Category Archive: Reproductive Rights

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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Apr 01 2014

Wingnut on Wingnut Crime: Georgia Anti-Choice Groups

My friend Robin Marty has an article at Talking Points Memo about some serious infighting going on among the anti-choice groups in Georgia, pitting rabidly anti-abortion Republicans against even more rabid and extreme anti-abortion Republicans. And the shit’s getting real.

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Mar 12 2014

Republicans Really Should Stop Talking About Rape

Has there been a situation where a Republican politician has talked about rape and not ended up saying something incredibly heinous and damaging to them? Amanda Marcotte has an excellent recent example of a Missouri state senator showing some truly epic hypocrisy on the subject.

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Mar 12 2014

Another Birth Control Myth Debunked

The Contraceptive Choice Project, a long-term research study by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is destroying a lot of commonly made Christian right claims about birth control. First it showed that offering free birth control to low-income women dramatically reduces abortion rates. Now it shows that free birth control does not increase …

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Mar 10 2014

Attack of the Pro-Choice Gay People

A coalition of 50 LGBT and women’s rights groups have issued a statement opposing legislation that allow Christian-owned businesses to ignore laws they don’t like, including anti-discrimination laws. Naturally, the wingnuts are objecting to this unholy alliance:

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Feb 27 2014

WND’s Dishonest Spin on Nun Lawsuit

The Worldnetdaily has its usual dishonest spin on the lawsuit filed by a group of nuns. And it’s a “Worldnetdaily exclusive,” which appears to mean nothing. Lots of other news outlets are writing about the same case. If it’s an “exclusive” then so is every story.

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Feb 26 2014

Notre Dame Denied Injunction on Contraception Mandate

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s refusal to grant a preliminary injunction in the University of Notre Dame’s lawsuit challenging the ACA’s contraception mandate. ND is arguing that even though they are exempt from having to include contraception in their group insurance policy, the act of having to claim that exemption …

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Feb 20 2014

The Anti-Choice Onslaught Continues

Since taking control of many state legislatures in 2010 because of the Tea Party movement, Republicans have waged a relentless assault on reproductive rights, passing over 200 bills from 2011 to 2013. Think Progress has a list of some new bills that will only make things worse:

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Feb 16 2014

Pharmacist Files Suit Over Firing

A pharmacist who was fired for refusing to sell Plan B contraception is suing Walgreens for wrongful dismissal from his job in Jamestown, Tennessee. He’s represented by the Thomas More Society (not to be confused with the Thomas More Law Center). Their press release:

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Feb 14 2014

Abortion Clinic Bomber Wanted for Attempted Child Molestation

Curtis Anton Beseda, an infamous abortion clinic bomber from the state of Washington, is being sought by the police in Snohomish, Washington for groping an 11 year old girl and trying to lure her out of a department store. The Seattle Times reports:

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Feb 07 2014

Morse’s Dishonest Framing

Jennifer Roback Morse of the Ruth Institute, an affiliate of the National Organization for Marriage, has an interview with the National Catholic Register that shows just how utterly dishonest wingnuts can be in framing the issues they care about. Some of the rhetoric is simply inane:

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Jan 30 2014

Huckabee’s Contraception Mandate

I kept seeing references to “Huckabee v Huckabee” on the subject of contraception mandates but I didn’t bother to look because I figured it was just that Huckabee had said something in support of contraception at some point. Turns out that he actually signed such a mandate into law in Arkansas, one that had fewer …

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Jan 29 2014

Abortion? Nope. It’s All About Controlling Female Sexuality

Amanda Marcotte has an article at Reproductive Health Reality Check that says what I’ve been saying for a long time, that the anti-abortion crowd is not really concerned about abortion as much as they are about controlling female sexuality. She says it more eloquently than I do, of course. The jumping off point is this …

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