Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Guardian Offers Timeline of "2012 War on Women"

The Guardian: The War on Women, by Heather Long:

2012 was a tough year for American females as various aspects of female health and reproduction repeatedly took center stage. Politicians and pundits, mainly Republican, made degrading and factually incorrect remarks about rape and contraception. But Democrats also left their mark with an ill-timed snipe at stay-at-home mom Ann Romney, reinvigorating the "mommy wars".

Here are the key moments in the 2012 War on Women . . . .

March 5, 2013 in 2012 Presidential Campaign, Abortion, Abortion Bans, Anti-Choice Movement, Congress, Contraception, Fetal Rights, In the Media, Mandatory Delay/Biased Information Laws, Parenthood, Politics, Pregnancy & Childbirth, Religion and Reproductive Rights, Reproductive Health & Safety, Sexual Assault, Sexuality, Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

No End in Sight to GOP Ignorance and Insensitivity on Pregnancy Resulting from Rape

Huffington Post:  Celeste Greig, California Republican, Claims Pregnancy From Rape Is Rare:

Celeste greigThe president of California's oldest and largest GOP volunteer group took a wrong turn while trying to criticize GOP candidates' missteps on women's reproductive rights when she argued that pregnancies resulting from rape are rare "because the body is traumatized."

Celeste Greig leads the California Republican Assembly, which former President Ronald Reagan once called "the conscience of the Republican Party." It works to elect conservative Republicans to public office. . . . 

There is already a petition asking for Greig's resignation here.  

March 5, 2013 in Politics, Pregnancy & Childbirth, Sexual Assault | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, February 28, 2013

House Approves Expanded Violence Against Women Act

CapitolThe New York Times: House Renews Violence Against Women Measure, by Ashley Parker:

The House on Thursday gave final approval to a renewal of the Violence Against Women Act, sending a bipartisan Senate measure to President Obama after a House plan endorsed by conservatives was defeated. . . .

The legislation’s approval underscored the divide in the Republican party as it struggles to regain its footing with women after its 2012 electoral drubbing among female voters. . . .

February 28, 2013 in Congress, Politics, Sexual Assault, Women, General | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, January 24, 2013

New Mexico Bill Would Criminalize as "Tampering with Evidence" Abortions Caused By Rape

In case anyone was under the misconception that male Republicans were getting the message about abortion and rape:

The Huffington Post: New Mexico Bill Would Criminalize Abortions After Rape as 'Tampering With Evidence', by Laura Bassett:

A Republican lawmaker in New Mexico introduced a bill on Wednesday that would legally require victims of rape to carry their pregnancies to term in order to use the fetus as evidence for a sexual assault trial. . . .

January 24, 2013 in Abortion Bans, Sexual Assault, State Legislatures, Women, General | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Reining in Republicans on the Topic of Rape

The Susan B. Anthony List will train Republicans on how to discuss rape:

Feministing:  Susan B. Anthony List to create training programs to help Republicans talk about rape, by Samhita Mukhopadhyay:

The only instruction that Republicans need about talking about rape these days is to…stop. Or, well, keep talking–so we can continue to learn about their curious and frightening logix about pregnancy, sex, consent, and magic uteri. I imagine Susan B. Anthony list’s training is going to be some form of–”doh, just stop talking about it!” But these fine men just can’t help themselves, because they actually believe what is coming out of their mouths. . . .

And they seem to need it:

The Hill - Healthwatch Blog:  Rep. Gingrey:  Todd Akin 'partly right' about rape and pregnancy, by Sam Baker:

Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) said former Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) was "partly right" when he made controversial comments that women cannot become pregnant from a rape.

Akin, then the Republican Senate nominee in Missouri, said a woman cannot become pregnant from a "legitimate rape" because the female body can "shut that whole thing down."

Gingrey, who is an OB-GYN, said in a town-hall meeting that Akin was partially correct, according to a report in the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal. . . .

January 16, 2013 in Abortion, Anti-Choice Movement, Congress, Politics, Sexual Assault | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Sen. Patty Murray on House Republicans' Failure To Take Up Bill Reauthorizing Violence Against Women Act

CNN opinion: House GOP failed women on Violence Against Women Act, by Patty Murray:

(CNN) -- This week, just over 250 days since the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan and inclusive bill to extend the landmark Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives allowed the clock to run out on protections that bill would have provided to millions of women across our country. . . .

January 6, 2013 in Congress, Politics, Sexual Assault, Women, General | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Obama Signs Defense Authorization Act Including Health Coverage for Servicewomen and Military Dependents in Cases of Rape and Incest

Stand with Servicewomen press release: President Signs Defense Bill That Includes Shaheen Amendment Providing Equal Health Care for Servicewomen:

Bill Provides Equal Health Care Coverage for Servicewomen and Military Dependents in Cases of Rape and Incest

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has signed the FY13 National Defense Authorization Act into law, which includes the Shaheen Amendment, a provision that provides equal health care for servicewomen and military dependents who are survivors of rape and incest by extending to them the same abortion coverage provided to other women enrolled in federal health care.

The amendment repealing the ban was offered by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) in May and adopted, with bipartisan support, by the Senate Armed Services Committee. House and Senate negotiators agreed to include the provision in the final defense bill and both chambers passed the bill last week.

“From the time I joined the Army in 1971, I was told that my principal job as an officer was to take care of my troops. We are a step closer to accomplishing that goal today,” said Major Gen. Dennis Laich, USAR (Ret.). “Women serve with courage and distinction in every branch of our service. I applaud Senator Shaheen for her tireless work to making sure these women receive the support they deserve.”

Just prior to the bill’s passage, Gen. Colin Powell, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and secretary of state, joined dozens of military leaders in signing a letter urging congressional support for the amendment.

“This isn't about politics or ideology; it's about basic fairness and equity,” said Major General Gale Pollock, USA (Ret.). “The discriminatory policy preventing our women in uniform from receiving equal healthcare has gone on for too long and I am proud that Congress and the president have finally acted to right this wrong. Our servicewomen are fortunate to have a champion like Senator Shaheen, as well as strong supporters on the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, fighting on their behalf.”

For more information, please visit www.standwithservicewomen.org

January 3, 2013 in Abortion, Congress, President/Executive Branch, Sexual Assault | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, December 10, 2012

Sarthak Garg and Keshav Gaur on Reproductive Rights of Surrogate Mothers in India

Sarthak Garg & Keshav Gaur (both of Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law) have posted Reproduction Rights of Women: Ethical or Viable Role of Surrogate Mother on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

Reproductive behavior is governed by complex biological, cultural and psychological relations, hence reproductive health and rights must be understood within the context of relationships between men and women, communities and societies. This research encompasses with these problems which concerned about the reproductive health and rights of the women. It furthermore explains the vulnerability of women and gender biased violence against them. This paper also laid stress on the impact of men’s action over the reproductive health and rights of the women and the key initiatives to deliver reproductive rights and services to the women. Though, this paper also focuses on the rights of the surrogates’ mother and the initiatives taken by the government for the enhancement of the surrogacy and their rights in India. In this research we conceptualize the incidents related to the surrogacy and the legal issues in the global scenario. However, we also gestate the landscape of surrogacy in India, as it is new concept for India and not acceptable as well on various portfolios so we also laid focus on the social and economic background for the profound this concept in the grass root level. While construing this research we also analysis the Artificial Reproductive Technology (ART) bill, in that we critically analysis it’s positive and negative aspects for the concept of surrogacy in India. Eventually, this research also laid impact over the commissioning parents and their rights regarding surrogacy. In the conclusion our research concludes procreating a child in surrogate woman’ womb is grateful gift to those mothers who cannot conceive child.

December 10, 2012 in Assisted Reproduction, Bioethics, International, Parenthood, Pregnancy & Childbirth, Scholarship and Research, Sexual Assault | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Senate Approves Bill To Provide Insurance Coverage for Abortion for Military Rape Victims

The Huffington Post: Abortion for Military Rape Victims Passes Senate, by Laura Bassett:

US SenateIn a historic bipartisan vote on Tuesday, the Senate passed Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's (D-N.H.) amendment to the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act that would extend abortion insurance coverage to victims of rape in the military. If the House of Representatives decides to include the measure in its version of the defense bill, military servicewomen who have become pregnant from rape will no longer have to pay out of pocket for an abortion procedure for the first time since 1981. . . .

December 9, 2012 in Abortion, Congress, Sexual Assault | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Ireland Feels Pressure for Abortion Reform from a Variety of Fronts

TIME: Ireland's Abortion Debate Heats Up, by Sorcha Pollak:  Image1 

The first clinic offering abortions on the island of Ireland opened its doors in the Northern Irish city of Belfast on Oct. 18, but the 400 pro-life protesters gathered outside were determined that no abortion procedures would happen there that day. Buses full of antiabortion demonstrators stood on the sidewalks carrying banners and placards outside the clinic, which is operated by Marie Stopes International, a U.K.-based organization that works worldwide providing reproductive- and sexual-health care services. “We knew we couldn’t sit back and live in a country where unborn babies were being violently destroyed every day,” says Bernadette Smyth, founder of Precious Life, a Northern Irish pro-life group, speaking after her organization’s participation in the protests. “The question of abortions is not a health issue, it’s a criminal one. Marie Stopes will be carrying out abortions illegally.” . . .

November 13, 2012 in Abortion, Abortion Bans, International, Sexual Assault | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Republicans React to Mourdock's Comments on Rape and Abortion

Repub elephantUSA Today:  Aide:  McCain stands by Mourdock, by Catalina Camia:

Sen. John McCain said through an aide that he stands by Richard Mourdock for the Indiana Senate.

In a CNN interview on Wednesday, the Arizona senator said he would not continue to support Mourdock unless he apologized for saying that when a woman becomes pregnant from rape, "it is something that God intended.". . .

The Hill - Healthwatch Blog:  Scott Brown rejects Mourdock's abortion view, by Elise Viebeck:

Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) on Wednesday distanced himself from Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock (R) and his view that "even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something God intended.". . . 

October 25, 2012 in Abortion Bans, Congress, Politics, Sexual Assault | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Argentine Court Sparks Debate After Blocking Rape Victim's Abortion

Fox News Latino/EFE: Argentine court blocks abortion for rape victim:

A court order that barred a rape victim Tuesday from having an abortion has sparked a heated controversy in Argentina.

The embattled judicial ruling came in response to a motion by the Pro-Vida (Pro-Life) group to stop the interruption of a 32-year-old woman's pregnancy. . . .

October 9, 2012 in Abortion, Abortion Bans, International, Sexual Assault | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Sue Tolleson-Rinehart on Women’s Rights and Politics

Sue Tolleson-Rinehart (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) has posted Women's Rights and the Politics of Health: Contraception, Health Reform, and the 2012 Election on SSRN. Here is the abstract: Image1

What are the very surprising politics of, not just abortion, but birth control, in health reform? Abortion is the perennial women's health Rubicon, but birth control, access to contraception, has been settled for decades, even to the extent of being considered a fundamental right, and the stimulus of Justice Douglas's construction of the right to privacy. And yet the politics of health reform and women's rights in the 2012 election has come to include a surprising juxtaposition of attempts to redefine rape, restrict abortion, and posit contraception as a threat to religious liberty. Will this dispute mobilize a measurable number of voters, and if so, in which direction will the preponderance of mobilization lie? President Obama is the current beneficiary of a substantial gender gap, but whether women voters, and young, single women voters in particular, will turn out as they did in 2008 is the question. Will threats to their access to contraception mobilize them more than social conservative voters will be mobilized by the growing boldness of the pro-life movement? This paper just asks the question: it does not yet offer an answer.

September 15, 2012 in 2012 Presidential Campaign, Abortion, Contraception, Politics, Religion and Reproductive Rights, Reproductive Health & Safety, Scholarship and Research, Sexual Assault | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, August 24, 2012

Anti-Choice Doctor Promotes Myths About Rape and Pregnancy

CNN - Anderson Cooper 360: Akin's claims called 'utter hogwash':

Doctors are debunking Rep. Todd Akin's misinformation on rape and pregnancy.  Anderson Cooper talks to Dr. David Grimes about those claims and his reaction to Dr. Wilke's false information they are based upon.

See the video here.

August 24, 2012 in Anti-Choice Movement, Medical News, Pregnancy & Childbirth, Sexual Assault | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Reporter Says She Was Told Not To Ask Romney About Abortion or Akin During Interview

The New York Times - The Caucus blog: Abortion and Akin Were Off Limits During Romney Interview, Reporter Says, by Brian Stelter:

It’s the sort of statement that leaves journalists slack-jawed: “The one stipulation to the interview was that I not ask him about abortion or Todd Akin.”

That’s what Mitt Romney’s campaign demanded, said Shaun Boyd, a reporter for the CBS-owned television station in Denver, when she interviewed the Republican presidential candidate on Thursday. . . .

August 23, 2012 in 2012 Presidential Campaign, Abortion, Abortion Bans, Fetal Rights, Politics, Sexual Assault | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

More on the Inconsistency Between Fetal Personhood and Rape Exceptions for Abortion

The Washington Post (op-ed column): On abortion, a matter of exception, by Ruth Marcus:

There’s something off — something a bit cowardly, actually — about the positions of both parties in the abortion debate refueled by the asinine remarks of Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.).

Akin’s comments have left Republicans scrambling to avoid the politically unpalatable implications of the anti-abortion views central to their party. Democrats, meanwhile, are delighted to focus on a tiny subset of abortion exceptions — even as they shy away from standing up for the broader principle that women get to decide whether to continue an unwanted pregnancy, no matter how it happened. . . .

August 22, 2012 in Abortion, Abortion Bans, Fetal Rights, Politics, Sexual Assault | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Onion Parodies Akin's Apology

The Onion: I Misspoke—What I Meant To Say Is 'I Am Dumb As Dog Shit And I Am A Terrible Human Being':

As a politician, I often find myself in situations where, unfortunately, I express a certain thought or idea poorly, or find my words taken out of context. Indeed, that is what happened this weekend. Upon reviewing the impromptu remarks I made Sunday afternoon, I can now see that I used the wrong words in the wrong way. I would now like to set the record straight with the American people and clear up some confusion about what it was I intended to convey. . . .

August 21, 2012 in Abortion, Congress, In the Media, Politics, Sexual Assault | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Speculation on Whether Akin Will Stay in Senate Race in Wake of 'Legitimate Rape' Comment

The Daily Beast: Abortion Opponents and Many Democrats Want Todd Akin to Stay in Senate Race, by Patricia Murphy:

While Romney and the GOP establishment are urging the Missouri congressman to quit over his ‘legitimate rape’ comment, a mix of abortion opponents and many Democrats, including his opponent, Claire McCaskill, are urging him to stay—for their own political gain.

The pile-on of Rep. Todd Akin was swift and harsh Monday as video of Akin discussing the benign effects of "legitimate rape" on women shot across TV and computer screens. But a handful of people and organizations—from conservative Republicans to liberal Democrats—have remained silent or even praised the congressman, holding out hope that he would remain in the race against Claire McCaskill in the U.S. Senate. . . .

CBS News: In new TV ad, Akin apologizes for rape comment, again, by Steve Chaggaris:

(CBS News)Despite mounting pressure to withdraw from his Senate race after offensive comments he made about rape and abortion, Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., isn't backing down, and recorded a TV ad apologizing for his remarks. . . .

August 21, 2012 in Abortion, Congress, Politics, Sexual Assault | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Akin Seeks Voters' Forgiveness Via Campaign Ad

The Hill: Akin Asks Voters For 'Forgiveness' in New Ad, by Alexander Jaffe:

Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) late Monday released a new campaign ad asking voters to forgive him for a controversial remark about rape, amid strong pressure from fellow Republicans to exit Missouri’s Senate race....


August 21, 2012 in Anti-Choice Movement, Congress, Politics, Sexual Assault | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Akin's Comments Expose New Frontiers of Republican Extremism

The New York Times editorial: New Frontiers of Extremism:

Republicans are frantically trying to get Representative Todd Akin to drop out of the United States Senate race in Missouri after his remark about abortion and rape, but not because it was offensive and ignorant. They’re afraid he might lose and cost them a chance at a Senate majority next year. He would surely be replaced by a Republican who sounds more reasonable but holds similarly extreme views on abortion, immigration, gay rights and the role of government because those are the kinds of candidates the party nominates these days in state after state. . . .

August 21, 2012 in Abortion, Anti-Choice Movement, Congress, Politics, Sexual Assault | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)