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Frisky Q&A: Sarah Erdreich On Her Book Generation Roe

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No Abortion Clinic?
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Forty years after the landmark decision, Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion, a woman’s right to make her own reproductive decisions is still a hotbed of discussion in state legislatures and a target of lawmakers.  Outside of these state capitals, talking about abortion is still largely taboo.

Sarah Erdreich is trying to open up a larger discourse about reproductive rights and the next generation of women. Generation Roe: Inside the Future of the Pro-Choice Movement tackles the difficult issues of stigma, activism, pop culture and how to talk about abortion as not just a scary political battle but a more nuanced, personal choice for all women.

I had a chance to speak to Erdreich about the book and what she believes are the biggest issues facing the women who came after Roe and the right to choose. Keep reading »

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 regulations could potentially close the sparse five remaining abortion clinics in Alabama.  The Montgomery Advertiser reports that the bill:

“Would require physicians at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at local hospitals; require clinics to follow ambulatory clinic building codes and make it a felony — punishable by up to 10 years in prison — for a nurse, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant to dispense abortion-inducing medications”

Rep. McClurkin’s reasoning for such harsh new regulations: the removal of an organ is a serious surgery, and by her estimation a child is an organ.  Rep. McClurkin’s assertion is ridiculous for so many reasons.

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Politicians On Rape
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Akin's Rape Science
Rep. Todd Akin says "legitimate rape victims" don't get pregnant. Read More »
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Fetal personhood laws want a fertilized egg to legally be a person. Read More »

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

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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 certainly thought about abortion when I was 17 and completely freaking out after my first time having sex, both an unexpected and unwanted event. In the painfully long two weeks that I had to wait until I was finally able to take a pregnancy test, I considered all of my options, among them abortion. While I thankfully didn’t need to make any sort of choice in the end (except to head to a doctor for a full battery of STD testing), just knowing that abortion existed provided me with some sense of comfort in all of the swirling chaos that comes with being a teenager suffering heartbreak and confusion. Keep reading »

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

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Free BC, Fewer Abortions
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Looking back on the culture-changing Supreme Court decision. Read More »

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 that women have been losing ground ever since the Roe ruling, but is that really true? Let’s take a look at where women’s abortion rights stand today:

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

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  • 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 a bill to offer the HPV vaccine, which prevents some strains of HPV which cause cervical cancer, to 7th graders. Republican Governor Nikki Haley vetoed a similar bill last year. [Think Progress]
  • A California state senator has introduced a bill to clarify the 1872 law that says only married women can be raped by “impostors” pretending to be their husbands. [Ms. Magazine] Keep reading »

Roe Vs. Wade Is Not As Safe As You Think

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