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Dispatches From The War On Women: If You Can’t Say It, You Can’t Regulate It

Dispatches From The War On Women: If You Can’t Say It, You Can’t Regulate It

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.

Michigan Republicans reprimanded two Democratic women lawmakers for using the word “vagina” during debate over controversial anti-abortion measures because the word was not “polite.” In response constituents are invited to a special performance of “The Vagina Monologues” tonight as a reminder to the men in the Republican party that if they can’t say “vagina” they don’t get to regulate it.

A victory of sorts in Virginia where the state Board of Health passed a modified version of harsh abortion regulations Friday. These regulations are a result of the TRAP law passed earlier this year alongside the more talked about mandatory ultrasound law. Women’s health advocates had worried the regulations would shut down all the clinics in the state by forcing onerous new construction requirements unrelated to patient care. The modified regulations passed Friday grandfather in existing clinics from those requirements but kept them in place for any new clinic in the offering. Effectively that means it is unlikely any more facilities will open in the state, but at least for now those already open can continue operation.

The state of Kansas may be slashing funding for poor children but Gov. Sam Brownback (R) apparently found millions to pour into a “pro-life memorial” in Wichita.

The importance of ending abortion stigma cannot be over-stated.

Republicans insist they don’t hate women, yet they can’t seem to help saying ridiculously misogynistic garbage all the time.

The US Catholic bishops are pulling no punches in their battle with the Obama administration. The latest swing is the news that Catholic hospitals will refuse to comply with the birth control mandate.

Black women’s hair has a long political history in its own right, so it should come as no shock that first lady Michelle Obama comes up in these complicated discussions.

Always an important reminder: these are tough battles so its important to take care of ourselves.

Teen moms have plenty of people who clam to speak on their behalf, but here’s an idea. What if they had a forum to speak for themselves?

Thanks for checking back and don’t forget to send in your stories, suggestions and comments. We’ll be back each weekday with the latest in the best and the worst from the War on Women. So long as the battle rages, we’ll cover the latest, so please check back!

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3:08PM PDT on Jul 7, 2012

remember, you once were a "pesky fetus"

10:26AM PDT on Jun 20, 2012

Mandy, teen pregnancy is lower than before over all in this country. It is getting higher again in states that insist on abstinence only education but is still lower than when I was young. Turn off reality TV the the Bristol Palin shows and look at some actual numbers. There is no more automatic welfare for breeding children and that contributes. Beyond that young people can now get access to birth control of some kind in most states. Also 17 and 18 year olds are not getting married typically.

9:16AM PDT on Jun 20, 2012

Ladies: do you know one of the methods ladies used to get the right to vote??? Well, if Ican't say vagina, you can't rent it!!! And you know what that means. What a batch of ------!! If you think, fellows, that we are going backwards without kicking and screaming-you'd best think again. See you in Nov. sisters. No woman should be home on election day, go vote, if you are going to be out of town or out of commission(giving birth, etc.) think absentee, but VOTE like your life depends on it. It does!!!!!

8:36AM PDT on Jun 20, 2012

I had an idiot tell me recently that I was bigoted towards Christianity.

I am not.

What I am bigoted towards, are viewpoints that are sexist/racist/heterosexist. If the powers that be in these religions would stop with the pro-life garbage, and stop telling being gay is a sin, I will have less of an issue with them.

They also need to stop comparing intelligent design and evolution, but that is another story.

7:40AM PDT on Jun 20, 2012

Stephanie the government does not pay for abortions. Look up the Hyde Amendment written by a home wrecking adulterer no less. I wish it did but it does not.
I am wondering though if you think if after 15 weeks a woman must continue with a pregnancy when the baby is dead inside her or if the baby's brain and spine are formed on the outside of the body with no hope of survival? One case risks the mothers life and causes unnecessary emotional pain to the parents and one case causes emotional pain to the parents and very real pain and death to the infant. What do you think ? Is all that all right with you? This is why we want these issues left to the doctors and the mothers who are pregnant.
Steve R., all I have to say to you is vaginas are how you get pregnant and give birth unless you are the Virgin Mary. Is that where you came up with this now tired silly talking point? We hope the zygote attaches to the uterus if we want to have a child but some times it does not. Then what? You don't seem to know much about birthing babies.

7:39AM PDT on Jun 20, 2012

Stephanie the government does not pay for abortions. Look up the Hyde Amendment written by a home wrecking adulterer no less. I wish it did but it does not.
I am wondering though if you think if after 15 weeks a woman must continue with a pregnancy when the baby is dead inside her or if the baby's brain and spine are formed on the outside of the body with no hope of survival? One case risks the mothers life and causes unnecessary emotional pain to the parents and one case causes emotional pain to the parents and very real pain and death to the infant. What do you think ? Is all that all right with you? This is why we want these issues left to the doctors and the mothers who are pregnant.
Steve R., all I have to say to you is vaginas are how you get pregnant and give birth unless you are the Virgin Mary. Is that where you came up with this now tired silly talking point? We hope the zygote attaches to the uterus if we want to have a child but some times it does not. Then what? You don't seem to know much about birthing babies.

2:20AM PDT on Jun 20, 2012

Good point.

10:34PM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

...how come in all the years that have passed we still are in the dark ages when it comes to safe safe birth control...the side effects or unreliability must leave alot to be desired by todays women, and men.. better birth control is needed.

5:56PM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

Mandy B:
"under any circumstances, and most (if not all) women go through a lot of second-guessing about it...."

Life is full of "second-guessing ". I'm sure some second-guess their decision after an abortion. Some second guess after giving birth. Some second guess after giving birth to a severely disabled child, I'm sure.

For most women who chose to have an abortion, I'm sure that decision was not an easy one. Just like the decision to continue a pregnancy that results in the birth of a severely disabled child can't be an easy one. We all have to make choices, and nobody has the right to make someone else feel guilty or bad after making the decision.

3:50PM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

To Tim R. - What is it about you and some of the others on this thread who don't know how to READ and COMPREHEND? And then you misstate what I said in an effort to somehow prove me "wrong?"

1. Where did I ever state I was anti-choice? No dear, I clearly said I am PRO CHOICE. I do not feel the government should take the choice away. But I am also saying that the "choice" has serious emotional consequences for the woman making that choice. Have YOU had an abortion? Since you're male, the answer is no. The choice should absolutely exist for women, but there must be BETTER counseling pre-abortion, and counseling POST-abortion! It is a devastating choice to make, under any circumstances, and most (if not all) women go through a lot of second-guessing about it, sometimes years later. So do NOT now act as if I've somehow taken a position with the religious right.

2. Where on earth did you get that I'm religious? Again, NO. I am not religious. I very clearly stated in an earlier post that religion should NOT come into play and these are personal, ethical decisions, and no one has the right to impose their morality on another person.

3. You also somehow misunderstood my post about promiscuity. I NEVER said that promiscuity did not exist in former generations and ages. On the contrary, yes, sex has always been around, as has promiscuity. But statistics cannot be denied. Teenage pregnancy is more rampant than ever. And people NOT taking responsibility for their actions seems to

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