The House GOP's Latest Anti-Abortion Bill Fed into Racial Stereotypes About Asians

PRENDA, the latest anti-women bill by the House Republicans did not pass, thankfully (my angry black overlady wrote about it here).  It's a particularly egregious bill because in it, the Republicans claimed that their concern was for all the fetuses of color and girl fetuses being aborted.  They were so concerned, they named the bill after Susan B. Anthony and Fredrick Douglass - a woman and a black man respectively.   The full name of the bill is the Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (H.R. 3541.)   Nondiscrimination is good, right?!?  Unless it's used as a smokescreen to hide the true intentions of the bill.

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President Obama Gives Marriage Equality a Leg Up: He Voices His Support for SSM

Same-sex couples should be able to get married. - President Obama

I awoke this morning* to the momentous news that President Barack Obama had come out in support of SSM.  Let me tell you, after the bruising defeat of Amendment One passing last night in NC and the aftermath, I was ready for some good news.    And this?  This was great news.  Finally, PBO's words were matching his action, and for the first time in history, a sitting American president had voiced support for SSM**.

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MN Congressman Who Sponsored Anti-Abortion Bill Extols the Virtues of Viagra

You can't make this shit up - at least, I can't.  Senator Paul Gazelka (R-Assholeville), the sponsor of the vetoed anti-abortion pill/tele-med bill, when asked by a Democratic colleague why RU-486 should be regulated instead of, say, Viagra, he replied that Viagra was a wonderful drug that helped create life.  RH Reality Check asked him to expand on his comments, and he said:

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MN Governor Dayton Vetoes Anti-Abortion Bill: One Down, One to Go

In a recent post, I wrote about how MN Republicans wanted to take my fair state back to the 50s* by passing anti-abortion bills that would severely limit a woman's right to choose. I was pissed off, yes, that the Republicans were wasting time with this bullshit, but my anger was muted because of the knowledge that our governor is pro-choice. Governor Mark Dayton has vetoed anti-abortion bills in the past, and I was fairly confident that he would veto the two bills I recently wrote about as well.

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Ann Romney is Thrilled That Some Women Have No Choice But to Work Outside the Home

Mitt Romney has a problem with women, an outlier poll at TheHill.com, notwithstanding, as does the GOP itself.   Most recent polls show President Obama  leading Romney among women with anywhere from a 4% lead to a 14% lead.  PBO does especially well with all the single ladies, leading 64% to Romney's 28%.   We single ladies love us some PBO, amirite?   I know I  love the right to get paid the same wage as a man for doing the same damn job, access to affordable contraception, and the right not to get beaten up by a person who claims s/he loves me.  All of these rights, by the way, are rights the GOP don't consider important at all - just a FYI for all the ladies out there.

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The "Show Me" State Aims to Become the "Don't Tell" Me State Instead

Roughly a year ago, Tennessee came out with a "Don't Say Gay" bill that would have made it illegal to say the word gay in Tennessee.  My colleague, Emily, wrote about it at the time, detailing the narrow-minded insanity of said bill, which has now advanced in a House committee.  It has already passed the Senate.

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The GOP Continuing War on Women™; Two Minnesota Bills That Would Limit a Woman's Right to Choose

I don't pay as much attention to local politics as I should, much to my chagrin.  I am changing that as we go into the silly season, though, because we have some important issues on our ballot - more on that in a future post.  One of the local groups that has me on its mailing list is NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota, and I woke up this morning to a request from them to sign a petition urging my state senators to vote against two bills approved of by The Senate Health and Human Services Committee.  If passed, both these bills would make it harder for a woman to exercise her right to choose*.

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