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Rhode Island Democrat Introduces Ultrasound Bill Because “Planned Parenthood Didn’t Help Me Plan”

Rep. Karen MacBeth. [img src]

Same old bill, but a very different type of sponsor.

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Roundup: Rwanda Aims to Vaccinate All Girls Against HPV

Photo by Neil Palmer, CIAT International Center for Tropical Agriculture

Rhode Island’s legislative agenda on abortion; Louisiana state rep introduces abortion ban; and Rwanda unveils national campaign to address cervical cancer.

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Morning Roundup: New Hampshire Likes Same Sex Marriage, Thank You Very Much

New Hampshire does not want to repeal its marriage law, Nebraska may increase family planning funding, the elimination of Title X, young moms need career support, and Republican use of abortion as political manipulation.

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Reproductive and Sexual Health in the States: Two Steps Forward, Several Steps Back

By the end of March, 825 measures had been introduced in the 44 legislatures that have convened so far in 2010.

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GOP Getting Nasty, Even With Its Own: Tactics of Social Conservatives Destroy Democracy

The GOP Senate primary in Rhode Island has taken a nasty turn with one of those untraceable sort of groups that pop up every election year and miraculously have loads of money to spend targeting candidates with negative media. The organization, "Common Sense 2006" is responsible for a push poll asking voters if they will support Lincoln Chafee as a pro-choice candidate. If they say yes they are then treated to a graphic description of an abortion, called baby killers and unpatirotic.

These are the tactics of the radical right. This is how they campaign and this is how they govern. No one who has paid attention to politics for the last 30 years is surprised. What is surprising, is that these tactics still work, that the mainstream media remains inept at exposing them, and that the media seems "shocked" when the same things happen every two years in different races, with different groups around the country. Reporting them as "dirty tricks" only reinforces the message that sponsors want to send: politics is dirty.

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