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After a debate that swirled mostly around which women were deserving of protection from domestic abuse and which were not, the Senate finally voted to renew the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). This year’s renewal was the first time the hugely popular legislation faced partisan opposition though given the direction of the Republican party it’s likely it won’t be the last.
Republicans can’t seem to let go of the totally false and completely offensive talking point that Democrats’ one mission in life is to abort babies. Just ask the Governor of Mississippi.
The Louisiana Senate approved yet another “heartbeat” abortion ban while another committee explores new criminal penalties for abortion providers.
In Philadelphia the city is taking the unprecedented step of closing 64 public schools in a radical restructuring of the city’s educational infrastructure.
Welcome to the return of the debtors prison.
Crisis Pregnancy Centers are a total scam and somehow they get away with flouting federal law to boot.
Egyptian-American journalist Mona Eltahawy faces a new firestorm after an article in Foreign Policy magazine on April 23, 2012 entitled “Why Do They Hate Us?” where she argues Arab societies are fundamentally misogynistic.
Because it’s good to remember we’re not in this alone; conservatives in Canada are also trying to reignite the abortion wars.
Another reason we need more women to run for office: when it comes to politics, women are just more likable.
More good news in an area that is desperately needed in the wake of SB 1070: states that understand the value that immigrants add to this country have started pushing a wave of pro-immigrant legislation.
Even more good news: meet this amazing teenager fighting for good in her state of Iowa.
Finally, on Saturday April 28th get yourself to a state capital or major US city and join the national march against the war on women. I’ll be at the rally in Madison and will report back with the details.
Thanks for checking back and don’t forget to send in your stories, suggestions and comments. We’ll be back on Monday with the latest in the best and the worst from the War on Women. So long as the battle rages, we’ll cover the latest, so please check back!
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