What we missed

How Savita Halappanavar, who died in Ireland when doctors refused to abort her already miscarrying fetus, would have fared in her native India. Spoiler alert: she probably wouldn’t have died.
Speaking of abortion in Ireland, a survey shows that 82% of the people in Ireland approve of abortion in some cases.

Ugh. Today in racist tweeting, thousands on Twitter react to the news that Kate Middleton is pregnant by agreeing that she won’t be naming the baby “Shaniqua”.

One quarter of Republicans apparently want to secede. (Don’t get my hopes up amiright.)

Amanda Marcotte at Slate takes down Ross Douthat’s latest alarmist New York Times column in which he begs the women of America to make “More Babies, Please.”

Emergency contraception should be available over the counter– and you can make that happen.

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Lori Adelman is Executive Director of Partnerships at Feministing, where she enjoys creating and curating content on gender, race, class, technology, and the media. Lori is also an advocacy and communications professional specializing in sexual and reproductive rights and health, and currently works in the Global Division of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. A graduate of Harvard University, she lives in Brooklyn.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/smiles/ Smiley

    So, the results of a survey can be racist? What is racist about rating the chances of the future King or Queen of England being called ‘Shaniqua’ as being close to zero? I would say that is about right. The chances for ‘Billy Ray’ are also pretty much zero. ‘Elvis’ is probably a little higher (imagine ‘King Elvis’!), but not by much.

    I see no racism in the odds.

    If you want to bet on a name, go for a solid, middle- to upper-class name like Henry, William, Emma, or Sophie. Kevin and Sharon are poor bets. And I wouldn’t bet on Barack either. As for Mohammed, I think you’d get pretty long odds Agreed?

  • http://feministing.com/members/miriamclaire/ Miriam

    But India just has very different problems in regards to reproductive rights. Sure, abortion is available, but women are also sterilized without being properly informed (this is illegal but still happens). There’s also lots of misinformation about contraception so most women don’t use it and only control reproduction using abortion and sterilization. India can’t afford to withhold abortions because the whole world is pressuring it to curb population growth. I’m not saying this to put India down, it’s just that the comparison needs context.

  • http://feministing.com/members/brittforbes93/ Brittany

    I’m not even sure I really get the joke “Oh, they’re not going to name their baby Shaniqua because they’re white!”
    Quite honestly, I haven’t heard of ANYONE named Shaniqua. Also, pretty sure they won’t be naming their baby “Madison” or “Ashley” either. Just saying.

    Oh, and to those crazy Republicans who want to secede: Bye! We won’t miss you, and I’m pretty sure America might get more respect when you’re gone!

  • http://feministing.com/members/stellarose/ Stella

    I did not see a problem with the NYTimes articles about the US’s declining birthrate. The fact is, life becomes very difficult when a country’s population precipitously falls. Try paying for social security and medicare when the recipients outnumber the working population 4-1. There is nothing anti-feminist about saying the US should have policies that take away the huge financial burden of raising the next generation. Those policies simply acknowledge that women are rational beings who will choose not to have children if the social and financial costs are unfairly high. And they give people a real choice whether or not to have children. Having spent some time in the Nordic countries, I can say that women there have far more choice in the matter, in large part due to policies that help mothers (childcare, maternity leave, paid sick days, gender equality in childrearing).

    Honestly, if this “alarmist article” leads to us getting paid maternity leave finally — and thereby joining every other developed country in the world — I love it.