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The disdain that Republican lawmakers show women, and especially poor women, knows no bounds. The right has seized every opportunity to strip poor women of their rights, erect barriers to economic advancement and trap them into the cycle of poverty. Nowhere is this more apparent than the battle over this country’s food stamp program. Republicans are set on eradicating food support for the nation’s hungry women and children in the name of fighting fraud and when others like Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y) call them out on it they get mocked.
Meanwhile in Michigan, a Democratic woman lawmaker who used the word ‘vagina’ in debate about a bill restricting abortion access was reprimanded because ‘vagina’ is apparently a word that should not be used in polite company.
The ‘pro-life’ label has become so meaningless in the face of other social policies that are harmful to women and children that even some nuns are backing away from the label.
Reproductive health politics in the United States are far different than in China, but this story offers a simple reminder that when the state has the power to tell a woman when she must have a baby, it also has the power to tell her when she can’t.
Is male birth control doomed to fail because of the money shot?
The battle to pass the Violence Against Women Act rages on but House Republicans don’t seem interested in compromise of any sort. Remember that when pundits challenge the idea that Republicans are engaging in a war against women.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit challenging North Carolina’s second parent adoption ban.
Meanwhile 10 GOP Senators filed their brief in support of the Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA).
The National Rifle Association has found another way to cash in on the tragedy that flows from ‘stand your ground’ laws and has started offering ‘stand your ground insurance.’
Is there really any such thing as a ‘healthy’ fast food meal for children?
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