Paycheck Fairness Act Blocked By Senate Republicans

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  • Republicans in the Senate blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act in a 52-47 vote through a filibuster. Bummer, dudes. The bill would have strengthened the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and tightened up some loopholes in pay inequity. [Think Progress]
  • Doctors are speaking out against anti-abortion activists’ claims that Plan B can cause an “abortion” by blocking a fertilized egg from implanting in the womb. Plenty of politicians, including Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmman, have referred to the morning-after pill as “abortive pills” or “morning-after abortion pills.” Just because you keep repeating something doesn’t mean it is medically true, guys! [New York Times]
  • Also, Representative Cliff Stearns of Florida has suggested criminal punishments for women who have abortions. [Reproductive Health Reality Check]
  • A Republican campaign spokesman in New York who suggested in a Facebook wall post that people “hurl some acid” on female Democratic senators has resigned. [The Nation]
  • Is it a political statement for black women to wear their hair natural? [Madame Noire]
  • Why Massachusetts is a tough place for female candidates like Elizabeth Warren. [The Atlantic]
INTERNATIONAL
  • A plea for better protection for the Indian women who are hired to be surrogate mothers for Western women who cannot conceive. [Guardian UK]
  • What does violence against lesbians in South Africa mean for gay women in the rest of the world? [After Ellen]
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