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 »
“Some problems we share as women, some we do not. You fear your children will grow up to join the patriarchy and testify against you, we fear our children will be dragged from a car and shot down in the street, and you will turn your backs upon the reasons they are dying.”
— Audre Lorde, “Age, Race, Class, and Sex,” Sister Outsider
My younger brother is 16-years-old. He is six feet, four inches of gentle, timid, and awkward. He loves baseball and breakfast food, family and faith. He is quiet and complex, an introvert who often laughs with me about our frustrations with growing up in a small home with six people.
But in our Orange County hometown, he is feared. A Black teen with a physical presence that far eclipses his white and East Asian peers, he bears the psychic toll of being seen as a walking threat before being seen as a boy. He knows the police are not on his side. He is right; every 28 hours a black person is killed extrajudicially by law enforcement or vigilantes. And that terrifies me. Keep reading »
Almost 250 female inmates in the California prison system were sterilized — some after being pressured by doctors — between 1997 and 2010, according to a a new report. The report conducted by the Center for Investigative Reporting quoted women that had felt pestered into getting tubal ligations at both the California Institution for Women in Corona and the Valley State Prison for Women In Chowchilla. Keep reading »
When my boyfriend IM’d me something called “Swedish Lesbians Suck Sperm Banks Dry,” I initially thought he was just horny. But, lo and behold, it’s actually an article about how more lesbian couples in Sweden are using donor sperm from fertility clinics for artificial inseminations. In fact, one Swedish hospital reported an 18-month backlog for baby juice! In a roundabout way, the spike in lesbians at sperm banks is good news: Swedish law changed in 2005 to allow gay women the right to fertility treatments at the country’s hospitals. Though The Register calls this the “problem” contributing to the backlog, we think reproductive justice is awesome. Whip out your Playboys, Swedish dudes. Lesbians of Sweden who want to be mommies need you! [The Register UK] Keep reading »