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Scenes from Boston Vigil for George Tiller

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

More than 500 people gathered in downtown Boston Monday evening to mourn the death and celebrate the life of Dr. George Tiller. OBOS’s own Wendy Brovold helped in the planning and put together this video. Speakers included Stephanie Poggi, executive director of the National Network of Abortion Funds.

The vigil was covered on New England Cable News.

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Writings About George Tiller and Where We Go From Here

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

There’s so much important policy analysis and moving stories about Dr. George Tiller that we wanted to try to bring you a snapshot of it all here. We’ll continue to add to this post — please also leave suggestions for additional reading, or your own thoughts, in the comments.

In our previous post on Tiller’s murder, we included Tiller’s own story about becoming an abortion provider. He learned his father had provided medically safe abortions for women who had no place else to turn … More

Abortion Provider George Tiller, 67, Murdered at Church

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

George Tiller, an abortion provider in Wichita, Kan., was shot and killed this morning at his church. Police have a suspect in custody — a 51-year-old male — according to the Kansas City Star.

Tiller, 67, was shot just after 10 a.m. in the lobby of Reformation Lutheran Church in Wichita, where he was a member of the congregation.

Tiller was serving as an usher at the church, one of six ushers listed in the church bulletin. He was handing out bulletins to people going into the … More

Anti-Choice Judge Steps Aside in Tiller Case

By Kiki Zeldes |

Guest blogger Rachel Walden of Women’s Health News is posting here this week, while Christine is on vacation.

Judge Anthony Powell announced today that he would recuse himself from presiding over the prosecution of Witchita, Kansas abortion provider George Tiller, one of a handful of late-term abortion providers.

Powell is visibly anti-choice, having helped to push the 1998 legislation under which Tiller is charged; this editorial from the Witchita Eagle suggests that the law was intended from its inception to target Dr. Tiller.

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Clear Channel Won’t Run Ads for Women’s Health Clinic, Cites “Decency Standards”

By Rachel Walden |

Following a successful campaign urging Facebook to apply its community standards toward pages and groups promoting rape and other violence against women, Women, Action & the Media (WAM!) has launched a new effort: calling on Clear Channel to lift a ban on radio ads promoting a Wichita, Kan., women’s health clinic that provides abortions.

“At a time when access to reproductive health services, including … More

Roe Round-Up: Analysis on the 40th Anniversary of Legalized Abortion

By Rachel Walden |

Lizz Winstead, Daily Show co-creator and producer, has a message for what’s at stake on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

On the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, we celebrate four decades of legal abortion — which has undoubtedly changed and saved many women’s live. Yet we recognize there is still much work to be done.

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Stirring the Pot – How Has Obama Done on Choice?

By Rachel Walden |

We’re all pretty used to hearing about anti-choice, anti-reproductive justice Republican proposals that do little to promote the health of all women, but how is our current Democratic President doing on these issues? That is the theme explored by the current issue of Conscience, the magazine of Catholics for Choice, which explores the question of President Obama’s record of pro-choice action.

In the first essay, Jodi Jacobsen of RH Reality Check asks, “Is Obama Prochoice?” and focuses on the topic by looking at the … More

¿Confía que la mujer puede elegir por sí misma servicios de salud reproductiva?

By Kiki Zeldes |

Escrito por Christine; traducido por Ema Rosero del orginial en inglés Jan 19, 2011.

La mayoría de adolescentes y adultos sexualmente activos en los Estados Unidos utilizan métodos anticonceptivos y favorecen que la mujer haga por sí misma decisiones sobre su salud reproductiva. A pesar de este apoyo, los que se oponen a la planificación familiar y a los derechos de las mujeres han intentando presentarse como la verdadera voz de moralidad y han logrado avances políticos que amenazan la salud de la mujer.

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Do You Trust Women to Make Their Own Choices About Reproductive Healthcare?

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

The majority of sexually active adolescents and adults in the United States use birth control and are in favor of women being able to make their own reproductive health decisions. Despite this support, opponents of family planning and women’s rights have tried to assert themselves as the true moral voice — and have made political gains that severely threaten women’s health.

This year, as women’s health advocates celebrate the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade on Jan. 22, the Silver Ribbon Campaign to Trust … More

Health Care Reform Update: Effort to Restrict Abortion Coverage Fails, Mixed Results on Abstinence Only Funding

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

The health care reform debate hasn’t been encouraging for reproductive health advocates, but on Wednesday the Senate Finance Committee pushed back against a Republican amendment designed to “doubly triply restrict abortion coverage in the bill,” as Rachel Maddow described it last night.

Republican Olympia Snowe of Maine joined almost all of the Democrats to defeat the amendment 13-10. Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dakota, a Democrat, voted for the restrictions along with the rest of the Republicans. Robert Pear of The New York … More