roe vs wade

anonymous asked:

You haven't posted what you've been reading lately

I think it’s been over two months since I posted the latest books that I’ve read. You guys have to remind me!

Like I said, it’s been over two months, so this list is going to be kind of long. I’ve been doing a lot of reading.

Reagan: The Life by H.W. Brands (BOOK | KINDLE) – Best book of 2015 so far. I’d go as far as saying that it’s my choice at the best biography of Reagan written yet.

Met His Ever Goal? James K. Polk and the Legends of Manifest Destiny by Tom Chaffin

The Papacy in the Age of Totalitarianism, 1914-1958 by John Pollard (BOOK | KINDLE)

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough (BOOK | KINDLE)

January 1973: Watergate, Roe vs. Wade, Vietnam, and the Month That Changed America Forever by James Robenalt (BOOK | KINDLE) – Great book idea.

The Secret Coalition: Ike, LBJ, and the Search for the Middle Way in the 1950s by Gary A. Donaldson (BOOK | KINDLE)

JFK and LBJ: The Last Two Great Presidents by Godfrey Hodgson (BOOK | KINDLE)

The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789 by Joseph J. Ellis (BOOK | KINDLE)

The Madman and the Assassin: The Strange Life of Boston Corbett, the Man Who Killed John Wilkes Booth by Scott Martelle (BOOK | KINDLE)

Lincoln’s Autocrat: The Life of Edwin Stanton by William Marvel (BOOK | KINDLE)

The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope by Austen Ivereigh (BOOK | KINDLE)

Hissing Cousins: The Untold Story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth by Marc Peyser & Timothy Dwyer (BOOK | KINDLE) – Another awesome idea for a book with two fantastic lead characters.

Junípero Serra: California, Indians, and the Transformation of a Missionary by Rose Marie Beebe & Robert M. Senkewicz (BOOK | KINDLE)

The Garments of Court and Palace: Machiavelli and the World That He Made by Philip Bobbitt (BOOK | KINDLE)

The Jefferson Rule: How the Founding Fathers Became Infallible and Our Politics Inflexible by David Sehat (BOOK | KINDLE)

Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II by Richard Reeves (BOOK | KINDLE)

Thinking About the Presidency: The Primacy of Power by William G. Howell (BOOK | KINDLE)

ISIS: The State of Terror by Jessica Stern & J.M. Berger (BOOK | KINDLE)

The Great War of Our Time: The CIA’s Fight Against Terrorism from al’Qa’ida to ISIS by Michael Morell with Bill Harlow (BOOK | KINDLE)

Water to the Angels: William Mulholland, His Monumental Aqueduct, and the Rise of Los Angeles by Les Standiford (BOOK | KINDLE)

Like I said, it was a busy month. I think that’s all of the books that I’ve read in the past two months. I might have missed one or two books, but the list looks pretty complete.

Pre-abortion ultrasounds are now mandatory in Wisconsin: Continuing the current Republican trend–one might say “strategy”–of pushing draconian anti-abortion legislation when they think no one’s looking, Governor Scott Walker today signed a bill requiring all women seeking an abortion to get an ultrasound before the operation. He did so during the July 4th weekend, without a public signing, and announced it in a press release–titled “Governor Scott Walker Signs Several Bills Into Law”–buried on his website (it’s there, but is conspicuously omitted from the “Latest News” section on the home page). The new law–which exempts pregnancies from rape and incest from the ultrasound requirement–also requires doctors to show the women images of their fetus’s organs, and enacts new requirements on facilities that will require two clinics to close. Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin has already filed a lawsuit against the law, and is seeking a restraining order to block it from taking effect (Photo credit: AP). source

A federal judge has granted a temporary restraining order blocking enforcement of a new Wisconsin law that bans doctors who lack admitting privileges at nearby hospitals from performing abortions

We wrote about this stealthily-passed anti-abortion law here. Planned Parenthood pledged to challenged it as soon as Scott Walker signed it, and it looks like doing so paid off–at least until July 17th, when a fuller hearing will be held. The judge said that “there is a troubling lack of justification for the hospital admitting privileges requirement.”


Not to alarm anyone…but the GOP plans to call for an all-out constitutional ban on abortion when they strike the gavel at their national convention in one week.

If you are not registered to vote…for fuck’s sake, REGISTER TO VOTE.

If you ignore this election, or think that your vote does not matter, picture yourself in ten years…married to an asshole you can’t stand…with three screaming, hungry, emotionally disturbed children you did not want raise right after college.

That’s how it was before Roe vs. Wade.  That’s how it will be in a post-Roe vs. Wade America.

The GOP does not sleep…it waits.  The GOP is planning this shit while you sleep.

Do not let these Jesus witches regulate your uterus.


What Bias? The big three networks all skip abortion doctor's murder trial

Hey, remember that abortion “doctor” who is on trial for severing the spines of live babies after they were born? Well, those who get their news from ABC, NBC and CBS don’t.

From Life News:

ABC, CBS, and NBC’s morning and evening newscasts have yet to cover the trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, which began on Monday. Gosnell is charged with murdering seven babies who were born after viability in his rundown abortion facility. The Big Three also gave the story minimal coverage back in January 2011, after the Philadelphia physician was arrested. ABC completely ignored it, CBS Evening News aired one full story, and NBC gave just 50 words on Today.

Even the New York Times covered the trial in a Tuesday article, though it appeared on page A-17. Writer Jon Hurdle documented how Gosnell is charged with killing the babies by “plunging scissors into their necks and ‘snipping’ their spinal cords.”

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I suppose it’s no surprise, really. The leftist media (and they’re all leftists) don’t like to report on things that might make people question the progressive narrative. And this story certainly does that. Very few Americans (even those who staunchly support legalized abortion) think that what this doctor did was right, ethical or even acceptable at all. So, when they are confronted with it, it forces them to ask: “Why is an abortion that occurred just before a birth any different than an abortion that occurred just after it?” The answer, of course, is that there isn’t a difference. This, in my opinion, is why the media don’t want to report on it. It forces people to question the narrative.

Unfortunately, while “pro-life” is a hideous misnomer, a simple term like “pro-choice” cannot encompass the gravity of bodily integrity and just how critical it is for women to have rights to our own bodies.

So, perhaps it’s time to emphasize what Roe has wrought, 40 years on.

For women, the ability to control the number and spacing of your children is fundamental. It’s nearly impossible to overstate just how crucial that right is: without it, we simply don’t have the same prospects and abilities to live full, free lives. It’s no coincidence that the dual rights to abortion and birth control ushered in some of the most profound cultural shifts in human history.

While gender equality is far from perfectly realized, women today have more rights and opportunities than ever before. We go to college and most graduate schools at the same rates as men, and are increasingly present in high-paying jobs. We are better able to leave abusive marriages and relationships. We’re healthier, and so are our children – child mortality has greatly decreased, and a low child mortality rate is directly tied to reproductive healthcare and reproductive rights.

Reliable birth control and access to abortion means that we can pursue an education and work to build a stable career before getting married and reproducing – and the marriages that come later in life between two highly-educated people are by far the most stable. Among couples who have children, those who plan the pregnancies are happier than those who don’t.

Between 1970 and 2009, child mortality around the world fell by half, which is largely attributable to women being better-educated and better able to make their own reproductive decisions. In the US, along with Roe came safer and earlier abortions; emergency rooms are no longer lined with women injured by illegal terminations, and abortion is now one of the safest medical procedures a woman can have.

What’s not to support?

The Least Bad Option

Americans will declare war on almost anything. Like most nations in history, we declare war on other governments. But we have also made a habit of declaring war on ideologies (Communism, Islamic extremism), on broadly defined patterns of violence (terrorism, piracy), and even on abstract social ills (poverty, drugs). And then there are the “culture wars,” a lazy phrase that at one point served as a shorthand for the political agenda of the Christian right, but which has recently expanded to refer to any controversial topic that doesn’t involve tax brackets or firing cruise missiles into foreign countries. Gunsmedical marijuana, zoning regulations, soda bans, physician-assisted suicide, rent-controlled apartments, Citibikes, and the Pledge of Allegiance all are part of the culture wars according to one respected commentator or another.

But there is one front in the culture war where the word “war” doesn’t seem like overheated rhetoric, where real bullets are fired and where real bombs are thrown: the struggle over the availability and scope of abortion. It’s the hot-button social issue that stubbornly continues to divide Americans even as other bones of contention like recreational drug use and gay rights inch reliably towards liberalization. And the white-hot beating heart of the abortion debate—its bloodiest battlefield—is the question of late-term (i.e., third-trimester) abortions.

Late-term abortions and the forces arrayed for and against them are the subject of a wrenching new documentary, After Tiller, which opens in New York later this month. The film profiles the four remaining doctors in the United States who perform late-term abortions, all of whose lives were touched in one way or another by George Tiller, the Kansas-based, late-term abortion provider gunned-down by an anti-abortion extremist while attending Sunday church services three years ago. In the aftermath of Tiller’s slaying, Randall Terry, founder of the antiabortion group Operation Rescue, called Tiller a “mass murderer” who “reaped what he sowed.” Despite widespread condemnation, the killer got what he wanted: late-term abortions are no longer available in Kansas. Residents now must travel 500 miles to Denver for the procedure.



Sounding the alarm on the abortion rights emergency in NYC, calling on people to sign up for the ride, donate, and send a message on a coat hanger down to the women of Texas! If you are in the NYC area and do not want to see women’s lives foreclosed due to forced motherhood, JOIN US! We will be out every weekend leading up to the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride which kicks off August 1st!

The arguments would be endless, but they would be irrelevant to the facts: From the moment I started looking for an abortion, not once did I even consider going through with the pregnancy. Not for one second. It simply was not going to happen. Nothing, and I mean nothing, was going to stop me, and it could have cost me my life. And this is what I had in common with millions and millions of women throughout time and history. When a woman does not want to be pregnant, the drive to become unpregnant can turn into a force equal to the nature that wants her to stay pregnant. And then she will look for an abortion, whether it’s legal or illegal, clean or filthy, safe or riddled with danger. This is simply a fact, whatever our opinion of it. And whether we like it or not, humans, married and unmarried, will continue to have sex—wisely, foolishly, violently, nicely, hostilely, pleasantly, dangerously, responsibly, carelessly, sordidly, exaltedly—and there will be pregnancies: wanted, unwanted, partly wanted, partly unwanted.
—  Eleanor Cooney-The Way It Was (Mother Jones)