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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 provision… More »


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… More »


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. … More »


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… More »


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 is… More »


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… More »


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 years… More »


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… More »


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… More »


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

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… More »


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… More »


Study: North & South Are Increasingly Polarized Over Abortion

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… More »


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

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),… More »


BuzzFeed Publishes Anti-Planned Parenthood Article Written By Personhood USA

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… More »


Could North Carolina Temporarily Be Without An Abortion Clinic?

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]… More »


David Cross & Amber Tamblyn Introduce Us To “Gynoticians”

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… More »


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

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… More »


Superhero Texas State Senator Wendy Davis Is Raking In Political Donations

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… More »


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… More »


Shocking: 250 Women In California Were Pressured Into Sterilization

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… More »


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