When U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin of Missouri used the phrase “legitimate rape” to defend his opposition to abortion in cases of rape and incest, President Obama fired back, saying that we should not “be parsing and qualifying and slicing” types of rape. Yet for most of our history, that is precisely what Americans have been doing. Our legal definition of rape has evolved over centuries, and clearly, we’re not done fighting over it.
Read the whole story.GOP NC House Rep. Larry Pittman is a big fat hypocrite. He says he opposes abortion -- yet he is trying to destroy the one organization that prevents more abortions than any other organization in North Carolina.
Last week, it was revealed that several months ago, in the midst of a funding debate, Rep. Pittman called Planned Parenthood "... a murderous organization... getting wealthy on murder for hire... Never will I agree to give that bloody, indecent, immoral organization one penny. I will not be satisfied until it is outlawed."
If Rep. Larry Pittman and the other lawmakers who joined him in attacking Planned Parenthood were really against abortion, they'd be throwing money at Planned Parenthood, not defunding it.
A new spending proposal by Republicans breathes new life into some of the more egregious and severe measures against women’s health that have already been blocked by the Senate. The proposal is alarming because the attack on women’s healthcare goes beyond just focusing on abortions and birth control. The intent is to take away fundamental rights and oppress women in a much more wide-ranging way.
Despite fierce opposition from Democrats, on July 18, a House appropriations committee approved the recycled proposal on federal health, labor and education in the 2013 fiscal spending bill.
Here’s what it means to women’s health and preventive care:
Just days after a state lawmaker was silenced for referring to her vagina on the state House floor, she and other female state legislators will join Tony Award-winning playwright Eve Ensler for a special performance of her famed play "The Vagina Monologues" on Monday on the Capitol steps in Lansing.
State Rep. Lisa Brown, D-West Bloomfield, and Sen. Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing, will perform from 6-8 p.m. with Ensler along with seven other state lawmakers and local actors.
"Censoring a woman for saying a word that is a body part that 51% of their constituents have is a repression that we have not and should not ever witness in this country," Ensler said in a news release Friday.GOP leaders banned Brown from speaking on the House floor after she referred to her vagina during a debate on new abortion restrictions.