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Trent Franks, GOP Revive War on Women at House Hearing on 20-Week Abortion Ban

Arizona Rep. Trent Franks at  the hearing today, June 12, 2013.

The GOP bill would ban all abortions after 20 weeks, irrespective of the circumstances faced by women and their families, and removing medical decisions from the hands of women and their doctors.

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Republican Massachusetts Senate Candidate Opens Up on Forced Waiting Periods

Republican Massachusetts Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez.

At Wednesday’s debate Republican candidate Gabriel Gomez gave some indication of how he would vote on reproductive health policy, a topic that he has been reluctant to discuss in detail on the campaign trail.

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Four Right-Wing Lawmakers Exploiting the Gosnell Case to Pass Anti-Choice Laws

(From right) Mike Lee (R-UT), Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Fred Upton (R-MI).

When the Gosnell case went to trial, right-wing activists saw their moment at hand, and got busy. Right-wing members of Congress got the message.

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Christian Right Group on an Anti-LGBTQ Crusade in Brazil

Snapshot from the Brazilian Carnival.

Brazil is a country of contradictions. It can produce both the Brazilian Carnival and house right-wing Christian empires.

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Kerry Exit Leaves Abortion Rights at Stake in Massachusetts Senate Race

Rep. Ed Markey.

One primary. Two Democrats. One pro-choice. One anti-choice. Here we go again.

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YWA 2013 Nominee: Sarah Burris

Sarah Burris

When I came to the labor movement it wasn’t just because I had an opportunity to try something different. The appeal was in working with a bottom-up union that allowed me the connectivity to the kind of people I knew best.

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Dear POTUS: Why Do I Have to Be Someone’s Daughter for You to Think I Deserve Rights?

President Obama is inaugurated alongside his family.

I was disheartened by President Obama’s reasoning for why Congress should do great things for women: “We know our economy is stronger when our wives, mothers, and daughters can live their lives free from discrimination in the workplace, and free from the fear of domestic violence.”

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Cuomo Says He Wants to Pass the Reproductive Health Act. But Does He Really Mean It?

Governor Cuomo gives his 2013 State of the State address.

In his State of the State speech in January, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made passing the Women’s Equality Act a centerpiece of his agenda for this year, including legislation protecting women’s rights to safe abortion care. But his political allegiances make the fate of the bill unclear. Does he really support it, or is he trying to play both ends?

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Justice for Sale: Big Money Floods State Judicial Races and the Implications Are Ominous


If state judicial elections continue to be a big-money game, reproductive health and social justice could lose big.

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Akin Donations Prove Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Photo: Christian Gooden/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/MCT/Zuma via Mother Jones.

Despite saying they would have nothing to do with the Missouri Republican, the party still dropped big money on his failed senate campaign.

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