Posts Tagged reproductive freedom

While the US cuts abortion access, Australia likely to increase it

Good news, antipodean abortion lovers! The Australian government announced today that RU486, the abortion pill, is one step closer to being included in the government’s Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, making it easier for patients to afford.

How easy? Like, between $12 and $36 easy. Which is a far cry from its current cost of $300-$800 (which is about what it is in the US, too).

Health Minister Tanya Plibersek was waiting on the advice of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee, which announced yesterday that it will add miseprostol and mifepristone to the list of drugs that should be subsidised by the government. The ABC reports that,

Plibersek says it is an “important first step.”

“Now, we’ll go into a period of making sure that there ...

Good news, antipodean abortion lovers! The Australian government announced today that RU486, the abortion pill, is one step closer to being included in the government’s Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, making it easier for patients to afford.

How easy? Like, between ...

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Psst, anti-choicers! Your real agenda is showing!

What did you do this weekend? Did you attend a rally to protest the Obama administration’s infringement on religious liberty? Probably not. Because even if you did go to Friday’s Stand Up for Religious Freedom rally in Washington, D.C., that’s not what that rally was about.

Yes, I know, it has “religious freedom” in the title, but that’s a front. It’s not about religious freedom; it’s about contraception and the evils it has wrought on our culture. Evils like education and careers for women, bodily autonomy, and sex for pure pleasure.

At Salon, the wonderful Sarah Posner has profiled some of the people behind Friday’s rally, including David Bereit, co-founder of 40 Days for Life. Here’s what Bereit has to ...

What did you do this weekend? Did you attend a rally to protest the Obama administration’s infringement on religious liberty? Probably not. Because even if you did go to Friday’s Stand Up for Religious Freedom rally ...

May 31st, 2009: Welcome to America

When I came to America six-and-a-half years ago, I was fairly sure I knew this country. My mother is American, I’ve been a citizen my whole life, and before I moved here for college, we used to visit for two or three weeks every year. I’d seen lots of the East Coast, and California, and Missouri, and Colorado. I was fairly sure I understood the USA.

A week into my freshman year, I realized that I knew almost nothing. I didn’t know America. America was different. It was complicated. It was really, really diverse and the small bits of it that I knew well weren’t in any way representative of the nation, nor was the college campus where I would be ...

When I came to America six-and-a-half years ago, I was fairly sure I knew this country. My mother is American, I’ve been a citizen my whole life, and before I moved here for college, we used to ...

Latest Live Action video: Black and white and wrong all over

Live Action, the anti-choice group whose activism method of choice is the selectively-edited video of “sting” operations inside Planned Parenthood, has released their latest missive. We reported last month that this was coming down the pipeline, and now, here it is, in all its shaky, hand-held, black-and-white, ominous and glaringly biased glory.

Here’s the thing. Yes, sex-selective abortion happens, and that is awful. Sex-selective abortion happens. It happens because of sexism. It happens because in almost every culture around the world, boys and men are valued more than girls and women. It happens because boys and men have, on the whole, better lives – more rights, more opportunities, more freedom – than girls and women. Men are not subject to ...

Live Action, the anti-choice group whose activism method of choice is the selectively-edited video of “sting” operations inside Planned Parenthood, has released their latest missive. We reported last month that this was coming down the pipeline, ...

Save an American woman… from herself

“Call or go online right now, and for not even a dollar a day you can sponsor a uterus, and make all the decisions for it, and for a woman you’ve never even met.”

“Call or go online right now, and for not even a dollar a day you can sponsor a uterus, and make all the decisions for it, and for a woman you’ve never even met.”

NARAL Pro-Choice America president Nancy Keenan to step down

Yesterday, the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, Nancy Keenan, announced that she will be stepping down at the end of the year. Sarah Kliff at the Washington Post reported:

The 60-year-old Keenan said she is leaving out of concern for the future of the pro-choice movement — and thinks she could be holding it back. In recent years, Keenan has worried about an “intensity gap” on abortion rights among millennials, which the group considers to be the generation of Americans born between 1980 and 1991. While most young, antiabortion voters see abortion as a crucial political issue, NARAL’s own internal research does not find similar passion among abortion-rights supporters. If the pro-choice movement is to successfully defend abortion rights, Keenan ...

Yesterday, the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, Nancy Keenan, announced that she will be stepping down at the end of the year. Sarah Kliff at the Washington Post reported:

The 60-year-old Keenan said she is leaving out ...

Maddow interviews the Mississippi OB-GYN fired for being pro-choice

Last night,  Maddow covered the story of Dr. Carl Reddix, the doctor who’s been fired from the state board of health in Mississippi because he’s pro-choice.

Reddix is an African American Harvard and Johns Hopkins-trained doctor from Mississippi. As Maddow points out, Mississippi should be thrilled to have him on their state board of health. Given the state’s enormous public health problems, most notably infant mortality, Reddix is “a godsend.”

Reddix is also associated with an abortion clinic, Mississippi’s only remaining abortion clinic. As Maddow explains, if a woman is undergoing an abortion and something goes wrong, she will be rushed to hospital and put under the direct care of Reddix. So he can save her life. And for this association, the ...

Last night,  Maddow covered the story of Dr. Carl Reddix, the doctor who’s been fired from the state board of health in Mississippi because he’s pro-choice.

Reddix is an African American Harvard and Johns Hopkins-trained doctor from Mississippi. ...

Bomb planted at WI Planned Parenthood

“Pro-life” indeed. WTAQ in Wisconsin reports:

Grand Chute police are investigating an explosive device that blew up at Planned Parenthood. It happened about 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Planned Parenthood office at 3800 North Gillett Street.  The explosion started a  fire that quickly burned itself out. The fire and explosion caused a small amount of damage to the building.

Let’s call this what it is: domestic terrorism. Let’s call it what it is: part of a years-long, co-ordinated, national effort to make a legal procedure inaccessible by ensuring that all those who seek and provide it must risk their lives to do so. Let’s call this what it is: totally fucking horrifying and totally fucking unacceptable.

“Pro-life” indeed. WTAQ in Wisconsin reports:

Grand Chute police are investigating an explosive device that blew up at Planned Parenthood. It happened about 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Planned Parenthood office at 3800 North Gillett Street.  ...

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