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Over the weekend Republicans let slip a truth that maybe is simple enough to explain the chasm that separates their policy priorities from the interests of women. That truth is that, as Robin Marty reports, Republicans are working with “different facts” than women, especially when it comes to the issue of equal pay. It’s not that women don’t make 77 cents to the dollar as their male counterparts, it’s that women don’t understand how to do the math to prove that doesn’t mean they earn less. See the difference there? It’s so hard even Rachel Maddow has a tough time with it according to a Republican spokesman. Except she doesn’t. For the record, CNN fact-checked the exchange and the winner: Maddow.
Here’s another example of “working with different facts.” Abortion does not cause breast cancer, no matter how many times you say it does.
Just like you can’t “pray away the gay” you can’t “rape away the gay” either. I simply have no words for a radio host who suggests to one of his listeners that they go find a friend to “screw his lesbian daughter straight.”
Pennsylvania just made it impossible to save to get out of poverty while receiving public assistance, which seems vaguely similar to conservative attacks on contraception as part of their “anti-abortion” agenda.
New Hampshire parsed through no less than six anti-abortion measures last week, passing two and killing four.
Oklahoma again tightens abortion access in the state. Thankfully the state supreme court makes up for it by unanimously booting the personhood initiative from the ballot in November because it is “clearly unconstitutional.”
Here’s some more good news to celebrate:
In Colorado, Democrats pushed back hard at Republicans’ latest efforts to erect barriers to contraception access.
Meanwhile in Texas a federal district court ruled that the state of Texas cannot unilaterally strip Planned Parenthood of funding because to do so would leave tens of thousands of poor women without access to affordable health care services. It’s a temporary reprieve to the rule which would have stripped almost 50 clinics of funding as of today.
Do you know what happens when you spread lies about the Girl Scouts? People stop donating money to your political campaign, that’s what happens.
Finally, a hearty congratulations to Care2.com’s Annie Urban and this piece in the New York Times!
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