Reproductive Rights

Obama supporters are easy to fool

By · Monday, March 22nd, 2010 · 80 Comments »

We knew that already, of course, but I’m struck today by the extent to which it continues to be true. If I were a con artist or running one of those Nigerian letter scams — or, hell, even a tooth-whitening or acai berry racket — I know where I would be targeting my efforts. These […]

Super Bowl = Patriarchy

By · Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010 · 68 Comments »

I’m not really paying attention to the Super Bowl news, seeing as how I’m still busy with my secret new women’s group thingy. Actually I wouldn’t be paying attention even if I weren’t busy, because jesus, who gives a shit? In fact, I was surprised to realize today that the stupid game hasn’t happened yet. […]

Abortion restrictions violate women’s Freedom of Religion

By · Sunday, December 20th, 2009 · 48 Comments »

There’s an arresting passage in Riverdaughter’s post about the abortion restrictions in the healthcare bill: With anti-abortion measures, women are not just subject to the state, they are forced to recognize a religious presence in their lives whether they have faith or not. Men do not need to recognize any faith. They are allowed complete […]

Infuriated mama offers Democratic Party free clue

By · Monday, December 7th, 2009 · 37 Comments »

Shannon Drury (who, in addition to being an infuriated mama, is also the president of Minnesota NOW): I’m currently of the opinion that the Affordable Health Care for All Act, in its current form, is an embarrassment and ought to be death paneled immediately……Minnesota state senator (and ’10 gubernatorial candidate) John Marty told me of […]

Quick links: today is “Stop Stupak” day

By · Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009 · 10 Comments »

It’s the No Abortion Ban National Day of Action (I like “Stop Stupak” better myself, but who am I?): Center for Reproductive Rights: No Abortion Ban – National Day of Action NOW: Stop Stupak! Stop Stupak Coalition: DC Lobby Day and National Week of Action Planned Parenthood: Action Center NARAL: Day of Action to Stop […]

Dr. Socks leaves the house

By · Friday, November 13th, 2009 · 159 Comments »

I’m going to be traveling for the next few days, so my internet access will be intermittent. This is an awkward time for an away mission, what with the barricades going up and the citizen militias forming, but I have no choice. There are big doings afoot which I must attend. When I get back […]

Terry O’Neill on Stupak amendment

By · Thursday, November 12th, 2009 · 9 Comments »

She done good: Hat tip to Tennessee Guerilla Women.

About that non-vacuum in which Stupak happened…

By · Wednesday, November 11th, 2009 · 41 Comments »

Kate Harding has a good piece in Salon that captures the PUMA-a-year-later zeitgeist we’ve been talking about here (to recap: A year later, world suddenly gets what PUMAs were talking about, House Democrats pass healthcare reform for men, and Rachel Maddow is becoming post-rational). Harding’s piece is called Face it: The Democratic Party is not […]

Rachel Maddow is becoming post-rational

By · Sunday, November 8th, 2009 · 109 Comments »

Today on Meet the Press, Rachel Maddow said that Democratic women “may revolt” over the Stupak amendment, which renders the healthcare reform bill a kind of backdoor ban on abortion. Interestingly, last year Maddow described PUMAs as “post-rational” for attempting the same thing. It was insane, Maddow said, for feminists to buck the Democratic Party. […]

House Democrats pass healthcare reform for men

By · Saturday, November 7th, 2009 · 82 Comments »

Isn’t it exciting? I know I’m excited. Earlier today, before the House began debate on the historic vote, President Obama delivered a pep talk to Congressional Democrats: “I’m absolutely confident we’ll get this done,” Obama said, according to the aide. “And when I’m in the Rose Garden signing a piece of legislation to give healthcare […]