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Ohio Governor Kasich signs restrictive abortion bill

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Ohio Governor John Kasich signed into law a bill that makes it more difficult for minors to obtain permission for an abortion. Ohio law already requires either parental permission or court order for any woman under 18 to legally obtain an abortion. The new law signed late…

One more reason the term is “anti-choice”

Today at Alternet, I have a list of ten realities about abortion that anti-choicers deny, and should be made to answer for if you're unfortunate enough to get into an argument with one.  But there's one anti-choice myth I left off the list, because they tend to argue this a…

Is Roe safe? Absolutely not.

I have to admit, I was genuinely surprised that readers of this blog showed up in comments on this post to spread the glib myth that abortion rights aren't actually under real threat in this country.  This is a myth that has two major proponents: glib liberal men who use…

MTV schools everyone in how to commit journalism

No Easy Decision – MTV Shows Reading this reporting on the “No Easy Choice” documentary that aired late on December 28th on MTV, I was struck at the absurdity chronicled in this paragraph: Some who are against abortion rights protested the show before it even aired. Conservative blogger Jill Stanek…

Consistently misogynist

There’s a tendency on the left to praise hard line anti-choicers for their “consistency” when they oppose abortion even in the case of rape or incest. “At least,” people say, “they’re being consistent with their claim that an embryo is a real person.” It’s not like all folks who say…

Let’s call the whole thing off

Nancy Cohen’s op-ed in the LA Times about the slipping popularity of the term “pro-choice” bothered me, and it wasn’t just my usual annoyance at the superficial understanding of what the term “reframe” means. It’s easy to think you’re reframing something when you’re really just rebranding it, which is basically…

What about the men?

Every few years or even months or so, you get another alarmist article about how young women are failing their feminist foremothers. Young women don’t call themselves feminists! Young women don’t care about history! Young women are dropping out of feminism! These articles have a few flaws in common, the…

You’re young and stupid, so here, let me half-ass this issue for you

I just listened to the most recent episode of “This American Life” about people who had firmly held beliefs that they then changed. What was interesting about it was that they didn’t actually detail the process of anyone really shedding a deeply held belief, so it was kind of a…

Abortions For Some, Kittens For Others…Or Just Kitten Abortions For All?

You know the real problem with the fierce public debate over Roe v. Wade? Roe v. Wade. Now, granted, the public overwhelmingly supports the basic tenets of Roe v. Wade, but they also want compromise on it, and the only reason they don’t support getting rid of the decision that…

Poll Fun Mega Magic Time!

How do you artificially inflate opposition to abortion? Make like Charmaine Yoest and conflate people who support abortion rights with those who don’t! Lost in all the spin about “common ground” is the bottom line reality that Americans already share common beliefs about abortion policy. A Gallup poll released this…

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