Posts tagged "reproductive rights"

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]…
By: 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 in its state…
By: 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 a…
By: 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, BUT…
By: 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 Post, these regulatio…
By: 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 Pinterest board…
By: 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. […
By: 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. [Feminist.org,…
By: 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, Blog.Al.com] According to a new Quinnipiac…
By: 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.
By: 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.
By: 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.)…
By: 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.
By: 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…
By: Lilit Marcus / January 25, 2013

New Mexico Lawmaker Introduces Bill Requiring Rape Victims To Carry Pregnancies Full-Term

A pregnancy resulting from rape or incest is evidence and having an abortion is "tampering with evidence," according to a new bill introduced yesterday in New Mexico which would legally require a rape victim to carry a fetus to term. Presumably Rep. Cathrynn Brown, a Republican, will also criminalize tampering with evidence by taking a…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 24, 2013

Mommie Dearest: I’m A Mom Who Supports Legal Abortion

Yesterday was the 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. I spent the day reading, writing, and thinking about abortion. I’m clearly not quite done. I’ve never had an abortion, but that doesn’t mean that I — like many women — haven’t been in a position where I ended up considering having one. I…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / January 23, 2013

Today’s The 40th Anniversary Of ‘Roe Vs. Wade’

Today, January 22, marks the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court's historic Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortions nationwide. Despite the fact that issues such gay rights held a spotlight in President Obama's inaugural address, a woman's right to choose is is still a highly divisive debate. TIME magazine's first issue of 2013 boldly stated…
By: Sarah Gray / January 22, 2013

Some Anti-Abortion Fool Sat Up In A Tree During The Inauguration And Screamed About Babies

An anti-abortion protester climbed up a tree — just like a bear! — at Obama's Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C., today, holding a sign that read "Pray to end abortion" while screaming from amidst the branches. I bet that showed everyone. What I think is really funny is that the police just let…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 21, 2013

Majority Of Americans Say ‘Roe Vs. Wade’ Should Not Be Overturned: Pew Poll

Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision which effectively legalized abortion, should not be overturned according to the majority of Americans. This information comes via a Pew Research poll which found 63 percent of those polled want the landmark decision to be left alone. [Feminist.org] A South Carolina state representative has introduced…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 18, 2013

Wyoming Introduces “Fetal Heartbeat” Bill To Further Restrict Abortion

Republicans in Wyoming state legislature have introduced a "fetal heartbeat" bill that would criminalize abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected. Currently, Wyoming's law bans abortions after the fetus has "reached viability," which is generally around 23 weeks. But a fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, which…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 16, 2013
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