Category: War on Women

Michigan Senate to vote on “fetal tissue” bills for no good reason

Michigan Senate to vote on “fetal tissue” bills for no good reason

A crusade that will waste time and taxpayer money will do nothing but appease those who oppose legal abortion.

You’ve heard all the lies about Planned Parenthood — you know, the ones peddled in those deceptively edited videos that claimed Planned Parenthood sells baby parts?

Despite the fact that these allegations have been proven false in state after state, and the fact that Michigan’s Planned Parenthood clinics do not participate in the legal donation of fetal tissue for research and other medical purposes, Michigan legislators still plan to push through legislation that would make it a crime to profit from fetal tissue.…

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Michigan legislators use women’s health as a bargaining chip ahead of primary deadline

Michigan legislators use women’s health as a bargaining chip ahead of primary deadline

House vote on ‘abortion coercion’ bills held to appease Right to Life.

Supporters of choice have been wondering when the other shoe was going to drop on the deceptive anti-choice “abortion coercion” bills that passed out of the House Judiciary Committee in September 2015.

That shoe hit the House floor on March 24, with a vote almost entirely along party lines in support of House Bills 4787 and 4830. These bills claim to be an effort to protect women against being coerced into having an abortion — something that is already illegal in Michigan. In reality, these bills are part of a decades-long public and political anti-choice campaign to market the false theory that abortion is harmful to women.…

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GOP senator who claimed “We can’t make an African American white” accused of assault on former Lt. Gov. candidate Lisa Brown

GOP senator who claimed “We can’t make an African American white” accused of assault on former Lt. Gov. candidate Lisa Brown

Michigan State Senator Marty Knollenberg made the headlines last December when, during a Senate Education Committee hearing, he explained that we can’t fix Detroit schools because “We can’t make an African American white.”

“You mentioned why these schools fail,” he said at the hearing. “You mention the economically disadvantaged and non-white population are contributors to that. And, you know, we can’t fix THAT! We can’t make an African American white. [grins] It is what it is. So we can’t fix that.

Having already established himself as a racist, Knollenberg has now made it clear that he’s also a misogynist.…

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Extremists indicted for Planned Parenthood attack videos as Michigan Republicans hold hearing on bill to stop nonexistent funding

Extremists indicted for Planned Parenthood attack videos as Michigan Republicans hold hearing on bill to stop nonexistent funding

Earlier this week, the anti-abortion extremists behind altered videos attempting to smear Planned Parenthood found the tables turned when the grand jury investigating the health services provider indicted them on a charge of tampering with a governmental record, a felony, and on a misdemeanor charge related to purchasing human organs. The two men had selectively edited a secretly-taped video to make it appear that Planned Parenthood was selling dead baby parts for profit.

A grand jury here that was investigating accusations of misconduct against Planned Parenthood has instead indicted two abortion opponents who made undercover videos of the organization.

Prosecutors in Harris County said one of the leaders of the Center for Medical Progress — an anti-abortion group that made secretly recorded videos purporting to show Planned Parenthood officials trying to illegally profit from the sale of fetal tissue — had been indicted on a charge of tampering with a governmental record, a felony, and on a misdemeanor charge related to purchasing human organs.

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U.S. Supreme Court challenge to Texas abortion restrictions could strengthen Roe v. Wade

U.S. Supreme Court challenge to Texas abortion restrictions could strengthen Roe v. Wade

Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt has the potential to ensure a woman’s right to choose — or give abortion opponents more power than ever.

It’s not news that abortion rights are under attack in America. Although seven in 10 Americans support a woman’s right to choose, anti-abortion legislators, lobbyists and extremists will stop at nothing — not a shooting spree, not a multi-year conspiracy to spread lies about abortion care providers — in their ruthless campaign to end access to safe, legal abortion.

This, despite the fact that in 1973 the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade held that women have the right to terminate a pregnancy.…

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Female photographer on Facebook proves that everyday misogyny is a real thing but that we don’t have to allow it to be

Female photographer on Facebook proves that everyday misogyny is a real thing but that we don’t have to allow it to be

There are two things that worry me most about Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy and the national, even international, megaphone it gives him. The first is that he’s so outrageous that he makes a zealot like Ted Cruz seem “reasonable”, a terrifying prospect. Second, and equally worrisome, Trump is giving voice, cover, and even legitimacy (in some people’s eyes, anyway) to rampant bigotry and misogyny.

It’s not that a certain segment of Americans weren’t already complete misogynists and bigots. They are. They have just been too ashamed to be public about it because the rest of us would pile on the minute they tried to air their offensive views.…

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Michigan Democrats introduce legislation to mandate coverage for ‘abortion rider’ law

Michigan Democrats introduce legislation to mandate coverage for ‘abortion rider’ law

The bills stipulate that all health insurers must make rider policies available to all women.

Women’s reproductive health took a giant step backward in Michigan in 2013, when legislation written and lobbied for by Right to Life passed the Michigan Legislature. The law, which took effect in 2014, requires women to buy a separate insurance rider in case they might need abortion care in the future. But most insurance plans in Michigan don’t offer the rider, leaving women without essential healthcare coverage.

This law is dangerous to women’s health, because women must have the rider in place to be fully covered during a miscarriage or abortion — even in cases of rape and when the woman’s health is in jeopardy.…

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Donate to Lady Parts Justice League on #GivingTuesday and help them score extra cash

Donate to Lady Parts Justice League on #GivingTuesday and help them score extra cash

Help LPJ League win a $25,000 prize for gathering the most donations on December 1st.

Giving is always good, and the #GivingTuesday tradition on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving is a great reminder that there are organizations out there that rely on charitable contributions to do their work.

There’s no shortage of worthy organizations and I hope folks will give whatever they can to as many as they can.

But there’s one cause I hope you’ll be sure to support this year. Lady Parts Justice League is asking for your donation on #GivingTuesday, December 1, to help them win an extra $25,000 from CrowdRise.

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ACTION: Join Lady Parts Justice League and thank women’s clinics on #PostcardSunday Nov. 29

ACTION: Join Lady Parts Justice League and thank women’s clinics on #PostcardSunday Nov. 29

There’s no easier way to let women’s healthcare clinics and abortion providers know they have your support.

All of us who support a woman’s right to choose and access a full range of healthcare services without the threat of violence were horrified by the terrorist attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs on Friday. It’s now clear the gunman had a vendetta against Planned Parenthood, as he was seen uttering “no more baby parts” when he was arrested — clearly a response to the outrageous lies being told about Planned Parenthood following the release of heavily edited videos rife with falsehoods.…

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Medical students and legislators push to keep politicians out of healthcare decisions

Medical students and legislators push to keep politicians out of healthcare decisions

Lawmakers don’t belong in the exam room, especially when they’re legislating against safe, legal procedures.

Would you want a politician or special interest lobbyist standing in the exam room while you and your doctor discuss the best, safest medical care for you and your family? Of course not. But that’s exactly what some Michigan Republicans are trying to do, especially after this week’s vote by the Michigan House Criminal Justice Committee that advances bills to criminalize a safe, legal abortion procedure.

So concerned citizens and legislators are speaking out.

Following yesterday’s committee vote, I heard from Lindsey Flaquer, a first-year medical student at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.…

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Michigan House committee approves bills to criminalize safe abortion method

Michigan House committee approves bills to criminalize safe abortion method

Right to Life-backed bills would legislate substandard care for pregnant women by making a legal procedure illegal.

With their non-solution to road funding as a prime example, Michigan Republicans keep proving they’re not very good legislators. They’d make even worse doctors — especially since none of them have medical licenses.

But that’s not stopping them from playing doctor. Legislation that would dictate what abortion method doctors can use passed out of the Michigan House Criminal Justice Committee today, with a 5-3 vote along party lines.

As I’ve written here before, House Bills 4833 and 4834 would criminalize the safest abortion procedure for women after 14 weeks of pregnancy.…

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