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Republican Tom Smith Compares Rape To Sex Out Of Wedlock

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  • Alright, Republicans, you can go home now. Tom Smith of Pennsylvania wins for the most absurdly offensive thing that could be said about rape and ladies who be havin’ promiscuous sex. The Tea Party-endorsed Smith, who is challenging Democratic Senator Bob Casey, actually compared rape to having a child out of wedlockin some misguided attempt to appear empathetic. He was asked by an Associated Press reporter, “How would you tell a daughter or a granddaughter who, God forbid, would be the victim of a rape, to keep the child against her own will? Do you have a way to explain that?” And the conversation went on as follows:

    Tom Smith: I lived something similar to that with my own family. She chose life, and I commend her for that. She knew my views. But, fortunately for me, I didn’t have to.. she chose they way I thought. No don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t rape.

    AP: Similar how?

    Smith: Uh, having a baby out of wedlock.

    AP:  That’s similar to rape?

    Smith: No, no, no, but … put yourself in a father’s situation, yes. It is similar. But, back to the original, I’m pro-life, period.

    So, basically, getting pregnant from consensual sex on our wedlock is as bad as rape ... for their fathers. Of course. Who will think of the dads when a woman is raped?! Not only is this gravely offensive to rape victims, but it’s the very definition of the word paternalism. [Think Progress]

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Breastfeeding Mom Banned From Maryland Gym

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Today’s Lady News: Even Ann Coulter Thinks Rep. Todd Akin Should STFU

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Rep. Todd Akin says "legitimate rape victims" don't get pregnant. Read More »

Jessica has the day off, so Today’s Lady News is an abbreviated version. She’ll be back tomorrow!

  • Ann Coulter was not happy with Todd Akin’s comments this week, calling him a “selfish swide.” [Huffington Post]
  • A study suggests that menopause in humans evolved to decrease the competition between generations of reproducing women in one family. [Huffington Post]
  • Men are now entering “pink collar,” or female-dominated, jobs during the recession. [NY Times]
  • Romney should have picked a female running mate, according to a study. [Jezebel]
  • A Denver reporter was told that she was not allowed to ask Mitt Romney about abortion or Rep. Todd Akin. [Huffington Post]
  • Forbes has released its list of the 100 most powerful women of 2012. [Forbes]

Republican Party Platform Drafting Anti-Abortion Amendment

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  • As the Republican Party pieces together its official platform to present at the Republican National Convention, a draft has been seen by CNN. It allegedly includes “a human life amendment” which makes references to the “unborn child” and a “right to life.” You can read in more detail about the specifics of the draft language at the links. [CNN, Salon]
  • Roseanne Barr remembers groundbreaking comedienne Phyllis Diller, who died on Monday at age 95. [The Daily Beast]
  • The seven stages of feminist grief, Rep. Todd Akin edition. [Jessica Valenti]
  • Questions that Republicans who are abandoning Akin should be forced to answer. (But probably won’t.) [The New Yorker]
  • Seven more crazy statements about rape from ding dongs who should know better. [The Daily Beast] Keep reading »
I Had An Abortion
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Longtime Tennessee Abortion Clinic Forced To Close

  • A longtime abortion clinic in Tennessee is shutting down as the result of a new law called the Life Defense Act, which requires doctors have admitting privileges at local hospitals. The Volunteer Women’s Medical Center in Knoxville has provided women’s health care to TN women for 38 years but had to close because the only physician who had admitting privileges recently died and the clinic could not afford to stay open while other physicians obtained them.  [Washington Post]
  • Twelve Democratic women running for office in the U.S. have already bested their competitors in fundraising. [Politico]
  • Chess grandmaster Gary Kasparov was arrested for protesting outside the Pussy Riot trial in Moscow today. The three band members were sentenced to two years in prison for “hooliganism.” [The Quietus]
  • Criminal prosecution of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Overland Park, Kansas, was dropped today. [KansasCity.com]
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Judge Not Sure “Pregnant Man” Is A Man

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  • An Arizona judge is delaying the divorce of “the pregnant man” Tom Beatie, a trans man who was biologically born a woman, from his wife. The judge says he is not certain of Beatie’s gender and AZ does not recognize gay marriage. [New York Daily News]
  • A lesbian super PAC (a fundraising group for politicians) is giving $50,000 to the campaign of Rep. Tammy Badwin. If elected, she would be the first openly gay member of the Senate. [Queerty]
  • What is “reproductive abuse” and how do you know if you are a victim of it? [Madame Noire]
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