Posts tagged "pro-choice"

Did The Election Reinvigorate Pro-Choice Support?

All the rapey nonsense of the 2012 election seems to have reinvigorated support amongst Americans to identify themselves as “pro-choice.” We have to remember, though, that when asked about support for legal abortion, people give different answers depending on how the question is phrased: “pro-choice” versus “pro-life,” “support legal abortion in all cases” versu…

Jessica Wakeman / November 16, 2012

It Turns Out Declaring War On Women Is Not Such A Successful Election Strategy

Who’d’ve thunk?! Suggesting that pregnancy from rape is “God’s will,” that some rape is “legitimate” while other rape is not, and saying a woman’s body has “a way of shutting the whole thing down” so pregnancy does not occur from rape DOES NOT MAKE WOMEN WANT TO VOTE FOR YOU. Missouri Senate candidate Todd Aki…

Jessica Wakeman / November 7, 2012

The Soapbox: How I Lost Faith In The Pro-Life Movement

This piece was originally published at and is being reprinted with permission.

The spring of my sophomore year of college I was president of my university’s Students for Life chapter. The fall of my junior year of college I cut my ties with the pro-life movement. Five years later I have lost…

Libby Anne / November 5, 2012

Roe Vs. Wade Is Not As Safe As You Think

Think Roe vs. Wade, which effectively legalized abortion in the U.S., is safe? Think again. [Ms. Magazine]
Blogger Kelsey Wallace disagrees with me about “hipster sexism” — here’s her take on it! [Bitch Magazine]
A bar in Wyoming would not allow gay couples to participate in singles night. [Queerty]
The U.S.

Jessica Wakeman / November 2, 2012

Watch Australians Dance In A Pro-Choice Flash Mob!

I love any time activism is infused with joy. That’s why I’m loving these Australians who held a pro-choice flash mob where they all danced on the streets of Melbourne to Florence + The Machine’s “Dog Days Are Over.”  These Aussies — both women and men, old and young — woreT-shirts reading “Abortion: a fact…

Jessica Wakeman / October 10, 2012

Texas To Cut Off Funding For Poor Women’s Health Care At Planned Parenthood

A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that Texas is now allowed to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood clinics that participate in Texas’ Women’s Health Program. Planned Parenthood performs abortions, which the state opposes, and therefore they are allowed to defund the clinics.

The program helps roughly 130,00 low-income women with health care…

Daley Quinn / August 22, 2012

“Hands Off, Crazy”: The “Call Me Maybe” Cover About Your Vagina

Rachel Maddow apparently tweeted this “Call Me Maybe” cover the other night and I’m loving it: it’s called “Hands Off, Crazy” and it’s all about the politicians trying to take away your reproductive rights. It’s by a bunch of Virginia ladies (and one gent) who’ve got their eye on anti-abortion politician Ken Cucinelli (“Cooch”), but…

Jessica Wakeman / August 22, 2012

Why Are Less People Identifying As “Pro-Choice”?

If you were to ask most people if an 13-year-old girl should be forced to give birth to a baby after being impregnated by her own father, I think they would say no.

If you were to ask most people if a woman should have to risk her own life while going through…

Jessica Wakeman / May 24, 2012

My Abortion Was The Best Decision Of My Life

I was 11 weeks along when my gynecologist told me I was pregnant. I had been on The Pill since I was 18 years old and my period, since being on The Pill was non-existent. When it never came in January, then not again in February, it never crossed my mind that something wasn’t right.

Amanda Chatel / March 10, 2012

UPDATE: Virginia’s Governor Backs Off “Transvaginal Ultrasound” Anti-Abortion Bill (And Even Meghan McCain Is Against It!)

UPDATE, 3:40: Governor McDonnell has released a statement regarding the bill, posted after the jump.

Virginia’s Republican Governor Robert McDonnell has come to his senses: he is dropping his support for a scary-ass bill requiring women seeking an abortion to first have a medically unnecessary “transvaginal ultrasound,” aka to be vaginally penetrated with…

Jessica Wakeman / February 22, 2012

Iowa Abortion Bill Would Criminalize All Abortion, Sentence Doctors To Life In Prison

All abortions would be classified as feticides, a class A felony punishable by life imprisonment without chance for parole, under a new bill introduced on Wednesday by Iowa State Representative Kim Pearson, a Tea Party Republican. Pearson’s bill states:
Any person who intentionally terminates a human pregnancy, with the knowledge and consent of the…

Jessica Wakeman / February 17, 2012

Maggie Gyllenhaal Supports Planned Parenthood, Only Makes Us Love Her More

“I’ve been a Planned Parenthood supporter my whole life — since my mom took me to a rally when I was in sixth grade. It’s chilling to think of this resource being taken away. I have a five-year-old daughter, and I’m pregnant with my second child. I know when my children are older, I…

Jessica Wakeman / January 8, 2012

Pro-Lifers Spank Ron Paul For Not “Rescuing” Aborted Fetus From Trash Can

I don’t even know why we’re talking about Republican Ron Paul, because he is never going to be president. (Unless Kelly Clarkson gets her way.) But I do find it entertaining that his campaign ad called “Life,” about his opposition to abortion — despite otherwise being all “get the government out of people’s business!” —…

Jessica Wakeman / December 31, 2011

“10 For Tebow” Pledges A Pro-Choice Donation For Every Tim Tebow Touchdown

A pro-choice organization boldly named The Abortion Gang began a personal pledge that has turned into a unique funding project — they’re urging fans of the Denver Broncos to make a donation to pro-choice groups every time star player Tim Tebow scores a touchdown. The reason behind the idea, coined “10 for Tebow,” is a…

Stefanie Blejec / December 17, 2011

Tim Tebow: Who Cares If He’s Majorly Pro-Life When He’s So Totally Hot!?

I realize I’m not the most reliable when it comes to dating guys who are totally on the up-and-up. But I draw the line at hardcore pro-lifers. I refuse to date a guy who doesn’t believe in a woman’s right to choose because I essentially view that as someone who believes women are too stupid…

Julie Gerstein / April 19, 2011

Is Tweeting About Abortion Effective?

There’s no denying that Twitter has become a monumental social networking tool — and of late, it’s become a part of the abortion debate. In recent days, Twitterers have taken to their accounts in support of a woman’s right to choose. The #ihadanabortion hash tag encourages women to openly discuss their abortion experiences, in a…

Julie Gerstein / November 5, 2010

Will There Be Enough Doctors Who Can Provide The Next Generation Of Women Abortions?

In high school I read John Irving’s excellent book, The Cider House Rules, in which the protagonist, a young man named Homer, is raised in an orphanage under the care of a kindly physician, Dr. Larch, who he is shadowing and learning medicine from. Dr. Larch eventually reveals to him that he’s been performed illegal…

Jessica Wakeman / June 15, 2009

Why Is The Face Of Abortion Always A Woman’s?

Abortion unexpectedly plunged back into the news in recent weeks with the murder of Dr. George Tiller, who performed late-term abortions in Wichita, Kansas.

Everyone but the most far right extremists has condemned the killing and much of the media has focused on how this act of domestic terrorism is truly deplorable. But…

Jessica Wakeman / June 12, 2009

What Exactly Were These Abortions Dr. Tiller Performed?

A 51-year-old anti-abortion activist is in custody in Wichita, KS, after he allegedly shot and killed Dr. George Tiller, 67. Tiller, who had provided abortions to women for over 30 years, was gunned down in the foyer of his church while he passed out the church bulletin. [NY Times]

Some anti-choice extremists think…

Jessica Wakeman / June 1, 2009

Will Sonia Sotomayor Be Pro-Choice? Looks Like Maybe Not.

We think it’s pretty dope that Sonia Sotomayor, Obama’s pick for Supreme Court justice, is (a) a lady and (b) could the first person of Hispanic descent to don Supreme Court robes. But many pro-choice advocates are sounding alarm bells today because they have a sneaking suspicion that, once on the bench, Sotomayor may not…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 28, 2009