Posts tagged "reproductive rights"

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.

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?

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…

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

Jessica Wakeman / March 26, 2013

North Dakota Passes Anti-Abortion Law Saying Life Begins At Conception

North Dakota passed the nation’s most restrictive ban on abortion today: the ND House of Representatives advanced a “fetal personhood” measure which declares a fertilized egg a human, thereby criminalizing all abortion. The bill now heads to the Republican governor’s desk.  [Huffington Post]
Smith College, a well-regarded women’s college which graduated the like…

Jessica Wakeman / March 22, 2013

Judge Strikes Down Idaho’s Ban On Abortions After 20 Weeks

In 2011, Idaho banned abortions after 20 weeks based on the medically unproven claim that at that point in gestation a fetus can feel pain. Back in December 2010, Jennie Linn McCormack purchased RU-486, the abortion pill, online and terminated her pregnancy at 20 or 21 weeks. McCormack was initially charged for breaking a 1972…

Jessica Wakeman / March 8, 2013

Minnesota Advances Anti-Abortion Bill

Minnesota’s House of Representatives advanced a bill that would end access state insurance covered abortions unless it was necessary to save the mother’s life, or if the pregnancy was caused by a sexual assault was reported within 48 hours of occurring.  A strange turn for a state that generally protects a women’s right to choose. [RH Reality Check]…

Sarah Gray / March 5, 2013

South Dakota Flat-Out Being A**holes To Women Seeking Abortion

This is how anti-abortion extremists try to control women’s bodies: they use state legislatures to create bogus and medically unnecessary laws that make it very, very difficult for a woman to have an abortion.

Case in point? South Dakota, which already requires a 72-hour waiting period before an abortion, advanced a bill i…

Jessica Wakeman / March 1, 2013

Indiana Advances Bill Requiring 2 Transvaginal Ultrasounds Before & After Abortion, Then Changes It

Indiana’s state Senate advanced a bill requiring a woman to get two transvaginal ultrasounds before taking the RU-486 abortion pill, one before and one afterwards. Fortunately, today they dropped that language, saying doctors should perform “appropriate testing” on women two weeks after the abortion pill is taken. Which could mean urine testing … or…

Jessica Wakeman / February 25, 2013

Oklahoma Republican Says Birth Control “Poisons Women’s Bodies” (FYI, It Doesn’t)

Oklahoma State Senate Clark Jolley, a Republican (duh), introduced a bill that would allow an employer to refuse to cover birth control in their health care plans for any reason, based on the idea, and I quote, that birth control “poisons women’s bodies.” Maybe condoms — WHICH ARE ALSO A FORM OF BIRTH CONTROL,…

Jessica Wakeman / February 22, 2013

Alabama State Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin Says Abortions Remove A Woman’s Largest Organ & 5 Other Politicians Who Are Clueless About The Female Body

In shocking news to everyone, as a fetus you were your mother’s largest organ!  Or at least that’s what Alabama State Representative Mary Sue McClurkin (R) is now claiming.

The bill she introduced this week requires a series of demanding requirements of abortion clinics who perform this “big surgery.”  According to the Huffington Postthese…

Sarah Gray / February 20, 2013

Woman Dies After Late-Term Abortion, Anti-Choice Protesters Leak Her Name & Private Medical Info

I’m warning you, it’s hard not to read this story without getting enraged.

Last week, a 29-year-old kindergarten teacher from New York went down to Germantown, Pennsylvania Maryland, to terminate her pregnancy at 33-weeks. She was married and fully enthusiastic about having a baby, according to the Washington Post, which says she had a…

Jessica Wakeman / February 15, 2013

Meet The Woman Reopening Dr. George Tiller’s Abortion Clinic In Witchita

Meet Julie Burkhart of the Trust Women Foundation who purchased the office owned by late abortion provider Dr. George Tiller, who was murdered by an anti-abortion extremist in 2009 in Wichita, Kansas. After raising nearly $1 million to reopen the clinic, it’s set to begin serving women’s reproductive health care needs again this spring.

Jessica Wakeman / February 11, 2013

North Dakota Advances Anti-Abortion “Fetal Personhood” Ballot Measure

North Dakota’s state Senate has approved a “fetal personhood” voter initiative which would allow citizens  to vote on whether to amend the state constitution to read that life begins at conception, thereby criminalizing all abortion. It now must pass North Dakota’s House of Representatives before it ends up on the 2014 ballot. [, Huffington

Jessica Wakeman / February 8, 2013

Alabama Seeks More Restrictions On Abortion Clinics

Alabama has advanced an Orwellian-named bill called the “Women’s Health & Safety Act” which seeks to heap more restrictions on abortion providers — for instance, regulating the architectural infrastructure of the buildings — in hopes it can close the state’s five remaining clinics. [Think Progress,]
According to a new Quinnipiac poll, 75…

Jessica Wakeman / February 7, 2013

Michigan Republicans Think Women Should Be Forced To Have Invasive, Medically Unnecessary Transvaginal Ultrasounds Before An Abortion

Women would be forced to have invasive, medically unnecessary transvaginal ultrasounds two hours before having an abortion if Republicans in Michigan get their way. A male Republican in Michigan’s state House of Representatives introduced a bill earlier this week similar to the one Virginia eventually backed-off of last year after public outcry.

Jessica Wakeman / February 7, 2013

Arkansas Advances Abortion Ban With No Exceptions For Rape, Incest

Arkansas’ state House of Representatives advanced a bill yesterday that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy with no exceptions for rape or incest.  The bill is based on the medically unproven theory touted by anti-abortion advocates that 20 weeks is when a fetus can feel pain.

Jessica Wakeman / February 5, 2013

The Soapbox: Your Arguments Against Our Permanent Birth Control Are B.S.

This essay was published with permission from Gender-Focus.

My spouse and I are seeking permanent birth control, and the entire process has been difficult. At this point, we are sick to death of unsolicited advice on the subject (Pro-tip: If someone you don’t know says they’re not judging you, they are judging you.)…

Jessica Critcher / February 1, 2013

Arkansas Politician Introduces “Fetal Heartbeat” Bill To Restrict Abortion

Abortions could be banned as early as six weeks into pregnancy, before many women even know they are pregnant, under a new bill proposed in Arkansas.

Jessica Wakeman / January 30, 2013

Pray Tell: What Women Should Know About Scientology

These days, Scientology is everywhere – three books are out this month alone, including Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright’s Going Clear, which has been featured everywhere from CNN to the New York Times Book Review. Yesterday, several ex-members filed a lawsuit against the Church, saying that Scientology kept asking them for more and more money…

Lilit Marcus / January 25, 2013
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