FDL Book Salon Welcomes Dr. Isabel V. Sawhill, Generation Unbound: Drifting Into Sex and Parenthood Without Marriage

By: Saturday September 27, 2014 1:59 pm

Isabel Sawhill, an expert in poverty and fiscal policy, has long championed the idea that couples should marry before having children. As recently as May 2012, she wrote a piece in The Washington Post supporting former Vice President Dan Quayle’s remark in 1992 that TV single mom Murphy Brown had dishonored the country by bearing a child.

Her opinion generated almost 2,500 comments in the newspaper.

Sawhill, a senior fellow in economics at Brookings Institution, a public policy think tank in Washington, still strongly supports marriage. But in her book Generation Unbound, released this week, she writes that she has come to believe that while marriage is an important symbol of commitment and usually a good thing for children, it is no longer what those who care about children should insist come first.

 

FDL Movie Night: After Tiller

By: Monday August 25, 2014 4:59 pm

After Tiller follows the lives of the last four remaining doctors in the United States who perform late-term abortions, those in which the fetus is over 25 weeks old. Two of these doctors who worked with Dr. Tiller at his Wichita clinic — Dr. Shelley Sella, and Dr. Susan Robinson — begin working at a clinic in New Mexico. Meanwhile, Tiller’s friend, Dr.Warren Hern continues to maintain his practice in Boulder, Colorado, and Nebraska-based Dr. LeRoy Carhart is eventually forced out of Nebraska by legislation.

Filmmakers Martha Shane and Lana Wilson explore the lives of these four doctors–their histories, their practices and what led them to perform third trimester abortions, which account for only 1% of all abortions performed in the United States.

Reproductive Rights in a State of Emergency

By: Thursday January 23, 2014 6:07 pm

This Wednesday marked the 41st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, which protected a women’s decision to have an abortion was marked by thousands of anti-abortion activists taking part in a march for life in Washington, D.C. Carrying signs saying “I AM the pro-life generation”, and “conceived from rape, I love my life” marches converged on the National Mall Wednesday and marched to the Supreme Court.

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.

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.

The Politics of Abortion in Latin America

By: 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.

‘What Kind of Abortions Are We Willing to Let Texas Women Have?’: An Expert’s Testimony Against SB 1

By: 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.

Abortion Fight at #TxLege, Day 1 Twitter Live Blog

By: 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.

Texas Women Fight for Choice TODAY (Twitter Liveblog)

By: Sunday June 23, 2013 2:00 pm

he House of the Texas Legislature, in a special session vote today, may be signing women’s death warrants.

Obama Still Fighting Court Order on Plan B Pill

By: Wednesday May 1, 2013 12:10 pm

Responding to a court order the Obama Administration begrudgingly approved over-the-counter sales of Plan B or “the morning after pill” to ages 15 and up. But the court order required all ages to have access to the medicine.

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