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Let’s start with yesterday’s big vote. The House finally passed its version of the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act and boy does this bill stink. It attacks some of the most vulnerable women in our communities and exploits them for political gains. It empowers abusers by removing victim confidentiality protections and limits prosecutorial resources. And that is precisely why the men’s rights groups love it.
House Republicans won’t stop with a bad VAWA bill. They’re about to bring a bad “fetal pain” abortion ban also. Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) may not represent women in the District of Columbia, but that won’t stop him from trying to take away their access to abortion. Even better, he’s forbidden Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), who does represent women in DC from speaking at the hearing against the bill. Because apparently that’s how Franks thinks this democracy thing works.
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX) is convinced women will love Mitt Romney if they just get to know him.
With eyes on the looming Facebook IPO, let’s talk about the fact that the company doesn’t have a single woman on its board of directors.
The U.S. Army is finally recognizing women in combat-related jobs.
Who has second trimester abortions? The answers may surprise you.
Another good question: where are all the doctors in the battle over reproductive rights?
This woman asks ‘what’s a pro-choice conservative to do?’ I think the answer is fairly obvious: vote Democrat.
One Catholic college has decided to drop giving students health insurance at all rather than comply with the federal birth control mandate. How charitable.
Another cosmetic procedure purporting to “treat” cellulite in women? I’m shocked, really.
Meanwhile Julie Rodriguez reports on the big price some are willing to pay for eggs from Asian donors.
With story after story after story of violence targeting gay and trans members of our communities shows why we need a day like International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia. Be sure and catch all of the great coverage coordinated by our brilliant Steve Williams.
Last but not least, congratulations to Ellen DeGeneres on her Mark Twain prize in comedy!
Thanks for checking back and don’t forget to send in your stories, suggestions and comments. We’ll be back tomorrow 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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