#wokewednesay | What's the Difference Between Medical and Surgical Abortions?

What do we actually mean when we talk about “abortion”? Unfortunately, many people, on all sides of the issue, have a little knowledge of the actual procedure of an abortion. This is an issue that abortion provider and activist Dr. Willie Parker takes up in his excellent new book Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice. This book is highly recommend for anyone wanting to know more about the medical details of abortion, but for today, drawing on Dr. Parker’s work, we are going to discuss the different types of abortion procedures available. First, you will often hear the terms medical abortion (also called medicated abortion or medication abortion) and surgical abortion. So what is a medical

#feministfriday | Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm was the first black woman elected to Congress (1968) and to run for President (1970). She was named honorary president of the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (NARAL) in 1969 and was a strong supporter of the legalization of abortion in her home state of New York in 1970. In her 1970 book Unbought and Unbossed, Chisholm argued that access to legal abortion was an issue of economic and racial justice, as poor African-American and Hispanic women were the most likely to be victims of unsafe “back alley” abortions while wealthy white women were much more likely to receive abortions from licensed doctors, even when the procedure was still illegal. Sources: Shi

What are TRAP Laws? #wokewednesday

If you have followed the news over the past few years, you might have heard about your state legislature passing new regulations on abortion providers. Unlike other types of abortion restrictions, which attempt to shame, intimidate and burden women with everything from extended waiting periods to medically unnecessary transvaginal ultrasounds, these regulations are supposed to protect patients by putting extra restrictions on the doctors performing abortions and their facilities. Nothing wrong with that, right? We obviously want women receiving abortions to be as safe as possible. However, these regulations are not a response to an actual need to protect patient safety. Collectively, they ar

Introducing #wokewednesday

Introducing #WokeWednesday Abortion is a hard topic to talk about, for many reasons. But one of the main reasons is that many people, including many pro-choice supporters, don’t actually know that much about it. And that’s understandable. Abortion is a topic that has been clouded by decades of shame and secrecy, not to mention intentional campaigns of misinformation by those seeking to restrict women’s reproductive freedom. And on top of that, it is a conversation that is constantly changing, as state legislatures continue to introduce new bills restricting abortion in various ways, which then get fought out in court cases that can last years, and providers must constantly adapt to these eve

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