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Missouri House Passes A Bill Allowing Medical Professionals To Deny Women’s Access To Contraception

via Zachary Bernstein, ThinkProgress The Missouri House passed a “conscience bill” yesterday to allow health care workers to deny health care to women. Under the law, medical professionals cannot be fired or discriminated against for refusing to provide contraception or perform abortions if it conflicted with their personal views, while employers do not have to … Continue reading

Catholic Bishops v. Girl Scouts Of America

via Nicole Brodeur, The Seattle Times The Little Rascals had the “He-Man Woman Haters Club.” We’ve got The Catholic Church. Just a few weeks after the Vatican started looking into the activities of the umbrella group representing some 57,000 American nuns, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) showed it had smaller fish to fry: … Continue reading

Utah First In Nation To Have 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period

via Dan Harrie, The Salt Lake Tribune Come Tuesday, Utah will become the only state in the nation with a law requiring a woman to wait 72 hours for an abortion. “For some people that may be a point of celebration,” said Planned Parenthood of Utah Director Karrie Galloway. “For others it may be a … Continue reading

Kansas Legislature Passes One Bill, Considers Others To Limit Abortions

via John Celock, The Huffington Post Kansas lawmakers are gearing up for a possible fight over an abortion bill Friday, two days after the state Senate passed a bill allowing health-care professionals to withhold drugs and treatment that could cause an abortion. The GOP-controlled state Senate passed a bill Wednesday that allows doctors and pharmacists … Continue reading

Is The LGBT-Inclusive Domestic Violence Act Doomed?

via Michelle Garcia, The Advocate The day after the Senate approved the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act with LGBT-inclusive provisions, members of the Republican-controlled House introduced their own version of the bill, which excludes coverage for LGBT citizens. The day after the Senate approved the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act with … Continue reading

Student Loan Interest Rate Bill That Cuts Health Care Program Passes House

via Michael McAuliff, The Huffington Post The House of Representatives advanced a bill Friday that funds cheaper student loans by cutting a preventive health care program — sparking a heated battle in which House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) accused Democrats of manufacturing a war on women. The House passed the bill by a vote of … Continue reading

Scott Walker Pressed For Answers On Wisconsin Equal Pay Law Repeal

via Amanda Terkel, The Huffington Post Three female Democratic leaders in Wisconsin are demanding an explanation from Gov. Scott Walker (R) of why he repealed a law that made it easier for victims of wage discrimination to have their day in court. “We are writing today to request a written answer to a simple question … Continue reading

Former GOP Congressman On Fair Pay Act: ‘That Thing Is A Nuisance’

via Amanda Terkel, The Huffington Post Former Republican congressman Pete Hoekstra, who is now running to unseat Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI.), weighed in on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act on Thursday, saying the law was a “nuisance” that shouldn’t be in place. The issue came up during a campaign event in Royal Oak, Mich. … Continue reading

Scott Walker Quietly Repeals Wisconsin Equal Pay Law

via Amanda Terkel, The Huffington Post A Wisconsin law that made it easier for victims of wage discrimination to have their day in court was repealed on Thursday, after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) quietly signed the bill. The 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act was meant to deter employers from discriminating against certain groups by … Continue reading

Missouri Also Wants Your Boss To Ok Your Birth Control

via Jessica Pieklo, Care2 Causes Last week Missouri picked up where Arizona left off, tackling two abortion bills, including one that would allow employers to deny coverage for birth control pills unless employees provide proof the pills are used for a “medical need”. Missouri Republicans strongly believe that employers should be the ones left in … Continue reading

Arizona’s ‘Tell Your Boss You’re On The Pill’ Bill Dead

via Jessica Pieklo, Care2 Causes Arizona Republicans lost an effort to force women to explain to their employers why they need and use birth control so that their employer could chose whether or not to allow insurance coverage for that contraception. The final bill was defeated on a 17-13 vote but not without causing significant … Continue reading

Birth Control Access Boosts Women’s Wages, Study Finds

via Laura Bassett, The Huffington Post While women still earn 77 cents for every dollar that men make in the United States, the gender wage gap has closed significantly over the past several decades. Now, for the first time ever, a new study has connected the narrowing of that pay gap to increased access to … Continue reading

Wisconsin Lawmaker Says Women Should Stay In Abusive Marriages

via Lylah M. Alphonse,  Yahoo! Shine In Wisconsin — yes, the same state where lawmakers have introduced a bill penalizing single mothers for being unmarried — a Republican state representative has come out against divorce for any reason — even domestic abuse. Instead of leaving an abusive situation, women should try to remember the things … Continue reading

GOP Congressman Tells Women To Give Their Money To Democrats

via Laura Bassett, The Huffington Post As the only Republican Congressman at a rally for the Equal Rights Amendment on Thursday, Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.) gave women an unexpected piece of advice: Give your money to Democrats. “I think these are very precarious times for women, it seems. So many of your rights are under … Continue reading

Old Scare Tactic A New Weapon In Abortion Wars

via Eric Zorn, Chicago Tribune New Hampshire House Bill 1659 is titled the “Women’s Right to Know Act,” but a more accurate title would be the “Activists’ Right to Lie to Women Act.” The measure, now moving through the Granite State Legislature, requires that at least 24 hours before undergoing a medical abortion, a woman … Continue reading

The Equal Rights Amendment: Now Is the Time

[Editress’ Note: Today marks the 40th anniversary of the day Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment in 1972, which guarantees equal protection under the law regardless of sex, but today it is still not included in our Constitution. Today we are facing a War on Women. We must fight back. The ERA must be ratified … Continue reading

Violence Against Women Act & The Republican Hard Turn To The Right

via Amanda Marcotte, Slate The most important thing to remember as Republicans pose as victims of Democrats igniting a culture war over women’s rights is this: Republicans are not required to take the bait. They were not required to try to pass legislation restricting women’s ability to use their own insurance to cover contraception. They … Continue reading

Arizona Bill Promotes Teaching Adoption Over Abortion

via Andrea Kelly, Arizona Public Media The state House education committee passed a bill Monday that would prohibit school districts and charter schools from promoting abortion as a better alternative to childbirth and adoption. SB 1009 would require schools to talk about adoption as the preferred alternative to abortion when the issue comes up in … Continue reading

Social Conservatism And Sex: Making War Against Love

via David Allyn, Chicago Tribune We seem to be living in a time warp. Conservatives are denouncing not just abortion, but birth control. There was the Rush Limbaugh “slut” episode. Actor Kirk Cameron called homosexuality “unnatural,” “detrimental” and “ultimately destructive.” Meanwhile, Rick Santorum sees Satan lurking in America’s bedrooms. At first blush, such backwardness might … Continue reading

Ohio State Senator Introduces Viagra Bill To Counter Anti-Contraception Legislation

via Laura Bassett, The Huffington Post As a member of a heavily male- and GOP-dominated state Senate since 2008, Ohio legislator Nina Turner says she has cringed watching her colleagues pass bill after bill to regulate women’s reproductive health. Now, the Democrat has become the latest in a series of female state legislators to give … Continue reading

Arizona Law Will Allow Employers To Fire Women For Using Whore Pills

via Erin Gloria Ryan, Jezebel A proposed new law in Arizona would give employers the power to request that women being prescribed birth control pills provide proof that they’re using it for non-sexual reasons. And because Arizona’s an at-will employment state, that means that bosses critical of their female employees’ sex lives could fire them … Continue reading

Women In Texas Losing Options For Health Care In Abortion Fight

via Pam Belluck, The New York Times Leticia Parra, a mother of five scraping by on income from her husband’s sporadic construction jobs, relied on the Planned Parenthood clinic in San Carlos, an impoverished town in South Texas, for breast cancer screenings, free birth control pills and pap smears for cervical cancer. But the clinic … Continue reading

Limbaugh’s Blind Spot Toward Smart Women

via Meghan Daum, Chicago Tribune Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University law school student Rush Limbaugh called a “slut” and a “prostitute,” is intelligent, poised and coherent. That alone puts her miles ahead of her detractors. She’s been making the rounds this week on behalf of her argument that the insurance she pays for at Georgetown … Continue reading

Rick Santorum To Single Mothers: Government Paternity Tests Or No Welfare

via Jason Cherkis, The Huffington Post GOP presidential contender Rick Santorum has yet to deliver a substantial blow to Mitt Romney’s rival campaign. In the past two pivotal primary contests in battleground states, the former senator from Pennsylvania fell short, losing by squeaker margins in Michigan and Ohio. He may owe those defeats to his … Continue reading

Virginia State Senate Approves Contentious Ultrasound Bill

via Anita Kumar, The Washington Post The Virginia Senate voted Tuesday for a scaled-back version of a contentious proposal that would require women to undergo external ultrasounds before abortions, but not the transvaginal ones. The 21-19 vote in the Republican-controlled Senate — mostly along party lines — came after Gov. Robert F. McDonnell asked legislators … Continue reading

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