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Mommie Dearest: I’m A Mom Who Supports Legal Abortion

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Where do abortion rights stand today? Read More »
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A Mississippi pol doesn't think coat hanger abortions are a problem. Read More »
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Yesterday was the 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. I spent the day reading, writing, and thinking about abortion. I’m clearly not quite done.

I’ve never had an abortion, but that doesn’t mean that I — like many women — haven’t been in a position where I ended up considering having one. I certainly thought about abortion when I was 17 and completely freaking out after my first time having sex, both an unexpected and unwanted event. In the painfully long two weeks that I had to wait until I was finally able to take a pregnancy test, I considered all of my options, among them abortion. While I thankfully didn’t need to make any sort of choice in the end (except to head to a doctor for a full battery of STD testing), just knowing that abortion existed provided me with some sense of comfort in all of the swirling chaos that comes with being a teenager suffering heartbreak and confusion. Keep reading »

Today’s The 40th Anniversary Of ‘Roe Vs. Wade’

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Looking back on the culture-changing Supreme Court decision. Read More »

Today, January 22, marks the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s historic Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortions nationwide. Despite the fact that issues such gay rights held a spotlight in President Obama’s inaugural address, a woman’s right to choose is is still a highly divisive debate.

TIME magazine’s first issue of 2013 boldly stated that women have been losing ground ever since the Roe ruling, but is that really true? Let’s take a look at where women’s abortion rights stand today:

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Some Anti-Abortion Fool Sat Up In A Tree During The Inauguration And Screamed About Babies

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  • An anti-abortion protester climbed up a tree — just like a bear! — at Obama’s Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C., today, holding a sign that read “Pray to end abortion” while screaming from amidst the branches. I bet that showed everyone. What I think is really funny is that the police just let him stay up there, assuming he’d either fall out or climb down. [The Gloss]
  • A drawing by the artist Kara Walker, which depicts a black female slave performing oral sex on a white man, was covered up at the Newark Public Library after patrons protested the image. The library has finally agreed to uncover the drawing and also invited Walker to come speak at the library to discuss her work. [Madame Noire]
  • On how poor women are becoming the face of abortion. [Clutch Magazine] Keep reading »

Majority Of Americans Say ‘Roe Vs. Wade’ Should Not Be Overturned: Pew Poll

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  • Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision which effectively legalized abortion, should not be overturned according to the majority of Americans. This information comes via a Pew Research poll which found 63 percent of those polled want the landmark decision to be left alone. [Feminist.org]
  • A South Carolina state representative has introduced a bill to offer the HPV vaccine, which prevents some strains of HPV which cause cervical cancer, to 7th graders. Republican Governor Nikki Haley vetoed a similar bill last year. [Think Progress]
  • A California state senator has introduced a bill to clarify the 1872 law that says only married women can be raped by “impostors” pretending to be their husbands. [Ms. Magazine] Keep reading »

Wyoming Introduces “Fetal Heartbeat” Bill To Further Restrict Abortion

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  • Republicans in Wyoming state legislature have introduced a “fetal heartbeat” bill that would criminalize abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected. Currently, Wyoming’s law bans abortions after the fetus has “reached viability,” which is generally around 23 weeks. But a fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, which would drastically affect women’s choices.  [Think Progress]
  • On Planned Parenthood’s decision to turn move away from using the terms “pro-life” and “pro-choice.” [BuzzFeed]
  • This mom found that her 2nd grader was asked to read a story in school which glorified kidnapping and rape, so she confronted the elementary school. [AlterNet]
  • On life as a transgender parent. [Psychology Today]

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Georgia Judge Temporarily Blocks Abortion Law

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  • A Georgia judge has granted a temporary injunction against an anti-abortion law that would go into effect on January 1, at the behest of three doctors in the state. [Bloomberg]
  • A trolley service in Annapolis, Maryland, is shutting down its business to all weddings rather than accomodate couples from same-sex marriages who want to use the trolleys on their big day. [Raw Story]
  • Actress Pia Glenn on how she is constantly being told she is not “black enough” for acting jobs. [xoJane] Keep reading »
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