Tag: Women’s reproductive rights

Republican “healthcare” plan will create thousands more unwanted pregnancies while reducing prenatal/newborn care

Republican “healthcare” plan will create thousands more unwanted pregnancies while reducing prenatal/newborn care

On our podcast this week, LOLGOP and I discussed this topic but, in light of recent developments, it bears more discussion. First, we got news from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) scoring of the Republican “healthcare” plan – the American Health Care Act (AHCA) [note the missing word: “affordable”] – that, if it is passed and the Affordable Care […]

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Michigan GOP enacts laws to make selling fetal tissue MORE illegal and to ban local plastic bag regulations

Michigan GOP enacts laws to make selling fetal tissue MORE illegal and to ban local plastic bag regulations

Apparently things are just fine in Michigan because Republicans here have resorted to (a) making something illegal more illegal and (b) to restricting local municipalities from passing local regulations for their community. So much for “local control”. The first bill makes the sale of fetal tissue resulting from abortions more illegal. I say it makes it “more illegal” because it’s […]

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PROCESSING TRUMP: Installment Four – Work for justice and equality with organizations with a plan (by Lizz Winstead)

PROCESSING TRUMP: Installment Four – Work for justice and equality with organizations with a plan (by Lizz Winstead)

Over the next few days, I’m going to share the thoughts of friends and acquaintances as they process the reality of a Donald Trump presidency. Some will be from people willing to share their identity. Others will be anonymous. All will help us to understand that we’re not alone in our grief and struggle to understand “what’s next.” Installment Four […]

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Want to be sure you’re voting for pro-Choice candidates? There’s a website for that!

Want to be sure you’re voting for pro-Choice candidates? There’s a website for that!

The following guest post was written by Friend of the Blog (and the blogger) Linsey Pecikonis. Linsey is the Communications Lead at #VOTEPROCHOICE. Enjoy. In a few days, the 2016 election will come to an end. While a majority of us are still transfixed by a presidential election like no other, the key races across the country are decided much […]

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Possibly the worst thing ever said in a presidential debate

Possibly the worst thing ever said in a presidential debate

Immediately followed by one of the best It’s been a week since the last debate, but the horror of Donald Trump’s answer on reproductive rights is still sinking in. As Republicans have trained themselves to do, Fox News’ Chris Wallace focused the question of abortion on something that doesn’t exist — partial-birth abortion. “I think it’s terrible if you go […]

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Wife of conservative Michigan Republican, an apparent rape victim, blackmailed for political gain

Wife of conservative Michigan Republican, an apparent rape victim, blackmailed for political gain

NOTE: This post has been updated to reflect the fact that Rep. Lee Chatfield DOES have a Republican primary challenger. Stephanie Chatfield, the wife of conservative tea party Republican state House Representative Lee Chatfield, revealed this week that she had an abortion when she was in high school. In a post on Facebook, Ms. Chatfield revealed that she became pregnant […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Colorado proves it’s not about stopping abortions, it’s about controlling women

Colorado proves it’s not about stopping abortions, it’s about controlling women

I’ve long believed, as do so many others, that the forced birther movement, which claims to be about “saving lives”, is little more than a subterfuge for their real aim: controlling women. Why else would they go after contraception time and time again? Why else would they want to defund Planned Parenthood that prevents more unwanted pregnancies and abortions than […]

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Incoming Republican extremist Todd Courser’s first act will be a “personhood amendment” to ban abortion in Michigan

Incoming Republican extremist Todd Courser’s first act will be a “personhood amendment” to ban abortion in Michigan

At the risk of Eclectablog becoming a “Todd Course Watch” site which reports on the every move of the extremist proponent of a theocracy in Michigan, I feel it’s important that everyone is aware of his plans when he takes office for the first time in January. Already known for his injection of religion in to government and his worldview […]

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UPDATED: Don’t like the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision? You can thank Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.

UPDATED: Don’t like the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision? You can thank Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby today in a narrow 5-4 decision that allows the owners of for-profit corporations to deny health insurance coverage for some types of contraceptives for their employees. The decision cements in place the idea that corporations are people entitled to Constitutionally-protected rights like free speech. As it turns out, Michigan Attorney […]

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