Ultra-conservative religious activists have suffered another set back in their quest to legally define a fertilized egg as a person.
Fundamentalist religious activists suffer a second failed attempt to create "personhood" for fertilized eggs in an effort to ban all abortions, contraception, embryonic stem cell research and in-vitro fertilization.
The lawyer for an elderly man who phoned in a death threat against an abortion doctor is bailing on his client ahead of a July 20 competency hearing.
Kansas has long been a hotbed of anti-choice protests stoked by a hard-right political climate and conservative religious views. But the prairie state is now home-base for the most radical elements of the movement.
The nation's capitol is swirling today with talk of the impending retirement of another veteran lawmaker, David Obey (D-Wisc.). His retirement could have major implications for reproductive health issues in the House.
Army of God adherent and Georgia gubernatorial candidate Neil Horsley is under arrest for a series of bizarre diatribes against pop star Elton John, and is increasingly focusing his active anti-gay and anti-choice activities abroad.
A federal law, commonly referred to as the FACE Act, was supposed to curb disruption and violence at abortion Clinics. But does it?
Bart Stupak, now complaining about threats and harassment for his position on health reform, voted against the landmark 1994 Freedom to Access Clinic Entrances Act (FACE Act) that protects providers against harassment.
A judge orders a mental competency hearing for a Washington man who threatened to kill Colorado physican Dr. Warren Hern.
A trio of anti-choice religious groups recently hosted a national teleconference describing their plan to elect ultraconservatives at the state and federal levels in 2010.
The beat goes on for a band of absolutist anti-choice advocates who are pushing to legally define "personhood" as beginning at the moment of conception.
From soft-core pornography to unwanted groping, it's not easy for women at technology conferences. Reported incidents are becoming fewer, but blatant sexism remains.
A ballot measure seeking to give constitutional rights to fertilized eggs may rise again. And if not by sheer volume of petition signatures, proponents will sue the state to advance the cause.
A slew of state bills to establish precedents for "fetal homicide" have at least one thing in common—little mention of the women actually involved in the incidents.
James Dobson has officially stepped down as chair of Focus on the Family. However, Dobson won't be out of the public eye nor will the global evangelical media empire's chief, Jim Daly.
A seemingly feel-good bill to require insurance plans to cover maternity care and contraception in Colorado is fraught with problems that could have been solved by long-delayed federal legislation.
Donald Hertz, of Spokane, Wash., will go to trial for threatening the life of a member of Dr. Warren Hern's family. Hern is an abortion provider in Colorado and a colleague of Wichita physician George Tiller.
The latest effort to effectively ban abortion and contraception in Colorado may not qualify for the November ballot.
Encouraging spiritual leaders and congregations to promote open, factual discussions on sex, sexuality and social justice is the focus of a new report by the Religious Institute.
Lost in the chaos of recent political debates was an unexpected and unreported schism in the hard core anti-choice movement fueling the state "personhood" ballot drives.
Rewire has found that a unique provision in Mississippi's Constitution prohibits modifying its Bill of Rights by voter referendum, despite the attempts by the "personhood" movement to do so.
Instead of looking at the areas of most importance to all of us on healthcare, the conversation is hijacked by this central concern about whether women are going to continue to choose to be mothers, says Marie Wilson of The White House Project.
Anti-choice activists tried mightily to put a happy face on their annual March for Life rally but the news was grim for its priority project -- placing another "personhood" constitutional amendment on the Colorado ballot.
Colorado women at a "Remember Roe" event tell of the driving forces behind their advocacy for choice in a state in which "personhood" threatens Roe, and conservative lawmakers try to kill a bill banning gender rating in insurance policies.
A Nevada district court judge threw out a proposed "personhood" state ballot measure arguing the language is "too general" and the measure too sweeping.
An ongoing battle over the takeover of Denver hospitals by Catholic institutions threatens total loss of hospital-based reproductive health care. A Federal Trade Commission ruling offers the last chance to separate health care from ideology.
A Kansas judge said he would "leave the door open" for Roeder's defense team to argue to jurors that his religious beliefs about abortion compelled him to act, possibly opening the door to a conviction on lesser charges than first-degree murder.
A claim that the Colorado Catholic bishops have blunted their opposition to the latest "egg-as-a-person" state ballot amendment is raising questions about its authenticity. And the people who could verify the mystery letter have clammed up.
A curious trend surfaced in early November when public support began to tank for health care reform as different schemes were floated by Congress and the House voted to further restrict federal funding for abortion. Which raises an interesting question: Can we blame those waning views on the Stupak-Pitts amendment?
An email chain leaked to Politco reveals the depths to which anti-choice Rep. Bart Stupak will go to place unprecedented restrictions on abortion services in the proposed health care reform bill.
Conservatives, bemoaning low birth rates, suggest paying couples with college loan debts to have babies. They ignore, however, their own efforts to defeat policies, such as the Family Leave Act, that would make it easier to afford and care for children.
Condoms prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. But finding them in a store can require the tracking skills of a bloodhound. An investigative report by Wendy Norris on access to condoms in Colorado, including an interactive map.
The primary care physician leading the Montana "personhood" campaign is under multiple investigations for Medicaid fraud: She allegedly insisted that patients pray with her.
In a strange twist, Nevada anti-choice groups, complaining that the wording of a "personhood" amendment to establish civil rights for fertilized eggs is too vague, are on the same side as Planned Parenthood and ACLU.
After attacking James Dobson and Mitt Romney for not being anti-abortion enough, American Right to Life has set its sights on a new high profile target: ex-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
Coverage of Stupak-Pitts neglects a bigger motive for the Vatican: Restricting insurance coverage of women's reproductive health care will eliminate competitive barriers faced by Catholic institutions.
Notorious anti-abortion activist Father Norman Weslin was among a dozen protesters arrested by U.S. Capitol Police outside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's district office Thursday at a raucous protest against the health reform bill.
Shortly after Dr. George Tiller was murdered on May 31 and his Wichita clinic subsequently closed, other providers bravely stepped into the breach. Among them is Dr. LeRoy Carhart, now targeted by anti-choice forces in an eerily similar campaign.
The peculiarities on Personhood Colorado campaign's recent financial disclosure form may be an oversight by fledgling activists...or a much more cynical attempt to thwart public accountability by a well-oiled theocratic political machine.
Before Anglicans can cash-in the Vatican's new express pass to convert to Catholicism the two faiths must bridge one of the biggest schisms between them: birth control.
Instead of a thoughtful series on very real gender inequities in wages, unfair gender-rating of health insurance and antiquated
employment policies to truly elevate the public debate, it now appears Cosmopolitan is advising the Shriver Team.
The "battle of the sexes is over" claims the much-heralded Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Changes Everything on American work and family life. Unless, of course, you're among the millions of women for whom it isn't.
Three major players in the absolutist anti-choice movement headed to Montana last weekend to push a second attempt at a state ballot measure to ban abortion without exception. But the meeting excluded one noteworthy group.
Shoe designer Christian Louboutin's restyled doll will undergo the ultimate plastic surgery — slimmer ankles to accentuate the custom-made stiletto kicks for her freakishly small feet.
One would hope after decades of social progress in the workplace, at school and home that the gender stratification of toy stores, clothing racks and extra-curricular activities would be relegated to the dustbin of history. Not the case.
Every year, more than 71,000 American college students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape, and some 110,000 students reported being too intoxicated to know if they consented to having sex.
The Family Research Council's report Wednesday commemorating 40 years of crisis pregnancy centers inadvertently confirms a dirty little secret of public health: $200 million per year is being spent on reproductive health care provided by amateurs.
Audra Reiff is on a one-woman mission to put Dr. Warren Hern out of business. Her enthusiasm for denying women contraceptive care is matched only by the community's apparent disinterest in her crusade.
While ultra-conservatives attempt to derail health reform with intellectually dishonest charges of taxpayer-funded abortion, state and local pro-choice advocates seek more centrist issues to attract allies to the greater cause.
The Family Research Council wants you to be manly. So the Values Voter Summit, the annual confab of ultra-conservative political and religious leaders, tried to be hip with a fundamentalist-inspired reenactment of "Mad Men."
After dropping out of sight for several months, Marilyn Musgrave resurfaced in March at the national antiabortion political advocacy group, the Susan B. Anthony List, to run opposition campaigns against 12 pro-choice lawmakers.
The so-called "personhood" movement promoting constitutional rights for fertilized eggs got a fresh shot in the arm in recent days with ballot initiatives gearing up in Florida and renewing efforts in Colorado and Montana. And a host of familiar nationally-known and emerging local activists from hard line anti-abortion groups are leading the new charge to ban abortion, contraception, and other comprehensive reproductive health care.
Will Bellevue, Neb., become the new Wichita as the epicenter of the anti-abortion protest movement? Not if Herb Evers can help it.
The biggest "pro-life" proponent in Bellevue, Neb., didn't join the phalanx of 65 anti-choice protesters on the sidewalk next to Dr. Leroy Carhart's clinic over the weekend. He was too busy providing reproductive health care to dozens of women inside.
Radical anti-choice groups have found a disturbing ally in Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning, whose public statements reveal strong support for their agenda. Also read Wendy's tweets from the Carhart clinic here.
In just five short years, the primary movers and shakers in the absolutist anti-abortion/anti-choice movement seeking to promote the “personhood” of zygotes (the single cell that forms after a sperm fertilizes an egg) have amassed nearly $58 million in tax-deductible contributions for their cause. A special investigative report by Wendy Norris for Rewire.
A resurgent movement to place "personhood" measures on state ballots across the nation to ban abortion and comprehensive reproductive care could have far sweeping implications.
The national antiabortion group, Susan B. Anthony List, is the recipient of a cool 50 grand courtesy of defeated U.S. Rep. Marilyn Musgrave's campaign fund.
One of the last remaining providers of very late abortions in the country said it was an “outrage” the murder of Dr. George Tiller last week has led to his family’s decision to close the clinic he ran in Wichita, Kan.
The contentious transfer of two Colorado-based Exempla hospitals to a Catholic health care network is likely to further shrink comprehensive health care services for Denver-area patients because they violate church doctrine.
Antiabortion domestic terrorism is linked to the radical militia movement that promotes “Biblical justice” rationales for murdering abortion providers while celebrating those responsible for the violent clashes as “heroes of the faith.”
Rep. Diana DeGette talks to Wendy Norris about a fact-finding mission to Afghanistan, the Afghan law that would have legalized marital rape, and the extraordinary lengths Afghan women go to access education.
Will funding for abstinence-only-until marriage programs stay out of the budget once Congress gets its hands on it?
Anti-abortion activists who rallied behind Colorado’s Amendment 48 last year came up with another big goose egg Friday when the North Dakota Senate rejected a “personhood” bill that sought to confer constitutional rights to zygotes.
Ultra-conservative Christian talk-radio hosts are taking a new approach to get their message out — ambushing right-wing pundit Ann Coulter for supporting 2008 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
The Birth Control Protection Act, crafted to thwart future legal challenges to contraception, passed the Colorado House Monday.
Former Colorado Rep. Marilyn Musgrave will lead a new antiabortion initiative that will target members of Congress in the 2010 election cycle who support abortion rights.
Montana's legislature must pass the bill to define fertilized eggs as people by 100 votes before it can get on voters' ballots.
The proposed Birth Control Protection Act in Colorado would stem future assaults on contraception by conservative lawmakers and religious activists who argue birth control pills are an "abortifacient."
Following the overwhelming defeat of Colorado's personhood initiative, Denver's annual March for Life underscored the sense of how lost the local anti-abortion movement seems.
Despite the crushing 3-to-1 loss of a state constitutional amendment to confer civil rights on fertilized human eggs, the American Life League says it's their "only option left".
Christian anti-abortion activists announced a plan to chalk the sidewalks near 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with "pro-life messages and pictures" to greet the new first family as they settle into their White House digs.
An anti-abortion protester attempted to shout down Gov. Bill Ritter, who was speaking on the steps of the Capitol in opposition to the proposed state constitutional amendment that would confer legal rights on fertilized eggs.
Planned Parenthood Action Center on Friday released a TV ad set to air in Denver and other markets where the McCain campaign has been advertising a claim that Barack Obama favored teaching kindergartners about sex.
It’s been a battle of the bullhorns this week in Denver.
The AP is reporting three incidents Tuesday involving anti-abortion protesters raising cain at the DNC.
An internecine fight has been brewing between warring camps of absolutists that oppose abortion under any circumstances versus those who advocate for incremental change or are willing to make exceptions in certain cases. Latest battleground: Colorado.
A strange netherworld of extremes exists in today's anti-abortion movement. Nowhere is that more evident than in Colorado's proposed Amendment 48, a controversial mandate that seeks to confer constitutional rights to fertilized human eggs.
In November, Colorado citizens will vote on an amendment declaring that life begins at conception. Rewire's Wendy Norris examines the moral precedent this amendment could set.
Conservative activists are gearing up to enact state laws to restrict abortion. Colorado is once again serving as a political incubator in yet another attempt to chip away at Roe v. Wade, this time in the form of an amendment stating that life begins at conception.
Hard-line anti-abortion forces in Colorado say they are backing off their fiery criticism of conservative U.S. Senate candidate Bob Schaffer for not supporting a controversial state ballot measure. Or are they gearing up for Round Two?
Proponents of Colorado's "egg as a person" initiative have just one month left to submit petitions to the Colorado secretary of state to certify the measure for the Nov. 4 ballot. Now, in the frenzy of the signature-gathering push the campaign is taking a decidedly more aggressive tone -- toward its own.
GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee endorsed Colorado's "egg as a person" state ballot measure on Monday, but for whose benefit -- Zygote Americans or his own dwindling political fortunes?
This afternoon, Focus on the Family Action issued a strongly-worded press statement that Rev. James Dobson "cannot, and will not, vote for Sen. John McCain."
The cultural outreach arm of Focus on the Family, the Colorado Springs-based evangelical religious center and publishing powerhouse, relayed Dobson's statement, which it stressed, was a personal opinion and not made on behalf of the tax-exempt nonprofit ministry.
"I am deeply disappointed the Republican Party seems poised to select a nominee who did not support a Constitutional amendment to protect the institution of marriage, voted for embryonic stem-cell research to kill nascent human beings, opposed tax cuts that ended the marriage penalty, has little regard for freedom of speech, organized the Gang of 14 to preserve filibusters in judicial hearings, and has a legendary temper and often uses foul and obscene language.
I am convinced Sen. McCain is not a conservative, and in fact, has gone out of his way to stick his thumb in the eyes of those who are. He has sounded at times more like a member of the other party. McCain actually considered leaving the GOP caucus in 2001, and approached John Kerry about being Kerry's running mate in 2004. McCain also said publicly that Hillary Clinton would make a good president. Given these and many other concerns, a spoonful of sugar does NOT make the medicine go down. I cannot, and will not, vote for Sen. John McCain, as a matter of conscience.
But what a sad and melancholy decision this is for me and many other conservatives. Should Sen. McCain capture the nomination as many assume, I believe this general election will offer the worst choices for president in my lifetime. I certainly can't vote for Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama based on their virulently anti-family policy positions. If these are the nominees in November, I simply will not cast a ballot for president for the first time in my life. These decisions are my personal views and do not represent the organization with which I am affiliated. They do reflect my deeply held convictions about the institution of the family, about moral and spiritual beliefs, and about the welfare of our country."
Much to the surprise of the conservative religious movement, Dobson also withheld an endorsement from fellow preacher Mike Huckabee's presidential bid at the Values Voter Summit last October, as reported by Colorado Confidential.
Mitt Romney's candidacy has not been well-received by religious leaders on the political left or right due to deep, long-standing theological differences between mainline Christians and the Church of Latter Day Saints, in which Romney is a prominent member.
While Dobson was not expected to throw his hat in the Romney camp, it has created a bit of a political pickle for him as Colorado's GOP establishment - long-time allies of Focus on the Family - are publicly supporting the former Massachusetts governor.
Colorado's still in it! Wendy Norris tells us a short tale of the candidates in Colorado.
The 35-year battle to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade decision is once again firmly planted in women's wombs. This time, instead of directing their wrath at women's clinics, abortion foes are targeting a much different constituency -- fertilized eggs.
When does saving multibillion dollar companies a few bucks supersede the public's right to know about toxic emissions? The EPA, with a kick in the pants from the president's budget office, thinks it knows -- and it's now.
Colorado Supreme Court ruled today that the ballot measure to define the "egg as person" was not deceptive in purpose.
Like tempestuous teenagers, federal lawmakers can't make up their minds how to fund an abstinence-only program -- if at all. So, Colorado took matters into her own hands.
We may want our kids to "just say no," but when it comes to doling out abstinence-only funding, Congress isn't abstaining. In the latest federal budget bill, Congress gives it away. Big time.
Latina teens in Colorado are giving birth at alarming rates. Reproductive health activists work to find answers in the midst of cultural obstacles that pave a path to early motherhood.
A new study reveals that more than two-thirds of states, including Colorado, are not in compliance with new federal guidelines on HIV testing.
The Guttmacher/WHO study calls into question the argument that outlawing abortions and focusing on abstinence education deters women from terminating pregnancies. Is the Colorado Supreme Court listening?
While Colorado is making some strides in reducing teen birth rates for older teens, their younger peers aren't making nearly the same progress.
Congress approved another emergency 90-day extension for a contentious grant program to support abstinence-only education ahead of the September 30 fiscal year deadline.
In one fell swoop, President Bush tells children he won't ensure they receive health care - but he will make sure they're at risk for sexually transmitted infections as a result of the abstinence-only programs his administration will continue to fund.
Colorado family planning organizations are finding creative ways to get condoms into everybody's hands.
Adolescents in Colorado have a more complex view of what virginity and abstinence mean than we might expect.
Surprisingly, other mountain states provide better contraception access than Colorado.
Colorado ranks 40th in the country on access to contraception. The state does not allow Medicaid coverage for family planning, and has no policy on access to emergency contraception. But is the tide turning?