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Yesterday, the Supreme Court has issued a temporary stay on Texas House Bill 2 (HB 2), Texas’s anti-abortion law, which would have closed most clinics in the state and dramatically changed the way Texas women would able to access reproductive healthcare. The stay means Texas will temporarily be unable to enforce the disastrous anti-abortion law. This is very good news, but The Supreme Court will likely hear the case next term, which could possibly lead to some extremely bad news. HB 2 was upheld earlier in June by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Read More
No need to celebrate—but today marks the anniversary of the passage of one of many inane laws women have been subjected to over the course of American history, just because they have lady parts. On January 21, 1908, the Sullivan Ordinance was put into effect in New York City, barring the owners of public places from allowing women to smoke on their premises. Even more nonsensical than the idea of outlawing this in the first place is the fact that the law did not stop women from lighting up in general nor even in public, just specifically from smoking in public venues. Read More
image via tennesseebunny !! RT @lizzwinstead @sarahksilverman & I are hosting a telethon supporting Texas Women Deets: http://t.co/RMWa6m8722 #TexasWomenForever — Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) November 15, 2013 On Monday night the crème de la crème of powerful females came out in support of the “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can Choose” telethon. Hosted by Bust faves, Lizz Winstead and Sarah Silverman, the telethon raised money and awareness in protest of unfair abortion restrictions in Texas. Read More
If you’ve been following the current abortion debate ridiculousness that’s been happening in this country, you’re well aware of the arbitrary restrictions and limits placed on abortion providers. Trans-vaginal ultrasounds, mandatory waiting periods, access to a surgical center for what is little more than an outpatient procedure; these measures pretend like they aim to protect the mother, but only protect the conservative values of the loudmouthed congressmen who champion them. Read More
I don’t know when it will ever get through peoples heads- just because you make something illegal doesn’t mean that people will stop doing it, nor does it even begin to solve the problem. Texas, the reality is that abortions happen with or without legality and when you pass a bill that closes all but 5 abortion clinics, the reality of the situation doesn’t change. The result is more women endangering their lives and psychological stability by finding ways to induce abortion without a clinic. There have been more reports saying that "flea market" abortions have become the norm is Texas. 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
We’ve already heard some controversial news regarding contraception laws this week, and now we’re dealing with the proposal of anti-choice bills. The “fetal heartbeat” bill would ban abortions as soon as a heartbeat is detected. Fetal heartbeats can be observed as early as six weeks from conception, before many women even begin noticing signs of pregnancy. Of course, this law would completely contradict Roe vs. Wade, which gives a woman the right to an abortion until about 23 or 24 weeks of her pregnancy. Read More
Hold on to your hats, ladies and gentlemen. The War On Women continues to rage (and enrage) in Michigan as two more abortion limitation bills reach Governor Rick Snyder’s office. The Senate voted 27-10 to pass a bill that expands licensing requirements for abortion clinics—one of which stipulates the size of medical areas. That detail alone would shut down several clinics. The second bill, which passed in to the full House, stipulates the right of health care providers to refuse service based on moral or religious objections. Read More
Is anyone really surprised?  Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s closing prayer at the Democratic National Convention last week was filled with doubletalk calling for an end to abortion rights, gay marriage, and contraceptive coverage. Dolan gave a similar benediction at the Republican National Convention. The Archdiocese of New York, of which Dolan is Archbishop, gave a statement that Dolan would pray at both conventions “solely as a pastor, only to pray, not to endorse any party, platform, or candidate.” Dolan’s prayer showed otherwise. Read More
Seeing as how the women in our military risk their lives every single day while on duty, it would only seem logical that they should have the best health care possible. Unfortunately, this is definitely not the case. Servicewomen and dependents are currently banned from using their insurance coverage for abortion if they are a victim of rape or incest. It’s deplorable, and a new group, Stand with Servicewomen, has come together to fight the ban. New television ads calling for an appeal of the ban will run during the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. Read More