Like many of my friends, I've been writing, calling, tweeting and doing whatever I can to fight these draconian laws being put on women's bodies intended to overthrow Roe v. Wade and send us all back in time to put us in our place. At this point I'm running out of hope. What do we even do? I think they're going to overtun Roe.
When it comes to medicine, things should be left to the experts, in which most cases include the medical team and the person whose body is in question and knows said body best. Your employer, the government, and everyone in between has zero say on whether or not you get your tonsils removed, get breast augmentation or laser surgery on your eyes, so why in the heck would they have a say on whether or not you can get birth control on "moral grounds?" That's what Trump and co are trying to make happen, even though federal courts have already ruled that it's not legal.
Zika virus is poised to hit America hard this summer. The virus spreads by mosquito, which means that the summer months are going to be a crucial time to bring the virus under control, particularly in the southern half of the country.
Whether it’s clean water, economic rights or unhealthy food, there are plenty of things to be concerned about today. Yes, we can get angry—but it’s more productive to be active. Let’s add our voices together in support—or in opposition—to the following progressive action items.
Act for clean water
Statistics are showing that abortion rates are on the steady decline, the current year being the lowest yet. There are many reasons for this, from the increased availability of contraception to advancements in the technology that prevent birth, leading to more long-term solutions.
Even though many champions of family issues were elected during this election, we still have plenty of people in Congress who don’t care if women die from pregnancy, who didn’t get the memo that America is largely pro-choice and, at the very least, pro-birth control. We have to keep the pressure on! Click below to help out.
Help service women protect their freedom of choice
My husband and I grasped hands tightly as we watched the screen. Romney was in the lead and our eyes met, troubled, even fearful. Would the next three Supreme Court justices put laws on my body, on my child’s body, that rendered us baby machines worthy of death? Would the next president not only have nothing but disdain for the poor—but for half the entire population? Would he fight to make sure my friends can’t marry, that those who starve stay that way?
In many ways, this felt like a life-or-death election, and the relief we experienced when CBS declared President Obama winner—and Claire McCaskill winner in our state of Missouri—eased out of us like air from taut, painful balloons. We didn’t scream with joy so much as we had in 2008 but instead trembled with gratitude. Four more years never sounded so good.
If you talk to me about cruel foods—or food with a face—I really do understand. I do not eat meat frequently; in fact, I was a strict vegetarian before I became pregnant with my daughter. The cruelest foods, to me, are veal and foie gras, two so-called foods I will not eat. I also won’t eat lobster or any other live animal, and don’t see how anyone else could.
If you haven’t heard yet, Richard Mourdock, a Tea Party Republican candidate for Senate, made a statement so heinous yesterday several people I know broke things after hearing him say it. Okay, so did I.
Mourdock said that women should be forced to carry their pregnancies to full term from a rape because said pregnancies are a “gift from God.” Let me tell you something, Rich. Can I call you Rich? My middle name, Jean, literally does mean “gift from God,” so you can feel free to use that one. But a rape, or a pregnancy resulting from rape—which accounts for at least 32,000 pregnancies a year, by the way—is no gift. Are you that stupid, or simply that cruel, Dick? Can I call you dick?
The city of Belfast saw the opening of what is the country of Ireland’s first abortion clinic. Naturally, in this highly religious country, there was some degree of outcry and protest. About 200 people, both Catholics and Protestants, showed up in front of the clinic to demonstrate on opening day, though the protest was mostly peaceful - a far cry from some of the demonstrations we see here in the U.S.