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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?
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