Senator John Walsh has just released a rather amazing television ad, though, which is the best pushback on the "personhood" concept I think I've ever seen. Because it features a rape victim telling her own story.
In the United Sates, one out of every three women has had an abortion. If you are a women living in Texas and a growing number of states, access to this basic, simple and safe procedure has been severely restricted.
U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson, in his recent ruling that Alabama's abortion law must go to trial, raises the interesting issue of an "undue burden" on pregnant women. Imagine that. Bringing the focus around to women.
I wrote a Shreveport Times column this week in an attempt to spark meaningful conversation about poverty and health care in Louisiana. What I never expected was that my column would become Dr. Fleming's springboard for announcing he has moderated his abortion access position.
The fact that a fetus is inside of Jane does not mean that Jane is morally responsible for the fetus. If she has become pregnant through rape or contraception failure, she has made no promise to the fetus, and so abortion would not be promise-breaking. Abortion is not wrong in either case.
The fire inside me is being fanned, no longer a mere ember but a coming flame. I sense my reactions to statements claiming "reproductive rights" or "pro-choice" rhetoric changing everyday. Am I being changed slowly? Or am I still hiding behind my pin?
Authorities have asked news outlets to voluntarily refrain from showing or posting the video clip, but bootlegged copies are being shared across social media and attacks continue to mount. Aging evangelicals are advised to stay home.
In an oblique plug for an abortion ban, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte advocates runaway population growth as a solution to job creation. Regardless of the merits of abortion, Goodlatte's cheerleading stance on demographics reflects a detachment from reality.
Massachusetts passed the 35-feet law in 2007. It applies to places where abortions are "offered or performed." Of course, the vast majority of people who stand outside of clinics to voice their constitutionally protected opinions are pro-lifers.
Women who have had abortions, along with our allies, are taking the lead, showing that even in the midst of increasing hostility, polarization, and politicization, it's possible to nurture human connection and empathy.
Today, we speak with Sunsara Taylor of StopPatriarchy.org, who just returned from Jackson defending the Women's Health organization from the anti-choice group Operation Save America, described by StopPatriarchy.org as a "extreme, violence inciting, women-hating Christian fascist organization."
Whatever anyone may think about abortion, the persistent question for self-styled pro-lifers is why they tend to insist on making life so much more difficult for so many children who have entered the world.