Dispatches From The War On Women: Turning Pregnant Women Into Criminals
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Bei Bei Shuai’s story represents the very worst of the anti-abortion movement and the ever-growing push to criminalize pregnancy. What’s worse is that more states are moving in the direction of Indiana by passing feticide and chemical endangerment bills while laws that were intended to address third-party violence directed at pregnant women are now being used to prosecute pregnant women themselves.
Over the weekend the New York Times issued a blistering editorial detailing the Republican campaign against women. The Times minced no words, breaking down the attacks on reproductive rights, access to health care, and challenges to equal pay laws and domestic violence protections. It’s a good overview that if anything is thin for failing to mention the attacks on public employee collective bargaining rights and voting rights as well, but I will give the Times credit for the close of the piece “Whether this pattern of disturbing developments constitutes a war on women is a political argument. That women’s rights and health are casualties of Republican policy is indisputable.”
In Ohio Republicans renewed efforts to strip Planned Parenthood of funding, only instead of a direct attack like the one orchestrated in Texas, this one just always puts Planned Parenthood at the end of the line for family planning funding.
High school students in Oklahoma were “accidentally” shown an anti-choice propaganda film during school and given free copies to take home without their parents being given an opportunity to consent first.
In Maryland this boy was suspended from school for wearing a skirt.
A Safeway worker who intervened and stopped a domestic assault in the store has been suspended. Tell Safeway to give this guy his job back.
Did Facebook really ban this mother after she posted photos of her baby who was born with a rare birth defect?
Civil rights pioneer Dolores Huerta gets some well-deserved recognition.
Students are fighting back against sexual harassment on college campuses and Hollaback! is helping lead that fight.
Another reason why nurses rock: they take on Wall Street.
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