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Phil Gingrey Perpetuates the “Women Cry Rape” Myth

Rep. Phil Gingrey. (Lisa Hall/The Rome News-Tribune via NY Daily News)

Phil Gingrey backed up Todd Akin’s claim that women routinely lie about being raped to cover up consensual sex, and that “legitimate” rapes have contraceptive powers. Too bad for him there’s not much evidence of either contention.

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SBA List Fights Women’s Rights in General: Shame on Time Magazine For Featuring Them

Rally during an SBA bus tour. (Mother Jones)

Time gave the SBA List space to promote their claim to be “pro-life feminists.” Except that in order to be a feminist, you have to work for women’s equality. SBA List is on the anti-feminist side on pretty much every issue, including equal pay and violence against women.

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Time to Stop Restricting Abortion and Start Restricting Assault Weapons

It’s not a contradiction to believe that gun control is good while abortion restrictions are ineffective violations of basic human rights. Abortion access improves society, whereas the proliferation of guns simply leads to more violence. 

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Conservatives Must Stop Blaming Victims for Violence Against Them

With a plodding inevitability, conservatives have started to blame Kasandra Perkins for the choice of an entire other person to pull the trigger and take her life. But this is an urge that not only can be resisted, but should be resisted.

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Mississippi’s Hypocritical Anti-Choicers May Close Last Abortion Clinic

In January, a regulation that could end legal abortion in Mississippi could go into effect. The entire situation is a classic example of the NIMBYism and hypocrisy of anti-choicers, who are more interested in appearances than realities around abortion.

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Sorry, John McCain, But Anti-Choicers Are Judged on Actions, Not Words

John McCain joins the growing list of Republicans who claim that attacking reproductive rights while declining to talk about it in public will help them win elections. But that strategy has been in effect for years now, and it’s not working anymore. 

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Ohio Is The Latest Battlefield in the War on Contraception

In the United States, the war on contraception continues, with the Ohio state legislature mounting a new attack on subsidized birth control for low income women. 

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What the 2012 Election Means for Women and for Feminism

Pro-choice candidates gained big time this election cycle, while anti-choice politicians lost even more power, at least on a national level. The lesson of all this is simple: After decades of feminists arguing for women’s rights, the majority of the public is on board.

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Charmaine Yoest Tries to Give the War on Women a Pleasant Face

Emily Bazelon profiles Charmaine Yoest in the New York Times Magazine. Yoest knows that the anti-choice movement needs to improve its reputation, but despite this, she can’t give up on the overt sexism and the anti-contraception sentiments.

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New York City’s Embrace of Volunteer Clinic Escort Program Sends Anti-Choicers into Meltdown

New York City is helping train volunteers for a clinic escort program that will help patients seeking abortion get past anti-choice militants who crowd around clinics slinging invective. Anti-choice whining about this is unintentionally revealing. 

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