Topic: abortion

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 Romneyare 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 »

Why I Chose Abortion In The Face Of A Genetic Disorder

Why I Chose Abortion In The Face Of A Genetic Disorder

When Nicole and her wife were trying for baby #2, they had expected some fertility challenges. The couple was working with a fertility specialist and doing intrauterine insemination (IUI) each month. Nicole received daily injections to increase her egg production, along with hormones to promote ovulation. That and constant blood work and ultrasounds became the couple’s routine for six months while also raising their daughter. At the age of 39, Nicole was delighted to have successfully conceived and began an array of prenatal testing — some of which she had not done with her first child. More »

What Does Personhood Have To Do With Flood Insurance? Ask Senator Rand Paul

What Does Personhood Have To Do With Flood Insurance? Ask Senator Rand Paul

By now, we all know about the true terror that are Personhood Bills. The controversial pieces of legislation that attempt to say life begins at conception have been voted down in Mississippi and Colorado (twice). But that doesn’t mean that they’re going away. In fact, in a recent profile by The Daily Beast, Personhood USA’s founder Keith Mason says, “Wait and watch us grow. We’re like a weed.”

That’s actually an incredibly apt simile. Personhood initiatives seem to be popping up everywhere, even when they have no business in the current debate. They’re generally accepted to be bad news and yet they just keep coming back.

The latest example of Personhood’s weed-like resilience occurred on the floors of the Senate this week. More »

Why The Sex-Selective Abortion Bill Failed (And This Isn’t The Last You’ll Hear Of It)

Why The Sex-Selective Abortion Bill Failed (And This Isn't The Last You'll Hear Of It)

If all you’ve heard about the sex selective abortion bill in Congress is that it was shot down yesterday, you might be wondering what’s going on here: Isn’t sex selective abortion a practice that’s pretty generally frowned upon by lawmakers? But there’s a good reason why the measure (officially called the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act) failed—and also why we’ll be hearing about it for months to come. More »

Daily Fail: Career Women Are Baby-Aborting Monsters

Daily Fail: Career Women Are Baby-Aborting Monsters

The Daily Mail really has it out for us ninny-headed career women (read: women who work, also known as “women”) and the way we misuse our uteruses. Not only are we depriving poor non-womb-having men of the Cheaper By The Dozen-esque brood they so desperately want (but want not to have to raise), we’re also baby-murdering machines who get abortions, and then rely on fertility treatment so we can delay starting a family until later. Haven’t you heard? Abortions are the new birth control for working women. More »

Spanish Doc Ordered To Pay Child Support After He Botched Abortion

Spanish Doc Ordered To Pay Child Support After He Botched Abortion

If you think some of the “wrongful birth” suits in the United States are strange/controversial, check out this case from Spain. After wrongly telling a pregnant woman her abortion procedure had been successful, a doctor has been ordered to pay for the child’s upkeep—for the next 25 years. But is it right that this doctor has to essentially pay child support for a child that he had no part in creating, well past the child’s 18th birthday, for making a medical error? More »

87% Of Women Seeking Abortions “Highly Confident” About The Decision

87% Of Women Seeking Abortions "Highly Confident" About The Decision

To hear some anti-abortion crusaders tell it, the second a pregnant woman mentions that she’s considering an abortion she’s whisked off to an operating table by a salivating cabal of Planned Parenthood harpies. The overarching anti-choice narrative is that most women seeking abortions don’t actually understand the consequences of their choice—hence the need for things like mandatory waiting periods, forced ultrasounds and friendly lectures from crisis pregnancy center staff. A new study published in Perspectives on Reproductive and Sexual Health, however, found that far from being clueless, vulnerable damsels led astray by evil abortionists, the vast majority of women seeking abortions are “highly confident” about their choice. More »