Don't Let The Lack Of Signage Fool You: Scott Roeder's Trial Brought…

Do you remember the New York Times article about Scott Roeder's preliminary hearing? If you did, you were probably left with the impression that the anti-abortion movement is staying away. But Amie Newman at Feministe heard otherwise. » 7/30/09 5:40pm 7/30/09 5:40pm

Dutch "Abortion Ship" Has Wind Taken Out Of Its Sails

For 10 years, Rebecca Gomperts' ship, the Aurora, has been sailing to countries where abortion is illegal and, covered by Dutch law, providing women with abortions. But, due to changes in that law, it may have sailed a last time. » 7/29/09 1:40pm 7/29/09 1:40pm

Health Care Reform Is The New Abortion Debate Battleground

In a country where 15 percent of the population is without health insurance at any given time, you'd think that the focus of a debate about reforming a broken system would not be about abortion. You'd be wrong. » 7/27/09 4:30pm 7/27/09 4:30pm

Justice Ginsburg, Eugenics, & Feminist Criticism of Planned Parenthood

As part of her Times interview, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made some brief remarks about the Hyde Amendment and whether criticisms of the reproductive rights movement's flirtation with economic eugenics would prove true. Those have, naturally, been misinterpreted. » 7/09/09 4:00pm 7/09/09 4:00pm

Was NOW Presidency Hijacked By Anti-Choice Palin Supporters?

This weekend, Terry O'Neill (age 56) bested Latifa Lyles (age 33) in what has been painted as a old-vs.-young battle for the helm of the National Organization for Women. But was it really an anti-abortion vs. pro-choice battle? » 6/22/09 5:40pm 6/22/09 5:40pm

Huckabee Hits Daily Show Audience With Crap About Abortion, Slavery

Mike "Huckles" Huckabee made his second appearance on The Daily Show last night, holding Jon Stewart to his promise that he'd allow Huckabee to pick the topic. Huckabee chose abortion; Stewart broke out the booze. » 6/19/09 3:00pm 6/19/09 3:00pm

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Some People Underestimate The Economic Impact Of Abortion

President Obama plans to bring together pro- and anti-choice advocates by focusing on what we can do to reduce the need for abortion. Two stories this week illustrate the need for that, and why some people remain blind to it. » 6/17/09 4:20pm 6/17/09 4:20pm

Free Abortions?

After Wonkette published this, we called the Philadelphia Women's Center to see if there was more to this story than can be conveyed in 140 characters. Unfortunately, they didn't call back, so we're just awaiting ugliness. [Wonkette, PWC, Twitter] » 6/09/09 5:20pm 6/09/09 5:20pm

The Tough Choices: Abortion, And Admitting It

Phoebe Terry, taking her potential safety into her hands, writes an article for Babble today entitled, "Why I had a second-term abortion." If you've been reading some of George Tiller's patients' stories, the reason isn't a surprise. » 6/08/09 4:40pm 6/08/09 4:40pm

Right To "Life" Activists Continue Condoning Assassinations

"If a Mafia hit man gets killed, people recognize it's an occupational hazard." -Colorado Right To Life spokesman Bob Enyart on Dr. George Tiller's death and what he expects for Tiller's colleague, Dr. Warren Hern (pictured). [LA Times] » 6/05/09 12:30pm 6/05/09 12:30pm

When Viability Starts Earlier, When Does The Right To Abortion End?

The BBC says a Swedish study of premature infants finds 70 percent of infants born between 22 and 26 weeks (the latter part of the second trimester) survive past the age of 1. This has implications for abortion rights here. » 6/04/09 2:20pm 6/04/09 2:20pm

Stop The Presses: Abortion Protesters Are Disingenuous?

Amanda Marcotte got her hands on — literally — the playbook of the anti-abortion movement. They use the book to teach activists how to convince college kids to oppose abortion. Marcotte seems surprised, but she shouldn't be. » 6/03/09 6:00pm 6/03/09 6:00pm

Study: Religion Makes Women No Less Likely To Obtain Abortions

A new study from the Journal of Health and Social Behavior shows that women who attend religious schools who then become pregnant in their teens or twenties are more likely than their public school peers to opt for abortion. Is that the smell of hypocrisy? » 6/01/09 7:00pm 6/01/09 7:00pm

On George Tiller And The Profound Power of Language

Although Edward Bulwer-Lytton coined "The pen is mightier than the sword" in 1839, the idea that language has more power to compel human action has been around at least as early as the Bible was written: the book Scott Roeder probably believes gave him the right to murder George Tiller. » 6/01/09 2:00pm 6/01/09 2:00pm

Bad Medicine

Middle-aged Jonathan Imler and two teenage boys have been charged with putting a drug intended to abort cow fetuses into the drink of a pregnant teenager to induce her to miscarry. Apparently, they thought they had the right to decide what she should do with her body. [Kansas City Star] » 5/21/09 1:40pm 5/21/09 1:40pm

Rhythm Nation

This complicated pre-Griswold v. Connecticut device, the Rhythmeter, would have certainly resulted in my pregnancy. It was patented by John Rock, who was also the first scientist to see a fertilized human egg. [BoingBoing] » 5/05/09 9:40am 5/05/09 9:40am

Republican Wingnuts Decide Plan B Is For Date Rapists

Today, Pandagon's Jesse Taylor takes a peek behind the looking glass only to discover that, in Real America, Plan B is for sluts and the dudes who assault them. » 4/23/09 1:40pm 4/23/09 1:40pm

Change Is In The Air And A Pharmacy Near You

Wow, who'd'a thunk that the U.S. government would some day comply with a judge's order to base reproductive health policy on sound science rather than political pandering? Change is good. [CBS News] » 4/22/09 3:20pm 4/22/09 3:20pm