Silencing Debate on Women’s Lives: It’s Happening in Wisconsin, Too, and the Catholic Church Is an Accomplice

By: 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.


Administration Again Fails on Over-the-Counter Emergency Contraception

By: Wednesday May 1, 2013 6:49 pm

Update: The Justice Department filed suit to block Judge Korman’s ruling.

In a proposal that can best be described as adding insult to injury, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved making emergency contraception (EC) available over-the-counter for teens and women ages 15 and up. This convoluted proposal from the Obama administration comes despite a court order in early April by U.S. District Court Judge Edward R. Korman to make EC available over-the-counter to all ages within 30 days of his decision.

Emergency Contraception and Moral Panic: Dissecting the Newest Misinformation Campaign

By: Wednesday April 10, 2013 6:07 pm

Reproductive rights advocates have something to cheer about: A federal judge ruled last week that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must allow universal access to Plan B over-the-counter for all ages. But anti-choice proponents want to have the last word on emergency contraception (EC), also known as the morning-after pill. Their strategy to limit access includes claiming that EC is unsafe for adolescents.

After Judge Edward Korman’s ruling, Charmaine Yoest of Americans United for Life said: “This decision allows the abortion industry to gamble with young girls’ health in distributing a life-ending drug, with no real understanding of the long-term implications on their bodies.”

Federal Judge Agrees to Review Age Restrictions on Plan B Morning-After Pill

By: Wednesday December 14, 2011 12:30 pm

There was a federal court hearing yesterday on the age restrictions of the morning-after pill. Judge Edward Korman heard arguments, and while he did not take action against the FDA, he did move the case forward. Korman said he was “willing to hear arguments over whether the agency should have allowed the sale of the morning-after pill to girls younger than 17 without a prescription.”

Women’s Rights Advocates in Congress Quiet on Plan B Decision

By: Friday December 9, 2011 8:22 am

I’d like to say that the decision on restricting access to Plan B has led to a backlash in Washington. I’d like to say that female and male legislators alike lambasted the decision, which will result in more unwanted pregnancies and more abortions because paternalistic policymakers didn’t want to feel icky. But the headline “Plan B decision draws strong and mixed reaction” doesn’t really connote mass outrage. Some women’s groups have condemned the decision, yes – Planned Parenthood wants to meet with Sebelius – but the reaction has been more muted than deserved. And outside of Sen. Patty Murray, women’s advocates in Congress have given the Administration a pass.

Is Your iPhone’s Siri Anti-Choice?

By: Tuesday November 29, 2011 5:16 pm

It appears that the helpful assistant, Siri, who lives in your shiny new iPhone 4S might be anti-choice.

First They Came for the Nuns, But I Didn’t Speak Up Since I Was Not a Nun

By: Friday June 25, 2010 5:20 pm

It’s never been particularly easy for strong women to use their gifts within the Roman Catholic church’s hierarchical structure and their understanding of the separate roles prescribed for men and women. These days, though, it’s getting even harder — and the debate is not something that affects solely Roman Catholics.

Look at the ongoing health care battle, where the USCCB continues to fight inside and outside the church, to impose their beliefs on the entire US medical system.

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