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Today’s Lady News: Rick Santorum Used To Be Pro-Choice

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  • Huffington Post has uncovered a December 1995 issue of Philadelphia Magzine, in which vehemently anti-abortion Sen. Rick Santorum said he was pro-choice. “I was basically pro-choice all my life, until I ran for Congress,” Santorum said. “But it had never been something I thought about.” You can read a scanned and highlighted image of the Philadelpha Magazine article, including Santorum’s explanation for why he changed his views, at the link. [Huffington Post
  • Marie Colvin, a reporter for the Times of London, was killed by rocket fire last night, while reporting from Syria. Only just a few hours before, Marie Colvin had appeared on CNN. [The New Yorker]
  • Jon Stewart on Virginia’s “transvaginal ultrasound” bill, which he calls a “TSA-patdown of the vagina.” [The Daily Show]
  • House Democrats say they are being blocked from televising their own hearing on contraception under Obama’s health care reform by the Republican-controlled Committee on House Administration. The Dems are convening their own panel on Thursday in protest against the all-male sausagefest convened last week by Republicans. [Politico]

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UPDATE: Virginia’s Governor Backs Off “Transvaginal Ultrasound” Anti-Abortion Bill (And Even Meghan McCain Is Against It!)

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Virginia is considering mandating a transvaginal ultrasound. Read More »
Banning Abortions
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PreNDA would ban abortions based on race or sex. 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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UPDATE, 3:40: Governor McDonnell has released a statement regarding the bill, posted after the jump.

Virginia’s Republican Governor Robert McDonnell has come to his senses: he is dropping his support for a scary-ass bill requiring women seeking an abortion to first have a medically unnecessary “transvaginal ultrasound,” aka to be vaginally penetrated with a speculum and ultrasound probe. Keep reading »

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

Jon Stewart On Congress’ Anti-Birth Control Sausagefest

Sausagefest
Congress convened an all-male panel to talk about ladybusiness. Read More »
Moronic Comments
Everybody has something ignorant to say about birth control. Read More »
Birth Control Victory
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Birth control will be covered by most employers under health care reform. Read More »
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Last night on “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart was freaking hilarious in his coverage of last week’s anti-birth control sausagefest in Congress, in which a panel of all dudes tried to argue against President Obama’s health care reform compromise. Did you know these men mentioned “spiritual rape,” whatever that is, and Josef Stalin? When you have to invoke Stalin (or Hitler, or Mussolini, although let’s be honest, no one invokes Mussolini) into an argument to get people on board, you know you’re reaching. [The Daily Show]

Politician Points Out How Virginia’s Mandatory Ultrasound Law Could Turn Abortion Providers Into Criminals

VA Abortion Bills
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Virginia wants to force women to have ultrasounds before abortions. Read More »
Obama On Abortion
Read the president's statement about Roe Vs. Wade's 39th anniversary. 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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One of the scariest anti-abortion bills in the U.S. right now is Virgina’s “mandatory ultrasound” bill, which requires a woman seeking an abortion to be vaginally penetrated with a speculum and ultrasound probe. The doctor operating the transvaginal ultrasound will then reflect that image onscreen; women will be forced to undergo this procedure to have an abortion even if they don’t want it. There is absolutely no medical reason to do a transvaginal ultrasound before an abortion, the bill doesn’t provide any exceptions for victims of rape or incest, and opponents of the bill have pointed out that it is, oh, you know, mandating doctors to sexual assault their patients.

Nevertheless, that scary bill passed Virginia’s House of Delegates last week.  Now one politician, Delegate David Englin, a Democrat, is trying to draw attention to the fact that if abortion providers are required to probe women with transvaginal ultrasounds against their will, ultimately these doctors will be punishable under VA’s “object sexual penetration statute.” Keep reading »

You Mean, Like An IUD?

Girly Emotions
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Rick Santorum is worried your lady-emotions are bad for the military. Read More »
Rick To Rape Victims
Rick Santorum talks to Piers Morgan
"Make the best out of a bad situation!" Read More »
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The only good part about Republican politicians and their “Occupy Your Uterus” campaign is that it’s terrific fodder for political cartoonists. Case in point: cartoonist Matt Bors (who draws for places like the LA Times and the Village Voice) has doodled a bunch of pro-choice cartoons that actually made me chuckle about the day when us unwed wenches will have our hymens checked by the village wizard. Ugh, you’re the worst, Rick Santorum. [MattBors.com]

Iowa Abortion Bill Would Criminalize All Abortion, Sentence Doctors To Life In Prison

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 »
State-Sanctioned Rape
Virginia is considering mandating a transvaginal ultrasound. 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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All abortions would be classified as feticides, a class A felony punishable by life imprisonment without chance for parole, under a new bill introduced on Wednesday by Iowa State Representative Kim Pearson, a Tea Party Republican. Pearson’s bill states:

Any person who intentionally terminates a human pregnancy, with the knowledge and consent of the pregnant person, where death of the fetus results, commits feticide. Feticide is a class A felony.

Under the bill, doctors who perform abortions could spend life in prison and doctors who attempt to perform an abortion (but don’t go through with it, for some unclear reason) would be charged with the class B felony of 25 years in prison.  Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Ban Proposed On Abortion After 20 Weeks In Washington, D.C.

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  • Utah Sen. Mike Like, a Republican supported by the Tea Party, has proposed a ban on abortion after 20 weeks in the District of Columbia. This “fetal pain” bill is based on the anti-abortion argument, unproven by the medical establishment, that five months is the point at which a fetus can feel pain. (You can read more in-depth on “fetal pain” laws here.) Oklahoma, Kansas, Idaho, Nebraska and Alabama have similar fetal pain bills in effect.  [Salt Lake Tribune]
  • I have instructed Amelia to drink some cold medicine and watch this unintentionally HILARIOUS video from the American Life League about the evils of Planned Parenthood, which include “penis balloons,” “vagina cupcakes,” and “vagina macarons.” Actual quote from this video: “Planned Parenthood’s gateway drug is masturbation.” Oh my word, the comedy is priceless! (Priceless and scary.) [The Stranger via Feministing] Keep reading »

Virginia Advances Anti-Abortion “Fetal Personhood” And “Transvaginal Ultrasound” Bills

Obama On Abortion
Read the president's statement about Roe Vs. Wade's 39th anniversary. Read More »
Public Hanging?
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An NC politician called for the public hanging of abortion providers. Read More »
Today's Lady News
An abortion in the U.S. is safer than giving birth here, study finds. Read More »
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Virginia politicians advanced two extreme and extremely disturbing anti-abortion bills yesterday — Valentine’s Day, for God’s sake! One is a so-called “fetal personhood” amendment, which would criminalize all abortions by declaring that a fertilized egg is a person. 

The state’s Republican-controlled House of Delegates overwhelmingly passed the “fetal personhood” bill, which now heads to the state Senate. If the bill passes the state Senate and is signed into law by Republican Governor Bob McDonnell, it would be the most sweeping criminalization of abortion in the United States. Keep reading »

Chelsea Handler Talks About Her Abortion At Age 16

Chelsea's Abortion
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Chelsea Handler had an abortion at 16. Read More »
Childless By Choice
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Chelsea Handler and Gloria Stienem don't want kids. Read More »
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Christina Yang has an abortion on "Grey's Anatomy." Read More »
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Chelsea Handler has never hidden the fact she became pregnant at age 16 and had an abortion. But this is the first I’ve heard her describe the circumstances in more detail, like how it was her parents who encouraged her against becoming a teen mom. “They were, like, you’re getting an abortion,” Chelsea told Rosie O’Donnell on “The Rosie Show.” “I was trying to argue with them and they said, ‘you don’t understand, you’re throwing your entire life away, you’re not having a child right now, this is not what our family is about. You’re supposed to create a life for yourself. You’re supposed to enjoy your life and create a life for yourself. You’re not supposed to be raising a child and we’re certainly not going to raise it for you.’” Keep reading »

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