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Well was it a busy day in the war on women. Let’s dive right in.
Alaska may take the crown in this week’s most offensive assault on women with a bill that would require women seeking abortions first prove the father of their fetus approves of the procedure. Needless to say this proposal hasn’t been very popular in Alaska where constituents have taken to the sponsor’s Facebook page with some good suggestions on what he can do with his bill.
Tennessee is still pushing its own assault on women’s rights, but the most dangerous provision that required publishing the names of doctors performing abortions as well as patient information about women having abortions has been taken out of the bill.
The governor of Utah signed into law the law requiring a 72 hour waiting period for women seeking abortions, all but guaranteeing the bill gets a legal challenge.
Idaho held a day of legislative “education” by having an anti-choice activists show up and perform ultrasound demonstrations to the handful of lawmakers who bothered to show up.
Think abortion rights means you can’t be a person of faith? Not so as a new leadership institute will provide training to pro-abortion rights religious leaders.
It’s not just the faithful pushing back against the assault on women’s rights. Doctors have had enough also and are speaking out against mandatory ultrasounds.
It’s good to hear these voices because we’ve been asking, where are the pro-women men?
And always a good reminder: we’re all Texans now.
Speaking of Texas, police arrested a suspect in the firebombing of a Texas Democrat’s office. The suspect is said to be a homeless man with a history of mental illness, which doesn’t change the fact that he targeted a pro-choice woman for his violence. Upset about that? Here’s how you can help.
In Arizona parents and students are up in arms after a principle was fired after the school board expressed their concern she was living a “questionable lifestyle” as a lesbian.
Did you know Meghan McCain was in Playboy dishing on the Republican primary?
In the good news front, Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren is gaining over incumbent Scott Brown (R) making her yet another strong woman candidate for choice with a very real chance of winning election come November.
In Missouri women are letting the state know they are not too keen on the idea of a Rush Limbaugh bust slated for display in the capitol.
Finally, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Foundation continues to shed executives and lag in fundraising as supporters of women’s health care have decided to take their money and support to organizations that are not interested in playing politics with breast cancer research.
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. And thanks to those who have submitted story suggestions already. Tomorrow I’ll have the first of the reader-submitted suggestions with more to follow, so please check back!
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