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Wading in Uncomfortable Waters: Abortion and the Politics of Experience

Forty years after abortion became legal in the United States we are still wading in waters that run deep.

Arguably, abortion runs as deep in our modern human history as pregnancy does. Our ancestors had ways of terminating pregnancies long before the U.S. Supreme Court existed. And while we commemorate and celebrate the 40th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, we know that it does not mark an anniversary of the beginning of this family planning method. Abortion has been, and will continue to be, part of a wide array of methods that we use to control our bodies and fertility, regardless of its legality. Continue reading

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Roe at 40

Today is the 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the United States Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion for American women. I wrote about it in the Guardian, emphasizing the fact that abortion, birth control and bodily autonomy are crucial for women’s survival and our freedom. Without the right to determine the number and spacing of our children, we lose the ability to drive our own lives and to live fully freely, happily and healthily. Outlawing abortion doesn’t decrease the abortion rate; it just drives women to use a more dangerous methods and put their lives and their health at risk. Forty years on, Roe is as important as ever. And American society is, sadly, as misogynist as ever — evidenced by the very fact that abortion is still a fight. Continue reading

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Greatest Hits: Why I’m Pro-Choice

We’re getting a bit more traffic in the post-YearlyKos blog-frenzy, so now is probably a good time to put up some decent posts. Unfortunately, I’m totally crazed right now — finishing my last week of work, moving, and then leaving … Continue reading

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It’s a health clinic not a meth lab

How is this even tolerable in our society? In Aurora Illinois a new Planned Parenthood clinic almost completed construction before coming to the attention of those who would like to sabotage it: Growth in the counties Aurora straddles — DuPage, … Continue reading

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And by “reframing” I actually mean “making the same argument as my opponent”

Thanks, Democratic feminist allies! Matt Stoller, Mike Lux and Chris Bowers have started Open Left, “a news, analysis and action website dedicated toward building a progressive governing majority in America.” It’s worth checking out. I was going to write a … Continue reading

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Blog for Choice – Jan. 22

January 22nd, 2007 is the 34th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. To celebrate, we’re blogging for choice! This year’s theme: Explain why you’re pro-choice. It’s gonna be a good one. I hope all of you participate.

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“Progressive” McCain

Bipartisan favorite John McCain has officially come out and said that he thinks Roe v. Wade should be overturned and that there should be a Constitutional amendment banning abortion — except in the case of rape, incest or life of … Continue reading

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Women, Girls and Abortion

The Oregonian is doing a great series on Measure 43, their state’s parental notification statute. They take a different tack than the traditional news article on abortion, which inevitably involves an interview from a Planned Parenthood representative and an interview … Continue reading

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The Most Frightening Thing You Will Read Today

Why is the Iraqi reconstruction a miserable failure? See here. After the fall of Saddam Hussein’s government in April 2003, the opportunity to participate in the U.S.-led effort to reconstruct Iraq attracted all manner of Americans — restless professionals, Arabic-speaking … Continue reading

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Friday Feminist Round-Up

Kuwaiti women vote for the first time in the country’s history. “I feel like I am a full citizen today,” said Maha Barjes, a member of Kuwait’s Human Rights Society and longtime women’s rights campaigner. “The results of this election … Continue reading

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“The Willingness to Throw the Rights of Others Under the Bus While Patting Oneself on the Back for Making Noble Compromises”

Word, Scott. His article, in full, because it’s so good: Men Overboard It’s not just “contrarian” for center-left pundits to claim Roe doesn’t matter. It’s stupid. By Scott Lemieux Issue Date: 07.05.06 The confirmation of two conservative Supreme Court justices … Continue reading

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Not Surprised

Jessica seems surprised that a federal court upheld the firing of a teacher at a Catholic school in Delaware after she signed onto an advertisement celebrating the 30th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. A Court of Appeals ruled against Curay-Cramer, … Continue reading

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