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City's Anti-Abortion Banners Spark Free Speech Debate

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

The message on an anti-abortion group’s banners in San Francisco has sparked a fiery debate, calling on the city to determine when free speech becom...

Kansas Governor Compares Anti-Abortion Protests To The Abolitionist Movement

AP | JOHN HANNA | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback compared past "Summer of Mercy" anti-abortion protests in Wichita to the abolitionist movement that he...

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.

When Pro-life Goes Frankenstein: The Case of Marlise Munoz

Morgan Guyton | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics
Morgan Guyton

Erick and Marlise Munoz were both paramedics. They were both around life-and-death situations on a daily basis. After Marlise went through her broth...

Silence of the Lame

Patricia McGuire | Posted 02.13.2014 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Whether a shocking massacre, or solitary assault with a rifle, the prevalence of gun violence in this nation is the best evidence we have of the genuine moral paralysis of government.

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.

Pro-Life Activists Slam Mandela

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

(RNS) As world leaders and ordinary citizens gathered in a South African sports stadium on Tuesday (Dec. 10) to remember Nelson Mandela, abortion foes...

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."

In 29 States, Here's One Way To Announce Your Anti-Abortion Views

Katy Hall | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics

Most of the states in the country — plus, most recently, Washington, D.C. — issue license plates promoting an anti-abortion message: "Choose Life...

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?

The Subtle Evangelist

Gregory P. Demetriou | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Gregory P. Demetriou

Initially, I didn't tell anyone of my intention or the meaning of the pins. Again, I was fearful that someone would ask me to explain. They did ask, and once I told the first person, the cat was out of the bag, and I now had to live with the possibility that other people, maybe strangers, were actually going to ask me what the numbers meant.

New-jitsu Politics and the Power of the Far Right

Hans Johnson | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Hans Johnson

For the first time in 15 years, the frame for a national election cycle is coming to focus on the dangers of the extreme right wing holding the country hostage to its ideology.

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...

Catholic Bishop to Pro-Life Groups: 'Merely Anti-Abortion' Not Enough

John Gehring | Posted 10.13.2013 | Religion
John Gehring

It's not every day that you hear a Catholic bishop directly challenge self-identified "pro-life" groups for their selective moralizing and crass tactics.

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?

Leave It to Beavercreek, Ohio

Lester & Charlie | Posted 10.09.2013 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

Conservatives are once again working themselves into tizzies! Actually, they never stopped. But they did manage to mix in some new with the old.

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.

How Texas Just Made Miscarriages Even Worse

Jason Stanford | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

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.

Stop Calling It a Pro-Life Movement or Become One

Rabbi Aaron Alexander | Posted 09.11.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Aaron Alexander

This is an invitation to those who fancy themselves pro-life: To merit that weighty title, here are some profound "right-to-life" challenges you will need to become advocates for.

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?

Pro-Life vs. Pro-Birth

Alex Palombo | Posted 09.10.2013 | Religion
Alex Palombo

I've gotten called some awful things when I tell people that I'm both a practicing Catholic and an advocate for women's choice -- from baby killer to hypocrite. But hear me out.

Where Faith and Abortion Meet in Texas

Greg Garrett | Posted 09.08.2013 | Religion
Greg Garrett

Let's say you have a faithful opposition to abortion. Okay. I respect that. But how do you feel about the fact that hundreds of thousands of women are being steam-rollered by Texas male politicians trying to end-run Roe v. Wade?

Abortion: Does My Faith Get a Voice?

Rabbi Aaron Alexander | Posted 09.07.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Aaron Alexander

I'm going to speak as a person of faith to my fellow brothers and sisters of faith. You first need to know that I seriously admire your advocacy on behalf of life. There is much integrity to that consistency. But, like all things religious, it is also potentially dangerous.