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Exclusive: Texas Republicans look to mandate invasive sonogram procedure for all abortions

If a woman is raped in Texas and impregnated by her assailant, she could soon be forced to endure a second round of physical violation at the hands of the state, thanks to a bill currently speeding its way through the state’s legislature. House Bill 15, better known as the…

Exclusive: Key conservatives behind S. Dakota’s abortion law appear clueless as to what Planned Parenthood does

Abortion is already a heavily regulated medical procedure, but Republicans in South Dakota are poised to mandate the harshest regulations of any state yet, including a requirement that women visit an anti-abortion “crisis pregnancy center” before the procedure. The new requirements are part of a bill that cleared the state’s…

No, seriously, they want this to be the Republic of Gilead

While the Republicans in the federal government unleash an unprecedented attack on women’s access to abortion, STD screening, contraception, and cancer screening (as well as sexual health services for men), on the level below that, the turn to the right is even more severe. Right now, a lot of Republican…

Republicans target Planned Parenthood, contraceptives, safe sex counseling

WASHINGTON – A new Republican bill defunding the health and abortion services group Planned Parenthood would also cut millions of dollars in funding for contraceptives, reproductive health counseling and cancer screenings. The measure would eliminate all $327 million in funding for Title X, a family planning program that began 40…

Atheist buses and abortion parties? That must mean it’s Christmas!

Roy Edroso has his annual round-up of wingnuts pretending Christmas is under assault up at the Village Voice, and it’s a doozy this year. What’s fascinating is that they’re always wrong. It’s always bullshit. A creche is moved from public to private property, and the assessment is this “ruins” Christmas,…

Anti-choicers move the ball down the field

This election day, the great under-reported story is how much the same old culture war issues pushed out the right wing vote. There’s been a lot of useful attention paid to an issue people don’t like to talk about, which is how much racism still motivates the right, that the…

Palin: Obamacare ‘biggest advance of abortion industry’

Palin criticizes Obama, Fla. gov Crist on abortion during pregnancy support group fundraiser Sarah Palin called President Barack Obama the most pro-abortion president ever Thursday and mocked Florida’s governor for claiming to be pro-life after vetoing a bill that would have required women to get ultrasounds before having the procedure.…

Who’s obtuse and out of touch?

To continue the theme of talking about “Friday Night Lights”, I have to link this review of the abortion episode from the New York Times, because it had such a beautiful distillation of what’s so wrong with the way abortion is treated in the mainstream media. What was striking about…

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…

Oklahoma governor considers tough new abortion bills

CHICAGO (AFP) – The governor of Oklahoma was considering tough new abortion bills Tuesday that would allow doctors to withhold test results showing fetal defects and require women to answer intrusive questions. The results of the questionnaires would be posted online. Women would also be required to have an invasive…

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