The Least Surprising Anti-Choice Move Ever

Over the last four years, anti-choice Republicans have passed more than 200 laws against reproductive rights at the state level. Most of those are in the form of TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Provider) laws, one of the common features of which is a requirement that any doctor performing abortions have admitting privileges at a local hospital. So what are they doing now? Protesting hospitals to get them to deny admitting privileges to those doctors, of course, as my friend Robin Marty writes.
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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 risky sexual behavior.
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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 is itself a violation of their religious freedom. The ruling, written by the legendary Judge Posner, almost mocks that argument:
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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 protections for “religious freedom” than Obama’s law.
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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 new “study” put out by the Family Research Council.
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