Welcome to the Friday Femorandum, our weekly roundup of reproductive rights news.

Here’s what happened in reproductive politics this week:

Well, this happened:

Mitch McConnell and 42 cronies voted for corporations over health care for women.

They had one job: to fix the Supreme Court’s mistake, which they could have done by voting for our own Senator Patty Murray’s Not My Boss’ Business act. They didn’t do it.

At our blog, A Few Choice Words, we wrote about how those bill-blocking anti-choice politicians are failing democracy, and provided some important clarifications on what it really means to be pro-choice.

Speaking of Hobby Lobby: Turns out discrimination against women is bad for business. Members at Seattle’s own Central Co-op have been boycotting Eden Foods – one of the companies joining Hobby Lobby in the fight against health – and the co-op is dropping 80 percent of Eden Organics’ offerings from their shelves as a result.

Confidential to PCC members: PCC is still carrying Eden products.You can email them about that here.

Still speaking of Hobby Lobby: Turns out that in 1990, Justice Scalia ruled against religious freedom in a case involving Native American religious practices, prompting theDemocratic Congress to pass the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to protect religious minorities – the very legislation that was then used as a precedent in the Hobby Lobby case.By Scalia. Giving new meaning to the word “hypocrisy.”

Oh wait, there’s more: Hobby Lobby is apparently expanding its presence in western Washington in a big way, which, good, that’ll make it WAY easier to boycott them.

As a reminder, this is how we’re fighting back against this nonsense.

“Bring it down to a woman’s level.” Welcome to the GOP’s new messaging strategy, which looks a lot like their old one.

I don’t care if you like it: Rebecca Traister provides a needed response to gendered, judgmental, everyday scrutiny directed at women, at The New Republic.

Now ordaining women: The Church of England.

That’s why it’s called “telemedicine,” you guys: A Wisconsin judge has ruled that actually, no, doctors do not have to be present when a woman takes prescribed medication to induce abortion.

This week’s feminist killjoy is Sarah Coughlon, the genius behind Beyonce Voters, the amazing Tumblr that took a phrase Fox News meant as a put-down to women voters and turned it into the most amazing thing on the Internet. Exhibit A:


You’re welcome.

Thank you for being pro-choice. You restore our faith in humanity every day

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