reproductive rights

Call the Midwife: Three Questions to Ask Republicans about Reproductive Healthcare that Have Nothing to Do with Abortion

Last night’s episode of Call the Midwife veered away from the familiar topics of abortion and birth control and provided a reminder of something that often gets lost in policy discussions about reproductive health: In so many ways, these issues have to do with love. Reproductive... Read more »

Watch Samantha Bee Kick Ass in the Name of Choice at the Republic National Convention

Having a hard time wrapping your mind around the shitshow that is the... Read more »

WTF Files: Jan Brewer Thinks You're Pregnant Two Weeks Before Conception (and she signed a bill to prove it!)

If the “Women’s Health and Safety Act,” which defines pregnancy as beginning two weeks prior to conception, didn’t freak you out four months ago, maybe this news will: On Thursday, Arizona Governor (and on-... Read more »

WTF Files: "Planned Bullyhood"? Really, Karen Handel? REALLY?

<img src=”http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8424/7784110586_73f8b145af_o.jpg” alt=the cover of Planned Bullyhood, which features a ripped pink ribbon” align=”left” hspace=”10” />You may recall former Susan G. Komen executive Karen Handel from... Read more »

Watch This: No Joke. Choice Matters. Everywhere. (Bonus: Issa Rae is in it!)

The folks at Pathfinder International just launched No Joke. #ChoiceMatters. Everywhere., a campaign to raise awareness about international reproductive health care. The campaign is focused on building a movement to help more people... Read more »

End of Gender: Boys Will Be Girls Will Be Boys

Teen birth rates in the U.S. have hit an all-time low. Much of the conversation has revolved around this: in a generation with greater freedom to break... Read more »

Planned Parenthood Turned Down a Fat Donation From Tucker Max, For Good Reason.

Douche du tous les jours Tucker Max is in the news again today, and this time it’s for an attempted publicity stunt... Read more »

The Sudden Pink War: Making Sense of the Komen/Planned Parenthood Rift

By now, chances are you’ve seen the news that the Susan G. Komen Foundation defunded its support of Planned Parenthood, which it had established in 2005. Pressure for the foundation to stop the support began almost immediately, and the national Susan G. Komen board resisted this... Read more »

Sebelius Overrules FDA: Plan B Won't Be Sold Over the Counter

By now you’ve probably heard the bad news: In what can only be called an astounding move by an Administration that pledged on... Read more »

Preacher's Daughter: Sexual Violence and Discourses of "Purity"

I have spent a lot of time thinking about the silliness of “True Love Waits”-style campaigns, but it never really occurred to me to think about how a child who has been raped might experience these shaming “abstinence-only” discourses. That is to say, this would be particularly cruel, painful, and... Read more »

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In a Bizarre 1976 Comic Book, Spider-Man Fought the Villain of Misleading Sex Education

Last week, I came across a very strange comic book: in 1976, Planned Parenthood teamed up with Marvel to publish a one-off comic in which... Read more »

Films and TV Portray Abortion as More Dangerous Than It Is

Films and television shows tend to present a skewed portrayal of abortion—when fictional movies and TV shows include a plotline about abortion... Read more »

Douchebag Decree: Anti-Choice Hidden Camera Edition

Tool-in-pimp's-clothing James O'Keefe's laughable costume and douchebag seduction methods have mostly discredited his conservative... Read more »

The Dramatic History of American Sex-Ed Films

In 1948, in a seventh grade classroom in Eugene, Oregon, a teacher dimmed the lights and flipped on 16mm projector. A film called Human... Read more »