This is my story of getting an abortion in Texas, of my rights being exercised. Even with the laws in place to convince me otherwise, I still made the right decision no matter how much it hurt. I believe I have the right to go through this painful experience without paternalistic intervention “for my own good” as I am solely responsible for myself and my body.
|By: David Dayen Friday April 13, 2012 6:45 am|
At the end of yesterday, Arizona’s female Governor, Jan Brewer, signed a bill banning abortions after 18 weeks and creating a new definition of “pregnant.”
|By: David Dayen Thursday March 29, 2012 10:00 am|
The backlash to the war on women has been moving forward. This week, an Idaho bill that would have mandated ultrasounds for abortion seekers died in the legislature, a victory for women’s rights in one of the most conservative states in the nation.
But the backlash is also getting an assist from a district court in Oklahoma.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday March 21, 2012 12:45 pm|
If we’re seeing any renaissance in American politics at the moment, it comes from a backlash against an ever-advancing policy against the ability for women to think and make choices for themselves. Women — and the men who respect them — have had enough of conservative overreach, and we’re seeing a real and sustained pushback.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday February 29, 2012 8:00 am|
While everyone was high-fiving the pullback by the Virginia legislature of their trans-vaginal ultrasound bill and happily discussing how conservatives had overreached on social issues, the GOP determinedly made their changes and passed a mandatory ultrasound bill that contains several provisions humiliating to women and may become the GOP’s model for other states.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday February 28, 2012 10:00 am|
The Republican Party has decided to run on a platform of sticking a speculum inside of women, but every time people find out about it, the GOP backs off. In Virginia, the trans-vaginal ultrasound bill was changed to a trans-abdominal ultrasound. The State Senate passed over a chance to vote on that bill yesterday, but may take it up today. In Alabama, the outrage over a trans-vaginal ultrasound bill didn’t even last 24 hours before the bill sponsor agreed to changes.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday February 28, 2012 7:01 am|
And now for something I didn’t think in January I would have reason to update: the abortion bills across the country which mandate that the women receive an ultrasound before getting the legal medical procedure. Virginia gave up, for now, forcing transvaginal ultrasounds, but continued with still medically unnecessary and invasive procedures designed to shame and humiliate women. And many other states are doing the same.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday February 28, 2012 6:20 am|
David Dayen’s news roundup from Monday, February 27, including stories about more ultrasound, GOP primaries, inept bank regulators, Greece, Germany, Syria, Iran, Russian, Catholic church and sex, gas prices, DOMA, Scott Brown and more.
|By: David Dayen Thursday February 23, 2012 11:25 am|
The bill in Virginia requiring all abortion seekers get a mandatory ultrasound is now in peril, after the right-wing Senator who introduced the trans-vaginal ultrasound requirement rebelled against changes asked for by Governor Bob McDonnell.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday February 22, 2012 2:45 pm|
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is now in full retreat mode on that bill mandating that women seeking an abortion in the state must get a trans-vaginal ultrasound (colloquially known as “state rape”) beforehand. We saw hints of this earlier today from a spokesman. But McDonnell has now put out his own statement, asking for amendments to the bill that would modify the ultrasound from trans-vaginal to trans-abdominal