The Struggle Continues … 41 years after Roe and Doe

By: Sunday January 19, 2014 7:15 pm

We are coming up to the 41st anniversary of Roe vs Wade and Doe vs Bolton. A couple of days ago, I received an email from the Center for Reproductive Rights entitled “Victory in North Carolina” saying that a federal judge (Catherine Eagles) struck down the North Carolina law forcing physicians to give an intravaginal ultrasound and discuss it with patients seeking an abortion.

This was seen as a victory. In the most obvious and narrow definition of the word, i.e., the defeat of the bill, it was a victory. However, the fact that we are facing increasing attacks on the ability of accessing a constitutional right 41 years after its being granted cannot be seen as a victory, it is demonstrable proof that patriarchy is still extremely powerful and has no intention of giving up the fight to control women’s bodies.


The Public Funding Debate: If We Don’t Fight the Hyde Amendment, We Will Lose Everything

By: Sunday October 7, 2012 5:00 pm

Last Sunday was the kind of anniversary you wish you didn’t have to celebrate: specifically, the 36th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment, one of the most restrictive reproductive rights laws in recent history. It restricts the use of federal funds for abortion services, meaning that people on publicly-funded insurance programs like Medicaid and Medicare (the low-income and the disabled) have to pay for abortion services out of pocket. The vast majority of the women affected by this ban are low-income, and if you are poor enough to qualify for Medicaid, you aren’t likely to be able to shell out anywhere from $300 to $3000 for an abortion procedure.

Stupak and Health Reform’s Second Trimester

By: Tuesday July 20, 2010 8:03 am

In the first trimester, we were introduced to the Stupak Amendment. Now, in the second trimester of healthcare reform, access to abortion gets an even bigger setback.

Written by Rebecca Sive for – News, commentary and community for reproductive health and justice.

Obama Hosts Anti-Abortion Signing Ceremony

By: Wednesday March 24, 2010 11:15 am

The President is hosting a signing ceremony for his Executive Order on abortion today; it’s quite a step away from what he said in July 2007 and even later.

NOW “Incensed” over Obama Executive Order on Abortion

By: Sunday March 21, 2010 3:40 pm

Statement of NOW President Terry O’Neill: “President Obama Breaks Faith with Women”

Catholic Hospitals Back Health Care Bill, Reject Stupak

By: Sunday March 14, 2010 6:48 am

In a move that could bolster efforts to pass the health care bill, the Catholic Health Association, representing more than 600 Catholic hospitals, endorsed the measure today, rejecting the claims from anti-choice groups that it would publicly fund abortions.

Bart Stupak: “I Don’t Think They Have Ten Votes for the Senate Bill”; Open to Reconciliation-Only Route

By: Thursday March 4, 2010 3:59 pm

Today on CBS’s “Washington Unplugged,” Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) and Anthony Weiner (D-NY) threw some very cold water on the current plan of having the House pass the Senate bill unchanged, followed by the passing of some “fixes” through reconciliation. Stupak said, “I don’t think they have ten votes for the Senate bill.”

Despite claiming the current plan to pass health care reform with the House acting first on the Senate bill would not get enough votes in the House, Stupak sounded rather upbeat about the possibility of passing health care reform with what sounds like a reconciliation-only strategy. If this becomes the preferred strategy for passing something called health care reform, it would represent a significant change in direction.

Announcing One Voice For Choice

By: Wednesday December 2, 2009 8:00 am

Today we’re announcing “One Voice for Choice,” a national phone bank that will launch calls into the districts of the Representatives who voted for Stupak. We’ll be targeting likely Democratic voters who are pro-choice. We’ll be letting them know that Stupak goes WAY past Hyde. And we’ll be asking them to sign their names to a letter to their member of Congress, demanding that they not make Stupak the litmus test for their vote.

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