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Has the US military been diagnosing rape victims with personality disorders to avoid reporting and prosecuting sexual assault within ranks? Looks like it. As many as 1 in 3 women will be raped by a fellow service member and then re-traumatized by having that assault ignored and re-traumatized again by being discharged with a mental illness diagnosis. This is a national tragedy and a national scandal.
In Wisconsin, women are making it clear that Gov. Scott Walker (R) has got to go, and with good reason. His attacks on women’s rights have been relentless. First Walker went after teachers, nurses, and other public employees collective bargaining rights and dramatically increased the costs of health insurance benefits. Then his administration rolled back abortion rights and voting rights. Last but not least Walker and Republicans repealed the state’s equal pay enforcement law. Women should be angry.
Robin Marty reports that the “clinics” Ohio Republicans want to give family planning money to in lieu of funding Planned Parenthood don’t provide birth control as part of their family planning services.
The man who forever will be linked to mandatory transvaginal ultrasounds, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (R,) is auditioning for vice president. Imagine a Romney/McDonnell ticket. And you thought the assault on women’s rights was bad now.
Consider whether the culture wars would be quite as entrenched if there were more pro-gay religious voices represented in mainstream media.
Alabama lawmakers are hoping to make their anti-immigrant law even worse by letting police officers detain any vehicle passenger without sufficient proof of immigration status, including minors. These “papers please” checks pose a particular challenge to women and minors, showing again that the attacks on women’s rights only grow more acute when you account for race and class.
Media Matters has a list of over 60 women Rush Limbaugh has called “babe,” not that anyone needed any more evidence that the man is just a pig.
Finally, some good news and a few laughs. Reproductive justice advocate and Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards made it onto TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential list. It is fantastic to see Richards’ leadership recognized and so utterly tragic that it’s in part because of the never-ending attempts to take away family planning programs.
Congressional Democrats are calling the GOP bluff and introducing a bill that would allow women to count raising children under the age of three as work under the rules applied to allow her to continue to receive government assistance. It’s good policy and it’s brilliant politics and the Republicans are stuck.
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