Stupak on Steroids

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It’s obviously not enough for the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives to vote to repeal health care reform; now anti-abortion, anti-family planning members of the House want to even further limit access to reproductive care for women. On Thursday, Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), a longtime arch-opponent of reproductive rights, introduced the “No Taxpayer Funding for […]

This One’s For You, Anita Hill

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Marie Joseph Eugène Sue said it in 1841 (well before The Godfather): Revenge is very good eaten cold. And this week, it tasted particularly great washed down with champagne. It’s too bad it took nearly 20 years, but watching Arlen Specter go down to defeat was worth it. This fight was personal. In early October, […]

Hey Bart Stupak, How Does it Feel?

Dear Bart, Welcome to the club. I ran an abortion clinic for nine years and have defended clinics across the nation. I’ve worn a bullet-proof vest just to go to work. My car was routinely vandalized. My house was firebombed. I was stalked. I received so many telephone death threats–including one delivered to my kid […]

The Heart and Soul of JoAnn Evansgardner

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JoAnn Evansgardner stood less than five feet tall, but she was a giant in women’s history and in my personal journey. I first met her when I was 22 and new to all this feminist stuff. I wandered into a board meeting of the newly created Pennsylvania NOW and stood at the door trying to […]