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A New Hampshire bill would punish doctors who do not inform women that having an abortion increased their risk of developing breast cancer with up to 15 years in prison. This is a big deal for a couple of reasons. One, there is no link between breast cancer and abortion, so the law mandates doctors give women medically inaccurate information to try and influence their decision to abort. Two, the bill still requires doctor lie to women, it’s just that the lie is no longer a felony. And three, the rest of the bill is still really bad.
Arizona takes up another abortion ban. This one would prohibit abortions after twenty-weeks, no matter the exception. Should it pass and be enacted it would bring the state one step closer to an attempted outright criminal abortion ban.
Robin Marty cuts right to the chase here asking if Republicans are so sure the “War on Women” will hurt Democrats, why are they trying to co-opt the talking point?
Not only are Republicans at the state-level trying to shield doctors from medical malpractice claims if they lie to women to dissuade them from having an abortion, they’re trying to limit malpractice claims in general at the national level.
Here’s the good news. The push-back is paying off. In Idaho another trans-vaginal ultrasound bill that seemed a certain pass is all but dead.
The first of our reader-suggested stories tells how, in Alabama, the grass-roots opposition to the legislative attacks on women’s rights is not only growing, it’s bi-partisan. There’s nothing better than starting this feature off with a story of the Care2 community impacting change in their communities.
Gloria Feldt makes the case for why so many women are speaking up (hint: one part has to do with the severity and nature of the legislative attacks).
Media Matters for America continues the pressure on perpetual offender Rush Limbaugh with an ad campaign aimed at getting Limbaugh off the air.
Hillary 2016. Just think about it.
Dispatches will be back Monday with another round-up of the latest news and commentary on the War on Women. So long as the battle rages, we’ll cover it so please check back!
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