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 perform.
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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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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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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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Explaining the Contraception Mandate Cases

Marty Lederman has a couple of posts at Jack Balkin’s blog that really help explain the details of the seemingly endless number of lawsuits filed against the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act. There are two different kinds of suits, those filed by religious non-profit organizations and those filed by for-profit companies with religious owners. The ACA has different requirements for those two types of plaintiffs. And there are actually different rules for two different types of religious non-profits:
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Barton: Cuccinelli Not Anti-Choice Enough

One of the ways you can tell that someone is an extremist is when virtually no one else is every pure enough for them. Ken Cuccinelli is one of the most anti-choice politicians imaginable, supporting mandatory invasive ultrasounds for women seeking abortions and advocating for the complete outlawing of abortion. But for David Barton, if he’d just been more anti-choice, he would have been elected governor of Virginia. What was left, killing abortion doctors and bombing clinics?
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National Review Makes Terrible Arguments on Hobby Lobby Case

Even Birnick, a visiting legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, might want to ask for a refund on his legal education judging by the arguments he makes in an article at the National Review about the Hobby Lobby case.
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Contraception Should Always Be Free

Despite ongoing controversy and about a million lawsuits filed over the Affordable Care Act requirement that insurance companies provide free contraception coverage, the editors of the New England Journal of Medicine point out that birth control is crucial to women’s health and benefits all of society. Sarah Posner provides this quote:
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How Reproductive Rights Have Been Gutted

Ian Millhiser and Tara Culp-Ressler have an important article at ThinkProgress with a provocative but mostly accurate title: The Greatest Trick The Supreme Court Ever Pulled Was Convincing The World Roe v. Wade Still Exists. They correctly note that, for many women, especially poor women, reproductive rights have been eliminated for all practical purposes.
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The Contraception Mandate and RFRA

Bruce Ledewitz, a law professor at Duquesne University, has a column in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about the dozens of legal challenges to the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act. First he explains that companies don’t actually have to provide contraception as part of their group policies:
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Bauer Attacks Sandra Fluke at VVS

At the Values Voters Summit, Gary Bauer launched yet another attack on Sandra Fluke. Really? Still, after all this time? And of course, he lied in the process, saying that she wanted everyone else to pay for her birth control (false; she just wanted it included in the insurance coverage in the health care exchanges). And he called her “promiscuous” without a shred of evidence (or relevance — so what if she was? Why is that his business at all?). And he bizarrely claims that President Obama calling her was “the definition of civilization decline.” Uh, why?
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Another Right Wing Myth Debunked

You may remember the right wing absolutely freaking out about pro-choice protesters allegedly bringing jars of urine and feces to throw at the Texas state capitol when the legislature was trying to pass harsh anti-choice legislation. “Police confiscate jars of suspected urine and feces,” screamed the headline at Glenn Beck’s The Blaze. And the Hot Air blog. And RedState. And the National Review. Turns out it was all nonsense:
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