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Texas Religious Right Now Basically Advocates Kidnapping Women Who Seek Abortions

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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, the group Abolish Human Abortion warns, “it’s a wonderful opportunity to minister to an abortion-minded woman for an hour while you DON’T take her to her clinic.”

Or, you know, like, kidnapping. Keep reading »

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 their ability to provide for that future. I care about life and I have a record of fighting for people above all else.”

Texas state senator Wendy Davis, who is running for governor of the Lone Star State, spoke at the University of Texas at Brownsville on Tuesday and pissed off anti-choice conservatives by reclaiming the term “pro-life.” I’ve always been bothered by the term “pro-life” being used by anti-abortionists because 1) it implies that those who support Roe V. Wade are “anti-life” or “pro-death,” 2) many so-called “pro-lifers” are against abortion even when pregnancy threatens the life of the mother, 3) repealing Roe V. Wade, as many “pro-lifers” want, would result in the deaths of women who will do what they must to terminate pregnancies they don’t want, and 4) many anti-choicers are against government programs that actually support families and allow children a decent quality of life. As far as I am concerned, Wendy Davis’ definition of being pro-life is more accurate than the one anti-choicers peddle because it recognizes the lives that exist outside the womb. [Valley Morning Star]

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

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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 the clinic. The presiding judge granted an injunction, ruling it was “without a rational basis,” as patients are admitted to hospitals regardless of who their doctor is.

The Texas Attorney General (who also happens to be a Republican gubernatorial candidate) appealed almost immediately. Late yesterday, an appeals court blocked the injunction, thus ruling the provision can go into effect. According to The New York Times, the court cited a past abortion case when ruling that “the incidental effect of [a regulation on doctors] making it more difficult or more expensive to procure an abortion cannot be enough to invalidate it.” Keep reading »

Texas AG Calls For Repeal Of Abortion Court Decision

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  • 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 assistance, although the police have been less than helpful. Everything about this story is extremely disturbing. [TIME]
  • On why it’s more important to worry about a feminist marriage than a feminist wedding. [Talking Points Memo] Keep reading »

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

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  • 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 provision was “without a rational basis and places a substantial obstacle in the path of a woman seeking an abortion.”  The law, which State Senator Wendy Davis spoke out against this summer, would have severely restricted abortion access in TX by closing nearly one-third of its clinics. [Talking Points Memo, New York Times] Keep reading »

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

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  • 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 four years, according to his tax returns. Gross, gross, gross. [Mother Jones]
  • Your friendly neighborhood men’s rights activist doesn’t “give a damn” about female rape victims. [Raw Story]
  • Family planning isn’t about sluts wanting to be slutty — it’s about creating a society where taxpayers do not spend $12.5 billion dollars on the cost of unintended pregnancies. This was the amount that the government spent in 2008 on covering unintended pregnancies through programs like Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Indian Health Service, according to a new report by the Guttmacher Institute.  Why, exactly, are conservatives so resistant to women planning their pregnancies so more families could have babies they can actually afford? This makes ZERO sense to me.  [Guttmacher]
  • The NFL is lining its pockets with profits from Breast Cancer Awareness swag. [Clutch Magazine]
  • A Black woman on why she is not interested in reclaiming the word “slut.” [Salon] Keep reading »

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

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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. Keep reading »

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

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  • 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]
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  • Pink-ifying breast cancer makes women take the disease less seriously, according to research. [Sociological Images]
  • Between Christine Lagarde and Janet Yellen, the two top jobs in global finance will soon be filled by women. [TIME] Keep reading »

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

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  • 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 is their decision; they have to live with that decision.” When pressed, Anita Perry said abortion “could be” a woman’s right, adding, “Just like it’s a man’s right if he wants to have some kind of procedure. But I don’t agree with it and that’s not my view.” But don’t go thinking that the wife of Governor Perry speaks for herself. Nope, you are wrong-wrong-wrong. Rick Perry has informed reporters that his wife simply misspoke, huffing, “From time to time we’ll stick the wrong word in the wrong place and you pounce upon it.” Bad Republican wife! Bad! Bad! [Huffington Post]
  • How low-income moms and infants will be hurt by the government shutdown. [Think Progress] Keep reading »

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

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  • 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 more closely regulate its surrogacy industry, in which low-income women are hired to carry a pregnancy to term for couples in wealthier parts of the world. [New York Daily News]
  • Arizona has asked the Supreme Court to review a federal appeals court ruling that the AZ ban on abortion after 20 weeks in unconstitutional. [RH Reality Check]
  • Six teenagers in Stockholm, Sweden have been cleared in the gang rape of a 15-year-old girl. [The Local] Keep reading »
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