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Why Politicians’ Pro-Choice Female Relatives Don’t Matter

Mitt Romney’s troubling past assertions that his mother was pro-choice in 1970 are rooted in an ongoing tradition of male politicians using their female relatives to bolster their credibility with female voters. The problem is that it’s really not that helpful. 

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Roundup: Gloucester OKs Contraceptives, Is Bush Really ‘Pro-Life’?

Gloucester High to provide contraception for students; How is Bush’s decision to cut off contraception for African women ‘pro-life’?; Amy Schalet has a question for Sarah Palin; European court may, or may not, rule on choice; Tiffany Campbell makes powerful case against South Dakota abortion ban; Maine Senate candidates answer question on Roe.

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MoveOn.org Urges Opposition to HHS Regulations Redefining Contraception as Abortion

MoveOn.org mobilizes its 3.5 million members to stop the Bush Administration’s attempt to define contraception as abortion. RH Reality Check is cited as source.

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HHS Sec. Leavitt Blogs Again, Avoids Contraception Again, Still Ignores Ab-Only

HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt blogs again about the proposed HHS regulations that redefine contraception as abortion, without mentioning the word contraception. But he demonstrates he knows how to play the game of far-right ideological abortion politics.

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Media Covers HHS Backpedaling on Redefining Contraception as Abortion

The Bush Administration efforts to redefine contraception as abortion continue to make major news, and give anti-choice publications one more chance to stir up emotion and misinformation.

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HHS Sec. Leavitt Replies; Discusses Contraception, Refusal Clause

HHS Sec. Michael Leavitt blogs about the proposed HHS regulations redefining contraception as abortion.

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Roundup: Compulsory Sex Education, GOP Ballot Initiative Strategy

Independent council in UK recommends compulsory comprehensive sex education, GOP attempts to lure conservatives to polls with ballot initiatives, 49% of IVF treatments result in multiple births, Ashley Judd discovers importance of family planning in Africa.

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PPFA Chides Bush HHS on Abstinence-Only; Mainstream Media Silent

Planned Parenthood chides Bush HHS on their attempted end run on abstinence-only funding, a story seen first on RH Reality Check that the mainstream media has yet to pick up.

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Progressive Bloggers Do Texas – And Confront Bad Sex Education Policies

Home to Netroots Nation this week, the progressive convention for political activists and bloggers, Texas is also home to the highest teen birth rate in the nation while spending more on abstinence-only programs than any state. The mix is the perfect recipe for political change.

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Are Democrats Backpedaling on Abortion Rights?

It’s an official quadrennial tradition: Every four years, self-described moderates advise the Democratic Party that its long-standing and electorally successful pro-choice position is the reason that “values voters” are deserting the party. We are told these voters could be brought into the fold if Democrats would temper their defense of women’s freedom with tacit condemnation of the choices many women make.

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