Obama has finally removed most of the provisions of the infamous Bush-era “conscience clause,” so now pharmacists can’t say, “nope, sorry, no birth control for you, I don’t believe in it.” They’ll have to do their job instead, which is providing quality care to all their patients.
Some good news for LGBTs in Wyoming: a proposed constitutional amendment to bar the state from recognizing same-sex marriages performed out of state was dropped in the House because it was unlikely to pass. (However, the bill to amend the constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman is still pending.)
Read this heartwarming story about how the military is tentatively stepping out into this new post-DADT world and treating same-sex spouses of deceased servicemembers with respect.
Women are an integral part of the revolutions sweeping the Middle East and northern Africa, and it is quite inspiring.
A great piece from the former state treasurer of Michigan on why Walker’s destroying his state by not bargaining with unions.
Walker is instituting layoffs, smuggling in ringers to his budget speech, falling prey to crank calls that reveal his dastardly motives quite clearly, hides the even scarier provisions of his budget bill, and just generally is the worst. Kudos to all the Wisconsinites who continue to stick it to him, including the protesters, the few media people reporting honestly on it (ahemnotFoxahem — how is that legal?), and the Democrats who brought their desks outside in the winter weather so they could meet with their constituents after they were locked out of the Capitol.
Gaddafi is doing his damnedest to destroy Libya, and staging an all-out attack on his own people. That’s the bad part. The good part is that Obama has called for him to step down, and the UN is imposing sanctions on him. Vive la revolution! And thoughts for those who have died and those who have lost loved ones in the battle.
Military servicemembers have sued the Pentagon for ignoring, downplaying, and otherwise mishandling the thousands of cases of sexual assault reported in military ranks every year (and this doesn’t even take into account the unreported cases). Good luck to them.
In the popular understanding, women trick their men into getting them pregnant so they can keep them and have control over them. But the reality is that it works the opposite way; recent studies show that reproductive coercion is a big problem. One study reported that 1 in 4 women calling a domestic violence hotline said they did not want to be pregnant but their partner removed their access to contraceptives, pressured them to get pregnant, or forced unprotected sex on them. Amanda Marcotte takes a look at this issue and its connection to the shelved (for now) South Dakota law allowing people to murder those who provide abortions to their family members.
- Virginia is now regulating abortion clinics as hospitals, which means even first-trimester abortions will become almost impossible to perform due to the huge increase in liability insurance costs, building and grounds modifications costs, etc. (oh and cosmetic surgeons don’t have to follow these new rules).
- Rep. Franklin in Georgia wants to treat all women as criminals and have them file a police report when they miscarry so that it can be investigated and the miscarriages weren’t actually purposeful abortions (many horrific things here, not the least of which is that miscarriage is often a traumatic experience anyway). Jill Filipovic has a hilarious response to this horrifying suggestion–mail in a photo of your used tampon as proof that you didn’t kill anyone this month.
- Americans United for Life is the group behind the expansion of justifiable homicide laws in South Dakota (currently shelved), Nebraska, and Iowa. The lawmakers agreeing to introduce the bills aren’t even always aware of what AUL stands for or how far their reach is, which seems like a troubling lack of research when talking about life and death.
Happy National Grammar Day!