“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.

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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.

“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

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

College freshman Saira Blair, a conservative Republican, just got elected to the WV legislature

Last night was a huge night for Republican women, and America might be getting its first look at the future of American politics: smart, hard working, conservative women.

from Wall Street Journal:

A West Virginia University freshman who did most of her campaigning out of her dorm room became the youngest state lawmaker in the nation Tuesday.

Republican Saira Blair, a fiscally conservative 18-year-old, will represent a small district in West Virginia’s eastern panhandle, about 1½ hours outside Washington, D.C., after defeating her Democratic opponent 63% to 30%, according to the Associated Press. A third candidate got 7% of the vote.

In a statement, Ms. Blair thanked her supporters and family, as well as her opponents for running a positive campaign. “History has been made tonight in West Virginia, and while I am proud of all that we have accomplished together, it is the future of this state that is now my singular focus,” she said.

Ms. Blair campaigned on a pledge to work to reduce certain taxes on businesses, and she also holds antiabortion and pro-gun positions. She defeated Democrat Layne Diehl, a 44-year-old Martinsburg attorney, whose top priorities included improving secondary education and solving the state’s drug epidemic.

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Quake in your boots, “War on Women” Democrats.  Pro-life women like Saira Blair are the future.


“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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Hillary Clinton is a very rich woman with a very rich family that will never not be very rich. Because of this, she can’t relate in any meaningful way to people struggling at a time of staggering inequality. But neither can anyone else running for president, since running for president is pretty much a contest built for the wealthy. But that isn’t a reason to punt on inequality, and the historic nature of Clinton’s candidacy could give her an advantage in an election where virtually every candidate will be pushed to talk about it. Clinton is a woman (major spoiler alert), and women are disproportionately affected by a stagnating minimum wage, the absence of paid family and sick leave and repeat cuts to social programs that benefit working families.

Clinton may be especially suited to campaign on economic issues that disproportionately impact women’s lives

GOP has a war on women. For Republican morality to manifest in policy, women must be oppressed and supressed. From reproductive rights to paychecks, women have to be less than men.

anonymous asked:

Female conservatives are puppets of the men you idiot, the men tell them what to say and think, its silly how you actually thought they had any brains. They're just there for idiot people like you to actually think its smart to be conservative and follow in their footsteps, silly ignorant conservatives

If you seriously think that then you have never talked to a conservative woman. We are more than capable of thinking for ourselves and if “teh patriarchy” tried to tell me what to think or do or how to behave we would likely knee them in the balls and leave them crying on the floor. 

In fact, I would do the same to you for implying that I’m some weak willed puppet or that any of my male conservative friends would want me to be. You’re insulting every conservative with that kind of talk.