Adventures in Clinic Escorting

A few months ago, I decided I would put my reproductive rights rhetoric into some action and started looking into opportunities for clinic escorting and general volunteering in the arena of women’s health and rights. The Supreme Court is currently reviewing a case that challenges the buffer zones around abortion clinics on the grounds that it limits the First Amendment rights of plump grandmothers and other “sidewalk counselors.” Continue reading

News in Asia: A Brief Overview of Abortion Rights in Asia

Abortion rights and women’s reproductive health have been a prominent topic in the U.S. and European media lately. In the States, there was an epic political showdown in Texas as Democratic legislators fought to prevent the passing of a highly restrictive law that would shut down the majority of clinics that provide abortion and other reproductive health services. Continue reading

The El Salvadoran Government is Killing Beatriz

Just months after the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar, another young woman is set to die from anti-choice policies. After weeks of fighting for the abortion that would save her life, a woman going only by the name of Beatriz was denied the procedure by the El Salvadoran Supreme Court on Wednesday of this week. Savita’s death can be written off by some as mistake or a medical tragedy rather than institutional misogyny, but if Beatriz dies, it will be at the hands of El Salvador’s courts.
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Best of P-Mag: I am Pro-Life and I Vote… Pro-Choice

With all of the Takedowns and Dr. Laura posts, it was hard to make my selections for Best of P-Mag not become the Best of Susan. But this post is one of my favorite things that she’s written. It’s a really well-done, thoughtful, and nuanced look at the ongoing debate between pro-life and pro-choice. This is where I always point people when I want to explain that abortion is not a black-and-white issue. — Liza

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Ways Susan G. Komen for the Cure Can Make it Up to Planned Parenthood

We’ve all been there – “there” being the shame spiral that follows quickly on the heels of hurting a friend’s feelings, fighting with your S.O., disappointing your family, cutting funding that helps thousands of low-income women receive potentially life-saving cancer screenings, etc.

Usually an apology and attempt to rectify the wrongdoing does the trick. But sometimes your screw-up is so massive that only a Public Scene or Grandiose Gesture can possibly repair the shattered relationship. Time for S.G.K. for the C. to consider these options: Continue reading

I Am Pro-Life and I Vote… Pro-Choice

Yesterday marked the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. With the anniversary, there were protests and celebrations from both sides, and it has been a time for everybody to reflect on the meaning of reproductive rights. In the media, anti-abortion groups are often referred to as pro-life; we need to examine this label, and think about what it actually means. To be pro-life is to be in favor of life. Anybody who calls themselves pro-life cannot, in good faith, oppose legal abortion.

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Republican Candidates Care About Privacy, Just Not Yours.

“We are seeing a Republican primary that is absolutely a race to the bottom for women, where they are trying to outdo themselves on who would be the worst president for women.”- Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood

Unless you have lived under a rock for the past few years, you’re more than likely to be aware of the maneuvers most conservative candidates will pull to ensure a couple of votes. While stunts usually shift in cultural fashion over the years, one issue always remains in the spotlight of these campaign promises: the hopeful overturn and restriction of Roe v. Wade. Continue reading

Post-Abortion Syndrome and Me

Sometimes my abortion makes me feel sad, but I’m still pro-choice, and I think that’s all okay. Post-Abortion Syndrome or Post-Abortion Stress Syndrome (PAS or PASS) is the pop psychology term for those who experience depression and related symptoms after an abortion. It seems, when I’ve seen it tossed around, it’s a term created by anti-choice advocates to show that women shouldn’t have abortions because OMG it might make them feel sad. And pro-choice advocates seem to want to deny its existence.  (Note: The first link is from an anti-choice website). Continue reading