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Dispatches From The War On Women: No Summer Break For Abortion Foes

Dispatches From The War On Women: No Summer Break For Abortion Foes

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.

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.

Thanks for checking back and don’t forget to send in your stories, suggestions and comments. We’ll be back each weekday 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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8:41PM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

Sandra C. You are forgiven! Hang in there! Z

9:23AM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

Dear John: (Sounds like the start off a break-up letter, doesn't it? But it isn't.) I am embarrassed and sorry. I thought you were someone I was talking to on another topic at Care2. I apologize, my comments were meant for someone else and it WAS late and my mind was dizzy. (You'd be right if you suggested my mind is often dizzy, but ESPECIALLY after 9:00 p.m., lol.) I've been getting dozens of Care2 comments in my email because I commented myself on four different topics and twice now I've gotten them mixed up. YIKES! Hope you'll forgive me?

6:32AM PDT on Aug 18, 2012


8:12PM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

John, I have taken a stand. However, I am always open to another person's viewpoint. I don't always end up agreeing with them, but I listen to them. You haven't been listening to me. I have been verbose on this subject here and on another similar matter Care2 has brought forward. I'm tired right now, its way past my bedtime and your quickness to judge someone on the basis of a few words on a web site is not worthy of you. I hope.

7:49PM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

Being Pro - Life is a state of being - not a job or study that one puts aside for a summer recess.

9:35AM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

Oh, Ken! That's just a pesky little detail....they'll find a way around it! Or, better yet...CHANGE IT! Mandate Christianity! Wheeeeeee!

9:28AM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

Republicans have you ever heard of the SEPARATION BETWEEN CHURCH AND STATE ???????

8:34AM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

TONY - re your comments, - AMEN.

11:29PM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

A class in RESPECT AND RESPONSIBILITY should be taught from Grade one to graduation. Children should be taught that anything is permissible as long as it does not hurt themselves or anyone else. If children are taught at a very early age that every child has their own strengths and weaknesses and that they should use their strengths to help others not to tease or bully them.
It should not matter if a child comes from a FAMILY of a mother and father, 2 mothers or 2 fathers or a single mother or father as long as they are LOVED.
Sex Education should be taught on LGBT, Contraceptives, Masturbation, Pregnancy and all forms of sex. Let us face it whether we like it or not children are curious and are having sex earlier. Children should be taught the JOYS and the CONSEQUENCES of having sex ( Pregnancy, STD, AIDS and others.) I believe this is a solution. Stopping the damage before it starts so that Bullying, Sexual Assault, and many others will be greatly diminished if not eradicated. It is my belief that when children graduate with these principles where they are taught RESPECT for themselves and others and to take RESPONSIBILITY for their actions. If children grow up with these values, I believe business and government would benefit greatly. Within a few generations this world would be a much better place to live in.

9:57PM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

I consider myself a feminist on most issues except for abortion to which I stand with other Catholic Christians in opposition to. Yes, it is a decision that falls on the woman and in that is indeed a choice, but disregading the moral and spiritual ramifications of abortion can only lead to pain in the years ahead. I have been witness to much of this during my life. There is so much polarization and anger, even hate, with this topic. The response of the Christian community should be one of support and availability to mothers to be. It saddens me that the young man holding a crucifx would be a source of outrage when love is the central message of Jesus Christ.

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