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Today is the third and final day in the arguments in the constitutionality of health care reform. The first two days brought some tough questions but I’m still not convinced that Chief Justice John Roberts will vote against the bill.
A study released by the University of Michigan shows that women who have early access to the pill have increased wages through the course of their lives. The case is not complicated. The pill allows women to finish college without the interruption of an unplanned pregnancy and reap the economic benefits that flow from it. When you look at it in terms of the culture wars though, a problematic question rises to the surface. Are conservatives opposed to contraception because they are opposed to women having the ability to chart their own economic destinies?
In Texas, reporting critically on the state’s abortion politics got one reporter fired.
One Wisconsin Senator has some helpful advice to women who can’t afford contraception. They should Google “what if I can’t afford birth control?” Gee, thanks.
Women voters will be crucial in the 2012 election, which is why both the Obama campaign and the Romney campaign are working so hard to win women over.
Madonna and Roseanne offer their thoughts on the presidential race so far.
A big victory in Idaho as lawmakers abandon their push for mandatory ultrasounds. Thanks to all the hard work by Robin Marty and the entire Care2 community who made that happen.
Come back tomorrow for another round-up of the latest news and commentary on the War on Women. So long as the battle rages, we’ll cover the latest, so please check back!
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