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Hot take: Abortion laws punish black, poor women from engaging in sexual behavior Christians abhor

One thing we’ve learned from the Democratic debates is that the party is all abortion, all the time. As Twitchy reported, even MSNBC’s moderators asked candidates if they’d place any limits on abortion, a question that Elizabeth Warren, for one, completely avoided answering — so that’s a no. Although we’ve heard plenty of hot takes about abortion bans and heartbeat bills going into effect across the country, attorney Victoria Abraham wrote a piece on Medium.com repeating the argument that abortion bans — and even laws that prevent taxpayer money from…

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‘I am a fat woman’: Democrat candidates shock and surprise at Planned Parenthood forum (not really)

The Planned Parenthood Action Fund 2020 Election Membership Forum is being live-streamed on Facebook as we write this post, so there’s still plenty more to come, but the event does give a handful of the Democratic candidates an opportunity to out-do each other on “women’s reproductive rights.” By now you should know that we hate that “intersectionality” has become a thing; in case you’re new to the term, it’s an academic race to see who is most “marginalized.” For example, of course, a woman in America is oppressed by the…

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The unfortunate side effects of well-intentioned hashtags like #YouKnowMe

The hashtag is #youknowme. And the people who are the most vulnerablewomen and trans or gender non-conforming folks with uterusesare being asked to do the most. Not only are we being asked to explain the issue, to make it palatable, but we are being asked to unearth what could be most private and painful moments in the hopes that it will somehow persuade those who dont give a damn about our rights to suddenly see us as worthy of the very protections that lawmakers in Georgia, Alabama, Missouri, and many…

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Christian rightwingers warn abortion fight could spark US civil war

Wave of extreme bans seems to have amped up predictions of coming conflict Prominent figures on the Christian right in the US ranging from religious magazines to authors to elected politicians have warned that the fight over abortion rights could lead to a new civil war. Though such dire predictions are not openly speculated that the divide over abortion rights might lead to civil war. Last month, Keller drew explicit comparisons with the antebellum situation over slavery, telling the Guardian: Whether this ever leads to a tragedy, like it did…

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Romance novelists pledge to confront abortion ‘taboo’ after Alabama ban

State senates near-total abortion ban prompts demand for genre to treat issue as a normal part of life, not a moral lesson Dip into the fast-moving world of romantic fiction and it quickly becomes clear that very few of the fictional couples Alabamas state senate passed a near-total ban on abortion, writers are asking themselves why none of these heroines ever considers termination. According to the Guttmacher Institute, an organisation promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights, its a common experience for women in the US, with an abortion by…

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Extreme abortion laws shine light on Trump’s courting of religious right

Evangelical backing for a thrice-married celebrity is not as odd as it seems: on abortion, the supreme court and more, the president has delivered win after win After bowing his head in prayer, King Cyrus, deeply flawed men who nevertheless carried out Gods will. David Barker, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University, suggests Christian evangelicals start with an assumption of human depravity that sets expectations low, so Trumps lying and philandering and Twitter rage and can be overlooked. Speaking at the American Enterprise Institute…

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Kansas Supreme Court Rules Abortion Is Protected by State Constitution

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday that abortion rights are protected by the state constitution and temporarily blocked a law banning a common form of Roe v. Wadethe 1973 decision legalizing abortion across the country. With todays ruling Kansas highest court unequivocally affirmed that the state constitution guarantees women the right to safe and legal abortion, said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights.As this decision makes clear, attempts to undermine that fundamental right by banning safe and accepted methods of abortion cannot stand. The decision…

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Conservatives think Twitter is censoring an anti-abortion movie

Supporters of the movieUnplanned criticized Twitter over the weekend for what they said was censorship of the film’s account. The movie, which took in $6 million on its opening weekend, is based on the memoir of Abby Johnson, who was the director of a Planned Parenthood clinic until, she said, participating in an abortion procedure caused her to become pro-life. The account tweeted on Saturday that it had lost followers after it was suspended on accident. A Twitter spokesperson told the Daily Dot the suspension “wasn’t directly about this account.…

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Northern Ireland abortion reforms ‘a test of May’s feminism’

Shami Chakrabarti calls on prime minister to negotiate with parties to relax laws Theresa May has been challenged to demonstrate her feminist credentials by relaxing Northern Irelands abortion laws after Irish voters supported liberalisation in a landslide referendum result. The shadow attorney general, Shami Chakrabarti, said abortion reforms that brought the rights of women in Northern Ireland into line with the rest of the UK were a test of the prime ministers feminism. The Labour frontbencher added that unless devolution was restored to Stormont quickly, the government could no longer…

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EUGENICS: Patricia Heaton BLASTS CBS for report on Iceland eliminating Down syndrome via abortion

Maybe CBS News missed it, but this is called EUGENICS … Iceland is on pace to virtually eliminate Down syndrome through abortion. #CBSNOA learns more, tonight at 10pm ET/PT https://t.co/EB6BKgQFN3 pic.twitter.com/SOKU7oe6a3 — CBS News (@CBSNews) August 15, 2017 Nearly 100% of women in Iceland whose unborn baby tests positive for Down syndrome are aborting them. From CBS News: Since prenatal screening tests were introduced in Iceland in the early 2000s, the vast majority of women — close to 100 percent — who received a positive test for Down syndrome terminated…

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