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Graham Introduces 20-Week Ban in Senate as Primary Challenge Beckons

Sen. Lindsey Graham, at podium, introduces 20-week abortion ban surrounded by anti-choice leaders, l. to r., Penny Nance, Concerned Women for America; Day Gardner, National Black Pro-Life Union; Anna Higgins, Family Research Council; Maureen Ferguson, The Catholic Association, and Sen. Rob Portman.

With a potentially tough Republican primary ahead of him, Sen. Lindsey Graham took the lead on a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks post-fertilization—after Sen. Marco Rubio turned down the opportunity.

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Vitter Seeks to Insert Anti-Choice Amendment Into Employment Non-Discrimination Act

It has little chance of passing, but Sen. David Vitter (above) hopes to attach a destructive anti-choice amendment to a landmark non-discrimination vote, according to news reports.

It has little chance of passing, but Sen. David Vitter hopes to attach a destructive anti-choice amendment to a landmark non-discrimination vote, according to news reports.

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Judge Blocks Enforcement of Iowa Telemedicine Ban

The decision stays an Iowa Board of Medicine rule that threatened to end access to medication abortion for rural patients.

The decision stays an Iowa Board of Medicine rule that threatened to end access to medication abortion for rural patients. The decision will allow Planned Parenthood to continue offering medication abortions at 15 rural clinics while the court challenge proceeds.

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Anatomy of the War on Women: How the Koch Brothers Are Funding the Anti-Choice Agenda

The assault had been years, even decades, in the making. But three years ago, a Supreme Court case, the U.S. Census, and anti-Obama backlash set the course for the arsonists who trained their flame-throwers on women's fundamental freedoms.

The assault had been years, even decades, in the making. But three years ago, a Supreme Court case, the U.S. Census, and anti-Obama backlash set the course for the arsonists who trained their flame-throwers on women’s fundamental freedoms.

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Attorneys for Indiana Defend TRAP Law in Federal Court

Two groups have appealed the dismissal of their challenge to an Arizona anti-choice restriction that they argue unconstitutionally relies on harmful racial stereotypes to discriminate against and shame Black and Asian American and Pacific Islander women who decide to end their pregnancies.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller insists the law is necessary for patient safety, as conservatives in the state continue their attacks on Planned Parenthood.

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In the GOP’s Oz, Congressmen Paint Sebelius as Wicked Witch

What most will remember from Wednesday's House hearing is a bunch of angry men yelling at a woman.

The glitchy rollout of Obamacare offered plenty of fodder for Republicans who oppose the bill. But what most will remember from Wednesday’s House hearing is a bunch of angry men yelling at a woman.

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Purity Culture as Rape Culture: Why the Theological Is Political

Relationship guides and purity pledges are a cottage industry in evangelicalism, but the influence reaches far beyond just evangelicals.

By failing to equip women to understand their own agency and bodily autonomy, the evangelical purity movement creates an environment that is ripe for rape.

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Contraception Extremism and the Right-Wing Bubble

I should not have to choose between keeping my job and losing my dignity.

How did the Republicans get themselves into this shutdown mess? Part of the problem is they are remarkably out of touch, and you can look no further than Republican discourse on contraception to see how bad it’s gotten in the right-wing bubble.

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Shutdown Ends, Debt Crisis Averted—But Birth Control Still an Issue

In the end, House Republicans got virtually nothing of what they said they wanted: no defunding of Obamacare, no curtailment of the birth control benefit in Obamacare the law of the land. But they'll be back.

In the end, House Republicans got virtually nothing of what they said they wanted: no defunding of Obamacare, no curtailment of the birth control benefit in Obamacare the law of the land. But they’ll be back.

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House Republicans Take Aim at Birth Control in Quest to Scuttle Senate Shutdown Deal

To the House Republicans, who are hostage to their party’s Tea Party faction, there’s probably no dirtier word than “bipartisan”—except, perhaps, for the words “birth control.”

To the House Republicans, who are hostage to their party’s Tea Party faction, there’s probably no dirtier word than “bipartisan”—except, perhaps, for the words “birth control.”

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