Abortion and “Public Morals” in Ireland

Three women traveled to England for abortions in 2005. They did so because they couldn’t get legal abortions in their home country of Ireland. Each woman experienced complications and had to seek medical attention when she returned home. The first woman was a single, poor and unemployed former alcoholic. She already had four children who […]

Boehner’s Bathroom Equity Is a Pisser

Flush with success after his party handed Democrats a “shellacking” at the polls in November on a platform of “no” to everything, the incoming Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, the eternally tan John Boehner, has extended an olive branch of sorts.  He’s decided he should do something for women. No, he’s not going […]

“Condomgate” for WikiLeaks’ Founder

Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder, has been under global siege for leaking sensitive government cables. What may take him down, though, is his alleged reluctance to prevent his own personal leaks by using a condom. Interpol issued a red notice, which means he is wanted by a national jurisdiction–in this case Sweden–not for his document dump but because […]

Abortion Poll: For or Against?

I’m taking a poll. If you were pregnant and weren’t sure if you wanted to continue the pregnancy, would you discuss it with your partner, a doctor, a clergyperson? Would you seek other professional advice to  sort out if this is the right time–professionally, financially, psychologically, emotionally or from a health standpoint–to bring a child […]

Election Got You Down? Time to Up Your Pro-Choice Activism!

I am not a politician, a pundit or a prognosticator, but you don’t have to be any of those to see that pro-choice advocates may be in for some very turbulent times with the Republican party back in control of the U.S. House as well as the governorships and legislatures of a majority of the […]

Election Aftermath: Women Are Persons, Too

On the day after the midterm election of 2010, the outlook for new legislation to bolster a feminist agenda looks a little grim. There will be new anti-choice officeholders in the U.S. Congress and the Senate, as well as in state houses and state legislatures. Obviously we’ll have to redouble our efforts to educate the […]

NEWSFLASH: Talking Up Reproductive Rights in Geneva

U.S. activists are in Geneva, Switzerland, talking to members of the U.N. Human Rights Council trying to convince them to include sexual and reproductive rights in the definition of human rights. The Council’s Working Group will meet this Friday, November 5, to review the report of the United States [pdf] on the status of human […]

Rally to Restore Sanity…to Reproductive Policies

While some of my friends were on their way to Washington, D.C. to “Rally to Restore Sanity,” one friend is preparing to go to Geneva, Switzerland, to make a plea for sanity to the United Nations about abortion. Renee Chelian, founder of Northland Family Planning in Southfield, Mich., will testify about the dismal reality of providing […]

Conservatives Pledge MORE Abortion Restrictions

Remember the Stupak-Pitts anti-choice amendment during last fall’s health-care reform debate? Now, it turns out that the “Nelson compromise” in the final Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act–which allows patients to pay separately for abortion coverage from private plans in state insurance exchanges, but allows states to opt out of providing plans with abortion coverage […]

10 Myth-Busting Facts About Medical Abortions

You’ve been watching the calendar and mentally marking the days. You should have had a period by now. You’re scared. You cry. You can’t sleep. And you hope it’s not true. But an early pregnancy test confirms your worst fears, and you believe that abortion is the best choice for you. Eleven years ago, you […]

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