New Mexico Republicans Trying to Pass the State's First Abortion Bans

New Mexico—my home state and the best place on earth—has always been an oasis of common sense and compassion when it comes to abortion laws. But the new GOP majority in the state legislature is working to make that a thing of the past, successfully passing two bills out of committee that would severely limit access to… » 3/04/15 4:30pm Yesterday 4:30pm

Ohio Abortion Providers Now Required to Do Fetal Test That Doesn't Exist

States like Texas and Missouri have been loudly crowing for years about their success in making abortion harder and harder to access. But today, let's take a moment to recognize, once again, the contributions Ohio has made to the cause: a thicket of confusing, burdensome, and sometimes contradictory laws and… » 3/03/15 2:30pm Tuesday 2:30pm

Chris Christie Is So, So Proud of Slashing Family Planning Funding 

At the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. Thursday during an interview with talk radio host Laura Ingraham, Chris Christie tried his best to woo a somewhat tepid crowd of conservative voters who are never, ever, not in a thousand years going to nominate him for president. So Christie rolled… » 2/26/15 3:00pm 2/26/15 3:00pm

Belfast Abortion Clinic Protesters Are 'Christening' Patients' Fetuses

The Guardian reports that protesters outside a Belfast abortion clinic are employing creative new methods to terrorize patients who are on their way inside: playing recordings of crying babies, waving dolls at them, and telling patients that they've "christened" their fetuses. A lot of this is imported from American… » 2/24/15 2:15pm 2/24/15 2:15pm

While You Watched the Oscars, Girls Did a Super Chill Abortion Episode

Here it is, because we have to talk about it: a character on Girls had an abortion, and it was very chill. Adam's new girlfriend Mimi-Rose politely declined his request to go for a jog, telling him, "I can't go for a run because I had an abortion yesterday." The scene that followed was both laudable in its… » 2/23/15 4:30pm 2/23/15 4:30pm

El Salvador Won't Pardon Women In Prison for Abortions or Miscarriages

In January, a woman in El Salvador who'd been imprisoned for having a miscarriage was finally pardoned, having spent seven years behind bars. The woman, known as "Guadalupe," had been charged with having an abortion, an offense which was later changed to homicide. But while Guadalupe will be officially released today,… » 2/19/15 10:00pm 2/19/15 10:00pm

South Dakota State Rep: Planned Parenthood Is 'Worse than ISIS'

South Dakota State Representative and red-hot thinker Isaac Latterell, a Tea Party Republican who's been in office since 2013, hates abortion. But so do lots of folks in the Mount Rushmore state, and so it's important for him to show he hates it even worse than other people, that he's the most ride-or-die pro-fetus… » 2/19/15 10:30am 2/19/15 10:30am

Jane the Virgin Did the Damn Thing and Discussed Abortion

Jane the Virgin has quickly become one of the most beloved new shows on television in its first season, both for its deeply enjoyable telenovela narration style, and the way Gina Rodriguez's Jane contains multitudes. But on last night's episode, Jane the Virgin had a frank, very real, very emotional discussion about… » 2/11/15 11:30am 2/11/15 11:30am

That Fake 'Feminist Aborts Baby Boy' Story Fooled So Many People

A very, very fake story about a feminist who aborted a male fetus out of principle has been circulating wildly this week, even though it's absurd and even after Snopes looked into it and determined it "probably false." The story, titled, "I Aborted My Baby — Because It Was a Boy" ran on a bullshit site called… » 2/11/15 11:10am 2/11/15 11:10am

Fox News Guest: Mandating Vaccines Could Lead To 'Forced Abortion'

Where would we be without Fox's incessant, nonsensical asides on the dangers of big government and abortion? On Saturday, Hedge fund founder Jonathan Hoenig appeared on Fox News to discuss mandatory vaccines and wound up, unsurprisingly, at abortion. "Think about where this could lead if government gets involved in… » 2/08/15 4:30pm 2/08/15 4:30pm

W. Virginia Republican: Rape Is Bad, But It Can Make 'Beautiful' Kids

Dear God, it's like they're actively trying to get us to insult them: yet another Republican politician has argued against allowing rape survivors to get abortions, because while rape is "obviously awful," the children it can potentially produce are beautiful. Yep. Nothing lovelier than a forced pregnancy. » 2/06/15 12:45pm 2/06/15 12:45pm

GOP Senator: Forcing Food Service Workers to Wash Hands Is Un-American

Somehow—how, Lord, how—we're in the midst of yet another debate about mandatory vaccination, even as Disneyland-born measles crawls across seven states. Clearly, now's also the time for Republicans to show how much they hate oppressive Big Government rules—like vaccines, of course, or forcing people who handle your… » 2/03/15 5:30pm 2/03/15 5:30pm

Anti-Abortion Congressman Tim Ryan Publicly (Finally) Changes Mind

Congressman Tim Ryan, a Democrat from Ohio, announced in an op-ed today that he's changed his previously anti-abortion stance, writing, "Each and every American deserves the right to deal with these difficult situations in consultation with their families, close friends or religious advisers," and that pregnancy is "a… » 1/28/15 4:40pm 1/28/15 4:40pm

Chuck C. Johnson Claims He Totally Saw an Abortion One Time

Noted trollblogger Chuck C. Johnson does and says a lot of weird stuff, and, in truth, Gawker Media of late has probably given him too much of the attention he obviously craves. But this one's too strange to pass over: last night on Twitter, Johnson claimed he became pro-life after a med school friend let him watch an… » 1/23/15 1:30pm 1/23/15 1:30pm

How Should an Abortion Be?

A pregnant woman I didn't know struck up a conversation with me at a party recently. We chatted amicably about the weather (bad), the Golden Globes (fine) and the food at the party (great) before the conversation turned—inevitably, it felt—towards birth (hers). She told me she was nervous but excited, that she could… » 1/23/15 11:50am 1/23/15 11:50am