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Controversial North Carolina Abortion Law Struck Down

AP | EMERY P. DALESIO | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge in North Carolina says a state law requiring women who want an abortion to have an ultrasound and then have ...

Don't Let Abortion Cloud Free-Speech Issue

Trevor Burrus | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
Trevor Burrus

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.

What I Wanted from Santa: He Didn't Deliver World Peace or Political Civility Again!

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

I don't expect very much from Santa Claus these days. I mean, he's been a disappointment over the years. My desires are few--power, money, and fame, that sort of thing--but he's yet to satisfy any of them. So I tried downgrading my requests to world peace and the end of international poverty. But that didn't work either. He still didn't deliver. This year I tried to be more realistic. I had just a few simple requests. It's been a difficult year so Santa, this would have been a good time to give me at least something that I wanted. But no! It's Christmas Day and I got up early to check under the tree, and nothing.

My Story Proves the Personal Is Political

Nicole Stewart | Posted 02.18.2014 | Women
Nicole Stewart

I wondered about each woman, each couple. I was the only person there whose pregnancy showed. I turned my eyes down, covered my belly and tried to slow my breathing. I was pissed: This was the first time I'd ever been pregnant, happily married and wanting a baby, yet here I was.

Women Who Have Had Abortions Take the Lead

Aspen Baker | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics
Aspen Baker

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.

On New Abortion Restrictions, Michigan Legislature Should Let the Voters Decide

Lori Lamerand | Posted 02.02.2014 | Detroit
Lori Lamerand

Last December, the state legislature used the lame duck session to shove through wildly unpopular restrictions on women's health care. Now, as December rolls back around, here comes another dangerous and deeply unpopular measure: A ban on private abortion insurance coverage.

Sharing Stories, Making Policy, Changing Lives

Karen Middleton | Posted 01.25.2014 | Denver
Karen Middleton

It is so important that we change the conversation to tell our stories and to understand why these stories matter, to us personally, to health care policy, and to Colorado.

Friday Talking Points -- A 'Regular Disorder' Rant

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

After pointing out one story which was strangely ignored in the pile-on in the media this week, it seems the profits for the company contracted to build the Obamacare site are way up. How nice for them, eh? Sigh.

Abortion Providers Are Heroes: In Defense of Abortion on Demand and Without Apology

Dennis Trainor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Dennis Trainor

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."

Are Politicians Who Cut Food Stamps and Deny Health Access Truly 'Pro-Life'?

Joe Conason | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Joe Conason

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.

A Satanic Salute... Seriously?

Mike Lux | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

To suggest that your political opposition is made up of evil devil-worshippers kind of goes against the nature of pluralism and a democratic society, doesn't it?

Women and North Carolina GOP Lose Upon Implementation of New State Abortion Restrictions

Mark Kleinschmidt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mark Kleinschmidt

Today North Carolina's new oppressive anti-choice law goes into effect and no North Carolina woman is safer or healthier because of it. But the biggest loser of all may be North Carolina's Gov. Pat McCrory, who violated a clear campaign promise when he signed the legislation into law.

ReThink Review: After Tiller -- Defending Late-Term Abortion

Jonathan Kim | Posted 11.26.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

After Tiller follows doctors in Nebraska as restrictive new anti-abortion laws force him to close his clinic and attempt to open a new one. After just a few minutes of watching these doctors consult with colleagues and patients, two prevalent anti-abortion myths can be completely dispelled.

Pope Francis Makes Up To Conservatives And Blasts Abortion

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 11.20.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis offered an olive branch of sorts to the doctrine-minded, conservative wing of the Catholic Church on Friday as he de...

'In a Burnt Orange Mood: What Must Molly Ivins Be Thinking?'

Vivian Norris | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Vivian Norris

Pondering this question about Molly Ivins several times a day has become a new hobby of mine since the spectacular Senator from Fort Worth, Wendy Davis, stood up for 13 hours and basically destroyed the Republican Party in Texas.

Wendy Davis and Julian Castro Are the Texas Future; Ted Cruz and Greg Abbott Are the Texas Past

Brent Budowsky | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

The hour will soon arrive when Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis (D) announces whether she will run for governor, and if she does, Texas politics will never be the same.

What I Learned Undercover at a Crisis Pregnancy Center

Caitlin Bancroft | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics
Caitlin Bancroft

I wasn't considering abortion. I wasn't considering adoption, or parenting, or childcare. I wasn't even pregnant, and I definitely wasn't scared -- at least not at first.

Abortion Restrictions Follow Telemedicine Health Care Advancement

Religion News Service | Kimberly Railey | Posted 08.12.2013 | Religion

(RNS) The war over abortion is going digital. Missouri last month joined six other states that have enacted bans on abortion by telemedicine this y...

Royal Princes, Babies as Game Prizes and One Simple Question

Marie Woolf | Posted 08.12.2013 | Religion
Marie Woolf

The birth of a royal prince shared headlines with babies given away as game-show prizes in Pakistan. In both cases, ecstatic crowds clapped and cheered. For what, exactly? Life -- or luck?

Post Abortion-Syndrome: The Solution in Search of a Problem

Sarah Erdreich | Posted 10.12.2013 | Politics
Sarah Erdreich

A recent study from the University of California, San Francisco found that the vast majority of women that had an abortion felt that they had made the right decision.

Pro-Abortion Protestors Vandalize Chile Cathedral

AP | LUIS ANDRES HENAO | Posted 07.27.2013 | Religion

SANTIAGO, Chile -- Abortion-rights demonstrators vandalized Chile's main cathedral during a Mass and used pews as barricades during clashes with polic...

'Pro-Choice Mother' Is Not an Oxymoron

Sarah Erdreich | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics
Sarah Erdreich

Going through nine months of pregnancy and now raising a child has made me even more pro-choice than I ever thought possible.

After the Birth, Do Not Forget the Labor

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 09.21.2013 | World
Norma Cook Everist

Labor is work, hard, hard work. Co-labor is important, sharing collaboratively in bringing life into the world and raising children in community.

The Creeping GOP: Women's Health and Inclusive Democratic Space

Beeta Baghoolizadeh | Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics
Beeta Baghoolizadeh

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.

If You're Pro-Choice You Should Take Heed

Walker Bragman | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Walker Bragman

North Carolina is the latest in a string of Republican states to attempt to restrict women's access to reproductive care. But why now, 40 years after Roe v. Wade, which ruled abortion a matter a privacy, are we seeing such a concerted attack from the right?