Prolife, my @$$

George Tiller, advocate for reproductive rights for women, shot to death serving as usher at church

There are no words for how angry I am.

Published in: on May 31, 2009 at 2:24 pm  Comments (1)  

Assault and Batteries

High-tech horror:
Widespread cell-phone violence against women in Iraq and the Congo.

by Harkavy

Published in: on May 7, 2008 at 6:53 pm  Comments (1)  

Iraqi women: Prostituting ourselves to feed our children

The women are too afraid and ashamed to show their faces or have their real names used. They have been driven to sell their bodies to put food on the table for their children — for as little as $8 a day.

Published in: on August 16, 2007 at 3:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

How racism hurts — literally

Four years ago, researchers identified a surprising price for being a black woman in America. The study of 334 midlife women, published in the journal Health Psychology, examined links between different kinds of stress and risk factors for heart disease and stroke. Black women who pointed to racism as a source of stress in their lives, the researchers found, developed more plaque in their carotid arteries — an early sign of heart disease — than black women who didn’t. The difference was small but important — making the report the first to link hardening of the arteries to racial discrimination.

Published in: on July 17, 2007 at 12:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Help Stop the Attacks on Dr. George Tiller and His Clinic

We [at FMF] write to you today with news of the latest announced attacks against Dr. George Tiller and an opportunity to help this unique provider of safe and legal abortion to women in desperate need nationwide. Operation Rescue has just called for protests of Dr. Tiller’s clinic July 14-16. The protests were hastily called and not expected, since we had just successfully countered the group’s seige of Dr. Tiller in May. This time, Operation Rescue is threatening to draw hundreds of young people to join the protests to “stop abortion” in Wichita. (more…)

Published in: on July 12, 2007 at 3:09 pm  Comments (10)  

A Place Where Women Rule

All-Female Village in Kenya Is a Sign Of Burgeoning Feminism Across Africa

Ten years ago, a group of women established the village of Umoja, which means unity in Swahili, on an unwanted field of dry grasslands. The women said they had been raped and, as a result, abandoned by their husbands, who claimed they had shamed their community.

Stung by the treatment, Lolosoli, a charismatic and self-assured woman with a crown of puffy dark hair, decided no men would be allowed to live in their circular village of mud-and-dung huts.

In an act of spite, the men of her tribe started their own village across the way, often monitoring activities in Umoja and spying on their female counterparts.

Published in: on June 28, 2007 at 1:45 pm  Comments (2)  

‘50,000 Iraqi refugees’ forced into prostitution

Women and girls, many alarmingly young, who fled the chaos at home are being further betrayed after reaching ‘safety’ in Syria

It’s Monday night in a dingy club on the outskirts of the Syrian capital. Two dozen girls are moving half-heartedly on the dance floor, lit up by flashing disco lights. They are dessed in tight jeans, low-cut tops and knee-high boots, but the girls’ make-up can’t disguise the fact that most are in their mid-teens. It’s a strange sight in a conservative Muslim country, but this is the sex business, and it’s booming as a result of the war in Iraq.

Published in: on June 26, 2007 at 10:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

Homicide: A Top Cause of Death Among Pregnant Women

Jessie Davis Is One Among Many as Homicide Numbers Increase

Published in: on June 25, 2007 at 9:13 pm  Comments (1)  

“Mommy’s in the rug”

Jessie Davis: fun-loving and caring

Bobby Cutts Jr May Have Killed Jessie Davis in Front of Their Son

Timeline: Jessie Davis case

Unlocking toddler’s recollections can be delicate, child experts say

Published in: on June 25, 2007 at 9:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

A ‘Painful Way to Die’

Published: June 25, 2007JOMBA, Congo

If you think you face tough choices, imagine you were living here in eastern Congo.

“If women go to the fields, they’re raped,” said Shabain Katuija, a local man. “If they don’t go to the fields, they starve.”

Published in: on June 24, 2007 at 11:22 pm  Comments (1)  

Body ID’d As Pregnant Ohio Woman’s

The body found Saturday in a park was that of 26-year-old Jessie Davis, whose due date was July 3, the Summit County Medical Examiner’s office said. Bobby Cutts Jr., who authorities suspect is the father of the unborn child, is charged with two counts of murder.

What is the most common cause of death for pregnant women? Homicide.

Published in: on June 24, 2007 at 2:39 pm  Leave a Comment  

How Wrong Can You Get?

Melinda Henneberger demonstrates.

Why Pro-Choice Is a Bad Choice for Democrats

Published in: on June 22, 2007 at 11:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

Africa’s World War

June 14, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist


Speciose Kabagwira lost another baby last week. It was the end of her 12th pregnancy, and the infant was stillborn on delivery.

It was her fifth stillbirth or miscarriage. And of her seven children born alive, four have died.

Published in: on June 14, 2007 at 12:18 am  Comments (1)  

The Loneliness and Shame of the Abortion Patient

Rather than expressing solidarity with others experiencing unwanted pregnancies, many abortion patients take pains to distinguish themselves as different from other women getting abortions.

By Carole Joffe and Kate Cosby

Published in: on May 26, 2007 at 5:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

Misjudging Women


In response to the recent Supreme Court decision upholding the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, Congress has re-introduced the Freedom of Choice Act, or FOCA. Intended to codify the constitutional right to abortion, FOCA is a welcome effort to undo a series of federal and state encroachments on access to abortion that have built up over the last decade or so to the point where, for many women, abortion has become completely inaccessible despite the continuing validity of Roe v. Wade.

Four arrested in Iraq ‘honor killing’

Authorities in northern Iraq have arrested four people in connection with the “honor killing” last month of a Kurdish teen — a startling, morbid pummeling caught on a mobile phone video camera and broadcast around the world.


Honor Killing Captured on Video


Mosul, Iraq — According to the Kurdish website up to 1000 men from the Yezidi Kurdish community of Mosul killed a teenager who’s only crime was running away to marry a Muslim man whom she loved and converting to his religion. (more…)

Denying the Right to Choose

Among the major flaws in yesterday’s Supreme Court decision giving the federal government power to limit a woman’s right to make decisions about her health was its fundamental dishonesty.

Published in: on April 18, 2007 at 10:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

Cigarettes kill even more women: study

More women than ever are dying from smoking-related diseases, according to a new report which calls for more targeted anti-cigarette campaigns.

Please, if you smoke, stop. My mother just died last month from smoking-related COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She had smoked for 50 years before she quit, bu then it was too late. I hope no one ever has to watch a loved one struggle, gasping for breath. The hospice nurses said it’s one of the worst ways to die.

Published in: on April 16, 2007 at 10:01 am  Comments (4)  

A Woman’s Work Earns Her Enemies

April 8, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist

MEERWALA, Pakistan

You might think that the worst tragedy that could befall a couple would be for their young daughter to be raped and murdered.

Published in: on April 7, 2007 at 10:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

Helping Shakira — Or Volunteering in Pakistan

By Nicholas D. Kristof

For readers who want to help Shakira Parveen, the Pakistani woman in Tuesday’s column who was pimped by her husband, the best route would be to send money through Mukhtar Mai and her aid organization. Mukhtar can pass on assistance and in any case is looking after people like Shakira. (more…)

Published in: on April 5, 2007 at 12:54 am  Leave a Comment  

Sanctuary for Sex Slaves

April 3, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist

Meerwala, Pakistan

If the thought has ever flitted through your mind that your spouse isn’t 100 percent perfect, then just contemplate what Shakira Parveen is going through. And give your own husband or wife a hug.

Published in: on April 3, 2007 at 11:48 am  Comments (4)  

Appeal judges draw fire over sex consent

The jury found the defendent guilty of forced intercourse, but not of forcing oral sex.

* Rape verdict rejected after consensual sex act
* Court of Appeal erases criminal record
* State Government to table new rape laws

Published in: on March 23, 2007 at 1:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Women’s War

Female Soldiers, Home From War and Struggling

Published in: on March 19, 2007 at 11:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

“Opposition to the Cervical Cancer Vaccine”


Published in: on March 14, 2007 at 11:40 am  Comments (1)  

Baby, this just isn’t working for me

Sidelined, overlooked, squeezed out … the mothers of young children are more discriminated against than any one else in the workplace, according to a new report.

Published in: on March 1, 2007 at 1:42 am  Leave a Comment  

Millions In U.S. Infected With HPV

Study Finds Virus Strikes a Third of Women by Age 24

Published in: on February 27, 2007 at 11:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

‘They Think They’ve Been Cursed by God’

February 25, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist


President Bush’s budget request this month proposes that the U.S. cut spending on global maternal and child health programs to $346 million, or just $1.15 per person in the U.S.

To understand what the cuts mean, meet Simeesh Segaye.

Published in: on February 25, 2007 at 12:52 am  Comments (1)  

The Rape of Sabrine…

Sabrine Al-Janabi, a young Iraqi woman, is on Al Jazeera telling how Iraqi security forces abducted her from her home and raped her.

by Riverbend at Baghdad Burning

Maliki’s Reaction…

Published in: on February 20, 2007 at 9:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

India to open orphanages to take thousands of unwanted girls who would otherwise be killed

· 400 pieces of bones found believed to be female
· 7,000 fewer girls born a day than natural rate

Published in: on February 19, 2007 at 12:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

Death certificates on abortions proposed

House Judiciary Chairman Rob Briley, a Democrat, called Campfield’s proposal “the most preposterous bill I’ve seen” in an eight-year legislative career.

McCain: Roe V. Wade Should Be Overturned

“I do not support Roe versus Wade. It should be overturned,” the Arizona senator told about 800 people in South Carolina, one of the early voting states.

Published in: on February 18, 2007 at 10:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Call for an Open Discussion of Mass-Marketed Pornography

The fear of anything resembling censorship prevents us from confronting what pornography tells us about the cruelty of our culture, and the white supremacy and misogyny that abounds in America.

Published in: on February 17, 2007 at 6:51 pm  Comments (2)  

SD House Passes Revised Abortion Ban

South Dakota’s House of Representatives passed the so-called “Women’s Health and Human Life Protection Act” by a vote of 45-25 yesterday

Published in: on February 17, 2007 at 6:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

Just hours after she was raped …

We can’t let one more rape survivor go through what a 21-year-old woman in Tampa Florida, just had to endure.

Please act now by rushing the enclosed petition to your state governor to ensure rape survivors in your state are not denied access to emergency contraception. (more…)

Better Access to Contraception Will Lower Abortion Rate

[Title from the ‘duh’ files…]
by Cynthia Tucker

Broaden access to birth control, sex education

Published in: on January 30, 2007 at 1:07 am  Leave a Comment  

Is There a Post-Abortion Syndrome?

“In America we have a big drug problem, and we don’t realize it’s because of abortion.”

Sex and the Single-Minded

January 20, 2007
Guest Columnist

How to get a job in Washington, that balmy, bipartisan town: Direct an organization that opposes contraception on the grounds that it is “demeaning to women.” Compare premarital sex to heroin addiction. Advertise a link between breast cancer and abortion — a link that was refuted in 1997. Rant against sex ed. And hatch a loony theory about hormones.

Published in: on January 20, 2007 at 12:38 am  Comments (1)  

‘What would happen if the Virgin Mary came to Bethlehem today?’

Johann Hari on the plight of pregnant women in the West Bank, where babies are dying needlessly

Published in: on December 27, 2006 at 3:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

2006: The Year That Wasn’t


Published in: on December 19, 2006 at 11:32 am  Comments (1)  

Sentence not stiff enough

Big Fine For Underage ‘Girls Gone Wild’

Published in: on December 14, 2006 at 10:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ohioans: Stand with me for women’s health

Help Senator Hagan fight Substitute House Bill 239 by writing to the members of the Senate Health Committee TODAY. This bill would limit access to abortion services for low-income women, even when their health is at risk or they are facing severe fetal abnormalities.

Make sure that the Health Committee knows that the pro-choice majority is opposed to this bill and wants our state government to focus on policies that help our families, not hurt them.

Click here to help

Published in: on December 13, 2006 at 1:44 am  Leave a Comment