Legal abortion rate in Texas dropped 13 percent after new anti-choice restrictions

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That’s according to a new study on the impact of the anti-choice restrictions that have now forced 46 percent of Texas’ legal abortion providers to close.

As we already know, the omnibus law passed last year–which also placed stricter restrictions on medication abortions and banned the procedure after 20 weeks–has dealt a disastrous blow to abortion access. The number of Texans living more than 200 miles from a provider has increased nearly 30-fold over the past year–from 10,000 to 290,000. And the new study shows it’s had an effect on the abortion rate as well. In the 6 months after the law went into effect, there was a 13 percent decrease in the legal abortion rate in the state compared to the year before. Medication abortions decreased by 70 percent. Meanwhile, there was a “small but significant” increase in the number of abortions conducted after 12 weeks, suggesting all the restrictions are forcing folks to wait longer to get the procedure done.  Read More »

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Yes, Michael Sam is a distraction — from our bullshit ideas of masculinity

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Future Hall of Fame football coach Tony Dungy said he wouldn’t have drafted Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be taken in the NFL draft, because he “wouldn’t want to deal with all of it.” He’d be a distraction, according to Dungy.

I get where he’s coming from. Seriously. What with all the media attention Sam is going to get. All the cameras following him around. Think of how fans of the team would constantly try to get his attention, and fans from opposing teams would hate him, and people who don’t even follow sports would form opinions of him without knowing him. He’ll constantly be doing interviews and commercials and being asked to participate in community service projects.

BECAUSE ALL OF THAT IS SO INCREDIBLY FOREIGN TO NFL FOOTBALL.

We could get into a whole discussion about how disappointing it is that Dungy, the first African-American head coach to win a Super Bowl, would take this stance, given that it’s the same excuse that was trotted out against racial integration of sports. We can talk about how he threw his support behind Michael Vick, after Vick was released from prison for dogfighting, and how hypocritical this is considering how much of a “distraction” Vick was projected to be. And we can talk at length about the number of abusers, alleged rapists and murderers the NFL has coddled over the years because… Because. Exactly.

We can have any of those conversations. But right now let’s talk about Michael Sam.

Michael Sam is gay. Michael Sam plays football. Michael Sam was drafted into the NFL. To borrow a phrase from Vice President Joe Biden: It’s a big fucking deal.

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Watch: Catcallers try to explain why they harass women

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After a years of experiencing street harassment–and often confronting her catcallers–a Minneapolis woman named Lindsey came up with Cards Against Harassment–little cards that you can silently hand out to explain to harassers why getting unsolicited attention from random strangers whenever you step outside your house is not actually that fun.  Read More »

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Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Congratulations to Janet Mock and Marie Claire! Mock is joining the magazine as a contributing editor.

Baltimore has been hit particularly hard by the epidemic of violence against trans women of color. A Baltimore trans woman speaks out at TransGriot.

Jon Stewart on the trouble with talking about Gaza in the US media.

How public health campaigns about fetal alcohol syndrome end up shaming women.

“New Anti-Abortion Legislation Requires Doctors To Scale 18-Foot Wall Surrounding Clinic.” Yes, it’s the Onion. But how can you even tell anymore?

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Trailer: Dear White People puts conversations about race front and center

The full length trailer for Dear White People has been released, and I can’t wait to see the movie. You may remember the Indiegogo campaign for the film, which was super successful and helped take Dear White People to Sundance, where it received rave reviews and was picked up for distribution.

Check out the trailer after the jump: Read More »

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