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.
|By: RH Reality Check Tuesday July 9, 2013 1:45 pm|
We have over 40 years of safe abortion on record in Texas, and the current regulatory system is more than adequate to ensure women’s health and safety. The ASC requirements put forth in this bill are unnecessary and completely unrelated to patient safety.
|By: Kit OConnell Monday July 1, 2013 11:15 am|
The fight for women’s rights continues in the Texas Legislature, as Governor Perry’s second special session begins today at 2pm. Republican legislators will do everything they can to force these bills through in the next 30 days. Thousands of prochoice protestors are gathering at the Capitol today. A grassroots rally began this morning, while the official nonprofit organization coalition rally (NARAL, Planned Parenthood, Texas Dems, etc) begins formally at noon.
|By: RH Reality Check Wednesday June 26, 2013 3:40 pm|
Teaching children to understand and cope with bullies is essential, but bullying isn’t limited to elementary school. Bullying may not be physical or direct. It is persistent, intimidating, and it flourishes when victims and witnesses are afraid to speak up or speak out. It is time to identify reproductive coercion for what it is and call the bullies what they are.