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Talking about abortion

Remember that time you had an intelligent, thoughtful conversation about abortion with someone who held a different opinion? Neither do I. That’s a problem. When the Texas Legislature was fighting to pass new restrictions on abortion rights in the 2013

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Posted in Reproductive Rights, Uncategorized

How I became pro-choice

Few periods in life are quite as emotionally intense as the years when you are starting your family. Will it be a boy or a girl? Will he have your eyes? Will she be okay? Marked by anticipation, anxiety, sleeplessness,

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Posted in Reproductive Rights

The Planned Parenthood Video Scam Will Backfire – Again

It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing. A short time ago a shell organization associated with Operation Rescue hatched a brilliant plan. These geniuses would use hidden camera footage to prove that

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Posted in Election 2016, Reproductive Rights

Texas Lege Update

For yet another year, the inherently conservative structure of the legislative process in Texas is working to thwart the radicals who call themselves “conservative.” The short timeframe of each session, the numerous informal rules that stymie legislation, and a pretty

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Posted in Texas

Dirty hands, vaccines and rape should be no-go zones

Why do major Republican figures keep saying stupid things? It’s one thing to trip into a gaffe or a misstatement. That happens to people who have to live in front of cameras all day long. What we’ve experienced just over

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Posted in Republican Party

Good news on teen pregnancy is bad news for fundamentalists

Each new year brings a new low in the rate of teen pregnancy in the US. One might think that religious conservatives would be cheering this healthy trend, but they never mention it. The numbers look like a victory for

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Posted in Religious Right, Reproductive Rights

How Protestant Evangelicals shifted their abortion stance

Jamelle Bouie had a great piece at Slate last week explaining the long strange journey of Protestant Evangelicals from pressing for the expansion of abortion rights to vehement opposition to nearly every aspect of women’s reproductive choices. Bouie correctly identifies

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Posted in Civil Rights, Neo-Confederate, Race, Religious Right, Reproductive Rights, Republican Party

Local regulation and the politics of social conservatism

Time has a story on the impact of state and local regulations on market innovators like Tesla, Uber and Airbnb. There’s an opportunity here for Republicans, but it’s an opportunity we are unlikely to seize. From the article: Airbnb, a

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Posted in Economics, Political Theory, Religious Right, Uncategorized

When Does Life Begin?

Texas Governor Rick Perry has called a second Special Session of the Legislature in order to pass new abortion rules that were thwarted last month by Sen. Wendy Davis’ filibuster. The legislation would ban abortion after 20 weeks. More importantly

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Posted in Religious Right, Reproductive Rights

Breaking the Abortion Stalemate

What if it were possible to end the political stalemate over abortion? Such a lofty goal may be politically impossible in the current climate, but not because policy solutions are unavailable.  If the public were given a chance to consider

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Posted in Reproductive Rights
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