Birth Control Access, Choice News, Health Care Reform, Uncategorized, War on Women

This Week in Pro-Choice News

Rick Perry early contender for this year’s biggest jerk award: The Texas governor has convened a second special session in order to ensure passage of the controversial abortion bill that failed last week after Wendy Davis’ heroic filibuster.  A special committee has approved the measure, and it will now go to the state house and senate.  If it passes, it will likely be challenged in court.   [NBC]

This whole Texas thing has proven, once again, that the Internet is a huge jerk: Conservative morons have been all over the Twitter recently, in response to Wendy Davis’ filibuster, to remind women that abortion is bad and they are all whores.  My favorite is Texas State Representative Bill Zedler, who tweeted, “We had terrorist in the Texas State Senate opposing SB 5.”  Yes, that’s “terrorist,” singular.  Yes, this guy was democratically elected.  Other charmers hijacked the hashtag #StandWithWendy, reminding us that there is totally no war on women and we would be totally fine if we would all stop being such slutty, slutty sluts.  [Public Shaming]

Rubio addresses nation’s most pressing problem: 2nd-trimester abortions: Florida Senator Marco Rubio wants to introduce a bill to the Senate that would ban abortions after 20 weeks.  It would include some exceptions, but not for the woman’s health.  These abortions are exceedingly rare and are usually performed only when the health or life of the fetus or mother is at stake.  There is no way that this bill will pass in the Senate, which is more Democratic and less Theocratic than the House.  [Think Progress]

North Carolina might pass law restricting abortions and banning sharia law: The bill initially only included measures banning sharia law.  I thought that North Carolina loved using religion as an excuse to pass unconstitutional laws!! Anyway, some Republicans tacked on measures that would effectively close all but one of the abortion clinics in the state, and restrict access to the medical abortion.  Protestors are outraged. The bill is expected to pass after a final vote and get sent to the house, which is likely to pass the bill as well.  Why doesn’t it bother these people that the only way that they can pass their little bills is by sneaking them in and trying to hide them from the public? [News Observer]

For-profit, non-religious organizations may sneak around the contraception mandate in Obama’s health care plan: Hobby Lobby, a chain that is not religiously


affiliated, has been temporarily exempted from the mandate, which would have required it to provide health insurance that does not charge a copay for birth control.  Since the owners are Christian, it is tooooootally against their religious values to allow women to make decisions about their bodies without worrying about the financial burden of paying for expensive hormonal birth control.  It is not clear whether the exemption will become permanent or apply to other, similar organizations.  [The Hill]



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