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Deceptive anti-choice 'abortion coercion' bills headed to a vote in the Michigan House

Deceptive anti-choice ‘abortion coercion’ bills headed to a vote in the Michigan House

These bills aren’t about protecting women from reproductive control. They are about satisfying anti-abortion activists.

As early as this week, the Michigan Legislature could vote on a pair of bills that would criminalize the act of forcing a woman to have an abortion. Although we can all agree abortion coercion is a bad thing, it’s not the problem Right to Life and its supporters in the Michigan GOP would have you believe.

But the vague language of the bills could create new problems, like making it more difficult for women to have an honest conversation about their reproductive options with their doctors.…

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#PinkOut Day Facts: How defunding Planned Parenthood would put health and lives at risk

While anti-choice activists try to take down the organization with misinformation, it’s imperative to defend the facts.

For #PinkOut Day, the most important thing I can share is the truth.

The truth is something supporters of Planned Parenthood like me have on our side. While opponents peddle lies, all we have to do is tell the truth.

I wrote the post below on July 31, 2015, not long after the heavily edited and misleading “sting” videos about Planned Parenthood were released. The allegations in those videos have been soundly discredited and proven false. But that doesn’t stop Planned Parenthood’s opponents from accepting what they saw in those videos as some kind of gospel.…

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Michigan Legislature takes up bills that put government between women and doctors

Michigan Legislature takes up bills that put government between women and doctors

Take action: Tell Michigan lawmakers to stop the attacks on women’s health and trust women to make their own choices.

UPDATE: Committee vote on coercive abortion bills scheduled for the morning of Tuesday, September 29. Contact the committee immediately and request a NO vote on House Bills 4787 and 4830. Details in the original post below.

They still haven’t figured out a way to fund road repairs or improve support for our public schools, but Republicans in the Michigan Legislature have a laser-like focus on stopping women from accessing legal, safe healthcare services.

On Tuesday, September 22, the House Criminal Justice Committee will hold a hearing on two anti-choice bills that seek to criminalize coercive abortion.…

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GOP strategist thinks a woman is nothing more than an "emasculated person", calls Obama "first female president"

GOP strategist thinks a woman is nothing more than an “emasculated person”, calls Obama “first female president”

As Republicans gather on Mackinac Island this weekend for their annual Leadership Conference, it concentrates GOP leaders into a small area and whenever that happens, things get weird. I don’t know if they emit some strange GOP-only pheromones or what but whenever they gather together like this, they say things in their out-loud voices that they would never, ever, ever, ever say in public at other times.

I now present you with Exhibit A:

“The U.S. already has its first female President – since Obama is the most emasculated person to hold the office,” @gregmcneilly at #MRLC31

— Gary Naeyaert (@gnaeyaert) September 19, 2015

That’s Great Lakes Education Project Executive Director Gary Naeyaert quoting one of the members of GLEP’s Board of Directors, Republican strategist Greg McNeilly.…

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Planned Parenthood invites Carly Fiorina to visit a Michigan clinic for “an honest debate” without “totally false claims”

At the Republican debate this past week, Carly Fiorina attacked Planned Parenthood with an earnest ferocity that got a LOT of attention. She did it, however, by telling completely fabricated lie.

Anyone who has watched this videotape, I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes. Watch a fully-formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.

Powerful, compelling, emotional stuff. However, it’s also a provably false pile of bovine excrement. The videotape referred to by Fiorina does not, in fact, exist. Here’s the Washington Post‘s Sarah Kliff:

Fiorina is wrong: Nobody watching the Planned Parenthood tapes would see those things.
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Lizz Winstead on standing up for women, from V to Shining V

Lizz Winstead on standing up for women, from V to Shining V

A conversation with the co-founder of Lady Parts Justice on feminism, grassroots activism and using humor to drive serious change.

In the run-up to V to Shining V 2015, I’m re-posting this interview from 2014, updated with details about this year’s events.

Lizz Winstead is a woman with a mission. If you’re lucky enough to talk with her one-on-one, there’s no missing her fiery determination. She’s serious about changing the landscape of reproductive laws across the country that hold women back — and she’s doing it in a hilarious, super-fun way.

That, in a nutshell, is Lady Parts Justice and the second annual V to Shining V happening across the country on September 26.…

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Vaginas and voters to storm Detroit for V to Shining V on September 26

Make some noise, make some change and have a rockin’ good time with Lady Parts Justice!

It probably comes as no surprise that women’s rights are under attack, unless you’ve been living like an inhabitant of the Dark Ages, which America’s anti-women politicians clearly are. Women have always had to fight for their rights, and they always will unless people come together and do something to change all that.

That’s the idea behind Lady Parts Justice (LPJ), founded in 2012 by Lizz Winstead and co-conspirators after then-State Representative Lisa Brown was silenced for using the word “vagina” on the House floor when talking about (shocking!) women’s reproductive health.…

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How defunding Planned Parenthood would put health and lives at risk

While anti-choice activists try to fight the truth with misinformation, it’s imperative to defend the facts.

This post is not about abortion. It’s about people’s health and lives.

I’m not shying away from the fact that abortion is a legal healthcare service, and that it accounts for 3 percent of the services Planned Parenthood provides. No one is denying that fact and we shouldn’t be afraid to talk about it. Abortion is a choice that every woman has the right to make for herself.

But with a vote to defund Planned Parenthood looming in the U.S. Senate, expected on Monday, we must look at what’s at stake here — the 97 percent of essential healthcare services Planned Parenthood provides that protects the health and well-being of women, men and babies.…

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Darius Simpson & Scout Bostley’s poetry slam performance “Lost Voices” gives a voice to voiceless women & black men

I don’t like to throw around the phrase “must see!” much but this video, in my opinion, is something everyone should watch. It will only take three minutes of your time but this poetry slam performance by Darius Simpson & Scout Bostley says more about how women and minorities experience our society than any book or movie ever could.

Pay attention to the very beginning and note that they swap microphones before they start.

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Something to know before the "morning after"

Something to know before the “morning after”

On March 3rd, State Senator Bert Johnson (D, MI-02) and three other Michigan Democrats introduced Senate Bill 172 requiring the state health department to provide information about “emergency contraception,” otherwise known as the “Morning After” pill. The bill was referred to committee with no further action at this time, and probably not at any time under the current GOP-dominated legislature that consistently shows itself to have a narrow, authoritarian, and restrictive view of human reproduction.

The language in the bill is specific about educating the public as a means of avoiding abortions as well as unplanned pregnancies and doing it safely by using the FDA-approved “morning after” pill.…

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