After backing down from a controversial bill that would make abortion illegal after 20 weeks, the Republican controlled House passed another anti-abortion bill today, called “The No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion” Act. Coincidentally, today is also the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that deemed abortion a decision to be made privately between a woman and her doctor.
This bill will prevent women from having their abortions covered by Medicaid, restrict her ability to buy insurance that covers abortions, block federal funds for abortion for women serving in the military, and prevent Washington, D.C. from using local funds to help women pay for abortions. It would also get rid of a tax break given to small businesses who provide their female employees with insurance that covers abortion. Keep reading »
Last year, the state of North Dakota attempted to enact a “Fetal Heartbeat Bill” that would prevent women from seeking an abortion once a heartbeat can be detected, or at 6-7 weeks. This, however, was quickly overturned by a judge because it violated the standard set by the Supreme Court of 24-25 weeks.
Now, this isn’t some arbitrary number. The reason it’s set at 24-25 weeks is because that’s when the fetus becomes viable. Women in this country have the right to abort up until a time when the fetus can survive on it’s own outside the womb.
Alas, North Dakota really, really, really wants to ban abortion. Or, rather, the people who make laws in North Dakota really, really, really want to ban abortion. I would assume that because there are women obtaining abortions at the state’s one abortion clinic, that not everyone in North Dakota is actually all that desperate to ban abortion. If that were the case, there would be no abortions in North Dakota to begin with, and they wouldn’t even have to bother with laws. Keep reading »
Back in March, Mireille Miller-Young, an associate professor of feminist studies at UC Santa Barbara, made headlines for stealing a graphic anti-abortion sign from a group of protesters called Survivors Of The Abortion Holocaust on her campus. In addition to destroying the sign with scissors, Miller-Young also allegedly scratched and pushed a 16-year-old protester. She was charged with grand theft, vandalism and battery.
A video filmed by the anti-abortion protesters showed Miller-Young smiling during the incident; in a police report, the professor, who was pregnant at the time, said she had felt “triggered” by their graphic signs.
Miller-Young pleaded no contest to the charges against her. Last week, the professor was sentenced to three years probation, community service, 10 hours of anger management and a fine over the incident. Keep reading »
Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis flew to Los Angeles this week for a campaign fundraiser and was welcomed with warm temperatures, the promise of In-N-Out and, oh yeah, these “Abortion Barbie” posters. Created by the “conservative street artist” Sabo and paid for by Midland, Texas, woman Kathryn Stuard, the posters feature a pregnant Barbie’s body with Davis’s head, the fetus’s body visible (yeah, I said fetus, not baby) in the doll’s stomach. “Abortion Barbie” comes with her own accessories, namely a pair of scissors for, uh, the aborting, I guess. ”It hits people with the truth,” said Stuard, 53, apparently not realizing that abortions are not and have never been performed with scissors. “The artist is very edgy … I do support (Greg) Abbott [Davis's opponent] but the campaign had nothing to do with these (posters).” Keep reading »
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 »
I first wrote about my abortion in the spring of 2012. At that point, it had been seven years since my procedure, and something that never crossed my mind. Although the majority of the responses were overwhelmingly positive and other women took to the comments section to share their own abortion stories, those who were against my right to choose were, of course, cruel and heartless in what they had to say. For the next several days, I was attacked on Twitter and emailed threats by religious zealots, and was event old that my mother should have aborted me so I couldn’t abort my baby. (Someone explain that logic to me, please.)
A week later, despite all the hate being thrown my way, I wrote a follow-up piece declaring that I was happy that I wrote about my abortion, because I was. I was just as happy that I wrote about i as I was that I had the abortion in the first place. It was an election year with women’s reproductive rights at the forefront of many candidates’ platforms. It was this fact that made me write about my abortion; I wanted to put a name and face to the issue. I wasn’t ashamed. Looking back, whatever guilt I felt the day of my abortion was guilt that I didn’t feel guilty at all. I had gotten pregnant accidentally despite having been on the Pill, I was in no way emotionally or financially ready to have a child, and abortion, for me, was not just a solution, but a gift. My abortion, in many ways, saved my life. Keep reading »