Finally Pass Texas House Of Representatives

Well, they finally did it. Tomorrow, the Texas State Senate committee will vote on whether or not to send its version of the abortion restriction bill to the Senate. [CNN] On the Obama administration's push for a broader definition of sexual harassment at colleges to push for more reporting. […
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 10, 2013
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