If we don't paint abortion in positive terms does the reproductive rights community lose the semantic war on abortion?
The Kansas House fell short in trying to override Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson’s veto of bill that effected late-term abortions.
Florida resumes debate on ultrasound bill, which could get vetoed by the newly made "non-Republican" Gov. Crist. Newsweek goes for "round two" over pro-choice activists.
South Carolina anti-choice legislators can't seem to get together for a bill to add a 24-hour waiting period while the Georgia House Speaker doesn't seem to be onboard with the Georgia Right to Life's goal for a constitutional challenge to Roe v Wade.
The Center for Reproductive Rights has filed a lawsuit against the newly passed Oklahoma requirement that a women seeking an abortion must have ultrasound and listen while her doctor describes the image in detail, irrespective of her wishes.
The Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Act of 2010 would integrate and greatly improve how the U.S. handles its international family planning and reproductive health programs.
The Louisiana House passes a bill that will ban all insurance coverage of abortions while Virginia passes amendment that potentially removes insurance coverage of abortion for state workers and outlaws abortion procedures in a state-run hospitals.
Talk about cognitive dissonance! When a 10-year-old is raped in Mexico to the anti-choice media outlets it's the feminist groups who are trying to control her choice.
Today, our colleagues at Womens eNews published a story following up on the law recently passed in Utah criminalizing "intentional miscarriage."
Virginia state legislators will likely be voting tomorrow on a budget amendment proposed by Governor Bob McDonnell which would ban the use of Medicaid funding for abortion services in the cases of severe fetal abnormality or for the health of the woman.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is on a bit of a roll lately. Last week he said that gay couples shouldn’t be allowed to adopt and now says women need to be protected from having abortions.
Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson vetoed a bill that would have added a slew of reporting requirements for doctors performing abortions and contained many provisions effecting physicians and their ability to practice in Kansas.
Under a deadline, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell signs bill to create the pro-choice "Trust Women" license plate but adds one final amendment to bill.
One parent makes a complaint about a Nashville school's voluntary sex education class which leads to it being shut down. One detail: the parent just happens to be an a motivational speaker on abstinence.
The big news today is the two announced retirees, Bart Stupak and Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.
In a unanimous vote by the city council on Thursday, the city of Austin, Texas will now require crisis pregnancy centers to post signs that say they do not offer abortion services or referrals to those that provide them.
Imagine your school district got a letter from the district attorney threatening to arrest and charge teachers for teaching a curriculum approved by the state legislature for contributing to the “delinquency of a minor.” That’s exactly what happened in Wisconsin.
After generating a firestorm of complaints in the “Choose Your Charity” contest, Lilith Tour organizers have opened up the process suggestions by fans, and have released a list of criteria for suggested charities. The criteria, however, don't really make things clearer....
The city of Austin, Texas is considering passing an ordinance to require so-called crisis pregnancy centers to post a notice that they do not provide birth control, abortion services or referrals to abortion providers.
Scott Roeder remains unrepentant throughout his sentencing hearing for the murder of Dr. George Tiller and Mississippi joins Colorado in putting a personhood constitutional amendment on the ballot.
Without explaination, Lilith Tour dropped the crisis pregnancy centers and NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina from their "Choose Your Charity Contest."
Jill Stanek and Lila Rose urge their supporters to vote for crisis pregnancy centers in Lilith Tour's "Choose Your Charity" Campaign. Lilith cofounder hints that changes may be coming to contest.
Announcements by the Lilith Tour Monday suggested that $1 from every ticket will be donated to local charities in each of the 36 cities the festival visits. Will crisis pregnancy centers and anti-choice organizations be among them?
Tennessee looks to be the first state to try passing legislation to "opt-out" of including abortion coverage in health insurance exchanges while Hillary Clinton in Canada reiterates that you can't have "maternal health without reproductive health" which includes access to abortion.
The Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act, first passed in 1995, which has never been enacted due to various legal challenges, cleared one legal hurdle this afternoon.
Louisiana, Oklahoma legislatures take steps towards requiring women seeking abortions to view ultrasounds and hear a description. Meanwhile South Carolina considers a compromised version of their "ultrasound bill" which wouldn't require an ultrasound at all.
While the U.S. just had our pro-choice politicians put their priorities to a vote, Canada also went through a similar power-struggle between their pro- and anti-choice forces. In Canada’s case, it was the anti-choice side that came out ahead.
Late last night the House passed the healthcare reform bill in a vote of 219 to 212. A last minute deal between Rep. Bart Stupak and President Barack Obama, who promised to sign an executive order after the House vote, retained his support. Reaction to the deal from pro- and anti-choice groups was swift.
On Thursday the South Carolina House approved an amendment to the state budget that would ban state insurance policies from covering abortions except to save the life of the mother.
While Congress counts votes for healthcare reform, New Jersey debates eliminating family planning funding, and South Carolina's budget is tough for those with HIV/AIDS.
The Idaho House becomes the second state legislature to consider legislation making it a felony to have or perform abortions because of the race or sex of the fetus.
It seems like every day there’s more news about the sudden wave of thought that public employees’ health insurance plans that include coverage of abortion services are equivalent to “taxpayer-funded abortions.”
It seems Virginia is once again on the verge of offering drivers a pro-choice specialty license plate with the money going to Planned Parenthood.
Arizona may soon potentially ban health insurance companies that cover any public employee -- from librarians to state workers -- from covering abortion or any health services related to abortion.
Pity former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. Despite all his good work during his years in the Senate trying to deny women reproductive rights someone out there is saying he's not anti-choice enough.
A California Republican state senator with a history of voting against LGBT rights has officially come out of the closet. Roy Ashburn: "I'm gay."
At the request of Utah's governor, a bill that would criminalize miscarriages is to be resubmitted to remove the standard for “recklessness.” The new version, however, would still set a dangerous precedent.
Supporters of the Colorado Personhood initiative have 14 days to get enough signatures to place a constitutional amendment defining zygotes as people on the ballot this fall.
Gay marriage is happening in a lot of new places this week, which always attracts a party. Meanwhile in Afghanistan some mullahs are promoting birth control and distributing condoms.
While California puts gay marriage on trial, and possibly on camera, one state senator in Maryland tries use his state's gay-marriage friendliness as a factor for companies to move there.
Were you glued to your computer monitor yesterday watching the White House’s Healthcare Summit? If not you probably didn’t notice the glaring lack of women legislators invited. And naturally the issue of abortion was one of the many objections raised by Republicans in objection to the president's bill.
What is the worst advice about sex you've ever received? Today we livestream the keynote address for the Sex::Tech 2010 conference and introduce you to the Say What?!?! contest winners.
Bob Marshall, who continues to dispute he said what he's been recorded and caught on video tape saying, is digging an ever-deeper hole for himself politically. Moreover, new video shows that he was introduced at the press conference by a minister who said Pat Roberts was "on target" about the recent earthquake in Haiti being just punishment for a "pact with the devil."
Interested in figuring out the right birth control method for you? Wondering if you should be tested for an STI? Need to know where the closest Planned Parenthood clinic is located? Planned Parenthood now has three widgets that can be added to a blog or webpage.
The sad case in Philadelphia shows the lengths women will go to get an abortion and why outlawing it will only make it more dangerous.
Trying to "fix" his comments that abortion leads to birth defects by justifying them with faulty "evidence," Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall is digging an ever-larger political hole.
Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall, trying to end all state funding of Planned Parenthood, offers a Biblical explanation for why children are born handicapped: God is punishing women for their sins.
A bill has been filed in the Florida House that would ban all abortions with the sole exemption to save the life of the mother, a direct constitutional challenge to Roe vs. Wade.
A bill passed this week by the Utah State Legislature and awaiting the governor's signature, will criminalize miscarriages and abortions under certain circumstances and send women to jail.
Kansas lawmakers are starting to use the same language about tax dollars to apply to private health insurance coverage of abortion services.
Planned Parenthood Advocates of New York has a message for Harold Ford Jr. Stop calling yourself a pro-choice politician.
In what some hope is a temporary setback to pro-choice supporters, the Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill that would create a pro-choice license plate, but would redirect the proceeds away from Planned Parenthood, the plate's sponsor.
Access to reproductive health clinics may become a lot harder this month because yesterday began the annual anti-choice campaign "40 Days for Life" -- an intense harass-a-thon happening at clinics across the country.
The new reason to "ban" abortion: because the potential abortion seeker (aka, the woman who is pregnant) is a racist? I'm not sure how else to read new proposed laws in Georgia and Oklahoma that seek to ban "reasons" for abortion.
Is this a new thing for Republicans to show off what they really think about poor women? Colorado's Rep. Spencer Swalm wants you to know he has a plan for ending poverty...stop having kids.
Virginia's General Assembly is inching towards passage of legislation that would approve the creation of a pro-choice specialty license plate, making it the fourth state with a pro-choice design and the first created that required legislative approval.
Clinic defense workers know that abortion
protesters often seem to care
what's in other women's bodies than the needs of actual children. The new clinic in Massachusetts proves
An intriguing study shows that exposing young adults to TV storylines may have a bigger impact than watching news programming.
Apparently one SuperBowl ad wasn't enough. Focus on the Family actually bought air time for two ads, with the second ad to air multiple times during the pregame show.
In the field of reproductive rights, you win some, and women lose some. Plus sometimes it seems for every step forward women make, someone wants to start you back at the beginning.
The PeeWee Herman purity ring. Is it meant to be ironic? Sarcastic? Sincere? Who can tell? Although it looks pretty ugly, and the "purity" part is hidden by the wearer.
Dan Hynes has conceded the Democratic primary race for Illinois governor after losing to Pat Quinn. Meanwhile it's not yet known if it'll be Bill Brady or Kirk Dillard for the Republicans' side.
Markos Moulitsas over at Daily Kos has just released the results of a poll he had conducted by Research 2000 of over 2,000 self-identified Republicans.The poll contains lots of interesting information about what "self-identified" Republicans apparently think.
So what does Harold Ford Jr. really believe about abortion? Parsing his stances on reproductive choice is trickier than nailing jello to a wall.
A coalition of 16 religious organizations has signed a letter urging Congress and the White House to support comprehensive health care reform that does not "create new restrictions to abortion."
Funny that even though CBS changed their policy towards advocacy ads they rejected an ad for a gay dating website saying it "is not within the Network's Broadcast Standards for Super Bowl Sunday."
This morning's roundup is about state legislation and some of good and bad bills currently being debated in statehouses around the country.
Tonight is the president's State of the Union address and while Obama is sure to address health care reform there is some hope that he may also call on Congress to repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy for the military.
Four people were arrested on Monday trying to electronically bug the New Orleans' office of Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu. Among the arrested was James O'Keefe, the filmmaker best known for the ACORN videos.
For those of you who haven't yet heard the quote, South Carolina Lt. Governor Andre Bauer, recently compared poor children receiving free lunches to "stray animals" who "breed" because of all that good food. Rachel Maddow has the goods.
Despite the cold, a dedicated group of women and men, showed up at the steps of the Supreme Court at noon on January 22. I asked people what choice meant to them and snapped some pics of the rally.
American Life League gears up for a new round of amendments at their Personhood Now training conference. But will calling fertilized eggs "little children" help them chip away at abortion rights?
Today everyone is still hashing over the news of Scott Brown's win, what does it mean, and where are we going. But there's plenty of evidence of where women's rights stand right now.
Can the state turn you into a legal incubator? The First District Court of Appeal in Florida heard arguments that asked that very question after the state ordered a woman confined to a hospital bed, against her wishes, when she was 25 weeks into her pregnancy.
Today's roundup is all about the harm caused by those who oppose abortion so strongly, they ignore all the other harm they are creating for women and doctors.
Bart Stupak says he's seriously considering running for governor in Michigan in 2010.
Today's roundup is all about the politicians and the things they do in their attempts to keep supporters happy, some of which will backfire.
Virginia may become only the fourth state to offer a "pro-choice" specialty license plate. But why is there a huge disparity between the states that offer "choose life" plates and those that offer pro-choice ones?
Thanks to the Supreme Court you can't watch the trial on California's Proposition 8 live or via YouTube, but you can follow all of the live bloggers and tweeters.
Senator Ben Nelson is full of regret. He also doesn't understand why the anti-choice groups are still angry at him.
The Center for Public Integrity has very interesting report on the Republicans For Choice PAC. According to their research most of the money raised by the PAC has gone to two companies controlled by the PAC's founder and chairwoman Ann E. W. Stone and very little to pro-choice Republican candidates for office.
The common thread in this morning's roundup is that women should be allowed to be the final decisionmakers of whether they have children. That is true whether they want more children or don't want any.
President Obama has named Amanda Simpson, a transgendered woman, to be the senior technical adviser to the Commerce Department. Simpson would be the first known transgendered presidential appointment.
With the Nelson "compromise" language still filling the today's newspapers with editorials and columns, the consequences of the vitriolic nature of the abortion debate will be on display today in a Kansas court room.
In the wake of the weekend's Senate abortion language "compromise" pro-choice activists are still sorting out all the details and trying to decide where they should stand on the passage of the final health care reform bill.
While the public is waiting for Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson to decide if he is going to fall in with the Democrats' proposal for healthcare reform, Harry Reid has threatened to make everyone stay till Christmas to finish the bill.
This morning it seems if Senator Ben Nelson doesn't get his way on the issue of abortion coverage in the final health care reform bill he might sandbag the whole effort.
There was a lot of good news packed into the 2010 Omnibus Appropriations bill which was passed by Congress over the weekend. For the first time ever, Congress eliminated all dedicated funding for abstinence-only sex education programs.
This morning we're still seeing reactions from
voters on how their politicians chose to vote on Stupak Amendment.
Just because she was officially rebuked, she hasn't backed down. Sister Donna Quinn, the Chicago Roman Catholic nun who was reprimanded last month for her years of work volunteering as an abortion clinic escort, is still backing women's rights.
Senator Bob Menendez, D-NJ, is sponsoring an amendment to the Senate health reform bill allowing states to waive the five-year waiting period and extend Medicaid coverage immediately to legal immigrants.
The number of induced abortions worldwide declined from nearly 46 million to under 42 million between 1995 and 2003, with the most significant reductions in regions showing increased contraceptive use, a Guttmacher/WHO study released today found.
Rachel Larris gets to the bottom of what really happened in Alabama this week when anti-choice protestors face off against clinic staff women trying to do their jobs.