Bowling for Abortion Access

The past few years have been bad ones for reproductive choice, as the religious right continues in its obsessive focus to throw up ever-more insulting, condescending, and ridiculous obstacles between a woman and her right to exercise autonomy over her body. Just this month, in Iowa, state legislators proposed a bill that would allow women to sue their doctors for up to ten years after getting an abortion, regardless of what consent forms they signed, if they experience “regret” – an obvious attempt to chill doctors from practicing medicine with the fear of frivolous lawsuits.

In Pennsylvania, a mother was arrested for ordering pregnancy-terminating drugs off the Internet for her daughter, even though it took the district attorney two years (!) to figure out how the laws could be stretched to apply to this. (Ultimately she was charged with assault because the drugs gave her daughter abdominal cramps.)

And just last month in Texas, we witnessed the sick spectacle of a brain-dead woman whose body was kept alive against her wishes and the wishes of her husband, forced to serve as an incubator for a nonviable fetus, until a court mercifully stepped in. This is on top of laws so restrictive they’ve already eliminated all practical access to abortion in large swathes of the state.

Until the world changes and the religious right’s power is broken, it’s imperative that we do what we can to defend reproductive freedom against outrages like this. That’s why I’m again participating in this year’s National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon, a nationwide fundraiser with the goal of helping to pay for abortions for women who want them but can’t afford them. If you’d like to help out a good cause, please pledge your support! Here’s my personal page and my team page (you can donate to either one – the only thing it affects is who gets bragging rights for raising the most money).

If you can afford to help, please contribute! The money you give will make a real difference to women in need of our help.

Image credit: NARAL Pro-Choice America

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  • Msironen

    Funnily enough, the “Empowerment of women” immediately brings into mind Hitchens who repeatedly advocated for it (srsly, just google “hitchens empowerment of women”) as the only proven way to improve the human condition in developing countries. But then again, he’s the Horseman of Misogyny so fuck him (to the ground), right? Unfortunately he’s already there :(

  • Jackson

    This represents a fundamental disregard for the ability of women to make their own decisions. If a woman regrets a decision she made, clearly it’s her doctor’s responsibility for not talking her out of it. How many times have women been robbed of self-determination for their own “protection”?

  • Nathaniel

    People can be complicated. He was a misogynist. One only need to read his laughable editorial on how women are genetically incapable of being funny to see that.

    He also recognized that improving the ability of women to run their lives is one of the most sure fire ways of improving cultures and societies. Even a stopped asshole can be right some times of the day.

  • J-D

    Hitchens was right sometimes and wrong sometimes, just like everybody else. _What_ is right is more important than _who_ is right.

  • Alex Harman

    Funny that the same folks (right-wingers, that is) who want to enable women to sue their doctors years later because they regret having abortions are also usually the ones spouting paranoid fantasies about men being charged with rape by women who regret having had consensual sex. They’re all for personal responsibility in that imaginary scenario, but when it comes to abortion they fall all over themselves looking for ways to “protect” women from their own choices and even help them place the blame for those choices on someone else, if they’re so inclined. (Those who will be so inclined are far rarer than the wing-nuts think, of course.)

  • Jcm7997

    A woman suing her doctor years later because she regrets having an abortion, is just wrong. Was Jackson’s comment meant to be sarcastic? I had breast cancer and my doctor strongly recommended mastectomy. But if I strongly refused to have the mastectomy despite my doctor’s advice, it wouldn’t be my doctor’s fault if the cancer advanced. Women need to be responsible for the decisions that they make.

  • Jcm7997

    most people can look back upon some of the decisions they made when they were young(er) and can identify some that they would’ve changed if they knew then what they do now.