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The big story in Washington D.C. right now is whether or not Republicans are actually going to kill the very popular and very successful Violence Against Women Act. And if ever there was a story that encapsulated the Republican war on women opposition to VAWA is it. Republicans like to point out that they don’t oppose VAWA, they just oppose making sure VAWA protections extend to undocumented women and members of the LGBT community. This is despite uncontested evidence that threat of deportation is often used as a means of keeping women in an abusive and sometimes deadly domestic relationship. And it’s also despite the fact that what we’re talking about here is recognition and protection of basic human rights for all women.
Amazingly one Missouri Senate candidate isn’t even sure what the Violence Against Women Act is.
Is Mitt Romney going to try and help his image with women voters by picking a woman as his running mate? Would it even work?
Deadbeat dad Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) releases a statement that he is not a deadbeat dad.
In contrast some mothers are willing to walk as many as 15 miles to get their children vaccinated.
Enough Native Americans live under such intolerable conditions that the United Nations has decided it’s time to investigate.
As Robin Marty explains, legislators in Wisconsin likely made it impossible for doctors to avoid being charged with a felony in administering RU-486 which is one of the reasons Planned Parenthood suspended performing medical abortions in the state.
If Roe v. Wade was overturned and states could outlaw abortions, these are the 17 states that would do it first.
Facebook still has a woman problem.
EMILY’s List came out with a new round of endorsements. Check them out here.
Can you imagine anything like this happening in the United States? Members of Ukrainian feminist group Femen barricaded themselves in a cathedral bell tower for a topless protest against a Church-backed bill that would ban abortions in the country. That would certainly be one way to get the Cardinals’ attention.
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