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

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"What's The Right Thing To Do?"

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 learned that the fetus had developed a major chromosomal abnormality that would drastically decrease its chances for a viable, healthy life. Although both she and the baby were currently healthy, and tests proved that the likelihood of such abnormalities was negligible, she and her husband chose to keep the option of abortion on the table, in case they truly needed it later in the pregnancy. “I want to be a mother,” she told me, “but I want my child to have the best possible chance at life.”

I am relieved that, for my friend’s sake, this is probably not a choice on which she will need to act. In all likelihood, her baby will be healthy and safe. But in case a difficult decision needs to be made, it is critical that such options exist for parents to consider. I thought about our conversation when I saw Martha Shane and Lana Wilson’s new documentary, “After Tiller,” an official selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Like my friend, the majority of the women featured in are women who want to be mothers. They want to have healthy, happy children, and they want to provide their children with the best lives possible. Yet, when faced with the reality that their babies will not have the lives for which they planned, the mothers choose the option that they believe will demonstrate the greatest display of love and dignity. “After Tiller” shares these stories through the perspectives of the mothers seeking third-trimester abortions and the doctors providing them. Keep reading »

Pope: The Catholic Church Is “Obsessed” With Abortion, Gays

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  • In an interview published by 16 Jesuit publications around the world, Pope Francis criticized the Catholic Church for being “obsessed” with abortion, gay marriage and birth control. “It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time,” the Pope said. “We have to find a new balance.” [New York Times]
  • Occidental College in California has settled with 10 female students, past and present, who accused the university of mishandling their sexual assaults. [LA Times]
  • A BBC reporter confronted former Rep. Ron Paul over his nincompoop plan for mothers to drop out of the workforce and homeschool their children. [Raw Story]
  • I have nothing but good things to say about this article in Bitch magazine about the history of anti-abuse activism in BDSM. [Bitch Magazine] Keep reading »

True Story: I Volunteered As An Abortion Clinic Escort

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True Story: I Volunteered As An Abortion Clinic Escort

“Look at me. Look in my eyes. Let me tell you why I’m here. I’m here because I figure that the women who come here have already agonized over this decision enough. They have considered their own circumstances, looked at all the options, and come to the best possible decision that they can make. Once they get here, they deserve support. So please don’t listen to those people, because they aren’t listening to you. Only you know your story, and only you have the right to tell it.”

Clinic escorts are never supposed to say “good morning.” We are taught to never presume anything about the women and men whom we guide into the clinic, including however good or bad their morning is going. I usually ask them if they had trouble finding the clinic or I make a generic comment about the weather. During these raw moments of extreme vulnerability, I would rather that they judge my clichés than focus on the self-righteous hate speech emanating from the protestors. Most of the time, I am able to get them safely from their cars to the front door of the health center with little more than comments about traffic and Google maps. But sometimes it’s not that simple. Keep reading »

Study: North & South Are Increasingly Polarized Over Abortion

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  • Support for legal abortion has dropped in the South yet increased in New England over the past eight years, according to the findings in a new Pew Research Center poll. [PewResearch.org]
  • Due to the Texas constitution’s definition of marriage, the Texas National Guard is refusing to process same-sex benefits requests. Today is the first day that gays and lesbians in the U.S. military can apply for benefits for their partners. [CBS News]
  • Journalist Lindsay Beyerstein unpacks Sweetening The Pill: Or How We Got Hooked On Hormonal Birth Control by Holly Griff-Spall, a new book that argues the birth control pill is dangerous. [Slate] Keep reading »

Couple’s Abortion Included In Their New York Times Wedding Announcement

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Why men need abortion as much as women do. Read More »
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Every week, one couple is lucky enough to get prime real estate in the Vows section, the New York Times‘ wedding announcement page, where their romance is told in a long story, and friends and family contribute adorable anecdotes. I’ve read about many a bride and groom (or bride and bride, or groom and groom), but this might be the first I’ve read where the couple talked about their abortion.

Udonis Haslem of the Miami Heat and Faith Rein, who married in August, were candid about an unintended pregnancy during her junior year of college. The couple’s reasons for terminating that pregnancy are common among many couples: it was simply a terrible time to take on the big responsibility of a child. Both were still completing their educations, had little money, and he was already caring for a child from a previous relationship. Rein was a campus track star at University of Florida in Gainesville, where Haslem played basketball. And Haslem, a self-described “Miami ghetto kid,” already had a son, Kedonis, from “a high school fling” who he was struggling to financially support. Keep reading »

BuzzFeed Publishes Anti-Planned Parenthood Article Written By Personhood USA

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  • BuzzFeed actually ran a “listicle” written anti-abortion group Personhood USA, “8 Outrageous Things Planned Parenthood Was Caught Doing,” which includes items like “Taking money to abort African-American babies.” What the fuck, BuzzFeed? How the hell did this get editorially greenlit? [BuzzFeed]
  • Domonique Newburn, 32, a transgender woman and the star of a web-based reality series called “Hollywood Houseboys” was found dead in Fontanta, California this week.  Newburn isn’t the only trans woman who has been victim of a violent crime recently: Islan Nettles, 21, of New York City, was attacked last week in Harlem and succumbed to her injuries last night. [USA Today] Keep reading »

Could North Carolina Temporarily Be Without An Abortion Clinic?

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  • North Carolina has suspended the license of the one abortion provider in the state that is able to stay open following the passage of new abortion restrictions. Femcare, in Asheville, is expected to reopen once it improves upon 23 violations.  [Huffington PostRH Reality Check]
  • On things that look like feminism but aren’t. [MSNBC]
  • Rape culture at Yale University is more fucked up than we previously thought. [Jezebel]
  • How better childcare options will improve birth rates. [The Atlantic]
  • Five pieces of anti-abortion legislation that assume women are stupid. [Think Progress] Keep reading »

David Cross & Amber Tamblyn Introduce Us To “Gynoticians”

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Comedian Rob Delaney on why he supports safe, legal abortion. Read More »
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"Find A Gentleman That'll Intercourse The Cramps Out"

David Cross is a convincingly scary paternalistic gynotician — aka a politician masquerading as an OB-GYN qualified to make reproductive health decisions. He’s got a BA from Todd Akin Non-Technical Institute in Biological-ish Studies In Rhetoric with a minor in Online Poker. Also, at the end of the video it credits them as Amber and David Tamblyn. Did he take her last name when they married? LOVE. [YouTube]

Pro-Choice Activists Go On “Freedom Ride” To 14 States With Only One Remaining Abortion Clinic

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  • Abortion rights activists called Stop Patriarchy are going on a “freedom ride” (a reference to the Civil Rights movement that I’m not quite sure is appropriate) this summer and will visit the 14 states across the country which only have one abortion clinic. [US News & World Reports]
  • Clear Channel wouldn’t allow an abortion clinic in Wichita, Kansas, to run advertisements for their services because it violates “decency standards,” although they are more than happy to run ads for sex shops and “male enhancement” products. Uh huh. [Women Action Media]
  • A guide to anti-abortion concern trolling. [American Prospect]
  • How not to talk to a woman who likes cars. [Jalopnik]
  • Frisky contributor Melissa Petro on how we pardon men like Eliot Spitzer, who fancies paying for sex, but we villanize former sex workers. [NYMag.com] Keep reading »

Superhero Texas State Senator Wendy Davis Is Raking In Political Donations

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  • Since her famous filibuster to the Texas legislature over a restrictive anti-abortion bill, State Senator Wendy Davis has gained more than $1 million in political donations. [Reuters]
  • Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, announced her candidacy today against the current Republican senator from Wyoming. [CBS News]
  • Here are the 10 dumbest things ever said about abortion and women’s rights. [Rolling Stone]
  • For the third year in a row, two women represent the finalists in “The Apprentice,” both feeding the need for superficiality by selling beauty products to “girls not feeling good about themselves.” [Guardian UK]
  • These are the seven types of women you will find in any article about college hookup culture.[NYmag.com] Keep reading »
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