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We Shall Overcum

Last Thursday, June 26, 2014, the Supreme Court struck down a Massachusetts law that created a 35-foot "buffer zone" outside women's health clinics (at which legal abortions are performed.) While my instincts cried foul, my intellect told me that since the decision was unanimous, the law itself must have had some pretty massive fundamental flaws. Surely, the trifecta of my girl crushes on the highest bench in the land wouldn't have concurred otherwise in ruling against the buffer zone designed … [Read more...]

Rape Culture Round-up

Well, folks, it's June 24, 2013, and I'd like to welcome you to a little feature I call "Rape Culture Round-up."  Progress on the War on Women front?  Let's just say any moves have been lateral at best, rather than forward.We can start with this little gem from conservative talking head Laura Ingraham.  When discussing how Plan B (emergency contraception) will likely soon be available over the counter, she opines thusly: " It’s a good deal for pedophiles, a good deal for people who commit sta … [Read more...]

Vaginas to the Left, Vaginas to the Right.

Here's one of the things I'm good at.  Seeing the other side.  I do it in many of my pieces about women's rights...especially when it comes to advocating legal and safe abortions.  I'm going to try it again, here.  This is me, playing devil's advocate, tongue-in-cheek style.Let's just asssseeewwwwwwwme that the censure of Michigan State Lawmaker, Lisa Brown, was NOT a result of her having used the dreaded (correct) term, "Vagina"  "Hoo-hah."  Let's asssseeewwwwwwwme that the male Republican l … [Read more...]

An Open Letter to Pro-Lifers

I could tell you I was raped.  (I wasn’t.) I could tell you I am a victim of incest.  (I’m not.)  I could tell you my life would be in danger if I got pregnant.  (Partly true, but for this discussion, let’s say not.)  I could tell you I’m mentally challenged or ill.  (I don’t think so, but let's please not open THAT up to debate...) These are some of the scenarios even the most ardent advocates in the Pro-Life movement might allow themselves and those they love flexibility where safe and legal ab … [Read more...]

Why am I not cheering?

In a stunning reversal on an equally stunning mistake, Susan G. Komen For the Cure has apologized and restored funding to Planned Parenthood for breast exams and screenings.  Why am I not thrilled?  Maybe because despite the evidence of the absolutely mind-boggling power of social media, this whole episode is symptomatic of a much larger societal ill.  And I have many questions, since I by no means think the matter is settled.  There is fall-out with which to contend.1.  How will pro-lifers r … [Read more...]

Et tu, Komen?

Hooooooo boy.  Just when I was gonna take a break from women's issues to write about glassblowing or something.  Now this.  Komen pulls its funding from Planned Parenthood for breast screenings and exams.Unbelievable.  Just unbelievable.  I don't even know where to begin.  It's bad enough there's a war on women's health in this country - but to enlist breast cancer survivors and their families to help wage it?  Unconscionable.Now listen.  I've been accused of being fair to a fault.  In my … [Read more...]

Small Comfort for Mothers, Fetuses, and Jews

Part Four (closely related to Part Three) of I-Don't-Know-How-Many in a series of posts inspired by "Miss Representation."  If you haven't seen the trailer for this movie, and you have 8 minutes, please watch it here now.  A very good and sweet friend sent me a 33-minute video and asked my opinion.  A man named Ray Comfort - someone claiming to be Jewish - compares doctors who perform abortions to Hitler, and those who allow this to happen to the German standers-by.  It’s done more subtly and … [Read more...]


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