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Under this proposed Republican Bill in Michigan,
Women who are raped could be denied emergency contraception. People who are afflicted with HIV could be denied medical care. Women with ectopic pregnancies could be denied care. Patients who seek treatment of an STD could be refused help. Women who want contraception to protect themselves during sex could be denied that protection by their doctors. LGBT patients could be turned away if a doctor disapproves of their sexual preference. Babies could be denied vaccines. The list goes on and on. And all a doctor needs to do is claim a religious objection.
This is obviously a bit over the top but I am obligated to confirm that this is exactly the mindset of many in the GOP, including what apparently includes a couple of my good friends from way back when.
Tuesday marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. Thousands of activists on both sides of the issue are holding rallies marking the day at state capitals across the country.
In the decades since the decision, abortion has been one of the most debated and legislated issues in the nation. And state legislatures, which are increasingly passing laws restricting abortion, have become the debate’s key battlegrounds.
Democracy Now! premieres “The United States of ALEC,” a special report by legendary journalist Bill Moyers on how the secretive American Legislative Exchange Council has helped corporate America propose and even draft legislation for states across the country. ALEC brings together major U.S. corporations and right-wing legislators to craft and vote on “model” bills behind closed doors. It has come under increasing scrutiny for its role in promoting “stand your ground” gun laws, voter suppression bills, union-busting policies and other controversial legislation. Although billing itself as a “nonpartisan public-private partnership,” ALEC is actually a national network of state politicians and powerful corporations principally concerned with increasing corporate profits without public scrutiny. Moyers’ special will air this weekend on Moyers & Company, but first airs on Democracy Now! today. “The United States of ALEC” is a collaboration between Okapi Productions, LLC and the Schumann Media Center.
Mitt Romney’s Supreme Court Time Machine brought to you by People for the American Way.
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THE WAR ON WOMEN (OR HOW THE WORD ‘VAGINA’ SCARES THE MENFOLK)
Clearly cooler than the war on poverty, the war on women’s reproductive rights reaches new heights this month as Michigan joins other states in passing vagina-bashing legislation. Oh! And the word for female genitalia is also apparently prohibited as well. That is if you’re a Michigan legislator. And you’re a woman. And you talk too much. And it makes sense.
President Obama And Democrats Want To Murder Christians Suggests Ad In Louisiana Newspaper
No, I didn’t make this up, it’s not an Onion piece and absolutely no satire is involved.
As reported by Think Progress:
The Daily Advertiser, a Gannett-owned paper serving central Louisiana, is standing by its decision to run an advertisement today in which a far-right extremist group suggests that President Obama and Democrats are conspiring to murder Catholics and Christians.
The ad shows a photograph of a Catholic priest who was shot and killed in Mexico in the 1920s, and suggests that President Obama and Democrats would do the same. It was posted by a user on Reddit this morning.
As reported on NPR, next week North Dakota voters will decide whether to add an amendment to the state’s constitution that will give religious people special rights to circumvent federal child abuse and discrimination laws.
According to Tim Hathaway, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota, Measure 3 “will seriously undercut protection for children in our state by opening the door for people to claim religious freedom as a justification for maltreatment.”
Measure 3 might also lead to discrimination says Renee Stromme of the North Dakota Women’s Network. According to Stromme an employer could even “use religious beliefs to fire a pregnant woman because she is unmarried.” There are already many examples of this type of discrimination within religious organizations so it’s not a big leap to imagine how believers would use this law to discriminate outside their internal organizations.
Religious believers already enjoy an extensive collection of special rights and privileges unavailable to non-religious citizens; yet many of these religious believers continue to push for more unconstitutional “special rights” that will allow them to circumvent civil protections put in place by the U.S. Constitution and the courts.
If you are a citizen of North Dakota and you a agree that this is a bad bad bill, please be aware of the upcoming vote and make sure you make it to the ballot box and vote NO on Measure 3.