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Wisconsin Governor Supports Mandating Transvaginal Ultrasounds For Abortion [UPDATE]

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Rep. Trent Franks says pregnancy from rape is rare. Read More »
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Massachusetts considers easing parental consent rules. Read More »
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This is a photo of eight men discussing a ban on women's health. Read More »
  • Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is supporting an anti-abortion bill that is making its way through the state legislature which would require some women seeking first-trimester abortions to have transvaginal ultrasounds, which are performed by inserting a probe into the vagina. The forced transvaginal ultrasounds are medically unnecessary and are a popular ploy of anti-abortion folks to scare women from obtaining abortions . [Think Progress] [UPDATE: Talking Points Memo disputes that the ultrasounds would be transvaginal, instead stating only "ordinary" on-the-belly ultrasounds would be required. — Talking Points Memo]
  • Facebook announced a new policy in which it will stop treating photographs of post-mastectomy scars (usually scars on removed breast tissue) the same as it does pornography. Recently, FB also tightened its regulations on gender-based hate speech. [Think Progress]
  • Apropos of nothing, Austrialian soccer team manager Holger Osieck announced at a press conference that “women should shut up in public.” What? Right! He has since issued a non-apology apology in which he said, convincingly, “It was off the record. It was more of a funny remark. It was nothing against any women or whatever. Definitely just a complete misunderstanding.” [Yahoo] Keep reading »

Not This Crap Again: Republican Trent Franks Says Pregnancy From Rape Is Rare

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Rep. Todd Akin says "legitimate rape victims" don't get pregnant. Read More »
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New sensitivity training helps GOP understand that rape = bad. Read More »
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Wait, I thought the GOP attached nodes onto all white male Republicans’ balls to deliver electric shocks as soon as their lips start to form the words “rape” and “pregnancy”? What happened? How did Rep. Trent Franks dodge that?!

At a House Judiciary Committee hearing today, Rep. Franks of Arizona said his ban on abortions after 20 weeks does not need an exception for rape and incest because pregnancy as a result from rape is rare. “The incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low,” Dr. Franks announced. Keep reading »

Some Morning-After Pills Available Over The Counter, Appeals Court Rules

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Obama administration appealing FDA's morning-after pill decision. Read More »
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FDA makes morning-after pill available ages 15 and up. Read More »
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How does the morning-after pill work? This video explains everything! Read More »
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The two-pill version of the morning-after pill must be immediately available over-the-counter without age restrictions, a federal appeals court has ruled today. However, the court also upheld a “stay” on the one-pill version of emergency contraception (called Plan B One-Step), essentially agreeing with the Obama administration that its use for young teens needs further review.

In response to today’s decision, the president for the Center of Reproductive Rights said in a statement, “After more than a decade of politically motivated delays, women will no longer have to endure intrusive, onerous and medically unnecessary restrictions to get emergency contraception.”

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Beatriz, El Salvador Woman, Finally Has Emergency Abortion

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El Salvador will allow an emergency abortion for Beatriz after all. Read More »
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El Salvador will not allow for lifesaving abortion for young mother. Read More »
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El Salvador Supreme Court refuses abortion for sick pregnant woman. Read More »
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Beatriz, a 22-year-old pregnant woman in El Salvador with serious health issues, has finally had an abortion that will hopefully save her life.

The mother of a 14-month-old was 26 weeks pregnant with a fetus missing parts of its brain and skull; doctors had warned that Beatriz, who has kidney issues and lupus, could be killed by carrying the pregnancy to term despite the fact fetus was not expected to live more than a few hours after birth. Last Wednesday, the Supreme Court of El Salvador refused her appeal to terminate the pregnancy citing its strict ban on all abortions. While Beatriz’s death was possible, the court said, it was not “imminent.” After international outcry, on Thursday the Health Minister of El Salvador finally approved an end to her pregnancy by C-section, which is also called a hysterotomy.

Beatriz had the potentially life-saving procedure yesterday. As expected, her 27-week-old female fetus died. Keep reading »

El Salvador Will Allow Beatriz An Emergency Abortion After All

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El Salvador will not allow for lifesaving abortion for young mother. Read More »
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El Salvador delays on lifesaving abortion for 22-year-old mom. Read More »
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El Salvador Supreme Court refuses abortion for sick pregnant woman. Read More »

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of El Salavador refused an appeal by a 22-year-old woman with serious health issues to have a lifesaving abortion. Beatriz is 26 weeks pregnant with a fetus missing parts of its brain and skull; it is not expected to live for more than a few hours after birth. Her doctors said Beatriz needed to terminate her pregnancy, however, because of complications with her ailing kidneys and lupus. The court ruled this week that since Beatriz’s death was not “imminent,” it would not allow doctors to give her an abortion.

But yesterday, following an international outcry, the Health Minister of El Salvador approved a Cesarean section for Beatriz, which will effectively terminate the pregnancy, “in the event of an emergency.” Keep reading »

El Salvador’s Supreme Court Refuses To Allow Sick Pregnant Woman Beatriz A Lifesaving Abortion

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El Salvador will not allow for lifesaving abortion for young mother. Read More »
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El Salvador delays on lifesaving abortion for 22-year-old mom. Read More »
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A Mississippi pol doesn't think coat hanger abortions are a problem. Read More »
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Beatriz, a 22-year-old woman in El Salvador with severe health problems, was refused a lifesaving abortion of a fetus with severe birth defects by the Supreme Court of El Salvador yesterday. The country has a strict ban on all abortions, regardless of any threat to the health or life of the mother. Beatriz, who has a malfunctioning kidney, lupus and other health-related issues, appealed to the court to terminate her pregnancy. The fetus, in its 26th week, has a severe birth defect in which parts of its brain are missing. It is not expected to live more than a few hours after birth.

As quoted in The New York Times, one of Beatriz’ lawyers said, “The court placed the life of the anencephalic baby over Beatriz’s life. Justice here does not respect the rights of women.” Keep reading »

This Is A Photo Of Eight Men Discussing A Ban On Women’s Reproductive Health

Huffington Post reporter Laura Bassett snapped this photo Wednesday at a House of Representatives hearing regarding a proposed nationwide 20-week abortion ban spearheaded by Republican Rep. Trent Franks. If you look closely, you will see a dude, another dude, another dude, another dude, another dude, another dude, another dude, and yup, one more dude. EIGHT MEN! At a hearing on abortion rights! Dudes! Legislating women’s bodies! [TwitterHuffington Post[Photo via Laura Bassett]

Republican Politician Shames Woman For Abortion, Said She Should Have Delivered Severely Disabled Baby

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Arkansas ban on abortions after 12 weeks temporarily blocked. Read More »
Tricked Into Abortion
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Boyfriend tricks girlfriend into aborting pregnancy with pills. Read More »
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Rep. Michele Bachmann urges "spiritual warfare" against liberalism. Read More »
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Yesterday, a woman named Christy Zink testifed before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcomittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice to discuss a bill proposed by Rep. Trent Franks to ban abortions after 20 weeks. Zink spoke about her difficult decision in 2009 to have an abortion at 22 weeks after she learned the fetus she was carrying was severely disabled.

In response to her testimony, Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, also a Republican, publicly shamed Zink and her family for terminating a late-term pregnancy and suggested she should have carried the possibly nonviable pregnancy to term just on principle. Keep reading »

Arkansas Ban On Abortions After 12 Weeks Temporarily Blocked

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  • A ban on abortions after 12 weeks in Arkansas — the earliest abortion ban in the country — has been temporarily blocked by a federal judge. [Politico]
  • The state government of Illinois has advanced a comprehensive sex ed bill that requires teachers to teach “medically accurate and age-appropriate lesson[s]” on sexual health. What a novel idea! [Rockford Register Star]
  • New York State has introduced a bill to prosecute sex traffickers. [Stop Human Trafficking NY]
  • Dove, Vistaprint and Audible.com are all ignoring an online campaign by feminist activist group Women, Action & Media (WAM) to encourage Facebook to remove content that is violent against women and girls. [Feministing, WAM]
  • Meet Rep. Krysten Sinema, a Democrat from Arizona, who is openly bisexual and agnostic. [ELLE] Keep reading »

OB/GYN’s Son Accused Of Forging Dad’s Signature & Tricking Girlfriend To Abort Pregnancy Without Her Knowledge

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Texas teen sues parents for right to not have an abortion. Read More »
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Our writer took the morning-after-pill to thwart unwanted pregnancy. Read More »
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Abortion provide Kermit Gosnell found guilty of three counts of murder. Read More »

A 28-year-old man gave the abortion pill to his six-weeks-pregnant girlfriend without her knowledge, causing her to have an abortion.  John Andrew Welden has been charged with first degree murder and product tampering.

His girlfriend, Remee Lee, became pregnancy in February and was “elated” about it, according to the AP. But Welden didn’t want her to have a baby, so he gave her Cytotec — a pill taken in conjunction with mifepristone as part of the abortion pill (also called a medical abortion) — leading her to believe she was taking the antibiotic Amoxicillan. The girlfriend had visited Welden’s father, an OB/GYN, and Welden lied to her and said that his dad had warned him that she had an infection. Then he forged his dad’s signature on a prescription for Cytotec (AKA Misoprostal) and gave it to Lee with a label reading “Amoxicillan.” Trusting her boyfriend was telling her the truth, Lee eventually got abdominal cramps and began bleeding and went to the hospital, only to be told she had been given the abortion pill without her knowledge.  Keep reading »

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