Posts tagged "reproductive rights"

May I Interest You In A Back-Alley Abortion, Madame?

On the terrifying return of the back-alley abortion. [Huffington Post]
A trans woman student at a North Carolina college was hassled by campus security after she used the women’s bathroom. [Advocate]
The governor of West Virginia vetoed a bill that would have banned abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, calling it “unconstitutional.”…

Jessica Wakeman / April 4, 2014

Judge Strikes Down Arkansas’ Ban On Abortion After 12 Weeks

A federal judge stuck down part of an anti-abortion “fetal heartbeat” law in Arkansas which would ban abortions after 12 weeks. Instead, the judge said that fetal viability should determine the legality of abortion. The other part of the law which requires doctors to perform an ultrasound and notify if the pregnant woman if…

Jessica Wakeman / March 18, 2014

Montana Abortion Clinic That Survived A Firebombing Attack Was Broken Into & Vandalized

All Families Healthcare, the only clinic in Flathead Valley, Montana, which provides abortions as well as numerous other reproductive health surfaces to women, suffered a break-in and extensive vandalism on March 3rd.

All Families Healthcare experienced damage to its furniture, medical instruments and supplies, file cabinets, sewer line, furnace and water heater. A…

Jessica Wakeman / March 17, 2014

Mommie Dearest: Talking About Abortion At Book Club

One of the awesome things about having a new book out [The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood to Fit Reality] is that sometimes people actually want to talk to you about it! I’ve been having a blast the past couple of months traveling across the country doing bookstore readings and signings. Each place I visit, there’…

Avital Norman Nathman / March 13, 2014

Colorado Is Considering “Fetal Personhood” Bill To Ban Abortion

Colorado’s state legislature is considering a “fetal personhood” bill which would classify a fertilized egg as a “human being.” Such a bill would ban all abortions and possibly ban emergency contraception, including in cases of rape and incest. [KDVRThink Progress]
Oh, look, yet another depressing study about how women’s perceived…

Jessica Wakeman / March 11, 2014

Generic Version Of Plan B Emergency Contraception To Soon Be Available

Two generic versions of the emergency contraception Plan B “morning-after pill” will soon be available over-the-counter for women. The FDA issued a letter on Tuesday stating the purchase of the generic version of EC will not require proof of age but it will carry a label stating it is for use by young women age…

Jessica Wakeman / March 1, 2014

Spain Is Close To Banning Abortion

Spain is close to banning all abortions, except in the case of rape or severe risk to the mother’s health. [NPR]
A federal judge ruled that Kentucky must acknowledge same-sex marriages performed in other states. (KY has yet to address a lawsuit asking the state to issue same-sex marriage licenses.) [New York Times]…

Jessica Wakeman / February 27, 2014

Mommie Dearest: A Pregnant Person Is A Person First

Growing up, I thought the perfect host was a combination of Betty Crocker and Donna Reed: perfect clothes, perfect hair, perfect food, and perfect personality all coming together to ensure her guests are well taken care of.

However, Steve Martin, a Republican State Senator from Virginia, has a different take on the what…

Avital Norman Nathman / February 27, 2014

I Haven’t Had An Abortion, But I Would

It was a Tuesday afternoon and I was on my therapist’s couch. I described for her an incident over the weekend when I felt sad, deeply sad, for seemingly no reason at all. I had felt reclusive and shy and wanted to stay in my bed; when my husband encouraged me to go to a…

Jessica Wakeman / February 26, 2014

Not This Crap Again: Virginia Politician Calls Pregnant Women “Hosts”

You can count on me to never get in the way of you “preventing an unintentional pregnancy.” I’m not actually sure what that means, because if it’s “unintentional” you must have been trying to prevent it. And, I don’t expect to be in the room or will I do anything to prevent you from obtaining…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 24, 2014

Farrah Abraham Wanted An Abortion But Her Mom Said “That’s Not Going To Happen”

“She wanted to go get an abortion. … Then I turned to her and I just said, ‘We don’t believe in that. That’s a real person inside of you and we don’t believe in killing. That’s not going to happen.’”
There are all kinds of examples of why some of the parents on “16 &am…

Jessica Wakeman / February 21, 2014

Canadian Husband Keeping Pregnant Wife On Life Support Until Childbirth

Only a few weeks ago, a Texas husband successfully sued a hospital to remove his brain dead wife, Marlise Munoz, from “life support,” something they had refused to do because she was pregnant. The Fort Worth hospital believed they were following a state law which instructed them not to stop “life-sustaining treatment” for a patient…

Jessica Wakeman / February 7, 2014

Anti-Abortion Christian Groups Push “Cookie-cott” Of The Girl Scouts

Anti-abortion Christian groups launched a national boycott of the Girl Scouts current cookie selling fundraiser, because the group’s Twitter account tweeted a link to an article which included Texas Democrat Wendy Davis as a ‘woman of the year.’ The groups are warning parents that the Girl Scouts are promoting politicians who support abortion. Oh,…

Jessica Wakeman / January 31, 2014

Republican Senator Rand Paul Wants To Stop Moms On Welfare From Having More Babies

“Maybe we have to say ‘enough’s enough, you shouldn’t be having kids after a certain amount … I don’t know how you do all that because then it’s tough to tell a woman with four kids that she’s got a fifth kid we’re not going to give her any more money. But we have to…

Claire Hannum / January 30, 2014

Texas Court Forces Hospital To Take Brain Dead Pregnant Woman Off Life Support

A shameful, sad and gruesome chapter in Texas’ history is finally over: a judge ordered a Fort Worth hospital to remove Marlise Munoz from life support.

Munoz, who was pregnant with her second child, has been brain dead since November, when she apparently suffered a pulmonary embolism. Despite the 32-year-old’s own wish (supported…

Jessica Wakeman / January 27, 2014

Family Of Brain Dead Pregnant Woman Being Kept Alive By Texas Hospital Goes To Court

Yesterday, the family of Marlise Munoz filed an emergency motion against the Texas hospital asking them to take her off life support so they can bury her body. Thirty-three-year-old Marlise, who apparently suffered a pulmonary embolism in November, did not want to be kept alive on machines. Her wishes, and those of her husband and…

Jessica Wakeman / January 24, 2014

Sarah Silverman & Zach Galifianakis Raise $20,000 For The Texas Abortion Fund

Sarah Silverman, Zach Galifianakis, Retta, Jen Kirkman and others raised around $20,000 at a comedy show on Sunday night called “A Night Of A Thousand Vaginas” to benefit the Texas Abortion Fund. The fund are a group of charities that women in Texas seeking abortions can tap into when facing prohibitive costs and barrier…

Jessica Wakeman / January 21, 2014

Texas Husband Sues Hospital To Take Brain Dead Pregnant Wife Off Life Support

The husband of Marlise Munoz, a braindead woman in Texas who allegedly suffered a blood clot in her lungs, is suing the hospital where she is being kept on life support against her and her family’s wishes. She is 16 weeks pregnant and the hospital believes they have to follow a state law keeping

Jessica Wakeman / January 14, 2014

6 Things To Know About The Supreme Court’s Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone Case

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court is set to begin hearing arguments on the subject of abortion. But it’s not reproductive rights, per se, that the Court will be hearing about: this time it’s a matter of clinic safety.

McCullen vs. Coakley is a lawsuit against a 2007 Massachusetts law that forbids anti-abortion protester…

Jessica Wakeman / January 13, 2014

Kathleen Hanna: My Abortion “Was One Of the Best Things That Happened To Me”

“Well, I worked at McDonald’s and I spent the money I earned at McDonald’s to get my abortion. I was only 15 and the person who got me pregnant did not want to give me any money. I was $40 short, so I had my drug dealer call him and threaten him, so he gave…

Jessica Wakeman / January 8, 2014
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