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Martinez Removes “Forcible” From Rape Provisions for Childcare Assistance, But Many Questions Remain

Governor Susana Martinez. Photo: Think Progress.

This evening, we received confirmation from the office of Children, Youth, and Families Department of New Mexico that Governor Martinez requested that the word “forcible” be removed from the proposed guidelines for childcare assistance. But many questions about the proposed policies remain.

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New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez Seeks Proof of “Forcible Rape” in Applications for Childcare Assistance

Forcible rape is back in the news, this time in New Mexico, where the administration of Governor Susana Martinez is seeking a “forcible rape” test for women seeking childcare assistance, proving you don’t have to be male to be a misogynist.

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Virginia Board of Health Succumbs to Threats From Cuccinelli, Passes Medically-Unnecessary Restrictions

Ken Cuccinelli. AP Photo.

Today, in a striking decision, the Virginia Board of Health allowed lies, ideology, and politics to triumph over medical science and the rights of women when it imposed medically-unnecessary restrictions on reproductive health providers.

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Misogynists Just Can’t Seem to Help Themselves: Cong. Joe Walsh Tells Sandra Fluke to “Get a Job”

Talking Points Memo reported today that Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh, already controversial for his demeaning and offensive comments, and his support for Congressman Todd Akin, attacked law student and women’s health advocate Sandra Fluke.

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Reporters Repeatedly Press Undeclared Candidate On Her Ability to Govern While Raising Kids

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan

Remember when Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan was nominated to be Mitt Romney’s running mate, and the media hounded him with questions about how he could handle campaigning and still take care of his young children? Actually, they didn’t. But they are still hounding female candidates for office.

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Progressive Groups Call on Democrats to Support Religious Freedom

Photo: National Council of Jewish Women.

Progressive religious and human rights groups today called on the Democratic National Committee to “stand up for people of faith and [of] no faith and not allow conservative politicians and religious leaders to redefine the meaning of religious liberty.”

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Progressive Groups Call on Democratics to Support Religious Freedom

Progressive religious and human rights groups today gathered in Charlotte, North Carolina, site of the 2012 Democratic National Convention, and called on the Democratic National Committee to “stand up for people of faith and [of] no faith and not allow conservative politicians and religious leaders to redefine the meaning of religious liberty.” Both during and […]

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Missouri Republican Says God Blesses Raped Women With Pregnancy

Sharon Barnes. Gawker.

A Missouri Republican who came to the defense of Representative Todd Akin told the The New York Times last week that, while “abortion is never an option…. If God has chosen to bless this person [the rape victim] with a life, you don’t kill it.”

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What Romney Said: A Timeline of Mitt Romney’s Anti-Choice Positions and the Questions the Media Isn’t Asking

It falls to professional media interviewers not just to assume Mitt Romney supports exceptions, because before Akin-gate he had not previously espoused any exceptions, but rather to ask him about when he changed his position, why he has not spoken out before on exceptions, and what he would do if Congress passed a “human life amendment” with no exceptions.

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Romney Supports Total Abortion Ban, No Exceptions, But Fools the Media Into Reporting Otherwise

When it comes to personhood/human life laws, either Mitt Romney is very confused and does not understand the grave implications for women of the laws for which he is espousing support, or he is lying, or both. The media should not be helping him out.

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