Arizona Passes Most Restrictive Anti-Abortion Law in Nation

By: Friday April 13, 2012 6:14 am

Yesterday we had a big national discussion about the choices women make in their lives. Ann Romney at one point said right-out, “We need to respect the choices that women make.” At the end of yesterday, Arizona’s female Governor, Jan Brewer, signed a bill banning abortions after 18 weeks and creating a new definition of [...]

Ultrasound Mandate Struck Down in Oklahoma

By: Thursday March 29, 2012 8:55 am

The backlash to the war on women continues. This week, an Idaho bill that would have mandated ultrasounds for abortion seekers died in the legislature, a victory for women’s rights in one of the most conservative states in the nation. But the backlash is also getting an assist from a district court in Oklahoma: An [...]

Public Outrage May Have Stopped Anti-Abortion Legislation – In Idaho

By: Thursday March 22, 2012 8:58 am

When I wrote my story yesterday about the backlash to the War on Women, I added that this has not fully translated into political power yet. So far the victories have been largely defensive actions, and they’ve been scattered. In conservative states, the war continues mostly unchecked. I cited the passage of a mandatory ultrasound [...]

Backlash on the War on Women Growing in Strength, Power

By: Wednesday March 21, 2012 9:46 am

If we’re seeing any renaissance in American politics at the moment, it comes from a backlash against an ever-advancing policy against the ability for women to think and make choices for themselves. This policy of female subjugation, which mostly but not entirely has focused on health care issues, has realized real gains on an almost [...]

Revised Ultrasound Bill Passes In Virginia

By: Wednesday February 29, 2012 6:15 am

While everyone was high-fiving the pullback by the Virginia legislature of their trans-vaginal ultrasound bill and happily discussing how conservatives had overreached on social issues, the GOP determinedly made their changes and passed a mandatory ultrasound bill. The final vote in the state Senate was 21-19, actually a closer vote than the 21-18 count on [...]

Alabama Backs Down on Trans-Vaginal Ultrasound, but Anti-Abortion Laws Elsewhere Persist

By: Tuesday February 28, 2012 8:15 am

I guess the Republican Party has decided to run on a platform of sticking a speculum inside of women, but they’re not entirely secure in that desire. Every time people find out about it, they back off. In Virginia, the trans-vaginal ultrasound bill was changed to a trans-abdominal ultrasound. The State Senate passed over a [...]

Wave of Ultrasound Bills About Humiliating Abortion Seekers

By: Monday February 27, 2012 9:35 am

And now for something I didn’t think in January I would have reason to update: the abortion bills across the country which mandate that the women receive an ultrasound before getting the legal medical procedure. When we last left Virginia, the thinking was that the Senate sponsor of the trans-vaginal ultrasound bill would not accept [...]

Virginia Ultrasound Bill Doomed After Senator Strikes It

By: Thursday February 23, 2012 8:15 am

The bill in Virginia requiring all abortion seekers get a mandatory ultrasound is now in peril, after the right-wing Senator who introduced the trans-vaginal ultrasound requirement rebelled against changes asked for by Governor Bob McDonnell. McDonnell backtracked on the trans-vaginal ultrasound bill yesterday, asking the House of Delegates to amend the bill to a trans-abdominal [...]

Virginia’s McDonnell Backtracks on Trans-Vaginal Ultrasound Bill

By: Wednesday February 22, 2012 12:55 pm

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is now in full retreat mode on that bill mandating that women seeking an abortion in the state must get a trans-vaginal ultrasound (colloquially known as “state rape”) beforehand. We saw hints of this earlier today from a spokesman. But McDonnell has now put out his own statement, asking for amendments [...]

Protest of Trans-Vaginal Ultrasound Bill in Virginia Leads to Delay

By: Monday February 20, 2012 11:38 am

The Virginia abortion bill, which would mandate that the women seeking an abortion get a trans-vaginal ultrasound – a forcible assault at the very least – before having the procedure, has received entirely too much notoriety for the tastes of conservative lawmakers in the state. I’m sure they were hoping to fly under the radar [...]

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