Remembering A People’s Uprising: 1 Year After HB2

By: Thursday July 24, 2014 5:38 pm

On July 12, 2013, the deadly anti-abortion bill HB2 passed the legislature in Texas, forced through in an expensive special session despite the extremely loud opposition of thousands of people who came out to shake the granite building with their angry voices. On that same day this month, one year after the passage and the police brutality of the final night of protests, a few of us returned to the Texas Capitol to reflect on what’s been lost.

In the previous weeks, there’d been numerous other events to mark what happened last year. Wendy Davis, Democratic gubernatorial hopeful and one of the primary legislators to side with reproductive rights, had packed a major events center in town on the anniversary of her filibuster. She seems to take all the credit for it in the media these days, despite the grassroots direct action which temporarily kept the bill from passing after her filibuster was shut down by male politicians.


The State of Our Uterus Address (video)

By: Wednesday January 29, 2014 6:55 pm

“Madam fallopian tube, madam other fallopian tube, Lady Parts Justice Leaguers, Members of Congress, and all the other uninvited guests in my chamber. The state of our uterus is strong.”

A Man Can Have a Fine Voice, but This Does Not Keep Him From Making a Fine Corpse

By: 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.

Sanity in NC: ‘Choose Life’ license plates ruled unconstitutional

By: Tuesday December 11, 2012 10:45 am

Before we begin to celebrate, note that in 29 states, these state-sponsored “Choose Life” plates are actually available. But not in North Carolina — only after the ACLU sued to halt the launch of the plates in the state after it was approved in the 2010-2011 legislative session. The plate was permanently blocked because the state failed to offer a pro-choice alternative plate to drivers.

The President Goes on Leno and Says: ‘Rape is Rape.’

By: Thursday October 25, 2012 6:05 am

The audience in the studio roared in approval at the ease with which the President dispatched the womb-controlling statements of Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Rep. Joe Walsh Continues the Idiocy of Anti-Choice ‘New Science’ and Reproductive Freedom

By: Friday October 19, 2012 9:25 am

It’s bad enough that we had the spectacle of states passing laws getting into the doctor-patient relationship b probing women’s ladyparts to check on the status of fetuses to deter a woman’s legal right to an abortion. Now the the “pro-life” crowd has realized that bible-beating is not the way to convince the mighty middle that the state needs halt access to abortion (and contraception rights, for that matter), they’ve pivoted and have started to cite pseudo science in the public sphere.

Paul Ryan to American Women: All Your Ladyparts Are Belong To Us.

By: Friday October 12, 2012 6:00 am

There is plenty of post-veep debate around the Web to digest, but what stood out for me was the incontrovertible evidence that a Romney/Ryan administration is hell-bent on womb control, despite desperate maneuvers by Mittens to play all sides on an issue where there is precious little middle ground.

I’m glad that Paul Ryan made it clear that women 1) need an aspirin between their knees & 2) can look forward to the state in their wombs. It’s down to All Your Ladyparts Are Belong To Us.

Leah McElrath: Let’s Be Honest: Akin’s Not Alone in His Ignorance

By: Wednesday August 22, 2012 2:45 pm

Leah McElrath has agreed to cross-post her piece on Huff Po here on the Blend because it hits so many spot-on points about the Akin dustup that weren’t seeing the light of day. The fact is, too many Americans of the male persuasion have no clue about the female body, and it should be no surprise that the mind-blowing ignorance of Rep. Akin was on full display when he opened his trap about “legitimate rape”. The bottom line is that too many men like Akin don’t respect women enough to educate themselves about our bodies before attempting to legislate how we use them.

Wisconsin State Senator Pushes Bill Classifying Single Parenthood as Child abuse

By: Sunday July 8, 2012 7:57 am

I’m so sick of rule of the wingnuts. In legislatures around the country, low-life teabaggers, bigots, know-nothings, and deeply insecure individuals managed to get elected. Now they are empowered to be full-out womb controllers, to attack the rights of low-wealth residents to vote, to rile up fear of black and brown people…the list goes on and on.

Colorado House Passes ‘First Degree Homicide of the Unborn Child’ Bill

By: Monday March 19, 2012 6:15 am

The womb-controlling fixation continues. While the state Senate may kill this atrocity, njcronk at DKos points out, it’s just the latest in the unending effort by the uterine control police, a.k.a Teabagger legislators – 135 bills attacking reproductive freedom have passed nationwide.

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