Tag Archive: Abortion rights

Mar 30 2014

She did not have enough money to travel north

So let’s check in with the ACLU on the subject of religious interference with access to birth control. There’s Texas for instance… Yesterday a federal appeals court upheld a Texas law that has left large parts of the state without an abortion provider. Women who already are struggling to pay rent and put food on the table …

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Mar 19 2014

Nowhere to hide

Catherine Briggs of LifeSiteNews (yes, the anti-abortion site) seems to have missed the point of a certain fundraising campaign by a wide margin. In the world of social media, instant news has become a way of life.  Thanks to Twitter and the diffusion of information at less than a moment’s speed, the DC Abortion Fund’s latest outrage …

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Mar 14 2014

Actual people with personalities, characters, wishes

A striking thing that Gilliel said in a comment on Greta’s post Having a Reasonable Debate About Abortion yesterday: And here’s another thing that’s been driving my blood pressure up and I will bold the beginning so that people READ THIS: I have been pregnant three times which resulted in two kids. My first pregnancy turned Wahoonie-shaped …

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Mar 12 2014

A chance to air their nostalgia

Emily Bazelon at Slate takes a look at some of the more…eccentric far-right arguments in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood briefs against the Obamacare rule that employers must provide contraception coverage as part of their health care plans. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood, the companies whose suits the Supreme Court will hear later this month, …

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Mar 11 2014

A woman’s request for abortion cannot be treated as a lottery

In better news, however – on March 7 the Council of Europe’s Committee of Social Rights ruled that conscientious objection cannot stand in the way of women receiving the reproductive healthcare services guaranteed by Italian law. The milestone decision on conscientious objection and abortion delivered by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Social Rights is welcomed by …

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Mar 11 2014

Abandoned by all medical staff

Why is it a problem when medical personnel are allowed to refuse to perform abortions because of their “sincere religious beliefs”? Well one reason – though only one – is cases like one that happened in Rome in October 2010. Valentina Magnanti was forced to abort her dead foetus in a toilet in Rome’s Sandro …

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Feb 01 2014

Fighting for something we thought we had won

Thousands of people got together in Madrid today to voice their opposition to government plans to take away abortion rights. Under pressure from the Catholic Church, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s conservative government announced on December 20 it would roll back a 2010 law that allows women to opt freely for abortion in the first 14 …

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Jan 06 2014

Weekends and holidays are not “days”

The NY Times reports, to the surprise of no one who has been paying attention, that all these new anti-abortion measures passed by states have made abortion much harder to get. Well they would, wouldn’t they. A three-year surge in anti-abortion measures in more than half the states has altered the landscape for abortion access, …

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Dec 20 2013

Your life is not your own

Spain has passed a new anti-abortion law to replace current legislation permitting the procedure without restrictions until the 14th week. Justice minister Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón said on Friday that abortion will only be allowed in the case of rape or when there is a serious mental or physical health risk to the mother. Accredited fetal deformities …

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Dec 09 2013

Doctors in such circumstances

There’s the New York Times editorial on the Michigan case for instance. That takes it for granted. The suit was brought on behalf of a Michigan woman, Tamesha Means, who says she was subjected to substandard care at a Catholic hospital — the only hospital in her county — after her water broke at 18 weeks …

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