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Find Out If You Were “Legitimately” Raped With This Helpful Song

Akin's Rape Science
Rep. Todd Akin says "legitimate rape victims" don't get pregnant. Read More »
"Forcible Rape"
Behind Republicans' attempts to redefine rape. Read More »
Paul Ryan Backpedals
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What? Who me? Nah, I didn't say anything about rape and abortion. Read More »
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Was It Legitimate Rape?
  • God bless singer Taylor Ferrera!  This song, “Legitimate Rape,” is so kickass: “I was a little drunk / illegitimate rape! / I know the rapist well / illegitimate rape! / my skirt was kinda short / illegitimate rape! / I’m married to the man / that’s a husband’s privilege.” Amazing.  [YouTube]
  • Blogger Amanda Marcotte on why “I’m pro-choice but … ” is a shitty thing to say. [Reproductive Health Reality Check]
  • New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd takes Todd Akin to task in one of the best columns she has ever written. [New York Times]
  • Krystal Ball, the former Democratic candidate in Virginia whose goofy party photos were used to slut-shame her by opponents, has rebuilt her life after the scandal. [NYMag.com]
  • On why Rep. Todd Akin didn’t really “misspeak.” [Slate] Keep reading »

Texas To Cut Off Funding For Poor Women’s Health Care At Planned Parenthood

I Had An Abortion
A mother writes about choosing to have an abortion. Read More »
PP's Youth Organizing
Why "Twilight"'s Elizabeth Reaser is attending this PP event. Read More »
Support Planned Parenthood
How you can help protect access to reproductive health care. Read More »
Lady! You There! I Make Medical Choices For You!

A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that Texas is now allowed to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood clinics that participate in Texas’ Women’s Health Program. Planned Parenthood performs abortions, which the state opposes, and therefore they are allowed to defund the clinics.

The program helps roughly 130,00 low-income women with health care; it aids women who would not qualify for Medicaid unless they are pregnant. The WHP has always funded Planned Parenthood clinics in the past; its mandate is not to fund “abortion-providing entities” and Planned Parenthood got around that by creating a separate legal entity to accept the funds to use for non-abortion health care. The state knew that and funded the clinics anyway. But then the state of Texas decided it was more de riguer and keeping with the times to defund Planned Parenthood over all this. It rewrote language saying WHP funding couldn’t even go to abortion-providing affiliates. Keep reading »

Paul Ryan Backpedals On His Politically Inconvenient Views Regarding “Forcible Rape”

"Forcible Rape"
Behind Republicans' attempts to redefine rape. Read More »
Akin's Rape Science
Rep. Todd Akin says "legitimate rape victims" don't get pregnant. Read More »
Who's Paul Ryan?
Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney Announces Rep. Paul Ryan As His Vice Presidential Pick
12 things to know about Mitt Romney's new running mate. Read More »
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Don't Pay Attention To My Extreme Views!

Poor anti-abortion Republicans. It must be so hard having the general public pay attention to your extremist views. Case in point: Mitt Romney’s vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan is against legal abortion and joined Republicans — including Rep. Todd Akin! —  last year to try to rewrite language in the No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act (background here), saying government funding could only cover abortions in the case of “forcible rape.”

The language was rejected when more reasonable minds were horrified that a woman who had been roofied and raped would be told “no” if she asked for help terminating a pregnancy resulting from it. Because that’s rape, too.  The implication was, of course, that if a woman wasn’t “forcibly” raped — as in, a man jumps out from the behind the bushes — she might be lying and really doesn’t deserve to get help ending her pregnancy. You might even say she was not the victim of a “legitimate rape.” Keep reading »

“Hands Off, Crazy”: The “Call Me Maybe” Cover About Your Vagina

"Forcible Rape"
Behind Republicans' attempts to redefine rape. Read More »
Akin's Rape Science
Rep. Todd Akin says "legitimate rape victims" don't get pregnant. Read More »
I Had An Abortion
A mother writes about choosing to have an abortion. Read More »
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It's My Vagina, So Hands Off, Crazy

Rachel Maddow apparently tweeted this “Call Me Maybe” cover the other night and I’m loving it: it’s called “Hands Off, Crazy” and it’s all about the politicians trying to take away your reproductive rights. It’s by a bunch of Virginia ladies (and one gent) who’ve got their eye on anti-abortion politician Ken Cucinelli (“Cooch”), but sadly could just as well BE about this idiot or that one or this one right here. The lyrics go something like “I’ve never met you / and this shady / it’s my vagina / so hands off, crazy / you’re on the far right / and women are angry / it’s my vagina / so hands off crazy!” The lyrics are definitely NSFW, so put headphones on! [YouTube]

Longtime Tennessee Abortion Clinic Forced To Close

  • A longtime abortion clinic in Tennessee is shutting down as the result of a new law called the Life Defense Act, which requires doctors have admitting privileges at local hospitals. The Volunteer Women’s Medical Center in Knoxville has provided women’s health care to TN women for 38 years but had to close because the only physician who had admitting privileges recently died and the clinic could not afford to stay open while other physicians obtained them.  [Washington Post]
  • Twelve Democratic women running for office in the U.S. have already bested their competitors in fundraising. [Politico]
  • Chess grandmaster Gary Kasparov was arrested for protesting outside the Pussy Riot trial in Moscow today. The three band members were sentenced to two years in prison for “hooliganism.” [The Quietus]
  • Criminal prosecution of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Overland Park, Kansas, was dropped today. [KansasCity.com]
    Keep reading »

Girl Talk: I Had An Abortion

Mother Aborted Me?
This author explains why her mother should have aborted her. Read More »
My Miscarriage
One writer discusses her miscarriage. Read More »
This Is My Body
This is a video anti-abortion activists need to see. Read More »

This piece first appeared on Eyelid’s LiveJournal and has been reprinted with her permission. You can read some clarifying background info here.

So uh, don’t freak out, but I was pregnant and had to have an abortion last weekend.

Yes, yes I know, my uterus is ruled by Murphy’s Law.  Patrick and I both thought it was pretty funny, in that “oh, life” way, when it occurred to me a few days after I missed my period why I wasn’t bleeding.

Being first-trimester crazy (I have fits of horrific rage, I get depressed, I can’t sleep, I can’t concentrate) has made everything more difficult these last couple weeks.  Having an abortion is really not that big of a deal, but it would be even less of a deal if one were not suffering from overhormones when it’s all going down.

I didn’t really waffle at all on it.  Patrick and I are both exhausted.  When we are at home dealing with the kids, someone constantly needs something (or many people need things at once), and then there’s cleaning up after four kids, etc.  We already should do more for our kids than we do.  There is no way we can deal with another pregnancy or baby on top of one-year-old twins, two older children, work, and life.  I could feel Patrick’s terror at the thought; he’s already on his last nerve.  It would also be very difficult to afford.  and where would we put another baby? Keep reading »

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