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Category Archive: Reproductive Rights

Jul 24 2014

Nurse Refuses to Do Job She Applied For, Files Lawsuit

One thing that happened last week while I was busy with the conference was a soon-to-be nurse applied for a position with a family planning clinic, told them she would refuse to prescribe some forms of contraception and then sued them for refusing to hire her for the job she refused to do. The ADF, …

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Jul 10 2014

Limbaugh’s Sexual Projection

After spending months savaging Sandra Fluke as a lazy slut, you knew Rush Limbaugh was going to chime and say some really stupid things about the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling. Like the only reason a man would support access to birth control for women is because they then get consequence-free sex.

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Jul 09 2014

Free Birth Control Reduces Pregnancy Rate

Hey, guess what? I know this will come as a shock, but if you provide free or very low cost birth control to women who otherwise couldn’t afford it, the rate of unplanned pregnancies drops. By a lot. A whole lot. And it also reduces the rate of abortions.

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Jul 09 2014

Coming Soon: The Devil’s Birth Control

With all the hullabaloo over birth control and the Christian right freaking out over it, we get news of a next-generation form of contraception that is sure to make their heads explode: an implantable microchip that prevents pregnancy and can be turned on and off.

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Jul 09 2014

Help Support Important Pro-Choice Journalism

My friend Robin Marty, co-author of the fantastic book Crow After Roe: How “Separate But Equal” Has Become the New Standard In Women’s Health And How We Can Change That, is trying something pretty unique: crowd-funded journalism, in this case specifically about the struggles of clinics that support the reproductive rights of women. The goal …

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Jul 04 2014

Hillary and All the Single Ladies

Fox News host Jesse Watters, like most Fox News talking heads, appears to be rather fact-impaired. Perhaps fact-averse is a better phrase. Listen to his statement about Hillary Clinton needing all the “Beyonce voters” to win in 2016 because they’re the ones who need contraception.

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Jul 02 2014

Pastor: Contraception Users the ‘Wreckage of Humanity’

Joy Pinto is a pastor and she also runs the badly misnamed Her Choice Birmingham Women’s Center in Alabama. She spoke at this year’s National Right to Life Convention and showed just how much respect she has for the women — she calls them the “wreckage of humanity” — who come there:

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Jul 01 2014

Why the Hobby Lobby Ruling Will Be Mostly Irrelevant Soon

This thought suddenly occurred to me Monday night as I was prepping for a Google Hangout to discuss the Hobby Lobby ruling: The majority opinion gave a roadmap for how the Obama administration can essentially moot the ruling unilaterally. In fact, they can do it today if they want. Let me explain.

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Jun 26 2014

Michigan Budget Funds ‘Crisis Pregnancy Centers’

The new budget passed by the Michigan legislature includes almost a million dollars in funding for a group that helps set up “crisis pregnancy centers” (read: anti-choice propaganda centers that lie to women). Gov. Rick Snyder is almost certain to sign it as is.

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Jun 19 2014

The Tea Party of Anti-Abortion Groups Forms

You may recall a huge blowup in Georgia a few months ago when Georgia Right to Life was thrown out of the National Right to Life Committee organization for refusing to support a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks. The state group refused to support it because it included exceptions for rape and …

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Jun 17 2014

Crisis Pregnancy Centers Lie in England Too

It has long been documented that so-called Crisis Pregnancy Centers in the United State are really anti-abortion propaganda mills that lie to women to keep them from having an abortion. Turns out CPCs in the UK do the same thing and even seem to have invented a new lie:

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Jun 09 2014

OH Rep Wants to Ban Insurance Coverage for Best Contraception

Proving once again that the real target of the anti-abortion folks is contraception and that their talk about the free market is bullshit, Ohio Republicans are trying to pass a bill that would prevent insurance companies from covering the most effective form of contraception.

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Jun 08 2014

Oregon School to Hand Out Condoms

Here’s a story I love. A school in Oregon has voted to allow teachers to hand out condoms to students starting in the 6th grade, in response to a rash of pregnancies over the last couple years. Good. Study after study shows that access to birth control reduces pregnancy.

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Jun 03 2014

The Least Surprising Anti-Choice Move Ever

Over the last four years, anti-choice Republicans have passed more than 200 laws against reproductive rights at the state level. Most of those are in the form of TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Provider) laws, one of the common features of which is a requirement that any doctor performing abortions have admitting privileges at a …

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May 16 2014

In Which I Agree With Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum is on a book tour and during an appearance at an event at the University of Chicago he actually said something that I agree with. Instead of the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act, why not just make all birth control free?

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