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Conservatives in the deep South have decided the best way to tackle a problem of teenage pregnancy is by stripping away funding for social services like family planning, refusing to teach sex education and, subjecting young girls to mandatory and discriminatory pregnancy tests in school. The ACLU sent a letter to the Delhi Charter School in Delhi, Louisiana demanding they cease enforcement of the school’s pregnancy policy and you can help by signing our petition. Young women in crisis need support, not ridicule and discrimination. Tell Louisiana school officials enough.
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) apparently has a price at which he will stop playing politics with women’s lives, and that prices is approximately $2.1 billion. Branstad’s administration put the brakes on fellow Republicans’ plans to cut off Medicaid funding for abortions in cases of rape and incest. Had the state moved forward with its plan it would have lost federal Medicaid dollars. It’s a win in the short-term but also revealing in terms of the true motivations and passions of anti-choice legislators.
Rich doesn’t begin to describe Mitt Romney’s latest lies, this time over voter disenfranchisement under the Obama administration. Yes, you read that right. Voter disenfranchisement under the Obama administration.
He’s had at least a year, but Romney still can’t get the really die-hard religious conservatives behind his candidacy, so apparently Rick Santorum is supposed to help?
More tragic, avoidable and gun violence and death, this time in Wisconsin.
Here’s Texas proving once again it has no use for your “due process” and “equal protections” under the Constitution.
How have the GOP and Tea Party hurt women? Count the ways with Robin Marty.
Summer is in full-swing so that must mean it’s time for modeling camp! Umm.. wait.
On a related note, check out Zoe Weil’s amazing piece “High Heels, Media Literacy and Reclaiming Our Freedom to Choose.”
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