“If you live in Indiana and are pregnant, don’t ever tell or text anyone that you are ambivalent about being pregnant or thinking about an abortion” ~ Dr. Jen Gunter, OB/GYN

Georgia Women Arrested Protesting Bill That Would Let Employers Fire Women Who’ve Had An Abortion

“In several states, Republican lawmakers are sponsoring bills that would allow employers to use “religious liberty” as an excuse to do whatever they want – including discriminate against customers or employees on the basis of religion.

Georgia’s version of this religious liberty bill has already passed the state senate, but is running into trouble in the house, where even the speaker, a Republican, has expressed skepticism about the legislation.

Progressive activists in the state are leaving nothing to chance, realizing that if the bill passes, the state could see a new wave of discrimination similar to Jim Crow-style restrictions on African Americans. Some women’s organizations are particularly concerned that right-wing employers could, for example, fire women who’ve had abortions.

On Monday, four women – Megan Harrison, Lorraine Fontana, Emma Stitt, and Jessica Reznicek – sought an audience with the bill’s chief Senate sponsor, Republican Josh McKoon. Not only were the four women denied a meeting with McKoon, they were arrested.

The American Friends Service Committee shared a few photos of the arrests.

At least two of the women – Emma Stitt and Jessice Reznicek – have decided to refuse bond for now, saying they will stay in prison until the bill is defeated.”

Read the full piece here

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It is 2015 and we are currently fighting to keep abortion legal and accessible more than 40 years after Roe v. Wade made it a constitutional right. Employers can now deny women insurance coverage for birth control if they claim to object to it on religious grounds, and Republicans are pushing to defund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest reproductive healthcare provider that also offers low- and no-cost birth control. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to ban abortion pre-viability, while House Republicans voted last week to prevent private insurers from covering the procedure. At the state level, conservative lawmakers are passing laws that shutter clinics and force women to wait longer and travel farther to access care. Taken as a whole, the government is making it really, really hard to avoid becoming pregnant. And if you get pregnant and don’t want to be, the government is making it really, really hard to get an abortion.

Republican War on Women. The hostility is now the majority.

The right wing wants the government to legislate your personal life regarding your most intimate decisions. Then they have the audacity to call themselves “limited government”.

Legislators in Indonesia proposed a controversial law this week that would require girls to pass a “virginity test” in order to graduate high school. “If they’re not virgins anymore, don’t let them pass,” said one of the leading lawmakers from Jember, the township in East Java pushing for the V-card test, to a local news site. The proposed policy wasultimately defeated after an outpouring of public outrage across the archipelago nation.

This is not the first time such a law has been proposed in Indonesia. In 2007, the province of West Java called for similar tests on high school graduates, and in 2013, lawmakers in South Sumatra tried as well. Both attempts failed. Still, women applying to the National Police force have been given virginity, or “two-finger” tests since at least 1965—a few months ago, the Indonesian coordinating minister for politics, law, and security told the press that giving female military recruits a hymen check has been obligatory for a while now. Last November, the head of the force’s law division told theJakarta Post that the tests can help determine an applicant’s moral standards. “If she turns out to be a prostitute, then how could we accept her for the job?” he rationalized.

Read More on Indonesia’s War on Women

TW for abortion

Republicans Are Killing Women: US Maternal Death Rate Climbs; Female Deaths Rise In GOP Counties

“Today’s mothers are twice as likely to die of pregnancy- or childbirth-related causes than their mothers were. There is no reason, given our vast resources, knowledge and technology, why we should be going backwards in this area.” – Laura Gilkey, coordinator of The Safe Motherhood Quilt Project, a nonprofit based in Sarasota, Fla.

Globally, only a few countries have seen a rise in the rate of maternal deaths in recent years. Those include Afghanistan, El Salvador, South Sudan and the United States of America. While at one time the US had all but eliminated deaths associated with childbirth, things have changed in recent years, with maternal death rates climbing from 14.5 per 100,000 to 17.8 per 100,000 between 2007 and 2011. As of 2014, the number of women who die during pregnancy and childbirth in the US has risen to 28 deaths per 100,000.

For purposes of comparison, the maternal death rate in nearly all wealthy, developed nations is a single digit number. As of 2014, the US maternal death rate is 7 times higher than that of Austria, Finland, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Spain and Sweden, all nation’s which have a maternal mortality rate of just 4 deaths per 100,000.

It might surprise conservatives to learn that the maternal death rate in the US is 14 times greater than that of Israel. While right wingers might be under the impression that Israel’s very low maternal mortality rate is the result of strict abortion policies, nothing could be further from the truth. The country has very liberal abortion laws, and women are provided with government subsidized abortion services. The country’s liberal policies regarding women’s health has led to a maternal death rate of just two women per 100,000.”

Read the full piece here | See the study here

This post is for everyone who didn’t vote because “both parties are the same.” The parties are FUNDAMENTALLY OPPOSED on the issues that most affect women: reproductive freedom, stopping rape and helping survivors, contraception, maternity leave, equal pay. 

To my U.S. readers: are you in the U.S. and registered to vote? If not, register now, it takes A FEW MINUTES for womens’ lives. http://www.vote411.orgThis way you’ll be qualified to vote these misogynists out the next chance you get.


Angela Valavanis had already had one bad encounter with the Catholic health care system when St. Francis Hospital, the hospital in Evanston, Ill., where she delivered her second baby, refused to allow her OB/GYN to tie her tubes because of Catholic restrictions on the procedure. When she went to her doctor’s office for a check-up after the birth and asked about going back on the Pill, since she hadn’t gotten the sterilization she wanted, she got another shock: “My doctor told me that she couldn’t prescribe birth control because she had sold her practice to a Catholic health system,” said Angela. “My mouth dropped open. I was so confused to hear those words coming out of the mouth of an OB/GYN.”

Eight of the largest health systems in America are now Catholic-owned. More and more won’t prescribe conraception

lasnochex asked:

The abortion bill gives women 5 months to get an abortion. It's safer and cheaper to get an abortion in the first trimester.(3-months) I mean this bill gives women more than half a pregnancy to get an abortion. For the most part a majority of people get an abortion in the first trimester anyways. I don't know I might sound mean or I'm just ignorant in this subject but I think this bill is reasonable. Coming from a republican who wrote this bill he gave women a lot of time to get an abortion

Hi lasnochex:   I’d usually answer privately but you’ve asked me to publish this so here goes… 

There was a famous study done where students were given the biographies of five women who wanted abortions. The students were the final deciders – only one of the women could get an abortion.  They had to decide which one. The four other women stayed pregnant.  i can’t remember it all exactly but the study included two women.  Woman #1 was Mary, who was engaged, used her birth control pills exactly as prescribed, was a graduate student studying law and was one year away from graduation.  She became pregnant when she used an antibiotic and the antibiotic stopped the pill from working (this happens a lot). Woman #2 was Ellen. Ellen didn’t have a job and got pregnant after she went to a bar, got drunk and had sex with a stranger in a car.  They both wanted an abortion.  Guess who the class decided was allowed to get one? Mary, the responsible law school student.  This makes no sense because the last person you’d want to have a baby was an irresponsible woman like Ellen.  Nevertheless, Mary was given the right to have an abortion and here’s why:  the abortion was a reward.  It was the state’s way of saying “okay you really couldn’t help it and we feel sorry for you. It’s not fair you got pregnant when you tried so hard not to.  We’ll give you the right to do this with your body. You’re welcome.”   And that’s the bill right now. It’s making the assumption that the state has the right to step in. It assumes every woman who’s pregnant at five months is irresponsible. It assumes women aren’t capable of making a decision without male intervention.  It assumes an acceptable standard of behavior for women and punishes women who don’t meet that standard. 

“So, let’s get this straight: Sen. Ted Cruz — the guy who wants to restrict women’s rights and access to health care, opposes policies that support families’ economic security, and once shut down the government to take away health care from millions of people — wants to be president? No thanks.” 

As seen on the Planned Parenthood Action Facebook page


Purvi Patel, the second woman to be prosecuted under Indiana’s feticide law, was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Monday, after being convicted of feticide and neglect of a dependent. The 33-year-old faced up to 70 years in prison for allegedly attempting to induce an abortion and giving birth to a live child, who prosecutors argued later died because of her neglect. Patel, however, has consistently maintained she had a miscarriage

Purvi Patel faced up to 70 years on charges of feticide and neglect, which relied on invalidated science


“An Idaho lawmaker received a brief lesson on female anatomy after asking if a woman can swallow a small camera for doctors to conduct a remote gynecological exam.

The question Monday from Republican state Rep. Vito Barbieri came as the House State Affairs Committee heard nearly three hours of testimony on a bill that would ban doctors from prescribing abortion-inducing medication through telemedicine.

[…] Dr. Julie Madsen, a physician who said she has provided various telemedicine services in Idaho, was testifying in opposition to the bill. She said some colonoscopy patients may swallow a small device to give doctors a closer look at parts of their colon.

“Can this same procedure then be done in a pregnancy? Swallowing a camera and helping the doctor determine what the situation is?” Barbieri asked.

Madsen replied that would be impossible because swallowed pills do not end up in the vagina.

“Fascinating. That makes sense,” Barbieri said, amid the crowd’s laughter.

Read the full piece here

This is funny until you realize women’s lives and health are being attacked in GOP states by ignoramuses like this one.

The joke stops when you remember Republicans Are Killing Women: US Maternal Death Rate Climbs; Female Deaths Rise In GOP Counties

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An Akin-esque New Low: Scott Walker Ready to Sign Abortion Bill That Is Even Worse Than No Exceptions [TW: Anti-Abortion Extremism, Sexism, Misogyny]

You might have thought it was bad enough that 2016 Republican presidential candidate and Governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker is going to sign a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks with no exceptions for incest or life of the mother.

But it gets worse.

Laura Bassett of the Huffington Post (published on MSN ) pointed out that the bill contains a “less-discussed provision that would allow the father to sue the doctor for ’emotional and psychological distress’ if he disagrees with the abortion, regardless of his relationship with the woman having the procedure.”

So, a woman breaks up with a man, finds out she’s pregnant with his baby, decides to keep the pregnancy even though he wants nothing to do with it, eventually gets really sick with a life-threatening complication and needs a later term abortion but can’t get one — and, to make matters worse, if she found a doctor who was willing to help her save her own life, the disinterested father could sue the doctor for emotional damages.

Talk about scaring doctors away from helping women. That will do it.

Though unlike other Republican bills on abortion that incentivize rape, this one – while incentivizing rapists by giving them the power to force a woman to carry the result of their crime to term, thus giving the rapist the one thing rapists are after, which is control – the Wisconsin bill won’t let the rapist sue the doctor.

Such rare humanity in the Republican Party is to be applauded. Also if one is a Josh Duggar type who committed incest, they can’t sue the doctor of their victim according to this bill. So while Republicans won’t condemn Josh Duggar, they can agree that the perpetrator can be rewarded for his crime via a forced pregnancy, but they draw the line at the predator suing the doctor over their emotional distress if the woman were to terminate.

Quite a moral line in the sand.

Incest is not wrong enough to let a woman terminate a pregnancy resulting from it after 20 weeks, according to this bill that Walker will sign, but a perpetrator can’t profit financially off of a doctor helping her do it.

So to sum up the Republican position: Defending and covering up incest is something to be forgiven, but doctors don’t dare try to save a woman’s life. That will get them in deep trouble, as in up to a $10,000 fine and 3.5 years in jail and that’s not counting the financial hit if the “father” sues.

Walker justifies his willingness to sign this bill by saying that he believes, contrary to medical science, that the fetus can feel pain at this point. Apparently he does not believe that a woman who is dying from tragic medical complications resulting from her pregnancy can feel pain, or that being raped by a family member might give one enough pain that they would rather not be forced to carry the reminder around for 9 months.

This is going to be hard to explain while running for president, but maybe Walker is so short-sighted he only has eyes for the nomination. In reality, it looks like Scott Walker is not really running for president but rather is running for vice president/bringer-of-the-GOP-extremists-to-the-voting-polls.

It should be pointed out that Walker refused to tell voters where he stood on this issue during the gubernatorial election. We are supposed to only tell you that and leave it there, because there is no “evidence” otherwise. However, history and human nature tells us that if a candidate won’t answer, it’s because you wouldn’t like the answer. Now we have the proof.

Remember this when next you meet a “moderate” Republican.

Scott Walker is the #2016GOP’s Todd Akin. 

h/t: Sarah Jones at PoliticusUSA

This is the reason you separate church from government so you do not have complete misogynistic idiots shilling religion as policy. 

This Republican should check out the Constitution first. The document he swore to uphold. He is a politician, not a pastor. #GOPwaronwomen