Abortion
News
The Female Reproductive Tract Explained in Rachel Maddow’s Man Cave

Wait, that title didn’t come out quite right. “Man Cave” is not meant as a euphemism here, especially for Rachel Maddow’s lady parts (for several reasons). No, the “man cave” is just one of her dorky gimmicks whereby she tells her female viewers to take a break, pops a brewskie, puts up some sport paraphernalia […]

Sexual Health
Abortion Foes Seek to Redefine Personhood

photo via Flickr If anti-abortion activists thought that redefining the laws of gravity would help their cause, they wouldn’t let a little scientific evidence get in their way. And the latest campaign is almost as far-fetched: A group called Personhood USA is trying to redefine when life begins. It starts “exactly at creation,” according to […]

Pop Culture
Pat Robertson Vs. Evil Lesbians

Have you had your daily allowance of crazy today? If not, here’s a little something to meet your needs — and then some. It’s a clip of Pat Robertson on The 700 Club explaining why liberals are so intent on killing babies: apparently, it’s all part of a vast evil lesbian conspiracy. The clip was […]

News
Repro Rights Rally in NYC Saturday

On February 18, 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to bar Planned Parenthood health centers from all federal funding for birth control, cancer screenings, HIV testing, and other lifesaving care! Just check out this funny but horrifying Daily Show summary. Here’s what you can do about it. First, you can sign PP’s open letter […]

News
What the Mid-Term Results Mean for Reproductive Rights

photo by Andrew Morrell Okay, so there were some bright spots in the mid-term election results from Tuesday. Like the resounding defeat of both an anti-choice ballot initiative in Colorado and an ex-witch who doesn’t understand the First Amendment (or the myriad pleasures of masturbation). But the rather bleak news is that the House of […]

News
Sex and Gender in the Australia Federal Election

photo by Rob Inh00d We heard from a reader in Australia this week who wanted to alert us to all the sex- and gender-related craziness that is going on in the federal election Down Under. Because we, ahem, don’t have a reporting staff based over there, we thought we’d just share Courtney’s letter with you. […]

News
The New Abortion Providers

Dr. Emily Godfrey is our new hero: she had the courage to be featured on the front page of the NYTimes Sunday Magazine last weekend as a doctor willing to provide abortions, not in an abortion clinic but at her practice where she sees all sorts of patients. In case you missed it last weekend, […]

Dear Em & Lo
And You Thought Your Ex Was the Biggest Sh*t on the Planet

Okay, we admit there isn’t exactly a lot to debate in this week’s edition of Your Call. Clearly this woman should leave her boyfriend, a.k.a. the Biggest Asshole Who Ever Lived. But we wanted to publish this letter anyway because (a) This poor woman needs a public record of all you telling her that she’s […]

Research
New Study Says Fetuses Don't Feel Pain Before 24 Weeks

photo by chadcrowell A report by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, which was commissioned by the UK’s Department of Health, has found that fetuses don’t feel pain before 24 weeks (and probably not after for some time) for two reasons: 1) the brain is not formed enough to perceive pain, and 2) the […]

News
Who's Going to Tell South Dakota It's 2010?

photo by daveynin We were going to write about Robert Pattinson’s joke misfire in which he told Details magazine that he’s “allergic to vagina” (we read his “explanation” and we still don’t get it). But then our friends at Planned Parenthood sent us a link to this awesome Washington Post profile of PP’s Dr. Carol Ball, who travels 200 […]