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Sen. Scott Brown Begs Republican Party to Please Stop Endangering His Seat

Scott Brown. Gretchen Ertl/AP.

The Massachusetts Republican is doing everything he can not to get tangled up in the backlash over GOP abortion policies.

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Blame the Rape Victim

Rep. Todd Akin said that when he said “legitimate rape” he really meant women who make up false rape claims. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, Salon.com’s Irin Carmon, and the Guardian US’ Ana Marie Cox discuss Republicans’ history of blaming rape survivors and how the Party’s position on rape and abortion may impact the presidential election.

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Dr. “Spastic Tubes,” Todd Akin & the Argument that Rape Victims Don’t Exist

Rachel Maddow discusses the resurfacing argument that rape victims cannot get pregnant– one that is easily and frequently disproved– as being a reasoning device for politicians who wish to completely outlaw abortion without feeling immoral.

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Republicans Loudly Distance Themselves From Akin’s Comments

George Allen. [img src]

If you are curious who is worried about their reelections, watch who is publicly denouncing the Missouri congressman’s “legitimate rape” remarks.

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The Lesson of Delhi Charter School: It’s Time to Truly Support Pregnant and Parenting Teens

This week all eyes turned to the Delhi Charter School, which rescinded a policy that grossly discriminated against female students. This situation underscores how ineffective we are at supporting pregnant and parenting teens.

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The Primaries: Who Is In, Who Is Out

Rep. Pete Hoekstra. [img src]

Last night a few new national races were solidified after primaries in Missouri, Michigan and Washington.

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Massachusetts’s New “Pro-Information Bill” on Down Syndrome Is Really That: Pro-Information

We’ve all heard “we just want the mother to be fully informed” when it comes to thinly veiled efforts to coerce women, but in the case of a new Massachusetts bill, it appears to be true.

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When Hard Cases Make Good Law: Mass. Supreme Court Upholds the Personhood of Pregnant Women

From a tragic case in Massachusetts has emerged a rule affirming women’s fundamental personhood: “All births, regardless of venue, carry inherent risks; in the ordinary course, competent women who are pregnant may weigh these risks themselves and make decisions about the course of their own pregnancies and childbirths.”

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Sexual Health Roundup: HIV-Prevention Drug Wins FDA Panel Approval, Parents Talk About Internet Pornography

A New York Times article looks at how parents do (and should) react when their children inevitably see Internet pornography, an FDA advisory panel recommends approving a drug for HIV-prevention, and Massachusetts cuts over $1 million from its HIV-prevention and testing program in county jails. 

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Teen Birth Rate Hits Lowest Point Since 1946

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the latest teen birth rates which found that fewer babies were born to teen mothers in 2010 than in any year since 1946. 

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