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Boehner and McCotter Pledge a “Culture of Life”

In a letter to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Republican leaders pledge to promote a concept the definition of which includes opposition to all forms of birth control.

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GOP Playbook Useless in Health Care Fight

Republicans gear up to counter Democrats’ plans for health care reform.

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Roundup: Republicans, Independents Endorse Contraception and Sexuality Education

Republicans, independent favor a reproductive health agenda; New York Times calls jettisoning of family planning provision “distressing;”more Catholic hospitals make noise on FOCA; Wisconsin clinic plans to offer second-trimester abortion and protests escalate; Erykah Badu twitters her home birth.

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Oh, Grow Up: Boehner Titillates to Tank Stimulus

To tank the stimulus, Rep. John Boehner’s strategy is to titillate people about the sexual habits of their lower-income neighbors.

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SC Democratic Chairwoman Says ‘Not Having Abortion’ Palin’s Qualification

A Democratic leader in South Carolina questions Palin’s qualifications based on whether or not she’s had an abortion. But our focus should be on inclusive reproductive health policies – not personal decisions.

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McCain and Palin Want Women’s Votes But Do Women Want Them?

Sarah Palin has been thrust into the spotlight. With unmarried women representing a crucial voting block this election season, it’s easy to see Palin as a political pick. But will her policies actually help women or hurt them?

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Al Franken’s Not-So-Funny Planned Parenthood Endorsement

Progressive senatorial candidate and former entertainer Al Franken has had a rocky relationship with women’s groups and female legislators. But his campaign got a boost with the endorsement of Planned Parenthood and others this week.

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The Pro-Choice First Lady Stunt

Pro-choice First Ladies who have no influence on their husbands’ anti-choice policies reinforce the idea that the power over women’s lives should ultimately reside with men.

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Republicans v. Republicans: Stem Cell Showdown in Missouri

In an election season where up is down and down is up, a group of Republicans from Missouri are taking a stand in support of embryonic stem cell research.

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Fractures on the Far Right

John Hagee’s endorsement of Sen. John McCain was calculated to provide McCain with instant credibility among evangelical Christian voters. Instead, the Hagee endorsement has exposed a key fracture within the Republican coalition: tensions between right-wing Catholics and right-wing evangelical Protestants.

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