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Pennsylvania Senate Candidate: Daughter’s Out-Of-Wedlock Pregnancy ‘Similar’ To Rape

August 28, 2012


Talking Points Memo, August 28, 2012 by Eric Kleefeld Pennsylvania Senate candidate Tom Smith is the latest Republican to bungle a response to Missouri Rep. Todd Akin’s controversial comment about rape and pregnancy. “What that congressman said I do not agree with at all. He should have never said anything like that,” Smith told reporters […]

Paul Ryan: Rape is a method of conception

August 27, 2012


Huffington Post, August 27, 2012 by Paul Slansky Last week, Paul Ryan gave an interview in which, defending his position that there should be no excuses for abortion, he referred to rape as a “method of conception.” Wow, right? Talk about a benign euphemism. Rape — RAPE! — is now a “method of conception.” You […]

Raped, pregnant and ordeal not over

August 23, 2012


CNN, August 23, 2012 by Shauna Prewitt Chicago, Illinois (CNN) — When I was in law school, my criminal law professor introduced us to the crime of rape by reading us a quote from Lord Chief Justice Sir Matthew Hale, a 17th-century English jurist: “In a rape case it is the victim, not the defendant, […]

The Official Guide to Legitimate Rape

August 20, 2012


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 […]

New Frontiers of Extremism

August 20, 2012


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 […]

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

August 19, 2012


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, […]

Rape victim wins right to sue guard that denied her prescribed contraception

August 5, 2012

0, August 5, 2012 by Lou Colagiovanni The woman whose name is only known via court records as “R.W.” was brutally raped January 27, 2007 by an unknown assailant. After going to the hospital she was arrested by police on a prior charge and sent to jail. While in custody a guard denied R.W.’s request […]

Rape Victim Arrested And Denied Contraception – Will Be Allowed To Sue

June 26, 2012


Addicting Info, June 26, 2012 by Wendy Gittleson A Tampa woman whom we only know as R.W., was raped. She was treated by the rape crisis center, who gave her two emergency contraception pills, one to be taken immediately and one to be taken 12 hours later. When she reported the rape to the police, […]

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

June 15, 2012


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 […]

Shaheen Reinforces Commitment to Servicewomen

June 7, 2012


NARAL Pro-Choice, June 7, 2012 Washington, D.C. – Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces gathered to bolster support for an amendment authored by the senator that would lift the ban on servicewomen using their military health-insurance plans to cover abortion care if the pregnancy is the result of sexual […]

The Importance of Choice

May 21, 2012


Huffington Post, May 21, 2012 by Hayley Rose Horzepa After being raped by two men when I was just fifteen years old, I understand the value of choice. Maybe that’s because I never had one. The trauma I experienced reminds me of the abortion ban Mississippi law makers are pushing through their state legislature. Had […]

S.C. subcommittee votes to not pay for abortions in rape, incest

April 26, 2012


Kansas City Star, April 26, 2012 by Adam Bean S.C. taxpayers and state employees would not pay for abortions in cases of rape or incest, according to a budget rule unanimously approved Tuesday by a state Senate subcommittee. The rule, sponsored by state Sen. Kevin Bryant, R-Anderson, would allow the state’s health insurance plan – […]

Texas Ultrasound Bill Dispute

April 2, 2012


Ground Report, April 2, 2012 by Karly Berezowsky Can an ultrasound amount to rape? The Sonogram House Bill 15, passed by the 82nd Texas Legislative Session and signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry last month, mandates that Texas doctors have to perform an invasive exam with an ultrasound probe before performing an abortion. According […]

Women should speak out against SB 1433

March 27, 2012


The Norman Transcript, March 27, 2012 by Nadine Jewell History shows that changing laws are not always an improvement. When Prohibition passed, the law gave rise to bathtub gin, speak-easies, bootleggers and moonshine. When marijuana was banned, hemp for rope was outlawed, but drug dealers became rich as the use of the weed grew in popularity. […]

Idaho Lawmaker, Suggests Women Use Rape As Excuse For Abortions

March 20, 2012


Huffington Post, March 20, 2012 by Laura Bassett The sponsor of an Idaho mandatory ultrasound bill, state Sen. Chuck Winder, made some highly controversial comments Monday during his closing arguments, suggesting women might falsely use rape as an excuse to obtain an abortion. Just before the Idaho’s Senate passed the bill, which requires woman to […]