Topic: abortion

Romney Closes Gender Gap…Are Our Priorities Shifting From Abortion To Economics?

Romney Closes Gender Gap...Are Our Priorities Shifting From Abortion To Economics?

No matter what the Obama campaign wants you to believe, Mitt Romney has closed the gender gap and the polls are now split evenly amongst women and which candidate they are likely to vote for. With just eight days to go until election day, this is a pretty major blow to the Obama campaign which has been touting themselves as the ones who “get” women by standing up for their rights with abortion, birth control and health care. Maybe this signals that our priorities are changing. More »

I’m A Health Blogger, And Even I Don’t Think Reproductive Rights Are This Election’s #1 Issue

I'm A Health Blogger, And Even I Don't Think Reproductive Rights Are This Election's #1 Issue

Abortion has been a hotly-debated and controversial topic for months now in the race for the White House. President Obama is pro-choice, Mitt Romney is pro-life, and a lot of supporters on both sides have spoken candidly and even testily (ahem, Ann Romney) about it. Nevertheless, it comes as a major surprise that abortion is listed as the most important issue in the presidential election by a large share of women. Can we all just agree that it shouldn’t be? More »

Ann Romney Gives Flip Answer On Abortion To ‘Sharp Tongued’ Women Of ‘The View’

Ann Romney Gives Flip Answer On Abortion To 'Sharp Tongued' Women Of 'The View'

Oh dear. Here we go again. Ann Romney made a solo appearance on The View yesterday (Mitt was supposed to accompany her but blamed “scheduling conflicts” for his absence–but not before referring to the ladies on the show as “sharp tongued.”) Ann was pretty sharp-tongued herself though when she was asked about her stance on abortion and gave a flip response. More »

VP Debate: Joe Biden Totally Nailed It When Asked About Abortion

VP Debate: Joe Biden Totally Nailed It When Asked About Abortion

We learned a few things from last night’s vice presidential debate: Joe Biden has some crazy nice white teeth; Paul Ryan is capable of throwing some real in-your-face zingers (not to mention he’s still sexy as hell); and both of them have credible arguments for their abortion stance. But, we have to give it to Biden on that one–when asked about abortion and women’s rights, he totally nailed it. More »

Top 6 Promises Made At The DNC About Your Reproductive Health

Top 6 Promises Made At The DNC About Your Reproductive Health

Last night, President Obama asked for four more years to solve the “challenges that have built up over decades.” And while we are all familiar with the challenges of the economy, the job market and the budget deficit, another major challenge–that has gotten twisted and confused in some respects–is women’s reproductive health. It was impressive to hear from so many women and men this week about this issue, so in case you missed it all, here is a round-up of the most notable promises made at the DNC about women’s repro health. Do you believe them? More »

Democratic National Convention Addresses Women’s Reproductive Rights…And Nails It

Democratic National Convention Addresses Women's Reproductive Rights...And Nails It

After three days of the Republican National Convention last week with nary a mention of the issue so many republicans have been quick to judge–women’s reproductive rights, it was finally discussed last night at the Democratic National Convention. From abortion to birth control to rape, both Nancy Keenan and Michelle Obama addressed what felt like the elephant in the room last week. And they nailed it. More »

Why Is No One Talking About Women’s Reproductive Health At The Republican National Convention?

Why Is No One Talking About Women's Reproductive Health At The Republican National Convention?

Last night at the Republican National Convention, we heard Rep. Paul Ryan bash President Obama and his economic failures, and we listened as former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice debated foreign policy. The night before, Ann Romney delivered her “power to the women’s purse strings” speech and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pretty much talked about how great he was. But what no one has talked about yet is women’s health and our reproductive rights. For something that’s been such a big deal lately with seemingly every male politician having something to say about our bodies, why is no one addressing this at the RNC? More »

Obama Slams Akin Rape Comments, “Men Making Health Care Decisions” For Women

Obama Slams Akin Rape Comments, "Men Making Health Care Decisions" For Women

Okay, so it’s not exactly shocking that President Barack Obama, a pro-choice Democrat, is against the legitimate rape can’t knock you up” hoo-ha spouted by anti-choice GOP Rep. Todd Akin Sunday. Even fellow Republicans, including Mitt Romney, are slamming Akin for his remarks and suggesting he rethink his U.S. Senate bid. Still, I dig that Obama not only dissed Akin’s comments but the whole culture of male politicians making asinine comments about women’s reproductive systems and trying to control our health care choices. More »

Todd Akin May Withdraw After Rape Comments; Even Other Republicans Want Him Out

Todd Akin May Withdraw After Rape Comments; Even Other Republicans Want Him Out

An anonymous senior republican source told Buzzfeed that Missouri Rep. Todd Akin is moving to drop out of the US Senate race, following the shit-storm caused by his remarks that “legitimate rape” rarely results in pregnancy yesterday. His own reps deny the rumors, but politicans–including fellow Republican Scott Brown–have urged him to withdraw. No one really knows if he’ll stay in the race, but overall, the outcome of his comments has left me feeling surprisingly optimistic; it looks like America doesn’t like voting total douchebags into office, after all. More »

Hey Girl, Paul Ryan Wants To Quash Your Reproductive Rights

Hey Girl, Paul Ryan Wants To Quash Your Reproductive Rights

Newly-anointed Mitt Romney running-mate Paul Ryan has made his name as a fiscal conservative with a strong vision for Medicare and Social Security. But he’s no slouch in hardcore conservative social ideology, either–as folks have been quick to point out. That his social agenda is highly at odds with his Hayek-and-Rand-tinted small government outlook for money matters seems to surprise some people, but .. eh. That’s just the rhetoric of the Republican party in the 21st century: Hands out of my health care and onto your uterus. What was anyone expecting? Of course, as a women’s health blog, it seems only right that we cover some of the potential vice president of America’s views regarding matters of women’s health. I was all set to right a straight-forward sort of post when a friend directed me to this attempt to apply the Feminist Ryan Gosling meme to Paul Ryan. So hey (girl): What better way to discuss Ryan’s views on women’s health than to badly co-opt this badly co-opted meme? More »