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Dispatches From The War On Women: Don’t Like Roe? Just Ignore It!

Dispatches From The War On Women: Don’t Like Roe? Just Ignore It!

Welcome to Dispatches, your round-up of the latest news from the frontlines of the War on Women. Have a story from your state or an idea on how to push back? Share them here and fight back against the War on Women.

Well, it looks like we can expect a major fetal personhood push at the federal level if the November elections break for Republicans. At least that is what Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and others are suggesting in a new fundraising email that leaves the distinct impression Paul believes Congress can decide who the 14th Amendment applies to and who it does not. Funny how Paul is suddenly a fan of the 14th Amendment when it comes to criminalizing abortion, but not such a fan when it comes to banning race and gender discrimination.

Jessica Mack offers a compelling read on her experience working at an abortion fund hotline and the economics of stigma.

House Republicans are set to vote on their version of the Violence Against Women Act. Nobody but the hard right likes this bill. It strips key domestic violence protections from some of the most vulnerable and actually takes domestic violence prevention and protection efforts backwards. Planned Parenthood strongly opposes the the House version and the Obama administration has threatened a veto which means House Republicans have once again put women’s lives in the cross-hairs in the name of partisan politics.

Despite Tea Party threats to “kill the Claire Bear”, Sen. McCaskill currently leads all challengers in a new Missouri poll.

One Mississippi lawmaker, while bragging about his efforts to criminalize abortion in his state, let slip that he’s not worried about coat hanger abortions and the “pitiful” women who would turn to them because the important thing is Republicans standing up for “moral values.”

Catholic business leaders filed another lawsuit challenging the Obama administration birth control mandate as the President declares this week National Women’s Health Week.

Here’s a brief LGBT history lesson which will come in handy if you have to listen to Pat Buchanan.

After President Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) has decided the water’s safe and also offered his support for marriage equality.

A reminder: being gay is not a choice. Being a total jerk is.

Good news: Rhode Island will begin recognizing same-sex marriages performed out of state. Equality marches on and it shows no sign of stopping, no matter what Republicans in Colorado think.

Thanks for checking back and donít forget to send in your stories, suggestions and comments. Weíll be back tomorrow with the latest in the best and the worst from the War on Women. So long as the battle rages, weíll cover the latest, so please check back!

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2:30PM PDT on May 31, 2012

How would putting a drug-using pregnant woman in jail protect her baby? From what you can gather, drugs in jails are easier to get then in the street.

8:47AM PDT on May 30, 2012

And you know that the amount of women who die from abortion is grossly underreported how? Because an anti-choice blog says so? Of course they do because really how else can they explain the FACT that LEGAL abortion is much safer than childbirth. (Legal being the key term.) They can't. Also, how do you know the amount of women who die from other causes isn't also underreported? Such as how many women die of childbirth, or from miscarriage, or from getting their periods. If all the numbers are skewed how can you say more women die from abortion??

I understand that it's easier to recognize something as opinion and/or propaganda when you don't agree with it. Check out this site: amplifyyourvoice.com

8:47AM PDT on May 30, 2012

And you know that the amount of women who die from abortion is grossly underreported how? Because an anti-choice blog says so? Of course they do because really how else can they explain the FACT that LEGAL abortion is much safer than childbirth. (Legal being the key term.) They can't. Also, how do you know the amount of women who die from other causes isn't also underreported? Such as how many women die of childbirth, or from miscarriage, or from getting their periods. If all the numbers are skewed how can you say more women die from abortion??

I understand that it's easier to recognize something as opinion and/or propaganda when you don't agree with it. Check out this site: amplifyyourvoice.com

8:04PM PDT on May 29, 2012

Hi heather. How does saying the term "pro-abortion" automatically make it mindless dribble? I dont care if in your opinion its mindless, that doesnt mean a damn thing. Show me proof that what I posted is wrong. Constantly saying its propaganda or biased doesnt prove a damn thing. Also, about that link you posted, the amount of women who die from abortion is grossly underreported because the cause of death is often put as something other than abortion. If a woman dies from a complication like hemmorhage, they will just put hemmorhage, not abortion. So, if you think about it, that would make that study very innaccurate, especially if they just go by what it says on their death certificate..

6:38AM PDT on May 29, 2012

Just skimming through what Jessie posted I see the term "pro-abortionist" repeated several times. How can anyone really believe this biased drivel is FACT?!?

6:28AM PDT on May 29, 2012

The risk of dying from legal abortion is about 0.6 per 100,000 abortions and the risk of dying from childbirth is about 8.8 deaths per live births. That makes legal abortion about 14 times safer than childbirth. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22270271)

Abortionfacts.com is PROPAGANDA. They don't merely present facts, they present arguments to try to change opinions. The first clue that changing opinion is their mission is on side of their homepage, the first two things you can choose is "I am pro-life" and "I am pro-choice." And the places where they get their so-called "facts" are pretty obscure. Taking from what was pasted in these comments, a Mr. Crutcher claims that abortion deaths are underreported by the CDC and since his book is "extremely convincing" it must be true!!

11:05AM PDT on May 25, 2012

"9. I’m pregnant because of a rape.

Carrying this baby to term must seem unthinkable! Although our culture would give you "permission" and even encouragement to abort, please don’t jump to that as the obvious choice. Adding another violent act, abortion, to the horrible thing that has already happened to you, will only complicate your healing process 5. You are in a very unusual circumstance (conception from rape is extremely rare) and it is understandable that you would be frantic. But don’t allow the rapist to further impact your situation by causing you to end the life of an innocent child."

11:02AM PDT on May 25, 2012

"3. Well, it is legal.

Yes, but many things that are legal (smoking, cheating on your partner, gambling) may not be right for you. And our country is in conflict about the legal worth of a fetus. If a pregnant woman dies in a plane crash, her baby’s life is counted in the death toll. Likewise, a fetus is protected from a mother who is abusing drugs. The woman can be put in jail while pregnant to protect the baby’s health. Laws and opinions are constantly changing (even the original woman who was "Roe" in the landmark Roe vs. Wade case that legalized abortion now speaks publicly against it). And some women are suing their abortionists for damage done to them from their "safe and legal" abortions. Don’t depend on the legal system to make your own moral choices for you!"

11:00AM PDT on May 25, 2012

Ten reasons I want an abortion....

http://www.abortionfacts.com/literature/literature_9430TR.asp

10:56AM PDT on May 25, 2012

"How can a girl give up her own baby for adoption and go through life never knowing what is happening to her child?

Which is better to remember, "I gave my baby life. And because I loved him, I gave him into the arms of a loving couple" - or to remember, "I selfishly ended my baby's life?"

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