This week, the Kansas House Federal and State Affairs Committee heard the largest, most expansive abortion restriction bill in the nation. HB 2598 is a 68-page piece of legislation, that manages to cobble together many of the most extreme restrictions from abortion legislation currently under litigation in three other states. And yet when I stood up to oppose it, far-right legislators claimed I “went too far.”
What about abortion gives it staying power as the central issue in domestic politics, even in the period of the worst economic situation since the Great Depression of the 1930s? This is a question well worth pursuing.
Although the clinic blockades of the 1980s and early 1990s, called “rescues” by anti-abortion activists, are fewer than they used to be thanks to 1994′s Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act [FACE], the ever-present threat of violence remains a fact of life for providers.
A Federal judge will allow crisis pregnancy centers to enter a lawsuit that the ACLU and Planned Parenthood have filed against the State of South Dakota. The lawsuit was brought against the state in response to legislation passed that makes a visit to a crisis pregnancy center mandatory before receiving an abortion.
The burning of an abortion clinic in Pensacola, Florida on New Year’s Day is an act of violence against women and a call to action. It’s time to stand up.
It’s a tried-and-true tactic: Any time anti-abortion activists are told that they can’t harass people, they scream that their First Amendment rights have been violated. Now, Rev. Mark Holick, OSA head Flip Benham, and longtime co-conspirators Chet Gallagher and Rusty Thomas are at it again, this time in Jackson, Wyoming.
The Madison police chief weighs in on whether the “ABP” issued by radical Wisconsin anti-choice group Vigil for Life, constitutes harassment.
Recent behavior by anti-choice activists and anti-choice politicians demonstrates how little the anti-choice movement has to do with “life”, and how much opposition to abortion is rooted in a stew of shame and sexual obsession.
Over and over and over again people tell me to leave religion out of the debate over abortion. “Many Christians believe in the right to abortion, at least in cases of rape or incest,” I am often told, “So, why alienate them by bringing up religion?”