Posts Tagged reproductive freedom

Men Who Trust Women brings out the best in people

This is probably my favourite submission yet to Men Who Trust Women. It’s from Channing Kennedy, who writes at Colorlines. Channing has kindly consented to let me re-post it here, so that you can all see it.

This is a photo of one of my family’s happiest days: the day I met my sister, when she was 31 and I was 16. (Yes, I was way into Everclear and posing funny in photos. It was 1996.) My mom got pregnant with my sister when she was still in high school; she was made to turn in her National Honor Society pin, and she had to put her baby up for adoption.

When I was ten, my mother told me I had ...

This is probably my favourite submission yet to Men Who Trust Women. It’s from Channing Kennedy, who writes at Colorlines. Channing has kindly consented to let me re-post it here, so that you can all see it.

Guest post: United in nuance

This guest post is by Tobias Rodriguez. Tobias is a recent college graduate living in New York City. His interests lie in reproductive rights, LGBT issues, and intersectionality.

There’s been a lot of discussion lately about Foxconn, one of the factories in China that manufactures Apple products. For many, hearing part of Mike Daisey’s show on NPR’s “This American Life” was the first time hearing of the harsh working conditions at Foxconn and other similar factories. The same is true of the Kony 2012 video. Many who watched that video had never heard of child soldiers before. Both Daisey and Invisible Children (the makers of Kony 2012) were able to raise a lot of awareness around their respective issues.

However, NPR’s ...

This guest post is by Tobias Rodriguez. Tobias is a recent college graduate living in New York City. His interests lie in reproductive rights, LGBT issues, and intersectionality.

There’s been a lot of discussion lately about Foxconn, one ...

Pondering recent chats about access to birth control….

Shall we?

Yesterday I traveled to Jefferson City, Missouri to lobby some state legislators who recently voted on a resolution to deny women access to birth control without co-payments . I was appalled by this vote…not just because I know how important access to birth control is for my fellow Missourians, but also because these legislators wasted the people’s time on a blatant pander rather than using it to address our many economic woes.

So, I found myself at the capitol on a Tuesday trying to get answers and explain why representatives voting against access to birth control without co-payment are out-of-step with their constituents. After a rather unsatisfying meeting with a legislator who didn’t even bother to offer a defense for ...

Shall we?

Yesterday I traveled to Jefferson City, Missouri to lobby some state legislators who recently voted on a resolution to deny women access to birth control without co-payments . I was appalled by this vote…not just because ...

Men Who Trust Women

Everywhere you turn these days, people are talking about reproductive freedom.

From the uproar over the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation pulling its funding from Planned Parenthood to the GOP frontrunner warning of “the dangers of contraception,” a lot of people in America are talking about a woman’s right to decide if, when and with whom she has a baby.

A lot of those people believe that a woman should not have the right to make that choice. And a lot of them are men.

In the past few weeks, women’s voices have been glaringly absent from the conversation about women’s health. When the House Committee on Congressional Oversight convened a hearing to talk about the fact that the ...

Everywhere you turn these days, people are talking about reproductive freedom.

From the uproar over the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation pulling its funding from Planned Parenthood to the GOP frontrunner warning of “the ...

BREAKING: Key VA Senate committee passes Personhood bill

Virginia’s Personhood bill now moves to the full Virginia Senate. ABC7 in Richmond reports:

A bill that would define life as starting at conception has been approved in a key Senate committee.

Eight Republicans voted for the measure, and the committee’s seven Democrats opposed it after an hour-long hearing on the bill that is similar to one in Missouri.

The bill passed after an amendment clarifying that no provision in it would restrict the use of federally approved contraception.

At least three times, the committee chairman, Sen. Steve Martin, threatened to have police remove opponents of the bill after they spoke out during debate.

There are only twenty Democrats in the Virginia Senate, so this bill ...

Virginia’s Personhood bill now moves to the full Virginia Senate. ABC7 in Richmond reports:

A bill that would define life as starting at conception has been approved in a key Senate committee.

Eight Republicans ...

Save the date: New York Abortion Access Fund fundraiser

On February 9th, the New York Abortion Access Fund will celebrate its tenth anniversary. For ten years, this remarkable organization has been making it possible for New York women to exercise their right to choose when they don’t have the money to afford that choice.

For those of you who don’t know about NYAAF, their mission is to provide grants to women want abortions and can’t afford to pay them. Abortions are legal, but they are expensive, and in some states they are very difficult to obtain: in that sense, abortion is more of a privilege than it is a right. NYAAF tries to combat that problem by granting money to women, often at very short notice, so they can pay ...

On February 9th, the New York Abortion Access Fund will celebrate its tenth anniversary. For ten years, this remarkable organization has been making it possible for New York women to exercise their right to choose when they ...

Halloween brings out the worst in horrible people

Halloween may be a cringe-worthy time of year, but it can also reveal people’s true colors.

The folks at the anti-choice Susan B. Anthony List, for instance, carved up this jack-o-lantern yesterday. If there’s a more terrifying Halloween nightmare than having your womb occupied against your will by a fetus with an oddly large hand, I don’t know what it is. This is the kind of sentiment you’d think the anti-choice movement would try to downplay. But I guess since they were among like-minded people at a work lunch, they felt free to let their forced birth flag fly high. [Via]

And then there’s this photo from last year’s staff Halloween party at the law firm ...

Halloween may be a cringe-worthy time of year, but it can also reveal people’s true colors.

The folks at the anti-choice Susan B. Anthony List, for instance, carved up this jack-o-lantern yesterday. If there’s ...

An unwanted American export: invasive anti-choice tactics

Taking a dick move out of the American anti-choicer playbook, protesters at Australian abortion clinics have started filming women as they enter and leave clinic buildings. Doctors have called on police to intervene, but police can’t intervene because the protesters aren’t breaking the law.

Protesters say that the decision to videotape outside clinics isn’t about shaming women, but about protecting themselves. The Age reports:

Tanya O’Brien, of the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants group that regularly protests outside abortion clinics, admitted that members of her group were filming outside clinics but said it was for their own protection in case they were attacked or subjected to allegations of wrongdoing.

You know what, Tanya O’Brien of the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants ...

Taking a dick move out of the American anti-choicer playbook, protesters at Australian abortion clinics have started filming women as they enter and leave clinic buildings. Doctors have called on police to intervene, but police can’t intervene ...

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