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Catholic Orgs File Massive Organized Lawsuits Against Obama Administration Over Birth Control

  • Earlier today, 43 Catholic dioceses, schools and other institutions filed lawsuits in 12 federal courts over birth control coverage in President Obama’s plans for health care reform. The Obama administration has long touted its compromise that contraception coverage will be provided free by health care insurers if the employer refused to cover it; however, the people filing the lawsuit claim their religious liberty is under attack. Additionally, two Catholic universities recently dropped their student health plans entirely rather than deal with the compromise.  [New York Times]
  • North Carolina pastor Charles L. Worley was videotaped saying that lesbians and gays should be put behind an electrocuted fence and left to die off. “Build a great, big, large fence — 150- or 100-mile long — put all the lesbians in there,” he said. “Do the same thing for the queers and the homosexuals and have that fence electrified so they can’t get out … and you know what, in a few years, they’ll die out … do you know why? They can’t reproduce!” How grossly inhumane. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Coat Hanger Abortions? No Biggie!

  • Here’s a lovely comment on the value of a woman’s life from Republican Mississippi State Represenative Bubba Carpenter. In a video filmed a county GOP meeting, Rep. Carpenter is heard saying (emphasis mine), “You have [pro-choice supporters] … like, ‘Well, the poor pitiful women that can’t afford to go out of state are just going to start doing them at home with a coat hanger.’ That’s what we’ve heard over and over and over. But hey, you have to have moral values. You have to start somewhere, and that’s what we’ve decided to do.” Women permanently injuring themselves or even dying from unsafe, illegal coat hanger abortions, just like in the good ol’ days? Hey, no biggie! [Huffington Post]
  • Human Rights Watch says immigrant female farmworkers are suffering through sex abuse rather than standing up for themselves and possibly facing deportation. [Washington Post]
  • When so-called “men’s rights activists” are happy with the Republicans’ version of the Violence Against Women Act, you know we’ve got problems. [Think Progress] Keep reading »

Kansas Advances “Conscience” Bill To Let Pharmacists Refuse You Morning-After Pill

Pharmacist Refusal
Idaho pharmacist refused to dispense anti-bleeding meds after abortion. Read More »
Hitler Was Pro-Choice?
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Politician sensibly invokes Hitler in the abortion rights debate Read More »
PP Targeted
Planned Parenthood believes it's the target of a sting operation. Read More »
I Took Plan B
Our writer took the morning-after-pill to thwart unwanted pregnancy. Read More »

The Kansas state legislature advanced a so-called “conscience” bill yesterday that will make it easier for health care providers to refuse to provide women’s health services that they personally find morally objectionable. According to the Kansas City Star, a doctor could refuse to give chemotherapy to a pregnant woman with cancer because the fetus might be harmed by the chemicals; a pharmacist could refuse to dispense the morning after pill, the abortion pill, and possibly even birth control. Anti-abortion folks in the medical profession claim they should not have to go against their conscience even if it means providing the medical services for which their customers depend on them. But women’s health supporters say it’s all part of a larger attempt to restrict women’s reproductive rights. Keep reading »

NY State Senator Ruben Diaz Sensibly Invokes Hitler In Abortion Rights Debate

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“Hitler was pro-choice. He chose to send the Jews to Auschwitz. That was not their choice that was Hitler’s choice. Murderers, assassins and criminals are pro-choice. They choose to put a gun to your head and take your life. That is not your choice. That is their choice.”

— This is New York State Senator Ruben Diaz is a email newsletter, keeping the level of debate rational and not at all racheting up emotions for political gain. Sen. Diaz’s newsletter went out in response to the NY governor’s support of the Reproductive Health Act, which will allow women to get rare late-term abortions if the woman’s health is at risk or if the fetus has a fatal medical issue. Currently, late-term abortions are only legal if the life of the mother is at risk.

Of course, Sen. Diaz isn’t the first politician to invoke the Holocaust on the subject of abortion; slavery is also a popular comparison made by anti-abortion protesters. Alas, that doesn’t make doing so any more tasteful. [PolitickerVillage Voice]

Today’s Lady News: Judge Rules Texas Can’t Withhold Funding From Planned Parenthood

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  • A federal judge ruled today that a new Texas law banning Planned Parenthood from receiving state funds through its Women’s Health Program — so targeted because it provides abortion services in addition to cancer screenings, etc. — is unconstitutional. In his ruling, the judge noted, “The court is particularly influenced by the potential for immediate loss of access to necessary medical services by several thousand Texas women.” An injunction will be applied against the law until further notice. [CBS News]
  • Author Toni Morrison, a Nobel Prize and Pulitizer Prize winner, will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom this year. Other lady recipients include former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, the late Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low, and NCAA women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt. [The Root]
  • Conservative talking head Michelle Malkin just had to tweet some nastiness after Meghan McCain and Sandra Fluke bonded this weekend at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner over being called “sluts.” [Media Matters For America] Keep reading »

Planned Parenthood Believes It’s The Target Of A Sting Operation By Anti-Choicers

Planned Parenthood Federation of America clinics in 11 states have reported a string of suspicious incidents where women come in asking questions about sex-selective abortions, leading the organization to believe it’s being targeted with a “hoax” by an anti-abortion sting operation.

Women claiming to be pregnant came into clinics over two dozen times, asking provocative questions about sex-selective abortion, the Huffington Post reports. (Patient confidentiality prevents PPFA from identifying the clinics.) The women asked questions like how soon they could find out the gender of their fetus and whether they could schedule an abortion if they were expecting a girl. Keep reading »

Rick Santorum Should Have 72-Hour Waiting Period Before He Can Abort His Campaign

Santorum Drops Out
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Ding dong, the witch is dead! Read More »
Rick To Rape Victims
Rick Santorum talks to Piers Morgan
"Make the best out of a bad situation!" Read More »
Frothy Santorum Drink
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Perhaps we'll knock back a few on Election Night? Read More »
Rick Santorum aborts his campaign
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Not that I wanted Sen. Rick Santorum to continue his presidential campaign of caveman asshattery. But it doesn’t seem fair that he should get to just, you know, choose that choice for himself while women around the country are forced to wait up to 72 hours to make a decision about their own freakin’ uterus. Ashley Judd, Michelle Trachtenberg, and a couple other ladies have the best idea on how to fix this injustice: Rick Santorum should have a 72-day waiting period — and a healthy dose of “non-judgmental” lecturing — before he can abort his campaign. Rick, are you sure this is the right decision? Are you suuuure?  [Funny Or Die]

Anti-Abortion Michele Bachmann Claims Republicans “Want Women To Have Their Own Choices”

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Michele Bachmann poured water for all her male contenders. Read More »
Bachmann Vs. Breastfeeding
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What's Michele Bachmann got against breastfeeding? Read More »
Bachmann Stupidity
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Sorry, Michele, "the morning-after abortion pill" doesn't exist. Read More »
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Senator Kristen Gillibrand gets the Girl, You’ve Got Bigger Stones Than Me Award of the week for going head-to-head on “Meet The Press” yesterday with none other than Rep. Michele Bachmann. (Rep. Bachmann, let me remind you, refers to emergency contraception as “the morning-after abortion pill” thus conflating it with abortion, suggests the HPV vaccine can make children become mentally retarded,  jokes about so-called “ex-gay” therapy and does not allow her daughters to ask boys on dates.) Somehow Sen. Gillibrand managed not to reach through the TV screens and shake her … even when Bachmann said Republicans want women to “make their own choices.”

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Today’s Lady News: Arizona Bans Abortions After 20 Weeks

  • Arizona’s Governor Jan Brewer signed a law yesterday which bans abortions after 20 weeks (rare to begin with), except in cases which risk of death or serious injury. The law also mandates an ultrasound 24 hours prior to having an abortion and requires state officials to create a website which shows fetal growth at various stages. [MSNBC]
  • The breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen For The Cure sent as many grants this year to Planned Parenthood affiliates as it has in the past. This comes despite a politically-motivated attempt earlier in the year by Komen to halt grants to PP, which caused great controversy. [Washington Post]
  • Feminist Frequency takes on race in “The Hunger Games” and the controversy over naturally blonde, fair-skinned Jennifer Lawrence being cast as olive-skinned, black-haired Katniss Everdeen. [Feminist Frequency]
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Dude Lawmaker: How Dare Government Try To Control Men’s Bodies!

Every Sperm Is Sacred
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OK Sen. Constance Johnson has a funny way to combat pro-lifers. Read More »
"Fetal Personhood"
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Fetal personhood laws want a fertilized egg to legally be a person. Read More »
Abortion Rights
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All of The Frisky's posts about reproductive rights. Read More »
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Nothing is quite so entertaining as people who don’t recognize their own hypocrisy, huh? Recently, our hero, Oklahoma State Sen. Constance Johnson (D), introduced an “Every Sperm Is Sacred” law to try to outlaw male masturbation. Legislators in OK have been concerned with banning abortion rights, including a “fetal personhood” amendment which would define a fertilized egg as a person, thereby criminalizing all abortion and IVF treatment.  So, Sen. Johnson thought politicians should turn their attention to all the poor little spermies being spanked out in the shower. ”If we’re taking about protecting life, then let’s talk about life at it’s very basic beginning,” she told “The Daily Show” last night. Keep reading »

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