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Mitt Romney would like to be clear about something: being a stay-at-home mom is a choice that demands respect when a rich woman chooses it. Other mothers need to know the “dignity of work” that comes from working a job outside the home and raising children by themselves.
Not surprisingly, Romney offered a pretty lame clarification for believing only poor single mothers shouldn’t have the option of staying home with their children.
Poor women have, without a doubt, suffered the greatest attacks from the right, so it is good news that the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure reinstated funding Planned Parenthood. Over 130,000 women received cancer screens as a result of that funding stream, and the Catholic Bishops and Republicans want to take that away.
The Bishops also plan on disobeying the health care mandate, no matter what the Supreme Court rules.
Former Michigan Congressman Pete Hoekstra wants to create jobs by repealing the “nuisance” of pay equity laws. According to Hoekstra, when a business does not have the liberty to freely discriminate it hurts the bottom line. Or something.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) makes the pro-choice argument on Meet The Press, while arguing against President Obama as a “health care dictator.”
Here is one Oklahoman putting her state’s assault on women’s rights in some context.
One of the reasons why reproductive rights are economic rights is so women don’t have to think of a diamond ring as “insurance.”
It would be helpful if the mainstream media stopped reporting baseless surveys like this one claiming that, if given a choice between bigger boobs and practically anything, women would choose bigger boobs. It’s not a real survey and it’s not news.
Here’s a powerful read from the New York Times on what it was like when women could access abortion care without being called a slut. Abortion care. Not contraception. Look no further for proof that women’s rights are in a free fall.
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