Don’t laugh at this British politician — his views aren’t funny, they’re dangerous

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There’s an old Karl Marx adage that has recently been exhumed as a cautionary tale to explain Donald Trump’s meteoric rise to power: “History repeats itself twice, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.”

In a nutshell, it means that many people failed to recognise Trump’s threat to civil rights and democracy simply because he was perceived (and dismissed) as incredibly funny. 

And to be fair, it’s fully justified. Late-night hosts rubbed their hands at the pure comedic blessing that rained on them once Trump announced his presidential bid.  Read more…

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How controversial science can make it harder to get an abortion

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An abortion can be an emotional experience that raises questions about a woman’s relationships, past regrets, and future. She might want to confide in someone about these feelings in the following weeks, months, or years. 

Abortion opponents have taken that complex reality to a disturbing extreme, with the hope of convincing the public and lawmakers that ending a pregnancy puts many women at significant risk for mental health problems like substance abuse, depression, and suicide. 

To vividly and persuasively make their case, anti-abortion rights activists often point to scientific research that makes dubious connections between the medical procedure and long-term psychological turmoil or suffering. What politicians looking to restrict abortion don’t tell the public is that not all research in this field is equal.  Read more…

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Women share the painful reality of Ireland’s abortion ban in powerful video

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In the Republic of Ireland, a constitutional ban on abortion means that only women whose pregnancies put their lives at risk can have access to safe, legal abortion services.

Amnesty International has created a powerful video highlighting that women from all backgrounds and demographics in Ireland are at risk because of the Eighth Amendment. 

The video — entitled “25 annoying things about being pregnant” — begins with interviews from pregnant women discussing common pregnancy bugbears, like morning sickness, tiredness, and strangers touching their bumps. 

But, then the video cuts to women who’ve been affected by Ireland’s abortion ban.  Read more…

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‘Handmaid’s Tale’ protest calls out Texas’ attempts to roll back reproductive rights

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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 suspended from TheBlaze over abortion comment backlash

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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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