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Republican culture warriors insist that the Obama administration is nothing short of outwardly hostile to religious institutions and people of faith. The policies the administration embraces would force the faithful to chose between their religion and the law, they claim. That has been their central objection to family planning services and civil rights legislation. It would be a better argument if it were not patently false.
In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott (R) vetoed $1.5 million in funding for the state’s 30 rape crisis centers as “unnecessary.” Now would also be a good time to remind you that Republicans in D.C. continue to block renewal of the Violence Against Women Act.
In Virginia, twenty of the state’s twenty-three abortion clinics will need to make modifications to meet the states new TRAP laws. The estimated cost of those modifications? $3 million per clinic.
The Guttmacher Institute released a new report that shows the importance of contraceptive access for young people. More than two-thirds of pregnancies among unmarried women aged 20-29 were unintended in 2008. Unintended pregnancies increase social disparities making an unintended pregnancy early in life an almost certain guarantee of a life of economic struggle.
What impact has social media had in the War on Women?
The Atlantic offers this Time Capsule: The ‘War on Women’ Circa 1945.
The new HBO television show “Girls” has caused quite a stir. Here’s Anna Holmes giving a very smart take on it all.
At one point Scotland Yard thought it was necessary to conduct surveillance on the suffragettes. The result is some pretty awesome photographs of some even more awesome women.
The BBC will try and tackle the stigma surrounding abortion by broadcasting live from a clinic.
Finally, victims of sex trafficking will get both justice and cash.
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