Obama Administration Drops Opposition To Over-The-Counter Morning After Pill

By: Tuesday June 11, 2013 6:41 am

The Obama Administration has reversed its previous position and dropped its bid to limit sales of the morning after pill. A federal judge had previously ruled the medication should be available to women of all ages but the Obama Administration had limited the sales to women 15 and older and had started an appeal of [...]

Mitt’s “Binders Full of Women” Not His Idea

By: Wednesday October 17, 2012 6:54 am

The moment in last night’s debate latched onto by our budding American meme industry came when Mitt Romney talked about the “binders full of women” he was supplied with while Governor of Massachusetts.

Akin Intimates That Women Fake Rape to Get Abortions

By: Wednesday August 22, 2012 8:15 am

Peterr noted some of the developments in the Todd Akin story. The deadline for easily withdrawing from the Missouri Senate race has come and gone, and Akin remains “in it to win it,” defying even a call by the presumptive Vice-Presidential nominee (and a friend from the House Budget Committee, as well as a partner [...]

VP Nominee Ryan Also Deeply Anti-Abortion

By: Monday August 13, 2012 10:21 am

Accompanying Paul Ryan’s radical fiscal vision is perhaps an even more radical vision with respect to women’s health. Ryan opposes abortion in all cases, including rape or incest, and has sponsored a bill that perhaps goes as far as possible to restrict a woman’s right to choose legal medical procedures. He was a cosponsor of [...]

Paycheck Fairness Act to Be Filibustered Today

By: Tuesday June 5, 2012 8:56 am

Today the Senate will hold a test vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would update The Equal Pay Act of 1963. The President swooped in at the last minute to push for the bill’s passage, or really just to highlight the messaging. Senators will vote whether to debate the Democratic-sponsored Paycheck Fairness Act, a [...]

Senate Dems Move on Paycheck Fairness Act

By: Thursday May 24, 2012 7:37 am

The next several months will continue to feature message votes from both sides of the aisle and both chambers in Congress, teeing up specific TV ads for the fall campaign. While Republicans have basically passed the breadth of their agenda with message votes, from the budget to social issues, Democrats have been a little more [...]

Yesterday’s Congressional Embarrassments, Explained

By: Thursday May 17, 2012 7:13 am

Let’s recap one of the more pathetic days in a pathetic Congressional session. In the House, voting concluded on the GOP version of the Violence Against Women Act, a real marker into the rightward shift of that party. On previous occasions with GOP control of Congress, VAWA was reauthorized without incident. This time around, however, [...]

Administration Threatens Veto for House Version of Violence Against Women Act

By: Wednesday May 16, 2012 8:57 am

Today the House votes on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. This reauthorization has already passed the Senate with 68 votes, but the House version cancelled several protections Senate Democrats added, to apply domestic violence protections to Native Americans, undocumented immigrants and LGBT families. This has drawn a veto threat from the White House, a [...]

Republican Congressman Introduces Bill to Defend Planned Parenthood

By: Wednesday May 9, 2012 12:57 pm

Almost as odd as an American President endorsing the right of same-sex couples to marry today, was the sight of a Republican member of Congress holding a press conference to announce legislation to guarantee funding of Planned Parenthood. But that happened today as well. Rep. Robert Dold, who represents the liberal suburbs of Chicago, on [...]

Double The Hypocrisy, Double The Dumb!

By: Sunday April 29, 2012 6:59 pm

Last Wednesday was Denim Day, an international campaign to raise awareness of sexual assault and rape. ┬áThe campaign was in reaction to the Italian Supreme Court’s ruling overturning a rape conviction based on the fact that the victim of the rape was wearing tight denim jeans. In his usual vainglorious, hypocritical way, Scott Walker pretended [...]

Arizona Passes Most Restrictive Anti-Abortion Law in Nation

By: Friday April 13, 2012 6:14 am

Yesterday we had a big national discussion about the choices women make in their lives. Ann Romney at one point said right-out, “We need to respect the choices that women make.” At the end of yesterday, Arizona’s female Governor, Jan Brewer, signed a bill banning abortions after 18 weeks and creating a new definition of [...]

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