Afternoon Roundup: CBS News Correspondent Sexually Assaulted in Egypt


Maine’s newest anti-choice legislation; Mike Huckabee wants you to forget you don’t have a job or health care and that the value of your house is plummeting – because the most important issue we face is legal abortion for women; CBS News correspondent is sexually assaulted while covering Egyptian protetsts and more.

  • Republican, male legislators in Maine don’t want to feel left out of the full, frontal assault on women, happening around the country! A host of anti-women’s health bills have been introduced mandating governmental intrusions into the physician-patient relationship, specifically when it comes to abortion care. From imposing a 24-hour waiting period before accessing abortion care to forcing a physician to read an anti-abortion, government-written script to a woman before she receives abortion care, the invasive nature of these laws are evident. 
  • CBS News correspondent Lara Logan became the victim of “a brutal and sustained sexual assault” while in Egypt covering the protests over the reign of President Hosni Mubarak for a “60 Minutes” segment. Though very little information has been provided, thus far, CBS News offered a statement which noted that Logan was surrounded by a crushing mob of protestors, separated from her crew and then sexually assaulted before being saved by “a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers.” 
  • Todd Heywood writes for the Michigan Messenger that anti-gay activists won’t give up on attempting to repeal a U.S. District Court decision that the Matthew Shephard and James Byrd, Jr. hate-crimes law is, in fact, constitutional as stands. They’ve now filed an appeal in the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Right Wing Watch examines the growing support for Personhood laws. Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council is the lastest anti-choice extremist to prop up the movement. Personhood Amendments around the country have notoriously failed to win approval from voters and even faced the disapproval of other extreme anti-choice organizations. The movement is gaining traction now with new amendments being offered in states like Georgia and Florida and more prominent supporters being welcomed into the fold. 

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