Author Natasha Chart writes for RH Reality Check: “Modern medicine has given us many wonders. But I think that makes it easy to forget, or to conveniently obscure, that every pregnancy is a risk. We can forget that every pregnancy is so risky that, if it weren’t a pregnancy but a procedure, we would have to sign a thick pile of consent forms and liability waivers to undertake it. If it weren’t a pregnancy, we’d have to opt in for it, rather than have moralizing strangers talk about why we should be forced to stick with it, hell or high water.”
Author Tara Culp-Ressler writes for ThinkProgress: “‘We wanted to give our child every possible opportunity. If she was going to survive, we wanted to give her that opportunity,’ O’Donnell said. ‘So we waited.’”
Stand Your Ground’s Woman Problem: Laws Expanding Self-Defense Raise Questions About Gender as Well as Race
Author Mary Anne Franks writes for The Huffington Post: “A person can presume that a stranger breaking into his house means him harm, and can thus use deadly force against the stranger. A domestic violence victim cannot presume that the person who has been beating her or has threatened to kill her — even a person against whom she has obtained a protective order — means her harm if he enters their home, and she cannot use deadly force against him until the moment he attacks her.”
Samantha Lachman writes for The Huffington Post: “The fate of a bill calling for Virginia to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution remains in flux after the state Senate’s Republican leadership undid a successful vote on the matter Tuesday in retribution for Democratic action on an unrelated bill.”
Author Caitlin Moscatello writes for Glamour: “Women without children in Ireland earn roughly 17 percent more than men, and childless women in Australia, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands earn slightly more than [male] workers. Those numbers drop dramatically, however, when women have kids; working moms make more than 10 percent less than men across the board.”
Author Paul Gordon writes for The Huffington Post: “As many observers have pointed out, this week’s events make Americans recall the state’s historic resistance to federal court orders striking down segregation. But they show us an image of the future, as well — or at least the future as the far right would have it.”
Author Tyler Kingkade writes for The Huffington Post: “Sexual assault victim advocates who are pushing against a mandatory reporting bill in Virginia are paying closer attention to a “promising” new third-party reporting system called Callisto, which would let victims choose when their report of sexual assault is submitted and who receives it.”
Author Eric M. Johnson writes for Reuters: “Lesbians may be at higher risk of cervical cancer because they get fewer screenings than heterosexual women, due partly to doctors’ sometimes incorrect assumptions about their sexual history, University of Washington researchers said on Tuesday.”
Like many of those in the #BlackLivesMatter movement, Elzie came into activism not through an organization or institution, but through Twitter. Many of those new activists and organizers, like Elzie, have been women. As a result, the visible leadership of Ferguson protest, in comparison to that of past civil-rights struggles, has been much less male. I talked to Elzie by phone about how women have been involved in the protests, and what that means for the movement.
Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion throughout the country, marks its 42nd birthday on Thursday. But for women across the United States, it’s a somewhat complicated anniversary.
To avoid disappointing the hordes of anti-choice marchers descending on Washington, D.C., for the March for Life, Republicans will pinch-hit with another bill from their deep bench of anti-choice legislation—a bill to restrict federal funding for abortion coverage.
House Republican leaders abruptly dropped plans late Wednesday to vote on an anti-abortion bill amid a revolt by female GOP lawmakers concerned that the legislation’s restrictive language would once again spoil the party’s chances of broadening its appeal to women and younger voters.