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Michigan Governor Quietly Aborts Vote on Anti-Choice Bill

June 19, 2012

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Jezebel, June 19, 2012 by Erin Gloria Ryan Maybe he just wasn’t ready to be the father of such a harsh ban. Michigan’s Republican governor Rick Snyder has apparently asked, all hush-hush-like, that the most odious parts from the state’s now-infamous new set of abortion restrictions be removed from consideration by the legislature — according […]

Silenced US lawmaker performs The Vagina Monologues

June 19, 2012

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CBC News, June 19, 2012 by Author Eve Ensler flew in to join performance A US lawmaker who says she was barred from speaking in the Michigan House because Republicans objected to her saying the word “vagina” during debate over anti-abortion legislation performed The Vagina Monologues on the Statehouse steps — with a hand from […]

Nevada “Egg-As-Person” 2012 Ballot Initiative is Dead

June 18, 2012

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RH Reality Check, April 18, 2012 by Robin Marty The petition deadline has passed and Personhood Nevada has failed to garner the number of signatures necessary to get an amendment onto the 2012 ballot letting voters decide if they want to grant the full rights of personhood to fertilized eggs. Via The Las Vegas Sun: […]

The “Fortnight” is not right for women

June 18, 2012

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NARAL Pro-Choice America, June 18, 2012 The men featured at the all-male panel attacking birth control are back. Starting Thursday for two weeks, the anti-choice United States Conference on Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is organizing nationwide rallies as part of its “Fortnight for Freedom.”1 An event with a name like that makes me think of a […]

Muskegon lawmaker explains how anti-abortion bill will affect Muskegon families

June 17, 2012

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Michigan Live, June 17, 2012 by Paula Holmes-Greeley On June 14, the Muskegon Chronicle printed an article entitled “Anti-abortion bill approved by state House” written by Tim Martin of the MLive Lansing Bureau. It did not in any way explain the gravity of HB 5711 and its effect on the women of this state, their […]

Why Republicans Punishing a Rep for Saying “Vagina” Matters

June 17, 2012

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Huffington Post, June 17, 2012 by Mitchell Bard When the Republican-controlled Michigan House of Representatives banned a Democratic representative from speaking because she used the word “vagina” in debating an anti-abortion bill (which has been called the “most extreme” in the nation), the story went national. Progressive sites like The Huffington Post and TPM jumped […]

Wisconsin wants ban on birth control coverage for public employees with state health insurance plans

June 17, 2012

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Capitol Times, June 17. 2012 by Jessica Vanegeren Coming off a legislative session in which anti-abortion advocates claimed several policy victories while Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin saw its funding and breadth of services cut back, emboldened right-to-life forces are at work on a new set of policy proposals that would further curb women’s access to […]

Warning to Women: Don’t Say Vagina in the Michigan House and Don’t Sit at the Men-Only Table in Philly’s Union League

June 17, 2012

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Forbes, June 17, 2012 by Anne Doyle I’m still flabbergasted over two astonishing, recent incidents — one triggered by a Michigan legislator who dared to use the word “vagina” during a floor debate over proposed regulation of female bodies, and the other, which I personally witnessed, involving a dues-paying member of Philadelphia’s Union League being ordered to move […]

U.S. Conference Of Mayors Passes Pro-Choice Resolution

June 17, 2012

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Huffington Post, June 17, 2012 by Laura Bassett The U.S. Conference of Mayors, a non-partisan organization made up of representatives from about 1,200 cities across the country, voted on Saturday to pass a resolution in support of women’s reproductive rights and funding for Planned Parenthood. The resolution outlines the numerous efforts by state and federal […]

When Hard Cases Make Good Law: Mass. Supreme Court Upholds the Personhood of Pregnant Women

June 16, 2012

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RH Reality Check, June 16, 2012 by Farah Diaz-Tello The saying goes: Hard cases make bad law. Cases involving birthing women are no exception. A recent commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine examined the phenomenon of court-ordered medical treatment for pregnant women, and the legal reasoning underlying the cases in which this violation […]

Hufstetler endorses Georgia personhood amendment

June 15, 2012

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Rome News-Tribune, June 15, 2012 by Chuck Hufstetler campaign Today Chuck Hufstetler, Republican candidate for Georgia State Senate, endorsed the Georgia Right to Life Personhood Amendment. The Georgia Personhood Amendment states, “Shall the Constitution of Georgia shall be amended so as to provide that the paramount right to life is vested in each innocent human […]

ND in the clear for personhood amendment?

June 15, 2012

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One News Now, June 15, 2012 by Charlie Butts Incumbent state Senator Curtis Olafson (R), who personally killed personhood proposals in 2009 and 2011, lost his bid for re-election this week. Keith Mason of Personhood USA tells OneNewsNow that clears the way for a fresh bid for passage. “The legislature will do the amending. Now the citizens […]

‘Personhood’ won’t make Nevada ballot

June 15, 2012

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NECN.com, June 15, 2012 by AP CARSON CITY, Nev.  — An anti-abortion initiative in Nevada won’t have the required number of signatures to qualify for the November ballot, backers of the effort said Friday. Personhood Nevada organizers face a Tuesday deadline to collect more than 72,000 signatures to place the proposed constitutional amendment on the […]

A Culture of Coverup: Rape in the Ranks of the US Military

June 15, 2012

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Op Ed News, June 15, 2012 by Naomi Wolf For men, combat experience is the leading cause of PTSD. For women, it’s sexual assault. This is the real “war on women” A new documentary by director Kirby Dick, The Invisible War, about systemic rape of women in the military and the retaliations and coverups victims […]

1% Wives Are Helping Kill Feminism and Make the War on Women Possible

June 15, 2012

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The Atlantic, June 15, 2012 by Elizabeth Wurtzel NEW YORK — When my mind gets stuck on everything that is wrong with feminism, it brings out the 19th century poet in me: Let me count the ways. Most of all, feminism is pretty much a nice girl who really, really wants so badly to be […]