A Look at Yesterday’s Supreme Court Abortion Hearings

Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard Whole Woman’s Health v Hellerstedt, an abortion case that will likely be far-reaching in its effects. At issue is the question of just how far states can go with TRAP laws---or, Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers. In Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992), the court upheld Roe v. Wade while also upholding restrictions on abortion. The ruling asked whether a regulation had the purpose or effect of creating an "undue burden" on women seeking abortions, and foun … [Read more...]


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Wanted Pregnancies and Unwanted Abortions

I have a lot of respect for Jen Gunter, an OB/GYN who runs a popular blog about childbirth, abortion, and reproductive health. But something she wrote in a recent post struck me as off, and I feel the need to address it. Access to child care doesn't reduce abortion.Really, how little do you think of women to say such drivel?Ben Carson tried to say the same thing. It’s insulting to women. Feminists don’t insult women.“I’m 22 weeks but just can’t bear the burden of finding affordable c … [Read more...]


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The Anti-Abortion Movement’s Continued Complicity in the Planned Parenthood Shootings

We live in a bizarre world, my friends. It's a world where anti-abortion activists use rhetoric that quite clearly should justify violence against abortion clinics and abortion providers, and then, when such violence does occur, these same anti-abortiona activists act confused as to how this could have happened, and irate that anyone would think it has anything to do with them---while repeating the same rhetoric. I'm honestly not sure how it's not crystal clear to them that their rhetoric is c … [Read more...]


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Did You Know Hospitals “Sell” Body Parts?

Did you know that most hospitals traffic in body parts? Yes, you read that right! Hospitals across the country chop up dead people and are financially compensated for doing so. In an effort to make this practice sound more palatable, you typically hear it referred to as "organ donation." That's right, organ donation. What, it sounds different now? That, quite simply, is why it matters that so many news agencies used the "selling baby parts" terminology when writing about the anti-Planned P … [Read more...]


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Christian Terrorist Robert Dear and the Army of God

In the wake of last week's Planned Parenthood shooting, conservatives claimed that the shootings were unrelated to either abortion or that organization. Some claimed that it was actually a robbery, and that the shooting had started at a nearby bank and the shooter had merely fled to Planned Parenthood. This turned out to be false, and as more information has come out about Dear it has become increasingly clear that this was indeed an act of anti-abortion violence---a form of Christian … [Read more...]


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No True Christian: Robert Dear and Christian Terrorism

I've seen people claim that Robert Dear, the planned Parenthood shooter, was not a Christian. This despite the fact that he had crosses in his dwelling, reportedly was devoted to the Bible, and posted Bible verses and apocalyptic warnings on an online message board a decade ago. Frankly, I'm tired of this. When a Christian commits an act of religious violence, that does not implicate all Christians, just like when a Muslim commits an act of religious violence, that does not implicate all … [Read more...]


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All-Options PRC: The New Pro-Choice Center on the Block

You've probably heard of "pregnancy resource centers." The term itself is the rebranding of the older "crisis pregnancy center" label. These centers tend to be run by pro-life groups intent on dissuading women from having abortions. When I was young, my mother spent time as a volunteer at one of these centers, counseling pregnant women and urging them against abortion. These centers have often been accused of using misleading advertising or coercive tactics to bring women in and convince them to … [Read more...]


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