Flim: The Armor of Light

Flim: The Armor of Light

In The Armor of Light, two people of faith come together to explore the contradictions of a nation rife with gun violence: a famously anti-abortion evangelical minister risks losing followers when he questions the morality of gun ownership, while a grieving mother...
Reproductive Rights Get Gutted Again

Reproductive Rights Get Gutted Again

Despite the reproductive rights uprising inspired by Wendy Davis’ heroic filibuster, lame-duck Texas Governor Rick Perry has continued his anti-choice rampage. By signing a contentious measure into law, Perry has made it much more difficult for Texan women —...
Abortion Politics

Abortion Politics

You have to hand it to the Catholic bishops. They not only define abortion, but also birth control, as murder. And they’re willing to pin the very future of their Church to this arcane belief. Sounds a bit like the Republican Party. Public reaction to this...

Contraception and the New Crusades

Of all the overlapping explanations proffered for the recent spate of legislation designed to limit access to contraception and abortion in the United States, few have any kind of international focus. This makes sense, as few of the proponents of such measures refer...
Rush Limbaugh and the Live Volcano

Rush Limbaugh and the Live Volcano

It’s not about free speech. Within extremely wide limits, Rush Limbaugh certainly has the right to say anything he pleases. It’s not about sponsors. Even if I’m glad that JC Penney, Netflix, Allstate Insurance, and at least 50 more advertisers have...
The Fight over Reproductive Rights

The Fight over Reproductive Rights

The air is still thick with outrage over President Barack Obama’s attempt to require all employers to provide insurance coverage for people who desire (or need) birth control. Catholic bishops and their fellow travelers exploded in righteous indignation over a...
Blog for Choice 2012: To Sever the Stitch of Shame

Blog for Choice 2012: To Sever the Stitch of Shame

To say I am not sad is to say I am a monster.*And in this world is a village of women whose houses are full and fragrant They grieve in private and carry a sack of ashes to their graves* Twice a year I have the privilege of choosing poems for the online feminist...
Interview with Roe v. Wade Lawyer Sarah Weddington

Interview with Roe v. Wade Lawyer Sarah Weddington

January 22 marks the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States. That ruling has been called the most significant of the 20th century. Certainly it was the most significant for women. The case was...
Does the GOP Hate Women?

Does the GOP Hate Women?

After suffering through several un-presidential GOP debates, I’m struck by the amount of anti-woman rhetoric spewing from the candidates. Although none of them dares utter the W word — unless it’s part of the phrase “our men and women in...

The Abortion War Cranks Up

America recorded 1.2 million abortions in 2008. While this sounds like a lot, the availability of birth control and sex education has greatly reduced the U.S. abortion rate over the years. So has the invention of new post-sex “Plan B” drugs. Europe boasts...

Perry’s ‘Texanity’ Explained

Occasionally, we Texans have a responsibility to explain our “Texanity” to befuddled out-of-staters. For example, you might’ve heard about Gov. Rick Perry, known for his chronic temper tantrums over Big Bad Government’s coercive intrusiveness...