Women, like 41-year-old mother and five time Olympic swimmer, Dara Torres, made a lot of headlines this year. However, we also made some incredible strides out of the swimming pool. In honor of all those hardworking, won’t take no for an answer kind of bad asses who made those achievements possible, here are the Top 5 Women’s Rights Wins of 2008:
1. Aborted Anti-Choice Legislation: As America enthusiastically voted in Obama, the overwhelming majority also rejected anti-abortion legislation that would have restricted women from their legal right to choose as dictated by Roe v. Wade. Way to go South Dakota, Colorado, and California!
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Last night, MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow talked about one of the scariest things Bush has ever planned. After reports of sanctioned water board torture got slapped on an eight-year-long list of other horrors this week, it’s hard to imagine the Bush/Cheney administration understands the meaning of “conscience.” Yet, that appears to be their lame duck attempt to prevent a woman from having the right to choose. According to Bush’s latest “right of conscience” federal regulation, medical professionals can refuse to provide birth control, abortions, Plan B, and IUD’s if they don’t want to, on the basis that it offends their beliefs. You know, because we patients really want a political opinion when we’re merely looking for personal health care! While the bill is set to go into effect this week, don’t fear, women of America. According to The Wall Street Journal, Obama and his administration already have that at the top of their to “Undo To Do” list! Now, fingers crossed they’ll also take care of “the global gag rule” which has halted funding for family planning services around the world. [Lawyers USA/DC Dicta] Keep reading »
Not sure what to get one of your best girlfriends or a female in your family for a gift this holiday season? How about a gift certificate to Planned Parenthood in Indiana or Illinois, which can be redeemed for any of their women’s health services, including pap smears, birth control, STD tests, and, yes, abortions. The gift certificates can be bought in $25 increments and really would be a great gift for a woman who doesn’t have health insurance, as PP’s services are generally very affordable. Of course, it should have been expected that the religious right would go all koo-koo crazy about PP’s latest offering and when we linked to a College Candy story about this topic in yesterday’s Quickies, we didn’t understand how much larger the issue was. Keep reading »
DMC Pharmacy in Chantilly, Virginia, will sell everything from cold meds to contact solution when it opens this summer, but if you want condoms, birth control pills, or any other form of contraception, you’d better head in the other direction. The “pro-life pharmacy” sticks to a strict policy of not offering its patrons contraception or anything else that “interferes” with the procreation process. Virginia doesn’t have laws which require pharmacists to dispense prescriptions written by a physician, but luckily, there are at least five other pharmacies (pro-choice ones, we guess!) within spitting distance. [Washington Post] Keep reading »
Yesterday marked the 35th Anniversary of Roe V. Wade, the landmark United States Supreme Court decision giving women the right to choose. Since Roe v. Wade, roughly 50 million women in the United States have exercised that right. While The Frisky hopes to post a personal take on this issue on our own in the future, we give mad props to the women at Jezebel and Nerve for sharing their stories. Additionally, The Huffington Post has a fabulous piece from Fear of Flying author Erica Jong about this important right — whether you choose to exercise it yourself or not. [CNN] Keep reading »