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Tag: Abortion

VIDEO: Bill Nye Uses Science to Explain Why Anti-Choicers Have No Idea What They’re Talking About

In a fantastic video for the online forum Big Think, the famous “science guy” spells out the reasons he thinks “when it comes to women’s rights with respect to their reproduction, I think you should leave it to women.”

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 READ MORE

U.S. House Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood

The GOP-led bill, passed Friday on a 241-187 vote, would strip the women’s health-care provider of its funding for contraception, pap smears and testing for sexually transmitted infections unless it ceases performing abortions. It is not expected to pass in the Senate, and President Obama has said he would veto any bill that blocks funding to the group.

Posted on Sep 18, 2015 READ MORE

When It Comes to World Peace, Don’t Look to Sanders for Progress

His stated policy position is not meaningfully pro-peace, he seeks a more dominant Saudi Arabia in the Mideast and he seems remarkably uncaring to people who don’t carry a nice blue U.S. passport.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE

Our Problems Have Everything to Do With What Occurs in Boardrooms, Not Bedrooms

At a time many Republican presidential candidates and state legislators are furiously focusing on private morality—what people do in their bedrooms, contraception, abortion, gay marriage—America is experiencing a far more significant crisis in public morality.

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 READ MORE

Why Bernie Sanders Is Best on Women’s Issues

Sanders understands that women’s struggles can’t be compartmentalized into issue silos. That’s why he has long eschewed counterfeit gestures of “gender diversity” in favor of genuine social equality.

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Pope Francis Tells Priests to Pardon Women Who Have Abortions

The pope has moved against church tradition and empowered priests to absolve women who have had abortions.

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Women’s Health Services Take a Hit in Attack on Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood has been enduring a reinvigorated assault from the right of late, and once again, because all the services of the women’s health organization are being filed under the heading of “abortion,” the whole “women’s health” aspect is overshadowed. Guess who loses?

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False Witness

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VIDEO: Elizabeth Warren’s Furious Response to Republicans Who Are Trying to Roll Back Women’s Rights

“Did you fall down, hit your head and think you woke up in the 1950s?” began the Massachusetts senator’s angry address to her Republican colleagues on the Senate floor Monday.

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Democrats Block Attempt to Cut Planned Parenthood’s Funding as Group Faces One of Its Biggest Crises

Planned Parenthood and its allies are defending its practices, including the group’s fetal tissue program, after undercover videos about the tissue transfers gave conservatives a handy excuse to try and “purge” the nonprofit organization’s federal funding.

Posted on Aug 4, 2015 READ MORE

Abortion Fix

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Sen. Rand Paul Will ‘Try to Force a Vote’ to Defund Planned Parenthood

The Republican presidential contender said Sunday that he will continue his effort to cut federal funding for the nonprofit women’s health group over a dispute regarding the treatment of aborted fetal tissue.

Posted on Jul 26, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: The Colorado Family Planning Initiative

The politics of control over the female body often stand in the way of health and safety, but one program has done an unprecedented job of putting women’s well-being and futures into their own hands.

Posted on Jul 11, 2015 READ MORE

Something’s Missing From Pope Francis’ ‘Radical’ Vision of Equality: Women

Despite his efforts to champion his constituency — the world’s poor, of which the vast majority are women — the pope tends to overlook the feminized nature of poverty and inequality.

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 READ MORE

Colorado Finds a Radical Way to Prevent Teen Pregnancies and Abortions

Between the years 2009 and 2013, there was a 40 percent drop in teen pregnancies in Colorado as well as a 42 percent decrease in abortions, especially in the poorest regions of the state. How exactly did the Centennial State achieve such remarkable results?

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 READ MORE

Supreme Court Allows Texas Abortion Clinics to Remain Open ... for Now

The Supreme Court on Monday put a stop to parts of Texas’ anti-abortion law, which would have closed all but nine abortion clinics in the state.

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE

Abortion Rights

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Actor Mark Ruffalo’s Sharp, Smart Response to ‘Ignorant’ Non-Feminists

The “Avengers” actor hits back at what he calls the “‘I am not a feminist’ Internet phenomenon.”

Posted on Jun 2, 2015 READ MORE

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Pro-Choice Protesters to Rally in Paraguay After Child Rape Victim Is Denied Abortion

The Catholic country in which, on average, two children under the age of 16 give birth each day, is facing backlash after authorities ordered a 10-year-old victim of sexual abuse to carry out her pregnancy.

Posted on May 28, 2015 READ MORE

Why Ireland’s ‘Yes’ Vote Matters So Much

There is much more to be done before Ireland can make wider claims to equality, but the long-time-coming sexual rights revolution is finally changing the nation’s landscape of Catholic morality.

Posted on May 26, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Mike Huckabee Kicks Off 2016 Campaign: ‘We Were Promised Hope, but It Was Just Talk’

And then there were six: Former Arkansas governor and Fox News talking head Mike Huckabee brought the official tally of Republican candidates for the 2016 presidential contest to a half-dozen Tuesday, and he blasted his ex-rival, President Obama, while he was at it.

Posted on May 5, 2015 READ MORE

Hillary C.

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GOP’s Libertarians Aren’t All That Libertarian

A funny thing is happening on the way to the Republican primaries: The whole notion of small government libertarianism has been hijacked by politicians who often represent the opposite.

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This Interactive Map Will Show You Just How Hard It Is to Get an Abortion in Your State

All across the U.S., women’s reproductive health care is increasingly being restricted by legislative measures.

Posted on Feb 28, 2015 READ MORE

GOP Regulations

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Culture Wars, Old and New

The old culture war politics is dying but new culture wars are gathering force. The transformation of the battlefield will change our public life.

Posted on Jan 26, 2015 READ MORE

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What Is the GOP Thinking?

There they go again. Given control of Congress and the chance to frame an economic agenda for the middle class, the first thing Republicans do is tie themselves in knots over ... abortion and rape.

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 READ MORE

Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

If Rick Santorum Runs Again, He’ll Try to Be Less ‘Crazy’ and ‘Dumb’

Former Pennsylvania senator and tea party favorite Rick Santorum told NBC News he’s not sure if he’ll run for president in 2016, but if he does he’ll try to be more palatable.

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 READ MORE

Here Are 7 Reproductive Rights Issues to Watch in 2015

Changes for abortion, contraception and more top the agendas of Republicans in the majority in Congress and many state legislatures.

Posted on Jan 18, 2015 READ MORE

Comprehensive Study Shows Abortions Are ‘Very Safe’ and Far Less Risky Than Giving Birth

Despite the fact that officials all over the U.S. feel the need to regulate abortion as though it were a pernicious procedure, a study by UC San Francisco researchers shows that complications rarely occur after an abortion.

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AP/Charlie Riedel

No One Is Paying Attention to the Real Battle for Power

One of the most important—and generally overlooked—results of last week’s midterm election was Republican success in increasing control of state legislatures.

Posted on Nov 10, 2014 READ MORE

Two Extreme Anti-Abortion Amendments Bite the Dust

An abortion measure in North Dakota that had raised concern among opponents about in vitro fertilization and end-of-life care failed after being 17 points up in polls.

Posted on Nov 6, 2014 READ MORE

‘Abortion Wars’ Continue as Midterm Debate in North Dakota Expands to In Vitro and End-of-Life Care

Money and strategists are shaping a nationally watched campaign amid talk of in vitro fertilization and end-of-life care.

Posted on Nov 4, 2014 READ MORE

Pope Francis’ Synod: Change Is in the Air, but Not Yet on the Books

On Sunday, Pope Francis wrapped up the synod, or bishops meeting, he presided over for the last two weeks with a beatification service at the Vatican for Pope Paul VI but without significant progress made on hot-button topics such as homosexuality, divorce and contraception. 

Posted on Oct 19, 2014 READ MORE

Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights

What was lost during the endless battles over abortion, Katha Pollitt writes in her new book, was not only the right to abortion, but a larger feminist claim for sexual freedom, economic equality and social independence.

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 READ MORE

Pope Francis

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Why Ayn Rand Is an Unlikely Hero for Conservatives

HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” points out the inherent contradictions in writer Ayn Rand being held up by the likes of Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan and, of course, her namesake Rand Paul, as a conservative hero.

Posted on Oct 11, 2014 READ MORE

Texas Strips Women of Their Health and Rights

In Texas, how far women have come can be measured by how far they have to go.

Posted on Oct 8, 2014 READ MORE

Pope Francis to Focus on Changing Times at Bishops’ Summit

This Pope Francis certainly is an ambitious fellow.

Posted on Oct 5, 2014 READ MORE


Federal Judge Keeps Texas’ Remaining Abortion Clinics Open

District Judge Lee Yeakel rejected part of Texas’ anti-abortion law Friday, in effect preventing the closure of more than half the state’s remaining clinics.

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 READ MORE

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Why Lucy Flores’ Candid Discussion of Women’s Reproductive Rights Is Exactly What We Need to Hear

When Lucy Flores, a Nevada State Assembly member running for lieutenant governor, publicly shared the fact that she had had an abortion at 16, she reminded us that talking openly about these issues can pave the way toward passing legislation that will protect women’s choices rather than further restrict them. 

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: The Supreme Court Goes… Phonanimous?

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the Supreme Court’s big end-of-term decisions this week, including striking down President Obama’s recess appointments, ruling against arrest-related searches of cellphones and putting an end to buffer zones around abortion clinics. Also, the U.S. pledges to help Syrian rebels and Ukraine signs a trade accord.

Posted on Jun 29, 2014 READ MORE

It’s Time for Ireland to Stop Punishing Pregnant Women

For Ireland’s women, the culture of shame still lingers in the country’s archaic reproductive rights stance.

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 READ MORE

Florida Requires Doctors to Evaluate Fetus Survival

Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed a bill prohibiting women from getting abortions if the fetus is deemed able to survive outside the womb.

Posted on Jun 15, 2014 READ MORE

In Matters of Abortion, the Personal Is Political, Especially for Women of Color

Several years ago I accompanied a close friend who was visiting the U.S. to a Planned Parenthood clinic in Southern California.

Posted on May 1, 2014 READ MORE

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In Health Care Suit Against Catholic Bishops, the Specter of an Early Defeat

The ACLU’s case against the U.S. Bishops Conference—heralded by some as a bold legal stroke—could be thwarted on procedural grounds.

Posted on Mar 22, 2014 READ MORE

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