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So-called abortion party story really about health care access

Via Broadsheet, I found this story about an actual so-called “abortion party”. I say “so-called”, because feminists have been joking that conservatives think we have abortion parties to celebrate the sexual pleasure of having an abortion, that we may even deliberately get pregnant just so we can abort. Because they’ll…

Nixon And Ninjas Agree: I Am Too Sexy To Live

Richard Nixon was many things. Thief. Liar. And, apparently, massive drinker of the mulatto haterade. (It restores vital malevolytes!) Nixon worried that greater access to abortions would foster “permissiveness,” and said that “it breaks the family.” But he also saw a need for abortion in some cases, such as interracial…

Unintended effects?

Okay, I promise that this is my last post in response to Dr. Tiller’s murder, at least in the long spate of coverage we’ve had today. But it strikes me as no coincidence that the shooter was moved to assassinate Dr. Tiller during a spate of increased coverage on reproductive…

Anti-choice violence and why it puts “common ground” into question

I don’t have much to add to Jesse’s excellent points about the culpability of the organized anti-choice movement, except to add that I keep seeing anti-choice activists who don’t shoot doctors described as “non-violent” or even “peaceful” in the media. This is incorrect. If you scream at women, physically intimidate…

Not To Be That Guy

But, pro-lifers, there may be something wrong with your movement when you have to send out press releases making clear that you don’t actually condone cold-blooded murder. As Ezra and Ann Friedman point out, it is part and parcel of the activist anti-choice movement to proactively interfere with and intimidate…

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…

Pro-pro-voice

I’m pretty excited to announce that my first article ever to be translated into Spanish is out. It’s published in the latest issue of “Our Truths – Nuestras Verdades”, a magazine published by Exhale. You can get a PDF of it here.* Exhale is a pretty nifty organization. They’re there…

Theocratic or pro-choice: Not much middle ground between them

I’m almost a little worried about engaging on this topic, though I’m grateful to Auguste for pointing out that the Raving Atheist finally completed his conversion 2 and a half years after I said that he would have to or the cognitive dissonance would break him down. Ever since I…

Doin’ it in hard times

A couple of items, one a little silly and one totally not. First of all, the not-silly item: Single-minded, obsessive anti-choice nuts are trying to leverage our economic hard times in order to—what else?—force more women to give birth against their will. Because what this country needs when feeding and…

The great taboo

In writing this post, I want to make one thing very clear up front: I do not like the movie “Dirty Dancing”. How could you, really? It engages in stereotypes about sexually liberated working class people (versus repressed upper middle class people), it flirts with being a musical but doesn’t…

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