A Red-State Abortion Ban Nearly Killed His Wife. Now He’s Speaking Out.
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by Bonnie Fuller
4d ago
Ryan Hamilton had to race his wife to the hospital after she had a miscarriage, fell unconscious, and started bleeding out on their bathroom floor. Here, he explains what happened. "What happened to us here in Texas should not be normalized—what happened to my wife was nothing ‘normal.’ I think the Texas abortion law has made it gray and confusing for doctors. ... I want women to be protected and miscarriage and abortion to be between a woman and her doctor. Period. "It should be something a family feels safe to go through. I want to do my part in undoing these barbaric laws and go back to whe ..read more
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What Do the European Parliament Elections Mean for Gender Equality in Europe and Beyond?
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by Alexandria Wilson-McDonald
1w ago
This month, citizens across Europe headed to the polls to vote for their representatives to European Parliament. Representatives are directly elected by voters in E.U. member states every five years, and European Parliament is responsible for passing a wide array of laws, including human rights and equality measures. Far-right parties made significant gains, even going so far as to elect representative from neo-fascist parities. This will mean substantial setbacks in gender equality. In the past, far-right parties have cut funding for tackling gender-based violence, restricted access to reprod ..read more
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When the Supreme Court Cites Modern Medical Evidence, Abortion Rights Expand. When Relying on Political Evidence, They Contract.
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by Valarie K. Blake
1w ago
Abortion court cases often turn on questions that are part law and part science—questions such as when a fetus becomes viable or what constitutes a threat to the health or life of a mother. Judges receive no formal training in scientific and medical literacy and few students with STEM backgrounds attend law school. Yet, judges play central roles in gatekeeping what science gets brought into the courtroom and, eventually, into a judicial opinion. But what can non-lawyers do about this issue? Remember that judges are often elected, and if not elected, then appointed by other elected officials. T ..read more
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‘Evil in Washington Flooding Into Amarillo’: Abortion Travel Bans at the City Level
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by Shoshanna Ehrlich
1w ago
The abortion battle is getting more heated in Amarillo, Texas—the Panhandle’s largest city. On May 28, City Council held a lengthy public hearing over enacting an abortion travel ban. The next public hearing is set for Tuesday, June 11. And while it may be a truism that “Amarillo is often forgotten by much of the state [and] that most of the country has never heard of [it],” the contentious debate over the travel ban is certainly bringing the city out of the shadows, as it touches on one of the thorniest questions in our post-Dobbs landscape—namely, what limits, if any, can be placed on inters ..read more
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From Green to Red Tide: Latin America Is Leading the Way in the Fight Against Obstetric Violence
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by Celeste Mariel Jerez
2w ago
In the early 2000s, Latin American feminists coined the term "obstetric violence" (OV) to refer to acts of abuse in the context of pregnancy, labor and birth, including physical and psychological violence, abusive medicalization and pathologization of natural processes that involve the loss of autonomy over our bodies and sexuality.  Since then, governments of Venezuela, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay, Bolivia and Costa Rica have all passed legislation using the language of OV, laying out the rights of people at the time of labor and delivery. The post From Green to Red Tide: Latin Am ..read more
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Keeping Score: Trump Convicted of 34 Felonies; Biden Celebrates Pride Month; New Anti-Abortion Law in Louisiana
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by Katie Fleischer
2w ago
In every issue of Ms., we track research on our progress in the fight for equality, catalogue can’t-miss quotes from feminist voices and keep tabs on the feminist movement’s many milestones. We’re Keeping Score online, too—in this biweekly roundup. This week: Trump convicted of 34 felony charges; President Biden officially recognizes Pride Month; a new law criminalizes medication abortion in Louisiana; Meghan Markle reflects on Ms.; the first Professional Women's Hockey League championship; Mexico elected their first woman president; and more. The post Keeping Score: Trump Convicted of 34 Felo ..read more
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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Celebrating a Win for Mexico Women, Mourning a Loss for Texas Ones
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by Roxanne Szal
2w ago
The start of this week marked a feminist milestone for our southern neighbors: the election of the first-ever woman president in Mexico—a culmination of decades of political interventions like gender quotas and parity mandates aimed expressly at elevating more women to higher office.  Just days before, in Texas—home to 10 percent of U.S. women of reproductive age—the state Supreme Court issued a huge loss to women, in the form of a callous ruling that forces pregnancy on women until (and even past) the brink of death and mandates them to continue pregnancies even when their fetus has no c ..read more
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Mexico’s Next President Is the Country’s First Woman, First Jewish President—And a Feminist
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by Jennifer M. Piscopo
2w ago
Mexico just elected its first woman and first Jewish president: former Mexico City Governor Claudia Sheinbaum. She bested her opponent, Xóchitl Gálvez, winning between 58.3 percent and 60.7 percent of the vote, according to the National Electoral Institute. Gálvez had between 26.6 percent and 28.6 percent. Thanks to three decades of political innovation in Mexico, Sheinbaum, Gálvez and hundreds of other women received the chance to run for and serve in office. The post Mexico’s Next President Is the Country’s First Woman, First Jewish President—And a Feminist appeared first on M ..read more
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War on Women Report: Trump’s Mistreatment of Women Is His Downfall; Louisiana Labels Abortion Medication a Dangerous Substance; Mississippi’s Anti-Trans Bathroom Law
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by Rachel Lonker
2w ago
U.S. patriarchal authoritarianism is on the rise, and democracy is on the decline. But day after day, we stay vigilant in our goals to dismantle patriarchy at every turn. The fight is far from over. We are watching, and we refuse to go back. This is the War on Women Report. Since our last report: Harvey Weinstein made his first appearance in Manhattan Supreme Court after his 2020 conviction was overturned; FDIC chair Martin Gruenberg announced will resign once a successor is confirmed; Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer placed the Right to Contraception Act on the Senate calendar for a vote ..read more
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‘A Virtual Abortion Doula in Your Pocket’: Aya Contigo Helps Latinas Find Abortion Care
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by Carrie N. Baker
3w ago
U.S. abortion bans impact 6.7 million Latinas in the United States—the largest group of women of color impacted by these bans. Many lack insurance, cannot travel and face language and cultural barriers to reproductive healthcare.  To address these barriers, two Canadian physicians—Dr. Roopan Gill and Dr. Genevieve Tam—co-created Aya Contigo, an app with an embedded live virtual chat to help people access contraception and abortion. Ms. spoke with Dr. Gill, an OB-GYN with advanced training in complex family planning about her work with Vitala Global and Aya Contigo. The post ‘A Virtual Abo ..read more
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