More States Require a Waiting Period to Have an Abortion Than to Own a Gun

A fascinating infographic at The Huffington Post shows that many states have longer waiting periods for abortions than firearm purchases:

In fact, 35 states require that women must undergo mandatory counseling so that they can be “informed” before going through with an abortion, and 26 of those states require an extra waiting period of 24 hours between counseling and the actual procedure. Meanwhile, 8 states have a required waiting period for various gun purchases, with waits ranging from 2-10 days.

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40 Years After Roe v. Wade, Women Are Still Facing Challenges to Their Reproductive Rights

Over the past two years, a number of states have introduced legislation regarding a woman’s right to choose — from mandating intrusive ultrasounds to requiring parental permission.

Business Week has this handy, interactive (not to mention mesmerizing) infographic that puts it all in perspective: [Read more...]

Abortion Advocates Should Claim the Moral High Ground

Maybe we’ve been using the wrong angle when it comes to protecting a woman’s right to choose. Over at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, Valerie Tarico has written an interesting piece in which she asks whether abortion can be framed as a blessing.

Tarico claims that pro-choicers have lost the moral high ground in the ongoing debate and that has led to a backlash in women’s rights.

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Rape Is Not Horrible for the Reasons Many Indian Women Are Led to Believe

The fatal rape and beating of a New Delhi woman that shocked and outraged the world last month has rightfully led to a global conversation about rape, women’s rights, and justice.

One woman in particular, Sohaila Abdulali, who wrote about her own experience at the hands of a group of men in a personal essay that has since gone viral due to the New Delhi incident, had this to say in a recent article: [Read more...]

House GOP Lets Violence Against Women Act Die

Despite last minute efforts by Vice President Joe Biden, the Violence Against Women Act — a piece of legislation that ensures that victims of domestic violence receive the help and protection they need — has expired for the first time since 1994.

Why did conservatives — who are already on pretty shaky grounds when it comes to women’s rights — block this legislation? Here’s one theory: [Read more...]


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