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North Dakota Governor Signs “Fetal Heartbeat” Abortion Bill

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  • Abortions are banned in North Dakota as soon as a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks, after Governor Jack Dalrymple signed the nation’s most restrictive abortion ban into law. This bill is one of several restrictive abortion bills that ND has passed through its legislature recently. [Bismark Tribune, The Week]
  • A male student at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill who is accused of raping fellow student Landen Gambill claims that she has created a “intimidating” environment on campus for him. He was cleared of a sexual assault charge by a campus board, but was found guilty by that same board of harassing Gambill. Still, he faces no criminal charges. Gambill is one of five students who asked the federal government to look into UNC’s handling of sexual violence cases at the school. [WRAL]
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North Dakota Passes Anti-Abortion Law Saying Life Begins At Conception

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  • North Dakota passed the nation’s most restrictive ban on abortion today: the ND House of Representatives advanced a “fetal personhood” measure which declares a fertilized egg a human, thereby criminalizing all abortion. The bill now heads to the Republican governor’s desk.  [Huffington Post]
  • Smith College, a well-regarded women’s college which graduated the likes of Gloria Steinem, has rejected a trans woman as a student because Calliope Wong was born a male. (It’s actually the second time Smith has rejected Wong as a student for this very reason.) [Newser]
  • But in some good news, on her blog, Callio mentions a friend of hers, who is also a trans woman, has been admitted to Simmons College, another women’s college. Simmons even gave her friend a $20,000 scholarship! [CallioWong.Tumblr.com]
  • On Adria Richards, “Donglegate” and the ethics of public shaming. [Feminist Philosophers]
  • Speaking of Donglegate, Men’s rights activists (MRAs), AKA the scum of the universe, are raising money for the man who got fired.  [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

Judge Strikes Down Idaho’s Ban On Abortions After 20 Weeks

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In 2011, Idaho banned abortions after 20 weeks based on the medically unproven claim that at that point in gestation a fetus can feel pain. Back in December 2010, Jennie Linn McCormack purchased RU-486, the abortion pill, online and terminated her pregnancy at 20 or 21 weeks. McCormack was initially charged for breaking a 1972 Idaho law which said a woman couldn’t terminate her own pregnancy; the case against her was dismissed and she won a court order blocking the law from being enforced. She then took up the state’s ban on abortions after 20 weeks.  Keep reading »

Minnesota Advances Anti-Abortion Bill

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  • Minnesota’s House of Representatives advanced a bill that would end access state insurance covered abortions unless it was necessary to save the mother’s life, or if the pregnancy was caused by a sexual assault was reported within 48 hours of occurring.  A strange turn for a state that generally protects a women’s right to choose. [RH Reality Check]
  • Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) was one of the women in the House of Representatives who voted against the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which passed the house last week.  Her reasoning, “I didn’t like the way it was expanded to include other different groups.”  Those groups include same-sex couples, undocumented immigrants, and Native American women.  Really? [Think Progress]
  • Speaking of VAWA, at least Rep. Blackburn was honest.  Some GOP members who voted against it are now claiming to be pretty proud of supporting it.  Huh? [Daily Kos] Keep reading »

South Dakota Flat-Out Being A**holes To Women Seeking Abortion

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This is how anti-abortion extremists try to control women’s bodies: they use state legislatures to create bogus and medically unnecessary laws that make it very, very difficult for a woman to have an abortion.

Case in point? South Dakota, which already requires a 72-hour waiting period before an abortion, advanced a bill in its state Senate yesterday to remove weekends and holidays from those 72 hours, meaning women have to wait even longer.

Why do anti-abortion extremists do this? Because South Dakota only has one abortion clinic and it’s a medium-sized state, meaning many women have to travel in order to get the procedure. And traveling means finding childcare, taking time off work, and dealing with other responsibilities. Waiting periods  — especially loooong waiting periods which require at least two trips to the doctor — are intended to make it hella difficult for women to get to the clinic. If the governor signs this bill into law, South Dakota would have the longest waiting periods for abortion in the country.  Keep reading »

Indiana Advances Bill Requiring 2 Transvaginal Ultrasounds Before & After Abortion, Then Changes It

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  • Indiana’s state Senate advanced a bill requiring a woman to get two transvaginal ultrasounds before taking the RU-486 abortion pill, one before and one afterwards. Fortunately, today they dropped that language, saying doctors should perform “appropriate testing” on women two weeks after the abortion pill is taken. Which could mean urine testing … or a transvaginal ultrasound. [Slate, San Francisco Gate]
  • Oh, look, a college that was atrocious to a rape survivor on its campus! We’ve never heard that before. [Jezebel]
  • Republicans are going after Planned Parenthood again. Sigh. [Think Progress]
  • Houston, Texas, is taking initiatives to eliminate its rape kit backlog. [Click2Houston] Keep reading »
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