Topic: abortion

Anonymous Mom: I’m Happily Married With Kids, But I’d Get An Abortion If I Got Pregnant

Anonymous Mom: I'm Happily Married With Kids, But I'd Get An Abortion If I Got Pregnant

When you picture the type of woman who chooses abortion, it’s unlikely that my face comes to mind. I’m in my thirties. I’m happily married. I have an advanced degree. I believe in the existence of a higher power. I have two beautiful, healthy children. My life is perfect, which is why I wouldn’t hesitate to have an abortion if I became pregnant. More »

If You’re Really Pro-Life, Focus On The US’s Terrible Infant Mortality Instead Of Abortion

If You're Really Pro-Life, Focus On The US's Terrible Infant Mortality Instead Of Abortion

A lot of people like to believe that the United States is the greatest country in the world, but when it comes to infant mortality, that claim just doesn’t hold up. For anyone who really wants to think of themselves as pro-life, single-minded attacks on reproductive health rights should give way to earnest attempts to do something to help take care of babies who have already been born. More »

Supreme Court Smacks Down Bullsh*t Texas Abortion Clinic Rules

Supreme Court Smacks Down Bullsh*t Texas Abortion Clinic Rules

Thirteen Texas reproductive health clinics will be allowed to reopen their doors this morning, thanks to a new Supreme Court ruling. At least for the time being, hundreds of thousands of Texas women will have access to the reproductive health care that their state government is trying to deny them, because two-thirds of the members of the highest court in the land are in touch with reality enough to realize that not most women cannot, in fact, afford to hire a limousine to chauffeur them to the next state when they need an abortion. More »

GOP Douche Thinks That Forcing Women To Find Illegal Abortions Is Compassionate

GOP Douche Thinks That Forcing Women To Find Illegal Abortions Is Compassionate

Reince Priebus, RNC chairman and noted douchebag, is peeing on all of our heads and insisting that it’s raining. He sat down with Meet the Press yesterday to explain to all of the silly wimmenz what we’ve been too busy thinking about chocolate to figure out for ourselves: the republican holy crusade to shut down abortion clinics is for our own good. More »

Alabama Puts Teens Seeking Abortions On Trial, Gives Their Fetuses Lawyers

Alabama Puts Teens Seeking Abortions On Trial, Gives Their Fetuses Lawyers

The Alabama state motto is, “We Dare To Defend Our Rights.” Now, they have triple dog dared by declaring that fetuses deserve lawyers. (Probably just public defenders, but still.) I would like to make a joke here about the next step being that dogs and cats will have lawyers, and in that way turn around the conservative argument against gay marriage. So there it is. Enjoy. More »

A Confused Rick Perry Thinks Anti-Abortion Legislation Could Have Saved Joan Rivers

A Confused Rick Perry Thinks Anti-Abortion Legislation Could Have Saved Joan Rivers

Is there a lot of overlap between anti-abortion activists and Joan Rivers fans? Rick Perry certainly seems to think so, because he brought up Rivers’ recent death while defending a controversial Texas law at the Texas Tribune Festival this past weekend. HB2, which Perry signed into law as governor last year, would require abortion clinics in Texas to operate under the same standards for building design, staffing, and equipment as hospitals do. Perry weirdly suggested that a law like this one could have saved Rivers’ life and prevented her from dying during a medical procedure earlier this month. More »

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 »