Tag Archives: Abortion

‘Our House and Senate are willing to pass this stuff’

I’m trying to imagine a similar vote effort on the part of abortion activists. But as national attention focuses largely on the Supreme Court confirmation, movement leaders are hoping for political wins as well. In Minnesota, anti-abortion activists are zeroing … Continue reading

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Dismissing Roe myths

The most common arguments I endure from opponents of Roe v. Wade concern its reputation as a feebly written decision (“Even Ruth Bader Ginsberg said so!”) and as an unwarranted federal protection of a matter best left to the states. … Continue reading

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Missouri legislators to women: stay home

Should you have the luck to land a job in Missouri and you’re a woman, you best hope your landlord doesn’t ask for medical records. Its senate has legislation that allows bosses and landlords to “discriminate against women who use … Continue reading

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How Donald Trump is right

The presumptive Republican nominee for president opened his mouth in front of Chris Matthews (not himself known for discretion) and sounds emerged that assembled into words and possibly sentences about punishing women who get abortions. For the first time in … Continue reading

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SCOTUS: Imposing a health improvement on ‘thousands of women’

Thanks to the benevolence of the Texas legislature, women in this state who want or need an abortion must travel to what are called “ambulatory surgical centers” which must have admitting privileges in local hospitals — privileges that are expensive … Continue reading

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‘It’s the fault of Planned Parenthood for selling the baby parts’

They really said it: “After all these years and millions of babies that have gone to their death, violence is to be anticipated,” said Judie Brown, president of American Life League, in a phone interview with MSNBC. “Because it’s acceptable … Continue reading

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And it’s going to get worse

Bill Clinton’s signing of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act was one of the crumbs thrown at liberal supporters in 1994. Written to combat a wave of violence against abortion clinics, doctors, and women who use the clinics, … Continue reading

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The adventures of Rick Scott, Part 451

Speaks for itself: Aides to the governor were intimately involved in crafting the message when the agency announced allegations that three Florida Planned Parenthood clinics had violated their licenses. Nearly every on-the-record statement given by the Agency for Health Care … Continue reading

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The evolution of Pope Francis

Well, extraordinary move: Pope Francis will make it easier for women to be forgiven for abortion during a jubilee “year of mercy” starting Dec. 8. In a letter issued by the Vatican on Tuesday, the pope said he would grant … Continue reading

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Katha Pollitt: ‘Reproductive rights come with a price tag’

Katha Pollitt has a way of clarifying important questions. Recent gains in acceptance of gay marriage have not translated into a concurrent rise in accepting reproductive liberty. Pollitt: Reproductive rights are inescapably about women. Pervasive misogyny means not only that … Continue reading

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Here we go again, Florida.

My state made the news again: a Senate panel approved a bill ordering that women wait twenty-four hours before having an abortion. Innocuous enough, I suppose, but we don’t need yet another law requiring yet more enforcement: Sen. Anitere Flores, … Continue reading

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Only if he consents to a tiny camera inserted into his skull

This state legislator slept through biology: According to the Associated Press, Idaho Rep. Vito Barbieri (R) asked a doctor testifying before the House State Affairs Committee whether a woman could have a remote gynecological exam by swallowing a tiny camera. … Continue reading

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