Posts tagged "reproductive rights"

Judge Allows Killer Of Abortion Doctor To Make Controversial Plea

'This' is not going to be a debate about abortion,'' Sedgwick Country District Judge Warren Wilbert said recently. But even if with the best of intentions, what he's presiding over will seem to a lot of people to be about abortion -- the trial of Scott Roeder, the anti-abortion extremist who has confessed to…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 13, 2010

Hillary Clinton: “We Cannot Accept The Ongoing Marginalization Of Half The World’s Population”

No one can deny Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been a longtime, committed supporter of the rights of women and girls globally—especially the right for women to plan their pregnancies. Clinton spoke this afternoon at the International Conference on Population and Development on the 15th anniversary of its historic Cairo summit, whe…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 8, 2010

Today’s Lady News: All The Single Ladies (Buy Their Own Homes)

In the past 12 months, single gals were 21 percent of new home buyers while single men were just 10 percent. However, married couples are still the number one group of new home buyers. [New York Times] Anti-abortion protesters outside a clinic in Louisville, Kentucky, have been photographed wearing fake escort vests so…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 7, 2010

Today’s Lady News: What Is A “Necessity Defense”?

Yesterday a judge in Wichita, KS, ruled on the "necessity defense," which anti-abortion extremist Scott Roeder has tried to use to justify murdering Dr. George Tiller, who performed abortions. The judge said he would allow limited use of the "necessity defense," which means Roeder's lawyers can present evidence and argue that Roeder killed…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 23, 2009

Senators Introduce Anti-Abortion Amendment For Health Care Reform Bill

The House of Representatives' version of the health care reform bill contained the Stupak-Pitts Amendment (explained in full here) to make sure health insurance doesn't cover abortion. Today, the Senate began their own campaign for a similar amendment, when Senators Bill Nelson (D-NE), Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and others introduced an amendment to…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 7, 2009

Why Are Abortion-Rights Activists Sending Coat Hangers To Politicians?

It's not to hang their nice suit jackets, that's for sure! Here's some straight-to-the-point activism: a cell phone company, CREDO Mobile, is mailing coat hangers to all the democratic members of the House of Representatives who voted in support of the Stupak-Pitts Amendment in Obama's health care reform bill. (CREDO must have read our…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 19, 2009

Republican National Committee’s Health Insurance Plan Covered Abortion

The Republican National Committee's health plan with the insurance company Cigna has covered abortion since 1991, according to an investigation by the online news site Politico. Cigna's health coverage plan allows employers to opt out of coverage for specific items, but the RNC, which employs members of the Republican Party, did not opt out…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 13, 2009

Today’s Lady News: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Speaks Out Against The Stupak Amendment

In this video clip, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) speaks out against the health care reform bill's Stupak-Pitts Amendment, which limits how private insurance companies can offer coverage for abortion. More conservatively inclined Democrats voted for the House of Representative's version of the health care bill this past Saturday night only after the Stupak-Pitt…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 10, 2009

Today’s Lady News: Is Emma Thompson Finally Off Team Polanski?

Emma Thompson initially signed a petition calling for Roman Polanski's freedom, but has she had a change of heart? A reader at the blog Shakesville may have convinced her to remove her name from his list of supporters. [Shakesville] An Illinois judge has blocked the enforcement of the state's controversial parental notificatio…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 4, 2009

What All Women Need To Know About Health Care Reform And Abortion

Have you been following health care reform? Earlier this autumn, I was rushing home from work to watch Hardball every night. Then all those "town hall" people screaming about Nazism irritated me so much I've mostly tuned out. But there is one health care reform issue I've followed closely and that is abortio…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 4, 2009

Today’s Lady News: Illinois’ Parental Notification For Abortion Law Is Delayed

Illinois' controversial parental notification law for minors seeking an abortion has been delayed at least until Wednesday morning as officials meet to verify that girls can waive the notification process by petitioning a judge, who has 48 hours to rule on it. The parental notification law does not give parents consent, but require…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 3, 2009

Today’s Lady News: A Lawsuit Is Filed In Illinois Over Parental Notification Law For Abortions

A Chicago doctor and a women's health clinic have filed a lawsuit in Illinois over a "parental notification law." If the law goes into effect on Nov. 3, it would require a doctor to tell the parents before performing an abortion on girls under age 18. Girls can bypass notifying their parents by going…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 21, 2009

I Call B.S. On “Abortion Addiction”

Irene Vilar rebelled against her "controlling" husband in the most unique of ways: by having abortions. Lots of 'em. From ages 16 to 33, Vilar said she had 15 abortions and now calls herself a recovered "abortion addict" and mother of two. Have you ever heard of "abortion addiction"? No, me neither. But Vilar ha…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 15, 2009

Unsafe Abortions Kill 70,000 Women Every Year

Unsafe abortions kill 70,000 women each year, according to a recent study of 197 countries by the pro-choice Guttmacher Institute. The three-year study also found abortions are happening in countries where they are legal just as often as in countries where they are illegal—despite the fact that 40 percent of the world's women live…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 14, 2009

It’s National Pro-Life Cupcakes Day!

Cupcakes! Who doesn't love cupcakes? Makes me think of Sex and the City ... birthday parties ... sugary frosting ... abortion. Wait ... wha?! Unless this is a big joke and I am just very gullible, Cupcakes For Life is a website that's celebrating National Pro-Life Cupcakes Day today by staging…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 9, 2009

Today’s Lady News: Young OB/GYNs Worry About Doing Abortions

Out of concern for their safety, young OB/GYN students admit to reconsidering whether or not they'll do abortions after the recent murder of Dr. George Tiller, a physician in Kansas who terminated pregnancies. "Our doctors are graying and are not being replaced," the president of the National Women's Health Foundation has said. […
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 1, 2009

Today’s Lady News: North Dakota Clinic Tries To Stop Mandatory Ultrasounds Before Abortions

The only abortion clinic in North Dakota wants thwart a state law requiring them to show a pregnant woman an ultrasound 24 hours before her abortion is scheduled. [Feministing] Two Democrats, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (CT) and Rep. Tim Ryan (OH), introduced a bill today seeking "common ground" on abortion, called the "Preventing Unintended…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 25, 2009

Today’s Lady News: Taxpayer Money Might Pay For Abortions

Taxpayer money might pay for abortions under Obama's proposed health care plan, according to Peter Orzag, the White House budget director. However, Orzag added that using taxpayer money that way could be so controversial that a decision has not been made about it yet. […
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 20, 2009

The Only Woman On The Supreme Court: Ruth Bader Ginsberg Tells All

A lot of people are happy that Barack Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, but Emily Bazelon from Slate found someone in particular who is pretty psyched: the only woman presently sitting on the Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Ever since Justice Sandra Day O'Connor retired three years ago, Ginsberg has represented the…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 9, 2009
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