What’s Current: Trump tells Planned Parenthood funding can stay if abortion goes

Trump tells Planned Parenthood its funding can stay if abortion goes.

The BBC has issued Dame Jenni Murray an “impartiality warning” for her article about womanhood in the Sunday Times. Meanwhile, the network appears partial to describing a dangerous male rapist as a woman. Sarah Ditum isn’t surprised:

“[T]he world is not organised to disadvantage and victimise people who ‘feel female’: it is organized to disadvantage those who are female. And there’s no more powerful example of this than watching the very definition of ‘woman’ become tortured and unspeakable for women who want to talk about their experiences of being female, yet freely given to male sex offenders.”

BBC investigation finds Facebook removes less that 20 per cent of reported images of child abuse.

US Supreme Court pushes Title IX gender identity case back to the Court of Appeal for the Fourth Circuit.

SNL skit shows the limits of liberal dudes’ “feminism.”

Susan Cox
Susan Cox

Susan Cox is a feminist writer and academic living in the United States. She teaches in Philosophy.

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  • Delia

    As I look back now on 1979-80 era when I was 19-20 yrs, I recall receiving mail from NARAL, appeals for donations; talking about various threats to abortion rights/freedoms. Well this was still less than a decade after RoevWade and I thought “that ain’t gonna happen” It struck me that NARAL was paranoid and overreacting.

    All these years later I see that NARAL was right, and I was wrong (naive). There most definitely is an ongoing threat to women’s reproductive autonomy in the USA.
    I can only hope for 2018 to stop Trump and his “party” Unless he implodes first which may very well happen.

  • Liesl Bites Back

    It would help if politicians weren’t using made up terms in their anti-choice rhetoric. “Partial birth abortion” is NOT a medical term.


    As far as I know, most abortion regulations also apply to cases where the fetus has died in utero and needs to be removed.

  • Jeanne Deaux

    If the fetus is dead, the pregnancy has terminated and there’s nothing left to abort (what’s being aborted is the pregnancy, not the fetus). HOWEVER. I have heard multiple stories, both news and anecdotal, about Catholic hospitals that will not evacuate a dead fetus. A woman in Ireland died of sepsis because of this.

  • Liesl Bites Back

    No, I think you’re right, at least in the US. I might have been thinking of cases where abortion laws disregard fetal viability. I don’t know off the top of my head what laws are actually in place specifying “no abortion after x number of weeks, no exceptions regardless of fetal viability or defects,” but I do know there have been a shitload of them proposed in recent years. Which, if that kind of law is in place, might mean that a woman ends up being told the fetus she’s carrying will die, but since it’s late enough in term she can’t get an abortion. I would think if it’s super late enough in the pregnancy, they might just hope labor starts soon or actually induce labor.

    Found this in my search for info on state by state abortion laws:https://www.guttmacher.org/state-policy/explore/state-policies-later-abortions