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Texas Gov. Rick Perry really doesn’t like poor people. Not only is his administration shutting down the immensely successful Women’s Health Program as a way to defund Planned Parenthood, but Texas is also opting out of the Medicaid expansion and state health exchange under Obamacare. This means that the 1 in 4 Texans who are uninsured will remain that way despite the fact that the federal government would have footed the bill to insure them. Perry called the Medicaid expansion an intrusion into state sovereignty, which has simply returned as Republican code-speak for ignoring the civil rights of Americans.
If you disagree with that last conclusion, check out Jeff Fecke’s piece on what the GOP thinks should happen to the sick.
The push to grant legal personhood to a fertilized egg took a significant step backwards in Ohio where supporters of a personhood ballot initiative couldn’t even gather one-tenth of the signatures needed to get it on the ballot. This is good news, but like Gremlins, these anti-choice measures seem to multiply and get more evil each year, so sit tight and wait for 2013. We’ll have a chance to revisit the issue again.
In South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) proved that being a woman doesn’t make one a feminist and vetoed nearly $500,000 in sexual assault and domestic violence prevention programs because they “distracted” from the mission of the Department of Health. Umm, yeah.
The economy may be recovering, slowly, but women don’t seem to be sharing in the gains equally with men. The National Women’s Law Center released a new report that breaks down some of the reasons why that may be, and I offer my thoughts on it here.
It’s good to see misogyny in the gaming community get attention and pressure to change. Now let’s follow through.
Is there an institution the Vatican is involved with that doesn’t have a sex abuse scandal on its hands?
Mitt Romney may not be eager to address the civil rights implications of Republican-embraced voter ID laws, but that won’t stop Attorney General Eric Holder and NAACP President Ben Jealous from teeing the issue up for him anyways.
It couldn’t have happened to a nice guy: hate-minister Bradlee Dean is ordered to pay the court costs of Rachel Maddow and MSNBC after he sued them for reporting truthfully about his “pray away the gay” campaigns and ties to Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.
This is excellent: for the first time ever the United States has more women than men on its Olympic team. Thanks, Title IX!
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