Amanda Marcotte

Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist and columnist who focuses on feminism and politics. She writes regularly for Slate, the Daily Beast, AlterNet, and USA Today. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 9:15am
House Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban With Exciting New Hassles for Rape Victims
Back in January, a handful of Republican women in Congress stopped a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks. The women, led by Rep. Renee Ellmers, didn't object to the ban, but were worried that it was unduly hard on rape victims, forcing them to produce a police report in order not to bear a...
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Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 6:49am
The Texas Abortion Law Is a Trial Run for the Right Wing's Strategy Across America
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Monday, May 6, 2013 - 8:40am
Time To Demand All Birth Control Pills Be Sold Over-The-Counter
In all the fussing over the sales of emergency contraception over the counter, it’s easy to forget that there’s another contraception drug out there that should be available over the counter (OTC) but isn’t: the ordinary, everyday birth control pill. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists ( ACOG) thinks birth control pills should be sold OTC .
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Monday, March 25, 2013 - 7:48am
What North Dakota and Mississippi Reveal About Anti-Choice NIMBYism and Hypocrisy
With the legal struggle in Mississippi working through what may be its last phases and North Dakota on the brink of closing down its last clinic through a TRAP law requiring unnecessarily that abortion providers have admitting privileges at local hospitals, it seems that the NIMBYism strategy of anti-choicers may finally have reached
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Monday, December 17, 2012 - 9:53am
Time to Stop Restricting Abortion and Start Restricting Assault Weapons
In the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, calls for restrictions on the manufacture and sale of a variety of guns, especially assault rifles such as the Bushmaster .223 used by the shooter in his rampage against women and children, have grown stronger.
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Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 12:02pm
This Goes Out to All the Ladies
This past election, President Obama made blatant appeals to female voters to great success. Fifty-five percent of women and a jaw-dropping 68 percent of single women voted for the president this round .
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Monday, November 26, 2012 - 12:31pm
Sorry, John McCain, But Anti-Choicers Are Judged on Actions, Not Words
This video of John McCain on Fox News Sunday morning is getting a lot of traction, because it seems like he’s telling Republicans to back off their opposition to abortion rights.
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Monday, November 19, 2012 - 10:12am
Ohio Is The Latest Battlefield in the War on Contraception
This year’s UN Population Fund’s annual report reiterates the long-accepted fact that access to contraception is a basic human right, making women’s rights and women’s health at the center of development. The document reflects a growing worldwide understanding that, as bell hooks titled her famous book, feminism is for everybody.
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Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 12:32pm
What We Talk About When We Talk About Abortion
Monday, a court in England sentenced 35-year-old Sarah Catt to eight years in prison after she pleaded guilty to administering a poison with intent to procure a miscarriage. She was 39 weeks pregnant—a point, by anyone’s measure, at which healthy fetuses are viable—when she induced labor and disposed of what she claims was a stillborn. She has yet to reveal the location of the body, which throws suspicion on her statement that the baby was born dead.
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Tuesday, September 4, 2012 - 12:02pm
In 2012 Campaign Season, Anti-Choicers Show Their True Colors
Anti-choicers know that their official line is that they’re not in this because they have backwards views on gender or that they’re afraid of female sexuality. Sure, they do have these beliefs, but we are expected to pretend that there’s no connection between their “traditional” views on women generally and their opposition to abortion rights. People who fail to play along with these expectations and insist on pointing out connections get paid in screaming, yelling, and playing-the-victim antics from anti-choicers.
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