Category Archives: Reproductive Rights
Tomorrow the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the case, AT & T v. Hulteen — the case revolving around the interpretation of the scope of gender discrimination and pregnancy discrimination in employment under Title VII and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.
From Dionne Scott at the Center for Reproductive Rights: Four women who entered the workforce prior to the enactment of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) are disputing AT & T’s calculation of their pensions. That calculation was based on a … Continue reading
[This is cross-posted from my own blog, Related Topics. You don’t need to know about the thread I have been following, but you are of course welcome to go and look.] I am interrupting my own thread because there … Continue reading
This poster by the British Pregnancy Advisory Services is part of a holiday program that encourages women to stock up on the morning-after pill “just in case” by offering it for free. Via.
From here: Planned Parenthood in Indiana says it is selling gift certificates this holiday season for the first time in its history. Chrystal Struben-Hall, Planned Parenthood in Indiana vice president, said the reason for the controversial sales move is due … Continue reading
Kimberly Mutcherson, “Making Mommies: Law, Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis, and the Complications of Pre-Motherhood”
The abstract: The article focuses on pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (“PGD”), a technology that allows health care providers and potential parents to screen embryos for a range of characteristics prior to implanting them in a woman’s uterus. Many potential parents use … Continue reading
The Wapo has a lengthy article entitled A Hard Choice on this topic, an excerpt is below: You think you are pro-choice, Carole Meyers was saying. But, really, “how pro-choice are you? What does it mean for you? What’s your … Continue reading
From FeministCampus.org: …so-called “Crisis Pregnancy Centers” or “Pregnancy Resource Centers” on your campus or in your community. They pose as legitimate health centers and offer “free” pregnancy tests. In reality, most crisis pregnancy centers (CPC’s) are not medical facilities at … Continue reading
Post content adapted from an e-mail (quoted with permission): Check out a new web video released by NARAL Pro-Choice America as part of their free.will.power initiative. This is the most innovative campaign to come from the pro-choice movement and it … Continue reading
Looks kind of effective, as these things go.
From the FLP mailbox, this announcement of the NAPW Law Student Writing Competition: Issues of concern to pregnant and birthing women have often been missing from discussion in law school courses and among reproductive rights activists. Thanks in large part … Continue reading
Since you write the blog you want to read, I decided to concentrate last night on the ballot initiatives and down ballot races that I thought progressives would be most interested in. What strikes me the morning after is … Continue reading
New Study Documents Sharp Rise in Pregnancy Discrimination Complaints, Driven by Discrimination Against Women of Color
From The National Partnership for Women & Families: In 2007, working women in the United States filed 65 percent more complaints of pregnancy discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) than they filed in 1992. A sampling of these … Continue reading
What to Expect: Legal Developments and Challenges in Reproductive Justice February 25, 2009 This symposium issue of the Cardozo Journal of Law and Gender will address the changing legal status of reproductive rights and the development of new problems, challenges, … Continue reading
Obscured in the hoopla surrounding Sarah Palin’s personal family values is the fact that we are losing the war on teen pregnancy and trapping another generation of the most vulnerable women and children in poverty. After dramatic successes in the … Continue reading
… Californians will soon be voting on a ballot measure that would endanger teens by mandating parental notification 48 hours in advance of a minor terminating a pregnancy, this is Prop. 4. By now, you’ve probably read all about the … Continue reading
That’s the title of this New Yorker article by Margaret Talbot, which mentions Feminist Law Profs Naomi Cahn and June Carbone prominently, as you can see in the excerpt below: Among blue-state social liberals, commitment to the institution of marriage … Continue reading
Two contrasting views of the Democratic Party’s use of the abortion issue in this year’s election have emerged in recent press reports. When one reads them together, a fascinating picture emerges of how the Dems are deploying and funding … Continue reading
Federal Appeals Court to Hear Argument in Virginia’s Abortion Ban Case on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at 8:15 a.m.
From The Center for Reproductive Rights: Oral argument will be heard at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in the case Richmond Medical Center for Women v. Herring. The Center for Reproductive Rights will be arguing against … Continue reading
I got an e-mail from RH Reality Check today plugging a series of posts about abortion, framed with the title: “The Supreme Court Hangs In The Balance.” I’d like to offer the competing opinion that the Supreme Court has already … Continue reading
Yale Law School Is Hosting A Symposium Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act
A Symposium that is being held at Yale Law School on November 7-8th in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. The Symposium, entitled Respecting Expecting: The 30th Anniversary of the PDA, is being organized by the … Continue reading
Nayeli Rodriguez observes at the XX Factor: Declare Yourself isn’t alone in its tendency to threaten and alienate its audience despite better intentions. The “Vote or Die” campaign that began in 2000 promotes its own violent message, particularly when organizer … Continue reading
An important new report from the Alan Guttmacher Institute analyzes trends in abortions from 1974 to 2004, a time frame that dramatically highlights generational shifts among American women. The key findings: * The overall rate of abortions is at its … Continue reading
The abstract: This article calls for setting limits on the number of offspring born from any one individual’s gametes, and for continuing to sanction incest, even when it comes to adult, inter-sibling consensual behaviour. The article examines the issues of … Continue reading
Here. Via Broadsheet.
NYT Op-Ed, reprinted below: Last month, the Bush administration launched the latest salvo in its eight-year campaign to undermine women’s rights and women’s health by placing ideology ahead of science: a proposed rule from the Department of Health and Human … Continue reading
Let the Bush Administration know precisely what you think of its proposed health care denial regulations (PDF) by September 25th. ACLU’s Action Alert
This is an Op-Ed by two fantastic Feminist Law Profs, and it is accessible here. Below is an excerpt: The news that Sarah Palin’s unwed teenage daughter is pregnant highlights a surprising reality in today’s America: The ultra-conservative morality many … Continue reading
The first contest asks for a critical analysis of the absence of birthing rights issues from gender discrimination and feminist jurisprudence textbooks and curricula (in fact, none of the top three casebooks used in law school courses dedicated to gender … Continue reading
Sarah and Todd Palin’s announcement of their daughter’s pregnancy included this statement: “We’re proud of Bristol’s decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents.” And when John McCain was asked during the 2000 primary what his … Continue reading
Sarah Palin’s 17 year old daughter, Bristol, is pregnant. So why no uproar from conservative Christians (as Sarah Palin describes herself), or from those abstinence-only sex-education Republicans?? Because she’s marrying her boyfriend, Levi Johnston, that’s why! How 1950’s! That’s the … Continue reading
Emily Bazelon provided an overview of Feminists For Life (an organization currently getting attention because Sarah Palin is a member), in a 2007 MoJo article that is accessible here. Via Bobc.
“Customers ordered the pills, but were unable to cancel or get a refund. A former VP of the company testified that Warshak required customers to provide notarized documents from a doctor proving that they had small genitals in order to get a refund.”
Learn more about the Enzyte scam here. Wonder if the penalty would have been as severe if women had been the victims.
By National Womens Law Center Vice President Judy Waxman: Last week, the Bush Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a proposed rule that will harm women’s health by impeding access to care and by denying vital information … Continue reading
The NY Times has reported that the Supreme Court of Mexico is scheduled to vote today on whether to invalidate a Mexico City law that allows unrestricted abortions in the first trimester of pregnancy. During the court’s deliberations, which apparently … Continue reading
Broadsheet notes: Planned Parenthood is handing out more than 700 pounds of rubbers encased in a racy pink matchbook that reads: “Protect Yourself From John McCain (In This Election).” The back reads, “10 Things Everyone Should Know About John McCain,” … Continue reading
The text of the proposed rule is here. It is discussed here, and here.
Amananta has a long, link filled post here. I’m not a doctor so I can’t vouch for the linked information but I think it’s worth a read. –Ann Bartow
Here. I’m happy to see both Obama staffers and Hillary Clinton’s presence in the race getting credit for the positive developments the author describes. Via Bob C. with thanks. –Ann Bartow
That’s the tagline of this New Republic article analyzing McCain’s stance on abortion and reproductive rights issues. The point of the article is that McCain, in furtherance of his deceptive “maverick” title, likes to obscure just how conservative he is … Continue reading
From the Feminist Weekly News: Johnson County, Kansas District Attorney Phill Kline lost his seat in the Republican primary to Steve Howe, another anti-abortion candidate. Kline lost by a margin of 60% to 40%. His anti-abortion politics played a significant … Continue reading
Election Day is three months from today. Despite the fact that one can hardly escape the relentless onslaught of horse race journalism about candidates, there is almost total radio silence about the laws that voters will adopt or reject on … Continue reading
Must reading for all law profs – the NY Times has published eight of the exams (scroll to bottom of link) given by Barack Obama while he was teaching at the University of Chicago Law School, together with two sample … Continue reading
“Today, the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit granted Virginia’s petition to rehear en banc the Center for Reproductive Rights’ case against Virginia’s abortion ban.”
… [I]in May of this year, a three- judge panel of the Fourth Circuit struck down the Virginia law finding it extremely broad such that “every time” a doctor set out to perform any standard second trimester abortion, “he faces … Continue reading
The August 2008 issue of Details magazine reports on a new “trend” in young men receiving vasectomies. In “The Birth-Control Extremists” Richard Morgan writes: [L]ately, vasectomies are becoming the province of young, single men who claim to be tired of … Continue reading
The George Bush not-dead-yet-Presidency lives on! And it’s trying to redefine abortion for all federal grant recipients to include contraception. Read about the story here from RH Reality Check and commentary here from feministing. – David S. Cohen
From the ABC News Blog Legalities: … In a recent interview, Obama appears to back away from his long-stated positions on abortion (and a proposed federal abortion rights law he had co-sponsored), repudiate 35 years of accepted Supreme Court rulings … Continue reading
“It seems the ability we’re so fond of calling talent or even genius arises not from innate gifts but from an interplay of fair (but not extraordinary) natural ability, quality instruction, and a mountain of work.”
That is a sentence from here, via Feminist Chemists, who posted the following: This is a great article from New Scientist, which summarizes years of research on how to be a genius. Apparently, having an extraordinarily high IQ is not … Continue reading
As most people should know by now (and should have suspected originally), the story of the Massachusetts teen pregnancy “pact” was wrong. And, a follow-up story on Women’s eNews today has this paragraph, which really should be getting all the … Continue reading
Anya Prince at the NWLC’s Womenstake blog reports: Before the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) of 1978 clearly made such practices unlawful, AT&T gave substantially less leave for pregnancy than for other short-term disabilities. Today, the women who were treated unequally … Continue reading