Author Archives: Caitlin Borgmann

What Continues to Motivate the Anti-Abortion-Rights Movement 40 Years After Roe?

The Washington Post (op-ed): Why pro-lifers keep fighting abortion, by Helen Alvaré & Meg T. McDonnell: Pro-choice Americans must wonder from time to time what keeps pro-lifers going. Why don’t we lay down our signs, cease our marching and admit … Continue reading

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Op-Ed on Nebraska’s Post-20-Week Abortion Ban

The L.A. Times ran my op-ed on April 25 on Nebraska’s “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act”: Nebraska legislation aimed at undoing Roe vs. Wade Nebraska’s Abortion Pain Prevention Act, signed into law last week, appears to have a quite reasonable … Continue reading

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Nebraska Holds Hearing on “Fetal Pain” Bill Banning Later Pre-Viability Abortions

I testified yesterday in opposition to Nebraska LB 1103, which would ban abortions starting at 20 weeks after fertilization, and which contains only a very narrow health exception.   The ban is unconstitutional because, as the sponsor readily admits, it … Continue reading

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New York Times Magazine Publishes Special Issue on Global Women’s Rights

This Sunday’s New York Times Magazine is a special issue on international women’s rights, Why Women’s Rights Are the Cause of Our Time. The cover story, The Women’s Crusade, is adapted from a book by Times op-ed columnist Nicholas Kristof … Continue reading

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Sex, Pregnancy, and Abortion on U.S. Military Bases

New York Times: Living and Fighting Alongside Men, and Fitting In, by Steven Lee Myers: FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARHORSE, Iraq : There is no mistaking that this dusty, gravel-strewn camp northeast of Baghdad is anything other than a combat outpost … Continue reading

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Ross Douthat on Abortion and Marriage

Ross Douthat has published another op-ed on abortion (and marriage) in the NY Times today: Faking Left: Among their many aspirations for his presidency, Barack Obama’s admirers nurse a persistent hope that he might be able to end the culture … Continue reading

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“Abortion Recovery” Group Not Interested In Teen Pregnancy Prevention After All

Abortion Recovery InterNational describes itself as “the first and only Christian affiliate  association that works to unite recovery centers, programs and supporting organizations around the world by serving as a network of recovery, awareness, educational and research resources providing information … Continue reading

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It’s National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Today is the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. Via the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy: Hundreds of thousands of teens nationwide are expected to participate in the eighth annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy on May 6, … Continue reading

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Female Researchers Seek to Decode Female Desire

In this week’s New York Times Magazine, Daniel Bergner writes about research into women’s desire and arousal, in What Do Women Want?. Here is an interesting passage regarding the current focus on biological difference and sexual desire: To account partly … Continue reading

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Feminist Law Professor Nan Hunter Launches Blog

Nan Hunter (Georgetown Law) has started a brand new blog, Hunter of Justice. It will offer a generally legal take on sexuality and gender issues. Here’s an excerpt of one of her first entries: The politics of counting, or, Numbers … Continue reading

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Jeannie Suk on “Is Privacy a Woman?”

Jeannie Suk (Harvard Law School) has posted Is Privacy a Woman? on SSRN. Here is the abstract: This essay is about the representation of privacy. Focusing on several of the Supreme Court’s Fourth Amendment cases regarding the police and the … Continue reading

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Church of England Endorses Women as Bishops

Via the New York Times: The governing body of the Anglican Church in Britain voted on Monday to approve the appointment of women as bishops, a step that appeared to risk a schism in the church in its historic homeland … Continue reading

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A “Pelvic Spa”

This was in the “Fashion & Style” section of last Thursday’s New York Times: A Spa for Those Women Concerned About ‘Pelvic Fitness’, by Natasha Singer: THESE are the generations of cosmetic medicine: First came the”medical spa,”or medi spa, offering … Continue reading

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Women Protest Separate and Unequal Grill Rooms at Tony Phoenix Golf Club

From the New York Times: When the men of the Phoenix Country Club saw their feeding ways in peril, they did not tarry. Some sent nasty e-mail messages, hectored players on the fairway and, for good measure, urinated on a … Continue reading

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Eighth Circuit to Pregnant Women: You’re Not Carrying a Dolphin!

Via the Reproductive Rights Prof Blog: The Eighth Circuit has issued its long-awaited en banc decision in Planned Parenthood v. Rounds, lifting a preliminary injunction against a South Dakota so-called “informed consent law.” The law requires doctors to give women … Continue reading

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Albanian Custom Fades: Woman as Family Man

Interesting story in the N.Y. Times (6/25): Pashe Keqi recalled the day nearly 60 years ago when she decided to become a man. She chopped off her long black curls, traded in her dress for her father’s baggy trousers, armed … Continue reading

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NYT on Single-Sex Education

I hope Feminist Law Prof David Cohen will soon give us his impressions of the cover story in this Sunday’s New York Times, Teaching Boys and Girls Separately, by Elizabeth Weil. Professor Cohen has recently posted No Boy Left Behind? … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Gloria Steinem’s “Women Are Never Front-Runners”

In her op-ed piece in today’s New York Times, Gloria Steinem asks us to imagine a hypothetical candidate — Barack Obama as a female, essentially — and then asks, “Be honest: Do you think this is the biography of someone … Continue reading

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AALS HOT TOPIC Panel on “Reproductive Justice after Carhart”

There will be a Hot Topic panel on “Reproductive Justice after Carhart” at the AALS Annual Meeting in New York. Here is the information: Friday, January 4, 2008 10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Petit Trianon, 3 rd floor, New York Hilton Moderators: … Continue reading

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“Truly Bad Movie Meme,” ctd.

OK, Ann has tagged me for the Truly Bad Movie Meme, and I am ready to rise (sink?) to the occasion.   I just watched 12 Monkeys on DVD last night, and that was probably bad enough to qualify, but … Continue reading

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“Western Women” and Muslim Headscarves

In the on-line version of Newsweek, Eleanor Clift writes, in When Is a Scarf Just a Scarf?, about Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s much-attacked decision to wear a headscarf, or hijab, while visiting a mosque on a recent visit to Syria. Clift … Continue reading

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The Path from “Amazing Girl” to Stay-at-Home Mom

On the Reproductive Rights Prof blog, I comment on the article by Sara Rimer in Sunday’s New York Times on so-called “amazing girls”: Girls by the dozen who are high achieving, ambitious and confident (if not immune to the usual … Continue reading

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An Abortion, or $500?

Via Reuters/CNN.com: A Texas legislator has proposed that pregnant women considering abortion be offered $500 not to end their pregnancies.   Republican State Sen. Dan Patrick, who also is a conservative radio talk show host, said Friday the money might … Continue reading

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Call for Papers: Feminist Pedagogy Conference 2007

The second Feminist Pedagogy Conference seeks participants for a day-long conference entitled “What’s Feminist about Feminist Pedagogy?”   The conference will be held on October 12, 2007 at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City. The Feminist Pedagogy Conference … Continue reading

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NYT: “The Women’s War”

Sara Corbett reports in this Sunday’s New York Times Magazine on the “double whammy” many women serving in Iraq experience: sexual assault and the violence of war: No matter how you look at it, Iraq is a chaotic war in … Continue reading

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Abortion E-Cards

OK, so sending an e-card, made by a sanitary napkin manufacturer (complete with advertising on the card), to celebrate/honor/ sympathize with (???) someone’s period may be a weird idea.   See Where Wings Take Dream.   But  how about an … Continue reading

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Please don’t say “vagina”

Via WABC news, Students suspended for saying ‘vagina’: Three female students at John Jay High School in Cross River [New York] were suspending for saying the word “vagina” during an open mic session, sparking a debate about censorship throughout the … Continue reading

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