On June 26, the New York Times ran an op-ed from Ross Douthat which highlighted the horror of there being 160 million girls missing in the world today, largely owing to sex-selective abortions. However, rather than indicting this as a horrible outgrowth of deeply entrenched male-supremacy and patriarchy, Douthat places the blame for this on women’s right to abortion and the few hard-won advances that have been made in some spheres for some women. As such, he ends up arguing for the very male supremacy and traditional values that lead to this kind of thing in the first place.
Ross always seems eager (like, weirdly eager) to opine on women’s sexual choices and the inevitable deviance of those choices. Like usual, he’s reluctant to come right out and say that he thinks that birth control is only for bad, bad women, but that seems to be the bottom line.
Reproductive freedom is a civil right, like marriage rights and the rights of minorities, that cannot be left up state legislatures.
Nancy Goldstein agrees with the Pope (sort of)! Spain’s abortion laws may increase craigslist.org searches for rental property in the country, opposing embryonic stem cell research = opposing fertility clinics?
Ross Douthat is at it again – calling to defund Planned Parenthood, the health care provider that offers millions of Americans access to care critical for preventing unintended pregnancy and caring for ones’ health.
Vatican issues “sweeping” statement on bioethical issues; FDA advisors support approval of female condom; Ross Douthat misses the point of the campaign to defund Planned Parenthood; Afghans want larger families, can’t afford them.