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In bullshit news that certainly won't start your day off right, a federal appellate court upheld the provisions of a particularly restrictive Texas abortion law. Total garbage law HB 2 demands that in order to improve “safety,” abortion clinics must maintain the same building and equipment standards as hospital-style surgical centers, as well as requiring abortion doctors to obtain admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic. Major medical associations say that these conditions do not improve patient safety. Read More
On a day that granted women the basic human right to their own bodies 42 years ago, the GOP passed new restrictions in the House of Representatives that would legally prohibit federal funding for abortions. The bill would prevent a woman's ability to buy private insurance plans that cover abortions, deny small businesses tax credits if they include abortion care in their insurance plans, and restrict women from having their abortions covered by Medicaid. Read More
We can't get over this extremely upsetting attack on women's healthcare. Because conservatives just can't leave Roe Vs. Wade alone, Republican Arizona Congressman Trent Franks wrote this bill that bans abortions after 20 weeks except under very limited conditions. You can thank 23 dude Republicans who helped the bill make it out of the House Judiciary Committee. Franks' response to rape resulting in an unwanted pregnancy might as well have come straight from Todd Akin's wonderfully idiotic, uninformed mouth: "...you know, the incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low. Read More
State Senator Jason Rapert, sponsor of the "Human Heartbeat Protection Act." Yesterday, the Arkansas State Senate passed a law banning abortion after the 12th week of pregnancy; this is by far the most restrictive abortion ban in the country. The justification for this law, which was passed by a republican-run legislature over the veto of Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe, is that a fetal heartbeat can be detected at 12 weeks. An earlier draft of the law wanted to outlaw abortions after just 6 weeks. Read More
Jessica Valenti is sick and tired of the question, “Why are you so angry?” We’re all aware of the “angry feminist” stereotype that’s been bandied about for decades; anger and aggression are prominent qualities of the caricature version of feminism. This unfair and false characterization is often invoked by those who would silence the voices of feminists, dismissing their views as irrational or otherwise invalid.  During a luncheon held by Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast on the occasion of Roe v. Read More
As Roe v. Wade turns 40 this year, the discussion about reproductive rights in America is as heated as ever. With an election cycle that ushered in a slew of despicable comments about rape from politicians and pundits alike, the disparity between those for and against abortion in America became even more abundantly clear. But it turns out that all those misinformed comments about sexual assault and women’s health weren’t very persuasive—at least not in the way that the speakers intended. Read More
  Interesting news from the North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill--a study being published in the February issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology by Dr. David Grimes and his team of researchers show that between the years 1998 and 2005, the risk of death associated with live births (full-term pregnancies) was significantly higher than those of documented legal abortions. Though the risk of death is low for both procedures, live births had a rate of 8.8 deaths per 100,000 women while legal abortions averaged at 0.6 deaths per 100,000 women. Read More
  Wednesday night I celebrated the anniversary of Roe v. Wade (the '73 case that legalized abortion) by attending author Jennifer Baumgardner's screening of the documentary she made with Gillian Aldrich entitled, I Had an Abortion, which was released by Women Make Movies. The event was held at Bluestockings, a feminist and activist bookstore on Allen and Stanton st. Read More
In celebration of the anniversary of the infamous pro-choice ruling of Roe v. Wade, local New York feminist filmmakers are holding screenings of two films this Thursday, January 14th. Obvious Child, co-written and produced by previous BUST intern Anna Bean, is a romantic comedy about an unplanned pregnancy, an abortion, and a great first date in an unlikely location. The second film, I Had an Abortion, documents the views of 10 women (including famed feminist Gloria Steinem) as they explain their experiences regarding women's choices throughout the decades. Read More
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