“For so long, folks have talked about abortion … with shame or with euphemisms or as if there’s something wrong with it,” Erin Matson, co-director of Reproaction, said.
If we learned anything in 2015, it was that activists of all ages and backgrounds are up for the challenges that lie ahead.
Many online users may not know how to take precautions, so Speak Up and Stay Safe(r) is a great starting point. But while reading through it, it troubled me how the onus is always on the target of online abuse to educate others and find solutions to a problem forced onto them.
A former Alabama mayoral candidate is caught on tape thundering at his small children about “killing babies,” beginning their lifelong lesson in fear and revulsion.
Rush Limbaugh’s limp quasi-apology to Sandra Fluke isn’t good enough. Clear Channel Communications, the largest radio station owner in the US, should fire him and establish a precedent whereby media commentators understand that misogynistic language and attitudes are unacceptable and career-ending.
Alexander Sanger, Chair of the International Planned Parenthood Council
and grandson of Margaret Sanger, founder of the birth control movement more
than eighty years ago, discusses the murder of Dr. George
Tiller and criticizes Right Wing talk shows, such as the O’Reilly Factor, for
providing a justification for Tiller’s murder. He writes that: those defending or excusing the murder of Dr. Tiller
adduce a perverse variation on the civil obedience argument of Gandhi and King
and Thoreau—murder for a higher principle. They press that principle further
to say that it was necessary to kill the doctor in order to save lives—the
lives of unborn children he might have aborted. This is to adapt the
Hiroshima/Nagasaki Greater Good justification (we dropped the bombs to end the
war to save American and Japanese lives, as many as a million and more) to the