Ireland: an incomplete list of gendered injustices against Irish women – @flyingteacosy

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I hope Aoife (teacosy) doesn’t mind me posting her whole post here (essentially). The thing is: Ireland is still doing really, horribly badly on women’s rights. The main issue centers around abortion – it is still illegal to have an abortion in Ireland apart from in the most extreme of circumstances (and even then, several precedents have been set which disallows that too). The […]

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“The debate over abortion doesn’t have anything to do with fetuses at all” – @uajamie, @skepchicks

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Don’t be fooled, folks. This is nothing to do with the little babies and everything to do with control (and punishing) women. Jamie Bernstein on skepchick: I’ve been thinking about the fight for women’s healthcare a lot lately, mainly due to the influx of messages we’ve been getting to Skepchick in the past month virtually throwing a temper tantrum about Rebecca’s video “Planned […]

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Reproductive rights in 2016 (US): “States enacted 288 new abortion restrictions from 2011 to 2015” – @byninamartin

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By: Nina Martin on lipstickandpolitics,* here’s what to watch out for in reproductive rights in 2016: During 2015, many major events occurred that challenged women’s reproductive rights. But these challenges are not behind us and many struggles still await supporters of Planned Parenthood. Here’s a reflection of the past year for reproductive rights and what to watch and pay attention to for […]

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#inhaste: Tennessee woman charged with attempted murder after failed self-abortion

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From RHrealitycheck: A 31-year-old woman from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, was arrested last week on the charge of attempted first-degree murder after a failed attempt to abort her 24-week pregnancy in September resulted in her being rushed to a hospital, where doctors delivered a 1.5-pound baby boy. According to local news reports, detectives investigating the incident found Anna Yocca allegedly made “disturbing statements” […]

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The War On Women: We Are Literally Dying From It

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When we discuss the War on Women, we’re generally talking about reproductive rights, victim blaming, slut shaming, and strange Swamp Creatures named Donald Trump who dismiss a woman’s personhood by asserting that she’s on her period. And yes, women face these and other attacks on their agency, worth, and sense of self on a daily basis. In fact, we generally […]

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The #waronwomen is over. And women lost

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While you weren’t watching, conservatives fundamentally rewrote abortion laws. When she was 20 years old, Renee Chelian began every Friday with a predawn drive to an airplane hangar outside Detroit. There she met an abortion doctor, and a pilot who flew them to Buffalo, New York. This was 1971. Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that established a woman’s […]

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Is This the Real #WaronWomen? Looking at Porn’s Effects

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More on the detriment of porn. On this one, Diana Stancy (@DianaStancy) argues that pornography is the real war on women. Pornography is the public health crisis of the digital age. This is what a panel of experts concluded at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s Capitol symposium as they discussed the harmful ramifications of pornography. Specifically, they evaluated pornography’s […]

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What Seeking an Abortion Was Like Before Roe v. Wade

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Lest we forget what it was like. Some examples: a woman’s success in terminating a pregnancy often depended more on her social networks (i.e. in the absence of institutionalised facilities) which could mean several weeks or even months of delays; the rate of unsafe, harmful procedures was shocking – approx. 20% of abortions were septic or incomplete while 10% of […]

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‘Hobby Lobby’ Is Just the Beginning: A Flood of Corporate Religious Objections Is Coming

In order to find corporations can exercise religious beliefs, Alito must conflate two very different scenarios. The first involves cases where the legal interests of employers and employees are largely aligned against those of the government; the second includes cases like Hobby Lobby, where corporate interests are trying to hide behind constitutional protections to deprive their employees of their rights. It’s a quick, […]

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‘Hobby Lobby’ Is Part of a Greater War on Contraception

Emphasis added. On rhrealitycheck: Hobby Lobby’s complaint in the case that the Supreme Court decided on Monday morning is that the company and its founders don’t think Hobby Lobby employees should be able to spend their own earned insurance benefits on contraception; the company wants to be able to offer a plan that doesn’t meet the minimum federal requirements on […]

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If shame has gone, why do we use secret abortions in England to preserve the myth of holy Ireland?

‘Most “fallen” women knew well enough that they were expected to create a narrative of disappearance, usually one that involved the boat to Holyhead.’ Photograph: HJ Allen/Evening Standard/Getty Images

‘Most “fallen” women knew well enough that they were expected to create a narrative of disappearance, usually one that involved the boat to Holyhead.’ Photograph: HJ Allen/Evening Standard/Getty Images The Irish psychosis whose latest expression is thousands of dead babies in unmarked graves is a compound of four elements: superiority, shame, cruelty and exclusion. The Taoiseach last week called the […]

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‘She had Spanx on’

In one case, a lawyer told a woman who had been raped that they would not be pursuing her case, “particularly bearing in mind the type of underwear that you had on at the time”. The woman, who has asked for anonymity, says she was wearing Spanx – body-shaping hosiery. ‘She had Spanx on’. On the Independent. Truly and horribly […]

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The Return Of The Back-Alley Abortion

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In 1969, when abortion was completely illegal in Texas except to save a woman’s life, Karen Hulsey became pregnant. She was 20 years old and living in Dallas at the time, and the diaphragm she was using for birth control had failed her. Her boyfriend, she discovered, was married, and refused to help raise or pay for a child. “It […]

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