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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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State Senator Wendy Davis On Why She Stood Up For Texas Women
  • 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 »

State Senator Wendy Davis On Why She Stood Up For Texas Women

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State Senator Wendy Davis On Why She Stood Up For Texas Women
  • In her own words, here is one of our personal heroes, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis on why she stood up for TX women by filibustering an anti-abortion bill for nearly 13 hours. [Washington Post]
  • On Massachusetts’ approach to curbing domestic homicide (i.e. murder via domestic violence) by focusing on the perpetrators and not the victims. [The New Yorker]
  • The busiest abortion clinic in Virginia has shut down as a result of new laws placing increased restrictions on abortion access. [Talking Points Memo]
  • Only one-third of bisexuals said that most or all the important people in their lives know their sexual orientation, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center. [LA Times] Keep reading »

Shocking: 250 Women In California Were Pressured Into Sterilization

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Almost 250 female inmates in the California prison system were sterilized — some after being pressured by doctors — between 1997 and 2010, according to a a new report. The report conducted by the Center for Investigative Reporting quoted women that had felt pestered into getting tubal ligations at both the California Institution for Women in Corona and the Valley State Prison for Women In Chowchilla. Keep reading »

Comedian Rob Delaney On Why He Supports Safe, Legal Abortion

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I support a woman’s right to safe, legal abortion because centuries of history shows us that women are going to get abortions whether they’re safe and legal or not. And when they’re not safe and legal, these women will often die terribly or be damaged irreparably. In my fantasy utopia, there would be no abortion. There’d be contraception readily available and there’d be education geared toward preventing unwanted pregnancies. Adoption would be easier. We don’t live in a utopia, however. We live in a country where scoundrels are certain and nuance is vilified. … I don’t know how to look at those who’d restrict or deny access to abortion, contraception and abortion and not see misogyny. Not sexism; that’s a gender neutral word. Misogyny is the hatred, dislike, or mistrust of women. It’s an ugly word and it represents an ugly thing. And Good God, is it lazy. And disingenuous. And it is the warm and welcoming home to the idea that a pregnant woman who doesn’t want to take her pregnancy to term should not have access to a safe and legal abortion.

– Comic Rob Delaney is someone I always see my friends retweeting for his 140-character long jokes. Turns out, he’s also passionate about a women’s right to choose as well. In his essay on the UK’s Guardian, Delaney explains how he has two children with his wife and although he personally believes abortion is a scary thing, he can’t imagine forcing women to go through nine months of pregnancy and childbirth. Not only that, but he names the mistrust of women making their own self-determining decisions as what it is: misogyny. Well said, sir. I do appreciate it when men can speak about feminist issues and maybe reach people that wouldn’t otherwise be exposed to the ideas. [Guardian UK] [Photo: Fame/Flynet]

11-Year-Old To Give Birth To Rapist’s Baby In Chile, Where Abortion Is Illegal

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11-Year-Old To Give Birth To Rapist's Baby In Chile, Where Abortion Is Illegal

A 11-year-old girl in Chile, who was impregnated by her mother’s boyfriend, told a TV interviewer recently that giving birth to a baby would be like “having a doll.” Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, who opposes abortion, has praised the fifth grader publicly for her “depth and maturity” in carrying the pregnancy to term.

Oh, and did I mention that in Chile, abortion is super-duper illegal? Keep reading »

Abortion Restrictions Finally Pass Texas House Of Representatives

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Abortion Restrictions Finally Pass Texas House Of Representatives
  • Well, they finally did it. Tomorrow, the Texas State Senate committee will vote on whether or not to send its version of the abortion restriction bill to the Senate. [CNN]
  • On the Obama administration’s push for a broader definition of sexual harassment at colleges to push for more reporting. [TIME]
  • At least 100,000 children are being used in the domestic U.S. sex trade, according to a new report from the National Colloquium on Shelter and Services for Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Victims. [U.S. News & World Reports]
  • LOL: a black woman who owns a cafe in England posted a sign on the door warning racist patrons that “If you are allergic to black people, don’t come in.” Cheers to handling assholes in a funny way! [Clutch Magazine] Keep reading »

These Are Some Of The Texas House Democrats Who Stand Against The State’s Anti-Abortion Legislation

Yesterday, the Texas state House of Representatives tentatively passed sweeping abortion restrictions, including a ban on most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and tougher rules for abortion clinics that will effectively lead to the majority of the state’s abortion clinics being shuttered. The vote came after days of emotional testimony from both sides of the abortion debate, and while a final vote is still to come today, it is expected to pass and move on to the state Senate. This is a photo of just some of those legislators who voted against the bill, holding coat hangers that represent how bills like HB1 and SB5 chip away at the reproductive rights of women, to the point where dangerous back alley abortions will no longer be a thing of the past. [via Twitter]

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Wisconsin Judge Blocks Abortion Law

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  • A federal judge in Wisconsin temporarily blocked an aspect of a new law restricting abortion which would require doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of the clinics.  A similar restriction is in the anti-abortion bill currently under debate in Texas. [NYMag.com]
  • The ACLU filed a lawsuit today seeking to overturn Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage. [NBC Philadelphia]
  • Six tips for discussing Muslim women during Ramadan. [Racialicious]
  • Meet Sarah Thomas, 39, who is set to become the NFL’s first-ever female referee. [Concord Monitor] Keep reading »

Battle Over Abortion Restrictions Rages On In Texas

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Wendy Davis was a teen mom
The state Senator shows that for teen moms, anything is possible. Read More »
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Texas is heatin’ up, and it isn’t just the weather: for the past few weeks, pro-choice and anti-abortion activists have battled it out outside the statehouse in Austin over the bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The bill would require all abortions to be performed at ambulatory surgical centers, even for non-surgical abortions (i.e. those using the RU-486 abortion pill), and force all doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles. If the bill is signed into law, only a few of the state’s 42 abortion clinics in Texas would remain open.

On June 25, State Senator Wendy Davis successfully blocked the bill with an 11-hour filibuster. But Texas Governor Rick Perry, who is anti-abortion, called a special session of the legislature and it is up for debate again. All week, both sides have been singing and chanting and arguing their point of views. You can watch a live feed of today’s debate here Keep reading »

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