Posts tagged "abortion"

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. [TIME] At least 100,000 children are…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 10, 2013

These Are Some Of The Texas House Democrats Who Stand Against The State’s Anti-Abortion Legislation

Yesterday, the Texas state House of Representatives tentatively passed sweeping abortion restrictions, including a ban on most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and tougher rules for abortion clinics that will effectively lead to the majority of the state's abortion clinics being shuttered. The vote came after days of emotional testimony from both sides of the…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 10, 2013

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Sarah Slamen Goes Off On Texas Legislature And Is Hauled Away By State Troopers

Victoria Prude Sarah Slamen (Twitter handle @Victorianprude) was one of the many pro-choice activists who waited patiently to testify in front of the Texas state legislature during this week's continued debate over the highly restrictive abortion bill HB2 (which unfortunately was passed last night and is one step closer to being signed into law by…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 10, 2013

Wisconsin Judge Blocks Abortion Law

A federal judge in Wisconsin temporarily blocked an aspect of a new law restricting abortion which would require doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of the clinics.  A similar restriction is in the anti-abortion bill currently under debate in Texas. [NYMag.com] The ACLU filed a lawsuit today seeking to…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 9, 2013

Battle Over Abortion Restrictions Rages On In Texas

Texas is heatin’ up, and it isn’t just the weather: for the past few weeks, pro-choice and anti-abortion activists have battled it out outside the statehouse in Austin over the bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The bill would require all abortions to be performed at ambulatory surgical centers, even for non-surgical…

By: Daley Quinn / July 9, 2013

A True Account From Monday’s “Stand For Texas Women” Rally

After attending the “Stand With Texas Women”  rally in Austin on Monday, I think I have to reconsider my aversion to calling myself a Texas woman. The pro-choice rally, which brought together over 5,000 women, men and children to speak out against the SB5 anti-abortion bill which would shut most abortion clinics in the state,…

By: Daley Quinn / July 4, 2013

North Carolina’s State Senate Advances Anti-Abortion Bill

This morning, North Carolina's state senate advanced a bill to further restrict abortion rights in the state. The bill the Senate voted on was supposed to be about prohibiting Islamic sharia law in the state, but ended up having unrelated anti-abortion legislation tacked onto it on Tuesday. The bill would require that abortion providers be…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 3, 2013

It’s Time For A Sex Strike, Texas Ladies

Pro-choice Texas women are being urged to hold a "Lysistratra"-style sex strike against their anti-abortion boyfriends and husbands over the SB5 anti-abortion bill. Y'all tell us if you need The Frisky staff to mail you some vibrators, you hear? We have extras laying around here somewhere... [Cosmopolitan] And yes, "Wendy Davis Truthers" are actually a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 2, 2013

Stand With Texas Women: Photos & Videos From Today’s Rally As Rick Perry Calls Special Session To Vote On SB5

Today, the Texas state legislature will vote on Senate Bill 5 in a special session called by Texas Governor Rick Perry, following last week's successful filibuster of the bill, which would close the vast majority of abortion clinics in the state. Naturally, pro-choice activists came out droves, determined to show Perry and his cronies that…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 1, 2013

Ohio Put A Lot Of Restrictions On Abortion Last Night

Last night, Ohio's Governor John Kasich signed a host of restrictions on abortion into law, which went into effect today. Like other Republicans before him, Governor Kasich placed these legal restrictions on women's reproductive rights flanked by a bunch of old, white men.

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 1, 2013

Connie Britton Teams Up With Planned Parenthood For Limited Edition T-Shirt

What would Tami Taylor do? Stand with Texas women, of course. The "Friday Night Lights" and "Nashville" star has joined Planned Parenthood in promoting a limited edition T-shirt referencing her FNL character supporting the pro-choice women of Texas. In a Planned Parenthood's press release about the shirts, Britton says: "The character Tami on 'Friday Night Lights' i…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 1, 2013

Amazon Reviewers Praise The Patriarchy-Busting Power Of Wendy Davis’ Filibuster Sneakers

Everyone’s still buzzing over Texas State Senator Wendy Davis‘ epic filibuster in defense of a woman’s right to choose. For good reason, too. I hope it proves to be something that people remember—and talk about, and teach their kids about—for decades to come. That enthusiasm has found a surprising outlet on the Amazon.com page for the bright red running…

By: The Mary Sue / June 28, 2013

Not This Crap Again: Rick Perry Says Wendy Davis Should Be Pro-Life Because She Wasn’t Aborted (And Didn’t Have An Abortion Herself)

"In fact, even the woman who filibustered the Senate the other day was born into difficult circumstances. She was the daughter of as single woman, she was a teenage mother herself. She managed to eventually graduate from Harvard Law School and serve in the Texas senate. It is just unfortunate that she hasn’t learned from…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 27, 2013

Mommie Dearest: TX State Senator Wendy Davis Shows That For Teen Moms, Anything Is Possible

What do you think about when you hear “teen mom?” Perhaps you think about someone who was arrested for heroin recently, or maybe about someone else who came out with a sex tape (aka made a pornographic movie) with James Deen. Maybe your thoughts immediately went to shameful ad campaigns by Candie’s or New York

By: Avital Norman Nathman / June 27, 2013

Texas Hero Wendy Davis Talks The Filibuster, Abortion Rights & The Questionable Tactics Of Pro-Life Senators

Texas senator Wendy Davis appeared on "Anderson Cooper 360" Wednesday night to discuss her historic filibuster against anti-abortion Senate Bill 5. Davis thanked all of the supporters in the gallery for standing with her through the 13-hour ordeal. "Their energy kept me going," she said. "I was amazed by it." Cooper asked Davis whether she…

By: Julie Gerstein / June 27, 2013

Study: Men Should Be Included In Unplanned Pregnancy Prevention

Men should be included in strategizing ways to prevent unplanned pregnancies, according to a new study by the Guttmacher Institute. Researchers looked at data from the 2006 to 2010 National Survey of Family Growth reported by men about unplanned births. Through analyzing the rate of happiness that each father felt when his child was born,…

By: Daley Quinn / June 27, 2013

Texas Governor Rick Perry Plans Special Session For July 1 To Vote On SB5 Despite Last Night’s Defeat

Oh hell no. Texas Governor Rick Perry has said the state legislature will hold a special session on July 1, saying that "too much important work remains undone," referring of course to the complete dismantling of women's reproductive rights in the state. Yesterday, Texas state Senator Wendy Davis filibustered for an astounding 13 hours, preventing…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 26, 2013

Watch: Texas Senator Leticia Van de Putte Challenges Senate President, Sets Off Powerful Crowd Protest

Last night's incredible defeat of Texas Senate Bill 5, which would grossly limit safe access to abortion and reproductive health care, has largely, and rightfully, been attributed to Fort Worth Senator Wendy Davis. Her 13-hour filibuster was a critical piece of defeating the legislation. But we cannot understate the importance of other pro-choice senators i…

By: Julie Gerstein / June 26, 2013
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