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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 »

Oklahoma Republican Says Birth Control “Poisons Women’s Bodies” (FYI, It Doesn’t)

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  • Oklahoma State Senate Clark Jolley, a Republican (duh), introduced a bill that would allow an employer to refuse to cover birth control in their health care plans for any reason, based on the idea, and I quote, that birth control “poisons women’s bodies.” Maybe condoms — WHICH ARE ALSO A FORM OF BIRTH CONTROL, BUT FOR MEN — have been squeezing his dick too tight and are cutting off blood flow to his brain? [Think Progress]
  • Homophobic school teacher Diana Medley has been suspended after lobbying for an LGBTQ-free prom. [Feministing]
  • Arkansas’s House of Representatives has advanced a bill banning abortion after 12 weeks, except in cases of rape, incest or the health of the mother is at risk. The original version of this bill would have banned abortion as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detectable, around roughly six weeks of pregnancy. [Salon]
  • House Republicans introduced their own version of the Violence Against Women Act that strips protections for LGBTQ victims. EYE ROLL. [Think Progress] Keep reading »

Alabama State Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin Says Abortions Remove A Woman’s Largest Organ & 5 Other Politicians Who Are Clueless About The Female Body

In shocking news to everyone, as a fetus you were your mother’s largest organ!  Or at least that’s what Alabama State Representative Mary Sue McClurkin (R) is now claiming.

The bill she introduced this week requires a series of demanding requirements of abortion clinics who perform this “big surgery.”  According to the Huffington Postthese regulations could potentially close the sparse five remaining abortion clinics in Alabama.  The Montgomery Advertiser reports that the bill:

“Would require physicians at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at local hospitals; require clinics to follow ambulatory clinic building codes and make it a felony — punishable by up to 10 years in prison — for a nurse, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant to dispense abortion-inducing medications”

Rep. McClurkin’s reasoning for such harsh new regulations: the removal of an organ is a serious surgery, and by her estimation a child is an organ.  Rep. McClurkin’s assertion is ridiculous for so many reasons.

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