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Manly Christian Bros ‘Apologize’ for Letting Their Women Get AbortionsJanuary 15, 2015
A pro-life media group has released a new video called “The Apology,” in which square-jawed, manly Christian bros apologize somberly to the camera for allowing women they were sleeping with to have an abortion. “I should have manned up and fought for you,” one says, referring to the fetus.
The video is produced by a company called Heroic Media, which produces anti-abortion television, billboard and Internet ads telling women to visit crisis pregnancy centers instead of actual doctors. In “The Apology,” though, women are an afterthought; the men each say “I had an abortion,” then express remorse for doing so, in the form of lingering, pained glances into the middle distance.
The Group Behind America’s Biggest Anti-Abortion March Now Says Birth Control Causes AbortionsJanuary 13, 2015
Each year on January 22—the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade—the March for Life draws thousands of protesters to Washington, DC, for what organizers bill as “world’s largest anti-abortion event.” But this year, there’s an added wrinkle: Organizers of the march have spent the past six months arguing that birth control pills are a form of abortion.
March for Life Education and Defense Fund, the nonprofit that organizes the annual protest, identified oral birth control as a form of abortion in a lawsuit filed in July. With the suit, which is ongoing, March for Life is fighting for an exemption from the Affordable Care Act mandate that all private employers provide contraception coverage.
March for Life argues that covering drugs or medical devices that cause abortions would violate its founding principles. And it places hormonal birth control, which includes things like oral contraception and vaginal rings, squarely within that category. In its lawsuit, the group refers to these as “abortifacients,” a characterization with which most physicians strongly disagree.
“They’re not based in science”: Why GOP’s already pulling a post-election bait-and-switchJanuary 8, 2015
Welcome to the 114th Congress, everybody. Now please enjoy this sweeping and unconstitutional abortion ban that no one asked for. Arizona Rep. Trent Franks and Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn wasted no time in introducing a measure that would restrict most abortions after 20 weeks, announcing the bill on the very first day of the new session. And South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham has indicated that he’ll introduce a version in the Senate in the coming weeks. The issue, it seems, is a high priority for the GOP.
Comprehensive Sex Education Credited for California’s Lowest Teen Birthrate in Two DecadesJanuary 4, 2015
According to data released last year from the state’s health department, California’s teen birthrate has dropped to its lowest level in 20 years, with the current rate being at 28 births for every 1,000 teenage girls.
The data shows a 60 percent drop since 1991, when the rate peaked at 70.9 births for every 1,000 girls. Public health experts directly attribute the encouraging news to state laws that require California public schools to offer comprehensive sex education classes — along with accurate information about birth control. State officials also praised family planning programs that provide community-based resources to teens.
US Bishops Working To Ban Hospitals From Providing Women With Common Form Of Birth ControlJanuary 2, 2015
Last month, seemingly without notice or reason, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops changed its policy and banned Genesys Health System, a Catholic medical center in Michigan, from performing tubal ligations, the second most common form of birth control for women in their 30s and 40s in America. Upon a woman’s request, immediately after she had given birth, doctors would “tie her tubes” to prevent future pregnancies. 700,000 are performed annually across the country.
The Bishops are in the process of tightening the rules that govern Catholic run hospitals, including secular hospitals that are associated with Catholic hospitals. ProPublica reports that what happened at Genesys “is almost certainly a sign of things to come.”
The Chilling Tactics Of Anti-Choice ActivistsDecember 30, 2014
ABORTION PROVIDERS ROUTINELY FACE THREATS AND INTIMIDATION
The lunatics at the ultra-conservative WorldNetDaily (WND) are at it again, this time spreading lies and faux-outrage regarding acts of violence perpetrated against those ever-peaceful pro-life protesters in an article is entitled “Bull’s-eye! Violence Stalks Pro-life Protesters: Attack numbers tell story that shocks activists,” and let me tell you – I, too, was shocked at the level of lies inclusive within the article.
Lawmaker stands by abortion bill requiring man’s consent: ‘It’s not a woman’s body, it’s a child’s life’December 29, 2014
The Missouri state representative who introduced a bill that would require a woman to obtain the written, notarized consent of a the father before obtaining an abortion has defended the proposed legislation despite outcry from state Democrats and women’s health groups.
In an interview with local NBC affiliate KHSB on Thursday, Rep. Rick Brattin said H.B. 131, which he filed in early December, was a bid to stand up for men’s rights, which, he said, have been eroded by feminists.
Conservatives Believe Contraception Is Abortion Only When It’s Politically ConvenientDecember 27, 2014
In recent years, there has been a surge in energy behind the conservative argument that some forms of birth control are tantamount to abortion. Anti-choice activists have taken to saying that emergency contraception and IUDs work by “killing” fertilized eggs, a claim that is unsupported by science, which shows instead that these forms work by preventing sperm from meeting egg. Despite that, the Supreme Court ruled in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that employers can use the abortifacient claim as a way to deny women birth control coverage, as long as the belief in the falsehood is sincerely held.
But is this belief that contraception equals abortion all that sincere, or has it been invented as a pretext to chip away at contraception access? In a new paper for the pro-choice Guttmacher Institute, senior policy communications associate Joerg Dreweke lays out a compelling case that the “belief” that some forms of contraception are abortion fluctuates based on political necessity. “Rather than applying the claim that some contraceptive methods in effect cause abortion consistently to all aspects of their advocacy,” Dreweke writes, “antiabortion groups ignore and often contradict their positions when it might hurt them politically.”
Federal Court Unanimously Calls North Carolina Anti-Abortion Law A Violation Of The First AmendmentDecember 23, 2014
In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has permanently blocked a 2011 law in North Carolina that represented one of the harshest forced ultrasound measures in the country. The judges agreed that the measure is a violation of the First Amendment.
The law, which was struck down by a district court at the beginning of this year, forced doctors to provide their patients with detailed descriptions of ultrasounds immediately before proceeding with an abortion. Even if the patient attempted to avoid that information by closing her eyes and covering her ears, the law stipulated that physicians should continue speaking.
Climate Change, Evolution, and Now Abortion: Why Conservatives Mislead About FactsDecember 20, 2014
It’s long been a media and political truism that the abortion debate is primarily a struggle over morals and values, pitting concern for embryonic life against women’s right to bodily autonomy. That really did used to be the case, I’d say. Looking over the political landscape now, though, it’s becoming clear that the anti-choice movement has basically abandoned that moralistic strategy when it comes to their actual political activism.
Sure, anti-choicers still lean on the “pro-life” angle in internal messaging to supporters and while harassing women outside of clinics. But when it comes to making change happen on a legislative or judicial level, the anti-choice movement is borrowing a plan of action from climate change denialists and creationists: Create the illusion of a scientific controversy where none exists, and use that as a pretext to push a right-wing agenda. Climate change denialists have had great success claiming there’s a scientific dispute over whether global warming is real, when in fact there’s overwhelming consensus that it is happening. Creationists have also successfully confused the public about research regarding evolutionary biology, which is so ridiculous at this point it’s like saying that there’s debate over whether gravity is real.
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