ABC Family's The Fosters Has the Balls to Tackle Late Term Abortion

Abortion is a subject TV has traditionally handled with about same tact and restraint as a hysterical Nancy Grace hashtag. But this week's episode of ABC Family's The Fosters took a nuanced and humane look at how the same late term abortion politicians have targeted for criminalization affects families faced with what… » 7/23/14 1:00pm Wednesday 1:00pm

'Lesboterrorist' Raps Instructions On How to Give Yourself an Abortion

Elective abortion is illegal in most Mexican states. But because it has other medical uses besides pregnancy termination, misoprostol — the drug used in inducing medicinal abortion — is not. Now, one ballsy-as-hell self-anointed "lesbo terrorist" rapper aims to educate women on how to self-abort. » 7/18/14 7:45pm 7/18/14 7:45pm

Todd Akin Went On TV To Talk About Rape Again. It Did Not Go Well.

Todd Akin has made several legitimate mistakes over the course of his flaccid political career. Appearing on MSNBC today to say more stupid shit about rape was among them, and judging by his apparent dogged wrongness in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, it won't be the last. » 7/17/14 2:00pm 7/17/14 2:00pm

Senate Considers Bill Prohibiting Harmful Abortion Restrictions

Since 2011, states have passed over 200 restrictions that limit women's access to safe and legal abortions. Although such laws are purportedly meant to protect women's health, experts say that they're simply not medically necessary. But oh well — fairly obviously, the real goal of such legislation is to keep women… » 7/15/14 7:00pm 7/15/14 7:00pm

Politician Who Had An Abortion Doesn't Regret It, World Keeps Spinning

It seems that any time any public figure discusses their own experience with abortion, it's wrapped in a thick shell of regret and explaining the whys and hows and extraordinary circumstances of why there were no alternatives. But the Democratic nominee for Nevada lieutenant governor is flipping the script. She had an… » 7/07/14 7:10pm 7/07/14 7:10pm

Missouri Governor Vetoes Awful 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period Bill

Yesterday, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon vetoed a bill that would have extended the amount of time women are required to wait before getting an abortion to 72 hours, which is very obviously a batshit, restrictive and deeply harmful measure. In a wonderfully scathing statement, he called the bill "extreme and… » 7/03/14 5:00pm 7/03/14 5:00pm

Supreme Court Unanimously Strikes Down Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone Law

In a unanimous ruling (et tu, Justice Ginsburg?!?!), the Supreme Court has ruled in McCullen v Coakley that a Massachusetts law establishing a 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics is unconstitutional. The Opinion's author, Chief Justice Roberts, also (disturbingly) noted in his opinion that abortion clinic… » 6/26/14 11:40am 6/26/14 11:40am

Planned Parenthood Petitions NBC Over Abortion Censorship

Planned Parenthood has launched a petition requesting that NBCUniversal CEO Stephen B. Burke stop "silencing ads mentioning abortion" after NBC allegedly refused to run ads for Obvious Child because the film's trailer mentions the word "abortion." As of now, the petition has nearly 10,000 signatures. » 6/23/14 4:40pm 6/23/14 4:40pm

NBC Censors Abortion Reference During Last Comic Standing [Update: Or…

During the semifinals of NBC's Last Comic Standing on Thursday night, comedian Dana Eagle told a joke about how some people's kids suck so much perhaps it would have been better if they hadn't been born. Her joke included the word "aborted" – or so we presume. The word was bleeped and her mouth was blurred out. » 6/20/14 10:20am 6/20/14 10:20am

​Supreme Court To Decide Importance of Intent in Online Threats

Yesterday, the Supreme Court announced it will be hearing arguments on a case involving a Pennsylvania man convicted in 2010 under federal law for posting violent and graphic threats directed at his ex-wife and coworkers on Facebook. They will be deciding "whether, as a matter of statutory interpretation, conviction… » 6/17/14 4:30pm 6/17/14 4:30pm

Awful Law Would Force Brain Dead Pregnant Women to Incubate Fetuses

A new law waiting to be signed into law by Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal would require that pregnant and brain dead women be kept on life support, regardless of the stated wishes of her family. If the pro-life crowd is trying to disprove accusations that they only care about women to the extent that they are… » 6/13/14 3:50pm 6/13/14 3:50pm

Finally, Some Good Abortion News from South Carolina and Arizona

It's quite easy to feel dispirited about reproductive rights in America. Conservative lawmakers across the country are endlessly devoted to coming up with increasingly inventive ways to restrict women's abortion access (some of their favorites include shuttering clinics nationwide and forcing women to have to jump… » 6/06/14 5:40pm 6/06/14 5:40pm

Women in Wisconsin May Have to Wait 10 Weeks to Get an Abortion

Across the country, conservative legislators are gleefully endeavoring to enact laws that unnecessarily force abortion clinics to close, making it hugely difficult for women to have access to safe, legal abortions. And this week in Wisconsin, a federal judge is hearing arguments for and against Wisconsin's own shitty… » 6/05/14 4:00pm 6/05/14 4:00pm

New Study Shows That Sex-Selective Abortion Bans Are Total Bullshit

Conservative lawmakers love using the phantom threat of sex-selective abortion to do what they do best, i.e., deprive women of reproductive freedom under the ridiculous guise of protecting all womynkind. In the past few years, six states have passed sex-selective abortion bans based on the uninformed, racist » 6/03/14 7:20pm 6/03/14 7:20pm

Women in the South Are Rapidly Losing Abortion Access

On Wednesday, the Louisiana House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill that would impose strict and unnecessary regulations on abortion providers. If Gov. Bobby Jindal signs it into law — and he's indicated that he will — at least three of the state's five clinics will be forced to close. » 5/22/14 5:00pm 5/22/14 5:00pm