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It really never ends for Planned Parenthood, does it? To begin with there is the legislative campaign to drive them out of business by de-funding them. Then they are the target of a fraudulent and offensive smear campaign that wants to paint delivering health care to poor women is really promoting sex-selective eugenics. The amount of misinformation dispensed supporting a religious crusade against female autonomy is really nothing short of staggering.
Ann Romney waded back into the murky waters of the mommy wars, this time declaring she thinks its neat-o that some women don’t have a choice but work full time and raise their children and struggle immensely doing it.
She has help from fellow Republicans who have a curious way of trying to recruit women voters.
Fans of Ched Evans are a classy bunch. Evans is a successful English footballer for Sheffield United currently serving time for raping a teenager to drunk too consent to sex. After his sentencing his fans immediately went to Twitter to start shaming her in defense of Evans. Rape culture? What rape culture?
Or how about this. A women’s prayer group is praying that women advocated for a secular military get breast cancer and die.
The Trayvon Martin tragedy has a lot of folks thinking about privilege and accountability.
During the oral arguments in defense of Arizona’s terrible immigration law Justice Scalia summed up his take on the issue by asking if the Obama administration was “objecting to harassing the people who have no business being here?” The question was bellowed in response from the mere suggestion it was racial profiling. Even more distressing than Scalia’s obvious racism was the fact that nobody corrected the justice that not every Latino in Arizona (or anywhere for that matter) is an undocumented immigrant.
One Tennessee lawmaker thinks teens commit suicide because they have bad parents. After this piece in the New York times on the growing trend of criminalizing motherhood, it’s almost easy to see why he’d think that way.
Let’s move on to some good news. California is advancing a bill that would ban the destructive “pray away the gay” treatments.
Pennsylvania elected its first openly gay state legislator.
Did you see this lovely tribute to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
Speaking of emotional, there’s this video of the fallout from the Ohio den mother who was fired for being lesbian.
Just because: President Obama slow jams the news.
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