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In news coverage of the GOP health care bill, outlets should be asking how in the hell they justify premium hikes for survivors of rape, sexual assault, and domestic violence – all considered pre-existing conditions under the AHCA.

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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)
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As Susan B. Anthony’s name trends on Twitter — and as people blanket her Rochester, New York, grave in “I Voted” stickers — it’s worth remembering that Anthony’s legacy is a paragon of white feminism. Anthony’s pursuit of women’s rights came with a hefty dose of racism. On its website, the National Women’s History Museum is careful to emphasize that Anthony’s problem wasn’t with black men voting, per se.

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A majority of men say they haven’t benefited from women’s access to birth control

  • It seems some men are having a hard time finding it in themselves to fight for women’s reproductive rights because, well, they’re having a hard time seeing how it makes their own lives better.
  • A new survey from public opinion research firm PerryUndem found that just 37% of men say they have personally benefited from women’s access to affordable birth control, while 52% say they’ve never reaped such benefits. Read more (3/23/17)

Hillary Clinton at the Gloria Awards: “Nothing elitist about fighting for women’s rights”

  • Hillary Clinton is back from her long walk in the woods and has recommitted to fighting for women’s rights.
  • The former Democratic presidential candidate spoke at the Ms. Foundation’s Gloria Awards, a celebration of women activists named for feminist icon and Ms. co-founder Gloria Steinem. 
  • On the eve of a House vote on a health care bill, Clinton emphasized the urgency of guarding access to medical care; of demanding gender equality now, for everyone, everywhere, across the country and around the world. Read more (5/4/17)
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Calling pregnant women 'hosts'? We're in an anti-choice Republican dystopia | Jessica Valenti
A new anti-abortion bill uses shocking language about women. But there are countless other laws that deserve to be called out, too
By Jessica Valenti

If you had any doubt that that Republicans were taking their cues on women’s health from The Handmaid’s Tale, consider Oklahoma representative Justin Humphrey, who said this week that women are not individual people once they get pregnant, just “hosts”.

Sheryl Sandberg takes a stand against Trump with a $1 million donation to Planned Parenthood

  • Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg — founding mother of “leaning in” and one of the most powerful women in business — is donating $1 million to Planned Parenthood.
  • “On behalf of the more-than-two-million patients who come to Planned Parenthood each year, we are so grateful to Sheryl Sandberg for her longstanding, and now increased, support for our health care,” Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood president, said Wednesday in a statement to CNN. Read more