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231 laws restricting abortion access have been passed since 2010, and yesterday’s Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, passed in the House yesterday, is one of the worst—John Boehner called it “the most pro-life legislation to ever come before this body.” Here’s what you need to know: It bans most abortions after 20 weeks. As Planned Parenthood explains, “Nearly 99 percent of abortions occur before 21 weeks, but when they ... Read More
It is a Jubilee Year, a.k.a. a Catholic year of Mercy, and Pope Francis is yet again proving to be James Dean levels of cool by directing priests to pardon women who have had abortions.  Generally, this is a good thing. Because it's a year of mercy, priests are encouraged to pardon and forgive all “sinners." Which is to say that women who have had an abortion have sinned, and have something they should be repentant for in the first place. That's ... Read More
As we all know, the current state of reproductive rights in our country is far from ideal. (That is, of course, if you’re into having some sort of control over when you bring a human life into this world.) But last week we hit a new low: An all-male committee of Republicans voted to end Colorado’s pregnancy prevention program, which is the most successful of its kind in the nation. So successful, in fact, that the National Family Planning and ... Read More
In this awesome C-Span footage from 2009, Hillary Clinton responds to Rep. Christopher Smith’s question about the role of the U.S. government supporting access to safe abortion, contraception, and education on an international platform. She instantly defends the reproductive rights of women and family planning, stating: “We are now an administration that will protect the rights of women including their rights to reproductive healthcare.” Hillary ... Read More
In the decades since Roe v. Wade, reproductive rights for women are still ripe with stigma and judgment from others. Women are still socially expected to keep to themselves about their abortions, like a dirty little secret. Thankfully, women, like Girls actress, Jemima Kirke, have not kept silent about their choices.   Back in 2007, Kirke became pregnant by her boyfriend at the time. Not feeling financially ready or wanting to be attached to the boyfriend for ... Read More
NC Republican State Representative Pat McElraft filed an anti-choice bill claiming the focus was to primarily create jobs. Her explanation? Fewer abortions equals more "little taxpayers" which somehow helps jobs, right?  The bill triples the state's waiting period for medical care from 24 hours to 72. It requires that only an OB-GYN perform an abortion; it also keeps faculty and students at UNC Chapel Hill and East Caroline University from supervising ... Read More
For the first time in the U.S. a woman has been found guilty of feticide and is facing 20 years in prison. A jury convicted Indiana resident Purvi Patel, 33, of felony child neglect in addition to the feticide charge for the death of her second trimester fetus. In July 2013, Patel entered the emergency room of St. Joseph Hospital in Mishawaka, Indiana, with heavy vaginal bleeding. Although she initially denied it, she later told the hospital staff that she had ... Read More
Last Wednesday, Ohio representative, Teresa Fedor (D), spoke out against an anti-abortion bill by sharing her rape and subsequent abortion that occurred during her time in the military…and a man laughed at her. Yup, you read that right.  Ohio’s state senate were voting on the Heartbeat Bill aka House Bill 69, which basically means if you’re a woman in Ohio and you become pregnant, once the fetal heartbeat is discovered (about 6 weeks ... Read More
A political craze in Detroit, Colorado has taken the shocking form of IUD glitter earrings. These funky pieces of sparkly jewelry are being used to make more than just a fashion statement—they are becoming symbols of support for House Bill 1194, which would give extended funding to the Colorado Family Planning Initiative, originally set to expire on June 30. The bill would provide $5 million dollars to low-income women, giving them access to IUDs ... Read More
Between starring in Obvious Child, making weird voices, writing the book version of Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, appearing on the dearly departed Parks and Recreation, and having a lead role on Married, our biggest lady crush Jenny Slate has been on the fast track to alt-comedienne stardom for the past year. And though Slate might be stepping down from her lead at FX don’t mistake that as our gal getting a downgrade. Because in actuality could ... Read More