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Anti-Choice Missouri Lawmakers Override Health-Care Coverage for Women

September 13, 2012

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NARAL Pro-Choice America, September 13, 2012 Extreme anti-choice state lawmakers are at it again! Last night, the Missouri legislature overrode Gov. Jay Nixon’s (D-Mo.) veto of a far-reaching anti-choice bill that will now go into effect. This law will allow bosses to refuse to cover birth control, abortion, and other health-care services in their insurance […]

Missouri lawmakers override veto of birth control bill

September 12, 2012

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Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, September 12, 2012 by David A. Lieb The Missouri measure was championed by the Missouri Catholic Conference, Missouri Right to Life and other religious and anti-abortion groups. JEFFERSON CITY, MO. (AP)— Missouri lawmakers enacted new religious exemptions from insurance coverage of birth control Wednesday, overriding a gubernatorial veto and delivering a political rebuke to an […]

War On Women

August 24, 2012

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Kansas City Star, August 24, 2012 by Mary Sanchez Ladies, remember what your mothers told you about men who regard women as sex objects? They’re no good. Keep that in mind when pondering the Republican Party platform this year and all those heated conversations about the “war on women.” Why is so much prime time […]

GOP official says God chooses to bless raped women with pregnancy

August 22, 2012

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Examiner, August 22, 2012 by Lou Colagiovanni The state of Missouri has been in the national spotlight recently because of comments made by Republican Congressman Todd Akin who claimed that raped women rarely get pregnant. After his statements hit the Internet, immediate outrage burned across the country. Akin later apologized, but his statements have rekindled […]

The Official Guide to Legitimate Rape

August 20, 2012

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Jezebel, August 20, 2012 by Katie J.M. Baker Yesterday, Missouri Rep. Todd Akin, Republican Senate nominee and member of the House Science, Space and Technology committee, said pregnancy from rape was “really rare” because “if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Akin quickly said […]

Rape exceptions aren’t legitimate

August 20, 2012

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Salon, August 20, 2012 by Irin Carmon Todd Akin’s right about this much: Rape exceptions are wrong. You either believe in bodily autonomy, or you don’t Todd Akin may know nothing about biology, and may have been too honest for his own good about his own contempt for women, but I agree with him on […]

Akin Unmasks the Pro-Life Movement

August 20, 2012

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The American Prospect, August 20, 2012 by Amanda Marcotte The myth that women can’t get pregnant from rape stems from basic assumptions anti-choicers make about women. If you’re going to slander the estimated 32,000 women a year who become pregnant after being raped, it’s probably not wise to do it on a Sunday, when it […]

New Frontiers of Extremism

August 20, 2012

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New York Times Editorial, August 20, 2012 Republicans are frantically trying to get Representative Todd Akin to drop out of the United States Senate race in Missouri after his remark about abortion and rape, but not because it was offensive and ignorant. They’re afraid he might lose and cost them a chance at a Senate […]

Dear Todd

August 20, 2012

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Unite Women, August 20, 2012 by Renee Davis I am a woman, a survivor of rape, and a registered Republican. You have issued an apology for the uneducated “off the cuff” remark you made where you stated “from what I understand from doctors, pregnancy [ as a result of rape] is really rare. If it […]

Congressman Akin resists pressure to quit race

August 20, 2012

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Reuters, August 20, 2012 by Susan Heavey Republican Representative Todd Akin resisted pressure to quit the Senate race in Missouri on Tuesday, releasing a new ad apologizing for his inflammatory remarks about rape that have reinserted controversial abortion politics into the presidential campaign. In an ad released online, Akin again apologized for his comments Sunday, […]

Republican Senate Nominee: Victims Of ‘Legitimate Rape’ Don’t Get Pregnant

August 19, 2012

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Talking Points Memo, August 19, 2012 by Evan McMorris-Santoro Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican nominee for Senate in Missouri who is running against Sen. Claire McCaskill, justified his opposition to abortion rights even in case of rape with a claim that victims of “legitimate rape” have unnamed biological defenses that prevent pregnancy. “First of all, […]

How Todd Akin And Paul Ryan Partnered To Redefine Rape

August 19, 2012

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Think Progress, August 19, 2012 by Ian Millhiser Earlier today, Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) claimed that “legitimate rape” does not often lead to pregnancy because “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” This is not the first time the biologically challenged senate candidate tried to […]

Republican Congressman Calls For Total Ban On Morning-After Pill

August 10, 2012

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Think Progress, August 10, 2012 by Steven Perlberg On Tuesday, Missouri GOP Rep. Todd Akin notched his party’s nomination for Senate to face Claire McCaskill in November. As ThinkProgress has documented, Akin — a Tea Party favorite poised to benefit from millions of dollars of outside money — has a long history of making inflammatory […]

Missouri hosts a riptide on contraceptive mandate

August 6, 2012

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UPI, August 6, 2012 by Malena Amusa Health reform is beginning to require insurers to cover contraception, which is bringing battles over the mandate to a head in states across the country. “It’s not a safe place for women and health care,” says a congressional candidate in Missouri. Seven cents a day; about $26 a […]

Missouri Governor Vetoes Bill Permitting Employer To Deny Women Access To Birth Control

July 12, 2012

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Think Progress, July 12, 2012 by Amanda Peterson Beadle Gov. Jay Nixon (D-MO) vetoed a bill that would have allowed employers or health insurance providers to stop offering coverage for contraception, abortion, or sterilization if doing so violated their religious or moral convictions. The governor’s decision sets up a potential conflict with the Republican-dominated legislature […]

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