The case that could lead to the end of Roe v. Wade includes a novel argument: that the right to an abortion is no longer necessary because it has become much easier for women to combine work and family. In Roe, the Supreme Court said that an unwanted pregnancy could lead women to “a distressful life and future,” and in a 1992 case, Casey v. Planned Parenthood, that abortion rights were necessary for “women to participate equally in the economic and social life of the nation.” On Wednesday, the court is hearing a case from Mississippi regarding a law banning most abortions after 15 weeks. In a brief to the court , lawyers for the state argued that those ideas about women’s lives had been obviated by “the march of progress.” “In these last 50 years,” Mississippi’s attorney general, Lynn Fitch, said in a statement , “women have carved their own ways to achieving a better balance for success in their professional and personal lives.” Mississippi makes other arguments … [Read more...] about Mississippi Asks: If Women Can Have It All, Is Roe Necessary?
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A t 7 p.m. in Paris late last year, Frances McDormand was marching from the Right Bank to the Left at an extraordinary pace. “I’m practicing my route,” she said, speeding off in the wrong direction before stopping short. “Which way is the river?” she asked, scanning the narrow boulevards snaking in every direction. I pointed left, and she took off so swiftly that I had to run to catch up. When I did, she was cursing under her breath at her faulty inner compass. She has lived most of her life in Manhattan. She likes grids. The route she was practicing began at the Centre Pompidou, where she was performing with the experimental theater company the Wooster Group, of which she has been a member for nearly two decades. It ended at a friend’s apartment off the Boulevard St.-Germain. The rest of the company was lodged in the Marais, and McDormand had been concerned about the state of their accommodations. She likes to be sure that her co-stars are comfortably situated and has been … [Read more...] about Frances McDormand’s Difficult Women
We are on the verge of the U.S. Supreme Court hearing a Mississippi case sure to decimate Roe v. Wade, while Texas’s ban of nearly all abortion plays Russian Roulette with women’s lives. A tragic death in Ireland in 2012 lit a pyre of resistance that was pivotal in leading to legalized abortion. Similarly this month, news of the heartbreaking death of a pregnant woman in Poland brought activists pouring into the streets demanding legal abortion. What happens when abortion is made illegal or unavailable is clear and a cautionary tale as the U.S. enters a post-Roe era. ADVERTISEMENT Ireland offers a human-rights-infused way forward for abortion rights in the U.S. and indeed globally. After 35 years of a regime that banned all abortion, Ireland now provides safe, legal and funded services throughout the first trimester of pregnancy. American abortion activists rallying to “Save Roe” would do well to look across the pond for inspiration and examples … [Read more...] about An Irish tale of warning on American abortion
0 Health & Fitness Pregnant women in Macomb County have moderate vulnerability to poor health outcomes, according to a new analysis. Local Data , Patch Staff Posted Reply SHELBY-UTICA, MI — The U.S. is far behind most other developed countries when it comes to maternal health, for reasons that are complex. A new index aims to pinpoint the key factors on a local level. The new maternal vulnerability index , compiled by the nonprofit Surgo Ventures, ranks counties and states on factors including general and reproductive health care, mental health and substance abuse, socioeconomic factors and the physical environment. The index, which ranges from zero to 100, is based on 43 indicators. A higher score indicates a greater likelihood for poor pregnancy outcomes including preeclampsia, premature birth and maternal death. Macomb County ranks in the "moderate" risk category for maternal health with an index score of … [Read more...] about Macomb County Shows Moderate Risk In New ‘Maternal Vulnerability’ Index
To hear more audio stories from publications like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android . He was born on New Year’s Day, the year 2000. I got pregnant with him when I was 19, a month before I graduated from college. I was a brain; that was my identity. I was headed to Yale Divinity School, where I would study for a master’s in religion and literature. Those were my interests: religion, literature, study. I had not thought about having children or being a wife. I hadn’t thought I wouldn’t do those things, but if I thought about them, they existed in the vague haze of my distant future. I wasn’t really dating his father. His father was only the second person I’d had sex with, and I had a crush on his good friend. The friend wasn’t interested in me romantically, but the three of us hung out together. I would be winsome and flirt with the friend, and we all had a nice time. Sometimes I would read to them. Isak Dinesen: “Anecdotes of Destiny and Ehrengard.” The … [Read more...] about The Abortion I Didn’t Have