Supporters claim that the measure will protect women from being forced into terminating a pregnancy, while opponents say the language of the bill is too vague and will promulgate myths about abortion.
President Barack Obama speaks at the Congressional Black Caucus Awards Dinner to recognize the caucus’ accomplishments and celebrate the Black women and girls who “helped carry this country forward” despite the discrimination and structural challenges they face. “Women were the foot soldiers,” Obama says, in many battles for justice and equality.
In this Planned Parenthood video, April Salazar shares her abortion story. Eighteen weeks into her pregnancy, April learned her son would be born with lethal skeletal dysplasia, a condition that would prevent him from breathing on his own. If she carried the pregnancy to term, her son would suffocate within minutes of birth without medical intervention. Even with extreme medical intervention, “he might live several days.” April decided to have an abortion at 21 weeks. Here, she discusses the importance of allowing women to make their own reproductive health choices.
Rep. Doug Lamborn asked the University of Colorado Denver to provide details about the “body parts” or “aborted fetal tissue” used in all research funded by the National Institutes of Health at the university.
Opponents of HR 36 attacked the bill on the grounds that it is unconstitutional; violates the rights of women in desperate situations, including rape and incest victims; and threatens doctors with criminal penalties for trying to do what’s best for their patients.
The mailer was paid for by Protest ABQ, an organization operated by anti-choice activists Bud and Tara Shaver, former interns with the radical anti-choice organization Operation Rescue.
In this new sketch from Funny or Die, Amber Rose (who gained fame as a model in hip-hop videos and has been speaking out against slut-shaming) lives in a world where women are admired by those around them for embracing their own bodies and sexual desires. Rose reinvents the “walk of shame” into a form of celebration and declares there is “No shame here.”
Rep. Mike Coffman, an ardently anti-choice Republican, included the PPAF logo in his campaign ad last year in an effort to appeal to women voters.
Here are eleven shaming themes I’ve encountered, along with my responses, to help other pro-choice advocates prepare for the muck that’s likely to get slung our way as the right wing continues its crusade against reproductive health-care providers.
The sanctions come in the wake of revelations that the administration edited a state agency press release about the results of an investigation into Planned Parenthood, and the resignation soon thereafter of the agency’s top communications official.