roe vs wade


Doctor’s 1974 Testimony Shows Just How Dangerous It Is When Abortion Is Illegal

Fusion editor Taryn Hillin recently unearthed a 1974 testimony from a congressional hearing on the possibility of adding a Human Life Amendment to the Constitution. The amendment would have essentially reversed the historic 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling protecthing a woman’s right to choose, instead valuing a fetus over a woman’s health and safety. Thankfully, the amendment never passed. 

“I have seen women die from illegal abortions; many women die.”


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

We are the Pro-life generation.

Today, I marched through the streets of DC along with thousands of other young adults to show America that it isn’t just rich old white men who support the Pro-life cause; we are the main supporters, we the future leaders of America.

I saw young people, old people, rich people, poor people, males, females, whites, blacks, Hispanics, Jews, gays, and straights all out on the streets, lifting their signs, and raising their voices in prayer and song. I even saw the Pro-life bikers. All marching for the sake for the thousands of innocents who have no voice of their own.

And it was beautiful.
The Supreme Court Just Handed The Pro-Choice Movement Some Great News
Republicans are going to hate this.

The Supreme Court Just Handed The Pro-Choice Movement Some Great News

The Roe v. Wade decision is now 43-years-old and it seems anything but settled law. Red state by red state, it seems, Republicans are doing everything in their power to find that string that will finally pull abortion rights apart. Fortunately, the Supreme Court just put a stop to out and out bans on abortion.

On Monday, the court rejected an appeal from the state of North Dakota that would all but ban abortions, at least after six weeks, which is before many women even find out they are pregnant.

It’s not surprising the court blocked that one. Earlier in the month, they blocked a similar rule from the state of Arkansas, only their timeline was 12 weeks, double North Dakota’s. North Dakota’s is even more restrictive.

In both cases, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit — responsible for federal cases Arkansas, North Dakota, and five other states — said it was bound by earlier US Supreme Court decisions on abortion. Those precedents say the states may not impose undue burdens on a woman’s right to choose during the period of pregnancy before the fetus is viable.

Source: MSNBC

That’s not to say that abortion rights are safe. A Texas law will hit their docket this year. The law places the same standards on abortion clinics as it does at surgical centers and it requires that all doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges in local hospitals.

Still, women have lost a lot of rights over the last few years. These maps from show the hoops that women must jump through to practice their constitutionally-granted right to autonomy over their own bodies:

Regardless of this month’s victories, women are feeling the sting of anti-choice Republican policies. Fewer than half the states allow unrestricted abortion, and this has all changed over recent years.

Since 2011, state politicians have enacted more than 200 restrictions that make it harder for women to obtain safe, legal abortion care. That’s more restrictions in the past three years than were enacted in the previous decade.

Passed under the pretense of regulating safety standards, the true purpose of these laws is to hollow out Roe v. Wade’s recognition of women’s constitutional right to decide for themselves whether to end a pregnancy, as well as the legal protections afforded by that historic ruling.

Source: Washington Post

We need to remain vigilant. We need to vote this year, and not just for the President (although the President will pick new Supreme Court nominees). We need to vote and get active in local elections.

This may be a little far-stretched, but I believe “pro-life” groups should be categorized as terrorist groups.
No matter how peaceful they may be, pro-lifers terrorize American women (people with uteruses - for the sake of simplicity I will be using PWU in this post) by either using physical force or psychological abuse such as manipulation, intimidation, and blatant lies. They work off of vulnerable PWU, pretend to take them in and care for them, while they really strip them of all bodily autonomy and choice, guilting them into carrying to term and giving them false medical information.

In addition, they are trying to pass laws that could be viewed as a security threat to people of our nation (I’m talking within the US only). If abortion is criminalized, it will become a national security threat to PWU all around the nation (and maybe in other countries as well). We will see death rates go up, whether it be through childbirth or back-alley abortions. The pro-life movement, with what they’re advocating, WANTS this.

If you look at all the facts, anti-choice groups are TERROR groups.

Famous women retell real-life abortion stories and it’s beyond powerful

Credit: Draw The Line

A lot of anti-choice rhetoric centers around shame: The idea that a woman is “greedy,” “selfish” or “using abortion as a substitute for birth control,” which is not only fallacious but pretty fucking damaging to a woman’s mental and emotional well-being.

This kind of language is also a direct attack on our constitutional right to an abortion — a right which, as of Friday, we’ve had for 43 years thanks to Roe v. Wade.

That’s why the Draw the Line campaign asked seven famous women — Amy Brenneman, Retta, Mary McCormack, Elizabeth Banks, Bellamy Young, Dascha Polanco and Mercedes Mason — to recount the real-life stories of women who’ve had abortions. Their experiences, compiled into this video, send a powerful message that the reasons for abortion are nuanced and varied — therefore, we need them to remain legal, affordable and accessible.

Here’s the video in full:

—Rae Paoletta


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.


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.