Trump Reinstates Global Gag Rule, Will Affect Reproductive Rights Across The World

Ever since President George H.W. Bush has been in office, the Global Gag Rule has been repealed or reinstated almost immediately following the introduction of a new president. Democrats, such as Clinton and Obama, have always struck down the anti-abortion ruling while Trump has continued the tradition of his Republican counterparts by reestablishing it.

While the gag rule won’t end abortion across the world, the effects it will have on reproductive rights throughout can’t be overstated. 

Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Anti-Abortion Bill

In a 5-3 ruling on Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the Supreme Court struck down Texas HB2, a bill that heavily regulated abortion providers and resulted in the closure of half of the state’s clinics. The Court determined that requiring clinics to qualify as surgery centers and ensuring abortion doctors have hospital admitting privileges at local hospitals places an “undue burden” on women seeking abortions.

The continued assault on abortion rights no one is talking about

In the next few weeks, the Supreme Court is poised to rule on the legality on Texas HB2, a bill which requires all abortions (both medical, or early terminations which utilize the abortion pill, and surgical) to be done in ambulatory surgical centers or for abortion doctors to have access to hospitals. These additional requirements have been found to be unnecessary and unsafe barriers for typical abortion procedures. In fact, these requirements have caused abortion clinics all over the state of Texas to close, leaving the entire state with only 10 clinics to serve all of its citizens.

Molly Ann Dutton: More than a homecoming queen

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22-year-old Molly Ann Dutton was recently crowned homecoming queen at Auburn University. But she more than the university’s 100th homecoming queen, she’s a living miracle.

Molly Ann’s biological mother was a victim of sexual assault, resulting in pregnancy. Faced with the difficult choice to either abort the baby or get a divorce from her husband (yes he threatened her with the action), she moved to Alabama to have the child and give it up for adoption.

Now, Molly Ann is sharing her life story in hopes of raising awareness about options available to women during unexpected pregnancies.

New Mexico Bill Would Send Rape Victims to Prison For Having Abortion

New Mexico State Rep. Catherynn Brown has introduced a bill that would make it illegal for women to terminate a pregnancy that resulted from rape; on the grounds of “tampering with evidence.”

The offense – a third degree felony –  would be punishable by up to three years in prison, and would implicate the doctor who performed the abortion as well.

Such a law could even create scenarios where the rape victim receives a longer prison sentence than her attacker.

This is outrageous.

President Obama on Todd Akin: ‘Rape is Rape’

President Obama has commented on Congressman  and GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin’s controversial comments regarding rape.

In an interview that aired yesterday, Akin asserted that “legitimate rape” rarely results in a pregnancy, explaining, If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

And the Attack on Women’s Reproductive Rights Continues…

There is a serious lack of sexual education in this country and that’s no secret. One of the smartest young women in my life believed that the rash of teenage pregnancy in her school could be contagious and that possibility scared her so much that she wanted to have her uterus removed. She was a freshman in high school. She was in high school and she believed that pregnancy was a contagious condition. This is just one disturbing example of the serious holes we’re leaving in the sexual education of our youth. Between the talk she had with her parents and the pro-abstinence sexual education class she took in junior high school, no one managed to teach her that unprotected sex leads to pregnancy.


“There’s a stirring in My Soul”: Conservatives have an Anti-Woman Agenda up their Sleeve

Like most children, I told lies when I was a little black girl. I told big lies. I told small lies. I told white lies. I told lies. And, even had the audacity to argue with my “all seeing all knowing” do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do black grandmother about the usage of lie over her usage of “telling a story.” What does telling a story have to do with telling a lie? I tell you, this infuriated me. I prefer the word lie. Even though my grandmother and I had many disagreements over the terming of untruths often leaving my backside sore with resentment, she had a remarkable almost supernatural way of knowing when I, her precocious granddaughter, was telling her a lie. She would say with a type of black woman resolve, There’s a stirring in the pot . . . there’s a stirring in my soul,” and before she could finish her statement I knew she knew that I had lied. And, boy did my sore backside know it too. And, so in the tradition of my no nonsense black grandmother, I say, “There’s a stirring in the pot . . . there’s a stirring in my soul that something is amidst in Conservatives—religious fundamentalist, Republicans, Tea Party Members—grand desire to restrict or completely annihilate US’ women’s right to choose.