Texas Judge Revives Anthony Comstock's Crusade Against Reproductive Freedom
by Bill Greer
The career of Anthony Comstock shows what can happen when a highly committed moral crusader gains traction in the political system. His rehabilitation in the contemporary abortion war is cause for concern.
How the Comstock Act is Making a Comeback
Lauren MacIvor Thompson and Mary Ziegler discuss the history of the 19th century Comstock Act and its appeal to abortion opponents as a legal tool to ban abortion nationally.
SOURCE: Mother Jones
Could the Comstock Act Help the Right Ban Abortion Nationwide?
Historian Lauren MacIvor Thompson explains how the law, which hasn't been enforced in 50 years, is being considered as a tool to secure a nationwide abortion ban by a group of Republican Attorneys General.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
After Texas Ruling on Abortion Medication, Get Ready to Hear More About the Comstock Act
by Mary Ziegler
The ruling of Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk invoked a reading of the 150 year-old anti-obscenity law to claim that the distribution of mifepristone by mail is illegal.
Does Marital Status Discrimination Hold the Key to Protecting Sexual Freedoms from SCOTUS?
by Marc Stein
As concern rises that the court might revoke the rights to same-sex marriage and contraception while reinstating the criminalization of gay sex, advocates for reproductive and sexual freedom need to consider how to make the equal protection argument that rights individuals enjoy in marriage can't be denied to individuals outside of them.
Mary Ziegler: Right Won't Stop at Roe
Law professor Mary Ziegler explains how the anti-abortion movement upended the GOP establishment and helped push the courts to the right. Her new book is Dollars for Life.
SOURCE: Chronicle of Higher Education
What Will Post-Roe Campuses Be Like?
Student life and mental health, gender equity, medical school curricula, and faculty recruitment are just some of the areas of change likely if some states are able to ban abortion.
SOURCE: Atlas Obscura
The 19th Century Woman's Secret Guides to Birth Control
Women have always tried to share information enabling them to control their reproductive health, and others have always tried to stop them. Secrecy, coded language and misdirection are historical puzzles to untangle, say Andrea Tone, Naomi Rendina, Lauren Thompson and Donna Drucker.
SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
Antiabortion Movement Gunning for Contraceptive Rights, Too
by Anya Jabour
A century ago, sex researcher Katharine Bement Davis was silenced because she fought to redefine women's sexuality and contraceptive use as normal and fight for its decriminalization. The right today wants to undo her legacy through the courts.
How An Anti-Vice Crusader Sabotaged The Early Birth Control Movement
Author Amy Sohn discusses her new book on the life and work of anti-vice crusader Anthony Comstock, who's work resulted in the restriction of contraception for a century.
How The Approval Of The Birth Control Pill 60 Years Ago Helped Change Lives
FDA approval of oral contraception in 1960 had a transformative effect on women's lives but remains controversial today.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
The most important Supreme Court decision of the last 50 years anybody hardly remembers
It’s the Griswold decision fifty years ago this month. It raised women’s incomes and expanded opportunities for their children
SOURCE: The New Republic
How the Pill Overcame Impossible Odds And Found a Place in Millions of Women's Purses
by Ann Friedman
The pill is now so common—four out of five sexually active women have used it—that it’s easy to forget that oral contraception was once the stuff of fantasy.
See the Bizarre History of Contraception in This Fascinating PSA
A new PSA shows the lengths that women have gone to in order to prevent unwanted pregnancy
How Bad Is the Hobby Lobby Ruling?
by Dr. Emma Long
Some of the nuance of the Court’s opinion has been overlooked.
Is the Right to Contraception Services Now in Danger?
by Heather Munro Prescott
We shall see.
SOURCE: National Review
Conrad Black: Pope Francis, Say Yes to the Pill
Conrad Black is the author of Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom, Richard M. Nixon: A Life in Full, and the recently published A Matter of Principle. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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