Tomorrow is election day in Kansas, the place Sam Brownback is using to test-drive every conservative policy proposal he can think of, facts be damned. As I noted last year, when Mitt Romney had to burnish his conservative credentials, it was at Brownback’s feet he bowed when he chose Paul Ryan to be his VP candidate — Ryan, whose last job before becoming a member of Congress was as Brownback’s legislative director. Pick an issue, lay out the most conservative policy prescription you can think of, and the GOP in Brownbackistan will find something even further to the right to enact.
|By: Peterr Monday November 4, 2013 5:00 pm|
|By: alabamagunn Wednesday September 18, 2013 5:00 pm|
I last saw my father on Sunday, 7 March 1993. We did not see each other often, but we talked with relative frequency and were repairing a fairly entrenched rift in our relationship that began 10 years prior when he left our family for another woman after moving us—your grandmother, aunt, and I—to a shit small hovel of an antiquated old southern town in Alabama split between the poles of old blue blood southern aristocratic antebellum money and dirt floor poverty.
|By: RH Reality Check Wednesday September 18, 2013 5:45 am|
The United States Supreme Court term begins in October, and while the entire docket has not yet been set, already it’s shaping up to be a historic term, with decisions on abortion protests, legislative prayer, and affirmative action, just to name a few. Here are the key cases to keep an eye on as the term starts up.
|By: RH Reality Check Saturday September 7, 2013 8:00 am|
On May 1, a familiar anti-abortion story line played out on Azteca 13, a popular television channel in Mexico. In the opening scenes of an episode of Lo Que Callamos Las Mujeres (What We Women Keep Silent), a Lifetime-like telenovela series about “real-life” stories, a pretty brunette with a heart-shaped face, Alondra, discovers she is pregnant when overtaken by a sudden bout of morning sickness. Her sister Sofía is concerned, but later that night, when Alondra’s boorish boyfriend comes home and she breaks the news, he asks if it’s his, then tells her to abort.
|By: RH Reality Check Wednesday September 4, 2013 4:16 pm|
As part of the struggle to prevent women from using the health-care benefits they earn, six state attorneys general—who clearly need something better to do with their time—launched a suit to give employers the right to deny employees coverage of birth control as part of their health policies. Now, those attorneys general are giving up the lawsuit, for now at least, in no small part because a federal judge earlier ruled they have no standing to sue.
|By: alabamagunn Wednesday August 28, 2013 5:45 pm|
Prior to having my own children, I seriously studied and in some way practiced how I would answer the inevitable questions. Unlike the deaths of other forbearers, details of yours are as loaded as the gun that killed you. I knew I had to tell the grandchildren the truth at some point, and, if nothing less, thought a written record would best address the problem of evil I had to narrate. In the event I croaked prematurely, I wanted them to hear the stories from me—or in my words, but never mustered the courage to write the answers until now.
|By: RH Reality Check Tuesday August 13, 2013 11:55 am|
I was recently reminded of the old pro-choice slogan, “Every Child a Wanted Child.” Along with my personal favorite slogan, “Pro-Child, Pro-Family, Pro-Choice,” this decades-old mantra succinctly sums up a powerful pro-choice argument: that supporting reproductive rights is also supporting families, children, and choice.
|By: RH Reality Check Tuesday July 30, 2013 5:05 pm|
As Todd Akin and the country at large learned during the 2012 elections, pregnancies resulting from rape are very real and sadly all too common. If there was one silver lining in the entire debacle and “debate” over Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment, it was that it helped expose a previously under-reported problem: 31 states allow rapists to sue for custody or visitation of children conceived by rape. It might initially seem like it wouldn’t be much of a problem—most of us probably ask ourselves why rapists would bother to want these children at all—but the fact of the matter is that rapists rape because they like to hurt and control women.
|By: Jon Walker Monday July 29, 2013 2:12 pm|
This dynamic is why Republicans have been so focused on abortion restriction in recent years. Unlike many other social conservative agenda items -same sex marriage, censorship of rap lyrics, and the drug war- this is the one big social conservative issue that hasn’t really lost support. It has even gained support in some regions.
|By: bgrothus Wednesday July 24, 2013 5:45 am|
Wendy Davis and women (and men) in Texas and North Dakota and North Carolina and other places across the country have stood up against the arbitrary and authoritarian dictates of those who oppose all abortion and want to chip away at the choices women (and men) make together or alone to end pregnancies using legal and safe methods.
The latest chipping away has come down now to counting weeks, 20 to be specific, and this new and arbitrary number has a lot of people agreeing that really, we should draw a line, and that seems like a “viable” number.
No One should interfere in a medical decision that has to remain between a woman (or a couple) and her/their doctor.