Remember last week, when Texas state senator Wendy Davis stood and talked for 11 hours to filibuster SB5? The bill that, if passed, would be the most restrictive piece of abortion legislation in the country? Yeah, that was pretty awesome.
This is incredible.
To cheer me up (and you, after reading this), I've compiled a gallery of the work of some incredible feminist street artists from around the world. Check it out, and be happy.
Today is the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the ruling that established the right to obtain an abortion across the country. The Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of a woman's rights to choose, at least within the first three months after conception. However, with how much talk there was about abortion in the last election, it almost feels like this ruling is going through a mid-life crisis.
Instead of focusing on one issue, I thought I'd share a smattering of new issues that came up this week, and judge from afar (aka Canada - the land of legal abortions and same-sex marriage).
OMG you guys, football! There must be some exciting things going on because I can hardly think or type right now thanks to the guy down the hall who loves to scream at the TV when football games are on!
Barack Obama wasn't the only big winner on election night. Women, people from the LGBTQ community and marijuana enthusiasts also finished ahead this election.
Access to free birth control leads to low teen birth and abortion rates. After letting 9,000 mostly poor and/or uninsured women in the city choose what type of contraception they'd use if it were free, researchers found that women that have access to free contraception don't get pregnant as often.
Do you feel well informed about your rights to abortion? Or overwhelmed by opinion and debate?
Meghan McCain used to really bother me. I thought the only reason she had become a well known political commentator was because her father, John McCain, was a prominent politician. It's obvious that she's worked hard to brand herself as a new, young voice of the Republican party. This interview she just did with Playboy is an example of that – she has some good things to say, but she's trying hard to seem cool and relatable.
When I started writing this column back in February the across the United States, many states were reevaluating their legislation around reproductive health. We're nearing the end of the year and yet issues surrounding reproductive health are continuing to pop up. Access to abortion, distribution of Plan B, and issues around birth control are still coming up across they country.
A new report from the United Nations says this, just in a lot more words. The UN Special Rapporteur on Health, Anand Grover, informed member states that states should be providing safe and legal abortion for all of their women, and that not doing so is messing with women's rights.
The Catholic Church has a longstanding reputation of opposing homosexuality, contraception and abortion. Though Pope Benedict XVI has expressed his views that condoms are making the spread of AIDS worse, during his visit to Madrid, he gave priests permission to lift excommunication for women who confess to having an abortion.