Welcome to Dispatches, your round-up of the latest news from the frontlines of the War on Women. Have a story from your state or an idea on how to push back? Share them here and fight back against the War on Women.
Texas State Senator and Planned Parenthood supporter Wendy Davis had her Ft. Worth office firebombed on Tuesday afternoon, providing yet another reminder of the very real danger advocating for women’s health can pose.
The sponsor of Idaho’s mandatory ultrasound bill thinks his legislation is necessary because women lie about getting raped just so they can get an abortion.
Legislators in Tennessee push a junk science bill that could pave the way for health classes to teach students that abortions cause breast cancer. Which they don’t. But that’s not the point.
Is it time for an underground railroad for contraception and reproductive health care? It just might be.
Republicans in Washington continue to attack health insurance coverage, this time trotting out Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to work his budget magic and erase insurance coverage for over 48 million Americans.
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (R-CA) and other congresswomen would like to remind everyone how beneficial health care reform is to women in light of the “brazen” Republican attacks on women’s health. It’s also a good time to consider what’s at stake in next week’s health care reform arguments.
While I still think the Affordable Care Act should be safe, even from the Roberts Court, there is reason to be concerned. The Supreme Court’s conservative block held that states are immune from lawsuits should they violate the Family and Medical Leave Act’s “self-care” provision. That’s the part of the FMLA that allows a person to take time off from work to care for a major medical condition — like pregnancy and recovery — sending the clear message to pregnant women that what little protections they have from employment discrimination are on the ropes.
In the good news department, there’s a new campaign to combat street harassment and former Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth will take on Tea Party crusader and dead-beat dad Rep. Joe Walsh for the Eighth Congressional District seat in Illinois come November.
Do you knit? How about knitting your favorite anti-choice congressperson a uterus?
Come back tomorrow for another round-up of the latest news and commentary on the War on Women. So long as the battle rages, we’ll cover the latest. And thanks to those who have submitted story suggestions already – I’m hard at work on a couple already, so please check back!
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