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North Carolina Defunds Planned Parenthood In Midnight Vote, Overriding Veto

via Laura Bassett, The Huffington Post North Carolina’s Republican-controlled state legislature voted Monday night to override Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of a state budget that strips money from Planned Parenthood. The same lawmakers overrode Perdue’s veto and moved to defund Planned Parenthood last year, but a judge blocked the provision, arguing that a state … Continue reading

Conservatives Slam Obamacare Using Pro-Choice Language

via Laura Bassett, The Huffington Post For years, Democrats and progressive women’s groups have characterized Republican attempts to limit access to abortion — such as mandatory ultrasounds and mandatory waiting periods before abortions — as the ultimate government intrusion into a woman’s personal medical decisions. On Thursday, conservatives usurped the very same pro-choice rhetoric to … Continue reading

Last Standing Abortion Clinic In Mississippi

via Kelly Newson, The Guardian Express Come July 1, Mississippi just may be the only state in the United States to not have an abortion clinic. This is due to a huge vote in that state’s legisture for all physicians to have admitting privileges to the local hospital. Many of the practicing physicians do not … Continue reading

Study Suggests Gay Men Have Evolutionary Benefit For Their Families

via Natalie Wolchover, The Huffington Post While female sexuality appears to be more fluid, research suggests that male gayness is an inborn, unalterable, strongly genetically influenced trait. But considering that the trait discourages the type of sex that leads to procreation — that is, sex with women — and would therefore seem to thwart its … Continue reading

Michigan Reps Silenced For Use Of ‘V-Word’

via Chad Livengood, Detroit News House Republicans tried to silence two female Democratic lawmakers Thursday for floor outbursts a day earlier referencing male sterilization and a female sex organ. The majority party prohibited state Rep. Lisa Brown from speaking on the floor Thursday after she ended a speech the day before against a bill restricting … Continue reading

Michigan Anti-Abortion Bill, ‘Most Extreme’ In The Country, Barrels Through State House

via Laura Bassett, The Huffington Post A massive, 60-page omnibus bill that drastically limits abortion access and could shut down all abortion clinics in the state is being rushed through the Michigan State House of Representatives on Thursday. The bill was introduced just last week, but lawmakers held a hearing for it on Thursday morning … Continue reading

President Obama Presses Senate To Act On Equal Pay For Women

via Jennifer Bendery, The Huffington Post President Barack Obama on Monday dropped in on a White House press call to urge the Senate to pass legislation that ensures women are paid the same amount as their male counterparts. “Tomorrow, Congress is going to have a chance to vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act,” Obama said … Continue reading

Brazil: Catholic Church Excommunicates Mother Of 9 Year-Old Rape Victim For Approving Abortion

via Guy Adams, The Independent Declaring that “life must always be protected”, a senior Vatican cleric has defended the Catholic Church’s decision to excommunicate the mother and doctors of a nine-year-old rape victim who had a life-saving abortion in Brazil. Cardinal Giovanni Batista Re, who heads the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, told reporters that … Continue reading

Franciscan University Drops Entire Student Health Insurance Plan Over Birth Control Mandate

via Laura Bassett, The Huffington Post Franciscan University of Steubenville, a Catholic institution in Ohio, has decided to drop its entire student health insurance plan as of the fall semester 2012 because of the new federal rule requiring contraception coverage under most employee and student health policies. While a number of religious colleges have filed … Continue reading

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

Silence From GOP Leaders On Marriage Equality

via Carrie Budoff Brown and Seung Min Kim, Politico President Barack Obama’s embrace of same-sex marriage was viewed for so long as such a risky move that operatives in both parties expected it to drop like a bomb, handing Republicans a powerful wedge issue in an election year. Instead, it’s landed like a feather. Top … 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

Romney Adviser Comes Out, Resigns From Campaign

via Cameron Joseph The Hill’s Ballot Box Richard Grenell has resigned his role as a foreign policy spokesman for the Romney campaign following criticism of Romney from some social conservatives for having a gay man on his campaign. “We are disappointed that Ric decided to resign from the campaign for his own personal reasons,” Romney … 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

A Hispanic VP For The GOP?

via Benjy Sarlin, Talking Points Memo It’s been the dominant conventional wisdom ever since a wave of Hispanic Republicans won big races in 2010: Mitt Romney will pick a Hispanic running mate. But Romney may not be able to make that fantasy ticket a reality — even if he wants to. Picking a Hispanic politician … Continue reading

How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy

via Kathleen McCauliffe, The Atlantic Jaroslav Flegr is no kook. And yet, for years, he suspected his mind had been taken over by parasites that had invaded his brain. So the prolific biologist took his science-fiction hunch into the lab. What he’s now discovering will startle you. Could tiny organisms carried by house cats be … 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

The Best Birth Control In The World Is For Men

via Jon Clinkenbeard, Techcitement If I were going to describe the perfect contraceptive, it would go something like this: no babies, no latex, no daily pill to remember, no hormones to interfere with mood or sex drive, no negative health effects whatsoever, and 100 percent effectiveness. The funny thing is, something like that currently exists. … 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

Health Care Case Seems Likely To Go On In Court

via CBS News The Supreme Court finished Monday the first of three days of arguments on the fate of the Obama administration’s overhaul of the nation’s health care system. The justices appear unlikely to allow an obscure tax law to derail the case. A decision is expected by late June, in the midst of a … Continue reading

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