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Wyoming Introduces “Fetal Heartbeat” Bill To Further Restrict Abortion

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  • Republicans in Wyoming state legislature have introduced a “fetal heartbeat” bill that would criminalize abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected. Currently, Wyoming’s law bans abortions after the fetus has “reached viability,” which is generally around 23 weeks. But a fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, which would drastically affect women’s choices.  [Think Progress]
  • On Planned Parenthood’s decision to turn move away from using the terms “pro-life” and “pro-choice.” [BuzzFeed]
  • This mom found that her 2nd grader was asked to read a story in school which glorified kidnapping and rape, so she confronted the elementary school. [AlterNet]
  • On life as a transgender parent. [Psychology Today]

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Georgia Judge Temporarily Blocks Abortion Law

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  • A Georgia judge has granted a temporary injunction against an anti-abortion law that would go into effect on January 1, at the behest of three doctors in the state. [Bloomberg]
  • A trolley service in Annapolis, Maryland, is shutting down its business to all weddings rather than accomodate couples from same-sex marriages who want to use the trolleys on their big day. [Raw Story]
  • Actress Pia Glenn on how she is constantly being told she is not “black enough” for acting jobs. [xoJane] Keep reading »

Ireland To Clarify Abortion Law Following Death Of Woman Who Was Refused Medical Care

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Savita Halappanavar
The 31-year-old died because the hospital refused to give her an abortion. Read More »
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... and I'm so grateful I had my abortion in America. Read More »
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Thirty-one-year-old Savita Halappanavar died in Ireland’s University Hospital Galway in October after she was repeatedly denied medical care while suffering a miscarriage.

Halappanavar, an Indian who lived and worked in Ireland with her husband, began miscarrying around October 24, 17 weeks into her her pregnancy. Her cervix had dilated, she was leaking amniotic fluid, and a doctor said the fetus would not survive outside her body. She had the “shakes,” was “shivering” and “vomiting” for several days. Halappanavar and her husband repeatedly asked to terminate the pregnancy, but the hospital refused, telling her “This is a Catholic country” and they could not perform an abortion so long as a fetal heartbeat was detectable. On October 28, Savita Halappanavar died of septicemia (blood poisoning) and E.coli ESBL.

Women in Ireland have had a right to an abortion if their life is at risk since 1992, after an Irish Supreme Court ruling. But today, Ireland’s Minister of Health announced the Irish government will introduce a new law to clarify specifically that abortions are legal when the life of the mother is at risk. However, the health of the mother will still not be reason enough for an Irish doctor to terminate a pregnancy. That is still unacceptable.  Keep reading »

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal Calls For Birth Control Over-The-Counter

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Access to contraception is a human right, the United Nations declared. Read More »
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Republican Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal wrote a piece in the Wall Street Journal yesterday, calling for birth control to be made available over-the-counter for women over age 18. He argues that if contraception was available over-the-counter, employers who object to covering BC in their health insurance plans would back off.

That idea makes sense. However, Jindal’s advocacy seems less about the principle of women’s reproductive rights and more about being butthurt that Democrats were able to use Republicans’ own words and beliefs to bludgeon them in the last election on the women’s rights issue.

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Sarah Silverman Goes After The Bro-Choice Vote

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Our writer took the morning-after-pill to thwart unwanted pregnancy. Read More »
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A mother writes about choosing to have an abortion. Read More »
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Come At Me, Bro

No one ever really asked what the bros had to say about the Republican “war on women.” Which was sad, really, because they stood to lose quite a lot of blowies if we all had to be barefoot and pregnant. They will be ignored no longer! Now Sarah Silverman is putting that whole having-dated-Jimmy-Kimmel thing to good use and is urging bros to be bro-choice. You should watch it, bro.

Oklahoma Supreme Court Rejects Two Anti-Abortion Laws

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  • The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that two anti-abortion laws — one which requires a woman to have an ultrasound and hear a detailed description of the fetus, another which restricts the use of the abortion pill — are unconstitutional and can’t be enforced. [Huffington Post]
  • Slightly more men than women think that rape jokes should be “off limits” to comedians, according to a small poll by CBS for Vanity Fair‘s comedy issue. [Think Progress]
  • Women are now one-third of America’s doctors and lawyers … but we’re still not getting paid equally. [Wall Street Journal] Keep reading »
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