Topic: abortion

Insurers Ignore Obamacare Rules, Cue Outrage Over Taxpayer-Funded Abortions

Insurers Ignore Obamacare Rules, Cue Outrage Over Taxpayer-Funded Abortions

Insurance companies have helpfully handed the GOP a nice big bomb to throw in the lead-up to this fall’s elections, and this bomb has “TAXPAYER-FUNDED ABORTIONS” painted on its side. While payment for abortion coverage and payment for every other kind of health coverage are supposed to be kept separate based on a rule written into the Affordable Care Act, most insurance companies have crossed the streams anyway. Instead of total protonic reversal à la Ghostbusters, though, we get tax-dollar-related pearl-clutching. More »

GoFundMe Will Help You Ban Abortions, But Not Get One

GoFundMe Will Help You Ban Abortions, But Not Get One

Last week, news broke that a woman had taken to the popular crowdfunding site GoFundMe to help pay for her second trimester abortion. GoFundMe pulled the campaign, saying that it was not appropriate for the site because it contained “subject matter that GoFundMe would rather not be associated with.” Turns out they are only comfortable funding campaigns that help stop a woman’s right to choose what to do with her body — not support it. More »

Richard Dawkins Says He Would Abort A Down Syndrome Fetus, Twitter Goes Bananas

Richard Dawkins Says He Would Abort A Down Syndrome Fetus, Twitter Goes Bananas

Oh, Richard Dawkins. For such a smart man, how do you still not completely understand what Twitter is and isn’t used for? Last month you were quipping adorably about “mild” pedophilia and the much worse “violent pedophilia”, and now you’re working hard to ensure that everyone hates you by waxing philosophic about Down’s Syndrome fetuses and whether or not they should be aborted. More »

I Decided Against Abortion, But I Was Really Happy To Have The Option

I Decided Against Abortion, But I Was Really Happy To Have The Option

Like some 49% of pregnancies in America, mine was unplanned. My partner and I had flirted with the idea of children, but we had securely filed it away in the “Maybe Someday” box. More pressing in our minds were things like me graduating college, saving up to move out of our crappy studio apartment, my partner starting college, and learning to drive so we could get a car. That’s why it was like a punch in the face when I stared at that test; the test I bought for one dollar because I was so sure I couldn’t possibly be pregnant. More »

Blaming Robin Williams’ Depression On Past Abortion Is Disrespectful And None Of Your Business

Blaming Robin Williamsâ Depression On Past Abortion Is Disrespectful And None Of Your Business

It has been a few days, and I am still saddened by Robin Williams’ passing. At a personal level, his suicide hit home for me because I also grew up with a father who I believe struggled with mental illness. In the aftermath in the news and on social media, I feel like I have learned a lot about depression through his passing—from the heartfelt insight of others who have been close to suicide themselves. But I would never dare speculate about the details of Robin’s death or his personal reasons for doing so. It is not my place, and it is disrespectful to his wonderful memory. More »

My Daughter Should Be Able To Get Birth Control Without My Permission

 My Daughter Should Be Able To Get Birth Control Without My Permission

Don’t get me wrong. In my perfect scenario, she will talk to me about her decision to become sexually active and she will do so responsibly. In my perfect scenario, I’ll feel comfortable with her decision and, more importantly, she’ll feel so comfortable that she doesn’t experience a pull to hide her choices from me. However, I already have two teenagers (boys) and they have friends, who are girls unwilling or possibly unable to tell their moms about their desires and decisions. I realize with those young women, I care much more about their ability to garner access to birth control than whether they tell their parents. More »

How Despicable Internet Pregnancy Crisis Pages Lie To Desperate Women

How Despicable Internet Pregnancy Crisis Pages Lie To Desperate Women

Earlier today I wrote a piece on Yahoo Answers questions about sexuality and how dismal sex education is in most places. In writing that I stumbled across a slew of anti-choice “pregnancy crisis” pages designed specifically to trick unsuspecting, desperate women into reading them and getting misleading or outright false information. I will be honest, I had no idea these pages existed until today. More »

7 More Reasons Hobby Lobby Sucks

7 More Reasons Hobby Lobby Sucks

The fact that this decision by SCOTUS is monumentally unfair to their female employees is only the icing on a very shitty, shitty cake made of gloppy piles of shit. A cake baked for all of us womynz to let us know exactly where we stand in the eyes of the leadership of this disgusting and hypocritical corporation. More »

DIY Abortion Is On The Rise In Texas Thanks To ‘Pro-Lifers’

DIY Abortion Is On The Rise In Texas Thanks To 'Pro-Lifers'

Use of a black-market abortion-inducing pill is on the rise in Texas, thanks to legislation that is making it increasingly difficult for women to obtain safe, legal and local abortion services. Misoprostol, also known as Cytotec or “miso” has been an asset to women in developing countries who lack access to abortion. It’s now being used in our country. This makes me want to scream. More »

(UPDATED) Everyone Praying For Hobby Lobby To Be ‘Victorious’ Today Is Praying For A Mess Of Civil Rights Disasters

(UPDATED) Everyone Praying For Hobby Lobby To Be 'Victorious' Today Is Praying For A Mess Of Civil Rights Disasters

I’m not entirely sure what all the people who say they are praying for Hobby Lobby to be victorious today if the US Supreme Court decides a corporation can have religious beliefs knows what exactly this means. I have a hard time understanding all the ramifications myself, but it goes far beyond not wanting women to have access to IUDs and Plan B. More »

Late Term Abortion Legislation Is A Gross Waste Of Time And Money

Late Term Abortion Legislation Is A Gross Waste Of Time And Money

Did you know that barely 1% of abortions happen in the third trimester? There is absolutely no way the average person would assume this, because anti-choice Republicans spend so much time crafting legislation that deals with late-term abortions. Florida Governor Rick Scott just passed a bill that makes abortion illegal in Florida at any point in a woman’s pregnancy if her doctor determines that the fetus could survive outside the womb. Since nearly 90% of abortions happen in the first 12 weeks, long before a fetus has a viable chance of survival outside the womb, what is the actual purpose of this legislation? I’ll tell you what it is; to perpetuate the myth that women seeking abortions are careless women, willy-nilly making decisions in the eleventh hour. The entire purpose of these bills is to drum up a complete fallacy – that America actually has a problem with late term abortions. We don’t. They hardly ever happen. More »