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Category Archive: Reproductive Rights

Jan 07 2014

Our Increasingly Non-Existent Reproductive Rights

Over the last few years Republican-controlled legislatures have passed hundreds of laws designed to make the right to choose an abortion die by a thousand cuts. Lindsay Beyerstein writes about how effective this has been in Texas, where in wide swaths of the state this right exists in name only, not in reality.

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Jan 07 2014

Explaining the Contraception Mandate Cases

Marty Lederman has a couple of posts at Jack Balkin’s blog that really help explain the details of the seemingly endless number of lawsuits filed against the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act. There are two different kinds of suits, those filed by religious non-profit organizations and those filed by for-profit companies with religious …

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Jan 06 2014

Barton: Cuccinelli Not Anti-Choice Enough

One of the ways you can tell that someone is an extremist is when virtually no one else is every pure enough for them. Ken Cuccinelli is one of the most anti-choice politicians imaginable, supporting mandatory invasive ultrasounds for women seeking abortions and advocating for the complete outlawing of abortion. But for David Barton, if …

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Dec 20 2013

National Review Makes Terrible Arguments on Hobby Lobby Case

Even Birnick, a visiting legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, might want to ask for a refund on his legal education judging by the arguments he makes in an article at the National Review about the Hobby Lobby case.

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Dec 18 2013

Contraception Should Always Be Free

Despite ongoing controversy and about a million lawsuits filed over the Affordable Care Act requirement that insurance companies provide free contraception coverage, the editors of the New England Journal of Medicine point out that birth control is crucial to women’s health and benefits all of society. Sarah Posner provides this quote:

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Dec 17 2013

Logic is Not Steve Deace’s Strong Suit

Steve Deace, one of the nearly countless number of little mini-Limbaughs around the country, spoke to a conference put on by Lutherans for Life recently and used this staggeringly stupid analogy for why women should be forced to give birth to their rapist’s child.

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Dec 06 2013

How Reproductive Rights Have Been Gutted

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.

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Dec 05 2013

The Contraception Mandate and RFRA

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:

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Nov 10 2013

Wendy Davis’ Pro-Life Position

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:

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Oct 15 2013

Bauer Attacks Sandra Fluke at VVS

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). …

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Aug 31 2013

Bauer’s Attempt to Coopt MLK

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.”

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Aug 30 2013

Another Right Wing Myth Debunked

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 …

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Aug 28 2013

GOP Succeeds in Shutting Down Abortion Clinics

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.

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Aug 28 2013

Kids Kill Because They ‘Could Have Been Aborted’

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 …

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Aug 23 2013

How Todd Akin Won

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 …

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