A dystopian novel that has seen newfound attention since Trump’s election came to life this week at a Texas protest over legislation limiting reproductive rights.
A group of women dressed as the women from Margaret Atwood’s 1984 novel The Handmaid’s Tale showed up in Austin, Texas, for Monday’s vote on a bill that would ban an abortion procedure used in the second trimester.
Dressed in the robes and bonnets described in the book (and seen in movie adaptions and soon-to-be-released Hulu series), the women filed into the senate chamber with signs depicting the ongoing rollback of reproductive rights and silently made their statement. Read more…
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Tomi Lahren, outspoken conservative commentator and host of the nightly talk show, Tomi, has been suspended from TheBlaze following several comments on abortion, CNN reports.
Severe backlash stemmed from the 24-year-old’s Friday appearance on The View, in which she told the audience she was pro-choice, contradicting past comments she made passionately bashing abortion.
“I’m someone that’s for limited government. So I can’t sit here and be a hypocrite and say I’m for limited government but I think the government should decide what women do with their bodies,” Lahren told members of The View, changing her strict conservative tune on air. Read more…
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J.K. Rowling has some important words about one of Donald Trump’s first acts as POTUS.
Donald Trump has reinstated the Mexico City Policy, known as the global gag rule, which prevents non-governmental organisations working abroad from receiving federal funding for family planning if they perform abortions or even talk to their clients about abortion.
The Harry Potter author shared her thoughts on Twitter about his reinstatement of the policy, and she didn’t hold back
Rowling tweeted screenshots of a Guttmacher Institute study into the impact of the global gag rule, which found that thousands of women’s lives have been placed a risk as a result of the policy. Read more…
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As one of his first official acts as president, Donald Trump gave women the perfect visual reminder for why they’re resisting his presidency and administration.
Surrounded almost exclusively by white men in suits, he signed an executive order commonly known as the global gag rule, which prevents non-governmental organizations working abroad from receiving federal funding for family planning if they perform abortions or even talk to their clients about abortion.
The rule applies even when clinics don’t use U.S. funding for abortion services.
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Get your tissues out, folks. This short film about a teenage mother will bring a tear to your eye.
Written and performed by Emmet Kirwan, Heartbreak tells the story of a young woman’s struggle to cope with pregnancy and motherhood in Ireland — a country where abortion is illegal, with limited exceptions.
It’s not all sad tears, though. The films also carries a message of hope that one day the cycle of oppression against women will be broken.
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