anti-choice extremism

Man Who Tried to Force Woman Into Abortion at Gunpoint Charged with Attempted Murder of Fetus

by Cara October 26, 2010

Trigger Warning for discussions of intimate partner violence and attempted forced abortion. On October 6, Dominic Holt-Reid allegedly pulled a gun on his pregnant girlfriend Yolanda Burgess and forced her against her will to drive to an abortion clinic for a scheduled abortion she no longer wanted to have. Thankfully, she was able to slip [...]

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Anti-Choice Ultrasound Laws Don’t Change Abortion Rates, But Continue Getting Tougher

by Cara June 1, 2010

Last last week, the New York Times published an article about the growing wave of U.S. state anti-abortion laws that center on ultrasounds. Specifically, the state laws in question usually either require that ultrasounds be performed prior to an abortion or that the woman (or person of a different gender seeking an abortion, though they [...]

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Anti-Choicers Target Women of Color: How Should Pro-Choicers Respond?

by Cara February 23, 2010

Earlier this month, Renee wrote a post about an Atlanta billboard targeting black women’s reproductive rights by pointing to the higher rates of abortion among black women, and claiming that abortion clinics are attempting to abort black children out of existence. It’s a great post, touching on many things that will come up here, and [...]

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Crisis Pregnancy Centers Regularly Engage in Coercive Adoption Practices

by Cara August 31, 2009

Almost two years ago, I wrote about a distressing and eye-opening book called The Girls Who Went Away, which is about the women who surrendered their children for adoption under coercion in the years before legal abortion and when single or unwed parenting was ostracized. Most of the women who surrendered their children were threatened, [...]

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Women Who Would Have Medicaid-Funded Abortions Instead Often Give Birth

by Cara July 14, 2009

A new study just released by the Guttmacher Institute (pdf; news release here) determined that “approximately one-fourth of women who would have Medicaid-funded abortions instead give birth when this funding is unavailable.” Whatever the actual number of women who are essentially forced to give birth due to a lack of funding for abortion is, as [...]

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Americans Broadly Support Abortion Coverage in Health Reform

by Cara July 9, 2009

You my have heard — or you may not, as it seems to be getting little mainstream media coverage — that health care reform is in trouble. With Republicans and blue-dog Democrats sensing that some sort of of government coverage is likely to be successfully created this time around, they’re shifting tactics somewhat from attempting [...]

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Organization Pays Addicted Women to Undergo Permanent Sterilization

by Cara July 2, 2009

A Tennessee non-profit organization is paying drug addicts and alcoholics to undergo sterilization or long-term contraception. Seriously. Cash for birth control may sound unusual, but it’s one woman’s crusade to stop drug addicts and alcoholics from giving birth. Barbara Harris started “Project Prevention” after watching her four adopted children struggle with drug addiction at birth. [...]

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Late Abortion Care Will Return to Kansas

by Cara June 11, 2009

When I learned the other day that Dr. Tiller’s clinic Women’s Health Care Services would not reopen with new providers, I found the news extremely depressing and lamented the significantly reduced access to much-needed, and sometimes life-saving, abortion care. Now, against the odds, it turns out that another brave abortion provider is stepping in to [...]

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Dr. Tiller’s Clinic Will Remain Closed

by Cara June 9, 2009

Oh god. This twists both my heart and my stomach up into tight, hard knots. The family of slain abortion provider George Tiller said Tuesday that his Wichita clinic will be “permanently closed,” effective immediately. In a statement released by Tiller’s attorneys, his family said it is ceasing operation of Women’s Health Care Services Inc. [...]

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Who Was Dr. George Tiller?

by Cara June 5, 2009

I have a post (my first!) up at Global Comment. It’s about Dr. George Tiller . . . a subject I’ve been silent on here since his death (though I did write a bit at Feministe).  A taste: Any doctor who chooses to provide abortions in America, where there is a pervasive and largely accepted [...]

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