Posts tagged "reproductive rights"

FDA Makes Morning-After Pill Available Ages 15 And Up

Ladies, rejoice!  For once, politicians are actually expanding access to contraceptives — sort of! Following a recent court decision -- Tummino v. Hamberg -- mandating that the Food and Drug Administration expand access to the morning-after pill, the government agency did just that.  Yesterday, the FDA announced two major changes to purchasing the emergency contraceptive: It has lowered…

By: Sarah Gray / May 1, 2013

Your Slutty Behavior Is Killing Flowers (Or Something?)

You probably didn't know that by taking the birth control pill, you are directly contributing to lethal experimentation, euthanasia, poverty, and crime. Well, this flower/weed graphic discovered by feminist blogger Jessica Valenti on One More Soul, a Christian website promoting chastity until opposite-sex marriage, will set you straight. Only through chastity will you have a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 30, 2013

Anti-Abortion Group Live Action Debuts More “Undercover” Videos

The anti-abortion group Live Action today debuted more videos filmed "undercover" at abortion clinics, including ones in Washington, D.C., and the Bronx, NY, claiming they perform "illegal and inhuman practices." Live Action sent women to clinics where they secretly taped their conversations about a hypothetical, rare late-term abortion with various staff members; to hear Live…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 29, 2013

El Salvador Delays On Lifesaving Abortion For 22-Year-Old Mom

Amnesty International has warned that a 22-year-old woman is going to die if the government of El Salvador does not give her a lifesaving abortion. Abortion is illegal in the country under all circumstances, even to save the life of the mother.

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 26, 2013

Black Female Legislators Walk Out Of Florida House Debate On Race-Selective Abortion

Abortion opponents in Florida are currently trying to pass a ban through the House of Representatives that would criminalize abortion on the basis of race or gender. Despite a lack of evidence that race- and sex-selective abortions are a problem in the United States, it's becoming a popular tactic of the anti-abortion movement to claim…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 22, 2013

El Salvador Will Not Allow Lifesaving Abortion For Young Mother

A 22-year-old mother of one in El Salvador faces jail time for seeking an abortion on a nonviable pregnancy because her fetus  is developing without a brain. The woman, identified as Beatriz, cannot get an abortion because terminating a pregnancy is illegal in El Salvador under all circumstances, even though the pregnancy is posing a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 18, 2013

The Soapbox: “Mad Men,” Pregnancy, And The Nuance Of Choice

This post contains spoilers! Sunday nights are no longer full of Monday dread. I have something to look forward to at the very end of the weekend: a mind-bending episode of "Mad Men." The show you love, full of characters you hate, and issues you hope to only deal with through barrier of your TV…

By: Sarah Gray / April 17, 2013

Anti-Abortion Activists Hold First “Leave The Abortion Industry Day”

Anti-abortion activists have many approaches to stopping abortion. One is to spread lies about the science around reproductive health. Another is to pressure women to feel guilty for terminating pregnancies, regardless of their reason. Another is to restrict abortion access through the courts. And yet another is to target the employees and property of abortio…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 16, 2013

Mommie Dearest: Why I’m Bringing My Son To Bowl For Abortion

This past weekend, I spoke on two panels at the Civil Liberties and Public Policy’s reproductive rights conference. One of my panels, "Bringing Social Justice to the Family Table," tackled how to combine an activist lifestyle with family life. Along with three other panelists/mothers, I spoke about how to foster awareness of the world around…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / April 16, 2013

Frisky Q&A: Sarah Erdreich On Her Book Generation Roe

Forty years after the landmark decision, Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion, a woman's right to make her own reproductive decisions is still a hotbed of discussion in state legislatures and a target of lawmakers.  Outside of these state capitals, talking about abortion is still largely taboo. Sarah Erdreich is trying to open up a larger discourse…

By: Sarah Gray / April 14, 2013

“If Babies Had Guns, They Wouldn’t Be Aborted,” Says Republican Politician

Yeah, that's an actual thing an elected official said. Like, for real. Republican Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas tweeted the remark today, which is cringeworthy on multiple levels — not the least of which shooting people with guns doesn't sound very "pro-life" to me. Perhaps in his own well-documented twisted mind Stockman thinks that owning…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 12, 2013

Man Vandalizes Indiana Planned Parenthood With An Ax

A 27-year-old man vandalized the Planned Parenthood clinic in Bloomington, Indiana, with an ax and splashed the clinic with red paint this morning. According to police, he targeted Planned Parenthood "due to abortions being performed there. He stated his intent was to damage the building because they ‘kill’ and ‘murder’ babies. He attributed his actio…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 11, 2013

Arkansas State Senate Passes Bill To Defund Sex Education

Abortion foes in the Arkansas State Senate passed a bill yesterday to ban certain funding grants to Planned Parenthood.  The chosen grants heading to the chopping block?  Sex education. Which sucks, because Planned Parenthood provided the state's sex ed. According to Think Progress, Arkansas lacks a codified set of sex education requirements, which is why…

By: Sarah Gray / April 10, 2013

Oh, Good: Alabama Restricts Abortion Rights Even More

Alabama's governor signed legislation placing more restrictions on abortion providers, including requiring them to have admitting privileges at the local hospital. [Yahoo] Michigan lawmaker House Rep. Tom McMillin, a Republican, said transgender protections "violate the privacy rights of women and children," saying that bathrooms should have to post signs saying "woman and girls may be…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 9, 2013

Kansas Legislature Advances Scary Abortion Bill

The state House of Representatives and Senate of Kansas advanced an anti-abortion bill which defines the beginning of life as "at fertilization," which Republican Governor Sam Brownback is expected to sign. [Reuters, Feminist.org] On Margaret Thatcher's hatred of feminism. [Feministing] Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton said she would consider running for office someday. [Capital] I…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 8, 2013

Judge Strikes Down Age Limit On Morning-After Pill

Fathers, lock up your daughters: the government is going to be forcing slutty slut pills down their throats! That will be the Fox News version of events. But here in Reasonable, Common Sense-land, the story is different: a federal judge — a man! — has struck down the age limit on the morning-after pill, meaning…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 5, 2013

Kansas Abortion Clinic Operated By Dr. George Tiller To Reopen

Finally, something positive happening for the reproductive rights of women in Kansas. Four years after abortion provider Dr. George Tiller was fatally shot by anti-abortion activist Scott Roeder in Wichita, Kansas, his clinic is re-opening. Activist Julie Burkhart, who worked with Dr. Tiller for seven years, started the nonprofit organization Trust Women Foundation in 2010.  The foundatio…

By: Sarah Gray / April 4, 2013

France Will Now Reimburse The Cost Of Abortions, Provide Free Contraception To Teen Girls

Beginning yesterday, France will provide access to free birth control for teenaged girls ages 15 to 18 without parental notification, as well as reimburse the cost of abortions to all women over age 18. Pinch me. Am I dreaming? It's not still April Fools' Day, right?

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 2, 2013

Former Republican Senator Says Male Legislators “Shouldn’t Even Vote” On Abortion

Former three-term Senator Alan Simpson of Wyoming is an equal opportunity critic, throwing judgement at both President Obama and his own Republican party.  He's known to be blunt with his opinions (regardless of hate mail) and this past week was no exception. He spoke frankly to a reporter at a local Chamber of Commerce in his hometow…

By: Sarah Gray / March 29, 2013

North Dakota Governor Signs “Fetal Heartbeat” Abortion Bill

Abortions are banned in North Dakota as soon as a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks, after Governor Jack Dalrymple signed the nation's most restrictive abortion ban into law. This bill is one of several restrictive abortion bills that ND has passed through its legislature recently. [Bismark Tribune,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 26, 2013
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