In the same week, Rand Paul praised his sister for having six kids but denounced a hypothetical woman on assistance who has only five. The contrast lays bare the hypocrisy and prejudice of the anti-choice movement, and shows how conservatives use children as weapons against women.
The Oscar-nominated film Philomena tells the tale of an Irish Catholic mother separated from her son by one of Ireland’s infamous 20th century Magdalene Laundries. But this adoption system wasn’t limited to mid-century Ireland; there are millions of Philomenas out there.
This week, the United States could learn a lot from a UK town about preventing unintended pregnancies, the United Arab Emirates is mandating that women breastfeed their children for a full two years, and a study looks at sex after breakups among college students.
The ten-point agenda would codify a woman’s right to choose an abortion, attempt to reduce gender-based pay discrimination, and strengthen protections for survivors of abuse.
The Family Research Council recently presented a paper positing that the problem with abortion is that women are just having too much sex. It’s part of a trend: Increasingly, anti-choicers are dropping the pretense that they’re motivated by “life” and admitting that their efforts are about controlling women’s sexuality.
The March for Life, the yearly protest on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, is a Catholic affair, supported by the bishops and the pope. And Republicans.
Despite the fact that New Jersey promotes maternal methadone programs, state officials want to charge women who use methadone while pregnant with child abuse.
Last month’s CNN piece on sex trafficking in Cambodia was notable because it represented a common failure of the media to report effectively on issues like trafficking in ways that do not compound the harm to those most affected.
I found out that I was pregnant nearly 40 years after Roe, but my pregnancy and that case are inextricably linked, even though on paper they have nothing in common.
Philomena is another reminder of the vast inequalities between those who adopt children and birth mothers.