Posts Tagged Reproductive Rights

“We have to stop categorizing abortions as justified or unjustified.”

In the New York Times, Merritt Tierce applauds Wendy Davis for opening up about her abortions and writes about the more common abortion stories that we don’t hear about as much.

This is how it really is, abortion: You do things you regret or don’t understand and then you make other choices because life keeps going forward. Or you do something out of love and then, through biology or accident, it goes inexplicably wrong, and you do what you can to cope. Or you do whatever you do, however you do it, for whatever reason, because that’s your experience.

It’s not Ms. Davis’s job to be groundbreaking, and I’m sorry that her personal reproductive history has to be ...

In the New York Times, Merritt Tierce applauds Wendy Davis for opening up about her abortions and writes about the more common abortion stories that we don’t hear about as much.

This is how ...

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Missouri lawmaker sues to deny his daughters birth control access

Missouri lawmaker Paul Joseph Wieland has brought one of the many cases against Obamacare’s contraceptive coverage benefit. But he’s not doing so in his capacity as a state representative. Nope, he’s doing it as a concerned overbearing father. Irin Carmon reports:

One Missouri lawmaker has taken the fight against birth control coverage to a new and very personal place: His own daughters, two of whom are adults.

State Rep. Paul Joseph Wieland and his wife Teresa are suing the Obama administration over its minimum coverage requirements for health plans under the Affordable Care Act, which includes contraception. They say the government is forcing them to violate their religious beliefs because they have three daughters, ages 13, 18 and 19, who ...

Missouri lawmaker Paul Joseph Wieland has brought one of the many cases against Obamacare’s contraceptive coverage benefit. But he’s not doing so in his capacity as a state representative. Nope, he’s doing it as a concerned overbearing ...

Undercover audio of Texas anti-choice training session shows how the movement relies on intimidation and harassment

As anti-choice legislation is increasingly wrapped in the friendly (and dishonest) guise of “patient safety” and anti-choice protestors carefully attempt to rebrand themselves as “sidewalk counselors,” it may be easy for some to forget that harassment and intimidation still play a vital role in the anti-choice movement’s overall strategy.

But NARAL Pro-Choice Texas and Progress Texas have released this undercover audio of a training session hosted by several anti-choice groups at the Texas state capitol earlier this month which shows that, behind closed doors, they’re very upfront about their goal — “keeping abortion facilities closed” — and tactics, which include tracking license plates and physical descriptions of providers and patients, intimidating women into canceling their appointments, and searching tax records to find new clinic ...

As anti-choice legislation is increasingly wrapped in the friendly (and dishonest) guise of “patient safety” and anti-choice protestors carefully attempt to rebrand themselves as “sidewalk counselors,” it may be easy for some to forget that harassment and ...

Alabama’s admitting privileges law was struck down, but it’s still terrifying to be an abortion provider

On Monday, an Alabama district court blocked the admitting privileges law that would have closed three out of the state’s five abortion clinics. Coming right on the heels of the court smackdown of Mississippi’s similar law, the decision is another heartening blow to the anti-choice strategy of regulating clinics out of existence. The judge was crystal clear: “If this requirement would not, in the face of all the evidence in the record, constitute an impermissible undue burden, then almost no regulation, short of those imposing an outright prohibition on abortion, would.”

But, to play the feminist buzzkill role for a second, the case–in which the few abortion providers in Alabama testified behind black curtains to conceal ...

On Monday, an Alabama district court blocked the admitting privileges law that would have closed three out of the state’s five abortion clinics. Coming right on the heels of the court smackdown of 

#KnowYourHistory: Women of color have been moving beyond “pro-choice” for decades

On Tuesday, the New York Times published a feature on reproductive health advocates moving away from the language of “choice.” An important and interesting topic, the potentially illuminating piece instead served to obscure the history of the move away from choice language, completely erasing women of color’s crucial role in developing the reproductive justice framework that set the stage for this move by the larger and more well-funded (and, ahem, white-lady-led) reproductive health organizations. Since then, women of color in the reproductive justice movement have been hollering a collective WTF. 

On Tuesday, the New York Times published a feature on reproductive health advocates moving away from the language of “choice.” An important and interesting topic, the potentially illuminating piece instead served to obscure the history of ...

Court rules that law that would shut down Mississippi’s sole abortion clinic is unconstitutional

In the latest salvo in the battle to keep Mississippi’s only abortion clinic open, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the law designed to shut it down is unconstitutional.

“Pre-viability, a woman has the constitutional right to end her pregnancy by abortion. H.B. 1390 effectively extinguishes that right within Mississippi’s borders,” the judges wrote. While the state argued that Mississippians could always just cross the border to get an abortion in another state, the court said that’s not a good enough excuse for violating their citizen’s rights. “Mississippi may not shift its obligation to respect the established constitutional rights of its citizens to ...

In the latest salvo in the battle to keep Mississippi’s only abortion clinic open, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the ...

New Favorite Tumblr: Counter-protesting anti-choice protestors

Saturday Chores chronicles the adventures of “a pro-choice husband/wife team from Raleigh, N.C.” as they spend Saturday mornings counter-protesting anti-choice clinic protestors–oh, sorry, I mean, “sidewalk counselors“–by holding up funny signs. Like so:

Somehow there’s nothing like a sign about turtles to deflate all that self-righteous anti-abortion doom-and-gloom.

Check out more of my favorite signs after the jump. 

Saturday Chores chronicles the adventures of “a pro-choice husband/wife team from Raleigh, N.C.” as they spend Saturday mornings counter-protesting anti-choice clinic protestors–oh, sorry, I mean, “sidewalk counselors“–by holding up funny signs. Like so:

Somehow ...

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