Dispatches From The War On Women: House GOP Makes Contraception An Election Issue

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In case you thought maybe the war on women had come to a conclusion, or even took a day off, I have an announcement. Due to site maintenance yesterday Dispatches did not publish. Apologies! I can assure you the right’s attacks on women’s rights continued unabated. Let’s catch up.

House Republicans are threatening to shut down the government unless the rest of Congress bends to their demands to entirely de-fund Planned Parenthood, curb access to contraception by allowing employers to deny coverage based on religious or moral objections, and promote abstinence only education. Looks like we’ll be talking contraception and family planning right up to the election. I bet Mitt Romney is super duper excited about that.

We’ll also be talking about abortion because a bill designed to launch a legal challenge to Roe v. Wade’s holding that state’s cannot ban abortion pre-viability is going to the House for a vote.

But don’t worry everyone, the war on women is totally “phony.” Carry on.

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Marissa Mayer’s appointment to lead Yahoo has sparked a whole new round of articles asking if mom’s can “have it all.

Even conservatives in Congress think Michele Bachmann has gone over the line this time.

The CDC announced that whooping cough cases hit the highest levels in 50 years as the inevitable consequences of anti-vaccination paranoia play out.

Meanwhile hospitals around the country are closing maternity wards. Welcome to the coming health care delivery crisis thanks to decades of budget slashing and consolidations.

There’s this tragic story of an out-of-control immigration enforcement system and the innocents who get caught in its wake.

A Texas judge denied this lesbian couple the chance to have a commitment ceremony. Boo.

Check out this post by our partners over at MomsRising on the need to help teenagers define and establish healthy relationships that are free from abuse.

The most recent installment of Care2.com’s series Teaching Feminism takes a look at why the political views of fiction authors matter.

The campaign to overturn California’s LGBT education law fails.

In New York and looking for something to do? Why not drop by the Occupy Wall Street crew summer camp.

The Center for America Progress released this infographic taking a look at women of color at a glance.

Not every conservative in South Carolina is totally heartless. By a unanimous vote the South Carolina House voted to override Gov. Nikki Haley’s veto of funds designated for domestic assault and sexual assault prevention programs.

Wonder what’s at stake in Arizona’s battle to de-fund Planned Parenthood? Here’s the answer.

Finally, don’t miss the latest from President Obama in support of Lily Ledbetter and equal pay.

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165 comments

Lika S.
Lika P4 years ago

Okay, now if we could only make sure that rapists, especially if they impregnate their victims get the maximum penalty allowed, such as life w/o parole or death sentence, maybe it would be different.

Then on top of which, men who father children and run MUST fully fund their children, and if they can't pay, must go through a chemical castration to ensure that they can no longer have further children.

This will help minimize the problem of women wanting access to birth control, since those men who can't keep it in their pockets will be fully prosecuted. I know this sounds harsh, but, what's good for the gander is good for the goose. If not, then stop making being a woman the evil one in the party.

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Dawn F.
Dawn F4 years ago

Young WOMEN you must VOTE!

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Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown4 years ago

Tom -how do interpret including birth control in health plans (that people pay for) as some over reaching oppressive oversized new tax structure that is "picking your pocket." Save the right wing bull for some fox news site. They appreciate misogynistic puritainical bullshit over there.

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Tom Y.
Tom Y4 years ago

"...misogynist puritainical judgements... birth control is an intergal part..."

Sorry, Kevin. This is about the rest of us being forced to clean up someone else's mess -- by bankrolling an oppressive oversized new tax structure. That's pocket-picking on a whole new level. Objectionable? How could it not be? The situation with "lady parts" (as you deceitful euphemise promiscuity, the true problem) is best dealt with on the most local level of all: the individual moral actor. Not the distant, overarching State that claims to know what's best for everyone.

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Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown4 years ago

Tom said-"As I recall, contraception is an election issue because Obamacare makes funding for it compulsory -- and that's essentially the state picking every taxpayer's pocket to curb the consequences of trivial sex acts that many of us find objectionable"

Tom this may come as a surprise to you but birth control is an intergal part of a women's healthcare. I realize that since you don't have "lady parts" it is easy for you to trivilize that as an inconsequential issue that you have "moral" objections too. But you see women are concerned about their health despite your misogynist puritainical judgements.

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Tom Y.
Tom Y4 years ago

As I recall, contraception is an election issue because Obamacare makes funding for it compulsory -- and that's essentially the state picking every taxpayer's pocket to curb the consequences of trivial sex acts that many of us find objectionable. If you’re going to treat your sexual responsiveness as a toy for practically anyone in the sandbox, pay for your own contraceptives! We don't want the federal structure to hang the price of your folly on everyone else. If you've absolutely got to screw around, at least have the presence of mind to buy some -- contraceptives are not that expensive. Keep your activities and the preparations and the consequences to yourselves.

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Pamela H.
Pamela H4 years ago

James D, what they reap is becoming members of the Tea Party. And they get what they deserve, the disdain from the rest of society.

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Pamela H.
Pamela H4 years ago

This is why it is so important to vote. It is vital if we want to stop these archaic extremists from getting hold of the power.

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Frances C.
Frances C4 years ago

Good points Beth...May I add one more? Men should also have an ultra sound prob in their nether regions. After those 'lawmakers do that then we might think about a vaginal ultra sound prob. Okay, we thought about it...No!

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James D.
James D4 years ago

If you reap what you sow, what does one reap from constant disdain of others? What does one reap from oppressing others in the attempt raise one's self up? What does one reap from excluding others from benefit of All that society should consider the rights of citizens? What does one reap from violence toward others? What does reap from an attitude of superiority toward others? What does reap from lack of empathy? What does one reap from unfettered greed? What does reap from hypocrisy? What does reap from racist attitudes? What does reap from religious bigotry? What does one reap from lying? What does one reap from selfishness? What does reap from gluttony in the face of want? What does one reap from bullying others? What does one reap from violence to the defenseless? What does one reap from enslaving others in any way, whether financially, emotionally, or physically? What does one reap from willful ignorance? What does one reap from sexism? What does one reap from bestowing misery when it is so easy to bestow joy, comfort, pleasure, and love?

One reaps what one sows. And, in the view of the Ancients, the Wise, and my humble self, one reaps it at the rate of three times that which one sows it.

An it harm none, do what you will

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