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The Human Costs Of Chris Christie’s Attack On Planned Parenthood

February 27, 2015

Chris_Christie_at_CPACOn the first day of this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, right-wing attendees gathered to discuss how to get pro-life Republicans elected in blue states. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) was held up as a prime example — applause erupting to praise the potential presidential contender for vetoing funding for Planned Parenthood five times over the past five years.

“I ran as a pro-life candidate in 2009 unapologetically, spoke at the rally on the steps of the statehouse. I was the first governor to ever speak at a pro-life rally on the steps of the statehouse in the state of New Jersey,” Christie told the approving crowd. “And I vetoed Planned Parenthood funding five times out of the New Jersey budget.”

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In Pre-Primary Pivot to Right, Walker Shifts Tone on Abortion

February 23, 2015

Scott_WalkerIt was a memorable political ad: Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin spoke directly into the camera in a 30-second spot last fall and called abortion an “agonizing” decision. He described himself as pro-life but, borrowing the language of the abortion rights movement, pointed to legislation he signed that leaves “the final decision to a woman and her doctor.”

That language was gone when Mr. Walker met privately with Iowa Republicans in a hotel conference room last month, according to a person who attended the meeting. There, he highlighted his early support for a “personhood amendment,” which defines life as beginning at conception and would effectively prohibit all abortions and some methods of birth control.

Read the full article from The New York Times

Idaho Lawmaker Wonders If Women Could Have A Gyno Exam By Swallowing A Tiny Camera

Idaho_Rep_Vito_BarbieriAn Idaho lawmaker revealed his confusion about female anatomy during a legislative debate over a proposed abortion bill on Monday.

According to the Associated Press, Idaho Rep. Vito Barbieri (R) asked a doctor testifying before the House State Affairs Committee whether a woman could have a remote gynecological exam by swallowing a tiny camera. Dr. Julie Madsen told him no, that’s not possible, because items that are swallowed do not end up in the vagina.

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Anti-Abortion Republican Goes Rogue And Supports Public Funded Birth Control

February 6, 2015

Don_Coram_R_Supports_Birth_ControlMuch to the chagrin of his Republican colleagues, Colorado Rep. Don Coram (R) is rejecting the junk science and co-sponsoring a bill that would expand access to affordable IUDs for low-income women. The bill would provide $5 million in state funding for a program called Colorado Family Planning Initiative.  Before the bipartisan initiative was filed, Coram told the Associated Press that he understood his decision would not go over well with members of his own party. “Oh, they’re going to have a hemorrhage, to put it mildly.”

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Fraud and Betrayal Over the 20-Week Abortion Ban: Shame on These Women

January 27, 2015

Madeleine Albright once said there is a special place in hell reserved for women who don’t help other women. But what’s going on in the U.S. House right now is even worse. There are women who are not only failing to help — they are actually using their power to hurt other women. For that, I would put them where Dante put frauds and traitors, in the last two circles of hell.

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House Republicans Want Forced Ultrasounds Before Abortions

January 26, 2015

UltrasoundAfter replacing a harsh 20-week abortion restriction with an all-encompassing ban on federal funding for abortion, House Republicans introduced yet another anti-abortion bill on Thursday, because the legislating of women’s bodies won’t stop, can’t stop. Republican Congress members now want to mandate ultrasounds before abortions, despite the fact that some federal courts have ruled forced ultrasounds unconstitutional.

The bill is co-sponsored by 10 Republican male representatives. No female representative has yet to endorse the mandate.

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January 25, 2015


Abortion has been legal—with restrictions—in all 50 states for nearly 42 years, and anti-abortion activist Joe Scheidler has been fighting to make it illegal again for just as many of them. Still comfortably ensconced in his Chicago home, Scheidler, at 87 years old, is father, “Godfather,” and leader to generations of zealots. They continue using tactics Scheidler designed as they protest in the legislature, outside clinic doors, and even across the ocean, all with the goal of criminalizing—and removing access to—safe, legal abortion.

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21 Inspirational Images Of Women Standing Up For The Right To Choose

January 22, 2015

slide_395566_4851958_freeIn the 42 years since Roe v. Wade, a woman’s right to safe, legal abortion has been threatened again and again, and there is much work to be done to ensure that all women have access to this fundamental right.

Let’s take a few moments to look back at those who tirelessly fought for abortion access, and consider the obstacles ahead.

Check out these 21 inspirational images of women protesting for the right to control their bodies from the Huffington Post:

GOP Congresswomen Withdraw Their Support For Proposed Abortion Ban

January 20, 2015

Two GOP congresswomen have officially withdrawn their support for a proposed 20-week abortion ban that has recently sparked controversy within the Republican Party, asking to be removed as co-sponsors from the legislation.

On Tuesday afternoon, during the House’s session, Reps. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) and Jackie Walorski (R-IN) requested to remove their names from HR 36, the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.” The exchange was recorded on C-SPAN.

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Republicans Introduce An Anti-Abortion Bill So Extreme That GOP Women In Congress Are Revolting

January 16, 2015

Renee_Ellmers_R-NCSeveral Republican congresswomen are reportedly splitting from their party on a national abortion bill that’s scheduled for a vote in the House next week, raising concerns that the legislation is too extreme and will alienate female voters.

The GOP-controlled House will vote on a proposed 20-week abortion ban next Thursday — the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court case that legalized abortion throughout the United States. The legislation has passed the House for the past two years and was expected to have broad support in the 114th Congress, particularly as Republicans have set their sights on later abortions as an area where they believe they can advance their agenda.

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