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You need to know about Ohio’s new abortion bill that would ban abortion at six weeks, before many women even know they’re pregnant

North Dakota and Arkansas passed similar bills that were later struck down as incompatible with Roe v. Wade; the Supreme Court declined to hear any appeals, sending the signal that an Ohio law would meet the same fate. But Ohio’s conservative lawmakers see an opening after Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election last month. 

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John Kasich vetoed the heartbeat abortion ban, but has just signed a law that prevents people in Ohio from getting abortions at 20 weeks

“This is a dark day for the women of Ohio,” Jess O’Connell, executive director of EMILY’s List, said in a statement. “These kinds of restrictions on women’s health are unconstitutional, and endanger the lives of countless women across the state.” (Read More)

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Bill Nye Debunks Anti-Abortion Logic With Science

That’s what Bill Nye has to say in his latest educational video, “Can We Stop Telling Women What to Do With Their Bodies?” In the video, which you can watch above, Nye explains how the idea of “life at conception” simply doesn’t make sense – because many more eggs are fertilized than become humans, due to factors like failure to attach to a woman’s uterine wall.

Watch the full video here. 

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Women wore red ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ robes to Texas Senate in protest of anti-abortion bill

  • Protesters in the Texas Capitol made a silent statement on Monday when they showed up to the Senate chambers dressed in the red robes and white bonnets, iconic imagery from author Margaret Atwood’s feminist dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale.
  • According to the Huffington Post, the women were protesting multiple anti-abortion rights bills, one of which was Senate Bill 415, legislation that bans what lawmakers are referring to as “dismemberment abortion” — otherwise known as “dilation and evacuation — a common second trimester abortion procedure.
  • In Atwood’s imagined future, women have been stripped of all autonomy and reduced to "walking wombs” whose sole purpose is to produce children for the state.  Read more (3/21/17 9:01 AM)

Do not be fooled by Kasich vetoing the 6 week abortion ban bill in Ohio. That bill was never going through. It was a red herring to make Kasich’s 20 week ban look more reasonable. The 20 week abortion ban lacks exceptions for rape and incest just like the 6 week one did. Make no mistake that Kasich and his Republican friends intend to chip away at abortion rights little by little while proposing huge jumps which they then nix as a way to lull people into gratefully accepting the smaller cut backs.

Do not let states get away with this. Ohio is not the first to enact a 20 week ban. Many unsurvivable fetal complications are not detectable until after the 20th week. This bill will force people to carry and give birth to unviable pregnancies. Bills like this will try to trick you into happily welcoming incremental encroachments on your rights. Do not give them a fucking inch.
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I could very well carry her for one, two, three, four more months, my body continuing to stretch, strangers continuing to excitedly comment,…my husband silently suffering as he watches both his girls struggle, my face continuing to belie my grief, my heart continuing to break.
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Last week, Ohio lawmakers passed legislation that would ban abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can happen as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. The bill’s fate is now in the hands of Republican Gov. John Kasich. Ahead, Alexis S.* shares her very personal appeal urging the governor to veto the proposal.

“I Carry My Grief In A Visible Bump” — Don’t Ban Abortion For Women Like Me

Why are people mad that Trump stopped funding abortion in other countries? Why should we be paying for people in another countries abortions? Let their government handle that, it's not our responsibility. Bush senior threw it out, clinton brought it back, bush Jr. threw it out, obama brought it back, now trump got rid of it again. Where were you all the other times this was thrown out, I didn't hear from you then. Can someone explain to me, with a legitimate argument why we should be funding other countries abortions?
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Oklahoma Rep. wants men to have more say in women’s abortions, says women are just “hosts”

  • The Oklahoma rep behind the state’s most recent abortion bill thinks it’s time men were allowed a little more say in what women do with their bodies — because women are mere “hosts” who don’t always treat their wombs responsibly.
  • “I believe one of the breakdowns in our society is that we have excluded the man out of all of these types of decisions,” Oklahoma Rep. Justin Humphrey told The Intercept.
  • His bill, HB 1441, would require women seeking abortions to first obtain the father’s written permission.
  • “I understand that they feel like that is their body,” he continued, referring to women. “I feel like it is a separate — what I call them is, is you’re a ‘host.’ And you know when you enter into a relationship you’re going to be that host and so, you know, if you pre-know that then take all precautions and don’t get pregnant.” Read more (2/14/17 8:00 AM)

Congressman puts the US one heartbeat (bill) away from challenging ‘Roe v. Wade’

  • Iowa Rep. Steve King introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday that would ban abortion nationwide as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detectable.
  • That is about six weeks into a pregnancy, or about two weeks after one might notice a missed period. Read more.
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HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON 2016

“I really don’t spend a lot of time worrying about what people think about me…I would be totally paralyzed. How could you get up in the morning if you worried about some poll or what somebody said about you? That’s giving up power over your life to somebody else, and I don’t intend to do that.”

“Occasionally I’ll be sitting somewhere and I’ll be listening to someone perhaps not saying the kindest things about me. And I’ll look down at my hand and I’ll sort of pinch my skin to make sure it still has the requisite thickness I know Eleanor Roosevelt expects me to have.”

“I’m not going to mislead anybody. Politics is really hard. And it is harder for women. There’s a double standard, and you can’t complain about it. You just have to accept it, and be smart enough to navigate it. And you have to have a pretty tough skin. To paraphrase a favorite quote from Eleanor Roosevelt: If a woman wants to be in politics, she has to have the skin of a rhinoceros. Most men who go into politics just think they’re great. They believe they can do anything. Most young women, not only in politics but in most areas, are more cautious and more likely to say, ‘Could I really do this? Am I good enough?’ I was talking to a friend and very successful businessman the other day, and he said, ‘The thing that still annoys me more than anything is that I see all these young women who are so much more capable than they allow themselves to believe. And I see so many young men who are so much less capable but who believe they are God’s gift to the world.’ I would just say to women: Try it! Put your foot in the pond and see if you want to swim.”

“When you stumble, keep faith. And when you’re knocked down, get right back up, and never listen to anyone who says you can’t or shouldn’t go on.”

“Gay rights are human rights.”

“Women’s rights are human rights.”

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Texas lawmaker wants to lock up women who’ve had abortions to teach them “responsibility”

  • Texas state Rep. Tony Tinderholt filed the Abolition of Abortion in Texas Act earlier this month, taking the firm stance that such punitive measures are necessary to teach women responsibility.
  • “Right now, it’s real easy,” Tinderholt said to the Texas Observer. “Right now, they don’t make it important to be personally responsible because they know that they have a backup of ‘oh, I can just go get an abortion.’”
  • Tinderholt’s bill would, of course, implement a total ban on abortion, even in the cases of rape, incest or fetal abnormalities. 
  • Under the proposed law, those who provide and receive abortions would face criminal charges as serious as murder. Read more
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Protect Women's Right to Choose: Oppose Bill HR 586

On January 17, 2017, bill HR 586 was introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives which would assert that human life begins at fertilization. This would mean that after intercourse when a woman’s egg becomes fertilized up to 6 days after sex, weeks before most women would even be able to realize they are pregnant, that the pregnancy would be considered a human life therefore preventing the option of abortion.

This bill is a direct threat to women’s rights everywhere. If passed, not only would this bill prohibit a woman from making her own choices for her body, but it would also replace safe, regulated abortions with risky back-alley abortions. In contrast to what many pro-life advocates believe, it has been found that banning abortions has no impact on actually reducing abortions, but instead forces women to perform risky “at-home” procedures.

We call on the trusted leaders in the US House of Representatives to vote against this bill to protect women’s rights and to advocate for the health and safety of all women.