Since the midterm elections this past November, a reenergized Republican party has forged ahead with plans to dismantle abortion rights on every front, at both state and federal levels. The developments are coming so fast and furious that it can be a little overwhelming, but here’s a recap of some of the recent highlights, in order of publication date.
1. “The Man Who Loves Women Too Much” — Contributor Sara Blustain profiles Harold Cassidy, the lawyer behind a legal strategy that reframes abortion restrictions not as simply protecting the unborn, but rather as protecting women from the consequences of their decisions—in other words, chipping away at a woman’s right to choose in the name of…women’s rights. (January/February issue )
2. “Are You Sure You Want an Abortion?” — Using information provided by the Guttmacher Institute, I put together these maps showing which states have imposed abortion restrictions such as waiting periods, obligatory ultrasounds, or mandatory counseling that includes discredited medical information. (January/February issue )
3. “The House GOP’s Plan to Redefine Rape” — Pretty much all abortion restrictions, in this case a ban on the use of federal money for abortions, contain a rape exemption. But DC-based staff reporter Nick Baumann exposed a recent Republican attempt to redefine rape as only “forcible” rape. Boy, did that piss people off. Baumann’s story spread like wildfire—even showing up on Jon Stewart. The GOP caved on that provision. (Jan. 28, 2011)
4. “Is Providing Abortions Creating a ‘Nuisance’?” — In Wichita, Kansas, ground zero in the abortion wars, Dr. Mila Means wants to replace the murdered Dr. George Tiller as the area’s last remaining abortion provider. But thanks to threats from anti-abortion groups, and the ruling of a judge who had previously donated to pro-life causes, nobody will rent Means any office space. Kate Sheppard reports from MoJo’s DC bureau. (Feb. 4, 2011)
6. “South Dakota Moves To Legalize Killing Abortion Providers” — Kate Sheppard reports on a bill under consideration in the Mount Rushmore State that would have made preventing harm to a fetus a “justifiable homicide” in many cases. Her story caused a national uproar, forcing state legislators to table the bill. Nick Baumann later reported on similar bills introduced in Nebraska and Iowa. (Feb. 15, 2011)
9. “GOP Bill Would Force IRS to Conduct Abortion Audits” — Were you raped? Was it incest? These are the types of questions the government’s tax police would have to ask women who’ve terminated pregnancies if Congressional Republicans have their way, Nick Baumann reports. (March 18, 2011)
10. “The Limits of Tax Jihadism” — Citing the article above, political blogger Kevin Drum makes the case that Republicans are willing to push their anti-abortion agenda even at the expense of their anti-tax orthodoxy.
Click here for more Mother Jones coverage of reproductive rights.
This is why we need to get loud, get out there, and let these politicians know that we will not let this go by unnoticed. There are MORE pro-choice supporters than there are antis, and we need to be visible.
And be VOCAL- to your friends, to your family, to the internet, to everyone - show that we are many, we are strong, and we will not give in.
^ All of this. Especially the part about the Walks for Choice tomorrow. Spam Facebook/Tumblr/Twitter, make awesome signs, and get out there. If you can’t go, spam Facebook/Tumblr/Twitter anyway. Spam about the Walks, spam about the Truth Tour, and spam about every awful anti-choice news story you read. (We’ve been getting about one a day lately). Spam your Senators, your Representatives, your governor, and anyone else with the power to make or break your rights.
We can fight this, but we all have to be involved.
For that fucker who has been taking down my “Republicans are waging a war on women” signs in East Quad… proof. BOOM.
The Best Status ever writter. I love you Sarah Grinn.
"so on top of my two exams this week, getting a mole removed, figuring out study abroad, choosing a grad school, and scheduling classes for next year, I have to watch out for a "black man with a goatee and short black hair, college age, 6 feet tall, brown eyes, medium build, wearing a white T-shirt" peaking into my shower stall tonight? Idk, I mean…what’s one more thing, right?"
I wish I could say I was making this up. From TPM: Kansas State Rep. Virgil Peck (R) suggested Monday that the best way to deal with the illegal immigration problem may be the same way the state might deal with the problem of “feral hogs” — by shooting them from a helicopter.
the fact that bigots like this are having a say in our governmental process is most upsetting.
I got up extra early today, 8 am, and me and the parental units drove to Universal to go see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! I was to say the least, hella stoked.
When we parked our car it literally took us 30 minutes to walk our asses to islands of adventure and then 15 more to get to HP. but wait… HP is so amazing that 30 minutes after they opened the park wouldn’t even let us enter the HP section of the park…so we wandered around aimlessly. FINALLY, we got let in and scampered (okay limped, i mean its not my fault my heels are shitty) through Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley, which were in the same street? im not hating. they had limited space and a limited budget. We walked through the cobblestone streets and made our way to the Flight of the Hippogriff…this was SUCH a baby coaster but mi madre was scared and screaming left and right…lol.
Then she went to wait an hour and a half in line at Ollivander’s and we went to explore Hogwarts and ride the Forbidden Flight (?). SERIOUSLY GUYS, BEST RIDE EVER. it was a simulator and we flew through Hogwarts and dementors were flying out of nowhere…good shit. PLUS, a bunch of Irish girls were next to us. #Bonus.
After that ride we doused ourselves in Butterbeer (non-alcoholic). umm.. ok…im gonna need a minute……………….. BEST DRINK I HAVE EVER TASTED! like…orgasm + beating angry birds+ key lime pie all at once. (this is an analogy, a flawed one probz, but the point is..te butterbeer was fucking flawless.)
then my mom got me to be allowed to sneak into Ollivander’s where I both dodged the 90 minute wait and bought DUmbledore and Harry Potter’s wands. WIN.
then we tried to go in other stores,but EVERYTHING had 1 hour+ wait…and since we are an impatient family we were like fuck that…
my Mom put the experience as eloquently as
"I feel like I just came back from War…like..i may have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder."
-The Farrell Family HATES crowds.
All in all it was a MAGICAL day, and I recommend that everyone goes!
okay, I will admit it. I made fun of her and the song at the beginning. I tweeted, facebooked, and tumblred (are these words??) about it, but now I am looking at this situation from a different viewpoint.
After reading this —> http://www.people.com/people/article/0„20474741,00.html
I definitely began to see how all of my, and others, negativity is adversely affecting this 13 year old girl. She is a CHILD just having some fun and here we are just sitting behind our computers making fun of her and spreading hate. I imagined if this was my daughter, or my sister, and she was crying because of what people are doing.
What authority do we have to sit behind our computers and just make fun of EVERYONE who shows a little creative expression?
I have learned from this and I hope others have too.