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h/t: Chicago Tribune

h/t: Irin Carmon at msnbc.com

h/t: Tara Culp-Ressler at Think Progress Health

h/t: Lara Huffman at HuffPost Healthy Living

Today’s verdict is a victory for the people of Mississippi and for the supporters of reproductive choice. 

h/t: Igor Volsky at Think Progress Health

h/t: Tara Culp-Ressler at Think Progress Health

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Timeline: 100 Years of Birth Control

Since Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger coined the term “birth control” in 1914, contraception has truly revolutionized women’s lives in the United States, and around the world. Brush up on your birth control history, and see just how far we’ve come in 100 years.

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Conservative media have revived false comparisons of legal abortion to convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell in the wake of a Senate hearing regarding a proposed bill to prohibit states from imposing unusually onerous regulations on abortion clinics, despite the fact that Gosnell’s crimes have nothing to do with legal abortion procedures.

On July 15, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the Women’s Health Protection Act, sponsored by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT.) The bill would bar states from enacting laws restricting abortion that are more burdensome than restrictions for similar outpatient procedures.

The hearings sent right-wing media into a frenzy, renewing comparisons between legal abortion and Kermit Gosnell, a former doctor sentenced to life in prison without parole for the three counts of first-degree murder. National Review Online invoked Gosnell in an editorial titled “Gosnell Nation” on July 16. NRO suggested the title of the bill should be renamed to the “Kermit Gosnell Enabling Act of 2014” and provided a detailed description of Gosnell’s horrific crimes, claiming the bill would lead to more cases like Gosnell’s 

A July 15 Fox News report on the bill also cited Gosnell, attributing many new state abortion restrictions to a reaction to his crimes. 

But Gosnell’s crimes bear no resemblance to legal abortions performed at clinics these state regulations target. The grand jury in Gosnell’s case found that ”Gosnell’s approach was simple: keep volume high, expenses low - and break the law. That was his competitive edge.” And University of California reproductive health professor Tracy Weitz has explained that Gosnell’s actions have “nothing to do with the way in which the standard of care and later abortion procedures are performed in the United States,” and that his practices are “nowhere in the medical literature.” 

The Blumenthal bill is intended to prevent the harmful effects on women’s health that the rapid expansion of state abortion regulations, known as Targeted Regulations of Abortion Provider (TRAP) laws, has had. TRAP laws target abortion clinics for restrictions not imposed on other clinics that provide procedures with similar risk, like colonoscopies. In fact, such onerous and constitutionally questionable regulations have already driven many abortion clinics in the states to close — which, according to Whole Woman’s Health CEO Amy Hagstrom Miller, puts “more women at risk for later term abortions or for illicit abortions outside the medical community.”

Since the news of Gosnell’s horrific crimes emerged, right-wing media have continuously attempted to tie the case to legal abortions — the vast majority of which are safe and occur in the first trimester of pregnancy.

h/t: Olivia Marshall at MMFA

No surprise here sadly. 

h/t: Donna Cassata at AP, via Yahoo

holygoddamnshitballs:

Rep. Marsha Blackburn used her time at this Tuesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on The Women’s Health Protection Act to push for even more dangerous 20-week abortion bans and for the passage of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which, as Kate Shepard at Mother Jones explained, is based on “bad science routinely trotted out by anti-abortion advocates.”

h/t: George Zornick at The Nation

unitewomenorg:

But if the Equal Rights Amendment were in the Constitution, this case could have had a different outcome. The decision in Hobby Lobby made clear that the only question the Court considered worthwhile is whether Hobby Lobby’s religious rights are burdened by the employer mandate to cover FDA-approved contraceptive methods. It did not consider the issue of equal treatment of women under the law, as it should have.”

(via cognitivedissonance)

h/t: Michael Sherrard at TPM

The people protesting Hobby Lobby in many ways are true heroes to be commended for their actions. 

h/t: Tara Culp-Ressler at Think Progress Health