A federal district court in Indiana has rejected a challenge to the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act. The lawsuit was based on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which allows religious individuals and organizations to be exempted from laws that pose a “substantial burden” on their religious freedom unless the government can show that …
Category Archive: Reproductive Rights
Jan 02 2013
Dec 28 2012
A couple dozen high schools in the city of Philadelphia are finally getting around to doing what every single secondary school in the country ought to have done decades ago, providing free and anonymous access to condoms. It’s all part of a pilot project to address high rates of HIV infection:
Dec 17 2012
Karen Handel, the former executive with the Susan G. Komen foundation who did everything she could to defund Planned Parenthood and had it backfire on her big time, continues her mythical persecution tour and use the most bizarrely hyperbolic language in discussing the battle that she lost.
Dec 17 2012
With all the attention being paid to the Republican-dominated Michigan legislature trying to destroy labor unions with their “right to work” law, it may slip under the radar that the Senate just passed one of the nation’s harshest anti-choice laws:
Dec 17 2012
Right Wing Watch reports that James Dobson aired a sermon on his regular radio show, Family Talk, by Pastor Laurence White of the Texas Restoration Project, who claims that the Holocaust was caused by separation of church and state and that God should destroy America if we don’t end abortion:
Dec 15 2012
Jennifer Roback Morse is the president of the Ruth Foundation, an anti-gay think tank attached to the National Organization for Marriage. And she’s offended — terribly offended — at the Obama administration’s healthcare mandate. Wait till you hear her reason why:
Dec 13 2012
A federal judge has ruled that North Carolina can’t offer a license plate that says “Choose Life” without also allowing a pro-choice license plate option for drivers in that state. The state legislature voted for a bill to authorize such plates, but rejected at least six attempts to authorize offering a pro-choice plate.
Dec 13 2012
My friend Robin Marty has an article at Reproductive Health Reality Check that will leave your jaw agape at the sheer audacity of it all. A dry cleaning company in Cincinnati is using hangers that say “Choose Life” on them, in support of their anti-choice beliefs.
Dec 05 2012
Peter Baklinski, writing at LifeSiteNews, tries to explain why so many people who are anti-choice on abortion are also virulently anti-gay. He makes a rather silly and tortured argument that they go together because it has something to do with a “culture of life.”
Dec 03 2012
This week at our CFI Michigan lecture, we heard a talk by Shelli Weisberg, the legislative director for the ACLU of Michigan, about religion in public schools. She brought up an abstinence-only sex ed program called Willing to Wait and I had to take a look at their website. It’s pretty damn funny, especially the …
Nov 27 2012
Remember Karen Handel, the batty anti-choicer who was forced to resign her executive position with the Susan G. Komen Foundation after the group defunded Planned Parenthood and got a massive public reaction? She’s now thinking about running for the Senate in Georgia.
Nov 25 2012
The wingnuts who run the Michigan legislature, where Republicans control both chambers by large margins (and the governor’s mansion too), have come up with an innovative new strategy to combine their two obsessions: embryos and tax cuts.
Nov 19 2012
The UN Population Fund has issued a new report that calls access to contraception and family planning services a “universal human right” because it is so crucial to empowering women and making it possible for them to have anything like equality and justice.
Nov 10 2012
One of the dumbest arguments offered by the “pro-life” crowd is the claim that because more black women have abortions than white women, it’s all a big racist scheme to kill black babies. It’s becoming more and more common in wingnut circles, often accompanied by ridiculous rhetoric like this:
Nov 07 2012
In addition to Obama being reelected, a bunch of very important ballot measure victories were apparently won around the country (these are not final results, but most of the votes had been counted). Four states had same-sex marriage referendums on the ballot and equality won all four of them.