Lauren Lane is the co-founder of Skepticon, the Midwest's largest skeptic student-run conference and remains a lead organizer today. She has not one, but TWO fancy art degrees and is not afraid to use them.
A fascinating infographic at The Huffington Post shows that many states have longer waiting periods for abortions than firearm purchases: In fact, 35 states require that women must undergo mandatory counseling so that they can be “informed” before going through with an abortion, and 26 of those states require an extra waiting period of 24 hours between counseling and the actual procedure. Meanwhile, 8 states have a required waiting period for various gun purchases, with waits ranging from 2-10 days. [Click headline for more…] Read more
Over the past two years, a number of states have introduced legislation regarding a woman’s right to choose — from mandating intrusive ultrasounds to requiring parental permission. Business Week has this handy, interactive (not to mention mesmerizing) infographic that puts it all in perspective: Read more
Maybe we’ve been using the wrong angle when it comes to protecting a woman’s right to choose. Over at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, Valerie Tarico has written an interesting piece in which she asks whether abortion can be framed as a blessing. Tarico claims that pro-choicers have lost the moral high ground in the ongoing debate and that has led to a backlash in women’s rights. Read more
The fatal rape and beating of a New Delhi woman that shocked and outraged the world last month has rightfully led to a global conversation about rape, women’s rights, and justice. One woman in particular, Sohaila Abdulali, who wrote about her own experience at the hands of a group of men in a personal essay that has since gone viral due to the New Delhi incident, had this to say in a recent article: Read more
Despite last minute efforts by Vice President Joe Biden, the Violence Against Women Act — a piece of legislation that ensures that victims of domestic violence receive the help and protection they need — has expired for the first time since 1994. Why did conservatives — who are already on pretty shaky grounds when it comes to women’s rights — block this legislation? Here’s one theory: Read more