Posts Tagged ‘abortion’

10 Questions Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan Need to be Asked About Women’s Health Care

In the first presidential debate, women’s health care was the only thing more ignored than moderator Jim Lehrer. Funny, since it was one of the biggest talking points in both campaigns all year. Last week, abortion was briefly addressed by Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan, though framed in terms of the candidates’...

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Tonight: Filmmaker Dorothy Fadiman Holds Screening to Recall the Days of Back-Alley Abortions in America

Tonight: Filmmaker Dorothy Fadiman Holds Screening to Recall the Days of Back-Alley Abortions in America

It was 1961 when Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker Dorothy Fadiman, then a student at Stanford University in Northern California, nearly died from complications after undergoing an illegal, back-alley abortion in Reno, Nev. “At that time, birth control was illegal except for married women. I wasn’t married … so we just took our chances,” recalls...

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Tom Smith’s Rape Gaffe Offers Insight into Conservative Domination

With each repeated Republican Party rape gaffe, the public is offered a little more insight into the way several party leaders and candidates think about women’s rights. Just yesterday, for example, the virtually unknown U.S. Senate candidate here in Pennsylvania, Tom Smith, compared rape to having a child out of wedlock. “I lived something similar to that...

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‘Legitimate Rape’ Fantasies Nothing New for Conservatives

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, the GOP Senate candidate and frontrunner in Missouri, set off a media and partisan firestorm yesterday after making claims in which he noted women who are raped have a natural defense against getting pregnant from said rape. In his explanation, he referred to something as “legitimate rape,” and used pseudo science to claim that, “the...

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‘Back Door Ban’ on Abortion Takes Effect Today

‘Back Door Ban’ on Abortion Takes Effect Today

A law deemed a ‘Back Door Ban’ on abortion rights in Pennsylvania has partially gone into effect today. The law, formerly Senate Bill 732, requires “that clinics renovate their buildings to adhere to the architectural codes and staffing requirements of ambulatory surgical facilities,” as Philadelphia Weekly reported last fall. As of today, 14 of the state’s...

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Philly Reps. Vote Against ‘Gendercide’ Bill

Yesterday, House Republicans brought a bill to the floor of U.S. Congress which would ban sex-selective abortions in the United States. The bill failed to gain a two-thirds majority, required when using the fast-track procedure enabled to bring it to a vote. All three Philadelphia Congresspeople—Reps. Brady, Fattah and Schwartz—voted against it. The bill,...

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Pennsylvania Rep. Introduces Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood

Earlier today, State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) introduced what he’s calling the Whole Woman’s Health Funding Priorities Act. The bill would essentially defund Planned Parenthood in Pennsylvania. Even though tax money that goes to Planned Parenthood goes toward cancer screenings and other services, not abortion, Metcalfe insists this not true. He notes...

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Josephs: Women who Support Ultrasound Bill are ‘Men with Breasts’

Josephs: Women who Support Ultrasound Bill are ‘Men with Breasts’

Always one to speak bluntly on liberal issues, Rep. Babette Josephs of Philadelphia made quite the statement during an anti-ultrasound bill rally today in Harrisburg. As reported by PennLive, Josephs blasted female lawmakers who’ve decided to put their name on the controversial legislation by calling them ‘men with breasts.’ “What are they?”...

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DAILY GRINDER: Another Alleged Philadelphia Terrorist Sympathizer Arrested

Philadelphia resident Bakhtiyor Jumaev was arrested yesterday on charges that he supported a Uzbek terrorist organization when he allegedly sent money to Jamshid Muhtorov, of Colorado. For one reason: “Muhtorov and Jumaev are also suspected of trying to participate in a “wedding” — code for terrorist event or attack — planned by the Islamic Jihad Union,...

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Corbett on Ultrasound Bill: ‘You Just have to Close Your Eyes’

Nothing says rugged individualism gone creepsville quite like Gov. Tom Corbett’s remarks on the forced shaming of Pennsylvania’s female population. When asked recently about the controversial ultrasound bill working its way through the state House of Representatives, Corbett became a little less Juno, a little more Alien. A member of the press asked...

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