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The leadership of the Catholic Church has emerged as the driving force behind the never-ending attacks on women’s rights in this country and across the globe. They’ve also shown a willingness to clean house of any dissenters, especially if those dissenters are women. Most recently the Vatican reprimanded American nuns for being too focused on the poor and not focused enough on opposing gay marriage and abortion. It’s part of a larger inquisition by Pope Benedict XIV into the activities of American nuns or anyone who speaks out against against the bishops in their crusade against affordable health care.
Minnesota Republicans advanced two abortion bills despite the fact that Gov. Mark Dayton (D) is all but certain to veto them.
An Oklahoma lawsuit challenges the off-label use of abortion drugs just a few weeks after a judge ruled the state’s mandatory ultrasound bill unconstitutional. The lawsuit doesn’t challenge the universal and common practice of doctors prescribing off-label uses of drugs, just when that practice is used by doctors related to abortion.
Louisiana proposes a bill to force women listen to an embryonic heartbeat before having an abortion.
Missouri pushes the mother of all abortion regulation bills. Republicans in the state have attempted to combine RU-486 restrictions with new rules on admitting privileges and other standards for doctors who provide abortions to bring us all SuperTRAP.
It’s becoming clear that “pro-life” means “pro-imprisonment.”
The push for civil unions in Colorado marches on while in Tennessee the “don’t say gay” bill is one step closer to becoming law.
The National Organization for Women is getting serious about getting Rush Limbaugh off the air.
Need a pick me up? Try this video of Vice President Joe Biden discussing the need for Congress to renew the Violence Against Women Act.
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