Pro-Choice Friday News Rundown

Raul Grijalva

Raúl Grijalva

  • Tea Party wingnut and congressional candidate Gabby Saucedo Mercer is accusing her opponent Raúl Grijalva of infanticide because he supports abortion rights. Cue up Ozzy Osbourne singing about the crazy train. (Arizona Daily Star)
  • Seventy percent of the people polled by Reason Magazine think birth control pills should be available over the counter. (Bustle)
  • We at Planned Parenthood also support the concept of OTC birth control. As long as the mandate included in the Affordable Care Act that requires insurers to offer it free of charge stays in place. (Forbes)
  • A rebuttal to the imbeciles who believe adoption is a universal alternative to abortion. (RH Reality Check)
  • Stellar piece on what getting an abortion was like in 1959. (BuzzFeed)
  • While we’re all immensely thankful for birth control, we must admit it’s got quite the peculiar history!! (Vox)
  • Republicans are trying to pretend as if there’s a distinction between being anti-abortion (which they are) and what they like to call “pro-life.” Informed voters will hopefully be wise to the fact that the only life they value is one in which one person hasn’t been born. (Slate)
  • Abortion is not a wrong, bad, or tragic choice for most women. Hannah Rosin explains why it should be embraced as a social good. (Slate Double X)
  • North Dakota may become the first state to pass a wretched “personhood” amendment. Similar measures have been added to ballots in numerous other states but have always lost by not-small margins. (Think Progress)

One thought on “Pro-Choice Friday News Rundown

  1. The new book about the Pill’s history looks like a good one. I have to say, that claim that it was only tested on 130 women before FDA approval really raises my eyebrows, as that is counter to what I’ve read about huge clinical trials in the three other books I’ve read about the Pill’s history. I am interested in his evidence.

    Back in the 1950s, “informed consent” didn’t exist as a concept. There were reprehensible things going on all over science and medicine when it came to test subjects. It’s important to acknowledge that part of history, and it highlights how integral it is to have ethical research oversight these days. A lot of people with an axe to grind over contraception access like to point to ethical lapses during the development of birth control, but those lapses were endemic to science at the time. But if the conversation is truly about bodily autonomy and medical choice, informed consent needs to be part of that.

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