Awful South Carolina Bill Would Extend 'Stand Your Ground' to Fetuses

South Carolina lawmakers are the latest to try and solve the Republican party's favorite logic problem ("You would like to take away women's reproductive autonomy without outright saying that you would like to take away women's reproductive autonomy. How many disingenuous appeals to women's safety must you make to… » 4/11/14 4:45pm 4/11/14 4:45pm

Severe Abortion Pill Restrictions Take Effect in Arizona Today

The anti-choice lunacy continues: a ridiculously strict Arizona law limiting women's access to RU-486 — commonly known as "the abortion pill" — takes effect today. For literally no good reason, providers will now be forced to administer the drug using outdated protocols and only in the first seven weeks of pregnancy,… » 4/01/14 4:50pm 4/01/14 4:50pm

Ohio's Shitty Abortion Laws May Be Even More Restrictive Than Texas's

Move over, baseball and apple pie: enacting draconian laws that severely infringe upon women's access to abortion — without technically infringing upon their constitutional rights — is on its way to becoming America's favorite past time. » 3/31/14 6:15pm 3/31/14 6:15pm

UMich Exhibit Celebrates 4000 Years of Reproductive Choice

University of Michigan is displaying an exhibition of posters by artist Heather Ault, all of which are dedicated to the long and storied history of abortion and contraception use by women. Exercising reproductive agency is a tradition that extends back 4,000 years, hence the exhibit's name: "4,000 Years for Choice." » 3/27/14 6:30pm 3/27/14 6:30pm

Federal Appeals Court Says Kansas Can Defund Planned Parenthood

On Tuesday a federal appeals court ruled that Kansas can strip its two Planned Parenthood clinics of federal funding, in a move that's fairly obviously a retaliation for the organization's support of abortion rights. What a stunning victory for misogynists who oppose women's access to basic reproductive healthcare… » 3/26/14 9:30pm 3/26/14 9:30pm

Michigan's Abominable 'Rape Insurance' Law Goes Into Effect Today

In Michigan, an atrocious piece of legislation takes effect today: the Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act, as it's called, will require women to purchase a costly additional insurance rider in advance if they want abortion services covered by their insurance — even in cases of rape or incest. » 3/13/14 7:00pm 3/13/14 7:00pm

Abortion Doctors Are Also Terrorized in the War On Women

Today, March 10, is a day of remembrance in the pro-life and women’s health community. It is the day abortion doctor Dr. David Gunn was fatally shot three times in the back by a protestor who disagreed with his profession in Pensacola, Florida. Gunn’s death happened 21 years ago — and it was in Florida, of course — but … » 3/10/14 5:40pm 3/10/14 5:40pm

Sorry, But a Plan B Database Won't Keep People From Having Sex

Last week, a Louisiana Democrat filed a bill in the state's legislator she's calling the "Unsafe Abortion Protection Acts." Like most laws that ostensibly "protect" women from one of the statistically safest medical procedures, the bill doesn't do anything the pretty words in its name suggest. In fact, the way the bill is… » 3/10/14 1:10pm 3/10/14 1:10pm

Dem: 99% of Pro-Life Whites Would Make Daughters Abort Biracial Babies

Earlier this week, the legislature of the great state of Alabama — a state that has, for as long as I can remember, been a national leader in such brag fodder as infant mortality rate, illiteracy, and old-timey racism — passed four anti abortion laws that I'm legally required to describe as "draconian." During the… » 3/06/14 12:00pm 3/06/14 12:00pm

Crap Iowa Law Would Allow Women to Sue Doctors For 'Abortion Regret'

An Iowa Republican has introduced a bill into state legislature that would allow women who experience "abortion regret" — a made-up psychological condition that isn't recognized by any major medical organization — to sue their doctor. Curiously, the legislator's bill doesn't allow women who have regretted having children … » 2/28/14 4:45pm 2/28/14 4:45pm

Virginia Lawmaker Refers to Pregnant Women as 'Hosts'

In honor of Valentine's Day, Virginia State Senator Steve Martin presented to the public his state's specialty: a batshit, illogical, misogynistic utterance about women's bodies. Just like they say, Virginia truly is for lovers (of the unborn, that is; it is absolutely not for lovers of women). » 2/24/14 7:00pm 2/24/14 7:00pm

Hugely Restrictive Abortion Bans Advance in Spain and South Dakota

Bullshit legislation decreeing that women shouldn't have control over their own bodies and their own reproductive agency is having a good week, it seems. Both in America and overseas, lawmakers are keeping their noses to the patriarchal grindstone, hard at work attempting to severely limit women's access to safe and… » 2/12/14 7:00pm 2/12/14 7:00pm

What's More Romantic Than A Valentine's Day Abortion?

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards suggested via Vine yesterday that what women need for Valentine's Day is access to a host of reproductive care options — birth control, cancer screenings, well woman visits, breast exams, maternity care, preventative care, and, yeah, safe and legal abortion. But naturally,… » 2/11/14 1:40pm 2/11/14 1:40pm

NPR's Dee Dee Bridgewater Shares the Story of Her Illegal Abortion

Dee Dee Bridgewater, Grammy and Tony award-winning jazz singer and host of NPR's JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater, shares her powerful story about the abortion she had in 1968. » 2/06/14 11:30pm 2/06/14 11:30pm