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What use could Operation Rescue possibly have for the names and identifying information of women who had abortions at one particular clinic in Kansas in the month of April? And more importantly, should we trust any reason they offer since it seems that whenever a horrific act of domestic terrorism targeting women and abortion providers happens Operation Rescue seems to be in the thick of it. The group claims to be in possession of the medical records of girls and women and posted redacted images of these records online. They insist they want nothing more than to make sure the records get safely returned to state custodians, which would be a great story to tell federal investigators from the Department of Justice.
Anti-abortion activists are making significant inroads in Iowa where Gov. Terry Branstad (R) first nominated a former Operation Rescue operative and convicted felon to serve on the state’s medical board that oversees, among other things, complaints made against abortion providers. When that nomination failed Branstad decided instead of finding someone a little more neutral to serve on the board that a Catholic priest was best qualified to render judgment over the care doctors provide women.
After some initial jurisdictional gymnastics the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the state of Texas must continue to fund Planned Parenthood while the constitutionality of a rule that strips the health care provider of funding gets heard by the trial court.
Apparently, Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ) didn’t hear the news, though as she signed into law that state’s ban on funding Planned Parenthood.
House Republicans are advancing their version of the Violence Against Women Act that includes such gems as letting domestic abusers know their victims have reached out for help.
Meanwhile there’s this story of a trans-woman punished for surviving a hate crime and this story of another accused of disorderly conduct. Congressional Republicans are also demanding that states stop looking for poor children to insure.
I don’t know what else we’d expect from Ted Nugent at this point, but threatening to rape a female CBS producer? Wow.
It must be nice in Michele Bachmann’s (R-MN) world. Bachmann who has now come out in support of Mitt Romney, told anyone who would listen on CBS’ Face the Nation that women “overwhelmingly” voted Republican in 2010. Except they didn’t.
Democrats in Alabama successfully filibuster a bill designed to greatly increase the costs associated with providing abortion services and accessing those services, giving women a much needed victory in the state.
Lastly, here’s at least 1000 reasons to trust women.
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