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It was for the best, every time.

Fictional Characters Whose Lives Would Have Been Vastly Improved By An Abortion (SLToast)
posted by suburbanbeatnik on Oct 16, 2014 - 201 comments

His writings fuel the biggest threat to abortion rights in a generation.

This Alabama Judge Has Figured Out How to Dismantle Roe v. Wade
posted by davidstandaford on Oct 10, 2014 - 64 comments

The Fake Abortion Clinics of America

[Vice News Video] Women across America who are seeking abortions are accidentally booking appointments at crisis pregnancy centers—pro-life, government-funded religious centers that don't provide abortions, but instead try to talk women out of terminating their pregnancies. [more inside]
posted by St. Peepsburg on Sep 22, 2014 - 42 comments

Missouri abortion waiting period bill: a veto override is imminent

Republican legislators in Missouri are pushing to expand abortion restrictions in the state. A bill mandating a 72-hour waiting period, vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon in July, is likely to become law on Wednesday in a special legislative session. [more inside]
posted by ghostbikes on Sep 9, 2014 - 54 comments

Women politicians break the abortion taboo.

"I emerged a different person. Changed. Forever changed.” Davis describes the circumstances of her two abortions in her new memoir, Forgetting to Be Afraid. [more inside]
posted by emjaybee on Sep 6, 2014 - 33 comments

”Hi Jenny! I’m the doctor who did your abortion on Saturday.”

Jenny Kutner wrote an article about her upcoming abortion; after her abortion, her doctor wrote her back.
posted by and they trembled before her fury on Sep 2, 2014 - 46 comments

Federal Judge Overturns Some Provisions of Texas Abortion Law (Again)

Just 3 days before they would go into effect, Federal Judge Lee Yeakel struck down the admitting-privileges and ambulatory surgical center requirements of Texas's recently passed HB2 (remember the one with the filibuster?), finding that they placed an undue burden on women, especially those in the Rio Grande Valley and El Paso. [more inside]
posted by LizBoBiz on Aug 30, 2014 - 31 comments

the constant traffic of foreign objects through this woman's body

"When do women in Ireland get to say 'no'? Today we find out that the answer is 'never', not really – not if a man has other ideas and the state decides to enforce his use of a woman's body." [Warning: may be triggering.] New Statesman, "Violation after violation: why did Ireland force a woman on hunger strike to bear her rapist's child?" [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Aug 21, 2014 - 150 comments

Abortion Crisis in New Brunswick

On July 18, the only Morgentaler Clinic in New Brunswick closed. Its closure has an interesting backstory and has sparked a fight. [more inside]
posted by Lemurrhea on Aug 8, 2014 - 7 comments

The Rise Of Europe’s Religious Right

“A bomb with a long fuse has been lit,” said Sylvie Guillaume, a French MEP supportive of abortion rights and LGBT rights, who recently stepped down as vice chair of the largest center-left bloc in the European Union’s parliament. “We don’t know what’s going to happen.” [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on Aug 4, 2014 - 37 comments

The Abortion Ministry of Dr. Willie Parker

"The protesters say they're opposed to abortion because they're Christian," Parker says. "It's hard for them to accept that I *do* abortions because I'm a Christian."
posted by cybercoitus interruptus on Aug 1, 2014 - 48 comments

that’s fine. i’m going to figure out a way to do this on my own

the rise of the DIY abortion in texas
posted by and they trembled before her fury on Jul 1, 2014 - 107 comments

"Abortion escorts represent one, fugitive instance of political action."

SCOTUS just overturned abortion clinic buffer zones in an unanimous decision. So remember that there are people who escort patients past the protesters. (Last link has autoplay video.)
posted by anotherpanacea on Jun 26, 2014 - 188 comments

Last year's filibuster was just the beginning...

Fight Back Texas: An oral history of the fight for abortion rights in Texas. [more inside]
posted by donajo on Jun 20, 2014 - 9 comments

Women on the Web

This website refers you to licensed doctor who can provide you with a medical abortion. After you complete the following online consultation and if there are no contraindications, the medical abortion (with the pills mifepristone and misoprostol) will be delivered to you. At this moment it can take 2-3 weeks before the packages arrives. A medical abortion can be done safely at home as long as you have good information and have access to emergency medical care in the rare case that there are complications.The doctor can only help you if:
  • you live in a country where access to safe abortion is restricted
  • you are less than 9 weeks pregnant
  • you have no severe illnesses
  • Before starting the consultation, do a pregnancy test and an ultrasound, if possible. The consultation consists of around 25 questions. At the end of the consultation you will be asked to give permission to disclose all your information to the doctor. All information will remain confidential.
  • [more inside]
    posted by Blasdelb on May 14, 2014 - 23 comments

    i didn't feel bad.

    how one woman destroyed the biggest pro-life myth by filming her own abortion
    posted by and they trembled before her fury on May 6, 2014 - 509 comments

    "You need time to think."

    MAGNESIUM is the graduation film of Dutch filmmaker Sam de Jong about a young gymnast in the days before a major competition.
    posted by Wemmick on Mar 29, 2014 - 11 comments

    Contraception is my business

    This morning, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius, two cases where private corporations have challenged the Affordable Care Act's contraception coverage mandate. Previously, and previously [more inside]
    posted by roomthreeseventeen on Mar 25, 2014 - 161 comments

    La Voz del Pueblo/Voice of the People

    More than 12,000 Catholics from five continents answered questions in a massive survey commissioned by Univision and conducted by Bendixen & Amandi International. Topics covered included all the issues most likely to generate lively discussion among Catholics all over the world. Here's how they responded. [more inside]
    posted by 2N2222 on Feb 12, 2014 - 15 comments

    We're not so different

    Who's influencing reproductive policy in Canada? Unfortunately, the difference between the religious right in Canada and our neighbours to the south is not so much doctrinal as it is window dressing. The Tea Party’s "late term abortion" red herring with its attendant gruesome imagery very much parallels the "gender-selection" trope of the Conservative base in Canada. It’s a matter of media and public relations, knowing your audience and playing to its sympathies.
    posted by Conspire on Dec 10, 2013 - 22 comments

    25 years later, the Cabinet on abortion

    The Canadian Press has released minutes from the Cabinet's discussions of abortion. The conversations began after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled unconstitutional the restrictions on abortion (wiki). [more inside]
    posted by Lemurrhea on Nov 18, 2013 - 21 comments

    26 Women Share Their Abortion Stories

    26 Women Share Their Abortion Stories
    posted by yeoz on Nov 11, 2013 - 37 comments

    "...research that is scientifically valuable but morally disturbing."

    The Nazi Anatomists. "How the corpses of Hitler's victims are still haunting modern science—and American abortion politics."
    posted by zarq on Nov 6, 2013 - 28 comments

    Also Johnny Castle. And Those Pants

    Dirty Dancing is A SUBVERSIVE MASTERPIECE and here are four reasons why. "While I loved it as a mushy romance starring a relatable heroine and a dreamy guy, a huge portion of the plot flew right over my tiny unworldly preteen head. But it was only as an adult that I realized how RADICALLY subversive and politically bananas this movie really is." [more inside]
    posted by juliplease on Sep 24, 2013 - 61 comments

    the need for late-term abortions will never go away

    I think that the extreme, right-wing, misogynist religious fanatics have basically hijacked the Republican party and are moving toward being able to hijack the Democrats too. I'm appalled at the hubris of these legislators who, one after another, think they can make more sensible decisions about a woman's personal, private reproductive decisions than the woman herself. They know nothing about these situations. They don't know a thing about later abortions, or why women seek them out, and yet they presume that they should be making these decisions. Interview with Dr. Susan Robinson, One of the Last Four Doctors in America to Openly Provide Third-Trimester Abortions
    posted by latkes on Sep 22, 2013 - 118 comments

    "Texas is heaven for men and dogs, but it’s hell for women and horses.”

    Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, Wives. "In 2011 the Texas state legislature slashed family planning funds, passed a new sonogram law, and waged an all-out war on Planned Parenthood that has dramatically shifted the state’s public health priorities. In the eighteen months since then, the conflict has continued to simmer in the courts, on the campaign trail, and in at least one PR disaster. Meanwhile, what will happen to Texas women—and their fathers, brothers, sons, and husbands—remains very much unclear."
    posted by zarq on Aug 12, 2013 - 35 comments

    melon slices with Maya Angelou

    What abortions should be like. A safe, comfortable place. Kind people (Maya Angelou, maybe, and Billy Joel playing piano). A room to cry if you need to. Another room with "all the little things you like, the things you use when you want to feel beautiful, if you’d care to go in. Or ... healthy. Or handsome. Or safe, or strong." A swan boat to take you home. And lovely, fragrant melon slices.
    posted by Annie Savoy on Jul 17, 2013 - 48 comments

    But can you praise a "choice" if there is no choice?

    (Links in English except where marked with '*' (Spanish)) Amnesty International urges Chile to allow an 11-year old to abort a pregnancy due to rape after President Sebastián Piñera, who has a strong anti-abortion position, congratulates the girl's "mature and profound" decision to continue with her pregnancy (CNN.cl video)*. The Association* of Chilean Physicians also speaks in support of making an exception as well as liberalizing existing laws. This case highlights the discrepancies between the political elite's conservative ideals and reality in a country of extreme and highly institutionalized inequality. [more inside]
    posted by ipsative on Jul 12, 2013 - 25 comments

    Ireland's Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013

    With a vote of 127 to 31, Ireland has passed a law allowing limited rights to abortion when the mother's life is at risk or she is at risk of suicide. Amendments to include rape and incest were defeated. Last year, almost 4,000 women travelled to the UK for abortions, including termination of more than 1,000 non-viable fetal abnormality pregnancies. [more inside]
    posted by DarlingBri on Jul 11, 2013 - 51 comments

    The Decline of North Carolina

    The New York Times' lead editorial on the Moral Monday arrests (Previously on Metafilter), ending federal unemployment benefits, failing education programs, racial discrimination, and new abortion laws.
    posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jul 10, 2013 - 174 comments

    Pro-Choice Filibuster in the Texas Senate

    It began with a special session called by Governor Rick Perry, who put abortion restrictions on the table. SB5 bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and requires facilities that perform them to conform to new restrictions. The practical effect would close most of the abortion facilities in Texas. Then came the People's Filibuster, a mass protest designed to run out the clock and prevent the bill from being passed. It didn't work. The bill passed the House and went to the Senate. But today, Texas Senator Wendy Davis began a 13-hour filibuster to stop the bill. [more inside]
    posted by emjaybee on Jun 25, 2013 - 1706 comments

    "Women were dying at the hands of butchers and incompetent quacks."

    Dr. Henry Morgentaler, who opened the first abortion clinic in Canada and broke the law in doing so - which resulted in the Supreme Court of Canada ruling that criminal laws against abortion were unconstitutional - and who was subsequently made a member of the Order of Canada, has passed away at the age of 90.
    posted by mightygodking on May 29, 2013 - 87 comments

    Bearing Witness

    Private Ceremonies. "Most women don’t talk about their abortions and miscarriages. Virtually none go through the experience with a loved one at their side. The greatest gift an abortion counselor can give is to bear witness, to be with a woman as she goes through this private journey, to witness her strength and weakness, her grief, her relief, her pain." A first person essay from a former abortion counselor.
    posted by zarq on May 21, 2013 - 34 comments

    "If you had not chosen it, this state would be intolerable"

    "Oh, the indignities of pregnancy! They told me it would be beautiful and glowing. They did not tell me about farting loudly at bus stops." -- Sophia Collins writes about the horrible truth of being pregnant and why consent matters.
    Rachel Coleman Finch concurs and explains why it made her more pro-choice: One of my mantras for getting through the hideousness that was my last pregnancy was "I consented to this".
    posted by MartinWisse on May 17, 2013 - 64 comments

    This Is My Body

    "This is My Body, not yours." [slyt] [more inside]
    posted by Leucistic Cuttlefish on Mar 7, 2013 - 81 comments

    Right to privacy

    The Arkansas House voted today to override Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe’s veto of the earliest abortion ban in the nation, 12 weeks of pregnancy, just weeks after voting to override a similar veto on a law banning abortions after 20 weeks. [more inside]
    posted by roomthreeseventeen on Mar 6, 2013 - 63 comments

    Fourth Wave?

    'I'm sick of being ashamed." Three days ago, an anti-harassment activist said those words to me in a flat above Cairo's Tahrir square, as she pulled on her makeshift uniform ready to protect women on the protest lines from being raped in the street. Only days before, I'd heard exactly the same words from pro-choice organisers in Dublin, where I travelled to report on the feminist fight to legalise abortion in Ireland. I had thought that I was covering two separate stories – so why were two women from different countries and backgrounds repeating the same mantra against fear, and against shame?
    [more inside]
    posted by eviemath on Feb 26, 2013 - 19 comments

    "Roe has been her life, but it's no longer much of a living."

    "Better known as the “Jane Roe” in the landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, Norma McCorvey has led a conflicted life. Forty years ago, she was at the center of the court decision that famously legalized abortion. Today, she is a zealous anti-abortion advocate." Why did McCorvey turn against the cause she once championed? Tracing the life of an Accidental Activist. Via
    posted by zarq on Jan 24, 2013 - 39 comments

    Abortion in America

    The Geography of Abortion Access - Forty years ago Tuesday, the Supreme Court ushered in legal abortion for American women when it decided in Roe v. Wade. Today, states—particularly in the South and Midwest—are eroding that right by legislating hundreds of provisions intended to impede access with burdensome obstacles. To understand more fully the complex state of access to abortion services in America, The Daily Beast identified and confirmed the location of the country’s remaining 724 clinics and calculated the distance from every part of the country to its closest clinic. (more)
    posted by Artw on Jan 24, 2013 - 26 comments

    This is day-to-day, everyday life.

    There are four states in this country where there is only one abortion clinic in the whole state, including Mississippi, which is facing the prospect of becoming the first state where abortion access is, effectively, gone. via
    posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jan 19, 2013 - 53 comments

    Planned Parenthood moves away from the label "pro-choice."

    With the "Not in Her Shoes" video release, and just in advance of the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood is reframing the debate about abortion. "...Pro-choice and pro-life labels don’t reflect the complexity of the conversation about abortion, and the way that Americans — especially young people — think and talk about abortion today."
    posted by Stewriffic on Jan 15, 2013 - 134 comments

    Undue Burden

    Jennie Linn McCormack "isn’t the only woman in recent years to be prosecuted for ending her own pregnancy. But her case could change the trajectory of abortion law in the United States": The Rise of DIY Abortions. [more inside]
    posted by zarq on Jan 3, 2013 - 66 comments

    The marketing department was hacked!

    Perhaps putting a pro-life message on a coat-hanger is the Worst Marketing Decision of the Year. But there are other nominees. [more inside]
    posted by Potomac Avenue on Dec 12, 2012 - 108 comments

    "God, you owe me a life - a living baby."

    Dr. Gisella Perl was a gynecologist living in what is now Sighet, Rumania, when in 1944 she and her family were transported by the Nazis to the death camp at Auschwitz. There, she was forced to work under Joseph Mengele in the camp hospital. After seeing the horrors and abuse leading up to the murder of pregant women, she "decided that never again would there be a pregnant woman in Auschwitz." Gisella Perl: Angel and Abortionist in the Auschwitz Death Camp [more inside]
    posted by the man of twists and turns on Nov 28, 2012 - 40 comments

    "I am done making excuses for the pro-life movement."

    How I Lost Faith In The Pro-Life Movement: "What I want to share here is how I came to this realization. And if you, reader, are one of those who opposes abortion because you believe it is murder and you want to save the lives of unborn babies, well, I hope to persuade you that the pro-life movement is not actually your ally in this, that you have been misled, and that you would be more effective in decreasing the number of abortions that occur if you were to side with pro-choice progressives. If this is you, please hear me out before shaking your head." [more inside]
    posted by flex on Nov 7, 2012 - 544 comments

    A Probing Issue

    North Carolina State Senator Thom Goolsby is running for re-election against Deb Butler. Last year, Senator Goolsby voted in favor of NC House Bill 854. Among other things, this bill requires that women must undergo an ultrasound and a waiting period before having an abortion. Using a prop, Deb Butler ran this ad. And this ad. [more inside]
    posted by flarbuse on Oct 28, 2012 - 31 comments

    the Contraceptive Choice Project finds that free birth control access significantly cuts abortion rates

    Free birth control cuts abortion rate dramatically, study finds: "When more than 9,000 women ages 14 to 45 in the St. Louis area were given no-cost contraception for three years, abortion rates dropped from two-thirds to three-quarters lower than the national rate." [more inside]
    posted by flex on Oct 5, 2012 - 72 comments

    Women on Waves

    Women on Waves is a Dutch organization started by a doctor in 1999 to provide abortion services to women in countries where abortion is illegal by performing procedures in international waters. They have traveled to Ireland, Spain, and Portugal, and now have their eyes set on Morocco. But Moroccan authorities are attempting to prevent the ship from docking. The group promises a surprise response. [more inside]
    posted by zug on Oct 4, 2012 - 42 comments

    The Complicated Realities of Reproductive Choice

    Knocked Over: On Biology, Magical Thinking and Choice “Spare me the self-help bullshit,” I snarled at my sister while I sat, snot-nosed and gasping, behind a gas station off I-88 on my way home from Iowa. “Life isn’t Eat, Pray, Love. If you try to turn this into a teachable moment I will fucking scream.”
    posted by apricot on Sep 2, 2012 - 87 comments

    The Wire

    It wasn't a coat hanger. It was a wire. The theory was that by inserting the wire through the cervix, moving it around a bit and then removing it, an infection would result and the pregnancy would be aborted. It worked. It was March 1967.
    posted by Pope Guilty on Aug 25, 2012 - 452 comments

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