Pregnant Women Are Hosts: New Terminology, Same Old Argument

Rep. Justin Humphrey, an Oklahoma lawmaker, has introduced a bill that would require a woman to get written permission from her sexual partner before obtaining an abortion. And there's more. At first, Humphrey said that the original intention of the bill was to ensure that fathers are involved in supporting a child from conception. “I was wanting fathers to have to pay child support at the beginning,” he said, but that specific language was excised from the bill.Ultimately, he said, his inte … [Read more...]


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Abortion Is Not a Bible Issue

Last week, Franklin Graham said the following: "It’s not a biblical command for the country to let everyone in who wants to come, that’s not a Bible issue." Well, I have news for Graham---following his logic, it's not a biblical command for this country to ban abortion, either. No, really. Comb the Bible. Nowhere does it say to ban abortion---not even in the Old Testament levitical code, which outlined the law for the nation of Israel. Using Graham's logic, I can deduce that it is certainly not … [Read more...]


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Correcting Assorted Conservative Misinformation

As the week ends, I wanted to touch on two pieces of news I saw earlier in the week but didn't have the time to respond to at the time. I'll combine them here and respond to both, as the two relate to similar topics. The first piece I want to address is this Facebook status by Chris McDaniel, a state senator in Mississippi:Text is as follows: So a group of unhappy liberal women marched in Washington DC. We shouldn't be surprised; almost all liberal women are unhappy. Perhaps there's a c … [Read more...]


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Thank the ACA, Not Restrictions, for Abortion Decline

The number of abortions performed in the U.S. is falling. Anti-abortion groups are moving quickly to take credit for these declines. According to World Magazine: Pro-life leaders attribute the overall decline in abortions to an increase in pro-life legislation and changing hearts.“One element that may not be getting its due is the increasing sense among Americans that abortion is no real solution for mothers, for their babies, or for society in general,” National Right to Life’s Randall O’Ba … [Read more...]


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Feminism, Abortion, and Coalition-Building

There was a bit of a dust-up earlier this week over when it was discovered that this weekend's Women's March on Washington had added an anti-abortion group, New Wave Feminists, to their list of organizational partners. After some controversy, the group was removed from the list of official partners (though still invited to attend) and the Women's March released this statement: The Women's March's platform is pro-choice and that has been our stance from day one. We want to assure all of our p … [Read more...]


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Abortion in the Public Imagination

Have a look at the above screenshot from a World Magazine article. "Do we value life as God does?" the headline asks. The image shows a pregnant woman, likely in her eighth month, holding a book to her belly. My first thought, on seeing the headline and the image, was of maternity leave, of childcare costs, and of the high financial cost of prenatal care and childbirth. I thought of funding cuts for education and for social services. What world will that child be born to? One that values life? Or … [Read more...]


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The Terrible Inconsistency in Ohio’s Abortion Ban

The Ohio legislature just passed a bill banning the abortion of any fetus or embryo with a detectible heartbeat. An embryo typically has a heartbeat at six weeks gestation. Gestational age counts from the first day of their last period; most women are at roughly four weeks gestation when they miss their first period. According to the CDC, 25.3% of abortions performed in Ohio in 2013 occurred at or before six weeks gestation. In other words, Ohio's heartbeat bill would ban well ove … [Read more...]


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