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House Republicans are not relenting in their attacks on abortion access, pushing a controversial federal parental consent law that only threatens to put young women’s lives at risk.
The personal attacks on Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke continue after one GOP Representative compared her to a “Studding Bulldog”.
In Missouri women’s groups are protesting the planned placement of a bust of Rush Limbaugh in that state’s capital.
A federal district court in Oklahoma permanently banned the state’s mandatory ultrasound law because it is unconstitutional. The ruling is at direct odds with a 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on Texas’ mandatory ultrasound law making the additional judicial scrutiny all but guaranteed.
Even with that defeat and in the face of widespread voter disapproval, Oklahoma Republicans are still pushing a personhood measure.
In Arizona the “tell your boss you’re on the pill” bill was narrowly defeated on final vote. The state still has a 20 week abortion ban and another bill that would protect doctors who lie to women to prevent abortion.
Tennessee is targeting immigrant women with a xenophobic new bill that would limit the number of foreign teachers.
Sen. Scott Brown (R) told reporters recently that it was the “strong women” in his life who taught him to do things like cook.
6 in 10 older women in this country can’t pay for their basic living expenses. This comes at a time when Republicans voted in an overwhelming majority to pass a budget that entirely eliminate Medicare. For the second time.
Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI) offered moving testimony of her own experience as a rape and domestic violence survivor as she introduced the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. Republicans continue to block the bill.
Is the war on women finally losing steam? While these recent victories sure feel good, it’s important not to let our guard down because there’s no sign the legislative assaults are ending any time soon.
The Washington Post offers this profile of an abortion clinic’s landlord turning the tables and using anti-choice protest tactics against clinic protesters. Is this similar to the “mens health” amendments and bills offered by women in response to the barrage of anti-abortion bills flooding states? Or is this a problematic issue for the choice movement?
Pinterest is now being embraced by the pro-anorexia crowd.
And finally, does shutting down sex ads help or hurt trafficking victims?
We’ll be back Monday with another round of stories. So long as the battle rages, we’ll cover the latest, so please check back!
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