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Mind the gap: September is Abortion Access Month

This post has been co-written by Eesha Pandit and Verónica Bayetti Flores.

What does it really take to get an abortion in America?

September is Abortion Access Month, and an important time to think about this question. As it turns out, it takes quite a bit to get an abortion in this country, and as states across the nation pile on waiting periods, ultrasound requirements, bans, and other barriers, accessing safe and legal abortion care is becoming more difficult by the day. One of the biggest hurdles for folks seeking abortion care is the fact that, for many, it is quite simply unaffordable. Who are the folks that cannot afford abortion care?

Outside of our paid gigs, we serve on the ...

This post has been co-written by Eesha Pandit and Verónica Bayetti Flores.

What does it really take to get an abortion in America?

September is Abortion Access Month, and an important time to think about this question. As ...

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

#fuckcispeople is trending on Twitter. Read it.

The Ohio “heartbeat” bill to ban abortion after six weeks is back.

Dream Defenders leave capitol: “our work has grown too big for these halls.”

A NARAL intern went undercover at a crisis pregnancy center.

Six facts about Harriet Tubman that have nothing to do with Russell Simmons.

Keeping with the theme: six things to know as a queer freshman.

Letters from black men (including our own Mychal) in response to #blackpowerisforblackmen.

 

 

#fuckcispeople is trending on Twitter. Read it.

The Ohio “heartbeat” bill to ban abortion after six weeks is back.

Dream Defenders leave capitol: “our work has grown too big for these halls.”

A NARAL ...

Weekly Feminist Reader

Check out Dean Spade’s trans* politics manifesto.

Since when does VICE produce good reporting on sexual violence?

Minors with disabilities held in solidarity confinement in San Francisco juvenile hall.

Little Libertarians on the prairie.

More research on encouraging girls to pursue STEM.

The Pentagon’s new plan to combat military sexual assault doesn’t do enough.

Your computer is sexist.

Decades too late, Henrietta Lacks’ family is asked for consent.

“Why teach kids not to rape when you could teach them not to get caught?”

Newsflash, Hollywood: suicide isn’t quirky-cute-fun.

Unpaid interns are particularly vulnerable to sexual harassment.

Texts from the yellow wallpaper.

Drag in the military sparks

Check out Dean Spade’s trans* politics manifesto.

Since when does VICE produce good reporting on sexual violence?

Minors with disabilities held in solidarity confinement in San Francisco juvenile hall.

Little Libertarians on ...

Quote of the Day: “Whole women” need gas, not abortions

Just eight percent of House Republicans are women and there are only four female Republican senators. And apparently, the GOP is starting to realize that this is not a great look for them in 2013. (Not that the Democrats have anywhere close to gender parity in Congress either.) As the National Journal reports, they’ve launched Project GROW (Growing Republican Opportunities for Women) to help the party with its messaging to female voters and recruit more women candidates to run for Congress.

Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway warns that Republican women candidates should avoid being too…womanly. Don’t make an issue of your gender and don’t talk about reproductive rights all the time. She explains:

“There are very few Democratic women who can begin or ...

Just eight percent of House Republicans are women and there are only four female Republican senators. And apparently, the GOP is starting to realize that this is not a great look for them in 2013. (Not that ...

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signs the latest restrictive abortion bill

On Friday, while most of us were probably still trying to recuperate from our 4th of July food comas, Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin, was busy restricting abortion access for women of Wisconsin. Walker signed a bill forcing women to undergo ultrasounds before receiving abortions, because we all know how medically necessary it is to remind people seeking abortions that they’re pregnant before they decide to end a pregnancy. Supporters of the bill are not shy about their intentions:

“…ultrasounds will help the woman bond with the fetus and convince her to save it.”

This logic imposes the narrative that people seeking abortions are not aware of the comprehensive nature of their circumstance, revealing that we still don’t trust them with ...

On Friday, while most of us were probably still trying to recuperate from our 4th of July food comas, Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin, was busy restricting abortion access for women of Wisconsin. Walker signed a bill

Rick Perry declares second special session to pass “pro-life” bill on same day as 500th execution

One would think that the irony of such an action would be too much. But nope! Yesterday, the state of Texas executed Kimberly McCarthy, the state’s 500th execution since the death penalty was re-enacted in 1982:

Her death marks a grim milestone in a state that kills more people than any other in the country. Texas has carried out more than 40 percent of the roughly 1,300 executions that have taken place in the United States since the Supreme Court re-instated capital punishment in 1976. A 2011 study found that 92 percent of men sentenced to die in Texas were black.

On the same day, Governor Perry called a second special session of the Texas state legislature to enact the “pro-life” omnibus ...

One would think that the irony of such an action would be too much. But nope! Yesterday, the state of Texas executed Kimberly McCarthy, the state’s 500th execution since the death penalty was re-enacted in 1982:

Her death ...

Clear eyes, full hearts, cast Connie Britton in the Wendy Davis biopic already

Last night’s filibuster in Texas makes a powerful feminist narrative. It’s the story of Wendy Davis, the inspirational figurehead. But it’s also the story of a broader movement, a feminist army that rose up in Texas and had Davis’ back the whole time. I so want that to be a movie. And of course Wendy Davis would have to be played by Tammy Taylor herself, Connie Britton. So I made this:

The feminist army just defeated a massive anti-choice bill. We can totally make this happen.

Last night’s filibuster in Texas makes a powerful feminist narrative. It’s the story of Wendy Davis, the inspirational figurehead. But it’s also the story of a broader movement, a feminist army that rose up in ...

We already lost Savita in Ireland. Don’t let Beatriz die in El Salvador.

Ed. note: This is a guest post by Juliana Britto Schwartz. By day, Juliana is a student at University of California, Santa Cruz. By night, she is a Latina feminist blogger at Julianabritto.com, where she writes about reproductive health justice, immigration, and feminist movements in Latin America.

You all remember Savita Halappanavar, right? Well, the world is looking at another Savita right now, and the only thing standing between her and life is a group of Salvadoran politicians.

Savita Halappanavar was a pregnant woman living in Ireland who was denied a life-saving abortion because her doctors could still detect a fetal heartbeat and were therefore required by law not to terminate the pregnancy. She died of blood poisoning while her husband watched.

“Beatriz” is ...

Ed. note: This is a guest post by Juliana Britto Schwartz. By day, Juliana is a student at University of California, Santa Cruz. By night, she is a Latina feminist blogger at Julianabritto.com, where she writes about reproductive health ...

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