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A True Account From Monday’s “Stand For Texas Women” Rally

TX Pro-Choice Rally
Stand With Texas Women: Photos & Videos From Today’s Rally As Rick Perry Calls Special Session To Vote On SB5
Photos and videos from the pro-choice rally against SB5 in Texas. Read More »
About The TX Abortion Bills
Texas Abortion
...And the feminist army that's fighting them! Read More »
Why Men Need Abortion
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This is not just a women's issue. Read More »
SB5 Is Defeated!
Thanks To Senator Wendy Davis And Texas's Feminist Army, #SB5 Is Dead
Thanks to Wendy Davis and the TX feminist army. Read More »

After attending the “Stand With Texas Women”  rally in Austin on Monday, I think I have to reconsider my aversion to calling myself a Texas woman. The pro-choice rally, which brought together over 5,000 women, men and children to speak out against the SB5 anti-abortion bill which would shut most abortion clinics in the state, was the first I have ever attended. It will definitely  not be the last. Keep reading »

North Carolina’s State Senate Advances Anti-Abortion Bill

"Mad Men" Protest
North Carolina Mad Men protest
Women don '60s "Mad Men" costumes to protect NC birth control bill. Read More »
NC Wants Parental Consent
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... for STD testing? Are you serious? Read More »
NC Vaginal Probe
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North Carolina's ultrasound-before-abortion law challenged. Read More »
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This morning, North Carolina’s state senate advanced a bill to further restrict abortion rights in the state. The bill the Senate voted on was supposed to be about prohibiting Islamic sharia law in the state, but ended up having unrelated anti-abortion legislation tacked onto it on Tuesday. The bill would require that abortion providers be present for all abortions, regardless of whether the pregnancy termination is surgicial (a surgery) or medical (pill form). Additionally, the bill would require clinics that provide abortions to have the same engineering standards as ambulatory surgical centers, which would require additional, expensive updates. Anti-abortion activists have been pushing for such bills around the country because they know clinics will be out of commission while seeking to meet the new requirements.

The Senators approved House Bill 695 by 29 to 12, prompting abortion rights supporters to shout “shame, shame, shame!”; the bill now heads back to the state House of Representatives for the changes to be approved. It is not known whether NC Governor Pat McCrory will veto the bill. [WRAL]

It’s Time For A Sex Strike, Texas Ladies

SB5: What You Need To Know
Texas Abortion
Texas' anti-abortion bills and the backlash against them! Read More »
Wendy Davis, Teen Mom
Wendy Davis was a teen mom
The state Senator shows that for teen moms, anything is possible. Read More »
TX Pro-Choice Rally
Stand With Texas Women: Photos & Videos From Today’s Rally As Rick Perry Calls Special Session To Vote On SB5
Photos and videos from the pro-choice rally against SB5 in Texas. Read More »
texas women should have a sex strike over abortion bill
  • Pro-choice Texas women are being urged to hold a “Lysistratra”-style sex strike against their anti-abortion boyfriends and husbands over the SB5 anti-abortion bill. Y’all tell us if you need The Frisky staff to mail you some vibrators, you hear? We have extras laying around here somewhere… [Cosmopolitan]
  • And yes, “Wendy Davis Truthers” are actually a thing. [Salon]
  • Men still occupy most of the top positions in TV, radio and newspaper newsrooms. [Pew Research]
  • Actress Geena Davis is teaming up with the United Nations for a global study on how women and girls are portrayed in family-focused films. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Stand With Texas Women: Photos & Videos From Today’s Rally As Rick Perry Calls Special Session To Vote On SB5

Today, the Texas state legislature will vote on Senate Bill 5 in a special session called by Texas Governor Rick Perry, following last week’s successful filibuster of the bill, which would close the vast majority of abortion clinics in the state. Naturally, pro-choice activists came out droves, determined to show Perry and his cronies that they won’t take this assault on reproductive rights lying down. Check out what the scene was like in photos and videos posted to Twitter, Instagram and Vine. Keep reading »

SB5 Is Defeated!
Thanks To Senator Wendy Davis And Texas's Feminist Army, #SB5 Is Dead
Thanks to Wendy Davis and the TX feminist army. Read More »
SB5: What You Need To Know
Texas Abortion
Texas' anti-abortion bills and the backlash against them! Read More »
Wendy Davis, Teen Mom
Wendy Davis was a teen mom
The state Senator shows that for teen moms, anything is possible. Read More »

Ohio Put A Lot Of Restrictions On Abortion Last Night

Ohio Sex Ed
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Ohio seeks to ban sex ed teaching "gateway" sexual behavior. Read More »
Vag Photos On Campus
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U of Cincinatti artist displayed images of vaginas on campus. Read More »
Abortion Clinic Exorcism
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An abortion clinic in Ohio underwent an exorcism. Read More »
Ohio Put A Lot Of Restrictions On Abortion Last Night

Last night, Ohio’s Governor John Kasich signed a host of restrictions on abortion into law, which went into effect today. Like other Republicans before him, Governor Kasich placed these legal restrictions on women’s reproductive rights flanked by a bunch of old, white men. Keep reading »

Study: Men Should Be Included In Unplanned Pregnancy Prevention

Why Men Need Abortion
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Why men need abortion as much as women do. Read More »
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Am I pregnant or not? Only one way to find out. Read More »
I Was Unplanned
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I was an unplanned pregnancy. Read More »

Men should be included in strategizing ways to prevent unplanned pregnancies, according to a new study by the Guttmacher Institute. Researchers looked at data from the 2006 to 2010 National Survey of Family Growth reported by men about unplanned births. Through analyzing the rate of happiness that each father felt when his child was born, they found that fathers that planned the birth of their child were more likely to be happy about their bundle of joy coming into the world. Married men specifically were very happy about having a child in this manner.

The study, titled, “Exploring U.S. Men’s Birth Intentions,” by Laura Lindberg and Kathryn Kost, looked at a whole bunch of facts about unplanned pregnancy and found the rate of unintended births vary between a man’s union status, age, education level, race and ethnicity. However, quite a few unplanned pregnancies are unwanted by men. Keep reading »

Thanks To Senator Wendy Davis And Texas’s Feminist Army, #SB5 Is Dead

Wendy Davis, Hero
Wendy Davis Filibuster
Watch her filibuster on behalf of women's health. Read More »
About The TX Abortion Bills
Texas Abortion
...And the feminist army that's fighting them! Read More »
Live From Texas
Wendy Davis I Stand With Wendy
Images from Wendy Davis's landmark filibuster for reproductive rights. Read More »
Thanks To Senator Wendy Davis And Texas's Feminist Army, #SB5 Is Dead

Early this morning, after a 13-hour filibuster yesterday led by Texas state Senator Wendy Davis, Texas  Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst finally officially ruled that Senate Bill 5 – the devastating anti-abortion bill that would decimate women’s access to reproductive healthcare — had not come to a legal vote before midnight and was therefore dead. Shortly before midnight, Davis’ filibuster was sustained and a few others had to step in to help stall a vote until the clock ran out, asking a number of parliamentary inquiries. Then, Republicans legislators attempted to push for a vote, but the pro-choice activists — Texas’s “feminist army” as they’ve come to be known — who filled the gallery drowned them out with chants and cheers, making it impossible for the vote to be completed before the clock struck midnight. (Meanwhile, as history was being made live, not a single major news network was broadcasting it.) Keep reading »

Pro-Choice Activist Secretly Tapes “Crisis Pregnancy Center” Counselor Lying

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  • Kate, a 24-year-old pro-choice activist, went undercover at a so-called “crisis pregnancy center” in Cleveland and secretly taped the counselor doling out medically inaccurate advice, like how emergency contraception could cause her to “hemorrhage” and “is like having an abortion.” It’s absolutely outrageous the way the counselor completely lies to her! You have to watch these videos, they’re insane. How scary is it that plenty of women go to CPCs because they think they will receive real, actual, medically unbiased reproductive health counseling? [Salon]
  • Singer India.Arie addresses the controversy from earlier in the year that suggested she lightened her dark skin on the cover of her new single, “Cocoa Butter.” [Madame Noire]
  • Why does anyone give a shit if Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard knits? [Guardian UK] Keep reading »

FDA Approves Morning-After Pill Plan B One-Step For Over The Counter Use

Obama Backs Off
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Obama administration backs off the morning-after pill. Read More »
Some EC Is OTC
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Some morning-after pills available over the counter, appeals court rules. Read More »
How Does It Work?
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How does the morning-after pill work? This video explains everything! Read More »

In an enormous victory for women and girls across the nation, the Food and Drug Administration finally approved the Plan B One-Step brand morning-after pill for over-the-counter use. Plan B One-Step is a one-pill version of emergency contraception and this approval covers women and girls of all ages. Like all EC, it is more effective the sooner it is taken after unprotected sex. If taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, EC is almost 90 percent more effective at preventing unwanted pregnancy.

Earlier this month, the Obama administration backed off its resistance to making the morning-after pill accessible OTC to women and girls of all ages. Previously, Obama had been against girls younger than 15 being able to access the pill. Keep reading »

The Soapbox: Why Men Need Abortion As Much As Women Do

Dude In A Sexist Society
sexism
On why you can't change sexism in top 10 "hottest women" lists. Read More »
I Had An Abortion
A mother writes about choosing to have an abortion. Read More »
Proving Masculinity
Why owning a gun doesn't make you even more of a man. Read More »
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Liberal guys like me are often kind of squeamish when it comes to talking about abortion. I mean, we support it. We describe ourselves as pro-choice. We share the ridiculous things that asshole Republicans say on Facebook. (Did you hear the one about the masturbating fetus…?) If we’re straight, and we maybe decide to join our girlfriends or wives or whatever at the rally, we’ll wear the pink or orange t-shirt they pass out, and when they chant “My body, my choice!” we will chant “her body, her choice!” and consider ourselves allies. Look at us A-plus dudes, cisgender and incapable of becoming pregnant, out there to demonstrate for someone else’s rights! We could just stay out of it, but we care!

I know that’s how a lot of men think of abortion rights: like it’s someone else’s fight, and we might occasionally show up and offer support. And while I understand the impulse, that’s not good enough. The fact that guys like me need to realize is that abortion rights are our rights, too.

When I was 23, a young woman I knew needed an abortion. More importantly to me, so did I. Keep reading »

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