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Tony Unruh (CC-BY-ND)

Obama’s Catholic Friends and Enemies

Any time the Obama administration touches issues related to the Roman Catholic Church, it seems to get itself caught in a rhetorical and moral crossfire that leaves all involved wounded and angry.

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 READ MORE



Dave Winer (CC-BY-SA)

The Right Wing’s 2011 Shellacking

This week’s elections around the country were brought to you by the word “overreach,” specifically conservative overreach.

Posted on Nov 10, 2011 READ MORE



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Mississippi Legislators Decide When Life Begins

Conservative types sure are liberal about whom, or what, they’re willing to call a person. Hey, corporations are people too! And according to Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and other like-minded state legislators, so is a fertilized egg.

Posted on Nov 4, 2011 READ MORE


Drugs Kill Babies

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Posted on Aug 12, 2011 READ MORE



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Right-Wing Press Ignores Terrorist Attack on Clinic

Did you hear that a Planned Parenthood clinic in McKinney, Texas, was firebombed last Tuesday? If you read only the conservative press, then chances are you didn’t. (more)

Posted on Jul 31, 2011 READ MORE



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N.H. Cuts Off Funding to Planned Parenthood ... for Birth Control

The backlash against Planned Parenthood continues, and anti-abortion advocates have emerged victorious in New Hampshire, where the state’s executive council has dropped funding for the reproductive health organization ... (more)

Posted on Jul 11, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Johnath

A New Miscarriage of Justice

Conservative prosecutors across the U.S. are attempting to hold mothers who have lost their children—both born and unborn—accountable for the tragic, unintended outcomes of their pregnancies. (more)

Posted on Jun 25, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / gustaffo89

Gendercide and the Missing Girls of India

A study of the 2011 Indian census suggests that rising wealth and literacy rates are encouraging newly middle- and upper-class parents to abort their unborn daughters, as sons can be relied upon to inherit property and carry on the family name. (more)

Posted on May 29, 2011 READ MORE



Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission

Happy Mother’s Day: Now Let’s Rob You of a Key Right

The House’s passage of H.R. 3 is aimed at stripping American women of the ability to make decisions about their own pregnancies. Above, Rep. Chris Smith, author of that legislation.

Posted on May 7, 2011 READ MORE


‘Colbert Report’: Jon Kyl Has a Vestigial Tail

Note: That headline was not intended to be a factual statement. Rather, it mimics a curious strategy used by Sen. Jon Kyl when he vastly overstated the percentage of Planned Parenthood’s budget that goes to providing abortions.

Posted on Apr 12, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / U.S. House of Representatives

Congress Dances to the Edge, Averts Shutdown

After an exhibition of political recklessness conducted in the face of an ominous deadline, congressional leaders reached an accord late Friday night that averted a shutdown of the federal government. The agreement was announced by House Speaker John Boehner, above.

Posted on Apr 8, 2011 READ MORE



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DNC Taps Wasserman Schultz as Chair

The Democratic National Committee has picked Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz as its new chair—a choice that Politico frames as one to rally the party base rather than court voters on the fence as the DNC gears up for campaign 2012.

Posted on Apr 5, 2011 READ MORE



Chinese Cows Produce ‘Human’ Milk

Cows produce milk with the properties of human breast milk, telenovelas turn serious, a new HIV vaccine is set to go into trials and Arizona passes a new race-based law ... this time about abortion. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 5, 2011 READ MORE


N.Y. Archbishop Compares Gay Marriage to Marrying His Mom

New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan is a man of the world in some senses, showing his love of cigars and beer in this “60 Minutes Overtime” clip, but he’s all about strict adherence to Catholic doctrine when it comes to some hotly contested ...

 

Posted on Mar 24, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / ctrouper (CC-BY)

Next GOP Target: Planned Parenthood

Congressional Republicans have yet another “liberal” target on their short list, looking to take down Planned Parenthood with tactics similar to those they’ve used to go after NPR—i.e., hit ’em in the wallet. Problem is, their strategy gets a bit confused when it comes to the reproductive ...

Posted on Mar 22, 2011 READ MORE


Republicans and Planned Parenthood

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Posted on Mar 18, 2011 READ MORE


Unintended Consequences

House Republicans voted to increase the number of abortions, raise federal health care costs and swell the welfare rolls.

Posted on Feb 23, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Osservatore Romano, HO

Pope Gets Preachy About Gays, Abortion in Spain

While in Barcelona, Spain, to dedicate Antoni Gaudi’s famous, yet unfinished Sagrada Familia basilica, Pope Benedict XVI got down to some unfinished business of his own, zeroing in on a short list of favorite family values issues he sees as causes for concern ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 8, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Manuel Balce Ceneta

O’Donnell Drops the Marx Bomb in Delaware Debate

Senate candidate and tea party favorite Christine O’Donnell has done her darnedest to lose the whole “witch” label as she makes her play to join Delaware’s ranks in Congress, but she was more than ready to brand opponent Chris Coons with her own scary term in their debate on Wednesday.

Posted on Oct 14, 2010 READ MORE


Christine O’Donnell: ‘I’m You’

So, Christine O’Donnell had a couple of crucial goals to accomplish in her first ad aimed at persuading the good people of Delaware to send her to the Senate: First, she needed to make it known that she’s “not a witch.” Right.

Posted on Oct 5, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Fibonacci Blue

Poll Finds Overlap Between Tea Party, Christian Right

Certain members and proponents of the tea-party movement may claim that diversity abounds among their ranks, but through the magic of polling, the Public Religion Research Institute has sketched out a shared belief system ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 5, 2010 READ MORE


Levi Johnston: ‘I Don’t Watch a Whole Lotta News’

Could this be the face of the future of politics? Let’s hope not. Alaskan pinup boy turned wannabe politico Levi Johnston has a bit of a tough time answering “The Last Word” host Lawrence O’Donnell’s fairly basic questions about evolution, abortion and global warming ... (continued)

Posted on Sep 29, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Berkman10_220 (CC-BY-SA)

Kagan Poised for Confirmation

Elena “Shorty” Kagan will step onto the national stage when her confirmation process to become a Supreme Court justice begins Monday. Undoubtedly the confirmation hearings will bring words like stare decisis into the public vernacular again, along with a whole lot of hoopla about abortion. Let the democracy commence.

Posted on Jun 26, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / campusprogress_blog

The Five-Morning-After Pill?

A European contraceptive that works as a five-day alternative to the “morning-after” pill may be coming to American shores, but a thorny debate surrounding the drug’s chemical similarity to the RU-486 abortion pill raises some politically charged questions for the FDA.

Posted on Jun 11, 2010 READ MORE


Laura Bush

Laura Bush Disagreed With Dubya on Gay Marriage, Abortion

Who knew that while George W. Bush held office at the White House, a supporter of gay marriage and abortion rights lurked under the same roof? That would be his wife, Laura Bush, who told Larry King and his shiny suspenders ... (continued)

Posted on May 12, 2010 READ MORE


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Flickr / renfield

New Oklahoma Abortion Law Requires Sonogram

Even in cases of sexual abuse or rape, a strict abortion law enacted Tuesday in Oklahoma requires women to undergo a sonogram, during which the doctor has to turn the screen to face the patient and give her fetal development details.

Posted on Apr 29, 2010 READ MORE


Pope Benedict XVI
AP / Andrew Brownbill

Pope Threatens to Cancel U.K. Trip

It seems the pope can’t take a joke. The Vatican is threatening to cancel a visit to Britain by Benedict XVI after a leaked Foreign Office memo gave suggestions that included a “Benedict condom.”

Posted on Apr 25, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / the pragmatic

Democrat Stupak Won’t Run Again

Bart Stupak, the Michigan congressman who led the charge against President Obama’s health care bill on the grounds that it might allow tax money to pay for abortions, has decided he will not run for re-election in 2010.

Posted on Apr 9, 2010 READ MORE


This Bill Is Pro-Life Enough Already

There are any number of good reasons for House Democrats to vote against health care reform. Abortion isn’t one of them.

Posted on Mar 16, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / U.S. Congress

Abortion Debate Looms (Again) Over Health Care Reform

“In the present form, the Senate health care bill is going nowhere in the House of Representatives,” Rep. Mark Stupak told Fox News on Thursday, owing in part to the way in which the bill was passed—“the special deals,” as he put it. After Fox co-anchor Liz Claman reminded him that he “could hold this whole thing up” ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 4, 2010 READ MORE



Filckr / arizonaguardian

Racializing Abortion in Georgia

A Georgia anti-choice group has a “choice” strategy to cater to African-Americans in an effort to diversify its majority-white membership: launch a public outreach campaign that argues that abortion is a decades-old conspiracy to kill off black people.

Posted on Feb 27, 2010 READ MORE


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The Super Bowl: Perfect Backdrop for the Abortion Debate

They’re not called the “culture wars” for nothing, but still, the fact that Focus on the Family spent precious seconds of prime Super Bowl advertising airtime (and lots of money) on the abortion debate is a telling reminder that America has some issues, and deeply divisive ones at that.

Posted on Feb 8, 2010 READ MORE


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youtube.com

Pseudo-Reality Web Show Zooms In on Abortion Issue

Would any pregnant woman want American viewing audiences to decide whether she should keep or abort her baby? Luckily, even the producers of the new Web-based show “Bump” know that that kind of programming wouldn’t fly, but they did go so far as to dramatize that idea by using actors in various prenatal scenarios to stage their stories for an online voting audience.

Posted on Feb 2, 2010 READ MORE



Sedgwick County Jail

Abortion Doctor’s Killer Found Guilty

After just 37 minutes of deliberation, a Kansas jury found Scott Roeder, the man who admitted killing abortion doctor George Tiller, guilty of first-degree murder, rejecting his defense that the killing was justified to stop the death of the unborn.

Posted on Jan 29, 2010 READ MORE


Irish Abortion Law Is Targeted

Human rights organizations are on the offensive as groups mobilize pressure against Ireland’s ban on abortion, accusing the government of a deliberate campaign of misinformation and exposing women to undue risk by forcing them to travel abroad for abortions.

Posted on Jan 28, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Gregory Bull

Mexican State Legislatures Make Abortion Illegal

A disturbing trend is arising in Mexico, as state legislatures are banning abortion in a wave of individual state decisions. Abortion rights advocates say the trend will force women to more dangerous and clandestine forms of abortion.

Posted on Dec 27, 2009 READ MORE



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Get Pregnant, Get Court-Martialed

Remember when protecting women’s rights was given as a justification for invading countries? Well, the U.S. general in northern Iraq has added pregnancy to the reasons why a soldier could be court-martialed—a list that includes selling weapons and taking drugs.

Posted on Dec 20, 2009 READ MORE



Pro-Choice Public Education Project / Creative Commons

Oklahoma Abortion Law Stays on Hold

To the ire of anti-abortion supporters, a temporary restraining order has been extended on an Oklahoma law requiring doctors to report the personal information of women seeking abortions to a Web site. 

Posted on Dec 19, 2009 READ MORE


Senate Debate to Focus on Abortion

The health care reform bill that made it through the House of Representatives last month didn’t exactly win rave reviews from the pro-choice camp, and now it’s the Senate’s turn to have it out over whether government-subsidized health care should ever include coverage for abortions and, if so, under what circumstances that should be allowed.

Posted on Dec 7, 2009 READ MORE


Three Abortion Coverage Myths

Let’s dispense with three fallacies swirling about the question of abortion coverage in health care reform.

Posted on Nov 18, 2009 READ MORE



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Catholic Bishops Put Sex Obsession Ahead of the Sick and the Poor

First they threatened to take down health care reform over abortion coverage. Now they’re threatening services to the sick and poor of Washington, D.C., over same-sex marriage.

Posted on Nov 16, 2009 READ MORE


Don’t Let Abortion Destroy Health Care Reform

Pro-choice Democrats need to accept that their House majority depends on a large cadre of anti-abortion colleagues. They can denounce that reality, or they can learn to live with it.

Posted on Nov 11, 2009 READ MORE


Where Does the Caving End?

If pro-choice Democrats turn back reproductive rights, it proves that they can be rolled by intransigent opposition. And once rolled, it’s all downhill.

Posted on Nov 11, 2009 READ MORE


Bill Clinton
Flickr / Photo Mojo

Bill Clinton Urges Senate Dems to Support Health Care Reform

Arguing that “the worst thing to do is nothing,” former President Bill Clinton rounded up Senate Democrats for a talking-to about their upcoming vote on the health care reform legislation passed by the House of Representatives last weekend. Clinton emphasized the need for action and reminded his audience that “there is no perfect bill.”

Posted on Nov 10, 2009 READ MORE



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Oklahoma’s New Abortion Law Not OK, Say Critics

A new Oklahoma law, effective Nov. 1, will require women seeking abortions to reveal personal information such as marital status, number of children and race—all of which will be posted online. Critics say that the intent is intimidation.

Posted on Oct 18, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / Hellgasms!

Condoms, Not Laws, Help Cut Abortions

This isn’t going to sound all that shocking, but remember that this country is still wrapping its head around evolution: Criminalizing abortion does not reduce the number of abortions; it reduces the number of safe abortions. Contraception, however, does reduce abortions, according to an epic study of 197 countries.

Posted on Oct 14, 2009 READ MORE


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AP / Jose Luis Magana

Senate Panel Votes Down Abortion Amendment in Baucus Bill

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch tried, and ultimately failed, to add an amendment to the health care hydra that Max Baucus’ reform bill has become. This one would have required women to buy separate policies for abortion-related services. Even the formerly reticent Sen. Olympia Snowe cast a “no” vote on this one.

Posted on Sep 30, 2009 READ MORE


Tea-Baggers March on Washington, Have No Idea Why

If these anti-Obama marchers are to be believed, fascism and socialism are the same thing, abortion caused 9/11 and “Glenn Beck is such a logical thinker.” There’s a whole pile of crazy where that came from.

Posted on Sep 15, 2009 READ MORE


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Fact-Checking Obama’s Health Care Speech

When emotions run high about certain hot-button issues, good judgment can fall by the wayside, and facts can get lost in the shuffle. Luckily, the helpful researchers at FactCheck.org are around to round them up again, as they’ve done here with President Obama’s health care speech.

Posted on Sep 11, 2009 READ MORE


Owosso
AP / Daymon J. Hartley

Anti-Abortion Protester Shot Dead Near Michigan School

A 63-year-old anti-abortion activist who had been staging a protest, reportedly involving graphic images of fetuses, in front of a Michigan high school was killed in a drive-by shooting Friday, according to The New York Times.

Posted on Sep 11, 2009 READ MORE


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