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In Michigan the state Senate is preparing to vote on an omnibus anti-abortion super-bill that is so contentious two House Democratic lawmakers were stripped of their speaking privileges for using language like “vagina” because its an offensive word. The bill is coming to a vote now because they think people are not paying attention. Let’s prove them wrong.
A Knoxville, Tennessee women’s health clinic is closing its doors after 38 years because it can’t financially comply with new TRAP regulations passed by the state.
Bills like the one in Michigan criminalize abortion after 20 weeks, and Susan Yanow explains how they are part of a broad attack on women’s fundamental right to abortion.
The state of Hawaii will elect a woman to the U.S. Senate, regardless of which party wins the contest.
Don’t give Paul Ryan and his culture warriors any ideas: Saudi Arabia is creating special cities for working women only. The idea is that the city will provide women with greater financial opportunities and independence, while maintaining gender segregation.
Rush Limbaugh is at it again, this time calling Planned Parenthood and NARAL “death squads.”
Republicans keep playing politics with renewing the Violence Against Women Act while domestic violence shelters in Texas are struggling to meet demand.
There was another shooting, this time in Texas.
Mindy Townsend gives this great look at the explosion of religious conscious objections in Missouri and what the impact they have on public education. Here’s a hint: the impact’s not good.
Was Romneycare a war on religion?
Kristina Chew reviews these three books on raising children with disabilities.
This promotion brings the first openly gay general officer in the US military. Hooray!
Need a little inspiration? Try watching make-up tutorials posted on You Tube by this twelve-year-old girl with cancer.
A new site to pay attention to: Flyover Feminism. Good, good stuff.
Feministing has these super cool charts on women in the Olympics, and the impact of Title IX is unmistakeable.
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