While researching PRENDA, RH Reality Check reached out to Lila Rose’s PR representative with some questions about her video and the pending legislation. And we got… crickets.
A Republican Congressman comes out and admits that criminalizing women for obtaining an abortion would be just fine with him.
PRENDA was the legislative equivalent of a troll writing, “Have you considered that HALF of fetuses aborted are FEMALE?”, before high-fiving himself for finally achieving the rhetorical chops necessary to flunk high school composition.
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.
As if there were not already enough barriers to abortion access constructed in the name of “protecting women,” Arizona has become the first state to ban abortions performed on the basis of the race or sex of the fetus.
While sex selective abortion allows women to make what is, in a sense, the ultimate in supposedly informed consumerism, it also can work to create a world where being female is viewed as the primary and most terminal of birth defects.
Where does Sotomayor stand on abortion rights?; Oklahoma bans sex-selective abortions.
Indiana House passes TRAP law; massive gender gap in China; back story behind Vatican’s snub of Caroline Kennedy; Obama a “recruiting drive” for anti-choice movement.
In her new book “The Means of Reproduction,” Michelle Goldberg puts forth a convincing argument that women’s liberation worldwide is key to solving some of our most daunting problems.
TIME calls FOCA a “mythical abortion bill;” possible heads of FDA on reproductive health; getting to the heart of Quiverfull; Tennessee considers legislation to monitor pregnant women; Oklahoma state panel votes on ban on sex-selective abortions; examining scope, impact of egg-as-person legislation.