Every Friday, we bring you all the repro news that’s fit to reprint! Here’s what happened in reproductive politics this week:
Today, in regrettable Tea Party quotes: Michelle Bachmann says the US isn’t ready for a female president, because “I think there was a cachet about having an African-American president because of guilt. People don’t hold guilt for a woman.”
And the GOP wonders why it has a “woman problem”: Republican Rep. Michael Turner of Ohio, who apparently hasn’t consulted any actual sexual assault survivors, thinks that Kirsten Gillibrand is fighting to remove investigation of sexual assault from the military from the chain of command to get “attention.”
Good news: Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has announced an end to shackling inmates during childbirth.
Another week, another spoiler alert. Stop reading if you aren’t caught up on House of Cards! Did you stop reading? An abortion story line on House of Cards got the “feminist or not?” treatment this week.
Related: A new infographic from Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) on abortion in TV and movies shows that while abortion story lines are morecommon than we thought, “abortion is shown to be riskier on TV than in reality.”
“Our new reality“: In Pennsylvania, a woman was charged with multiple crimes for ordering abortion-inducing drugs online for her daughter, because she would have had to cross state lines to access care.
A step in the right direction: Facebook has updated its gender identity options to be more inclusive. Here’s the Guardian on what else they could do.
Our Feminist Killjoy Heroine of the Week: NY Senator (& former study abroad roomie of Tami Taylor!) Kirsten Gillibrand and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, for using their political powers to promote reproductive justice, when so many of their colleagues are doing the opposite.