Category Archive: Reproductive Rights

Mar 12 2014

Republicans Really Should Stop Talking About Rape

Has there been a situation where a Republican politician has talked about rape and not ended up saying something incredibly heinous and damaging to them? Amanda Marcotte has an excellent recent example of a Missouri state senator showing some truly epic hypocrisy on the subject.

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Mar 12 2014

Another Birth Control Myth Debunked

The Contraceptive Choice Project, a long-term research study by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is destroying a lot of commonly made Christian right claims about birth control. First it showed that offering free birth control to low-income women dramatically reduces abortion rates. Now it shows that free birth control does not increase …

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Mar 10 2014

Attack of the Pro-Choice Gay People

A coalition of 50 LGBT and women’s rights groups have issued a statement opposing legislation that allow Christian-owned businesses to ignore laws they don’t like, including anti-discrimination laws. Naturally, the wingnuts are objecting to this unholy alliance:

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Feb 27 2014

WND’s Dishonest Spin on Nun Lawsuit

The Worldnetdaily has its usual dishonest spin on the lawsuit filed by a group of nuns. And it’s a “Worldnetdaily exclusive,” which appears to mean nothing. Lots of other news outlets are writing about the same case. If it’s an “exclusive” then so is every story.

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Feb 26 2014

Notre Dame Denied Injunction on Contraception Mandate

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s refusal to grant a preliminary injunction in the University of Notre Dame’s lawsuit challenging the ACA’s contraception mandate. ND is arguing that even though they are exempt from having to include contraception in their group insurance policy, the act of having to claim that exemption …

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Feb 20 2014

The Anti-Choice Onslaught Continues

Since taking control of many state legislatures in 2010 because of the Tea Party movement, Republicans have waged a relentless assault on reproductive rights, passing over 200 bills from 2011 to 2013. Think Progress has a list of some new bills that will only make things worse:

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Feb 16 2014

Pharmacist Files Suit Over Firing

A pharmacist who was fired for refusing to sell Plan B contraception is suing Walgreens for wrongful dismissal from his job in Jamestown, Tennessee. He’s represented by the Thomas More Society (not to be confused with the Thomas More Law Center). Their press release:

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Feb 14 2014

Abortion Clinic Bomber Wanted for Attempted Child Molestation

Curtis Anton Beseda, an infamous abortion clinic bomber from the state of Washington, is being sought by the police in Snohomish, Washington for groping an 11 year old girl and trying to lure her out of a department store. The Seattle Times reports:

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Feb 07 2014

Morse’s Dishonest Framing

Jennifer Roback Morse of the Ruth Institute, an affiliate of the National Organization for Marriage, has an interview with the National Catholic Register that shows just how utterly dishonest wingnuts can be in framing the issues they care about. Some of the rhetoric is simply inane:

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Jan 30 2014

Huckabee’s Contraception Mandate

I kept seeing references to “Huckabee v Huckabee” on the subject of contraception mandates but I didn’t bother to look because I figured it was just that Huckabee had said something in support of contraception at some point. Turns out that he actually signed such a mandate into law in Arkansas, one that had fewer …

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Jan 29 2014

Abortion? Nope. It’s All About Controlling Female Sexuality

Amanda Marcotte has an article at Reproductive Health Reality Check that says what I’ve been saying for a long time, that the anti-abortion crowd is not really concerned about abortion as much as they are about controlling female sexuality. She says it more eloquently than I do, of course. The jumping off point is this …

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Jan 21 2014

CO Legislators Want to Make Abortion a Felony

Republican legislators around the country, emboldened by the fact that they’ve passed more than 200 anti-choice bills in the last three years and hopeful that the Supreme Court might uphold even the most draconian laws, are getting more aggressive. In Colorado, a bill has been introduced that would make abortion a felony for doctors to …

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Jan 18 2014

Wingnut: Restricting Abortion Creates Jobs!

Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia is apparently tired of seeing Michele Bachmann, Steve King and Louis Gohmert hog the spotlight in the House Wingnut Caucus and he’s staking his claim to more attention. During a hearing on yet another anti-choice bill he said that women having more babies will create jobs:

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Jan 16 2014

Wingnuts: Anti-Gay and Anti-Choice Woos Women, Young Voters

Because being an extremist means never, ever reevaluating your positions or allowing them to be challenged by actual evidence, the anti-gay and anti-choice folks from the American Principles Project actually thinks that they’ll win over young voters and women voters by being more anti-gay and more anti-choice.

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Jan 07 2014

Our Increasingly Non-Existent Reproductive Rights

Over the last few years Republican-controlled legislatures have passed hundreds of laws designed to make the right to choose an abortion die by a thousand cuts. Lindsay Beyerstein writes about how effective this has been in Texas, where in wide swaths of the state this right exists in name only, not in reality.

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