Politics and Planned Parenthood

Check out my piece in Contexts Magazine. It is currently available online here.

politics and planned parenthood

by Deana A. Rohlinger

Planned Parenthood found itself caught in the middle of a political maelstrom last fall after the pro-life group, Center for Medical Progress, released a video that allegedly showed the organization selling fetal body parts for profit. Republicans called for the immediate defunding of the health organization and Republican presidential hopefuls chimed in, accusing Planned Parenthood of “profiting” off of abortion procedures. Former Texas governor Rick Perry said “The video showing a Planned Parenthood employee selling the body parts of aborted children is a disturbing reminder of the organization’s penchant for profiting off the tragedy of a destroyed human life.” Several states have….. Continue Reading.

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FDA Ruling Reshapes Abortion Battle

Read my piece in the The American Prospect. Here is a preview:

FDA Ruling Reshapes Abortion Battle

 

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Op-Ed in The American Prospect: The Far-Reaching Consequences of the Supreme Court Abortion Rights Challenge

he abortion rights challenge known as Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which comes before the Supreme Court for oral arguments Wednesday, is the latest battle in the four-decade war over legal abortion in the United States. Pro-life and pro-choice activists have engaged in pitched legal conflict ever since the Supreme Court issued thunderbolt decisions in the 1973 landmark cases Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, which together established the constitutional right to abortion.

Pro-choice advocates initially believed that these two Supreme Court decisions settled the main issues, but pro-life activists have steadily chipped away at legal abortion rights and access. Until the Hellerstedt case, pro-choice activists were caught in a vicious political cycle: Pro-life proponents would introduce legislation restricting abortion access, and reproductive health advocates would try to prevent its passage and its implementation—with limited success. In Hellerstedt, pro-choice advocates are hoping to change their political fortunes and show that abortion restrictions have legally gone too far.

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Interview on Abortion Politics with No Jargon

Listen to my recent interview on abortion politics and the elections (among other things) with Avi from No Jargon. Download this and other interviews here.

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Here’s Why Ammon Bundy’s Oregon Standoff Might Work (OP-ED in Fortune)

Occupations often make protestors look bad. Case in point: The armed militants, who last week seized the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in an effort to force the federal government to return the land to the people, are not exactly inspiring the masses. Quite the opposite. The protestors, who are calling themselves Citizens for Constitutional Freedom, became an immediate target of derision online. Using hashtags such as #YallQueda, #YeeHawdists, and #VanillaISIS, folks are having a field day mocking the militants. Some of the jokes take aim at the militants’ lack of clear messaging and standoff preparation; they recently used social media to ask the public to send supplies and snacks. Many of the posts, however, criticize their use of occupation as a tactic….

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Op-Ed on U.S. News & World Report: Republicans Need to Rein in Abortion Rhetoric for Their Own Political Good

Last week’s shooting at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood was tragic. Three parents died – Jennifer Markovsky, Ke’Arre Stewart and Garrett Swasey – and nine other individuals were injured. According to law enforcement officials, the shooter, Robert Dear, mumbled, “No more baby parts.” This statement, as well as his alleged affinity for the anti-abortion extremist organization Army of God, whose members have claimed credit for bombing clinics and murdering abortion providers in the past, have caused some to argue that Republican’s recent anti-Planned Parenthood rhetoric (and actions) are to blame….. Click here to read more.

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Reclaiming Abortion Narratives in America

My contribution to Gender & Society’s blog.

By Deana A. Rohlinger

Feminist Gloria Steinem made headlines when journalists and pundits learned that she dedicated her new book, My Life on the Road, to Dr. Sharpe – the physician who performed her illegal abortion in 1957.

According to Steinem, Sharpe asked her to not reveal his identity and encouraged her to pursue her life’s passion. In response, Steinem writes:

Dear Dr. Sharpe,  

I believe you, who knew the law was unjust, would not mind if I say this so long after your death:
I’ve done the best I could with my life.
This book is for you.

Mass media exploded with commentary on the controversial dedication.

Opponents of legal abortion criticized Steinem for “killing” her baby and advancing women’s rights by “destroying” the rights of the unborn. Others praised Steinem for being “badass” enough to tell her story and remind readers…

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