Posts tagged "reproductive rights"

Jemima Kirke Opens Up About Ending A Pregnancy In This PSA

In a new PSA for the Center for Reproductive Rights' Draw The Line campaign, "Girls" actress and mother of three Jemima Kirke shares her story of terminating a pregnancy when she was in college back in 2007. I love her candidness, especially her succinct way of describing how safe abortion procedures often fall in that fuzzy middle ground between just barely accessible…

By: Claire Hannum / April 15, 2015

Nashville Is Using Sterilization As A Bargaining Tool In Plea Deals For The Most Vulnerable

Nashville prosecutors are returning to the dark ages when it was common to use sterilization as a bargaining tool for plea deals for society's most vulnerable: minorities, the poor and the mentally ill. The most recent case in Nashville is one of four that has occurred over the last five years, and involves a mentally…

By: Katrin Higher / March 30, 2015

House Passes “No Abortions For Poor Ladies” Bill On Roe v. Wade Anniversary

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…

By: Robyn Pennacchia / January 22, 2015

Frisky Q&A: Dr. Rebecca Gomperts, Human Rights Activist & At-Sea Abortion Provider

Dr. Rebecca Gomperts is a physician, artist, human rights activist, and founder of organizations Women on Waves and Women on Web, which are featured in the documentary "Vessel." The organizations provide safe abortion options to women living in countries with restrictive abortion laws. Gomperts launched the Women on Waves, which sails a mobile abortion clinic to…

By: Claire Hannum / January 16, 2015

Moving Documentary “Vessel” Carries Reproductive Rights Across The Ocean

Upcoming documentary "Vessel" follows the experiences of Rebecca Gomperts, a Dutch physician who founded Women on Waves, which brings contraception and safe abortion services to women in countries with few reproductive rights. Gomperts felt the need to take action for women whose control of their own bodies are prohibited by their nation's government, often at…

By: Claire Hannum / November 10, 2014

Wendy Davis Lost The Election, But She Changed The Game

Wendy Davis, kickass American hero, has lost the Texas gubernatorial election. I know I shouldn't be surprised. For starters, she's a Democrat, and Texas hasn't had a Democratic governor in almost twenty years. To top it off, she's a female, and a mother, and one of the thousands of women in this country who've had

By: Claire Hannum / November 5, 2014

6 Reasons Millennials Don’t Vote (And 6 Reasons You Really Should)

Today is Election Day, and this year's vote is a very big deal. The US Senate stands to see a major power shift, and this election's results will set the stage for the 2016 presidential race. Women's rights also hang in the balance, because we unfortunately live in a world that puts our bodies u…

By: Claire Hannum / November 4, 2014

Celebs Heart Lena Dunham’s Planned Parenthood T-Shirt (And You Can Too!)

Lena Dunham teamed up with Planned Parenthood on her book tour, and now they've created a special-edition shirt with Lena's name on it to raise money for the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. All proceeds of the shirt will go towards the organization, and it's release serves as great encouragement to show up at the polls for…

By: Claire Hannum / October 31, 2014

Fox Anchor: Young Women Serving On Juries Is A Bad Idea Because They “Don’t Get It”

Kimberly Guilfoyle and her co-hosts on "The Five" decided on Tuesday's edition of the show that young women are just too out of it to be functional members of society. They argued that most people become conservatives as they get older, and that young women start as liberals until they marry and gain enough "life experience"…

By: Claire Hannum / October 23, 2014

This Woman’s Spoken Word Poem About Her Abortion Is Incredible

This is Leyla Josephine, a spoken word and performance artist based in Glasgow, Scotland, and the video above is her incredible spoken word poem about her abortion. Or rather, the guilt she does not feel for having an abortion when she was too young to be the kind of mother she wants to be. Whe…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 21, 2014

Tales Of An Abortion Doula

This fascinating essay about a woman's experience as an abortion doula is a must-read. [NYMag.com] Today is the 51st anniversary of the Birmingham church bombing that killed four little girls. [AL.com] Cover Girl appears to have moved their crossmarketing page for the Baltimore Ravens, who terminated their contract last week with Ray Rice for beating…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 15, 2014

The Soapbox: The Problem With Wendy Davis’ Abortion Story

First, let me say that I’m a fan of Wendy Davis. I look forward to reading her recently debuted memoir, Forgetting to Be Afraid, and I admire her amazing energy, her dedication to public service, and her impeccable choice in footwear while filibustering for 11 hours in the Texas Senate last year. I’m way thrilled…

By: Julia Fawkes Stuart / September 15, 2014

Texas Gubernatorial Candidate Wendy Davis Opens Up About Abortion 17 Years Ago

Texas State Senator Wendy Davis had an abortion 17 years ago, she revealed in a memoir being published next week. In her book Forgetting To Be Afraid, Davis shares that in 1997, she and her husband terminated a second-trimester pregnancy after they learned the fetus, a daughter, had serious brain abnormalities.

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 8, 2014

The Soapbox: Why We Cannot Have Reproductive Justice Without Fighting Police Brutality

"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…

By: Hannah Giorgis / August 13, 2014

Following Arrest, Tennessee To Send Drug Addicted New Mom To Rehab

Prosecutors in Tennessee made a deal with the first woman to be arrested under a new law that jails mothers whose offspring test positive for drugs. Mallory Loyola, 26, will first undergo rehab treatment for meth as soon as room opens in a treatment center; prosecutors will assess her recovery and then decide whether to…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 7, 2014

Meet Mississippi’s Christian Abortion Provider

Meet Dr. Willie Parker, a Christian and one of the two providers who travels to Mississippi's only abortion clinic to terminate unwanted pregnancies. He is, without a doubt, an inspiration and a hero. [Esquire] Basement trolls got very upset when a critic for the Village Voice gave "Guardians Of the Galaxy" a bad review, going…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 31, 2014

North Carolina Teen Gave Birth After Secret Pregnancy & Buried Infant In Her Backyard

A teen girl in North Carolina kept her pregnancy a secret from everyone but her boyfriend, then buried their newborn in her backyard. Police said the infant appeared to have bled to death because the umbilical cord was cut improperly. Ashley Reed from Louisburg gave birth alone to her 8.5 lb. daughter, but texted her…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 25, 2014

The Soapbox: On Who Is Deserving Of The Benefit Of The Doubt & Why Black Women Choose Abortion

A world without abortion is unsustainable for Black women. The barriers that exist to basic healthcare make it a fundamental necessity to have the constitutional right and unobstructed access to terminate a pregnancy we cannot carry to term. If you hold the belief that a person should not exercise their constitutional right to terminate a…

By: Shanelle Matthews / July 19, 2014

Mommie Dearest: Are We Now In The Age Of DIY Abortions?

I was a freshman in college when I found myself Googling "can Vitamin C induce your period?" There had been some condom-less sex and, surprise surprise, worries over a late period. I wasn’t about to head to my university’s health care office, which offered a Band-Aid and some Tylenol for pretty much every malady. I…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / July 10, 2014

Mayor Fires Obstetrician Who Refused To Inform Patient Carrying Badly Deformed Fetus About Abortion

The mayor of Warsaw, Poland, fired the obstetrician who heads a maternity hospital that refused to provide information about abortion to a patient carrying a badly deformed fetus. The patient was not told by the doctor, who is Catholic, where she could obtain an abortion before the 24th week of pregnancy (when abortion is legal…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 9, 2014
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