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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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