Last week, reports surfaced showing that U.S. birth rates hit a record low in 2020, and the call is on for women to to sacrifice their lives and their independence for the sake of the almighty dollar.
In what amounts to a capitalist pyramid scheme, pundits are predicting a dire economic future unless we produce more human widgets. And in a twist that could fit comfortably into the new season of The Handmaid’s Tale, 2021 is shaping up to be one of the most regressive for women’s reproductive health since abortion became a federally protected right in 1973.
A woman’s right to choose was under siege in 2019. Emboldened by the new conservative majority in the U.S. Supreme Court, anti-abortion advocates entered a new phase of their fight, enacting aggressive measures in at least 17 states that ranged from banning and criminalizing abortion outright to forcing doctors to offer false information about “reversing” the procedure.
But these attacks also led to a growing number of abortion rights advocates and lawmakers to successfully push for measures protecting access to abortion care at the state level.
Transgender rights are reproductive rights, and vice versa. It’s a connection that is not stressed often enough in a world where cis women and trans people are pitted against each other by bad-faith liberals and bathroom-obsessed conservatives alike. Yet nothing could be clearer — as witnessed by recent legislation, here and abroad, that aims not just to define women purely as bearers of children, but to prohibit trans people from building families at all.
The most recent proposed legislation comes from Utah. The so-called Vital Statistics Act Amendment is intended to prohibit transgender people from changing their gender on their…
Generally, when a person is attacked and seriously injured, they’re considered the victim of a crime. That wasn’t the case with Marshae Jones. When the 28-year-old woman in Alabama lost her pregnancy after being shot in the stomach, she wasn’t consoled by police — she was arrested and charged with manslaughter.
Police claim that Jones instigated the fight that led to her getting shot; the woman who actually pulled the trigger had her charges dismissed. “The only true victim in this was the unborn baby,” Pleasant Grove Police Department Lt. Danny Reid told a local reporter.
So far this year, eight states have passed extreme restrictions on abortion that contradict federal law. These bills aren’t just designed to limit abortion access in their respective states; they’re meant to serve as a launching point for the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade altogether.
While that might cause abortion-rights advocates distress, there are reasons to believe that not only will the Supreme Court reaffirm Roe, but despite the conservative balance on the Court, it’s unlikely to agree to hear challenges to the case in the first place.
By now, it’s been well-established that the Republican men legislating away women’s bodily autonomy have little-to-no idea how those bodies actually work. They think women’s vaginal secretions can act as a protective spermicide when we are raped; they believe gynecological exams can be remotely conducted by having a woman swallow a camera. These men are woefully, embarrassingly stupid.
Given all that’s at stake — Roe v. Wade and women’s freedom, to start — men on the left cannot afford to be as uninformed. …
Another day, another anti-abortion law — this time in Alabama, where Republicans are trying to make abortion punishable by up to 99 years in prison, with no exceptions for rape or incest survivors. A vote on the bill, which is expected to pass, was delayed after a clash on the Senate floor.
As more states try to adopt what are essentially full bans on abortion, I’ve seen some on the right argue that criminalizing the procedure won’t really punish women — that no matter what the law says, in reality no one is going to put a woman in jail…
This week, Georgia became the sixth state to ban abortions after six weeks — so early in pregnancy that many women don’t even realize they’ve missed a period, let alone that they’re pregnant. Laws like these effectively ban all abortions — and that, of course, is the whole point.
Republicans want to ensure that women are forced to carry pregnancies no matter how far along they are, and these so-called heartbeat bills do double duty: They prevent women from legally being able to obtain an abortion, and were written with the hope that they’d be challenged all the way to…
In his State of the Union address, Donald Trump repeated a popular talking point among Republicans recently: that Democrats want to pass legislation that would “allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments from birth.”
That’s a lie, but not one we can brush off as just another of the president’s many falsehoods because this particular lie serves a specific and dangerous purpose. The GOP wants to drum up outrage over so-called “late-term abortion” as a way to distract from their extreme—and deeply unpopular—move to ban early abortions and make it impossible for women to end their…
This week, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law a measure that aims to ban almost all abortions and punish those who perform or obtain them. Though she recognizes the bill may ultimately be blocked by the Supreme Court, the governor made clear that its purpose is to undermine Roe v. Wade.
The bill, called the Alabama Human Life Protection Act, is a startling acknowledgment of the anti-abortion “pro-life” movement’s determination to show that a fetus is a human life deserving of protection, but a woman is not. These so-called “heartbeat bills” — which ban abortions after the six-week mark…
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