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The entire purpose of “informed consent” laws is to make sure that a medical patient has the information necessary to make an educated decision about the relative risks and benefits of a given procedure before agreeing to it. In the case of abortion though, informed consent has come to mean flooding women with misleading medical information and requiring they undergo unnecessary and invasive procedures before granting their request to terminate a pregnancy. Yesterday’s decision upholding a South Dakota law that mandates doctors tell women that suicide is linked to abortion when none exists is a perfect example.
Senate Republicans voted against tax cuts for the middle class so they could preserve the Bush tax cuts for the 1%, but you probably could have guessed that, couldn’t you?
I suppose this is a good time to remind folks that one in four private sector workers earn less than $10 an hour.
“Welfare queen” is racial dog-whistle for a single mother of color, so of course the Tea Party resurrects it in time for the presidential election.
Yesterday marked the start of a state court challenge to Pennsylvania’s voter ID law. The law, if enforced, would disenfranchise over 750,000 registered voters, many of whom are urban Africa-American voters in the Philadelphia area. The state admitted there was no evidence of voter fraud to justify the requirement, they just wanted to try and swing the election in Mitt Romney’s favor. So there you go.
Republicans want to “help” with labor laws the same way they “helped” with election laws.
This is why we can’t have nice things: gun sales are UP after the Aurora massacre.
Related: Melissa McEwan offers this tough look on how rape culture finds its way into literally everything, including the Aurora massacre.
Anti-marriage equality groups fighting a challenge to the state’s ban on same-sex marriage are trying to get presiding judge Sophia Hall kicked off the case because she’s a lesbian.
We’ll know we’re getting truly serious in the battle against HIV when we stop discriminating against sex workers in the administration of aid and support services.
It’s finally come to this. In Arizona Bill Montgomery, the Maricopa County Attorney, is asking that his colleague Pima County attorney Barbara LaWall be removed from the defense of the 20-week abortion ban since LaWall has said she doesn’t believe the law is constitutional. Meanwhile, Montgomery is considering allowing a minister to file court briefs on behalf of those yet-to-be-conceived. That’s right–an actual women attorney involved in the case should be removed while a priest to represent the interests of the yet-to-be-conceived should be let into the case.
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