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
It’s a sad day for women’s reproductive rights in Mississippi. Mississippi’s strict new law might soon force its only practicing abortion clinic out of business. The law, which will take effect on Saturday, mandates that all doctors who perform abortions also have admitting privileges at a local hospital. More
An Idaho woman is challenging the state’s ‘fetal pain‘ law, after being charged for taking abortion drugs when she was more than 5 months pregnant. Under Idaho law, 19 weeks is the legal abortion limit, based on the premise that a fetus can feel pain after this point. More
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
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
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
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
In a new Funny or Die video, Kate Beckinsale, Judy Greer and Andrea Savage play Republican women who want the government in their vaginas—and their mothers’, daughters’, and grandmothers’ vaginas—instead of banks and classrooms. They urge viewers to “let the Oval Office take care of your Oval Office” and “open up your legs and let the government in,” but crude jokes aside, the video hits on a question that many women are asking: Do any women really want the government to have total control of their vaginas? More
File this under #ItNeverEndsDoesIt?: Lawmakers in Kansas have passed a bill that would both turn the state’s tax code into a weapon against abortion access and require doctors to lie about the link between abortion and breast cancer. Because what’s a little science in the face of blinding ideology, folks? More
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law Friday a bill blocking all state funds from Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers (because, you know, that’s working out so well for Texas …). The Republican-backed bill, delightfully named the “Whole Women’s Health Funding Priority Act,” would cut off funding for family planning and gynecological health services provided by any organization that also performs abortions, even though such organizations are already prohibited from using government money to fund abortion services. More
As long as I can remember I have been staunchly pro-choice. And so when a broken condom led to an unwanted pregnancy, having an abortion was a no brainer for me.
I was young and single, a student who practiced safe sex and believed in a woman’s right to choose. When my period was late and my pregnancy test turned up positive, I immediately called my doctor and scheduled a D&C.
My mother drove me to the health clinic. When we arrived, anti-choice protesters hurled abuse at us before a nurse led us through the doors. A sonogram confirmed I was about five weeks pregnant. I looked at the image and saw a circle about the size of a pencil dot. I was given a local anesthetic and some nitrous oxide and, within minutes, the procedure was over. An hour or so later I was discharged. More
In Arizona yesterday, lawmakers passed three anti-abortion bills, including one that bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy; one to prohibit lawsuits against doctors who withhold info from pregnant women; and one mandating how school curriculums must address the topic of unwanted pregnancies. More
In Georgia, a bill intended to prohibit abortions after 20 weeks has passed both the state House and Senate. Speaking in support of the bill—officially HR 954, but referred to by lawmakers as the ‘fetal pain bill’ and opponents as the ‘women as livestock‘ bill—state Rep. Terry England compared pregnant women pigs and cows. The final, compromise bill allows for abortion after 20 weeks in cases where a fetus had “profound and irremediable’ anomalies that would be ‘incompatible with sustaining life after birth.’
A small homemade bomb detonated outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Wisconsin late Sunday night; thankfully, no one was hurt, but as reproductive rights have rapidly become the hot topic of political debates in 2012, it sends a fairly scary message about the direction the battles are taking. More