BY Alexa Salvato
on Jul 31, 2015
Today in stories about complete violations of a woman’s bodily autonomy: a pregnant Alabama woman in prison was seeking an abortion, and Alabama tried to take away her parental rights.
According to ThinkProgress, an adult woman identified as Jane Doe sought an abortion before she was taken into prison and requested furlough to leave long enough for the procedure to be conducted. The story reached peak media attention on Wednesday, July 29, but by Wednesday afternoon, she reportedly changed her mind about the decision. "After much consideration and counsel, I ... Read More
BY Hannah Baxter
on Feb 10, 2015
In the seemingly endless fight to end discrimination and promote marriage equality, a new bright spot has appeared on the horizon.
Yesterday, Alabama became the 37th state in the nation where gay marriage is legally recognized. Cue rampant applause and a couple of fist pumps for good measure.
Unfortunately, the ruling has already met resistance in the form of staunch Republican chief justice Roy Moore, who you might remember from his 2003 ejection from the bench for refusing to remove an enormous Ten Commandments statue from the state courthouse. Read More
BY Emma Tilden
on Aug 05, 2014
Good news is rolling in on the abortion front from, of all places, Birmingham, Alabama! On Monday, a federal judge ruled that a new Alabama law—which would restrict doctors who perform abortions and force several women’s clinics to shut down—placed unconstitutional restrictions on a woman’s right to choose. Read More
BY Ellyn Kail
on Nov 12, 2013
In Alabama it's illegal to have an ice cream cone in your pocket at all times
The critic Susan Sontag wrote that photography, like no other medium, has the power to condemn or implicate. Crime scene images evidence wrongdoings; we take photographs as proof of something illicit. In her series I Fought the Law, young photographer Olivia Locher cleverly subverts what we think of when we think of crime and bad behavior.
Scouring the nation for absurd laws, like dildo and ice cream regulations, she creates staged narratives of each crime. Read More
My XX chromosomes can be confusing, even vexing, sometimes.
Between preparing anxiously for Aunt Flo to come into town and making sure the men in my life are kept fed, sheltered and nourished emotionally, I barely have time to keep up on news of the day, let alone devote time to understanding sports. There’s something about sweaty men chasing after a ball that makes my estrogen-addled brain shut down completely, reducing me to a potato-chip- and beer-serving meat puppet.
Enough sarcasm; here’s a dumb thing that happened this week. Read More
BY Jennifer Welsing
on Feb 19, 2013
The GOP really does say the darndest things. Yet another attack on abortion rights is playing out in Alabama, courtesy of lawmaker Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin.
McClurkin, who believes that a fetus is actually an organ (the largest one, no less), is using a new tactic to strike out against abortion in her new bill. She is sponsoring The Women's Health and Safety Act, which would curb women's ability to receive abortions in a couple of different ways. First, it would make dispensing abortion-inducing medication a felony for any doctor, nurse or assistant who prescribes it. Read More
BY Erika W. Smith
on Nov 29, 2012
Mallory Owens, a 23-year-old Alabama woman, has been released from the hospital after being brutally beaten by her girlfriend’s 18-year-old brother, Travis Hawkins, during Thanksgiving dinner at the Hawkins’ home.
Owens suffered multiple skull fractures and crushed bones, and had to have facial reconstruction surgery with metal plates put in her cheekbones due to the severity of her injuries.
Owens’s family has said that the beating was a hate crime, and that Hawkins beat Mallory because Mallory is a lesbian. Read More