Time: Now, and the past 30 years. Setting: Day. Characters: Me, and Right to Life Protestors ("Protestor One" and "Protestor Two", collectively "Protestors")
The Herald reported that Hill has taken strong anti-choice stands in the past. (Opponents say he supported de-funding Planned Parenthood in Colorado.) And Baumgardner "pitched an Arizona-style immigration law for Colorado two years ago when he was in the House."
I'm not stupid, American women aren't stupid, and the men with whom many of us share our lives aren't stupid. We get the big picture, even if we don't all know all the details of the more than 300 abortion restrictions lawmakers introduced during this year's legislative sessions -- some of the most restrictive and extreme we've seen in years.
God was nowhere near the signing of that bill into law today in Texas -- nor was the Constitution of the United States of America.
I am having a moment. Trayvon Martin is dead, nothing can replace him in our lives, and (again) the American legal system - instead of color-blindn...
No matter how orange my scarf was that night, people had managed to conflate the politics of the swaying, praying Christian right with "oppressed" Muslim women swathed in black.
"It's noninvasive," my doctor said. "It just offers you some information about your baby." I was pregnant for the first time, and we were discussing prenatal testing. A simple noninvasive blood test sounded good to me, so I stuck out my arm. I didn't think about the test again.
Our clinic might close this week. Wisconsinís new abortion law, Act 37, has been delayed by a temporary restraining order until a hearing July 17. If the law goes into effect, Affiliated Medical Services will close its doors after 30 years as a Milwaukee abortion provider.
So I worry what religion does to politics, and I worry what politics can do to religion. And yet, I worry too about what happens to both when they are kept too far apart. Our public discourse is impoverished without the values and insights of religion.
The Supreme Court's decision to strike the Defense of Marriage Act not only reflects progress towards equality, but also the great polarization of American society over gay rights.
"We're on your side -- now roll over!" ...
Little did I know that our conversation about patriarchy and women's rights and the parallels between her rural impoverished part of South India and my home state of Texas would ring so true when Senator Wendy Davis stood for half a day to filibuster for women's right to choose
"Want to go to a crisis pregnancy clinic?" I asked my husband one night during my first trimester of pregnancy. "No," he said flatly. "Why would we?"
Tampons and pads are not weapons of mass destruction. We do not even have enough to take care of all the women who need them. Do you think we are going to WASTE them on you?
To understand why Texas' new anti-abortion law is an invasion of privacy, you have to know my friend. It's a sad story, and despite what Texas Republicans might claim, it has nothing to do with abortion.
The GOP retains a 1950s I Love Lucy caricature of women because the party doesn't listen to women. The party doesn't hear women's voices. Literally.