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Jill began blogging for Feministe in 2005. She has since written as a weekly columnist for the Guardian newspaper and in April 2014 she was appointed as senior political writer for Cosmopolitan magazine.
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  1. laura
    laura November 16, 2009 at 2:49 pm |

    Fantastic article – thanks for sharing!

    Rich women will always be able to get abortions; they can spending the money to travel to providers. All restrictions on abortions hurt working class and poor women the most.

  2. oldlady
    oldlady November 16, 2009 at 2:56 pm |

    In April 1989 well over 300,000 women marched in Washington D.C. urging the Supreme Court to preserve their 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, a woman’s right to abortion. Perhaps another march is what we need now.

  3. Kathleen
    Kathleen November 16, 2009 at 3:08 pm |

    argh. Why are they (and Obama looks to be part of the “they” as far as abortion goes) allowed to just invent people for the sake of argument? The “middle aged feminist who mourns her abortion”. How about the real, actually existing thousands of women forced to give up their babies for adoption in the 50s & 60s who still suffer real trauma as demonstrated by actual longitudinal studies instead of made-up anecdotes?

  4. Politicalguineapig
    Politicalguineapig November 16, 2009 at 6:01 pm |

    No, no, they won’t pay any attention to a march. What we need to do is go after mr. blue pill and all it’s friends. Anyone want to help start Feminists against Viagra?
    We have to hit below the belt on this one.

  5. libdevil
    libdevil November 16, 2009 at 6:53 pm |

    I think we should simply ban all procedures except in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the patient. “Sorry, Senator, we can’t set your grandson’s broken arm unless you cut us a check for $4500. If there are complications and his life is threatened, then we can do something.” “I’m sorry Representative, but technically those torn tendons and muscles in your shoulder don’t threaten your life. We know you can’t use your right arm, and you’re in tremendous pain, but unless you have the $40,000 for the surgery, there’s nothing we can do. Insurance is barred by law from covering the procedure.”

  6. Politicalguineapig
    Politicalguineapig November 17, 2009 at 12:26 am |

    Nah, like I said, we gotta hit below the belt. We don’t get anything below the waist, they don’t either.

  7. Laura MacCleery
    Laura MacCleery November 17, 2009 at 11:37 am |

    Great post! There’s lots of additional materials on our Web site with the video at

  8. octogalore
    octogalore November 18, 2009 at 10:39 am |

    On the issue of health care and women’s issues, this time not abortion, what are people’s views about this?

    “After the current changes were announced, Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society, included in the following in his comments…

    ‘This is one screening test I recommend unequivocally, and would recommend to any woman 40 and over. With its new recommendations, the [task force] is essentially telling women that mammography at age 40 to 49 saves lives; just not enough of them.'”

  9. Julie
    Julie November 18, 2009 at 11:17 am |

    The New Yorker piece is truly a must-read, honored to be packaged with it in the same post.

    For more updates from the Center for Reproductive Rights, follow us on Twitter at @ReproRights!

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