Monthly Archives: March 2012

AZ legislator would like to make women watch abortions before they can have them.

When I was about 10, I was visiting my grandparents in Chicago and for some reason I still do not understand, they played us a video of my grandpa’s cataract surgery. It was a close-up of my grandpa’s eye, and then the eye got sliced into, and then a little vacuum thing went in and oh god I won’t get any more detailed but it was horrific and psychologically scarring. Anything eye-injury-related still freaks me out (even more, I suppose, than the standard amount of freaked-out normally associated with eye-related injuries). Continue reading

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Because those poor little men can’t be trusted to make their own decisions

I realize that Monday’s post about anti-woman bills was rather the downer. As an apology, today I thought it might be time to highlight some more… positive legislation. Continue reading

Posted in Law, Pregnancy, Reproductive Rights | Tagged , | 94 Comments

Sorry I haven’t been blogging today.

I’ve been carrying on a torrid text-message love affair with this guy. Are any of YOU Jill from Miami? Your boyfriend misses you. Continue reading

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Who is so excited for March 25th?


Mad Men: Set Me Free from popculturepirate on Vimeo.

(Transcript below the fold). Continue reading

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There’s actually a lot of competition for “worst state” for women’s health

Several commenters have noted that calling Arizona the “worst state in the union” is kind of unfair, since a state is more than simply the sum of its legislation. And it’s true. The fact is, right now, pretty much every state is just waiting to top the next most offensive offense. And here’s what we’re up against: Continue reading

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Shameless Self-Promotion Monday

Sorry this is a day late! A weekend in Boston kept me away from the computer. Promote away.

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Arizona is officially the worst state in the union now, right?

I know it’s a tough competition, but now they’re evaluating a bill that would allow doctors to keep crucial information from pregnant women, if giving them that information might lead to abortion. The bill purports to protect doctors from “wrongful birth” suits, but the consequences could be much broader — it removes civil penalties for doctors who intentionally withhold health information from pregnant women. So if a woman gets prenatal testing and the fetus has severe abnormalities incompatible with life? It’s a-ok to just not tell her — just let her go on decorating that nursery! If a woman is pregnant and the doctor realizes that she’s going to have a baby with a disability or a birth defect? Just don’t mention anything, because who needs time to prepare? If there are potential health complications because of a fetal abnormality, or another problem with the pregnancy? Meh. Don’t tell the little lady, because she might make a decision you don’t like. Continue reading

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Seeking Asian Female

Gross white man seeks Asian female. Ends up with a real human being. Drama ensues.
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Go to get Skittles for your little brother, end up dead

An unarmed 17-year-old boy was shot and killed last month by a Neighborhood Watch leader. What happened? The kid was walking home after buying some Skittles at a convenience store for his little brother. George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old man who headed the local Neighborhood Watch, saw the kid and thought he looked “suspicious.” Zimmerman called 911 to report a suspicious person. The 911 dispatcher told Zimmerman not to follow the kid. Zimmerman did anyway. Some sort of confrontation ensued, and Zimmerman shot the kid to death. Zimmerman has not been charged with any crime. Continue reading

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I think I lose ten Good Wife Points right off the bat for not being married.

According to George W. Crane, Ph.D., M.D., and his Marital Rating Scale, I’m a lousy wife for 1939. But at least my nails aren’t red. Continue reading

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Good God, public transportation riders, how many times do we need to tell you? Quit hogging the entire pole! Continue reading

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How Parents and Children Can Move Out of the CrossHairs of the Weight Cycling Industry

I always ask “who benefits” from any given “social problem.”

The $60 billion diet industry or, as Dr. Deb Burgard has called it, “The Weight Cycling Industry” is in the business of cashing in on a problem of its own creation. Any truly efficient method of changing body size would put them out of business, but since none exists, they can keep making money as long as they can keep the hysteria flowing. Continue reading

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