Why Are LGBT Rights Thriving While Choice Suffers?

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This article on the Daily Beast by Jay Michaelson spotlighted a trend that I've noticed and wondered about the reasons for: in America these past few years, LGBT rights are making great strides, while women's rights continue to fall further and further behind. The contrast between the health of these two progressive causes is striking, and cries out for an explanation. Same-sex marriage is winning victory after victory, including in red states like Kentucky and Utah, to the point where even … [Read more...]

Last Chance to Donate to Bowl-a-Thon!

Just a reminder - this coming weekend is the 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. I'm on a fundraising team this year, and it's not too late to chip in. If you want to support me in this cause and haven't donated yet, now's your last chance! 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 … [Read more...]

No, There Isn’t Any Common Ground on Choice

In 2005, the then-county executive of New York's Nassau County, Thomas Suozzi, gave a speech at Adelphi University in which he expressed the hope to find "common ground" on reproductive choice: "As a Democrat, I do not often find it easy to talk with other Democrats about our need to affirm our commitment to the respect for life and how we need to emphasize our party's firm belief in the worth of every human being," he said. "As a Catholic, I do not often find it easy to talk with other … [Read more...]

What Is #UpForDebate in the Secular Community?

As I mentioned in an earlier post, David Silverman of American Atheists incited a firestorm when he said at CPAC this year that there was a secular argument against abortion rights. He's not the only one: Disappointingly, my Patheos colleague Friendly Atheist gave a platform to an anti-choice atheist earlier this month and then declined to post a rebuttal by the group Secular Woman. In response, SW started a hashtag, #UpForDebate, sarcastically asking what else we should consider negotiable … [Read more...]

Bowling for Abortion Access

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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 … [Read more...]

Weekend Coffee: January 25

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• Is conservative Christianity itself bad for marriage? The research says yes. Michelle Goldberg lays out the facts: Ironically, the very practices meant to shore up marital security in conservative communities end up sabotaging it. By promoting abstinence until marriage, these communities encourage people to marry young. Poor sex education and limited access to contraception for teenagers lead to unintended pregnancies and shotgun weddings. Gender-role traditionalism leads to … [Read more...]

Atlas Shrugged: Battle Cry of Freedom

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Atlas Shrugged, part I, chapter IX Leaving Hank and Dagny for a little while, we turn to a scene in Connecticut: The silhouette of a conveyor belt moved against the strips of fire in the sky, raising coal to the top of a distant tower, as if an inexhaustible number of small black buckets rode out of the earth in a diagonal line across the sunset. The harsh, distant clatter kept going through the rattle of the chains which a young man in blue overalls was fastening over the machinery, … [Read more...]

When Bishops Tie the Doctor’s Hands

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Although the media has been thrilled by some symbolic statements about poverty by Pope Francis, the inconvenient fact remains that he's changed none of the doctrines that were the biggest reason for atheists to object to Catholicism in the first place. Last week in Michigan, we saw another example of that: Tamesha Means, the plaintiff in the lawsuit, said that when she was 18 weeks pregnant her water broke and she rushed to Mercy Health, the only hospital in her county. Her fetus had … [Read more...]

When Abortion Is the Merciful Option

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Last week, voters in Albuquerque decisively defeated a ballot measure that would have banned abortion in the city after 20 weeks, by a ten-point margin. The failed ban, which made no exceptions for rape, incest or fatal fetal abnormality, was the culmination of a months-long campaign by anti-choice groups in the city, including a grossly offensive protest outside the New Mexico Holocaust Museum and a truck bearing the usual gory fetus pictures. Since the bill was defeated by a solid margin … [Read more...]

Weekend Coffee: November 9

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• Following the resignation of the previous team, CFI has announced the new hosts of their podcast Point of Inquiry, one of whom is my friend Lindsay Beyerstein. Congratulations! • This week's entry in the WTF Department: Richard Cohen, an awful columnist for the Washington Post, saw the movie 12 Years a Slave and was shocked to learn how bad slavery was. I wish I were kidding about that. • Three cheers for science! A new antiviral therapy can cure hepatitis C without a … [Read more...]


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