Archive | October, 2011

“Personhood” in Mississippi

31 Oct

Proposition 26, a ballot initiative in Mississippi, defines a fertilized egg as a person. This would effectively ban abortion and put restrictions on contraception including birth control. Many predict that Proposition 26 will pass on November 8. This is extreme, and it is real.

Read about it here: http://feministing.com/2011/10/31/how-mississippis-personhood-measure-will-hurt-pregnant-women/#more-40463

These bills are popping up around the country in a handful of states, and there will be more. The New York Times covers it here: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/26/us/politics/personhood-amendments-would-ban-nearly-all-abortions.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=mississippi%20personhood&st=cse#

Red Seca Post

26 Oct

Below is a post by a friend of Hilary Hammell’s, Eduardo Chia, who is a lawyer and commentator in Chile. It is in Spanish, but as Hilary says, “it very coolly and elegantly talks about the fallacies in the argumentation of the conservative critiques of Chile’s 3 proposed abortion bills. For those who can read Spanish this is a nice article and well-written.”  Also, Google Chrome can translate website pages for those who cannot read Spanish.

http://www.redseca.cl/?p=2523

Abortion Search on Feministing

24 Oct

Feministing is a great place to go for up to date feminist issues.  Jos Truitt, one of the editors, was at this summer’s National LSRJ Leadership Institute and inspired this blog.

A quick search on “abortion” (below) will bring up some interesting results. Read about crisis pregnancy centers in North Carolina and Romney chastising a woman for getting a life-saving abortion. And that was just today’s news.

http://feministing.com/?s=abortion&post_type=post&searchsubmit=Search

NYTimes- Where Abortion Rights are Disappearing

23 Oct

I didn’t see this op-ed in the New York Times last month, but one month later it is worth a read.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/25/opinion/sunday/where-abortion-rights-are-disappearing.html?scp=5&sq=abortion&st=cse

Be sure to check out the map, which illustrates which states have imposed the greatest restrictions to accessing an abortion.  As the author points out, “One clear lesson of this year’s skyrocketing number of new state laws is that those who care about keeping the procedure safe, legal and accessible need to raise their voices as loudly and effectively as those on the other side. If they don’t do so, and quickly, the number of harmful restrictions will continue to balloon, at a rising cost to women’s lives, health and equality.”

Vote in Washington- by Nov 8th

18 Oct

Ballots have dropped for the 2011 November 8 general election.

See who Planned Parenthood is supporting here:  http://www.ppvotesnw.org/pages/candidates.php

If you want to check your status, or you are not yet registered in Washington, hopefully this will help:  http://www.ppvotesnw.org/pages/candidates.php

Hilary Hammell, UW Law RJ activist discusses abortion with a pro-life professor

17 Oct

Hilary Hammell, UW Law student and 2010-11 Co-President of LSRJ’s UW chapter, engages in a meaningful conversation about abortion with a pro-life Catholic professor one year after the Princeton Abortion Conference.  Each post corresponds with each day of last week, so scroll to the bottom and work your way up to get the full conversation.

http://catholicmoraltheology.com/the-princeton-abortion-conference-one-year-later-guest-post-by-reproductive-justice-activist-hilary-hammell/

Calling for Reproductive Justice

16 Oct

This is a blog for a community of people who believe in Reproductive Justice, who want to discuss issues related to RJ, and who believe that with a strong collective voice and a powerful movement, we can reclaim power over our own bodies.

callingforrj will provide a forum for a community of people to post about how about economic status, race, religion, immigration, legislation, power, and other factors effect the way we approach and think about RJ in the United States and around the world.