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 Wednesday 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… » 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

Shock of Shocks: Banning Abortion Would Cost Taxpayers a Shitload

That an abortion ban would end up costing taxpayers millions seems like common sense, but now there are numbers to back it up. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, the House of Representatives' proposed 20-week ban on abortion could increase Medicaid spending by half a billion dollars over the… » 1/21/15 3:30pm 1/21/15 3:30pm

Funny or Die Apologizes for That Christian Bro Abortion Apology Video

Last week, a group of manly Christian dudes from Heroic Media apologized for "letting" the women they'd impregnated get abortions. They're sorry abortion is legal, they're sorry they didn't guilt those ladies hard enough, they're just a sorry, sorry, sorry group of men. Today, Funny or Die released a response: Women… » 1/20/15 7:20pm 1/20/15 7:20pm

Columnist Is 'Ashamed' of Senator Uncle's Hideous Anti-Abortion Bill 

Food editor Sarah Murrell has kicked off an entirely well-deserved feud with her uncle, Indiana State Senator Travis Holdman, after he recently filed a bill that would make it a felony offense to abort a fetus due to gender or fetal abnormalities. In an editorial, Murell tells her uncle she's horrified by the bill and… » 1/20/15 6:00pm 1/20/15 6:00pm

A Woman's Wish List for Tonight's State of the Union Address

We already know what the centerpiece of President Obama's State of the Union address will be tonight: tax hikes on wealthy couples making over $500,000 a year. That's great. Tax 'dem couples. Tax 'em until they have to shave off a week from their kid's summer-long stay at an equestrian camp in the Adirondacks so the… » 1/20/15 5:10pm 1/20/15 5:10pm

Scottish Discover Crisis Pregnancy Centers, Are Confused and Horrified

Sir Brian Souter is a Scottish billionaire who made his fortune in buses, as well as an evangelical Christian and a "lay preacher." He's also helping to fund one of the UK's very few crisis pregnancy centers, one that focuses on "repentance" and "forgiveness" following an abortion. That's causing consternation in… » 1/19/15 10:55am 1/19/15 10:55am

El Salvadoran Woman Denied Pardon in 30-Year Sentence for Miscarriage

An El Salvadoran woman known as "Guadalupe" currently serving a 30-year sentence for a 2007 miscarriage has been denied a pardon. Guadalupe—who was convicted of murdering her unborn baby—was expected to be cleared on Friday by the El Salvadoran Congress. But after a nail biting 43-42 vote, her release was denied. » 1/17/15 6:15pm 1/17/15 6:15pm

Republican Congresswomen Object to Clause in GOP's New Abortion Bill

As it stands the GOP's current abortion bill - slated to be introduced next week - would ban abortions after 20 weeks. The current legislation makes allowances for abortion in the case of rape, but requires that women formally report their assault to the police in order to qualify for the exemption. But some… » 1/17/15 1:15pm 1/17/15 1:15pm

Manly Christian Bros 'Apologize' for Letting Their Women Get Abortions

A pro-life media group has released a new video called "The Apology," in which square-jawed, manly Christian bros apologize somberly to the camera for allowing women they were sleeping with to have an abortion. "I should have manned up and fought for you," one says, referring to the fetus. » 1/14/15 2:15pm 1/14/15 2:15pm

Now Streaming: VESSEL, A Doc About the Law-Defying Abortion Ship

Here's a great new documentary for anyone interested in activism and reproductive rights! VESSEL centers around Dr. Rebecca Gomperts's law-bending campaign to bring—via a very statement-making boat—medical abortions to women who live in countries where abortion is illegal. The story of Women on Waves is fascinating… » 1/13/15 8:45pm 1/13/15 8:45pm

The U.S. Gets a 'C' For Reproductive Rights, Which Seems Generous

For the third year, the Population Institute, a D.C.-based think tank that promotes access to family planning, has released a report card on the state of reproductive rights in the United States. Depending on where you live, things are bad to mediocre, with the country as a whole getting a 'C' grade and 15 states… » 1/09/15 12:30pm 1/09/15 12:30pm

On Their First Day Back, Congress Introduces Abortion Ban

Never ones to waste a second in their unending quest to fuck you over, on the first day of the new Congress, House Republicans re-introduced a bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks. It'll pass, and then it'll go to the Senate, where it'll also pass, and then it'll go to the president, who will veto it. This is a solid,… » 1/07/15 3:30pm 1/07/15 3:30pm