Posts tagged "reproductive rights"

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

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…

Jessica Wakeman / January 8, 2014

Israel Might Cover Cost Of Abortions Next Year For All Women Age 20 To 33

Throughout 2014, Israel could cover the cost of all abortions for women age 20 to 33, regardless of their reason for needing the procedure.

Is it just me or is anyone else’s brain exploding?

Jessica Wakeman / December 30, 2013

Today’s Lady News: ACLU Sues Catholic Bishops Over Abortion Policies At Hospitals

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against Catholic bishops for denying medical care to women by refusing to provide the morning-after pill and perform abortions in their hospitals. In some counties, a Catholic hospital is the only place for a pregnant woman to receive medical care. Such was the situation for…

Jessica Wakeman / December 3, 2013

WTF: Pregnant Mother With Bipolar Disorder Sedated, Baby Forcibly Taken From Womb Via C-Section

This story is all kinds of fucked up: a pregnant woman in Essex, UK, was sedated and had her baby forcibly taken from her womb via C-section because she was not taking her medication for bipolar disorder. The child is now 15-months-old and in the care of social services. The woman, an Italian who wa…

Jessica Wakeman / December 2, 2013

Albuquerque Voters Defeat 20-Week Ban On Abortions

Voters in Albuquerque, New Mexico defeated a proposed ban on abortion after 20 weeks in a special election yesterday. The ban would have criminalized all abortions after 20 weeks, including those resulting from incest and rape or in cases when a women’s health is at risk. Had it passed, Albuquerque would have become the first city…

Jessica Wakeman / November 20, 2013

Ireland’s Ban On Abortion Will Be Challenged At The U.N.

Amanda Mellet, a 38-year-old Irishwoman, is filing a petition with the United Nations Human Rights Committee to challenge her country’s ban on abortion. In Ireland, a predominantly Catholic country, abortion only recently became legal if it is necessary to save the mother’s life. In November 2011, a pregnant Mellet was devastated to find out that…

Claire Hannum / November 13, 2013

True Story: Why I Tell Everyone About My Abortion

I first wrote about my abortion in the spring of 2012. At that point, it had been seven years since my procedure, and something that never crossed my mind. Although the majority of the responses were overwhelmingly positive and other women took to the comments section to share their own abortion stories, those who were…

Amanda Chatel / November 12, 2013

Texas Religious Right Now Basically Advocates Kidnapping Women Who Seek Abortions

Fund Texas Women, a nonprofit that helps support women who seek abortions, has warned that anti-choicers are encouraging members of Christian groups in Texas — where abortion rights have just been gutted — to join an email list of volunteers to take women to abortion appointments. But instead of actually taking women to their abortions,…

Jessica Wakeman / November 11, 2013

Wendy Davis Redefines “Pro-Life,” Enrages Anti-Choice Conservatives

“I am pro-life. I care about the life of every child: every child that goes to bed hungry, every child that goes to bed without a proper education, every child that goes to bed without being able to be a part of the Texas dream, every woman and man who worry about their children’s future and…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 8, 2013

Appeals Court Allows Texas Anti-Abortion Law To Go Into Effect

Earlier this week, a federal judge ruled that parts of a new anti-abortion law in Texas were unconstitutional and could not go into effect on Tuesday.  That part of the HB2 law, which would have been enacted on Tuesday, would have required doctors providing abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of…

Jessica Wakeman / November 1, 2013

Texas AG Calls For Repeal Of Abortion Court Decision

Like clockwork, a Texas Attorney General has asked an appeals court to reinstate the part of a new anti-abortion law which was ruled unconstitutional just yesterday. I’m shocked, shocked! [Reuters]
A 13-year-old girl in Pakistan was raped and buried alive by the perpetrators, but luckily she was able to escape. She then sought…

Jessica Wakeman / October 29, 2013

Significant Part Of Texas Abortion Law Is Unconstitutional, Federal Judge Rules

Parts of a new anti-abortion law in Texas are unconstitutional and will not go into effect, a federal judge has ruled. The laws, expected to be enacted on Tuesday, would have required doctors providing abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of the clinic. Judge Lee Yeakel ruled that particular provisio…

Jessica Wakeman / October 28, 2013

Virginia’s GOP Candidate Ken Cuccinelli Donated Money To “Crisis Pregnancy Centers”

Virginia’s Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli has donated money to so-called “crisis pregnancy centers,” anti-abortion groups which present themselves as being medical clinics. CPCs will stop at nothing to prevent women from terminating unwanted pregnancies, including erroneously telling them abortion causes breast cancer. Cuccinelli has donated thousands of dollars to CPCs over the past…

Jessica Wakeman / October 23, 2013

Colorado Anti-Choicers Get Enough Signatures For Fetal Personhood Ballot Initiative

Anti-abortion activists have been successful in collecting enough signatures to get a fetal personhood ballot initiative for the 2014 election.The initiative will ask voters if they would like to change the definition of a person to include fetuses, or in anti-abortion parlance, the “unborn,” in the state’s criminal code.

Jessica Wakeman / October 15, 2013

California Has A New Law About Abortion & It’s Actually Good

California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill yesterday which authorizes nurse practitioners and physician assistants to perform first-trimester abortions. It’s the only bill in the country this year that improves access to abortion, not restricts it. [Ms. Magazine]
Disney whine: animating female characters is harrrrrd. [Slate]
Pink-ifying breast cancer makes women take…

Jessica Wakeman / October 10, 2013

Wife Of Anti-Choice Texas Governor Anita Perry Says Abortion Is “A Woman’s Right”

Staunchly anti-abortion Texas Governor Rick Perry is backpedaling like mad after his wife publicly stated she sees abortion “as a woman’s right.” Anita Perry, speaking to reporter Evan Smith in Austin, said, “That’s really difficult for me, Evan, because I see it as a woman’s right. If they want to do that, that i…

Jessica Wakeman / October 1, 2013

Congressional Republicans Willing To Let Government Shutdown Over Birth Control In Obamacare

What’s more important: letting your boss refuse to cover your birth control pills in your health care plan or the jobs of 800,000 federal workers? You guessed right — it’s your boss’s input on your family planning decisions! Oh, Lord, I just can’t anymore with Republicans. [CNN, Washington Post]
India is looking to…

Jessica Wakeman / September 30, 2013

NY Judge Allows Abortion To Be Used As Evidence In Custody Case

If a woman has had an abortion, does that means she’s unfit for custody of her two children? That is what the lawyer for a high-powered investment banker appears to be arguing as she defends her client in family court.

Manuel (John) Mehos, a Houston banking bigwig, divorced Lisa Mehos after six year…

Jessica Wakeman / September 25, 2013

Widower Of Irish Woman Who Died After Being Refused An Abortion Sues Doctors

Praveen Halappanavar, the widower of Savita Halappanavar, the woman who died in an Irish hospital last year after she was refused a medically necessary abortion, is suing the Health Service Executive. Savita, 31, died from septic shock caused by a dying fetus being kept in her womb for several days. Doctors reportedly refused to…

Jessica Wakeman / September 24, 2013

Frisky Movie Review: “After Tiller” — On Women And The Abortion Providers Who Trust Them

A few months ago, I chatted with a newly pregnant friend over ice cream. Eventually, after we exhausted the areas of the politics of maternity leave and the excitement of decorating her baby’s room, our conversation turned to reproductive choice. Specifically, we talked about her decision to terminate her pregnancy if she and her husband…

Carrie Nelson / September 23, 2013
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