Ian Millhiser and Tara Culp-Ressler have an important article at ThinkProgress with a provocative but mostly accurate title: The Greatest Trick The Supreme Court Ever Pulled Was Convincing The World Roe v. Wade Still Exists. They correctly note that, for many women, especially poor women, reproductive rights have been eliminated for all practical purposes.
Category Archive: Reproductive Rights
Dec 06 2013
Dec 05 2013
Bruce Ledewitz, a law professor at Duquesne University, has a column in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about the dozens of legal challenges to the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act. First he explains that companies don’t actually have to provide contraception as part of their group policies:
Nov 10 2013
I have always hated the term “pro-life,” especially when it’s used by people who grab their pom-poms and start cheering for every war that comes along and don’t give a damn about a fetus once it’s born. So I loved this statement from Texas state Rep. Wendy Davis:
Oct 15 2013
At the Values Voters Summit, Gary Bauer launched yet another attack on Sandra Fluke. Really? Still, after all this time? And of course, he lied in the process, saying that she wanted everyone else to pay for her birth control (false; she just wanted it included in the insurance coverage in the health care exchanges). …
Aug 31 2013
Add Gary Bauer to the long list of wingnuts working hard to pretend that Martin Luther King would agree with him if he were alive today. Specifically on abortion, he says that King would be fighting against Planned Parenthood to stop “black genocide.”
Aug 30 2013
You may remember the right wing absolutely freaking out about pro-choice protesters allegedly bringing jars of urine and feces to throw at the Texas state capitol when the legislature was trying to pass harsh anti-choice legislation. “Police confiscate jars of suspected urine and feces,” screamed the headline at Glenn Beck’s The Blaze. And the Hot …
Aug 28 2013
After the Tea Party movement led to Republicans taking control of most state legislatures in 2010, they immediately made abortion their first priority and have passed an unprecedented wave of laws that have now forced more than 50 clinics to close down around the country, with a lot more almost certainly on the way.
Aug 28 2013
You know that one person who thinks every single issue must relate back to the one issue they obsess about? We all do. Here’s Janet Morana, executive director of Priests for Life, claiming that the shooting of Australian baseball player Chris Lane by three apparently nihilistic kids is because they “could have been aborted.” Asked …
Aug 23 2013
We all remember how Todd Akin killed his chances of winning a Senate seat with his inane and repulsive comments about rape and pregnancy, but the truth is that his argument, appalling as it was, has won politically. With the Republicans in control of so many state legislatures since 2010, they’ve been passing anti-choice legislation …
Aug 19 2013
As more and more evidence comes to light showing that Crisis Pregnancy Centers routinely lie to women who go to them, NARAL reports that 34 states fund those centers in one way or another. Some do so directly, others do it with specialty license plates, while some also require women to visit them before they …
Aug 12 2013
Pro-choice groups continue to go into Crisis Pregnancy Centers and catching the entirely unqualified people who work there telling egregious lies to women seeking help. The latest sting was in Virginia, which captured audio of a whole pack of falsehoods being spewed.
Jul 19 2013
Here’s an absolutely staggering video of Scottie Hughes of the Tea Party News Network being interviewed by John Fugelsang. If a woman is raped, he asked her, and she goes to her doctor and he terminates the pregnancy, which one — the rapist, the victim or the doctor — should get the longest jail sentence. …
Jul 13 2013
The Texas state legislature is, predictably, chock full of ignorant wingnuts spouting all manner of nonsense. This is the home of Warren Chisum, who a few yeas ago sent out a memo to his colleagues urging them to visit the site fixedearth.com, which promotes geocentrism. It appears that Jodie Laubenberg wants his title as the …
Jul 04 2013
I have long argued that the real target of much of the Christian right is not abortion or homosexuality, it’s contraception. Michael Orsi, a chaplain and professor at Ave Maria Law School, confirms this by tracing marriage equality to the availability of birth control.
Jul 03 2013
Former senator turned Heritage Foundation leader Jim DeMint went on Meet the Press with Rachel Maddow and actually said that women loved all those mandatory ultrasound bills because they get to have a free ultrasound. Rachel hammered him for it. Remember, DeMint is the same guy who says pregnant women shouldn’t be allowed to be …