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Well, it looks like we can expect a major fetal personhood push at the federal level if the November elections break for Republicans. At least that is what Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and others are suggesting in a new fundraising email that leaves the distinct impression Paul believes Congress can decide who the 14th Amendment applies to and who it does not. Funny how Paul is suddenly a fan of the 14th Amendment when it comes to criminalizing abortion, but not such a fan when it comes to banning race and gender discrimination.
Jessica Mack offers a compelling read on her experience working at an abortion fund hotline and the economics of stigma.
House Republicans are set to vote on their version of the Violence Against Women Act. Nobody but the hard right likes this bill. It strips key domestic violence protections from some of the most vulnerable and actually takes domestic violence prevention and protection efforts backwards. Planned Parenthood strongly opposes the the House version and the Obama administration has threatened a veto which means House Republicans have once again put women’s lives in the cross-hairs in the name of partisan politics.
Despite Tea Party threats to “kill the Claire Bear”, Sen. McCaskill currently leads all challengers in a new Missouri poll.
One Mississippi lawmaker, while bragging about his efforts to criminalize abortion in his state, let slip that he’s not worried about coat hanger abortions and the “pitiful” women who would turn to them because the important thing is Republicans standing up for “moral values.”
Here’s a brief LGBT history lesson which will come in handy if you have to listen to Pat Buchanan.
After President Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) has decided the water’s safe and also offered his support for marriage equality.
A reminder: being gay is not a choice. Being a total jerk is.
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