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
I hope you weren’t having a good day, because here’s some upsetting news: the number of pro-choice Americans is down to 41%. Let’s think about that. Forty-one percent. Less than half. Not the majority.
Read More Only 41% of Your U.S. Peers are Pro-Choice
I don’t like abortion.
I have never been in a position where I needed one, and am coming at it from a point of privilege, but that doesn’t change the fact that I don’t like it. I would really prefer to see abortion rates drop significantly. Read More Takedown: Defund Planned Parenthood! Decrease Abortions!
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.
“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. Read More Republican Candidates Care About Privacy, Just Not Yours.
“Life Always.” What are your first thoughts on the phrase? Feasibly, it could be construed as some slogan, found on a Lance Armstrong style bracelet, “Life Always!” – a seize the day sort of optimistic phrase, meant to remind oneself to live in the moment. Read More Life, Always?
This week I didn’t get to spend much time trolling Huffington Post and Salon and my other favorite liberal-tastic blogs, so when I actually got around to reading the news last night, my jaw basically unhinged itself and crawled underneath my desk and whimpered. Because seriously, what is wrong with America’s political system?! The answer is “lots of things, duh,” but I just want to let that rhetorical question hang in the air a minute. Specifics, below: Read More Political Round-Up 2/18/2011: The Gov’mint Wants Your Money, Your Job & Your Womb, Thankyouverymuch
Under the circumstances, this headline is only exaggerated in the sense that John Boehner & Co. have no known plans to shrink themselves and march up the skirts of American women everywhere. Less literal interpretations apply perfectly, however, to a new law the Republican party, specifically the blood-lustey Republican Representatives who hold a majority in the House, is trying to foist onto, by all accounts, an outraged female constituency. Read More When the GOP Tries to Invade Your Uterus