Feminism | Posted by Micaela Elizabeth Canales on 01/11/2017
After A Year of Anti-Choice Attacks, This Young Texas Latina Is Fighting Back
We’re ready to fight back.
I don’t actually remember what happened to the condom—just that it was on one minute and then not on the next. Afterward, when my boyfriend and I realized what had happened, we sat on the edge of his twin bed, half-dressed. I knew I wanted to buy some Plan B emergency contraception.
I was sixteen when this happened. As a teen in Texas, I had seen firsthand how hard it could be to get reproductive health care, especially if you are poor, young, undocumented, differently abled, LGBTQIA+, Black, Hispanic, or a person of color. The Supreme Court abortion case win this summer was a major triumph for reproductive justice, but Texas anti-choice politicians have since continued to attack reproductive healthcare access in the state.
Feminism | Posted by Chloe H on 12/26/2016
What “Sanctity of Life” Really Means
We must fight for our rights.
As of December 19, 2016, Texas health care facilities that perform abortions must bury fetal remains instead of putting them in a sanitary landfill, like any other type of biological medical waste. Governor Greg Abbot of Texas, who proposed the state-level rule in July, has justified burying or cremating human and fetal remains by stating that he “believe[s] it is imperative to establish higher standards that reflect our respect for the sanctity of life.”
Unfortunately, Texas is not the first state to approve mandatory burial for fetal remains. Indiana and Louisiana passed similar measures this year but have not yet put the rules into effect. Indiana’s law was signed by Gov. Mike Pence, the vice president-elect of the United States — a fact that …
Feminism | Posted by Angela Liu on 11/22/2016
Thankful For Planned Parenthood
Thank you, Planned Parenthood
100 years ago, a young woman named Margaret Sanger opened the first-ever birth control clinic in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Only ten days later, police raided the clinic and arrested Sanger and her staff. Sanger spent 30 days in jail, where instead of quietly acquiescing, she shared birth control information with other female inmates. After her release, Sanger opened the clinic a second time. Then, a third. Margaret Sanger went on to become the face and spirit of the American reproductive rights movement. She gave lectures across the country, distributed pamphlets, an illegal act at the time, and continued to open brick-and-mortar clinics around the country. Today, there are 650 Planned Parenthood clinics serving communities across America.
Margaret Sanger’s story reads like that …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Kamrin Baker on 11/14/2016
How Jane The Virgin Wonderfully Handled Abortion
Season 2 is off to a great start
Jane the Virgin has been something of a crowd favorite since it debuted in 2014. But more than just entertaining its audience, the show has broken barriers regarding countless taboo topics, including virginity (obviously), illness and ability, feminism and women’s careers, Latina actresses’ agency in Hollywood, and unplanned pregnancy. And one recent episode, in which one of the main characters pursues an abortion, was no different.
To recap for those who haven’t binged Jane on Netflix, Jane Villanueva is accidentally artificially inseminated while engaged to another man. To top it off, she has planned to remain a virgin until marriage, due to a promise she made her very Catholic grandmother. A love triangle forms between her fiancee and the …
Feminism | Posted by Reilly W on 11/4/2016
On Being Catholic and Pro-Choice
Being a pro-choice feminist
Many people might find the two identities I hold closest to be contradictory: I am a Catholic, but am also an ardent, sex-positive, Birkenstock-wearing feminist. But I don’t think these identities contradict each other. I believe that Catholics have a duty to be radically accepting of other people, Catholic or otherwise, and am therefore pro-gay marriage, anti-Islamaphobia, pro-contraception, and perhaps most notably, pro-choice.
Even so, these stances are undoubtedly hard to come to terms with as a Catholic. At some point in their lives, many Catholics feel they don’t personally align with the doctrines taught in Sunday School, like those regarding abortion and beyond. When you’ve been raised in the church, though, it’s somewhat disillusioning to think of yourself as somehow outside it. Beyond unsettling, many …
Feminism | Posted by Jack Quemi on 09/28/2016
We Need To Make The Way We Talk About Abortion Access More Gender Inclusive
I’m that annoying person on Twitter, Facebook, and basically any outlet that will let me type out my ideas who keeps saying we need to make the reproductive justice movement more gender inclusive. A lot of people like to yell at me on the Internet because they assume I’m talking about including cisgender men. But I don’t ascribe to the “BUT WHAT ABOUT THE MENS?!” narrative. That’s not what I mean when I say “gender inclusive.”
In order to explain once and for all what I mean by gender inclusivity, let’s start with some basic background. Hi, I’m Jack Qu’emi. I’m a nonbinary transgender person. That means that when I was born I was assigned a gender based on the appearance of my genitalia, but as …
Feminism | Posted by Kenyetta Whitfield on 09/26/2016
Why The Hyde Amendment Has To Go
Credit: All Above All
As a college student in Ohio, I have seen what happens when anti-choice politicians decide they know what’s best for other people and it is not pretty. Watching friends go through intense anxiety while trying to figure out how to get a quick, close, and affordable abortion in their own state has been discouraging and disheartening. From the lack of accessible abortion clinics in rural areas to the recent defunding of Planned Parenthood in the state, anti-choice policy has resulted in disaster for Ohio residents.
Living in a community plagued with these issues and witnessing these experiences have led me to speak out and take action. With the help of national pro-choice organizations like URGE and All Above All, I’ve helped organized lobby days and …
Feminism | Posted by Reilly W on 09/16/2016
Lizz Winstead’s Mission To Talk Honestly (And Hilariously) About Abortion
Postcards from the Vag
I’ve long thought that Lizz Winstead — co-creator of The Daily Show, writer on the Huffington Post, comedian extraordinaire, author of Lizz Free or Die, and founder of reproductive rights organization Lady Parts Justice — is the best of the best in comedy. She is not only seriously hilarious, but also has a keen eye for spotting talent (Rachel Maddow, Jon Stewart and so forth) and is an enthusiastic supporter of all things related to women and reproductive rights.
Her current projects support this mission: Postcards From The Vag: Hilarious Stories From People Who Bleed From Their Wherevers, a comedy show taking place in DC tomorrow, offers a unique take on abortion. Instead of treating vaginas and feminism with fragility, Winstead — as …