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The coordinated attacks on doctors in the Atlanta region who spoke out against controversial abortion measures are apparently working. Doctors are spooked, convinced of the connection and concerned enough to be having second thoughts about speaking out in the future.
No decision yet from the Roberts court on the constitutionality of Obamacare. Should the court strike it down it will immediately cost consumers over $1 billion dollars in savings. That money will instead be kept by the insurance companies who can return to their practice of price gouging.
July 1 is right around the corner and with it the possibility of student loan rates doubling unless Republicans stop screwing around. So yeah, it’s looking grim.
The beauty of this story is in its simplicity: contraception prevents abortion.
After Michigan State Rep. Lisa Brown (D-West Bloomfield) was banned from speaking on the House floor for using the word “vagina”, her colleague State Rep. Wayne Schmidt (R-Traverse City) said the incident was really no different than putting a child in timeout. Except this is an adult. Doing her job. And you silenced her because you disagree with her.
Here is another perfect example of how politicized women’s bodies are in this culture. Instead of trying to accommodate this double mastectomy survivor’s request to swim topless at her pool Seattle city officials told the woman she needed to wear “gender appropriate clothing.”
The Sandusky trial produces yet another tragedy.
The mommy wars usually provide a generous boost to magazine sales, but this is a piece that gets it mostly right for a change. It’s unfortunate that The Atlantic had to go with such a cheap cover, but Anne-Marie Slaughter navigates some tricky terrain masterfully here.
Of all the female pop singers out there, I’ve always had a soft spot for Pink. This picture of her breast feeding and the interview that follows only makes me love her more.
More sweet stuff: this trans man proposed to his girlfriend at the White House Pride reception.
Let’s end it on a really up note: this 14 year-old rocking it for LGBT youth.
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