November 07, 2009

The Stupak Amendment

So should this pass the government will be blocking private companies who want to participate in the exchanges from offering coverage for legal medical procedures. Somehow, much like the vast sums spent on the "military-industrial complex", I don't think the...
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October 24, 2008

Palin Doesn't Know if Clinic Bombers Are Terrorists

Oy, so she's soft on people bombing American homes and buildings (guess those aren't part of "real" America)....
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September 02, 2008

The real issue about Palin and "choice"

She is so against it, she even believes that a fourteen year old who was raped shouldn't be able to get an abortion. That makes her the fringiest of the fringe. p.s. Fringity fringe fringe!...
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July 04, 2008

Obama - "Mental Distress" Doesn't Justify Late-Term Abortions

On the one hand I find this remark quite troubling, partially because it suggest limitations over women's health care rights, and partially because it seems to take mental health less seriously than physical health. On the other hand I really...
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May 02, 2008

Entire Oklahoma Legislature to go to prison

Well, at least according to the Oklahoma Statutes on forcible sodomy, and forcible sodomy being what they have legislated. And given that they have just proposed to "[force] another person to engage in the detestable and abominable crime against nature"...
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January 25, 2008

The Pill=Awesome

Long term Health benefits. ICE? Not so much....
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November 16, 2007

For all those pro-lifers who get upset when people use the words "fetus" and "parasite" in the same sentence

STFU already: The placenta acts like a parasite to avoid attack by a mother's immune system, researchers have discovered. A University of Reading team found it employs a cloaking device very similar to that used by parasitic worms. HT...
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October 17, 2007

Can Petri dishes be pregnant?

This has always been one of those head slappers for me: if pregnancy occurs when the sperm meets the egg, who is it that's pregnant during the in vitro process before implantation? the Petri dish?...
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August 30, 2007

Pregnant at Nine

Nicaragua's restrictive abortion laws are again in the news, this time with regard to a case of a nine year old girl who was raped and impregnated by an older cousin (article in Spanish). At this point, the judicial authorities...
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June 16, 2007

No EC for Women in the US Armed Forces

With rape an ongoing threat to women serving the United States in uniform, the Bush administration has shown its indifference to truly supporting the troops, demanding that EC be taken off the list of medicines required at military facilities. Apparently...
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April 20, 2007

"Five Dudes Think They Know Everything/Women and Doctors Know Nothing" Link Dump

The Well-Timed Period: Shameful and Incomprehensible Balkinization: The Big News about Gonzales vs. Carhart BitchPhD: Abortion Stories Republic of T: Intentionally Choosing BitchPhD: Carhart's legacy (with link to the dissent) Pandagon: Do Women Have Live Talk Left: Highlighting the Language...
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March 09, 2007

Good for Kroger

Of course, it would be nicer if they would just make the pharmacists do their job, since their objections aren't based on facts, but "make accommodations to have that prescription filled" is good too....
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February 13, 2007

"Terrorized Into Quitting Their Jobs"

So now both Shakes and Amanda have resigned their positions. Shakes has been less public about the details of the harassment she has received, but this has gone into the realm of witch hunt. There will be some who clamor...
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January 25, 2007

Jessica Read My Mind

Feministing: My favorite State of the Union moment From last night's State of the Union address: "In all we do, we must remember that the best health care decisions are made not by government and insurance companies, but by patients...
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January 23, 2007

"Because I am not mentally stable, you should not be allowed to have an abortion"

That's what this article should have been titled. It's a terrible shame that this woman has suffered a life of misery starting with sexual abuse by a sibling and being raped at the age of 14, if that was truly...
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October 24, 2006

We've been telling them this for ages

GAO report critical of abstinence only sex education. Some addition tidbits: According to Columbia University researchers, virginity pledge programs increase pledge-takers' risk for STIs and pregnancy. The study concluded that 88 percent of pledge-takers initiated sex prior to marriage even...
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October 14, 2006

In lieu of writing

An on-target post from Amanda: In terms of actual use, hormonal contraception reminds me most of insulin. Insulin was invented to deal with an inborn medical issue that could, in theory, be controlled through abstemious behavior. But in real world...
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September 24, 2006


It really depresses me sometimes, that with shit like this , I'm really glad that every day brings me closer to menopause. If my mom is any guide to the timeline, unfortunately, I've got about 20 more years of menstruation...
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September 18, 2006

How do these questions affect my health?

Pandagon links to a real eye-opener from Biting Beaver about ignorance, discrimination and the old saw that men who hate women become ObGyns. Soooo, I phoned my doctors office which informed me that the office was closed and that I...
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August 25, 2006

Digby Doubleshot

Digby posts the "comment of the day" in response to the stupidity lies flowing from the mouths of pro-lifers now that Plan B has limited approval. Yesterday, they said life begins with conception. Today, they say life begins with intercourse....
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August 24, 2006

Practicing Medicine Without A License

Sounds kind of scary, huh? Not as scary as the thought that pro-lifers, eager to whisk abortion susceptible women into their clinics for unnecessary (and sometimes repeated) ultrasounds administered by non-medical personnel, might be irreparable harm to the fetuses they...
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Reason Trumps Politics

Hey, what do you know:The Food and Drug Administration today approved over-the-counter sales of the "morning-after" contraceptive pill to women 18 and older, resolving one of the most contentious issues in the agency's 100-year history. I'm still not sure why...
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July 31, 2006

If they consider it to the point of yes, this could be pretty good news

FDA "considering" Plan B over the counter again. Via Pharyngula....
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July 22, 2006

The hard, cold - dare I say frozen - slap of reality

In the Is Sam Brownback an odious liar? thread, the discussion turned to the realities of IVF, and the survival rate of embryos necessary to a successful pregnancy. Bioethicist Arthur Caplan describes why adopting the surplus is a bad idea,...
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July 21, 2006

Mahmoud Al-Zheimers

The War on Terrorble Diseases....
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July 12, 2006

And what about the testicle inspection?

Fetal protectionism is what they're calling it, eh? Here's a hint: if it doesn't really protect fetuses by helping women be healthy, emphasizes punishing women, and has nothing to do with the consequences of male behavior too, it's more likely...
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June 29, 2006

Donate Money to Charity, Get Compared to Mengele

Emphasis mine: Warren Buffett's new philanthropic alliance with fellow billionaire Bill Gates won widespread praise this week, but anti-abortion activists did not join in, instead assailing the two donors for their longtime support of Planned Parenthood and international birth-control programs....
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June 26, 2006

How to tie a Flaming Lips lyric to reproductive choice

Anyone ever listen to Five Stop Mother Superior Rain? I started hearing it in my head while reading this article about the timing of motherhood. It seems that no matter what women do, they incur criticism. In a country where...
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Responsible Adults

This (PDF) letter has been making the rounds (Feministing, Feministe, Pandagon): This Administration supports the availability of safe and effective products and services to assist responsible adults in making decisions about preventing or delaying conception. The Department of Health and...
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June 19, 2006

Blanco Signs LA's Post-Roe Abortion Ban

If the Supreme Court strikes down Roe (this is of course the BIG way in which this law differs from the South Dakota law), most abortions will be illegal in Louisiana. The measure, sponsored by Sen. Ben Nevers, D-Bogalusa, includes...
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June 04, 2006

Dana L.'s Story

The conservative politics of the Bush administration forced me to have an abortion I didn't want. Well, not literally, but let me explain. If more women told these experiences I'd have to think that the idiotic zealotry that curtails their...
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May 07, 2006

The Pill=Satan

No, I am not "shitting you." "I cannot imagine any development in human history, after the Fall, that has had a greater impact on human beings than the pill," Mohler continued. " So, remember when I was telling you about...
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Politicizing Science: The CDC Version

Republican representative forces scientific panel on the failure of abstinence programs to include pro-abstinence speakers and bumps a panelist who was to present on how abstinence campaigns cause STDs to increase: Researchers organizing a federal panel on sexually transmitted diseases...
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May 04, 2006

Color Me UNsurprised

Unintended pregnancies and abortions are up among poor women, probably a consequence of cutbacks in family planning funding to throw money away on abstinence only programs. Based on nationwide data collected by the National Center for Health Statistics and other...
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April 26, 2006

Planned Parenthood: Someone Else's (Recent) View

Regular readers might remember my essay about the good work done by Planned Parenthood, and how when I was young, married and without insurance, those nice ladies did a wonderful job caring for my health. Azpazia has a guest post...
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March 26, 2006

Repeat this, loudly and often

Bitch PhD reminds us (emphasis mine): NOT ONE "PRO-LIFE" ORGANIZATION IS ALSO PRO-BIRTH CONTROL. NOT ONE. Also check out Amp's table of side-by-side comparisons of the policy implications of "pro-life" policies. As he concludes: Almost none of their policies make...
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March 19, 2006

The things you learn reading other people's comment threads

Our neighboring state - I'm talking to you Ohio - harbors extremists who would prevent the free movement of citizens of the United States, and would give property rights over women's reproductive organs to third parties. No, I am not...
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March 18, 2006

Knowledge is power

Angry Black Bitch talks about the work she does volunteering with teenage mothers. For any who have ever uttered - or allowed to flit through their minds - the thought "how can someone be so dumb as to get pregnant...
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I have a question...

...for the backers of the anti-contraception legislation rearing its ugly head around the country these days: Are you now or have you ever been a contraceptor? I wonder what the hypocrisy factor would be? The question arose while pondering this...
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March 17, 2006

Ban Pregnancy

To protect women's lives, of course. This can be the only conclusion, based on the concern shown about two deaths which may be related to RU 486. It is unclear if they were, and if so, if they were caused...
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March 16, 2006

Abortion Statistics

Via this Lawyers, Guns, and Money post, I found the comments by the Missouri Republican Party interesting: An attempt to resume state spending on birth control got shot down Wednesday by House members who argued it would have amounted to...
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March 13, 2006

Religious Extremists with Cameras

From Feministing, the story of a Fargo ND man who, though barred from getting close to a women's health clinic by a restraining order, decided to get close anyway. With close-ups of people entering and exiting the clinic, that he...
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March 07, 2006

Punishing Stillbirth with Murder Convictions

And other legal follies. South Dakota, like many other states, has adopted numerous laws that seek to establish the unborn as full legal persons. For example, South Dakota has a feticide statute that makes the killing of an "unborn child"...
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March 06, 2006

Yoohoo! Hey! Guys?

Regarding both my earlier joke about reciprocal control of men's bodies as well as the current discussion in the comments about empathy for another's position, I thought these quotes might be interesting to the fellahs. We've been talking about how...
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Everyone is talking about Crash vs Brokeback

However given the current consideration of legislation in West Virginia: For all the passions they generate, laws that require minors to notify their parents or get permission to have an abortion do not appear to have produced the sharp drop...
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March 05, 2006

Women Are as Human as Men Are

No, I don't think I'm better than you. However, I also don't think you are better than me....
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March 03, 2006

Prosecuting Anti-Abortion Extremists as Terrorists

At least, that's what I expect next given the outcome of this case. A federal jury using an anti-terrorism law for the first time convicted six animal rights activists on Thursday for a campaign to drive a company out of...
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Blogging and real politics

There is a lot of talk about whether or not blogs matter in politics. The efforts of Glenn Greenwald and Jane Hamsher, among others, to use the net to mobilize calls and letters to media outlets and elected representatives is...
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March 02, 2006


She calls it a modest proposal. Actually I think it's a little too modest. I've been trying to come up with pithy slogans. Maybe I should start a contest: Since every sperm is sacred, we'll be monitoring male masturbation from...
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February 27, 2006

This is total crap

Women on Accutane will be required to have their uteruses monitored in case they accidentally get pregnant, because the drug is associated with severe birth defects. Adult women, in consultation with their doctors, taking a medicine to prevent pain and...
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What is and what isn't about South Dakota

My recent blogging has not been about South Dakota. Then, as I got to thinking about it, I decided, yeah, it is about South Dakota. Not about actual South Dakota, but lurking around the edges of what South Dakota symbolizes,...
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February 26, 2006

Tricksy Callers

Right to life activists are claiming that clinics encourage pedopiles, and put up audio to "prove" it. Unfortunately, taping a receptionist telling a caller that her birth control is "strictly confidential" doesn't prove anything except that Planned Parenthood is obeying...
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February 23, 2006

Scary View of Future Past

It's about time to start tracking statistics on tubal ligations. An interesting chart from the UN shows contraception rates. Something many readers might not know is that female sterilization is considered as contraception in most population data. So why did...
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February 14, 2006

For your perusal

The Inimitable Twisty Faster. Joan Jett she might not be, but damn she deserves the tribute of a black heart on v-day....
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February 09, 2006

Link Dump (of the day) 2: Feminist Blogging Boogaloo

The Happy Feminist ON TURNING INTO A PUMPKIN AT DUSK explores why "the cultural assumptions regarding women's need for male protection often do a disservice to both women and men." Scott Lemieux describes Phylis Schlafly's love for spousal rapists and...
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February 05, 2006

Religion Blocks Science

Liz has a musing on religion, science and trolls. She links to this story about Susan Wood, who quit the FDA in protest over the anti-science shutdown of Plan B. I'm not going to say much, because I know Baltar...
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February 01, 2006

Indiana, again

Lawmakers in Indiana are trying to pass a bill establishing that life begins at conception. I wonder if the sponsor, a political science major, has ever heard of ectopic pregnancy? Appreciative nod to Pandagon....
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January 29, 2006

Consequences of Reducing Women's Reproductive Autonomy

As efforts to reduce women's access to basic reproductive healthcare, contraception, and abortion continue, it pays to remember the consequences. The efforts of those who think they and their god have more to say about your body than you do...
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January 28, 2006

Truth about Consequences

Moiv's post for the Blogging for Choice Day reminds us what happens when abortion is illegal, and why those who call themselves "pro-life" while campaigning against education and contraception are the worst kind of liars. Moiv has a long section...
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January 26, 2006

Yeah, this'll work

Won't it? A la Pandagon....
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January 24, 2006

As if "submit" wasn't attractive enough on its own...

...they threw in "kitchen" too. Still have any doubts about the rest of the agenda? Finder's fee to Pandagon....
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January 23, 2006

We knew he wasn't much of a reader

On the Declaration of Independence: "You believe, as I do, that every human life has value, that the strong have a duty to protect the weak, and that the self-evident truths of the Declaration of Independence apply to everyone, not...
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January 22, 2006

January 22nd Blogging for Choice

A quick on-the-road post... As I've been traveling the last few days, I mulled over what to write about for today's blogging for choice commitment. So many things to say, so many that have already been said, by me, and...
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January 18, 2006

Is this guy running for anything soon?

Because if he is, I'm gonna' send him some money. CNN: Sen. Max Baucus, D-Montana, said after a morning meeting with Alito that he would vote against President Bush's Supreme Court nominee as too far outside the mainstream of judicial...
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January 16, 2006

Harsh Questions

From BlondeSense: Oh Supremest Court, please save us from our own minds and bodies that we can do your bidding. Keep us from the burden of being our own fully realized person? Make me safe from the wicked world and...
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January 09, 2006

Blog for Choice

It's January 22nd. In the mean time, read more Lemieux on Alito, and contact your senators to register your opinion....
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Prenatal Child Abuse

One of four pieces of draft egislation (PDF, see p. 19) to be considered in the 2006 session of the West Virginia State House proposes to expand the definition of child abuse to include prenatal abuse related to drugs and...
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January 07, 2006

Women have value because of their uteruses

Just like cows. Word got out that a South Dakota politician compared pregnant women to cows, saying that they were more valuable when pregnant. No one got good notes, so some ex post facto questions were asked: Gordon also apologized...
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January 06, 2006

"Oh No!" they said

"It's only those crunchy nutbars in Indiana" they said. "It's only an isolated incident" they said, "not a legislative agenda." And then I said, "Bullshit!" Guess what? There are crunchy nutbars in Virginia too! And somehow they've developed the notion...
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December 18, 2005

Stacking the Deck Against Reproductive Rights

"Rampant malicious scoundrels are in charge". Sen. Stan Adelstein, R-Rapid City, said he was upset that the report is filled with dishonest statements and is biased toward one religion.... "The report is theologically based, has patent untruths and misrepresentations, and...
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