Posts tagged "reproductive rights"

Candidate Co-Stars With Vaginal Probe In New Campaign Ad

It’s that time of year where you can’t turn on the television without another campaign ad intoning “… and then Barack Obama ate a live baby.” So I think this ad from North Carolina State Senate candidate Deb Butler is amazing for its understated simplicity: she appears onscreen with a transvaginal ultrasound wand, which her…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 11, 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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 10, 2012

Anti-Abortion Legislator Encouraged His Mistress To Have … An Abortion

Slutty slut sluts should keep their legs closed if they aren’t prepared for an unwanted pregnancy resulting from sex. But the rules are a little different, obviously, if you are a conservative lawmaker. Fret not if you co-sponsored the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, the Life at Conception Act, and numerous other pieces of anti-abortio…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 10, 2012

Free Birth Control Means Fewer Abortions, Says Study (Which Proves Common Sense)

A new study called “The Contraceptive Choice Project” outlined in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology tracked over 9,000 women in St. Louis and found free birth control led to drastically lower rates of abortion and births by teen moms. The study gave a range of free birth control options to poor and uninsured women (those at…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 6, 2012

Guess Who Was Once Arrested For Blocking An Abortion Clinic Entrance?

This guessing game isn’t too hard: GOP pain-in-the-neck Rep. Todd Akin, of course. Akin has admitted he was once arrested for blocking an abortion clinic entrance. Aw, come on, guys! He just wanted to first make sure those women were “legitimately raped”! [Feminist.org]
Women speak 25 percent less than their male counterparts in meeting…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 28, 2012

Some NYC Schools Administer Birth Control, Morning-After Pill To Students — So What?

Earlier this week, The New York Post dropped the “exclusive” that nurses at 13 New York City public schools can dispense the morning-after pill and provide oral and injectable birth control, like Depo Provera and the Pill — “without parents’ permission.”…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 26, 2012

Tagg Romney’s Gestational Surrogate Had An “Abortion Clause”

Hello, 2012 election! Here’s your friendly reminder that reproductive rights issues are not as black and white (i.e. BAD BAD BAD) as anti-abortion extremists might think. In fact, sometimes the families of politicians themselves need … you know … choices.

Noted politics website TMZ has exclusively learned that the gestational surrogate used by…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 21, 2012

India To Outlaw Sex-Selective Abortions Of Girls

Even though India worships female goddesses, some of India’s expectant mothers have been pressured by a culture that privileges males into aborting their female fetuses. Authorities believe eight million girls may have been aborted in India in the last decade alone. Now the government is taking charge and planning to jail entire families for u…

By: Daley Quinn / September 19, 2012

Virginia Passes Regulations That Seem To Shut Down Abortion Clinics

Virginia’s Board of Health has voted to pass building regulations pushed by anti-abortion advocates on things like hallway sizes and ventilation systems that will force many abortion clinics in the state to close. Just awful. [Huffington Post]
More on the accused Central Park rapist’s history of attacking elderly women. [ABC News]
Another…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 14, 2012

Missouri To Allow Employers To Refuse To Cover Birth Control, Abortion

Bad news out of Missouri this week: employers and insurers who personally oppose birth control, abortion and sterilization will be able to refuse to cover those forms of health care in their employee’s health insurance. Missouri’s Governor Jay Nixon had vetoed the bill, but earlier this week, the Republican-controlled legislature overrode the veto.

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 14, 2012

Conservative Group Enlists Crazy-Eyes Lady For “Abortion Survival” Video

The conservative women’s group Susan B. Anthony List has debuted this not-intentionally-funny anti-Obama advertisement, which will air in Missouri, about the president’s support of reproductive rights. Did you know Barack Obama strangles newly-born babies with this own hands?! …

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 30, 2012

NH Sheriff Candidate Would Use “Deadly Force” To Stop Abortions (Because That Makes Sense)

“I would make abortion illegal after 12 weeks.”

“Yeah? Well, I would make it illegal even in cases of rape and incest.”

“Well, I would use deadly force to stop a woman from having an abortion.”

Wait, what? Yes, this is a thing a dude actually said.

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 27, 2012

Find Out If You Were “Legitimately” Raped With This Helpful Song

God bless singer Taylor Ferrera!  This song, “Legitimate Rape,” is so kickass: “I was a little drunk / illegitimate rape! / I know the rapist well / illegitimate rape! / my skirt was kinda short / illegitimate rape! / I’m married to the man / that’s a husband’s privilege.” Amazing.  [YouTube]
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By: Jessica Wakeman / August 22, 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…

By: Daley Quinn / August 22, 2012

Paul Ryan Backpedals On His Politically Inconvenient Views Regarding “Forcible Rape”

Poor anti-abortion Republicans. It must be so hard having the general public pay attention to your extremist views. Case in point: Mitt Romney’s vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan is against legal abortion and joined Republicans — including Rep. Todd Akin! —  last year to try to rewrite language in the No Taxpayer Funding For Abortio…

By: Jessica Wakeman / 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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 22, 2012

Longtime Tennessee Abortion Clinic Forced To Close

A longtime abortion clinic in Tennessee is shutting down as the result of a new law called the Life Defense Act, which requires doctors have admitting privileges at local hospitals. The Volunteer Women’s Medical Center in Knoxville has provided women’s health care to TN women for 38 years but had to close because the…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 17, 2012

Girl Talk: I Had An Abortion

This piece first appeared on Eyelid’s LiveJournal and has been reprinted with her permission. You can read some clarifying background info here.

So uh, don’t freak out, but I was pregnant and had to have an abortion last weekend.

Yes, yes I know, my uterus is ruled by Murphy’s Law.  Patrick and…

By: Eyelid / August 17, 2012

Girl Talk: I Wish My Mother Had Aborted Me

In this piece, reprinted with permission from Role/Reboot, Lynn Beisner explains the difference between the two phrases “The best choice for both my mother and me would have been abortion” and “I wish I had never been born.”

If there is one thing that anti-choice activists do that makes me see red, it…

By: Lynn Beisner / August 14, 2012

Gay Rights, Planned Parenthood On Agenda At Democratic National Convention

Next month the Democratic National Convention will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, where Democratic delegates will nominate President Barack Obama for their candidate. Such events are not just about nominating a candidate, though, but an overall PR blitz for their party’s values.

Politico has seen drafts (“a starting point”) of convention-planning document…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 10, 2012
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