Posts tagged "reproductive rights"

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 him…

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…

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,…

Jessica Wakeman / January 16, 2013

Georgia Judge Temporarily Blocks Abortion Law

A Georgia judge has granted a temporary injunction against an anti-abortion law that would go into effect on January 1, at the behest of three doctors in the state. [Bloomberg]
A trolley service in Annapolis, Maryland, is shutting down its business to all weddings rather than accomodate couples from same-sex marriages who want…

Jessica Wakeman / December 26, 2012

Ireland To Clarify Abortion Law Following Death Of Woman Who Was Refused Medical Care

Thirty-one-year-old Savita Halappanavar died in Ireland’s University Hospital Galway in October after she was repeatedly denied medical care while suffering a miscarriage.

Halappanavar, an Indian who lived and worked in Ireland with her husband, began miscarrying around October 24, 17 weeks into her her pregnancy. Her cervix had dilated, she was leaking amniotic…

Jessica Wakeman / December 18, 2012

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal Calls For Birth Control Over-The-Counter

Republican Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal wrote a piece in the Wall Street Journal yesterday, calling for birth control to be made available over-the-counter for women over age 18. He argues that if contraception was available over-the-counter, employers who object to covering BC in their health insurance plans would back off.

That idea makes sense.

Jessica Wakeman / December 15, 2012

Sarah Silverman Goes After The Bro-Choice Vote

No one ever really asked what the bros had to say about the Republican “war on women.” Which was sad, really, because they stood to lose quite a lot of blowies if we all had to be barefoot and pregnant. They will be ignored no longer! Now Sarah Silverman is putting that whole having-dated-Jimmy-Kimmel thing…

Jessica Wakeman / December 12, 2012

Oklahoma Supreme Court Rejects Two Anti-Abortion Laws

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that two anti-abortion laws — one which requires a woman to have an ultrasound and hear a detailed description of the fetus, another which restricts the use of the abortion pill — are unconstitutional and can’t be enforced. [Huffington Post]
Slightly more men than women think that…

Jessica Wakeman / December 5, 2012

Catelynn Lowell From “16 & Pregnant” Is An Anti-Abortion Extremist

Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra from MTV’s “16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom” have been, surprisingly, one of the more controversial couples on the two shows. Catelynn was the only teen mom in the first season to carry her pregnancy to term and put the child up for adoption; the little girl, Carly, is now…

Jessica Wakeman / December 3, 2012

Pediatricians Urged To Discuss, Prescribe Emergency Contraception To Teens

Pediatricians should discuss emergency contraception with their teenaged patients and even write advance prescriptions, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended earlier this week. The morning-after pill should be taken 120 hours after unprotected sex, but is more effective the sooner it is taken. If taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, Plan B is almost…

Jessica Wakeman / November 29, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Vigil For Savita On Tuesday At Irish Embassy In NYC

Pro-choice activists will hold a candelit vigil outside the Irish Consulate in New York City tomorrow evening to remember Savita Halappanavar. The 31-year-old Indian woman died in an Irish hospital last month because doctors refused to provide an abortion while she was miscarrying; she eventually died from blood poisoning.  The embassy is located at…

Jessica Wakeman / November 19, 2012

Did The Election Reinvigorate Pro-Choice Support?

All the rapey nonsense of the 2012 election seems to have reinvigorated support amongst Americans to identify themselves as “pro-choice.” We have to remember, though, that when asked about support for legal abortion, people give different answers depending on how the question is phrased: “pro-choice” versus “pro-life,” “support legal abortion in all cases” versu…

Jessica Wakeman / November 16, 2012

Protests In Ireland Over 31-Year-Old Woman Refused Medical Care During Miscarriage

Earlier this week, the world reacted to the news that a hospital in Ireland refused medical care to a woman during her miscarriage and she eventually died from blood poisoning. Savita Halappanavar, a dentist, began slowly and painfully miscarrying at 17 weeks into her pregnancy, but University Hospital Galway refused to terminate the pregnancy because…

Jessica Wakeman / November 16, 2012

Irish Woman Savita Halappanavar, 31, Dies Because Hospital Refuses Abortion

A young dentist named Savita Halappanavar died last month in Ireland because University Hospital Galway repeatedly refused to perform an abortion. Doctors would not terminate the clearly-failing pregnancy while she was undergoing a painful miscarriage because the fetal heartbeat was still present. Her fetus was eventually removed from her body when the heartbeat stopped, but not after…

Jessica Wakeman / November 14, 2012

No Abortion Access? You’re At Increased Risk For Poverty

Denying women access to abortion services makes women more likely to fall below the poverty line in the subsequent years, according to a study out of the University of San Francisco. Which, if you think about it, makes sense: many women who have abortions are already mothers and choose to terminate a pregnancy rather…

Jessica Wakeman / November 13, 2012

The Soapbox: The Election Is Over But I’m Still Scared

Originally appeared on Role/Reboot. Republished here with permission.

It’s over.

For a while, I managed to hold it together. There was pie to eat and wine to drink and a couch to sink gratefully into. There were friends to laugh with and sigh with, dishes to clean up, and an 8am meeting o…

Emily Heist Moss / November 9, 2012

VA Candidate’s Campaign HQ Vandalized With “Baby Killer”

The campaign headquarters of Wayne Powell, the Democratic challenger to Republican Rep. Eric Cantor, was vandalized with the words “baby killer” and “n***er lover.” Ugh, what is wrong with people?! [Think Progress]
Wisconsin Democratic candidate Tammy Baldwin is really, really close to becoming the first-ever openly gay senator. [Jezebel]
A five-year-old girl…

Jessica Wakeman / November 5, 2012

Roe Vs. Wade Is Not As Safe As You Think

Think Roe vs. Wade, which effectively legalized abortion in the U.S., is safe? Think again. [Ms. Magazine]
Blogger Kelsey Wallace disagrees with me about “hipster sexism” — here’s her take on it! [Bitch Magazine]
A bar in Wyoming would not allow gay couples to participate in singles night. [Queerty]
The U.S.

Jessica Wakeman / November 2, 2012

7 Things I Am Qualified To Explain To Middle-Aged Republican Men

It seems like every day another Republican politician is bloviating about the definition of rape as if he, a middle-aged man, is the true authority on the subject. As Tina Fey said so perfectly in her speech at the Center for Reproductive Rights, “If I have to listen to one more grey-faced man with a $2…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / October 30, 2012

Ireland’s First Abortion Provider Opens Next Week

A Marie Stopes International women’s reproductive health care clinic — sort of the Planned Parenthood across-the-pond — is opening next week in Belfast, Ireland. The clinic will be the first-ever in Ireland to provide abortions, which are illegal except to save the woman’s life or preserve her health.  [Feministing]
Female Marine vets describe…

Jessica Wakeman / October 11, 2012
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