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Friday Femorandum: This Week Wins The Award For Most Terrible

Let’s lead with this: this week was terribleOn Wednesday, we said good-bye to one our heroes, Maya Angelou. (Here’s what we don’t talk about when we talk about Maya Angelou.And on the fifth anniversary of Dr. George Tiller’s death, clinic violence is still a huge problem for providers. 

We learned that men’s rights activists misunderstand the word “satire,” among a great many other things.

In the wake of the Isla Vista shooting, Salon investigated how toxic male entitlement leads to violence. Need an example? Here are several.

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Friday Femorandum: Not That Steve Martin

Every Friday, we bring you all the repro news that’s fit to reprint! Here’s what happened in reproductive politics this week:

Another anti-choice bill works tirelessly to solve a problem that doesn’t exist: “Despite no evidence that sex-selective abortions are happening in the state at all, a sex-selective abortion ban passed the South Dakota House last week,” reports Feministing. Oh, turns out the ban is also racist.

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Friday Femorandum: Questioning Your Judgment Right Now

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 judicial nominations: Last year, reports RH Reality Check, the Obama administration made a deal with Republican senators from Georgia to pre-approve three judicial nominees in exchange for an end to Republicans’ filibuster of Jill Pryor’s nomination to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Now we’re seeing the result: Obama’s nomination of Michael Boggs — who is anti-choice, and has a history of opposition to civil rights — to Georgia’s federal district court.
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What We’re Reading: When Anti-Choice Laws Make Supportive Parenting a Felony


Here’s what we’re reading on our favorite blogs today:

This guide to queer self-care — that probably everyone should read — at Boxers and Binders.

Feministing’s analysis of the Pennsylvania case in which a woman was charged with a felony for ordering abortion-inducing drugs online for her daughter, because the only available provider was out of state. Emphasis ours:

When the patient is the provider, Marty asks, what’s an anti-choice prosecutor to do “when it comes time to make sure someone is punished in the case of an illegal abortion, serving as a warning for others who also might seek out illegal means to terminate their own pregnancy?” Sometimes it’s the pregnant person, as we saw in the case of Jennie Linn McCormack who was charged with “self-abortion.” And sometimes, apparently, it’s a mother helping her daughter through a stressful  time.

In Sochi, members of Pussy Riot were attacked with whips by Cossacks.They had been preparing to make a video of a new protest song, ‘Putin will teach you how to love your Motherland,’ when the Cossacks appeared and set upon them,” reports the Washington Post.

This amazing Tumblr, where abortion fund activists give voice to what they do. One reason:

“I do this because I don’t want anyone to have to worry about where they’ll sleep when they travel across the state, decide whether to pay for their abortion or groceries for their family, or to not have anyone to hug them when they need it most.”

Go read the rest.

Image of Pussy Riot via The Washington Post.

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