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 —...
A Deceptive Win on Plan B for Women

A Deceptive Win on Plan B for Women

Good news for advocates of sensible birth control policy: The Obama administration announced that it’s dropping the fight to impose an age restriction on sales of Plan B One-Step, the emergency contraception pill. Reproductive rights advocates are celebrating...
Why I’m Singing the Inauguration Blues

Why I’m Singing the Inauguration Blues

President Barack Obama’s second inauguration definitely had its high points: his uncharacteristically liberal speech, weather that broke 30 degrees, and a tour-de-force from inaugural poet Richard Blanco. This was my first barely-up-close-and-not-so-personal...
Ann Romney’s Unedited Convention Speech Leaked

Ann Romney’s Unedited Convention Speech Leaked

A test that determines the grade level of writing found Michelle Obama broke a record by delivering a speech written at the 12th-grade level. Ann Romney broke a record too, with a 5th-grade level speech — the lowest in the history of convention speeches by wives...
Why Women Love John Roberts

Why Women Love John Roberts

The unprecedented attack on women’s health hit a roadblock on June 27, when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, effectively upholding the entire law. It was a big win for women. In upholding Obama’s...
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...
A More Meaningful Mother’s Day Gift

A More Meaningful Mother’s Day Gift

Americans love Mother’s Day. We love it so much that we’re collectively shelling out about $19 billion this year on gifts, special meals, and cards. But when it comes to educating our kids about how most women become mothers, we’re much less...
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...
Inside Rick Santorum’s Head

Inside Rick Santorum’s Head

Rick Santorum is the latest darling of the most extreme of the GOP’s extremist voters. Here’s just an earful of this guy’s moral piety. Let’s start where it all starts for us humans: conception. Not only does Santorum insist that life begins at...
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...
Buyer’s Remorse

Buyer’s Remorse

The latest local and state elections results suggest that voters have second thoughts about the tea party’s political agenda. Consider the following: In Ohio, unions scored a victory. Voters elected tea-party-backed John Kasich as their Republican governor last...

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...