BY Emma Tilden
on Jun 27, 2014
On June 25th, NBCUniversal released a statement acknowledging that they had asked the media buyer for the movie “Obvious Child” to remove the word “abortion” from a digital ad. The network also noted that this request had been a “mistake,” stating that “an online ad was submitted for digital placement and feedback was mistakenly given to remove the word 'abortion.' That is not company policy and we are currently ... Read More
BY Amy Carlberg
on Jun 27, 2014
"I'm gonna say it out loud right now--out loud right now," Jenny Slate's character stammers in a clip from Obvious Child, broadcast during an interview with her and Gillian Robespierre on NPR's Fresh Air. Pregnancy, abortion, farts, tummies: these two women are saying it all out loud in the new romantic comedy, now in theaters. Co-written and directed by Robespierre,Obvious Child is about a female stand-up comedian (Slate) who decides to get an ... Read More
The governor of Louisiana wants not only to be your next president, but to drive abortions back underground as well.
Two days before speaking at the Iowa Republican State Convention and shortly after alluding to a possible 2016 run, Bobby Jindal signed a bill further restricting Louisianan clinics with a Baptist church as witness. HB 388 is just one of the many targeted regulation of abortion provide laws (TRAP) in the U.S.
The law requires facilities ... Read More
BY Gwen Berumen
on Jun 13, 2014
The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) released a public statement earlier this week on the inclusion of a provision (the Aderholt Amendment) in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations Act. The act, which passed by a vote of 29-18 in the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, specifically targets women in detention by attacking their right to reproductive health care. The NLIRH along with 65 other national, state, and local ... Read More
on Jun 06, 2014
Opens today in theaters! The elevator pitch for Obvious Child is startlingly simple: Donna Stern (Jenny Slate), a 20-something comedian nursing a broken heart, has a drunken one-night stand with a stranger, gets knocked up, and has an abortion. The end. But the experience of watching the film is much more than the sum of its parts. Carrying the distinction of being one of the first ever pro-choice comedies, Obvious Child—which was a Sundance favorite—is also ... Read More
BY Emma Tilden
on May 31, 2014
Last summer some friends and I spent several weekends volunteering as escorts at an abortion clinic in the Bronx. The experience was eye-opening in that it brought me face to face with a group of people who I would never have encountered. Growing up in New York, I had come to think of the actively pro-life campaigner as some sort of rare mythical creature only to be encountered from a distance, perhaps on Fox News, at a family reunion, or in a Times ... Read More
BY kelsey haight
on Apr 25, 2014
You may remember our post about a kickstarter for the "Obvious Child" short released a few years ago. Well, thanks to many generous folks and the talented work of Gillian Robespierre, along with her friends Anna Bean (a beloved ex-BUST intern!) and Karen Maine, we finally get to see a subversive comedy about laughing at love, life, and abortion!
Gillian Robespierre, Bean and Maine came up with the story through their frustration with limited ... Read More
BY BUST Magazine
on Mar 12, 2014
The first doc I’ve seen here at the SXSW festival is VESSEL, a powerful, knock-your-Socks-off documentary directed by Diana Whitten, centering on the Dutch abortion rights activist Dr. Rebecca Gomperts. Gomperts’s idea was to sail a ship flying the Dutch flag to countries where abortion is illegal and take women out 11 miles out into international waters to perform legal abortions. Talk about fearless in the face of adversity; WOW! The ... Read More
“We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world,” writes the nonprofit TED of its conferences, lecture series, and sub-organizations TEDActive, TEDGlobal, TEDYouth, TEDx, TEDIndia, and of course, TEDWomen. Unlike so many open thought conferences, TED has millions of viewers and fans. Given TED’s inclusion of popular feminist thinkers like Sheryl Sandberg, one would expect TED talks to ... Read More
In the wake of Barack Obama’s “State of the Union” address, it’s important to consider the State of the Uterus. With impeding abortion regulations, limitations on birth control access, and proposed rape audits, our uteri stand at the forefront of one of our country’s most contentious battles.
Thank goodness that the esteemed Madame Uterus graced us with her own speech streamed last night at LadyPartsJustice.com ... Read More