Chart of the Day: States with the most abortion restrictions are the worst on women’s and children’s health

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I doubt any readers of Feministing have bought into the pseudo-feminist anti-choice rhetoric claiming that abortion restrictions are simply about “protecting women” and “patient safety.” After all, it’s obvious that preventing access to abortion is itself damaging–leading to everything from poorer health to a greater risk of domestic violence to, oh I dunno, getting thrown in jail.

But in case you needed more evidence that the politicians who are so deeply worried about dangers posed to women by the width of the doorways in abortion clinics don’t give two shits about women’s and children’s health otherwise, just take a look at this new report.

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Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet: Hyde Amendment Edition

hyde amendment 1976-thumb-250x352-8410Today is the 38th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funds from being used to pay for abortion except in the cases of rape, incest, or life-threatening situations. Read about why it’s long past time to end this unjust provision that hurts low-income people, and how young people have been hitting the road to overturn it. Check out a couple great pieces on the Community blog today too.

On the dangers of the new Tennessee law that criminalizes drug use during pregnancy.

Pediatricians recommend long-term, super-effective, hard-to-mess-up birth control options like the IUD and implant for teens.

Putting Emma Sulkowicz’s “Carry That Weight” performance piece into feminist art history context.

The US had a universal child care program once, during WWII.

According to a HuffPo analysis, students found responsible for sexual assault on college campuses were expelled in 30 percent of cases and suspended in 47 percent of cases.


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Badass Woman of the Day: Liberian 22-year-old saves family from Ebola


Fatu Kekula (Photo credit: John Bonifield/CNN)

This is what resilience looks like. Fatu Kekula is a 22-year-old Liberian nurse-in-training who saved three out of four relatives who were struck by the Ebola virus. Unable to get them treatment at a hospital, Kekula spent two weeks caring for her father, mother, sister, and cousin on her own. Without any professional protective gear, she improvised her own system using trash bags and successfully avoided becoming infected herself.  Read More »

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Global Dispatch: Ireland’s March for Choice

Ed. note: This is a guest post from Grace Wilentz. Grace is a feminist activist and writer based in Dublin, Ireland. She is also a member of the South-based feminist alliance RESURJ: Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Justice. View previous  coverage of Savita Halappanavar and abortion in Ireland here and here


The sound of rolling suitcases rumbled from Dublin’s main thoroughfare to the Parliament as abortion rights activists took to the streets in Ireland’s third annual March for Choice on Saturday.

Estimates of the turnout are as high as 5000, more than double last year’s numbers. Having been an activist in this movement for a while- long enough to remember when we got excited about 40 people showing up to a demonstration- it was surreal to find myself in the middle of a march whose beginning and end were too far away to be seen.

As the march passed a taxi rank, a few taxi drivers heckled, “Do you need a ride to the airport, love?” This was in response to the thousands of women dragging rolling suitcases behind them to highlight the hypocrisy of Ireland granting women the legal right to travel to seek abortion services, yet denying women access to safe and legal abortion in their own country.

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Why a bill outlawing forced sterilization had to be passed…in California…in 2014

The good news is that forced sterilization is now illegal in California. The bad news is that the bill was necessary because up until now, coerced tubal ligations were happening.

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