Tag: Alabama

What Abortion Access Looks Like in Mississippi: One Person at a Time

When Brandy found out she was pregnant for the fifth time, she was 25 and single and had given birth to her third child two months earlier. Soon after that, she lost her retail management job of six years. It was midwinter 2013, and she could barely pay her heating bill. “I knew I wasn’t […]

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Alabama: Where You Can Be Forced to Give Birth After Being Raped and Maybe Have to Parent the Child With Your Rapist

Protesters rally against one of the nation’s most restrictive bans on abortions on May 19, 2019, in Montgomery, Ala.Photo: Julie Bennett (Getty) What is up with these Southern states when it comes to women’s rights? (And as a proud New Yorker with deep roots in the Tar Heel State, aka North Cackalacky, aka North Carolina, […]

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What to Know About the Alabama Chemical Castration Law

Gov. Kay Ivey of Alabama has signed a so-called chemical castration measure into law, her office announced on Monday, leaving the state poised to set a stringent new parole condition for certain sex offenders. Supporters of the law contend that it will enhance public safety and reduce the risk of convicted sex offenders committing similar […]

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Alabama Governor Signs Bill Requiring ‘Chemical Castration’ for Some Sex Offenders

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signing a bill that virtually outlaws abortion in the state on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Montgomery, Ala.Photo: Hal Yeager (AP Images) Alabama is continuing its ascension to the weirdest state in the country, coming in a close second to Florida, as the governor signed legislation Monday that would require some […]

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With Most States Under One Party’s Control, America Grows More Divided

When J.B. Pritzker took over as the governor of Illinois this year, Democratic lawmakers, who had spent four years at an impasse with his Republican predecessor, vowed that their party’s new grip on the State Capitol would bring immediate change. The pace has been startling. In recent months, Illinois legislators have moved sharply to the […]

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Life Begins at Conception (Except When That’s Inconvenient for Republicans)

When, exactly, do abortion opponents think life begins? Over the past few months there has been a rush to pass abortion bans. Most of these bans center on the idea that abortions should be banned as soon as the fetal heartbeat is detected; that’s because “a heartbeat proves that there’s life that deserves protection under […]

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University of Alabama Returns Millions to Top Donor

The University of Alabama voted Friday morning to return a $21.5 million donation to a Florida businessman after administrators said he was trying to meddle in the operations of the law school, which had been renamed for him. The businessman, Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr., had pledged a total of $26.5 million, the largest donation in […]

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Alabama Mayor Suggests ‘Killing Out’ the LGBTQ Community in Deleted Facebook Post

Screenshot: CBS 41 Video (YouTube) The mayor of Carbon Hill, Ala., is in deep shit after reportedly spewing homophobic rhetoric in a since-deleted Facebook post. According to CBS News, here’s how it went down: Carbon Hill Mayor Mark Chambers was responding to a comment on his original post, which read in all capital letters: “We […]

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Wherever You Are, There’s a State Park Nearby

An island of glacier-tumbled rock, covered in trees, sits in the cold waters of Lake Michigan. On the horizon, it looks like the gathering of night. This is Wisconsin’s Rock Island State Park, where my love of nature began. Thirty years ago I spent part of a summer there with a troop of the Polish […]

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Cop Detains Innocent Black Man, Answers ‘Fuck You Is My Name’ When Asked to Identify Himself

Image: The Free Thought Project Video (YouTube) Police officers are well aware of the tremendous power and authority they wield, yet historically they’ve abused it at the cost of black lives. Time after time, instance after instance, we’ve borne witness to innocent black men who are harassed, demeaned or slaughtered simply for existing, while those […]

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Trump to Accused Child Molester Roy Moore: Please Don’t Risk My Legacy by Running for the US Senate in 2020

Roy Moore Photo: Joe Raedle (Getty) Donald Trump still has love for accused child molester and possible new-old candidate for a U.S. Senate seat representing Alabama Roy Moore, but he’s warning Moore away from the ballot in 2020. In a set of tweets (what else?) Wednesday, the occupant of the Oval Office begged Moore to think of […]

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Despite Warning From Trump, Roy Moore Says He Can Win Alabama Senate Seat

Donald J. Trump is publicly making the case that Roy Moore, the controversial former Alabama judge, could cost Republicans a Senate seat in an overwhelmingly conservative state if he chooses to run again. One person he hasn’t convinced is Mr. Moore himself. “There’s a lot I have to offer,” Mr. Moore said in an interview […]

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Trump Warns Roy Moore Against Alabama Senate Run

President Trump on Wednesday issued a highly public warning to the former Alabama judge Roy Moore not to make a second run for Senate, or else to risk losing a seat in a solidly Republican state again. Mr. Moore, who was defeated in a 2017 special election after being accused of pursuing relationships with teenage […]

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‘Ship of Horror’: Discovery of the Last Slave Ship to America Brings New Hope to an Old Community

MOBILE, Ala. — Like nearly everyone who grew up in Africatown, Felice Harris had heard the origin story of her little Alabama neighborhood, passed around from relative to relative and house to house. It was the story of a group of West Africans carried to Alabama on the last slave ship to reach the United […]

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Fight’s On: ACLU, Planned Parenthood Sue to Stop Alabama’s Virtual Abortion Ban

A protester wears an “I stand with Planned Parenthood” shirt at a May 21, 2019, rally in Atlanta against recently passed abortion ban bills. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage (Getty) Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union on Friday filed a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn Alabama’s law that bans abortions except in cases of “serious” […]

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What It’s Like to Live Under an Abortion Ban

The passage of last week’s highly restrictive bill banning almost all abortions in Alabama sparked strong reactions in the United States. It also, however, resonated abroad, and particularly in the United Kingdom, where at least one population is intimately familiar with the experience of living under such a restrictive law. Abortion is illegal in Northern […]

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The Criminalization of Women’s Bodies Is All About Conservative Male Power

Let’s start by acknowledging that women are not things. Before we talk, like we have to, about what the attacks on abortion access mean for this anxious, awful political era, let’s establish as a ground rule that women are not vessels, or incubators, or an undifferentiated natural resource. Women are human beings whose human rights […]

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