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Texas Ruling Could Change Landscape of 'Abortion Desert'

Clinics could reopen, temporary blocks against abortion restrictions could become permanent

(Newser) - In Texas, just 19 abortion clinics remain (down from more than 40); in Mississippi, there's just one abortion clinic in the entire state. But abortion rights advocates are hoping that Monday's Supreme Court decision that Texas clinic laws are unconstitutional will help remedy the so-called "abortion desert"... More »

Bill Would Make Men Wait 24 Hours for Viagra

SC pol wants to make it as tough to get ED meds as it is to get abortion

(Newser) - "I purposely tried to make it as invasive, as intrusive, as hypocritical and unnecessary as possible to make the point." This from South Carolina Rep. Mia McLeod, who pre-filed legislation Thursday designed to drive a point home about women's reproductive rights. To wit: She's attempting to... More »

Birth Control Is Treason: Turkey Prez

Erdogan calls contraception advocates traitors during wedding speech

(Newser) - Since assuming the Turkish presidency , Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Muslims discovered America and men and women aren't equal . Erdogan's latest salvo takes aim at what he sees as a treasonous threat to his country: birth control. Erdogan made his statements at a wedding on Sunday, advising... More »

No. 1 Birth Control? Female Sterilization

Reproductive health expert says not to demonize it

(Newser) - The practice of sterilization as a family-planning method is facing scrutiny after 13 women died following such procedures in India. But female sterilization is actually the most common form of birth control, with some 223 million women undergoing the procedure in 2009, NPR reports. A reproductive health expert tells NPR... More »

Planned Parenthood Suing Arizona

Organization aims to block defunding law

(Newser) - Planned Parenthood's newest legal battle with conservative Republicans is in Arizona, where it is suing to block a law defunding its health clinics because it also performs abortions. The organization says the law, which is set to go into effect Aug. 2, could leave thousands of low-income women without... More »

Saying 'Vagina' Should Totally Be Illegal

Michigan lawmaker proves need for new bill: Dahlia Lithwick

(Newser) - A Michigan lawmaker last week had the audacity to utter the word "vagina" on the House floor, prompting a ban on Rep. Lisa Brown talking at all. It's time to go a step further, writes Dahlia Lithwick at Slate : Let's make it illegal for women to utter... More »

Kate Beckinsale: I Want GOP in My ...

Parodies the 'war on women' in new Funny or Die video

(Newser) - What’s this about the Republicans waging a War on Women? Some women actually want nothing more than for the GOP to get all up in their business, argues Kate Beckinsale in a new Funny or Die video that is quite liberal in its use of the word “vagina.... More »

Catholic League Threatens Daily Show Boycott

Jon Stewart used racy Nativity scene in bit attacking Fox News

(Newser) - Jon Stewart's attempt to tweak Fox News earlier this week has the Catholic League threatening to organize a boycott of his Daily Show. Leaders are furious about a bit that aired Monday that strategically placed a Nativity scene over a naked woman's private parts. It was part of... More »

Need Viagra? Ohio Pol Wants Notarized Letter

...from your sex partner, attesting to your impotency

(Newser) - It's certainly not the first bill to be presented as a foil to the abortion- and contraception-related bills coursing through America's legislatures, but it is an amusing one. Ohio Democrat Nina Turner last week introduced Senate Bill 307, which would make getting Viagra a pretty big ordeal. A... More »

Court: Parents Can Freeze Dead Daughter's Eggs

Israeli decision sparks backlash from religious conservatives

(Newser) - An Israeli court has set what is believed to be a worldwide precedent by giving a family permission to harvest and freeze the eggs of their dead daughter. The 17-year-old girl was declared brain dead a week after she was hit by a car, and the parents had already agreed... More »

Sell the Pill Over the Counter

It's time to end the prescription-only rule

(Newser) - After 50 years, it's time to start selling birth control pills over the counter, writes Kelly Blanchard. "The pill" has proven to be a safe, simple, and essential tool for women's contraception, but the prescription-only barrier limits its usefulness, she writes in the New York Times . It's not just... More »

Abortion Demonstrators Are Aging Out

New generation less passionate, more tuned into technology

(Newser) - Don’t expect to see a lot of fresh young faces out to protest—or defend—Roe v. Wade today. It’s the 37th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision, and as usual there will be demonstrations for and against abortion rights in Washington, but the demonstrators aren’t... More »

Once a Pro-Lifer, She'll Soon Perform Abortions

Med student details what changed her mind

(Newser) - Rozalyn Farmer Love grew up Catholic, taught that abortions are categorically wrong. But the third-year medical student delved into women's health, meeting women in agonizing situations along the way, and realized that although "ending an unwanted pregnancy is a tragedy," it's far worse to deny "safe, competent... More »

As Economy Tanks, Women Flock to Clinics

(Newser) - In this tough economy, requests for long-term contraceptives and abortions have spiked at family planning clinics, reports the Los Angeles Times. Planned Parenthood of LA County has seen its caseload jump 15% in just a year, and requests for IUDs nearly doubled in the first quarter compared to a year... More »

Planned Parenthood Offers Gift Certificates

Patients can use money toward health exams—and abortion

(Newser) - Planned Parenthood of Indiana is making gift certificates available for the holiday season, infuriating right-to-life groups, WISH-TV reports. Though the certificates can be used for abortion, a Planned Parenthood representative said “they really are intended for preventative health care,” like breast exams and STD tests. The hope is... More »

If Roe Goes, States May Ban Cross-Border Abortions

Right states prepped to label abortion a criminal act

(Newser) - If John McCain wins and puts conservatives on the Supreme Court, not only could Roe v. Wade go down—states may prohibit women from crossing state lines for abortions, Linda Hirshman writes in the Washington Post. Past rulings and Constitutional interpretations don't clearly support such laws, but times have changed... More »

Palin's on the Wrong Side of Women's History: Steinem

But her rise has its benefits, Steinem says

(Newser) - Republicans may have thrown Sarah Palin a grand old party last night, but Americans can see through the bluster, Gloria Steinem opines in the Los Angeles Times. “This isn’t the first time a boss has picked an unqualified woman just because she agrees with him and opposes everything... More »

McCain Weighs Pro-Choice Running Mate

(Newser) - John McCain's campaign has been pitching the idea of a pro-choice running mate to key state GOP officials around the country, reports the National Review. McCain wants to know how hostile conservative grass-roots activists would be and whether he can win their support if he selects a pro-choice VP such... More »

Evangelicals Fall for Obama's Line

'Gullible' voters don't recognize 'Marxism couched in religion'

(Newser) - Barack Obama talks such a good game that he may fool a sizable contingent of evangelicals into supporting him, David N. Bass writes in the right-wing American Spectator. "Unlike past Democratic presidential nominees, he's not schizoid when it comes to talking about his own faith (which, admittedly, is a... More »

Babs: Obama's Like Buttah

Longtime Clintonite says when Barack clinched nomination, switch was 'immediate'

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton may have been her first choice, but Barbra Streisand’s switch to Barack Obama after he wrapped up the nomination was “immediate”—and she's not too keen on Clinton-backers considering crossing the aisle. In an interview with Politico, she lays into John McCain on women’s... More »

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