Dispatches From The War On Women: Birth Control Coverage Means The Terrorists Win

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Yesterday marked a big day for women’s health care as the contraception mandate in Obamacare went into effect. For literally millions of women in the United States, controlling their reproduction just became a little easier and more affordable, which means erasing all that embedded institutionalized sexism just became a little easier.

And since more than 40 million women will benefit from the expanded coverage under Obamacare of course that makes it as bad as 9/11 and Pearl Harbor. Or something.

While we’re on the topic, here’s more of the preventative care women now have access to.

Yesterday also marked the start of World Breastfeeding Week. Support the moms, folks.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals stepped in and blocked Arizona’s restrictive 20-week abortion ban pending full arguments on its constitutionality. The appellate court will hear arguments on the case in the late fall, with a decision expected well into 2013.

I love Rachel Maddow, but opposition to rape and incest abortion exceptions is no longer extreme in the Republican party and the religious right. It’s the norm, and we need to take every opportunity we can to remind voters of that fact.

The closer the election gets, the crazier the Republicans get. The latest from the hard right is that President Obama will stage an assassination attempt, declare martial law, then suspect the election rather than face Mitt Romney.

In related right-wing wingnuttery: buying Chick-Fil-A is freedom! Okay…. in response….these videos are awesome.

Gabby Douglas is an amazing and inspirational young woman and but apparently her hair is very distracting. Can this stop, please?

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Betsy M.
Betsy M.4 years ago

*preventive & preventative are both words*

Random K.
.4 years ago

Tom Y belongs to Political Derby - nuff said. Also he's from Canada.

I actually don't mind the term "Obamacare". It's so much better than the republican "Don'tcare". I believe Obama does care.

Debra Calogero
Debra C.4 years ago

Oh poor Darryl. In response it is so clear that a mind is a terrible thing to waste. Your hatred in the name of god is so sad. There is a wonderful and beautiful world beyond your closed doors and mind. How sad all you can do is repeat gop talking points. If some choose to manipulate gods words, well then I pity those for all his wonders they deny themselves. How sad to have such a miserable exhistence.

Diana C.
Diana C.4 years ago

And the word is PREVENTIVE, not preventative.

Diana C.
Diana C.4 years ago

Speaking of "near-total, suffocating control" how abut those repugnicans?!! Imposing their fanatical religious ideas on all of us, denying us health care, denying women equal pay for equal work and making decisions with their own bodies, screwing the working poor and the middle class, no unions, no protection for the envionment, no regulations to corporations, because their entire agenda is geared to make the rich richer and screw everybody else. And have all the babies you can or cannot, want or want not, because America must be like Romania in the days of no birth control.

Diana C.
Diana C.4 years ago

PLEASE do NOT use that stupid word Obamacare. What the hell does that mean? It makes me so mad when I see that. Don't you see that is a derogatory term made up by the freaking repugnicans to undermine health care for all? The law is called The Affordable Care Act, and it should be referred to it only as that.

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown4 years ago

Meg-You are applying logic to Darryl's beliefs, on the other hand Darryl is basing his beliefs on his mistaken impression that his "magic book" says he must hate homosexuals.

Meg G.
Meg G.4 years ago

Darryll G - the word marriage officially in the dictionary also means -
"any close or intimate association or union: the marriage of words and music in a hit song. Synonyms: blend, merger, unity, oneness; alliance, confederation."

So do you object to the word being used in cooking - the marriage of flavours, marriage in beliefs, marriage of minds, marriage of ideas, marriage of skills, marriage of businesses?

Meg G.
Meg G.4 years ago

Tom Y -
You used this phrase " America needs to keep her united,pluralistic ideals alive"
The word plural means - "consisting of, containing, or pertaining to more than one."
Some how I do not see your point of view as being pluralistic, it sounds very homogeneous.

I suppose if a western woman was raped by an "Islamic" person you would still object to her having birth control rights or is that different?

Lee Witton
4 years ago

TomY - I have to agree with Kevin; you are drinking something mixed with that Kool-Aide and I'd suggest you try easing off of it gradually. We don't want you going into a d.t. rage or is that what you're going through now?