MO legislator wants names of women who’ve had an abortion

If you had an abortion in Missouri between 2010 and 2015, you’re on Missouri State Senator Kurt Schaefer’s hit list. Schaefer, a Republican, demanded that  Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region turn over the list. He made the same demand of a St. Louis-area pathologist. Schaefer’s excuse? He’s “investigating” those already-proven-bogus allegations that Planned…

“Grandma” offers a refreshing, accepting view of abortion

“Grandma” is a trifle of a movie with the socially redeeming characteristic of portraying an accepting attitude toward  abortions. Unlike most Hollywood films, broadcast-TV dramas and even many independent productions aimed at a mainstream audience, this movie normalizes abortion—portraying it as the legal medical procedure that it has been since 1973. That’s different, because in…

Abortion: Focusing on the real issues, not the distractions

Abortion opponents often like to dwell on minutia, such as whether or not Planned Parenthood profits from making embryonic organs available for life-saving research. If not that, then they like to have absolute answers to esoteric questions like what is the meaning of life. What most opponents of abortion do not do very well is…

As much as ever, in 2014 women deserve the right to choose

Questions related to reproductive health, and most specifically abortion, are not easy to answer. Choice is the kind of issue that should humble us all and make us want to take all necessary steps to prevent unwanted pregnancies. In many ways, this issue reflects the ongoing dilemma we have in America between protecting the rights…

Rape insurance abortion rider goes into effect in Michigan

Starting in late March, Michigan women really  started feeling the affects of the “War on Women.” The state’s new law known as “rape insurance”—an additional insurance policy if she wants reimbursement for an abortion—went into effect. This new law drops coverage of most abortions from existing policies. Women who do not buy insurance through an…

Lesson learned: My Catholic hospital can limit my medical choices

What’s in a choice? Options. In order to make a choice, you must have options. As descendants of those who fled religious persecution, many of our forefathers understood the importance of options and the power of choice. That’s why they guaranteed our right to freely exercise religion in the first amendment. I think we can…