What the Supreme Court Decision Means to Me As a Pre-Roe v. Wade Survivor

I know the fear. I remember everything about it. Being afraid of doing something illegal. Being afraid of getting hurt. Being afraid of bleeding to death. Being afraid of being so damaged that I wouldn't be able to have children when it was the right time. ...more
Thank you for being so generous. It IS generous to share something so personal with others, and ...more

Women should be in control of their own bodies!

I have always been an advocate of reproductive rights for women. Every woman should have the right to decide for herself when and if she wants to have children. This decision is a very personal one, and each woman should have the right to make it for herself. Without interference from parents, siblings, spouses, and especially from the government. There are two points I would like to make. The first is that I am deeply offended by the anti abortion people using the phrase “right to life” as their catch phrase. As if being pro-abortion rights makes you somehow “against” life....more

Five Things Young Women Need to Know about Life before Roe v. Wade

 Tomorrow night I am going to the campus of the small state university where, as a sophomore 47 years ago, I discovered that I was pregnant and agreed reluctantly to have an illegal and unsafe abortion, the effects of which hung on me for years like a wretched, filthy grey sweater....more

Supreme Court Says Abortion Protesters Don't Have to Stand Back Anymore

This week, the Supreme Court struck down a Massachusetts buffer zone law that endeavored to keep abortion protesters 35 feet away from the entrances of the state's abortion clinics, ruling that it violates the First Amendment. And making matters worse, all nine justices agreed. The little folks with their worn out signs of aborted fetuses just got their second wind....more
And now, I think I would prefer to end this conversation. It's been pleasant respectful, which ...more

Have Texas Republicans Gone Mad?

I have refrained from posting about much of the recent hoopla happening in Texas around the 20-week abortion ban (as it is known, although that is a woefully inadequate title, since it has much farther-reaching implications), mostly because it is exhausting to follow the speed at which changes occur. However, I also have stayed away from it because I know that most of my readers are well-aware of my position on this issue and probably don't need to hear any more about it from me. ...more

One Woman's Demand

Women have not been treated as full citizens of these United States from the inception of this country, and our Declaration of Independence and Constitution through the amendment process, did not remedy these deficiencies, our lives have been restricted unduly because of false information and invalid ideas which depicted women as inferior human beings in mind and body incapable of self determination....more
Well said! I'm ready to be treated as an equal, and am going to make sure vote, and for those ...more

Legal Abortion Is a Legitimate Campaign Issue

In the summer of 2008, I was shocked to discover that abortion rights was not a top issue for left-leaning people I knew who participated in an informal poll about what issues matter to them. My 100% anecdotal evidence was derived from a writing class in which I was enrolled. Comprised of 12 individuals - nine of whom were women, and 11 of whom were admitted liberals/progressives - we went around the room and named our top three issues in this election. Only one person said reproductive rights. Yes, that person was me. ...more
It is an issue and people's unwillingness to imagine a scenario where the choice to terminate a ...more

Roe, Roe, Roe Your Reproductive Health Boat and Get Nowhere

Last Friday, Jan. 22, 2010, marked the 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, when the Supreme Court legalized abortion across the United States. This is not to say that abortion was not legal at all before Roe - it was legal in 1/3 of states before Roe, and it was legal in the US before the Victorians more or less ruined everything with their horrid morality issues. But don't get me started on the Victorians... ...more