Posts tagged "abortion"

Service Announcement for Journos

A friendly reminder to all of us at the start of this new election cycle:  "Pro-life" means much, much more than just anti-abortion. It's an entire set of beliefs leveled at legislating bodily autonomy.  For women, yes and most controversially, but also for the sick, the poor, the disabled, the terminal, gays, parents; in short,...

Bachmann’s “Evangelical Feminism”

Kathryn Montalbano: What is meant by "feminist"--the inherently problematic, unfixed term that often causes pangs of discomfort when mustered as a fighting word--varies not merely across historical and contemporary time and space but also within individual countries and regions.  In the 1970s, for instance, the feminist movement in America was starkly divided in the public...

Exporting the “Pro-Life” Movement to Russia

Last month the Russian Orthodox Church issued a statement that supported Moscow's squashing of the gay pride parade there.  But it seems limiting the rights of gays isn't the only issue on which the church has found a chance to work with the state.  The New York Times reports that the Russian government and...

Jesus, Pop Idol: Capturing the Tween Market

by Kristina Loew There was a time when popular culture was a bastion of rebellion, a place where America’s youth could forge a new identity and give the middle finger to their parents. Not so these days, where purity rings have become fashionable, pop stars are giving regular shout-outs to Jesus and raunchiness is in remission....

States of Devotion, a publication of NYU's Hemispheric Institute edited by Ann Pellegrini, has a new "dossier" of articles that address same-sex marriage in the U.S. Pellegrini's introduction reads:
That same Christian Century article contrasts the rising support for gay marriage, especially among younger Americans, with public attitudes towards legalized abortion. The survey...

As Goes Iowa:
The Family Leader, Religious Politics and 2012

by Andy Kopsa America’s culture wars are at full throttle: defunding Planned Parenthood, chipping away at a woman’s right to an abortion – and if possible taking away that right altogether, preventing or ending gay marriage (because it could lead to Sharia law), enacting Religious Freedom Restoration Acts to “restore religious liberty” that was never...

Teetotal, Mean-Spirited, Right-Wing, Narrow-Minded, Conservative Christian Bigot, RIP

From Obit Mag's recent send-off to Jane Russell who died last week, "A Figure of Contradiction":
Born Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell, the actress hailed from Bemidji, Minn., a place she seemed anxious to leave. At 19, she had an abortion, then illegal, and the operation was so botched that she was unable to bear children. In...

Assessing the Culture Warriors

From Tim Muldoon's article at WaPo's On Faith blog, "Faltering and Leading: The Conservative Moment," in which Muldoon assesses David French's fawning assessment of the state of the Conservative movement (only evangelicals need work harder!) and finds it almost very satisfactory:
If there is a hopeful note in this ancient and new story of...

Mainstreaming Conservatism

Kristina Loew: From movies to music, conservative voices have cornered the tween scene, that 12 - 13 year old demographic which often looks to their favorite stars for moral guidance (and ways to spend their parents' paychecks). Parents can feel safe knowing that the Twilight franchise is one long ode to abstinence, while the Jonas...

The New Slavery

It may be altogether historically inaccurate, but the equation of abortion to slavery is a compelling argument for abortion foes.  Like presidential hopeful Rick Santorum.

38 Years

My naive questions on this anniversary of Roe v. Wade are: Why, when organized anti-abortion groups are predominantly evangelical/fundamentalist/orthodox Christian, are we not having a broader discussion about separation of church and state laws governing patients' rights?  To do so would not undermine individual rights to personal or religious freedom.  Or is patient autonomy not...

What’s In a Title?

Andy Kopsa writes about the awkward title of a fantastic and haunting article by Sarah Blustain at Mother Jones.  Blustain chronicles the work and activism of "pro-life" lawyer Harold Cassidy.  The article was first posted with the title A Pro-Choice Feminist's Worst Nightmare which has since been changed to The Man Who Loved Women Too...