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China Issues Payout To Forced Abortion Woman

China's Forced B.C.
Chinese woman seeks asylum in the U.S. over forced birth control. Read More »
China's Bride Shortage
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Last month, those of us concerned with reproductive rights were aghast at the story of Feng Jianmei, a 22-year-old Chinese woman who was forced to have an abortion. She and her husband, who have a five-year-old daughter, could not afford the $6,300 fine for violating the country’s one-child policy, so family planning officials forced her into having an abortion. Her husband, Den Jiyuan, told a Chinese newspaper that she was hooded, abducted by being pushed into a car, and forcibly injected with some substance that terminated her pregnancy at seven months along. Her “consent” to the abortion was someone inking her fingerprint onto a document against her will. According to the Guardian, forced abortions and forced sterilizations are technically illegal in China, but they still occur. Last year, a 37-year-old woman named Ma Jihong reportedly died from a forced abortion gone wrong.  Keep reading »

Texas Wants To Ban Doctors From Even Talking About Abortion

  • Yes, seriously: Texas wants to ban doctors from even talking about — or as Texas puts it, “promoting” — abortion as an option.  Some people really believe ignorance is a good thing, huh? [Dallas Observer]
  • Mississippi’s only abortion clinic will be kept open longer that originally thought after a judge has extended a block on a law that aimed to close it July 1. [CNNBBC]
  • Jane Lynch and Billie Jean King are supporting LPAC, a lesbian super-PAC that will provide financial packing to lesbian political candidates. [Huffington Post]
  • The Green Party’s nominee Jill Stein has revealed her running mate will be Cheri Honkala, a homeless activist with the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign. [Time]
  • A pregnant lesbian and her girlfriend were asked to leave a Kentucky park because they were kissing. [Queerty]
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“I Had An Abortion” Project Collates Women’s Accounts Of Abortion

Coat Hanger Abortions
A Mississippi pol doesn't think coat hanger abortions are a problem. Read More »
My Abortion
This author says her abortion was the best decision of her life. Read More »
Abortion Rights
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All of The Frisky's posts about reproductive rights. Read More »
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What is it like to have an abortion? The Internet can be a crapshoot for honest narratives about the experience. You remember, the Internet, land of grotesque photos of bloody fetuses and rumors that breast cancer is caused by abortion?

A new Tumblr project called I Had An Abortion (not affiliated with the documentary of the same name), organized by reproductive health advocate Steph Herold, seeks to collect stories about abortion experiences which have been published around the web. Keep reading »

Judge Blocks Law That Would Have Closed Mississippi’s One Remaining Abortion Clinic

No Abortion Clinic?
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Will Mississippi become the first state without an abortion clinic? Read More »
Screwed By Sex Ed
Mississippi learns the hard way abstinence-only sex ed sucks. Read More »
Coat Hanger Abortions
A Mississippi pol doesn't think coat hanger abortions are a problem. Read More »
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Women in in Mississippi can breathe easy, at least temporarily: at the eleventh hour on Sunday night, a federal judge blocked a law that would have effectively closed the state’s only abortion clinic. A law was set to go into effect on Monday that would have required doctors at the Jackson Women’s Health Organization to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. However, that was not going to happen as all four of the clinic’s OB-GYNs live out of state, in part because they, their families and neighbors are horrendously harassed by anti-abortion extremists. Only one of the practicing OB-GYNs has admitting privileges at the local hospital; the others have not been granted them yet.  Had the law gone into effect today, women’s access to safe and legal abortions would have been even more impeded as they would have been required to drive out of state, which requires time and money. Keep reading »

Victory For Baltimore “Crisis Pregnancy Centers”

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  • “Crisis pregnancy centers” in Baltimore are having their First Amendment rights violated by being required to post notices that state they do not offer abortion referrals or birth control, an appeals court has ruled. “CPCs” are primarily run by anti-abortion activists, located near abortion clinics, and use trickery to dissuade women from terminating their pregnancies. Baltimore created an ordinance in 2009 telling them they must be transparent to women; however, the courts have repeatedly that ordinance is regulating CPCs’ speech. [Bloomberg]
  • Why has the blog TV Tropes deleted its entire content page about “rape tropes” in popular culture at Google’s behest? This is disturbing to me. [The Mary Sue]
  • Nationwide vigils have been planed for a young lesbian couple who were found shot on Saturday at a park in Texas.  [Queerty] Keep reading »

Will Mississippi Become The First State Without An Abortion Clinic?

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  • On July 1, Mississippi’s only surviving abortion clinic may shut down after a new law goes into effect requiring doctors at the clinic to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. This will likely make it impossible for the clinic to continue operating because three out of four of the clinic’s doctors live out of state, in part to avoid harassment by local anti-abortion protestors. Siiiigh. But no worries: coat hanger abortions are no biggie.  [New York Times]
  • The Marine Corps released its plan today to hold troops accused of sexual assault, as well as their commanders, more accountable for their behavior. [Stars & Stripes]
  • Meet Keith Mason and his wife Jennifer, the forces behind Personhood USA, a group that seeks to change the legal status of a fetus to a “person,” thereby criminalizing all abortion and possibly birth control. [The Daily Beast]
  • Former CNN/NBC anchor Campbell Brown wrote a pretty annoying op-ed for The New York Times this weekend that criticized Planned Parenthood.  [Politico] Keep reading »
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