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Top 6 Reasons Your Heart & Genitals Want You to Vote for Obama

We know we may be preaching to the choir here, but just in case you need some more encouragement to register to vote (state-by-state deadlines start dropping in October!), to volunteer your time to the Obama campaign, and to actually vote on November 6th, 2012, here you go: 1. Romney represents the Republican Party, and the […]

Confessions
Comment of the Week: Why Late-Term Abortion NEEDS to Be Legal

photo via Flickr In response to commenter/contributor Johnny’s questions “Why the hell would anyone wait 5 months to have an abortion?” and “When does abortion cross the line from pretty much safe to realistically hazardous for the mother?” in the Vaginagate discussion, Chingona had these very helpful answers: This interview with a [Christian] doctor who performs abortions […]

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The Vaginagate Roundup

In case you missed it — in case you were wondering why all your friends were using the word “vagina” in their Facebook status updates over the weekend — late last week two representatives (both women) were banned from speaking in the Michigan House during a debate over a bill that bans all abortions after […]

Confessions
Comment of the Week: Pro-Life But Pro-Sex Ed and Birth Control

photo via flickr Nuance is pretty rare in the national conversation about abortion. The headlines and protests can make it seem like there is no middle ground, no shades of grey. Which is why we found reader Dave‘s comment, in response to the post “Naked News: The Right’s War on Women/Porn/Ethics,” so refreshing. Sure, we […]

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Doonesbury Takes on State-Rape

This week’s Doonesbury comic (in five installments over the course of the week) is taking a harsh, satirical look at how Republican legislation all across America (specifically in Texas) is undermining women’s reproductive rights — and many papers are either refusing to run it at all or else moving it to their editorial pages. The strip […]

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Republican Candidates Are to the Right of Mississippi on Birth Control & Abortion

photo via Flickr The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data yesterday showing that the US still has the highest teen pregnancy rates in the developed world. And the new global abortion study from the U.S.-based Guttmacher Institute and the World Health Organization (that’s published in the Jan. 19 issue of The Lancet) found that abortion […]

Pop Culture
The Ides of March: Awesome Except for That Unnecessary Retro Plot Twist

Before we get going, you need to know that this post contains monstrously huge plot spoilers for THE IDES OF MARCH. We’re not joking — scroll down at your peril. * * * The trouble is, it’s kind of hard to talk about THE IDES OF MARCH (out today on DVD, it was nominated but totally […]

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Naked News: The Frothy Mixture Edition

photo via Flickr With Santorum’s recent surge in the polls, it’s important to take time out to remind ourselves what a crazy sex-police zealot he is: On Funny or Die, Dan Savage comedically threatens to change the definition of the name “Rick” if Santorum doesn’t agree to stop attacking gay people during his campaign. Rick “Family Values” Santorum […]

Personal Essays
Truly Mortifying: Overwrought Teenage Anti-Choice Poetry

Embarrassing diary entries, old yearbook photos, junior high love letters — it’s all fun and games until someone breaks out their unhinged teenage anti-choice poetry. Okay, let’s back up and explain a little here. Earlier this week, the Sundance Channel debuted the original series “The Mortified Sessions,” in which celebrities share mementos from their past […]