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Today is recall day in Wisconsin, a state where women have fared horribly under the Scott Walker administration. Thanks to Walker and his allies women had their jobs and benefits attacked as “greedy,” their access to life-saving cancer screens and reproductive health care rolled back, and their ability to enforce equal pay laws eradicated. No wonder they’re pissed. The most recent polling has the race a virtual toss-up just as news broke that a top Walker aide had flipped on Walker in the John Doe investigation. We’ll have the latest election results and analysis as it comes in tomorrow, so be sure and check back!
The other big news is that the Senate is set to vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act today and Democrats are out in front of the vote making sure voters know who does and does not support pay equality. Here’s a hint: Republicans oppose anything remotely related to equality.
VAWA languishes thanks to Republican obstructionism while immigrant women who work as farm laborers continue to face daily threats of sexual assault and harassment.
Mitt Romney has another “woman” problem. See, a top advisor apparently thinks women’s issues are nothing more than “shiny objects” that distract from “real” issues. I always knew that my fundamental human rights were considered distractions to the GOP, so I’d like to thank the Romney team for clarifying that for me. Appreciated.
Irin Carmon has this chilling profile of another Romney aide, former Utah governor Mike Leavitt, who for someone Politico described as “no ideologue” spent a lot of time lobbying to have Plan B redefined as abortion. Meanwhile Sarah Posner offers an equally unnerving look at Helen Alvare, the force behind Catholicism’s fight against contraception.
The Catholic Bishops might want to re-think some of that fight though as the IRS has put them and other religious leaders on notice they’re jeopardizing their tax-exempt status with all the politicking from the pulpit.
Meanwhile Mindy Townsend puts the manufactured war on religion in its appropriate context.
Here’s one Christian’s view on biblical abortion.
Update from New York. The Republican spokesman who suggested throwing acid at female lawmakers has lost his job. Good.
The state of Virginia announced the newly proposed permanent regulations of abortion clinics and the verdict is not good. Clinics may end up closing because of arbitrary architectural renovation requirements and other intentionally onerous mandates. Of course, that is exactly the point.
The stories out of Missoula were horrible. What’s worse is how common rape culture is.
Even with a news cycle often dominated by stories directly impacting women the media rarely quotes women in those stories about women.
Reproductive justice should include birthing rights, just in case that wasn’t clear.
Who knew the US military was more supportive of breast-feeding mothers than, well, most of the right?
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