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Canadian Husband Keeping Pregnant Wife On Life Support Until Childbirth

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Texas hospital is forcing brain dead pregnant woman to stay alive. Read More »
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Husband of Marlise Munoz sues hospital keeping her on life support. Read More »
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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 who is pregnant, despite the woman’s own wishes. A judge eventually concluded that a dead person is not a patient.

A few thousand miles to the north, another family is in the exact same situation. But Dylan Benson, 32, of British Columbia is choosing to keep his brain dead pregnant wife Robyn Benson hooked up to life support until the fetus can be delivered via C-section. Keep reading »

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

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  • 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, for fuck’s sake, people! This smear campaign gets more ridiculous every day. [Think Progress, Slate]
  • The late Rep. Shirley Chisholm, who was the first Black woman elected to Congress and the first Black person to run for president, is being remembered on a U.S. postage stamp. [New York Daily News]
  • Here’s Frisky contributor Veronica Arreola with her take on The Nation‘s piece, “Feminism’s Toxic Twitter Wars.” [Viva La Feminista] Keep reading »

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

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“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 figure out how to get that message through because that is part of the answer.”

Republican Senator Rand Paul from Kentucky is making it his personal mission to shame moms on welfare for continuing to get pregnant. Sen. Paul, who has a decent shot at the 2016 Republican nomination, wants to put a cap on the government benefits for which low-income mothers are eligible. His aim is to dis-incentivize mothers by economically punishing them for having a number of children that is over his ambiguous personal threshold of what he considers to be “too many.” Basically, he’s fairly certain that the way to save the United States’ future is for women to keep their legs closed. (Oh, you didn’t think he supported reproductive rights, did you? HAHAHAHA. Rand opposes abortion unilaterally, even in the cases of incest or rape.) Keep reading »

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

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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 by her husband) not to be kept on a ventilator, John Peter Smith Hospital refused to remove her because of the fetus inside her. The hospital feared running afoul of a 1999 Texas law which states “life-sustaining treatment” cannot be removed from a pregnant woman, despite the woman’s own wishes.  Keep reading »

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

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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 parents, are not being respected, though. The Forth Worth hospital where she is being kept believes it is following a state law by keeping her body functioning in order to keep her now 22-week-old fetus alive. Keep reading »

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

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  • 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 barriers by their conservative state legislature. [Hollywood Reporter]
  • Last week, Grantland published an essay about Essay Anne Vanderbilt, the inventor of a golf club, whom the author Caleb Hannum outed as a transgender woman. Fearing how she would be outed once the piece, “Dr. V’s Magical Putter,” was published, Vanderbilt committed suicide during the reporting. Here’s a view pieces that have smart takes on the lack of journalistic ethics that lead to the outing of a trans woman against her will. [Flavorwire, Think Progress, Think Progress]
  • The mother of Daisy Coleman has penned a new piece on xoJane about her daughter’s suicide attempt. [xoJane] Keep reading »

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

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  • 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 her body alive to support the fetus. Her family is quite rightly arguing that this is cruel. [RH Reality Check]
  • Pope Francis — who recently said something that was actually sensible about breastfeeding in church — called abortion “horrific” in his State Of The World Speech. He referred to aborted fetuses as “victims” and “children who will never see the light of day.” [Huffington Post]
  • Samantha Geimer, the author of The Girl: A Life In The Shadow Of Roman Polanski, did an interview with Feministing. [Feministing] Keep reading »

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

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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 protesters from entering a buffer zone of 35 feet in front of the entrances and exits of clinics. Under the law, anti-abortion protesters — known for their intimidating and harassing behavior — must do all their prosthelytizing and praying from outside of a yellow line painted on the side walk, allowing clinic patients and their escorts to pass freely into and out of the facility. Protesters say this is a violation of the First Amendment.

Find out more about what the Supreme Court will be determining in McCullen vs. Coakley, after the jump: Keep reading »

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

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“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 me the last $40. I really credit [my abortion] as something that changed my life because I got a job, I took care of my business, and I moved on. And I’m not one of those people who’d have looked back and been like, ‘Oh, that kid would be 30 right now…‘ I don’t think, ‘Oh, I really regret it… ‘Maybe that’s a fucked-up thing to say but, I don’t regret it at all, number one, and number two, it was one of the best things that happened to me. Not actually being on the table and  having it done, but feeling like I was responsible for my own life and realizing that when I made mistakes, there were consequences and that I could take care of those consequences. I could make mistakes and I could fix them. And live with them. It wasn’t a big deal.”

Kathleen Hanna from the bands Bikini Kill, Le Tigre and Julie Ruin spoke with The Rumpus on the upon the release of a new documentary about her career, “The Punk Singer.” Thank Goddess for women like Kathleen who offering something different to the dominant narrative that abortions make you sad and regretful and damaged forever. A lot of women — I would venture to say most women — do feel sad about having an abortion. But ultimately feel empowered and relieved not to have their lives turned upside down by an unplanned pregnancy.

After the jump, Kathleen expanded more about why her abortion at age 15 was one of the best things that ever happened to her: Keep reading »

Texas Hospital Is Forcing Brain Dead Pregnant Woman To Stay Alive, Against Her And Her Family’s Wishes

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At 14 weeks pregnant, Marlise Munoz of Texas suffered what appeared to be a pulmonary embolism (blood clot) in her lungs and collapsed on the kitchen floor. She lay there for an hour until her husband found her, during which time her fetus was possibly not exposed to oxygen.

Marlise was a paramedic who was attending nursing school; her husband is a firefighter. Given their exposure to such circumstances in their professional lives, the Star-Telegram reports, each had conveyed to the other they did not want to be kept alive on life support if such a tragedy happened to them.

But their wishes don’t matter. Forth Worth’s John Peter Smith Hospital is keeping still brain dead Marlise technically alive on life support throughout the remainder of her pregnancy because of a law meant to “protect” her fetus. She is currently 20 weeks pregnant. Keep reading »

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