Reproductive health and rights were once again the subject of extensive debate in state capitols in 2012. Over the course of the year, 42 states and the District of Columbia enacted 122 provisions related to reproductive health and rights. One-third of these new provisions, 43 in 19 states, sought to restrict access to abortion services.
Despite saying they would have nothing to do with the Missouri Republican, the party still dropped big money on his failed senate campaign.
From now on, they’ll make sure their candidates are much quieter about their plans to ensure women lose their reproductive rights.
As another federal court temporarily blocks the mandate from taking effect, what comes next in the fight for comprehensive reproductive health care coverage?
Rachel Maddow reviews the litany of Republicans who made the mistake of expressing their offensive ignorance about rape and/or women’s bodies out loud in public and notes that the American voting public rejected them at the ballot box.
Next year will have an historic number of female senators, and that could be very good for women.
Not content with their ground game, anti-choice zealots are taking over the skies, too.
Both sides focus on key campaigns as get out the vote efforts increase.
In the last day of campaigning, both Akin and Mourdock and looking to spin comments about rape victims into positives.
Akin’s concerns about fabricated rape claims was evident as early as the nineties when he worried that acknowledging spousal rape might give women a way to “beat up on their husbands.”