Posts Tagged pro-choice

Happy 41st birthday, Roe v Wade!

Today is the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling in Roe v Wade, which declared that Americans have a right to privacy that protects the right to have an abortion, under limited circumstances. In recent years, that right has increasingly become a privilege, with Republicans doing everything they can to chip away at access to reproductive healthcare of all kinds, but especially abortion. Some people think 2014 will be a turning point in that fight, the year Americans will finally put their feet down as say, “Enough already with the restricting of bodily autonomy.” I’m less optimistic. 

Today is the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling in Roe v Wade, which declared that Americans have a right to privacy that protects the right to have an abortion, under limited circumstances. In recent years, ...

Quote of the Day: Don’t worry, just speed to your abortion appointment!

Yesterday, as Jos covered, a federal appeals court took up Texas’s harsh new abortion restrictions. During testimony, lawyers from the pro-choice side noted that thanks to the new law, there is no longer a single abortion provider in the Rio Grande Valley, making the nearest clinic for the mainly low-income, Latino residents a 300-mile round trip away.

But 5th Circuit Judge Edith Jones was unimpressed.

Yesterday, as Jos covered, a federal appeals court took up Texas’s harsh new abortion restrictions. During testimony, lawyers from the pro-choice side noted that thanks to the new law, there is no longer a single abortion ...

More abortion restrictions were enacted in the last 3 years than the entire previous decade

I suppose this isn’t exactly surprising, but, holy shit, that’s a pretty mind-blowing fact from Guttmacher’s year-end report. 2013 was second only to 2011 for the highest number of abortion restrictions enacted in a single year–ever. And from 2011 to 2013, we saw 205 new restrictions, compared to 189 during the entire previous decade.

I suppose this isn’t exactly surprising, but, holy shit, that’s a pretty mind-blowing fact from Guttmacher’s year-end report. 2013 was second only to 2011 for the highest number of ...

A rom com about a woman who gets an abortion is going to Sundance

Regular readers of the blog probably know that the dearth of pop culture depictions of abortion is big cause of mine. Though in recent years there have been some realistic and complex abortion storylines on Friday Night Lights and Grey’s Anatomy, it’s still pretty rare to see a character get an abortion in Hollywood–and often those who do will “pay for [the] choice in some negative way.”

That’s why the short film Obvious Child released in 2009 was such a breath of fresh air. Starring the hilarious Jenny Slate, the rom com set in Brooklyn told the story of a lady who has a one-night stand, discovers she’s pregnant, and gets an abortion. And–shocker of shockers!–she ...

Regular readers of the blog probably know that the dearth of pop culture depictions of abortion is big cause of mine. Though in recent years there have been some realistic and complex abortion storylines ...

The Feministing Five: Senator Gretchen Whitmer

In the latest episode of Are-You-Effing-Kidding-Me-Michigan, the state legislature has banned private health insurance plans from covering abortions unless a person has preemptively purchased separate abortion coverage. What takes the “No But Actually” cake is the fact that this law, which was just passed on Wednesday, applies to rape and incest. As this week’s Feministing Five interviewee Michigan Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer adamantly pointed out on the Senate floor, the law “tells women that were raped and became pregnant that they should have thought ahead and planned for it.”

Representing Michigan’s 23rd District, Whitmer has been a strident advocate for women’s rights throughout the state. And this past week, while publicly addressing her colleagues on the Senator floor, she revealed ...

In the latest episode of Are-You-Effing-Kidding-Me-Michigan, the state legislature has banned private health insurance plans from covering abortions unless a person has preemptively purchased separate abortion coverage. What takes the “No But Actually” cake is the fact ...

WTF of the Day: Anti-choicers think kidnapping abortion patients is totally cool

As soon as I found out I was pregnant, becoming unpregnant was my number one priority. I grabbed the first available appointment at the clinic within an hour of seeing the positive test, and then I waited.

All in all, I was relatively calm as I counted down the several days until my abortion. My decision to get one–if it can even be called a decision given that I never weighed any other option–was not emotionally difficult. And there were no other factors–health risks, an unsupportive partner, financial barriers, logistical bullshit–that I imagine would have made the experience way more stressful. But I was definitely counting. My body was hyperaware of any signs of pregnancy. (I was not very far along ...

As soon as I found out I was pregnant, becoming unpregnant was my number one priority. I grabbed the first available appointment at the clinic within an hour of seeing the positive test, and then I ...

Quick Hit: 26 women tell their abortion stories in New York Magazine

This week’s New York Magazine cover story features 26 individual stories from women who have made the choice to have an abortion, and in some instances chose to continue their pregnancies.
Meaghan Winter writes:

But for all the regulations and protests, despite “safe, legal, and rare” and “abortion is murder,” abortion is part of our everyday experience. Nearly half of all pregnancies are unintended; about half of those—1.2 million—will end in abortion each year.

And yet abortion is something we tend to be more comfortable discussing as an abstraction; the feelings it provokes are too complicated to face in all their particularities. Which is perhaps why, even in doggedly liberal parts of the country, very few people talk ...

This week’s New York Magazine cover story features 26 individual stories from women who have made the choice to have an abortion, and in some instances chose to continue their pregnancies.
Meaghan Winter ...

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