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When Politicians’ Sex Lives Stop Being Private

Ok.  I didn’t want to address it.  First, it seemed like a stupid thing to be talking about at all, and then it just seemed stupid, and now it’s mostly sad.  But I found that thoughts on the topic were accumulating, unbidden, in my head. So, pardon my being unfashionably late to this particular pity party, but here are a few musings on Anthony Weiner.

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Ohio’s Multi-Pronged Attack on Reproductive Rights

Ohio is just one of many states attempting to outdo the Feds in anti-choice zealotry, and it makes me scared for the future of reproductive rights in this country.  How many laws restricting abortion will it take for people to recognize that their rights are being taken away?  How far do the zealots have to go before there’s a widespread outcry?  How many women will be forced to carry unwanted pregnancies to term before we demand our legislators stop making it harder for us to exercise our legal, constitutionally protected, right to abortion?

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Mike Pence Reaaaally Hates Planned Parenthood. And Women In General, Probably.

Obviously, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion” and attempted redefinition of the word “rape” didn’t go far enough in showcasing the GOP’s hatred of women.  The latest grandly misogynistic legislation from the party that came into power claiming to be all about jobsjobsjobs is the The Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition A

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Ross Douthat Has Some Predictably Asinine Opinions About the Catholic Church + Contraception

Ross always seems eager (like, weirdly eager) to opine on women’s sexual choices and the inevitable deviance of those choices.  Like usual, he’s reluctant to come right out and say that he thinks that birth control is only for bad, bad women, but that seems to be the bottom line.

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Pope OK’s Condom Use- But Only if You’re a Gigolo

In comments released today from the Vatican, Pope Benedict seems to have changed his mind a teensy tiny bit on the morality of condom use.

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The Politics of Birth Control

Pop Quiz: Match the country with its government’s birth control news:

1) In Country A, the president pledges to provide birth control to poor couples who want it.

2) In Country B, the legislature hedges on making any commitments to providing low-cost birth control to women who want it, in the face of loud opposition from Catholic Bishops.

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High Risk Insurance Pools, or Yet Another Way to Screw Over Women

So we come to another battle over abortion in health care, only this time, the Obama administration caved even before anti-choicers brought out their pitchforks.

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