“Abortion exceptions” are human rights violations and bad public health policy. Any administration that banned abortion “with exceptions” would force every single woman who needs an abortion to live a nightmare scenario: hope that you qualify and can actually get an abortion, or be denied access altogether. Today, all over the country, many women are already living that nightmare.
From a fundamental human rights perspective denying abortion for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest is just as problematic as denying abortions to women who can’t afford another child, are in unstable relationships, do not want to be a parent, or want to pursue other life opportunities.
A Mississippi legislator doesn’t worry about dangerous abortions, because at least they’ve stood up for “moral values.”
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and reporter Lisa Sylvester did a thorough fact-check of all the points made in the recent debate between Alex Castellanos and Rachel Maddow on pay inequity and found that… Maddow was right.
Now that anti-choicers have moved the fight to contraception in a dramatic way, it’s tempting to stop defending abortion altogether. But we need to make sure we’re defending all women’s rights.
Rachel Maddow does more than any other contemporary media figure to address abortion. But her otherwise excellent special on Dr. Tiller left out what actually occurred inside that clinic.
The day after he was shot in both arms by an anti-abortion activist in 1993, Dr. George Tiller went back to work and announced, “Women need abortions and I’m going to do them.” This remarkably brave man had already endured years of harassment and threats: his clinic suffered $100,000 worth of damage after being bombed, weeks of blockades by glassy-eyed anti-abortion fanatics… he and his staff were stalked by these so-called “activists” who followed him home, yelled at him and everyone attending his church, and flyered his neighbors with “Wanted” posters. His staff, women like Drs. Susan Robinson and Shelly Sella, his office administrator and nurse, were similarly targeted with these posters: which often featured their photos, home addresses and other personal information.
Maddow’s documentary showed us the thoughts and faces of the two groups facing off over the life and legacy of Dr. Tiller. On the one side were brave, stoic providers. On the other, frenzied, angry demagogues motivated by hatred.
Rachel Maddow’s documentary on the assassination of Dr. George Tiller was ground-breaking, but to me also a bit disappointing. What were your reactions?
“The Assasination of Dr. Tiller” details the murder of Dr. George Tiller in his Wichita church and how the environment of intimidation stoked by the anti-choice movement and some members of the media influenced assassin Scott Roeder.