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Friday Femorandum: Beyonce Voters

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:

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You’re welcome.

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

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Friday Femorandum: Why Feminist Killjoys?

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Friday Femorandum: By The Numbers

$73 million: That’s the amount of money Hobby Lobby’s retirement plan had invested in companies that manufacture emergency contraceptives, IUDs, and abortion-inducing drugs as of December 2012, Mother Jones reported this week. Yes, these are the same drugs Hobby Lobby does not want to cover for its employees.

New reporting on the All Families Healthcare vandalism case: Last month, All Families Healthcare, a family practice clinic in Kalispell, Montana, was vandalized because its practice includes first-trimester abortions. The damage was extensive enough that the clinic has been closed indefinitely, and the Southern Poverty Law Center reported that the suspectin the attack has ties to an anti-choice crisis pregnancy center called Hope Pregnancy Ministries.

Yesterday, the Missoulian reported that All Families Healthcare was pushed out of its previous office space by the executive director of Hope Pregnancy Ministries, and that the suspect “was armed with a handgun loaded with a full magazine, and had a spare full magazine on him as well” on the morning he vandalized the clinic.

We all know this is nothing more than an attempt to throw up barriers to women’s access to abortion services: Oklahoma State Rep. Doug Cox, a Republican who understands that access to birth control lowers abortion rates, sat down with Salon this week to discuss the GOP’s sexism, why a bill imposing new restrictions on Oklahoma abortion clinics is “unnecessary legislation,” and why equating abortion and emergency contraception is “irresponsible.”

7 million: The Affordable Care Act’s initial sign-up target, which was met Tuesday, despite GOP criticisms and this creative graph from Fox News:

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Friday Femorandum: We Stand with Montana

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

We stand with Montana: A family practice clinic in Kalispell, Montana, was vandalized Tuesday because the clinic’s family practice is comprehensive enough to include abortion. The damage was “extensive” enough to force All Families Healthcare to close temporarily, and since the break-in, the Southern Poverty Law Center reports that the suspect has ties to an anti-choice crisis pregnancy center called Hope Pregnancy Ministries.

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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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