Liberal and progressive commentators have followed the Right’s incremental method of limiting access to abortion and other reproductive justice issues. These are examples of their analysis.
Laws Targeting Abortion Providers
“Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers” written by (TRAP Laws) the Center for Reproductive Rights, discusses the trivial and arbitrary laws that are being created across the country to make it more difficult for freestanding abortion clinics to stay open. (PDF)
A news feature about how pregnancy crisis centers have become powerful anti-abortion sites, using their locations—often close to abortion clinics—to further their cause of dissuading women from having abortions.
Global Gag Rule
Limiting Public Funding for Abortions
This fact sheet on the Hyde Amendment presents evidence that the Congretional funding amendment, passed annually since 1976, violates the human rights of women by denying federal funds to support low-income women’s abortions. Despite a dedicated campaign to end this law, the Hyde Amendment continues to discriminate against low income women. (PDF)
Women’s ENews summarizes the issues behind “pro-life” pharmacies that deny women the right to choose what to do with their bodies based on stories from across the country of women being denied goods or services that pharmacists viewed as immoral or unethical.
Assertion of Fathers Rights
Fears of a Population Implosion
Progressive journalist Kathryn Joyce examines the ideology behind the anti-abortion and racist concept of a “European Winter,” a future derailed by moral decay, lack of respect for families, and the prospect that western civilization will be replaced by immigrants from the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.
Responding to the claim that abortions harm women
Attacks on sexual activity thwart public health
A discussion of the backlash against Gardasil, the vaccine for HPV. This article challenges the idea that an HPV vaccine “promotes promiscuity” as well as presenting the idea that there is already a mandatory vaccine for Hepatitis B, which is also an STI, for which there was no backlash.
Looking at the claims of abstinence-only education
The Compromise Pitfalls of a “Reducing Abortions” Campaign
Two experts on the Christian Right examine the underlying problems with efforts by moderate faith community leaders to work with anti-abortion forces seeking compromise.
Examining fetal personhood
Attacks on contraception
What the Unborn Victims of Violence Act means
Arguments against stem cell research called misleading
An analysis of the opposition to a 2006 Missouri ballot question that allows embryonic stem cell research in that state, including references to the Focus on the Family’s brochure, “Women’s Voices Against Cloning.”
Women with Disabilities
Low Income Women and Women of Color
Immigrant rights have become part of the struggle for reproductive justice, says Priscilla Huang of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum in this essay that received wide circulation when it was written in 2007.
Women prisoners, most of whom are mothers, experience great difficulty in securing quality health care and exercising their reproductive rights. This brief essay by a leading progressive analyst of women in prison explains why.