Topic: reproductive rights

People Are Freaking Out About The Plan B Ruling Because They Still Can’t Understand It’s Not An ‘Abortion’ Pill

People Are Freaking Out About The Plan B Ruling Because They Still Can't Understand It's Not An 'Abortion' Pill

So for all the people wringing their hands and clutching their pearls on twitter, they shouldn’t be pissed off because this pill “causes abortion” – they should be pissed off because Plan B delays ovulation. And thickens cervical mucus. But I guess calling it the PLAN B DELAYING OVULATION pill isn’t as catchy or as fear-mongering as using the word “abortion.” More »

The Arkansas Abortion Ban Could Spawn ‘Fetal Heartbeat’ Bills Coming To A State Near You

The Arkansas Abortion Ban Could Spawn 'Fetal Heartbeat' Bills Coming To A State Near You

The successful passage of Arkansas’s controversial and unconstitutional new abortion ban is rallying the anti-abortion movement and could provide serious momentum to similar ‘fetal heartbeat’ bills around the country. Hopefully, it will also spark enough outrage to demand that federal courts get involved and uphold a woman’s right to choose, guaranteed to her in Roe v. Wade. More »

Mother Who Refused C-Section Thankfully Gives Birth To Healthy Baby In Spite Of Her Crazy — Not Because Of It

Mother Who Refused C-Section Thankfully Gives Birth To Healthy Baby In Spite Of Her Crazy -- Not Because Of It

Last week, Lisa Epsteen caused quite a controversy when she refused to have an emergency c-section at the request of her well-respected Florida doctor. Epsteen was a week past due with her fifth child and suffering from gestational diabetes. Most alarming, an ultrasound showed signs of fetal distress and doctors were worried that the child would die or be born with brain damage. The good news is that even though Epsteen waited days after the initial warnings before giving birth, her baby boy was born healthy on Friday, weighing 11 lbs. More »

Arkansas Approves Most Severe Anti-Abortion Measures In The Country, Tempting A Serious Roe v. Wade Battle

Arkansas Approves Most Severe Anti-Abortion Measures In The Country, Tempting A Serious Roe v. Wade Battle

For years now, Republican-led state legislatures have been chipping away at abortion rights, making the process more difficult and expensive, regulating clinics that provide the procedure into oblivion. New Mexico even tried to deny rape victims abortions on the grounds that they would be ‘tampering with evidence.’ Now, Arkansas has enacted the most restrictive abortion laws in the country. And it’s time that someone stood up for a woman’s right to choose. More »

The Opposite Of ‘Pro-Choice’: Parents Try To Force Pregnant Teen To Have An Abortion

The Opposite Of 'Pro-Choice': Parents Try To Force Pregnant Teen To Have An Abortion

A Houston girl has been told by her father that she must have an abortion because it’s “his choice” to make. She’s been told that her mother is attempting to slip abortion medication into her drinks or food. This young girl is going through a difficult and stressful time, and instead of being able to lean on her family, they’re making life even more difficult. More »

Catholic Hospitals In The US Put Pregnant Women At Risk By Prioritizing Religion Over Health

Catholic Hospitals In The US Put Pregnant Women At Risk By Prioritizing Religion Over Health

We all remember the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar in Ireland and the national outcry it inspired, with Irish citizens demanding that the country address it’s dangerous abortion laws and the ways that hospital “ethics codes” can end up hurting women. It looks like issue isn’t confined to countries oceans away from the United States. Even here in America, where access to safe abortions is supposed to be a protected right, hospitals are allowed to value the possible life of a fetus over the life of a mother. More »

Roe v. What? Abortion Is No Longer A Critical Issue For The Majority Of Americans

Roe v. What? Abortion Is No Longer A Critical Issue For The Majority Of Americans

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Pew Research decided to take a poll to find out just how controversial abortion still is in our country. After the contentious political debate of this past’s year election, one would have thought that reproductive rights were a hot button issue. Turns out, the majority of the country is ready to accept a woman’s right to control her own body and move on. More »

GOP Congressman Defends Todd Akin, Doubles Down On That Whole ‘Women Can’t Get Pregnant From Rape’ Nonsense

GOP Congressman Defends Todd Akin, Doubles Down On That Whole 'Women Can't Get Pregnant From Rape' Nonsense

Today, we’re going to talk about three things that I hate with an extreme, burning passion: Rape, those who marginalize or make excuses for rape, and people who tell infertile women to “just relax” if they want to get pregnant. That might seem like an odd combination, but a single Republican congressman has managed to roll them all into one big ball of awfulness. More »