The Good Doctor Perl

By: Sunday October 26, 2014 6:40 pm

Dr. Gisella Perl was deported to Auschwitz in 1944 from Hungary. She lost most of her extended family, including her husband and their only son in the Holocaust. After the war she came to New York City and traveled giving speeches as a witness to the Holocaust. It was Eleanor Roosevelt who convinced her to go back to being a doctor.

 

Austin Banner Drop for Texas Abortion Access

By: Friday September 12, 2014 5:40 pm

On Thursday activists in Austin, Texas performed a “banner drop” — tying a painted sheet to a highway overpass — above Interstate Highway 35 during a busy evening’s rush hour. The banner read, “Abortions Save Lives, Keep Clinics Open, Block #HB2.”

House Bill 2, or the Texas Omnibus Abortion Bill, places draconian restrictions on the ability of residents to access abortion. It’s already forced many clinics in the state to shut down through its unreasonable requirements such as hospital admitting privileges for doctors and holding clinics to the standards of surgical operating theaters, even if they only administer abortion with pills.

FDL Movie Night: After Tiller

By: Monday August 25, 2014 4:59 pm

After Tiller follows the lives of the last four remaining doctors in the United States who perform late-term abortions, those in which the fetus is over 25 weeks old. Two of these doctors who worked with Dr. Tiller at his Wichita clinic — Dr. Shelley Sella, and Dr. Susan Robinson — begin working at a clinic in New Mexico. Meanwhile, Tiller’s friend, Dr.Warren Hern continues to maintain his practice in Boulder, Colorado, and Nebraska-based Dr. LeRoy Carhart is eventually forced out of Nebraska by legislation.

Filmmakers Martha Shane and Lana Wilson explore the lives of these four doctors–their histories, their practices and what led them to perform third trimester abortions, which account for only 1% of all abortions performed in the United States.

Women Taking Control of Their Reproductive Health, Pre-Hobby Lobby Edition

By: Saturday June 28, 2014 9:32 am

Next week, SCOTUS is expected to rule on the Hobby Lobby case, challenging the requirement that private employers that provide insurance to their employees must include contraceptives in the list of services covered with no co-pay. While legal scholars have been watching to see how this decision plays out, women have been taking action, demonstrating their desire to control their own reproductive lives. HHS just released a report showing a very positive picture of women using the provisions of ACA to deal with their reproductive choices, and Erica Hellerstein at The Atlantic painted a more disturbing picture of an underground DIY approach as safe and legal access to abortion is limited or eliminated.

One way or another, women will make their own decisions.

Late Night: Ponies and Unicorns

By: Thursday June 26, 2014 8:00 pm

No one was surprised when right wing toadies like Roberts declared that racism was a thing of the past, like Edsels and poodle skirts, or when the “conservative” bloc declared that vast amounts of money ladled to candidates didn’t create even an “appearance” of corruption.

But when a unanimous court declared that the often violent and never reasonable “pro-life” protesters were being stifled in their “free speech” by having to harass vulnerable women from a respectable distance away, it became clear that the black robe must be worn over the head, with earbuds.

The War on Poor Women in Kansas Continues

By: Saturday May 24, 2014 9:14 am

Planned Parenthood has been under attack in Kansas for years, as a part of the right wing’s drive to make the state #1 in keeping women from obtaining accurate reproductive health care information and making their own informed medical decisions.

After losing a court challenge to a state law that declared them ineligible for Title X health care funds, PP decided to close their clinic in Hays — a clinic that served much of western Kansas — so that they could keep their Wichita clinic open.

Ultra-conservative Tim Huelskamp wrote the state law that made this happen in his days as a state senator, and today he’s the representative for KS-01. If you’re one of his constituents, poor, and in need of reproductive health care services, you can thank your representative for putting you behind the wheel of your car for that trip to Wichita.

Late Night: Kelly Carlin, Coming Out of The Abortion Closet

By: Monday May 19, 2014 8:00 pm

“I’m outing myself here, I’m outing myself in my (forthcoming) book. I had two abortions when I was a teenager. I was a reckless crazy girl… I was really privileged (and) I was lucky. I had parents who had money. I had access to access to a clinic, it was private and it was the way it has been done for rich people forever.”

Carlin describes the personal guilt and shame she has surrounding that period in her life.

The Catholic War on Women

By: Sunday May 18, 2014 7:00 am

Discussed: Abortion, Pope Francis, Patriarchy, Does the choice movement need an “it gets better” campaign to empower women to not hide/ apologize about their abortions?, Roe v. Wade, Clinic defenders, Abortion stories, How the Bible teaches women to abort unwanted pregnancy, Bad Choices, Being a target of a pro-life “wanted” poster, Abortion as a local issue, Single women who love sex and don’t want babies.

US Appeals Court Upholds Texas Harsh New Abortion Law

By: Thursday March 27, 2014 2:07 pm

This will end up in the Supreme Court, where 6 of the 9 justices are Roman Catholics I might add.

Vessel: Former Greenpeace Doctor Offers Worldwide Abortion Access (#SXSW)

By: Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:50 pm

Every 10 minutes, a woman dies from a botched abortion. That’s 47,000 women every year. But what if there were an extremely safe way women could self-administer abortion, without needing the permission of the medical establishment or the state?

Vessel – the first documentary from filmmaker Diana Whitten — studies one woman’s efforts to get the abortion pill and the information needed to use it to women worldwide.

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