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Tag: Abortion

Mississippi Judge Sides With Planned Parenthood Over ‘Unacceptable’ Funding Law

“While legislators play politics with women’s health, we will continue to stand by Mississippi women and families,” the group’s regional president said.

Posted on Oct 21, 2016 READ MORE


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Donald Trump Galvanizes ‘Nasty Women’ Voters With Extreme, Incoherent Abortion Stance

The Republican presidential nominee “proved yet again that he’s a woman’s worst nightmare,” said Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, responding to the third and final 2016 presidential debate.

Posted on Oct 20, 2016 READ MORE

Tens of Thousands of Women Are on Strike and in the Streets in Poland Over Draconian Abortion Ban

Solidarity protests were held in Paris, Berlin, Brussels, London and elsewhere in Europe and in the United States.

Posted on Oct 3, 2016 READ MORE

‘Abortion: Stories Women Tell’ Gives a Seldom-Heard Side of the Story (Audio)

Instead of focusing on the debate, the documentary offers a personal look at the lives of the women impacted at one provider, the Hope Clinic in Granite City, Ill.

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

To Fight the Anti-Choice Juggernaut, Documentary Builds a Barricade of Personal Experiences

“Abortion: Stories Women Tell” avoids politics, instead letting women share accounts of how they coped with governmental restrictions on the procedure.

Posted on Aug 12, 2016 READ MORE

Trump VP Pick Mike Pence Led Crusade Against Planned Parenthood

A close look at the record of Donald Trump’s running mate tells us a few things about what counts as “establishment” in today’s Republican Party.

Posted on Jul 16, 2016 READ MORE

Comments of the Week: Know Your History

The week that included the country’s birthday brought to Truthdig’s comment boards a host of history lessons and discussions that ranged far beyond the material taught in schools.

Posted on Jul 5, 2016 READ MORE

Abortion Rights Find Strong Champions Among the Clergy

The news media are not presenting a complete picture. For generations, many ministers have stood with people making difficult choices about their reproductive lives.

Posted on Jul 5, 2016 READ MORE

The Supreme Court Makes Herstory

With hundreds of abortion restriction bills in play around the country, this week’s landmark victory in a Texas battle over the issue is cause for celebration, but not rest.

Posted on Jun 29, 2016 READ MORE

Abortion Clinic

Posted on Jun 29, 2016 ENLARGE

Women’s Health

Posted on Jun 29, 2016 ENLARGE

Game Changer: The Best Analysis of the Supreme Court’s Abortion Decision

After the court handed a sweeping victory to abortion rights advocates, there was a torrent of analysis on what it means and what comes next.

Posted on Jun 29, 2016 READ MORE

Supreme Court ‘Stops the Sham’ by Striking Down Texas Abortion Law

Women’s health advocates rejoiced Monday as controversial abortion restrictions were overturned because they pose an unconstitutional burden.

Posted on Jun 27, 2016 READ MORE

Sentenced to Motherhood

Dawn Porter’s “Trapped”—which airs June 20 on PBS—explores the effects of restrictive abortion laws in Texas and other parts of the country.

Posted on Jun 12, 2016 READ MORE

Attorney in Supreme Court Abortion Battle Outlines Just What’s at Stake

As the Supreme Court considers its stance on the contentious Texas law, Stephanie Toti, senior counsel at the Center for Reproductive Rights, weighs in on how it has affected women’s health care.

Posted on Jun 8, 2016 READ MORE

Samantha Bee on the Fabrication of the Christian Craze Over Abortion Years After Roe v. Wade (Video)

“Many people think the new religious right arose as a response to the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision,” the “Full Frontal” host says. “But that’s not true.”

Posted on May 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

From the Archives: Michael Ratner on American Imperialism

The lawyer and human rights crusader, who died Wednesday, spoke on Truthdig Radio in 2013. To honor Ratner, we are reposting the audio of that interview.

Posted on May 12, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

The GOP Isn’t Just Taking Aim at Reproductive Rights — It’s After Women’s Very Economic Survival

While the phrase has faded in this election year go-round, the war on women has not.

Posted on May 8, 2016 READ MORE

Amy Schumer’s Pap-Smear Skit Shows Clueless ‘Congressmen’ Meddling in Women’s Health Issues (Video)

As a group of older “congressmen” gather around the comedian’s “vagina-y parts,” Amy Schumer brilliantly illustrates just how absurd, sexist and outdated lawmakers’ rulings on women’s reproductive health are.

Posted on Apr 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Abortion Restrictions

Posted on Apr 13, 2016 ENLARGE


Posted on Apr 11, 2016 ENLARGE

Punish Women Over Abortions, Mr. Trump? They Already Are Being Punished.

The candidate’s comment—which his campaign was quick to disavow—aligns with the right-wing offensive to put the procedure out of reach and expose women to prosecution.

Posted on Apr 1, 2016 READ MORE

The U.S. Is Becoming a Terrifying Nation for Women

Self-induced abortions are on the rise as ever more restrictive laws threaten to return the nation to the dark days that existed before Roe v. Wade.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 READ MORE

What the GOP’s Supreme Court Obstruction Means for Women

Senate Republicans are leaving the women of the United States in limbo on several crucial issues with their stance against any high court nominee by President Obama.

Posted on Mar 14, 2016 READ MORE

Abortion Clinics

Posted on Mar 7, 2016 ENLARGE

VIDEO: Thousands Rally as Supreme Court Hears Biggest Abortion Case in a Generation

Abortion providers in Texas argued in the Supreme Court on Wednesday against a sweeping law that would force clinics to meet stringent standards for facilities that perform the procedure. “Democracy Now!” spoke with protesters outside the court.

Posted on Mar 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

The Important Abortion Case That Many Americans Have Never Heard About

How we got to this week’s abortion showdown—and how the views of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia could help shape the outcome.

Posted on Mar 3, 2016 READ MORE

Antonin Scalia’s Death Bolsters the Hopes of Abortion-Rights Forces

Before the passing of the hard-right justice created the possibility of a dramatic shift in the Supreme Court, there was fear that Roe v. Wade would be undercut in a pending case. Now beleaguered rights proponents are looking to Justice Anthony Kennedy to swing the ideologically divided bench their way.

Posted on Mar 2, 2016 READ MORE

VIDEO: Samantha Bee on How Progressives Slept Through the Most Important Election in Recent History

Pundits and politicians like to make each presidential election seem like the end-all of American politics, and yet one of the elections that has had the biggest impact on our everyday lives was the midterm election of 2010, according to the “Full Frontal” host.

Posted on Mar 1, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Right-Wing Attacks on Abortion Access Driving U.S. Clinic Closures

“At no time since before 1973 ... has a woman’s ability to terminate a pregnancy been more dependent on her zip code or financial resources to travel.”

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 READ MORE

VIDEO: John Oliver: ‘Abortion Cannot Just Be Theoretically Legal, It Has to Be Literally Accessible’

Using a combination of humor and baby sloths, the “Last Week Tonight” host explains to viewers why discussing abortion laws is so crucial at a time in which state laws have quite simply “gone too f*****g far.”

Posted on Feb 22, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

GOP Valentine

Posted on Feb 16, 2016 ENLARGE

How the GOP’s Bid to Delay Scalia’s Replacement Could Play to Obama’s Advantage

Obama’s GOP foes may want to rethink their strategy if they think that forming a congressional human wall instead of approving the president’s pick to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is the way to count down Obama’s final year in office.

Posted on Feb 14, 2016 READ MORE

Abortion Declared a Human Right by United Nations Committee

A case in which a 17-year-old was denied an abortion 15 years ago has led the United Nations Human Rights Committee to make an important affirmation.

Posted on Feb 3, 2016 READ MORE

Planned Parenthood Witch Hunt

Posted on Jan 31, 2016 ENLARGE

Everything You Need to Know About the Planned Parenthood Videos

A reading guide to the Planned Parenthood videos and what has happened since their release last summer.

Posted on Jan 31, 2016 READ MORE

TRAPping Access to Safe, Legal Abortions

The same week a Houston grand jury found no wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood in an abortion-related case, a documentary came out about states’ increasing use of Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers laws, which result in the closure of women’s health clinics.

Posted on Jan 27, 2016 READ MORE

Fake ID

Posted on Jan 27, 2016 ENLARGE

Why Are Most Articles Written About Reproductive Rights Assigned to Male Journalists?

“The fact that men cover reproductive issues more than women isn’t just a matter of injustice in the newsroom; it’s a matter of injustice for their readers, and for the women whose voices won’t be heard,” Katherine Marrone of Bitch Media wrote.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 READ MORE

A Showdown Year for Reproductive Rights

Two potentially sweeping Supreme Court cases set the stage for a seismic shift in the battle over abortion and contraception.

Posted on Jan 12, 2016 READ MORE

An Article of Conciliation

At year’s end, I want to offer a word to my conservative and libertarian readers whose patience I try regularly.

Posted on Dec 30, 2015 READ MORE

Nearly 400 Anti-Abortion Bills Were Introduced in the U.S. in 2015

A new report from the Center for Reproductive Rights also reveals that 47 bills aimed at shutting down abortion clinics or making it extremely difficult for women to obtain abortion services were passed in 2015.

Posted on Dec 26, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Bill Nye the Science Guy Schools Republican Presidential Candidates on Biology

In addition to being a campaigner on the issue of climate change, Bill Nye the Science Guy also has a message about abortion for the 2016 Republican presidential candidates.

Posted on Dec 18, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

VIDEO: Accused Planned Parenthood Killer Tells Court He’s a ‘Warrior for the Babies’

The courtroom remarks of the suspected killer in a recent attack on a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic confirm that—contrary to the feelings of some conservatives—violent, disaffected Americans need no help from Islam to commit acts of terror.

Posted on Dec 11, 2015 READ MORE

The Common Denominator in Mass Shootings: Guns

Until our society recognizes that death comes from a gun, the list of place names that recently added Colorado Springs and San Bernardino will have no end.

Posted on Dec 3, 2015 READ MORE


Posted on Dec 2, 2015 ENLARGE

Abortion Clinics, White Christian Terrorism and GOP Candidates

Americans are more at risk from violence by armed white Christian fanatics than they ever were from Muslims.

Posted on Nov 29, 2015 READ MORE

Creeping Restrictions on Abortion and Voting Are Going Unchecked

The media are failing to cover the insidious erosion of rights taking place mostly—but not exclusively—in Red states.

Posted on Nov 28, 2015 READ MORE

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Biggest Abortion Rights Case in Two Decades

Justices agreed Friday to review a Texas law that could close three-fourths of the state’s abortion clinics. The law, known as HB2, passed in 2013 and has led to the closure of more than half the state’s clinics.

Posted on Nov 13, 2015 READ MORE

Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan: Hiding Cruel Policies Behind the Smiley Faces

These two congressmen will be portrayed in the press as the attractive, reasonable new leaders of the Republican Party. But take a close look and you will see the “old” GOP oozing through. One wants to lay waste to the poor while the other wants to lend a helping hand to the rich.

Posted on Nov 3, 2015 READ MORE

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