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Despite the fact that Republicans really want this Todd Akin controversy to go away, it won’t, especially since the party’s official platform will include a ban on all abortions, even in the case of rape and incest. And with the Republican National Convention mere days away and Akin refusing to drop out of his Senate race, that guarantees the story will stay in the news cycle for at least another week. Do Republicans really want voters, both men and women, reminded that they are the party that believes a woman should be forced to birth her rapist’s baby?
Apparently they do, because Rep. Steve King (R-IA) decided to join in the fun and told reporters that he had never heard of anyone getting pregnant as a result of statutory rape. Of course, the reason such “evidence” would be compelling is if the Republicans were trying to set up the argument for an all-out abortion ban. Which, as we discussed above, they are.
This story is simply tragic. A Nevada hospital denied visitation rights to a same-sex couple despite the fact that they had a legal domestic partnership under Nevada law. Hate is hate, even wrapped up in evangelical Christianity and Catholicism.
Yes, this really happened: toddler fight club. And worse, it happened at a daycare and the whole thing was videotaped.
This might give the Republicans some ideas: Iran is banning women from universities.
Meanwhile under Paul Ryan’s vision of America, Pell Grants are just one of the many tools of the middle class that would have to be sacrificed in the name of keep the very rich, well, very rich.
Here is an exhaustive look at Paul Ryan’s record on abortion, and the results might surprise you.
A federal appeals court ruled that Texas can cut off funding for Planned Parenthood as it shuts down family planning care for the state’s poor.
In more bad news from the judiciary, brace for more disappointing rulings like the Arizona 20 week abortion ban and the Pennsylvania voter ID law. Conservatives in the court have been working on this for years.
Finally, is your state as progressive as Illinois? Here’s one way to get it there.
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