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Well done, Republicans!

Oh, congressional Republicans. There were two ways you could have reacted when Obama gave you what you said you wanted, which was to allow Catholic hospitals and universities not to cover contraception directly for their employees. You could have accepted the compromise gracefully and let it go, or double down…

Eventually, every comedian will take a crack at this one

Conservatives are mad that Democrats picked a fight about contraception—apparently the rules they wrote said Democrats don’t get to pick a fight—and now they’re forced, forced I tell you, to go full wingnut and denounce all women having ready access to the contraception they need. Well, it’s a real shame…

Fighting the mansplaining anti-sex police

While I was not feeling up to much writing these past couple of days, that didn’t stop me from provoking anti-choicers on Twitter to disparage contraception, so that I could then retweet them and help further understanding of where the attack on reproductive rights are coming from. After all, it’s…

Woman barred from all-male panel: Using contraception makes me qualified

A woman who was recently excluded from a House Oversight Committee hearing on contraception says she was qualified to testify because unlike the all-male panel of witnesses, she actually uses birth control. Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) said at the time that he had rejected Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke…

The radical anti-insurance plan the right has concocted

I was on NPR’s “On Point” this morning, debating a lying-through-her-teeth anti-choicer (seriously, she claimed as often as she could that  post-ejaculation contraception was “abortion”, an evidence-free claim whose only purpose it to muddy the waters) named Anna Franzonello, and needless to say, it was interesting. You can listen to…

Why contraception is scary, and why it’s not

Sara Robinson has a really great summary of how effective contraception Changed Everything, and why—though it’s utterly baffling to most of us—patriarchal dudes long for a time when there wasn’t any such thing and every act of heterosexual intercourse had an undercurrent of doom for women. It’s not because Doom…

Colbert: Using contraception means ‘you are c*ck blocking God’

Stephen Colbert chimed in on the White House-Catholic Church’s spat over birth control Monday evening, declaring the Obama administration of “launching a vengeful crusade” against the church. “You see to Catholics, sex isn’t two drunk strangers getting their freak on at closing time,” he said. “It is the mystical union…

Liberal Catholics disappointed with Obama’s contraception compromise

The liberal association Catholics for Choice reacted negatively Friday to President Barack Obama’s compromise aimed at defusing a row over access to birth control by employees of religious organizations. “We are glad to see that the administration did not choose to cave completely to the bishops,” said Jon O’Brien, president…

Bishops are supporting a f*cking fine

So far, I have no takers on the question of why it’s okay for the city of NYC to force private buses that serve the public to stop making women sit in the back of the bus, but acceptable for Catholic-owned hospitals and universities to do the same thing by…

More Catholics support contraception coverage than other Americans

Catholics in the U.S. are more likely that other Americans say that employers should be required to provide insurance that covers free contraception, according to a recent poll. A survey released by the Public Religion Research Institute on Tuesday found that 58 percent of Catholics think businesses should be required…

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