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Planned Parenthood announced it was suspending medical abortions in Wisconsin immediately in the face of the state’s new targeted restrictions on abortion providers exposes doctors to potential criminal liability in connection with administering RU-486.
In Tennessee a bill advances that effectively criminalizes miscarriages. The bill, which allows prosecutions for fetal harm as soon as 8 weeks, illustrates a new approach to getting personhood measures in place: get doctrinal support in other areas of the law. In this case these fetal harm bills assume that an embryo can be a crime victim. To be a crime victim to have to be a person. See how that works?
Mitt Romney’s strategy of wooing back women voters includes hiring a total misogynist as a spokesperson.
The secret-service sex worker scandal is just gross.
Just so we’re clear, the Vatican confirmed that women will never, ever become priests. Ever.
We celebrated Earth Day over the weekend, and here’s a look at the connection between the war on women and Earth Day goals.
Did Oreo cross the line in this ad with a breastfeeding baby holding an Oreo cookie?
Women in the UK are facing a similar assault on their rights. Judy Molland reports on how one mother was denied maternity leave because her twins were born to a surrogate.
Good news. One of the two fetal personhood measures in Oklahoma died for the legislative session. The other, a ballot initiative, is in the early stages of litigation challenging its constitutionality.
The Nebraska legislature is not interested in punishing the unborn children of undocumented people and voted to override Gov. Dave Heineman’s (R) veto of their bill restoring taxpayer funded prenatal benefits regardless of citizenship.
Lego promises to change manufacturing and marketing practices that embrace gender essentialism.
Vanessa Williams writes about getting an abortion as a teenager in her new memoir and is pretty amazing about the whole thing.
Lastly, something bittersweet. Pat Summitt, the former head coach of the University of Tennessee’s women’s basketball program will be getting the medal of honor from President Obama. If you’ve never heard of Summitt, listen up. At 1,098 wins she has the best coaching record in the history of college basketball, men or women. She retired last week after 38 seasons in part because she has early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to being a phenomenal coach, Summitt is also a tireless advocate for Alzheimer’s research. It’s a sad end to an amazing career and an opportunity to celebrate Summitt as the trailblazer and icon she is. One final thought, as a collegiate coach, she has a 100% graduation rate for her student-athletes. 100%. That’s leadership.
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