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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


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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



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



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



Ben Carson Says He’s Against Abortion in All Cases, Makes Slavery Comparison

The Republican presidential candidate isn’t shy about making comparisons with slavery in order to draw attention to present-day socio-political issues in America, and during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, he invoked that historical disgrace once again in reference to abortion.

Posted on Oct 25, 2015 READ MORE



‘We Are Not Ashamed’: How Abortion Providers Are Pushing Back Against Stigma and Intimidation

“It is time for all of us to stand up and say what we do is good,” says the director of the Allentown Women’s Center in Bethlehem, Pa., one of the many independent providers speaking up for the social value of abortion care—without apology.

Posted on Oct 20, 2015 READ MORE



Congressional Republicans’ Planned Parenthood Summit Went as Poorly as You’d Think It Would

In a five-hour special session devoted to a problem they’d engineered, congressional GOP members put on a show of righteous indignation as they attempted to make the case for pulling federal funding of Planned Parenthood.

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 READ MORE



Why Right-Wing Christian Leaders Are Often Indifferent to Needless Suffering

Conservative readings of the Bible demand suffering for women, the sick and the dying. And this has an impact on our lives today.

Posted on Sep 24, 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



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?

Posted on Sep 1, 2015 READ MORE



A New Model in the Fight for Abortion Rights

The dramatic reversals this month of anti-gay laws in Indiana and Arkansas may offer a path for the pro-abortion-rights movement. The lesson from the LGBT community is clear: Find new allies and make noise. Lots more noise.

Posted on Apr 30, 2015 READ MORE


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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.

Posted on Apr 17, 2015 READ MORE



Boycott Indiana—for Imprisoning a Woman Who Miscarried

It’s baffling why the outrage over the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act isn’t carrying over to the case of Purvi Patel.

Posted on Apr 2, 2015 READ MORE



Surprise! GOP Finds a Way to Work Anti-Abortion Language Into Human Trafficking Bill

Senate Republicans have clearly decided of late to slip unrelated language into drafts of proposed bills moving through the legislative process.

Posted on Mar 10, 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.

Posted on Dec 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



New, Condom-Free Birth Control for Men Could Soon Be a Reality

Soon, men may be able to shoulder the burden of contraception without the finality of vasectomy or the muss and fuss of condoms.

Posted on Sep 11, 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



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



Why the Biggest Winners in the Hobby Lobby Case May Be the Koch Brothers

We may not get a Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood cases that challenge the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate until the end of June, but it’s probably not too early to project the biggest winners in the cases: brothers Charles and David Koch.

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 READ MORE



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Women as Incubators: How a Texas Law Is Keeping a Brain-Dead Patient Alive to ‘Save’ Fetus

A week after Thanksgiving, Marlise Munoz had a suspected pulmonary embolism in Fort Worth, Texas. That would be the end of the tragic story if it weren’t for the fact that at the time her brain waves stopped she was 14 weeks pregnant. In the Lone Star State, that’s enough to keep a person alive against her will.

Posted on Jan 9, 2014 READ MORE


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Romney’s ‘Etch A Sketch’ Abortion Positions

GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney “reaffirmed” his staunch pro-life position Wednesday, saying his stance on the hot-button issue hasn’t changed. At least not since he became pro-life midway through his political career.

Posted on Oct 10, 2012 READ MORE



Romney Debates Himself, Jack Welch Defends Jobs ‘Truthers,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including details about a pro-life conservative who reportedly pressured his mistress to get an abortion, and a major case makes its way to the Supreme Court. 

Posted on Oct 10, 2012 READ MORE


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Another Republican Says Something Dumb About Rape and Pregnancy

This latest mind-blowing, idiotic remark comes courtesy of Rep. Roscoe Bartlett of Maryland, who said something eerily similar to Missouri GOP candidate Todd Akin, the man who claimed women rarely get pregnant as a result of rape.

Posted on Aug 31, 2012 READ MORE



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Paul Ryan: Rape Is a ‘Method of Conception’

Rep. Paul Ryan, who comes from the party that brought you such ridiculous notions as women rarely get pregnant from “legitimate rape” and a child conceived from rape is just like a child born out of wedlock, added one more to the chorus of stupid GOP ideas on rape during a recent interview. 

Posted on Aug 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Eve Ensler Responds to Todd Akin’s ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comment

Eve Ensler, the woman behind “The Vagina Monologues,” had some harsh words for GOP Missouri Rep. Todd Akin about his comments on “legitimate rape” and abortion. What makes her perspective different from the countless others who have criticized Akin is that she herself is a rape survivor.

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 READ MORE



Todd Akin: Women Can’t Get Pregnant From ‘Legitimate Rape’

Some conservatives are asking for the Republican Senate candidate in Missouri to step down over outrageous remarks on rape and abortion.

Posted on Aug 19, 2012 READ MORE


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Ohio State Senator Wants a Vote on Viagra

Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner is flipping the script on the contraception debate that’s become the top issue for culture war enthusiasts by proposing a bill that would oblige men to go through similar kinds of preliminary steps to get Viagra prescriptions or vasectomies as women will for their reproductive health needs if another bit of legislation becomes law.

Posted on Mar 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Virginia Legislators Put ‘Personhood’ Bill on Hold

It’s been a big week for all things prenatal in the Virginia Legislature. Earlier we saw the resolution of the controversy over a bill that would have required women in the Old Dominion to undergo invasive ultrasound procedures before having abortions, and Thursday, the state Senate made another big decision about reproductive law, at least for the time being.

Posted on Feb 23, 2012 READ MORE



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Indiana Lawmaker: Girl Scouts Promote Homosexuality, Communism

Oh, what “a small amount of Web-based research” can do. Indiana state Rep. Bob Morris hopped online recently to read up on an organization he was concerned about, one that imperiled his conservative family and threatened to turn his daughters into pro-abortion communist homosexuals. Yes, we’re talking about the Girl Scouts.

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Komen and Planned Parenthood: A Timeline

Earlier this month, the press exposed shifty dealings in the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s decision to defund Planned Parenthood following a congressional investigation supported by anti-abortion groups. ProPublica collects the story’s major developments and the changes in Komen’s official explanation.

Posted on Feb 10, 2012 READ MORE



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Obama Gets Ready to Defend Birth Control Policy

It’s an election year, so it’s time to play wedge issue roulette. Which culture war favorite is it going to be this time? Gay marriage? The Obama administration’s recent and contested decision to require Catholic organizations to provide birth control coverage to employees? Updated

Posted on Feb 7, 2012 READ MORE



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More Fallout at Susan G. Komen for the Cure

It’s been a week since the Richter-rocking PR disaster about defunding Planned Parenthood struck the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer charity, and on Tuesday another big figure at the foundation shook loose.

Posted on Feb 7, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Walking It Back

After a Web-based tide of protest, breast cancer research funder Komen for the Cure reverses its decision to end funding to Planned Parenthood. Also, the Romney clarification machine goes into high gear over what its candidate told CNN about not being “concerned about the very poor.”

Posted on Feb 3, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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Truthdiggers of the Week: Planned Parenthood Supporters

With all the worries about corporate colonization of the Internet and the specter of online censorship getting spookier all the time, it’s important to acknowledge the ways in which the Web can still be used for the greater good.

Posted on Feb 3, 2012 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



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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


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Judge Blocks Federal Funding of Embryonic Stem Cell Research

A tug of war is playing out in court between the Obama administration and U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth over the issue of embryonic stem cell research, and Lamberth appears to have prevailed in the latest round.

Posted on Aug 23, 2010 READ MORE


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So Long, Rep. Souder

Another day, another Capitol Hill sex scandal: On Tuesday, Congressman Mark Souder, a pro-life and pro-abstinence Republican from Indiana, announced that he was resigning after admitting he’d had an affair with a female staffer. The woman in question ... (continued)

Posted on May 18, 2010 READ MORE



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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


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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


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


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