Women’s Health in the Trump Era: What Next?

My Facebook feed is filled with pictures of the Women’s March that took place in the days following Donald Trump’s inauguration. Pictures of slogans, posters, and unique chants flood my newsfeed, and I’m sure this phenomenon is not exclusive to me. Even as I sit in India, half the world away from the sites of action, the women’s march, Trump’s inauguration and the subsequent fervor it’s generated in terms of the resistance, is all anyone can talk about.… [Read more]

Controversial Alabama Abortion Law Deemed Unconstitutional – Hope for Thousands

The term abortion brings out an array of emotions from various quarters of society, raising pertinent issues about health, hygiene and the right to live. While critics argue that the unborn child has a right to live just like anyone else, there are certain situations that may force some women to consider abortion like the presence of multiple children already in the family, advanced maternal age, underlying medical conditions that could affect the unborn child or poor financial situation that dictate an inability to bring up a child.… [Read more]

Frosh Week, Canada-style – Rape Culture

It is usually bad form to reference ones own writings to support a particular cause or contention, but a recent experience with cyber-fandom prompts this modest account. Frosh Week insensibilities, campus ‘rape culture’ fear-mongering, and the wonders of instant digital communication all play their cheerful part.

Ten days ago, a video clip of some festive, apparently over-refreshed frosh at St.… [Read more]

Women’s Equality Day: The 19th Amendment and the right to vote

On Aug. 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees American women’s right to vote, was certified by Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby. Ratification and certification of this amendment meant that United States citizen could not be denied the right to vote on the basis of gender. This amendment was a long time in the making; it was first introduced in 1878 by Susan B.… [Read more]

Note to John Boehner: Remember Pearl Harbor

I’ll call you John, because even though you are the Speaker of the House I won’t give you the respect your position should accord. You are a leader in name only.

You and your party have declared war on the jobless, women, children, the aged, immigrants, the sick, the tired, the poor, and the hungry at the national and state levels.… [Read more]

Perry continues his ‘War on Women’

Over a hundred Republican lawmakers attended Rick Perry’s signing ceremony for sweeping new abortion restrictions today that could close nearly all of the clinics in Texas.

The new law bans abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy and it also dictates when abortion-inducing drugs can be taken. Additionally, the law also requires that abortion clinic doctors must have hospital admitting privileges, and abortions are now restricted solely to surgical centres — a requirement me by only five of Texas’ 42 abortion clinics.… [Read more]

Ain’t gonna stand for it

To borrow the title from Stevie Wonder’s 1980 album, “It’s hotter than July.”

Summer is known for high heat and lazy, hazy days but, unfortunately, it’s also a time known for flaring tempers.

This title of this week’s “Say It In Song” pick, “Ain’t Gonna Stand For It,” came to mind as the result of all the anger-inducing events taking place across the country.… [Read more]

Decisions, decisions, decisions…and politics

I’m putting a new ceiling on our porch and the photo shows what I’m doing. Now, you ask yourself, “What does his porch ceiling have to do with decisions and politics?” Be patient and read on for the answer.

Our old porch ceiling needed replacement so I checked on what I believed were suitable materials that would give me the effect my wife and I wanted.… [Read more]

Streets of Fire

Given all of the social unrest we’ve witnessed both domestically and abroad, this week’s  “Say It In Song” pick is a 1978 Bruce Springsteen hit from his album “Darkness on the Edge of Town”: Streets of Fire.

This is dedicated to all of those people who walk streets of fire to protest against broken promises made by elected officials.… [Read more]

‘Hysteria’ and Women’s Health

Last night my wife and I watched a movie called Hysteria and we recommend it to anyone, especially women, who need a break from the mundane or usually violent movies that you see. I, in no way, mean this post to be offensive to women. It’s about an era to which the radical right would probably like to see us return.… [Read more]