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At this point I think we need to keep a live mic on every conservative running for office and continue to ask them about rape, contraception and the value of women’s lives because this crop of Tea Party folks keeps saying out loud what conservatives had said only among themselves. After Rep. Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment this GOP candidate in Pennsylvania thought he’d chime in too, saying that pregnancies from rape are really no different than other “pregnancies out of wedlock.“ This, of course, is absurd. There is nothing like a pregnancy out of rape, except a pregnancy out of rape.
Speaking of Akin, here’s Eve Ensler’s pitch perfect response to Akin’s legitimate rape garbage.
It’s the start of the school year and Ashley Lauren shares how to start the school year with equality in mind.
There’s been a lot of attention to the GOP platform plank banning all abortion, but the thing is, it’s not a new position. In fact, the current Republican US Senate Candidate in Wisconsin Tommy Thompson was one of the original authors. In 2000.
Of all the places: wheelchair users were denied access to tickets for the Paralympics.
Erin Gloria Ryan gives us this preview of the women of the Republican National Convention. Naturally, it’s not very long, but it is a good read.
Here’s more fuel for the claims the Catholic leadership is too cozy with Republican leaders.
Is this what the Bishops had in mind when they started with their crusade for conscience?
Also a very good read is this Mother Jones piece on the history of men defining rape.
Here is Bill Nye being all sorts of awesome and speaking truth to Creationists.
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