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February 20, 2011

Anti-Choice Fuckery Roundup

If you're at all familiar with the politics surrounding reproductive rights in this country, you know that the anti-choice side is always up to some fuckery. Whether it's promoting deceptive crisis pregnancy centers or thinking up proposals for new hoops for women to jump through before they can have abortions, it's always something. But they've really stepped it up lately, to the point that it can feel like a challenge just to keep up with the all-out assault on women's health and rights. So we decided to do a link roundup to give you an overview of a lot of what's going on right now and what you can do about it.

HR3 - The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

A bill introduced by Republicans in the House that attempted to redefine and create hierarchies of rape and incest in order to further limit the small number of abortions that are funded by Medicaid. After a huge outcry, the House GOP agreed to alter the language of the bill to make it slightly less outrageous.

HR358 - The Protect Life Act

A bill introduced by House Republicans that would make it essentially impossible for women to get insurance coverage for abortion in new state health insurance exchanges. It also contains a "conscience" provision that would allow hospitals to refuse to perform abortions or provide referrals even in cases where the abortion is necessary to save a woman's life. Should be more accurately named the Women Are Expendable Act or Fetus? Yay! Women? Eh.

House Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood, Title X

House Republicans are basically trying to strip all federal funding from any programs that have anything at all to do with abortion or contraception.

Miscellaneous Fuckery


What You Can Do

I know that many of us get action alerts and donation requests from pro-choice groups all the time, and we also hear about anti-choice fuckery all the time. So it can be easy to develop outrage fatigue or think that this is just more of the same. It's not. If ever there was a time to push back hard and loud and clear, this is it. Anti-choice politicians and pundits need to hear from us and understand that we are paying attention and we are taking action and we are powerful and we are going to work together and support each other and vote their asses out of office because we are not going to put up with this fuckery anymore.

If anyone has any more good articles, blog posts, suggestions, or whatever else to offer, please leave them in the comments.

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