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Finally, We Hear From The Real Experts On Women’s Health: Middle-Aged Men

Congressional Sausagefest
All-male panel testifies about birth control. Read More »
Birth Control? Boooo!
Crowd boos birth control at GOP debate. Watch »
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Lately it seems like the politicians and pundits with the strongest opinions about women’s reproductive health all have one thing in common: a penis. This video, starring Nick Offerman, Tim Meadows, and Judd Nelson, paints a hilarious — and terrifyingly accurate — picture of the current discourse surrounding women’s access to birth control and abortion. Here’s a quote from Nick Offerman’s character that sums it up perfectly: “What qualifies me to be an expert on women’s reproductive health? I’m a 59-year-old man. And late middle-aged men know the most about everything.” [Funny Or Die]

 

John Edwards’ Sex Tape Will Be Destroyed

Edwards' Sex Tape
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Yes, there is a John Edwards sex tape. Read More »
Rielle Is Bonkers
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The mistress posed in GQ in her undies with stuffed animals. Read More »
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Bad news, ladies: the world will never see what Senate John Edwards is packing because the sex tape between he and his former mistress Rielle Hunter will be destroyed. Bummer! Keep reading »

Arizona Pol’s “Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act” Would Allow Men, Parents To Stop Abortions

Banning Abortions
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PreNDA would ban abortions based on race or sex. Read More »
VA Abortion Bills
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Virginia wants to force women to have ultrasounds before abortions. Read More »
Proposed Ban In D.C.
Today's Lady News
A ban on abortion after 20 weeks has been proposed for Washington, D.C. Read More »
Public Hanging?
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An NC politician called for the public hanging of abortion providers. Read More »
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We’ve long been following the WTF-ery of the “Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenantal Nondiscrimination Act,” which will criminalize abortions based on race or gender of the fetus. The anti-abortion supporter of the bill, Rep. Trent Franks, a Republican, insisted that America had to ban such abortions and threaten abortion providers with punishment for performing them, despite the fact sex- and gender-selective abortions are scarcely a problem in this country. And surely you noticed the nods to Anthony, a suffragette whom abortion opponents mistakenly paint as anti-abortion, and Douglass, a civil rights activist, as coded messages to conservative women and blacks?

That bill, which is now just called PreNDA, passed out of a committee last week and is headed to the House. But an eagle-eyed Jezebel reader has noticed in the fine print of the bill wording that would allow men and/or the woman’s parents to stop her from having an abortion.  Keep reading »

Which Moronic Comment About Birth Control Was NOT Made Today?

It has been a long and aggravating day of the government trying to restrict our access to birth control.  A panel of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee ensured the worst PR ever when it convened a bunch of men — men with penises! I repeat, no one with an actual uterus — to discuss the birth control mandate in Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Their party line is that they were just discussing “religious freedom,” meaning, I guess, the freedom for a small minority of religious employers to impose their beliefs on everyone else in the country? I don’t know, I’m still not clear on their point other than “Wah, wah.”

Not surprisingly, silliness is in the water and it has proven a bang-up day for dumb comments about birth control all around. Of the following three comments about birth control, two are actual real things that people said, and one was made up by me. See if you can the difference. Birth control …  

A) … causes prostrate cancer! 

B) … isn’t necessary because women should put aspirin between our knees (or, debatably, inside our vaginas) instead!

C) … increases greenhouse gases!

After the jump, find out just how “Ugh, really?!” our elected officials are:

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Why One Republican Legislator Voted For Marriage Equality: “I Want To Throw A Wedding For My Kid”

Marriage Equality In WA
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The state of Washington passed a marriage equality bill. Read More »
Bigots "Lost" Gay Marriage
Bigots admit they've lost the gay marriage battle in our generation. Read More »
Gay Marriage Ad
This marriage equality ad will give you chills. Watch »
Maureen Walsh on marriage equality
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State Representative Maureen Walsh was one of only two Washington state republicans to break rank and vote in favor of the marriage equality bill, which passed. When the governor signs the legislation into law, as she has stated her intention to do, it will legalize gay marriage in Washington. In this video, choking back tears, Maureen Walsh  explains why she voted for fairness: she has a gay daughter. Walsh describes the bond she had with her late husband and the experience of her daughter coming out of the closet a couple years ago: “She’s a fabulous human being, and she’s met a person that she loves very much, and someday, by God, I want to throw a wedding for that kid.” You know the old cliche, “Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes?” Here is a real life example of just how powerful that shaky voice can be. [YouTube via The Atlantic]

Washington State Passes Gay Marriage Bill

Yay For Starbucks
Starbucks has come out in support of gay marriage. Read More »
Celebs On Gay Marriage
These couples won't marry until it's legal for everyone. Read More »
Santorum on Lesbians
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Says being a lesbian is a "choice." Read More »
Bigots "Lost" Gay Marriage
Bigots admit they've lost the gay marriage battle in our generation. Read More »
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Washington state’s House of Representatives voted yesterday to legalize same-sex marriage, which will make Washington the seventh state in the country to allow lesbians and gays to marry their partners.  Gay marriage is already legal in New York, Washington, D.C., Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, Iowa, and New Hampshire. Both Starbucks and Microsoft, which are based out of Washington, supported the bill and Starbucks even sent a letter to their 150,000 employees asking them to support gay marriage. Governor Chris Gregoire has vowed to sign the legislation into law next week and it will go into effect 90 days later, which will be in June. Keep reading »

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