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Shocking: 250 Women In California Were Pressured Into Sterilization

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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 Corona and the Valley State Prison for Women In Chowchilla. Keep reading »

Comedian Rob Delaney On Why He Supports Safe, Legal Abortion

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I support a woman’s right to safe, legal abortion because centuries of history shows us that women are going to get abortions whether they’re safe and legal or not. And when they’re not safe and legal, these women will often die terribly or be damaged irreparably. In my fantasy utopia, there would be no abortion. There’d be contraception readily available and there’d be education geared toward preventing unwanted pregnancies. Adoption would be easier. We don’t live in a utopia, however. We live in a country where scoundrels are certain and nuance is vilified. … I don’t know how to look at those who’d restrict or deny access to abortion, contraception and abortion and not see misogyny. Not sexism; that’s a gender neutral word. Misogyny is the hatred, dislike, or mistrust of women. It’s an ugly word and it represents an ugly thing. And Good God, is it lazy. And disingenuous. And it is the warm and welcoming home to the idea that a pregnant woman who doesn’t want to take her pregnancy to term should not have access to a safe and legal abortion.

– Comic Rob Delaney is someone I always see my friends retweeting for his 140-character long jokes. Turns out, he’s also passionate about a women’s right to choose as well. In his essay on the UK’s Guardian, Delaney explains how he has two children with his wife and although he personally believes abortion is a scary thing, he can’t imagine forcing women to go through nine months of pregnancy and childbirth. Not only that, but he names the mistrust of women making their own self-determining decisions as what it is: misogyny. Well said, sir. I do appreciate it when men can speak about feminist issues and maybe reach people that wouldn’t otherwise be exposed to the ideas. [Guardian UK] [Photo: Fame/Flynet]

11-Year-Old To Give Birth To Rapist’s Baby In Chile, Where Abortion Is Illegal

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11-Year-Old To Give Birth To Rapist's Baby In Chile, Where Abortion Is Illegal

A 11-year-old girl in Chile, who was impregnated by her mother’s boyfriend, told a TV interviewer recently that giving birth to a baby would be like “having a doll.” Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, who opposes abortion, has praised the fifth grader publicly for her “depth and maturity” in carrying the pregnancy to term.

Oh, and did I mention that in Chile, abortion is super-duper illegal? Keep reading »

Abortion Restrictions Finally Pass Texas House Of Representatives

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  • Well, they finally did it. Tomorrow, the Texas State Senate committee will vote on whether or not to send its version of the abortion restriction bill to the Senate. [CNN]
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These Are Some Of The Texas House Democrats Who Stand Against The State’s Anti-Abortion Legislation

Yesterday, the Texas state House of Representatives tentatively passed sweeping abortion restrictions, including a ban on most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and tougher rules for abortion clinics that will effectively lead to the majority of the state’s abortion clinics being shuttered. The vote came after days of emotional testimony from both sides of the abortion debate, and while a final vote is still to come today, it is expected to pass and move on to the state Senate. This is a photo of just some of those legislators who voted against the bill, holding coat hangers that represent how bills like HB1 and SB5 chip away at the reproductive rights of women, to the point where dangerous back alley abortions will no longer be a thing of the past. [via Twitter]

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Wisconsin Judge Blocks Abortion Law

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  • A federal judge in Wisconsin temporarily blocked an aspect of a new law restricting abortion which would require doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of the clinics.  A similar restriction is in the anti-abortion bill currently under debate in Texas. [NYMag.com]
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Battle Over Abortion Restrictions Rages On In Texas

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Texas is heatin’ up, and it isn’t just the weather: for the past few weeks, pro-choice and anti-abortion activists have battled it out outside the statehouse in Austin over the bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The bill would require all abortions to be performed at ambulatory surgical centers, even for non-surgical abortions (i.e. those using the RU-486 abortion pill), and force all doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles. If the bill is signed into law, only a few of the state’s 42 abortion clinics in Texas would remain open.

On June 25, State Senator Wendy Davis successfully blocked the bill with an 11-hour filibuster. But Texas Governor Rick Perry, who is anti-abortion, called a special session of the legislature and it is up for debate again. All week, both sides have been singing and chanting and arguing their point of views. You can watch a live feed of today’s debate here Keep reading »

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

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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

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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

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  • 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]
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