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Tucker Carlson

How Anti-Abortion Extremists Are Using Tucker Carlson’s Show To Cultivate The Far Right

Since the white nationalists’ golden boy scored a prime-time spot in the Fox News lineup, he has gained a reputation for bullying and insulting his guests, deceptively editing segments, and even booking actors to represent highly curated versions of “opposing viewpoints” to his own. His most recent trick, however, appears to be hosting anti-abortion extremists and giving them a platform to cry “censorship” while simultaneously spreading misinformation about abortion.

July 11, 2017

What It Means To Be Truly Liberal On Abortion

Donald Trump has mastered the authoritarian act, and that’s how he attracted his brigade of humble followers. Some on the left seem to envy this ability to force obedience through threats and attacks. But that approach doesn’t work on issue-oriented voters, doubly so on matters requiring nuance. Abortion is one such issue. Thus, one cannot fathom the ongoing crusade by abortion rights activists to crush Heath Mello, a moderate Democrat running for mayor of Omaha.

April 24, 2017

A Family Planning Miracle In Colorado: Program Has Teen Births And Abortions Drop by Half, And It’s Heading To Other States

After implementation of the Colorado Family Planning Initiative, teen births and abortions dropped by nearly half.

Public health experts have known this for decades, and evidence showing the protective benefits of intentional parenthood keeps pouring in. The challenge has been how to move the dial. That’s why Colorado’s success caught experts’ attention worldwide.

April 8, 2017
Trumpcare

Judge Blocks Texas Plan To Cut Planned Parenthood Medicaid Funds

U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks said state health officials “likely acted to disenroll qualified health care providers from Medicaid without cause.” He said the preliminary injunction will preserve the court’s ability to render a meaningful decision on the case’s merits.

February 21, 2017
Abortion, Texas

Texas Legislators Double Down On Next Abortion Fight

Eight months after the Supreme Court struck down abortion restrictions in Texas, state legislators appear to be doubling down in a renewed effort to make the procedure difficult, and ultimately impossible, to obtain. On Wednesday, the Texas Senate Committee on Health and Human Services held a public hearing in Austin on three bills—SB 8, SB 258, and SB 415—all of which were filed by male representatives.

February 19, 2017
Abortion

Norma McCorvey, Plaintiff In Roe v. Wade Abortion Ruling, Dies At 69

Norma McCorvey, the anonymous plaintiff known as “Jane Roe” in the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion, died on Saturday at the age of 69, a journalist close to McCorvey said. McCorvey lent her real name to supporters of the abortion-rights movement in the 1980s. However, she did an about-face and later spoke out on behalf of anti-abortion campaigners.

February 19, 2017
Abortion

New Oklahoma Bill: Men Must Give Permission For Abortions

Oklahoma legislators will discuss a bill on Tuesday that, if passed, would require a pregnant woman to get written permission from a man to get an abortion. The Oklahoma bill is the latest of many bizarre anti-abortion initiatives to be debated at the state level, says abortions could not be performed “without the written informed consent of the father of the fetus.”

February 15, 2017
Abortion, Planned Parenthood

Protesters Face Off As U.S. Abortion Debate Heats Up

With anti-abortion groups expecting protests at up to 225 clinics, Planned Parenthood supporters organized 150 protests of their own at parks, government buildings, and other sites, including clinics. At some of those clinics, the counter-demonstrators outnumbered those demanding an end to federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

February 11, 2017
Planned Parenthood rally, women protesters

Rightward Turn By Supreme Court Will Greatly Affect Women

A Trump court could conceivably outlaw abortion altogether, which would take us into new political (and medical) terrain. You doubt that would happen? Let’s hope you’re right. But the tides of ultraconservative authoritarianism are rising, and those high waters will change the landscape, especially for women.

February 3, 2017
Neil Gorsuch, Supreme Court, Trump

Trump Picks Anti-Choice Federal Judge For Supreme Court

Judge Gorsuch, despite a reportedly mild-mannered temperament, is known for his anti-choice and anti-LGBT stances, pro-employer rulings in labor disputes, anti-regulatory attitudes, dismissal of scientific expertise, and pro-police bias in brutality cases, according to statements from public interest groups issued after the announcement.

February 1, 2017
Trump

9 Terrible Things Trump Has Done In His First Week As President

While the media spent the last week spilling digital ink over inauguration numbers, the new administration was diminishing women’s health and safety around the world, chipping away at health care for millions of Americans, and pouring money that could feed and insure children into a useless garbage heap along the border.

January 27, 2017
Americans, Voter

Conservative Or Liberal? Here’s What Americans Really Believe

Data from Pew Research studies and Gallup polls conclusively demonstrate that Americans, in their deepest political/social beliefs, are thoroughly liberal in most of their views and moderately liberal in the balance. They are not the “conservatives” described by the relentless propagandists of the right.

January 18, 2017
Trumpcare

U.S. Judge Blocks Transgender, Abortion-Related Obamacare Protections

The decision sides with Texas, seven other states and three Christian-affiliated healthcare groups challenging a rule that, according to the judge, defines sex bias to include “discrimination on the basis of gender identity and termination of pregnancy.”

January 1, 2017
Trump, Women's Health, Abortion Access

The Looming Nightmare For Women’s Health Under Trump

Based on his promises and the records of his appointees, Donald Trump will enter the White House one day before the 44th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade ruling as possibly the most anti-choice president in 50 years. What does this mean for the future of women’s health in America?

December 30, 2016
Samantha bee

As Nightly News Fails, Samantha Bee Shines On Abortion Coverage In 2016

Samantha Bee offered a clinic in how to properly debunk conservative misinformation on abortion. From her deep dive investigations into long-standing myths to her monologues responding to contemporary events, Bee set the bar for news coverage of abortion issues.

December 24, 2016
Heartbeat abortion bill

Ohio Lawmakers Pass ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Bill

Republican Governor John Kasich, an abortion opponent, has in the past questioned whether such legislation would be constitutional.

December 7, 2016
Teen girls want Trump to know.

6 Amazing Things 13-Year-Old Girls Would Like Donald Trump To Know

These girls may barely be teens, but that’s not stopping them from challenging Trump supporters to rethink electing, as one young woman put it, “a sexist, racist, misogynistic, xenophobic, homophobic, transphobic, anti-choice, ignorant moron.”

October 21, 2016

Questions Chris Wallace Should Ask In The Final Debate — But Probably Won’t

Moderator Chris Wallace has the final opportunity to ask direct and meaningful questions about abortion — an opportunity that will likely be ignored.

October 19, 2016

#EndorseThis: Trump Surrogate Calls For Banning Abortions For Mothers With Zika

Trump surrogate Scottie Nell Hughes appeared on CNN to discuss Zika’s spread and Sen. Marco Rubio’s opposition to abortions for pregnant women infected with the mosquito-borne virus, which can cause microcephaly.

August 8, 2016
Trump, Women's Health, Abortion Access

Here Are The Best Quotes From Supreme Court’s Opinions For Abortion Access

“The two requirements erect a particularly high barrier for poor, rural, or disadvantaged women.”

June 27, 2016
Women Trump protests

Supreme Court Strikes Down Restrictive Texas Abortion Law

The 5-3 ruling held that the Republican-backed 2013 law placed an undue burden on women exercising their constitutional right to end a pregnancy established in the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

June 27, 2016
Pro-abortion rights protesters and anti-abortion protesters jostle with their signs as they demonstrate in the hopes of a ruling in their favor on decisions at the Supreme Court building in Washington, U.S. June 20, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. Supreme Court Poised To Issue Major Abortion Ruling

The court’s decision on whether a Republican-backed 2013 Texas law placed an undue burden on women exercising their constitutional right to abortion is one of three remaining cases for the court to decide on Monday, the last day of its term.

June 26, 2016
Protesters hold signs in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on the morning the court takes up a major abortion case focusing on whether a Texas law that imposes strict regulations on abortion doctors and clinic buildings interferes with the constitutional right of a woman to end her pregnancy, in Washington March 2, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

This Supreme Court Case Propelled By Right-Wing Media Myths Could Have Major National Consequences

The Texas law has already forced more than half of the state’s abortion clinics to close, and if the law is allowed by the Supreme Court to take full effect, another 10 of the 19 remaining clinics in the state could close– meaning that 75 percent of all of the clinics in the state will be shut down because of the law.

June 20, 2016
Protesters demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in the morning as the court takes up a major abortion case focusing on whether a Texas law that imposes strict regulations on abortion doctors and clinic buildings interferes with the constitutional right of a woman to end her pregnancy, in Washington March 2, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

Abortion Providers, Opponents Brace For U.S. High Court Decision

The law requires abortion doctors to have “admitting privileges,” a type of formal affiliation, at a hospital within 30 miles (48 km) of the clinic. That provision has been implemented. A second provision, not yet in effect, requires clinics to have costly hospital-grade facilities including extensive standards for such attributes as corridor width, room size, floor tiles and the swinging motion of doors.

June 13, 2016
U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) waits to meet India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (not pictured), before Modi speaks at a joint meeting of Congress in the House Chamber in Capitol Hill, Washington, U.S., June 8, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

5 Reasons Paul Ryan And The GOP Can’t Quit Trump

Paul Ryan spent the weekend at Mitt Romney’s donor summit listening to Ebay CEO and former Republican candidate for governor California Meg Whitman warn that, according to the Washington Post, “Trump is the latest in a long line of historic demagogues, explicitly comparing him to Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.”

June 13, 2016