· · · · · 

Operating Under a Broken System: On Legitimate Abortions and Forced Triage

What we need to constantly keep in mind is how we are deciding who is most in need of help, and reevaluating how that fits in with our values. Are we ok with only helping certain kinds of people who need abortions? Can we strategize for a future in which we don’t have to make these tough decisions? How can we get there?

· · · · · 

Rape, Forced Pregnancy, Personhood, and Crimes Against Humanity

The real question that needs to be addressed is not whether rape can cause pregnancy. The question is: will measures that ban women who have been impregnated by rape from having abortions be enacted, enabling rapists, with state support, even greater power to deprive women of their dignity and personhood?

· · · · · 

McCaskill Has Massive Lead Over Akin in Latest Rasmussen Poll

Claire McCaskill.

The Democratic senator is up 10 points in her race with the controversial congressman.

· · · · · 

Todd Akin More Strict on Abortion Than the Catholic Church?

Archbishop Dolan, of NY. Andrew Cusack/andrewcusack.com.

The church tries to clarify its own position on rape, but leaves things even more confusing.

· · · · · 

“New Life” Trumps “Existing Life” in the Modern Republican Party

Thanks to the Akin outburst, the extremist positions taken by anti-choice politicians are now finally becoming more visible to a larger public.

· · · · · 

Political Contortions: Mitt Romney Tries to Distance Himself From Mitt Romney and GOP Platform He Unequivocally Supports

Larry Downing/Reuters.

During the primaries, Mitt Romney publicly and unequivocally endorsed every single abortion ban (with no exceptions) proposed by the anti-choice establishment. Now that the GOP platform includes the same language, he’s not so sure.

· · · · · 

Todd Akin’s Brain: It’s Not Just a War on Women. It’s a War on Critical Thinking and Democracy.

Akin’s statement and the GOP’s anti-choice positions aren’t just an election year “war on women” narrative. They are part of a reactionary, fundamentalist backlash to modernity. It’s a war on science. It’s a war on facts. It’s a war on critical thinking. But, really, consider it a war on democracy.

· · · · · 

Todd Akin, Rape, and the Larger Problem of Limiting Health Care Options

A woman with a pregnancy as the result of rape is facing one of the most difficult and confusing situations imaginable. Indeed, the larger problem remains, which is that Rep. Akin and his conservative allies in Congress and state legislatures stand by their desire to limit the health care options a pregnant woman has available to her.

· · · · · 

The Party Wants Akin Out, Anti-Choice Interest Groups Don’t

Is the right about to have its first major splintering?

· · · · · 

As Romney and Ryan Dissemble, RNC Prepares Radical Anti-Choice Platform Based on Personhood

Romney and Ryan in Norfolk, VA. WIn McNamee/Getty Images.

Which GOP ticket is being nominated? Is it the one compromised of two men who have done everything but lick the boots (at least not that I know of) of radical anti-choicers? Or is it the kinder, gentler ticket that only wants to imprison women who terminate a pregnancy not conceived in rape?

· · · · ·