Rep. Michele Bachmann Urges “Spiritual Warfare” Against Marriage Equality, Reproductive Rights

  • Rep. Michele Bachmann is urging Christians to engage in “spiritual warfare” to put their religious values in government, like banning marriage equality and criminalizing abortion. Scary, scary stuff. [Raw Story]
  • In related I’m-moving-to-Canada news, North Carolina’s state Senate has advanced a bill that erroneously lists abortion as a cause of premature birth. Although the medical community vehemently disagrees, abortion opponents frequently claim that abortion causes breast cancer or makes it difficult for women to have children in the future. The NC bill includes abortion as a cause of “preterm birth” up there with drug use lack of prenatal care. [RH Reality Check]
  • On Planned Parenthood and the real lessons of the Kermit Gosnell case. [The Daily Beast]
  • “Elementary” actress Lucy Liu on the limits placed on her for being an Asian actress in Hollywood. [xoJane]
  • On the inappropriate comments being made about Angelina Jolie losing her natural breasts to a double mastectomy, which she chose to have to prevent breast cancer. [Slate]
  • The House and Senate are reintroducing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which would require employers “make reasonable accommodations to employees stemming from pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the employer.” [Think Progress]
  • Meet Tina Gordon Chism, a screenwriter and now the director of “Tyler Perry Presents Peeples.” [Uptown Magazine]
  • On how the Cleveland rapist Ariel Castro could face murder charges for terminating his victims’ pregnancies. [RH Reality Check]
  • Speaker of the New York City Council Christine Quinn, who is also running for mayor, has come forth about a past struggle with bulimia and alcoholism. [New York Times]


  • Did you know that rape of children under age 14 isn’t illegal in China? I can’t even read this story, for it makes me sick. [International Business Tribune]
  • Also, sex workers in China are being physically and financially abused by police officers, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch. [Guardian UKBBC]
  • The mayor of Osaka, Japan, said that women who were put into sex slavery as “comfort women” during World War II were necessary to “maintain discipline” for the men in the military who needed some “rest.” [Washington Post]
  • Topless protesters from Ukraine’s FEMEN group crashed a far-right rally in Paris, France, and held a sign reading “Sexterminatiun For Nazism.” [France24]
  • Meet Karin Beier, the first woman to head the Schauspielhause theater in Hamburg, Germany. [DW]

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