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Pray Tell: What Women Should Know About Scientology

These days, Scientology is everywhere – three books are out this month alone, including Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright’s Going Clear, which has been featured everywhere from CNN to the New York Times Book Review. Yesterday, several ex-members filed a lawsuit against the Church, saying that Scientology kept asking them for more and more money for shadowy projects which were never completed, then had them blacklisted for asking questions about where the money went.

I believe in freedom of religion. But as a longtime religion reporter, I know enough about Scientology to think that the Church is dangerous and harmful. In particular, it’s terrible for the women who join it. It may be funny to watch the Xenu clip from South Park, but many of the labor violations and harsh punishments against women in the Church should give you a sense of why this religion isn’t amusing – it’s scary. Keep reading »

New Mexico Lawmaker Introduces Bill Requiring Rape Victims To Carry Pregnancies Full-Term

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Avital is a mother who supports legal abortion. Read More »
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A pregnancy resulting from rape or incest is evidence and having an abortion is “tampering with evidence,” according to a new bill introduced yesterday in New Mexico which would legally require a rape victim to carry a fetus to term.

Presumably Rep. Cathrynn Brown, a Republican, will also criminalize tampering with evidence by taking a shower after a rape, too? Keep reading »

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 »
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