my favorite tidbit about rome is that in the mid-1800s one of the popes didnt like the statues in rome having dicks so he ordered them knocked off. fast forward to the last decade or so and art historians in conjunction with the vatican are trying to erm. restore. the statues. but the dicks were just. kept in a box. so art historians are going around rome, with a box of dicks, trying to match them up to their owner.
All that time and money spent learning how to become an art historian
And now their job is to walk around with a box of stone dicks trying to find which statues to glue them onto O.O
Monday marks 54 years since the first commercially available birth control pills went on sale.
But, in these past 54 years, women’s reproductive rights have been the subject of near-constant controversy, and have become more and more restricted:
- The most prolific restriction placed on women’s rights in recent memory is the Supreme Court’s ruling that religious employers can’t be required to provide birth control for employees.
In June — in a very contentious and divided opinion on Hobby Lobby Stores & Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp v. Sebelius — the high court ruled “closely held corporations (companies where just a handful of people hold at least half the shares) may be exempt from the Obamacare mandate that birth control be covered,” Fusion reported at the time.
While conservatives heralded the decision, Supreme Court justice — and all-around feminist hero — Ruth Bader Ginsburg said the men of the high court revealed a ‘blind spot' with their Hobby Lobby ruling.
- The Supreme Court made a summer of striking blows against women’s reproductive rights.
In June, the justices unanimously struck down a Massachusetts law that had allowed a “buffer zone” to keep protesters 35 feet away from abortion clinics, POLITICO reported at the time.
Following the ruling, reporter B.D. Colen visited a clinic in Massachusetts and noted that anti-abortion protesters were able to get much closer to patients than in the past, The Huffington Post reported in July. "Anti-choice folks were able to harass people right up to the entrance, which they couldn’t do in the past," Colen said.
Following the Supreme Court’s ruling in Massachusetts, some of the state’s largest cities had to deploy extra police to abortion clinics, Reuters reported at the time.
(Image credit: B.D. Colen/The Huffington Post)
- Since the Supreme Court struck down many state restrictions in its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, states have been fighting back against the practice:
- As of August 1, 42 states prohibit abortions — except when they’re necessary to protect the woman’s life — after a specified point in the pregnancy, according to the Guttmacher Institute. And 26 states require that a woman who wants an abortion wait for a designated amount of time in between receiving counseling and the actual procedure.
- Currently, six states — Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming — have only a single abortion clinic, Breitbart reported in March.
- But nowhere is the fight against women’s reproductive rights more apparent than Texas. In May 2013, there were 41 abortion providers in the state. However, if a challenge to state law fails in federal court, there will only be seven providers in Texas as of Sept. 1, Reuters reported in August.
In the 2011 legislative session, Texas legislators cut two-thirds of funding for family planning programs, as well, according to Reuters.
Last year, state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) made headlines when she filibustered for 11 hours to kill a bill that would have created some of the harshest abortion restrictions in America, The Washington Post reported at the time.
- Going beyond traditional abortion services, a handful of states place abortion-related restrictions on family planning funding. For instance, some states have laws that ban using family planning funds to provide abortion counseling for woman with unintended pregnancies, according to the Guttmacher Institute:
(Image credit: The Guttmacher Institute)
- However, some states have made strides to protect reproductive health. Twenty-one states and Washington, D.C., allow all minors to consent to contraceptive services, according to the Guttmacher Institute.
And Rep. Cory Gardner, a Republican Senate candidate from Colorado, is pushing the idea of making the birth control pill available over the counter without a doctor’s prescription as part of his campaign platform, The Hill reported Monday. While critics have decried the move as playing political football with women’s rights, the fact that such an idea could be used as legitimate political strategizing may mean women’s reproductive health is moving to the forefront for politicians.
Writing by Abby Rogers; Editing by Margarita Noriega
Cute Butt Club Pin
Oof I want it
Edit: I got it. And some others.
Tonight we’ll just get drunk, disturb the peace. Find your hands all over me. And then you bite your lip, whisper and say, “We’re going all the way.”
‘The Other Side’
blind lovers (I)