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: RH Reality Check Tuesday July 30, 2013 5:05 pm|
|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.
|By: RH Reality Check Tuesday July 23, 2013 5:15 pm|
On Thursday, when Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed into law a sweeping abortion measure, my heart broke for all of what my Republican uncle in Lubbock calls “my girls.” “My girls” are Texas minors seeking to terminate a pregnancy through the judicial bypass process.
|By: cobernicus Monday July 22, 2013 7:15 pm|
Gov. Rick Perry signed H.B. 2, Texas’s entry in the “let’s screw women and let them deal with the consequences” law competition. At first glance, this seemed to be just another in a series of paternalistic, white, Y-chromosomes-only events. [They did change the script a bit. In the closing wide shot you can spot the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Jodie Anne “Rape kits take care of that” Laubenberg and a few other women.] This being Texas, however, the triumphalism was bigger and better: “No one will ever have to ask, ‘where were you when babies’ lives were being saved!’” Of course, the Governor had to add the obligatory layer of hypocrisy by claiming this bill supports the “health of Texas women.”
|By: RH Reality Check Friday July 19, 2013 7:00 pm|
In light of the recent case of Beatriz, a 22-year-old Salvadoran woman and mother of a toddler, who, while suffering from lupus and kidney failure and carrying an anencephalic fetus, was denied the right to an abortion, it is relevant to discuss the restrictive abortion laws in Latin America and some of the reasons behind them.
|By: cocktailhag Thursday July 18, 2013 8:00 pm|
Each week when I sit down to write a post, I wrack my brain to think of something positive, or at least relatively so, to write about, and each week events prevent this from happening. It’s hard not to feel typecast when even the most complimentary commenters nonetheless refer to one’s work as a “rant” or admit that I’ve made them more depressed, angry, hopeless, or whatever.
For that reason, I am happy to announce that for the first time in recent memory the week’s news, taken together, makes me feel uncharacteristically optimistic.
|By: Cynicman Saturday July 13, 2013 6:40 pm|
If you vote and lose, it isn’t the same as losing the vote.
|By: alabamagunn Saturday July 13, 2013 10:30 am|
Across the country, people are waking up to the state of emergency facing the right to abortion. As legislators in Texas push hard to close down 37 of 42 abortion clinics statewide, new laws in North Carolina would close four of their five remaining clinics. Meanwhile, Ohio’s recently passed budget could close as many as three abortion clinics. North Dakota, on August 1st, may become the first state to effectively ban abortion. Already Mississippi’s last abortion clinic is merely an appellate ruling away from closure. We could go on.
If we do not reverse this trajectory now, we will condemn future generations of women and girls to forced motherhood.
|By: Attaturk Friday July 12, 2013 1:30 am|
While the GOP and some Democrats too, try incessantly to snuff out reproductive rights, in Ireland where such rights have not existed there is some hope.