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Since my recent Stephen Colbert posts I’ve gotten a few people writing to let me know that he wasn’t actually conservative. Thanks, but I know folks - I was just kidding when I wrote, “As a conservative, you were a Worthy Adversary.” That’s a reference to one of his segments. 

Here are a few more memories from the show:

- Stephen sounds the Oppressed White Male alert

- Stephen undermines a conservative argument against contraception

- Stephen gets exasperated by Rick Santorum’s arguments against gay marriage

- Stephen admits the trick behind gendered marketing

- Stephen hangs out with Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda

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Anti-choice lawmakers in the Lone Star state have already launched another major attack on women’s healthcare. This week, the Texas Senate filed its first-draft budget for the 2015 session, which proposes a new tiered funding system for breast and cervical cancer screenings that would effectively end funding to Planned Parenthood. Surprise, surprise.

Republicans will not stop trying to police women’s bodies.

A global study by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Guttmacher Institute found that abortion rates are about the same in countries where it is legal and where it is not.

That’s because pregnant people seek out unqualified abortionists or try to do the job themselves. They are more likely to die or become injured or unable to bear children later, when they’re ready to be good parents.

Deaths among people seeking abortion decreased 90% when it was made legal in South Africa. And in Ethiopia, where the procedure is banned, abortion is the second-leading cause of death among women admitted to hospitals.

Instead of self-righteously condemning abortion, and making laws restricting access, why not do something that keeps pregnant people from feeling a need to get one?

So what prevents abortion?

Interestingly, the more openly a society discusses sexuality, the fewer abortions you get. After all, young people are more educated on their bodies and contraception – which is more available. Some parents worry that the sex talk will encourage experimentation, yet the reverse is true. Kids are less likely to become sexually active, and they are more responsible when the do.

Not surprisingly, the WHO global study found that that the best way to reduce abortion is to make contraception more widely available. When contraception increased in Eastern Europe after the fall of Communism, abortion rates fell by 50%.

Meanwhile, in the US 93% of people having an abortion are adults between the ages of 18-48, and half were using birth control.

Unfortunately, people don’t always use contraception flawlessly. Let’s say you’re on the pill and you remember to take it six hours late? Better use a backup because you are now at serious risk of pregnancy. If you miss two days the pill is considered temporarily ineffective.

Some only use condoms, leaving 15% of users getting pregnant, which is mostly caused by user error.  Condoms combined with spermicide are a lot safer.

Long-lasting birth control is best, like surgery, an IUD or an implant inserted into the arm.

Secondary or emergency contraception also bring down abortion rates. But plenty of religious folks fight it, along with regular contraception.

[source: broad blogs, edited for more gender-neutral langauge]

“Since Obamacare guarantees no-copay insurance coverage, birth control is $0 out-of-pocket. But a sham bill from Senator Cory Gardner and Senator Kelly Ayotte would take women back to the days of paying up to $600 out-of-pocket. No thank you!”

As seen on the Planned Parenthood Action Facebook page  

#BogusBCBill

Reminder

You probably remember the anti-choice posters “Everything that Hitler did in Germany was Legal” (an excerpt from the Martin Luther King, Jr “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”) right?

In a dramatic twist, Abortion was 100% illegal in Nazi German.  The Nazi’s had breeding programs known as Lebensborn, where SS officers would spread their “superior genetics” to many many women. 

http://www.spiegel.de/international/nazi-program-to-breed-master-race-lebensborn-children-break-silence-a-446978.html

Abortion was seen as a “violation of nature, as degradation of womanhood, motherhood and love”.  That quote was from Hitler, btw. 

Birth control and contraceptives were also banned in Nazi Germany. In 1943, a law was passed that the penalty for giving a woman an abortion was the death penalty for the abortion provider.

“The regime that produced the concentration camps also sent a French laundress to the guillotine in February 1942 for performing abortions.32 Yet despite these ferocious measures, the number of illegal abortions seems to have risen. “  - from this article ( http://www.glowm.com/section_view/item/375 )

Obama administration tells insurers to shape up and give women the health care they need

The Obama administration on Monday put health insurance companies on notice that they must cover all forms of female contraception, including the patch and intrauterine devices, without imposing co-payments or other charges.

In addition, the Obama administration said that insurers must cover genetic testing and counseling for certain women who have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer. Specifically, it said, insurers must cover testing for mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, which can increase a woman’s risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer.

The new guidance also makes clear that insurers should cover preventive services for transgender people when a doctor finds that the services are medically appropriate.

House Republicans Vote To Allow Employers To Fire Women For Using Birth Control

House Republicans Vote To Allow Employers To Fire Women For Using Birth Control

House Republicans quietly voted to overturn a local D.C. law last night that bars discrimination against women who exercise their reproductive rights.

The Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act became law in 2014 but anti-women Republicans introduced H.J. Resolution 43 to destroy it. Raw Story contributor Joan Schipp described the debate and her own effort to report on it:

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A 22 years old woman went to the hospital complaining about abdominal pains. The embarrassed young woman explained that she had been advised by her mother to insert a potato into her vagina as a means of avoiding unwanted pregnancy. 

“My mom told me that if I didn’t want to get pregnant, I should put a potato up there, and I believed her.”

After leaving the potato in place for around 2 weeks she began to experience intense pain in her lower abdomen. The potato had germinated, and grown roots inside the lady’s private parts.

When the nurse went to examine the patient, she originally thought she had been the target of a practical joke, as she found roots emerging from the young woman´s vagina.

The offending root vegetable was removed without need for surgery, and there should be no lasting physical effects on the young woman.

colombiareports

We often like to blame the parents for insufficient sex education. But the problem is that sometimes even they don’t know better…

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The Nebraska legislature is preparing for a vote that could override Republican Gov. Pete Rickett’s veto of a bill to repeal the death penalty. The measure, which passed earlier this month with a bipartisan and veto-proof majority, would also mark the first time in more than 40 years that a deep red state has opted out of capital punishment.

While GOPers in Nebraska turn against the death penalty, the national GOP remains mired in “pro-life” hypocrisy