Posts Tagged: reproductive rights

Spin, Measure, Cut: Hobby Lobby and the Tangled Skein of Reproductive Rights

I blame my compulsive crocheting habit in large part on my great-aunt. For the first 39 years of my life I shared a birthday with her: Auntie Marie was born on July 11, 1907, and I came along exactly 60 years later. Like my grandmother—her sister—Auntie Marie worked blue-collar jobs her whole life, raising a son alone after her husband died, but in spite of all the hardship she lived to the age of 99. Like all the women in my family, she was made of stern stuff.

But Auntie Marie had a soft side, evident in the packages she regularly sent to our family in Texas. She made afghans [...]


Wendy Davis's Texas

On June 25, Texas state senator Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth), filibustered against Senate Bill 5, a piece of extremely restrictive legislation designed to shut down nearly all of the abortion clinics in Texas and greatly increase the difficulty of obtaining a safe and legal abortion in the state. I was prompted to attend by Erica Grieder, a staffer at Texas Monthly (a magazine that also employs my husband), who’d predicted “a not-appalling day in politics."

A not-appalling day in the Texas Legislature? Sign me up to see history happen. I often point the Capitol out to visitors and call it a "bad idea factory," but it's a beautiful [...]


German Babies Can Now Be Registered as Female, Male or Indeterminate

From NPR:

A German law takes effect today that establishes a third gender option for parents filling out birth certificates for newborn babies. They can choose "indeterminate" if the child shows both male and female characteristics. The parents will make that choice by leaving the boxes for male and female genders blank. The new law is meant to avoid the need to label an intersex baby as male or female before the child is old enough to decide.

The child could also opt to remain classified as intersex. German passports "will soon be allowed to have an 'X' in the gender field, according to a spokesman [...]


Parliamentary Inquiry: When Do I Drop the Mic

If you missed last night's chamber of totalitarian anarchy and nail-biting procedural debate in the Texas state Senate, you can catch up on the majestic root canal of a victory right here, or watch a short clip of the wild, valiant Filibuster of the People in the minutes leading up to midnight and the end of the special session. Some of the best moments in Wendy Davis's attempted 13-hour stand for reproductive rights occurred in the two hours after she was called off the floor for speaking about a ("non-germane") Texas sonogram law; here, her Democratic colleague, state Senator Leticia Van de Putte, calls bullshit on some [...]


On the 41st Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

This is a great day, and also sort of a painful one, because one is prompted to look at pictures like this and find stories like this and watch feeds of "pro-life" conventions (ha) and reread that lovely Resolution on Republican Pro-Life Strategy (Staying silent fails to alert voters to the Democrats' extreme pro-abortion stances, which voters are repelled by). Anyway! To the freedom to make your own choices. Here are some pertinent links.

• The last and only clinic providing abortions in Missouri

• Pro-choice support funds, sorted by state

• NYMag's abortion stories, collected from 26 women last [...]


Roe v. Wade at 40: Part II of an International Roundtable

This is the second installment in a two-part roundtable about the effects of Roe v. Wade as the case’s 40-year anniversary comes to a close. Read Part I here.

Motherhood and Feminism in the Wake of Nazi Biopolitics: The Struggle for Reproductive Freedom in Germany

by Michelle Kahn

“We had abortions!” With those three words, screaming off the cover of the June 6, 1971 issue of Stern magazine, 374 West German women not only spilled a very taboo, still illegal secret but also expressed frustration with the inaction and relative timidity of their feminist movement. “German women don’t burn bras and wedding dresses, don’t storm beauty contests [...]


Abortion Restrictions in Texas Ruled Unconstitutional

"New abortion restrictions passed by the Texas Legislature are unconstitutional and will not take effect as scheduled on Tuesday, a federal judge has ruled." Judge Lee Yeakel's order is a final one, and this is a huge victory for the Texas women that have stayed on this cause hard (and will still contend with the standing ban on abortions after 20 weeks, and requirements that abortion clinics meet the standard of surgery centers). Wendy Davis, take it to the house! [NBC/DFW]


On the Brain-Dead Texas Woman Being Kept Alive to Gestate a Fetus

The (redesignedNew York Times on an unforgivable human rights story from my home state:

The diagnosis was crushing and irrevocable. At 33, Marlise Munoz was brain-dead after collapsing on her kitchen floor in November from what appeared to be a blood clot in her lungs.

But as her parents and her husband prepared to say their final goodbyes in the intensive care unit at John Peter Smith Hospital here and to honor her wish not to be left on life support, they were stunned when a doctor told them the hospital was not going to comply with their instructions. Mrs. Munoz was 14 [...]


Roe v. Wade at 40: An International Roundtable

This is the first installment in a two-part roundtable about the effects of Roe v. Wade as the case’s 40-year anniversary comes to a close. Part two, featuring essays from scholars whose work is based in Germany and Africa, respectively, will be published tomorrow.

Women of the World Unite?: U.S. Politics of Reproduction at Home and Abroad

by Risa Katzen

40 years after Roe v. Wade, abortion still raises a host of questions with no easy answers. What are the limits of a woman’s right to make her own reproductive decisions? When should the unborn be afforded legal rights? When is it appropriate for the government to intervene in family [...]


What Would Tami Taylor Do About the Second Special Session in Texas?

Today, Texas Governor Rick Perry calls the state legislature back into session in an attempt to pass the sweeping abortion restrictions that were blocked last Tuesday by the efforts ("the unprecedented anarchy," in Perry's words) of Wendy Davis and other Texas Democrats. With 100 state troopers called in to control them, thousands of Texas women have rallied at the capitol to protest. Because this is a 30-day session, the abortion bill cannot be filibustered, and Perry has vowed that it will pass.

"They'll probably be a little bit smarter about how they try to move this bill in this next session starting on Monday," Davis said [...]