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Amelia, a 27-year-old Nicaraguan woman, has a ten-year-old daughter. She also has cancer and desperately needs treatment, but is being denied care because she’s pregnant. Abortion is entirely illegal in Nicaragua, even in a case like Amelia’s where she needs a therapeutic abortion to save her life. In Amelia’s case, it’s not just abortion that [...]...read more
Republicans would like you to know that they aren’t all old white men, and that their movement is actually really hip and young. Why? Chicks! [Anyone have time to do a transcript?] Amanda covered this one pretty well, but I think it’s particularly interesting that the video starts out with, “At CPAC this year, the [...]...read more
Read it and hurl. I would like to point out that, in addition to lauding men who cheat (and do worse) just so long as they say sorry, the author actually uses the phrase “it’s raining whores.”...read more
Intentionally flying planes into buildings because you don’t like a particular government: Terrorism or no? Let’s debate.
Newsweek editors and reporters discuss the use of the word “terrorist” and essentially conclude that it’s mostly applicable to foreigners with beards. The conversation is an off-shoot of the story of the IRS “protestor” (as the Wall Street Journal designated him) who flew his plane into an IRS building because he didn’t like paying taxes. [...]...read more
I feel like I should pass this along for those of you still optimistic we can get something good through Congress… from MomsRising: For the last week, a group of health insurance company survivors has been walking from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. in honor of Melanie Shouse, a healthcare activist, who had breast cancer and [...]...read more
Glad to see so many awesome new media types on this list, including the always-wonderful Rachel Maddow and Feministing founder Jessica Valenti. Less promising: Only 7 women on a list of 25. And I don’t know the racial background of everyone pictured, but on first glance (and from what I do know about a lot [...]...read more
Well this is a new level of offensive and disgusting. At an anti-choice press conference in Virginia, staged to encourage the state legislature to pull funding from Planned Parenthood, Republican state representative Bob Marshall told the audience that: “The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically. [...]...read more
Jessica Grose has a great piece up on Slate today about the MTV show 16 and Pregnant, asking whether it actually deters teenagers from pregnancy or whether it’s simply exploitative (or both). I’ll admit to watching (and enjoying, at least partly) the first season of the show, but after watching the Janelle episode that Grose [...]...read more
A French anti-smoking ad compares smoking to oral sex, with the slogan “To smoke is to be a slave to tobacco.” The New York Times describes the visuals of the ads thusly: The slogan is bland enough: “To smoke is to be a slave to tobacco.” But it accompanies photos of an older man, his [...]...read more