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.
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.
A controversial bill that requires women to buy additional insurance for abortion coverage in their health plans passed Legislature on Wednesday.
The initiative will take effect 90 days after lawmakers adjourn for the year.
Texas conservatives got their wish granted after a federal appeals court reinstated most of the state’s tough new restrictions on abortions Thursday.
As many as a dozen clinics around the state will not be able to continue performing the controversial procedure.
The restrictions could take effect as soon as Friday.
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 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 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.”
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.
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.
As a follow-up to The Viral Video, EBT: We Have Failed You Chapter…An Open Letter, I want to talk about a comment that I received frequently about Chapter’s character in the EBT video. Many people have emailed me saying that they agree with my blog, but that they also know black women who do those things. Those things . . . as if those things that they do are so vile that the actual act must not be named for fear of its appearance. Those things. What types of those things? Getting pregnant in order to qualify for general assistance?
It has been my experience as a mentor that when a young woman tells me she wants to have a baby it is because she wants someone—the baby or her boyfriend—to love her, and, of course, this rationale comes with its own set of consequences. But, my young mentee’s rationale is not far removed from why some single privileged or married privileged women decide to have babies. They too seek love or at least commitment from the men in their lives. The difference between my mentee and the privileged women is that their class privilege absolves them of blame.
I say all this to say that perhaps the reason why young women decide to have babies is not to “swindle” the government, but to secure that which all women are taught to desire in this society, what bell hooks refer to as the “male gaze.” And, the male gaze includes having the man’s baby or performing your feminine gender of being a mother. So, perhaps, the larger issue is not about “those things” single black girls do, but more about who they are doing those things for.