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Dear pro-forced birthers: "What causes more abortions than not having contraception?"


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Pro-forced birthers don't seem to have much depth, knowledge, or insight when it comes to how babies are made, how contraception works, or what women's health care agencies actually do.

Here's a tweet I just received, along with my reply:

Here is one of many excellent replies:

'Nuff said.

Sadly, "Franky's" tweet is typical of so many I receive from pro-forced birthers about women's reproductive rights, with one exception: He was civil.

With that, here are today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

Jonah Goldberg's column on the Hobby Lobby case takes as given the distortion of scientific facts at the core of the case. ("Alito agrees: Your birth control is not your boss' business," Op-Ed, June 30)

Overwhelming evidence has shown that emergency contraception does not prevent the implantation of a fertilized egg and does not cause the termination of an existing pregnancy. Therefore, emergency contraception it is not an abortifacient, contrary to what the Supreme Court justices and Goldberg contend.

Such uncritical endorsements of distorted science are the source of much misinformation, as I have discovered in my own research on barriers to access to emergency contraception. It is sad that the highest court in the nation has propagated this false belief and created another barrier for access to safe, effective and evidenced-based pregnancy prevention.

Tracey Wilkinson, MD, Los Angeles


Goldberg compares requiring employers to provide contraceptive health insurance to their employees to hypothetically requiring these companies to pay for their employees to attend a "Game of Thrones" convention.

Goldberg ignores the fact that every time a couple engages in unprotected intercourse, they are putting the woman's life at risk. According to a study published in the medical journal the Lancet, 18.5 women died in childbirth for every 100,000 live births in the U.S. in 2013.

The intimate relations between couples are no mere game. The ability to obtain and use contraceptives is a matter at the heart of family life.

Goldberg and the five men who make up the U.S. Supreme Court majority in the recent Hobby Lobby case have shown the world that they place little value on the lives of women.

Eleanor Egan, Costa Mesa


I suspect that because Hobby Lobby is so deeply religious, it would not support a woman's right to have an abortion. What causes more abortions than not having contraception?

Sarah Maze, Orange



Paul Ryan: Use #GOPshutdown, debt ceiling as leverage to deny women access to birth control


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Back in February, we posted that the Obama administration clarified the contraception mandate to accommodate religious groups.

Then in September, Politico reported this:

The chamber further adopted a “conscience clause” that postpones until 2015 an Obamacare requirement that employers cover birth control as part of their health-insurance packages.

Yes, House Republicans did that, even though over half of the electorate are women. It was one more attempt to hold our government-- and the world economy-- hostage making a ridiculous laundry list of demands, including a “conscience clause.”

It is now October, and Paul Ryan (R-WI) has come out from under his rock. He said this in a private meeting with House Republicans, via WaPo:

Ryan, who stood up and railed against the Collins proposal, saying the House could not accept either a debt-limit bill or a government-funding measure that would delay the next fight until the new year.

According to two Republicans familiar with the exchange, Ryan argued that the House would need those deadlines as “leverage” for delaying the health-care law’s individual mandate and adding a “conscience clause” — allowing employers and insurers to opt out of birth-control coverage if they find it objectionable on moral or religious grounds — and mentioned tax and entitlement goals Ryan had focused on in a recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal.

Think Progress put it this way: "Republicans in the lower chamber are still hoping to use the talks as “leverage” to limit women’s access to contraception."

The War on Women continues.

Hey GOP, how's that "outreach" thing workin' for ya?


“How Can a Woman be Anti-Woman? The Ultimate Girl on Girl”


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My former student and dear pal Lucia Fasano has submitted another post for your consideration. You can also see Lucia in my BLUNT VIDEO: Not Guilty– The George Zimmerman Verdict.

This is Lucia's fourth contribution to TPC. Her first was "Oregon festival empowers girls, promotes Planned Parenthood, anti-domestic & sexual violence groups, more." Next came "If I have to endure being followed in a store, racism isn't over" and Bashar al-Assad: Our first truly Internet-era foe.

Please link over and read what this involved twenty-year-old has been writing.

After getting wind of the House GOP's latest attempt to hold our government-- and the world economy-- hostage making a ridiculous laundry list of demands, including a “conscience clause,” she once again felt compelled to use her voice here at TPC.


The chamber further adopted a “conscience clause” that postpones until 2015 an Obamacare requirement that employers cover birth control as part of their health-insurance packages.

Yes, House Republicans did that, even though over half of the electorate are women.

Here is Lucia's latest:

How Can a Woman be Anti-Woman? The Ultimate Girl on Girl
By Lucia Fasano (@lucia_fasano)

A question I get asked often is, “How can legislation be anti-women if some women support it? Like Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin or Texas Rep. Jodie Laubenberg?” Well, anything a woman supports isn’t inherently feminist (Women's rights advocacy on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men).

It's easy to be a woman and still be anti-woman. It's easy to be a woman and speak/vote from a place of privilege (such as you don't have ovarian cysts, you don't have to scrounge pennies for doctors appointments, you don't have unwanted sexual assault, you're in a higher social class, you have a light period, you are unable to have children anymore, you already have children, you have a family that would support an unwanted child and not beat you, etc etc etc) and deny other people basic healthcare.

Just like it's easy to vote on a war you're not going to fight.

Just like it's easy to vote against gay marriage when you're not gay.

Feminism isn’t about sisterhood, it’s about personhood regardless of gender identity (not the personhood of corporations or fetuses). Feminism is Rep. Jodie Laubenberg being able to say that rape kits are a form of abortion, and fellow constituents being able to say she’s absolutely wrong-- not because she’s a woman.. but because she’s an idiot.

But we wonder why a woman or an educated man would support legislation that is absolutely medieval. Some of my friends wonder if they know about the benefits, like the medicinal power of contraceptive pills, or that family planning prevents unwanted pregnancies/abortions.

Some politicians do and ignore it, and some fundamentally don’t understand-- charged by ideological judgment.

It all comes down to this: Every intricacy of the GOP's constant bombarding of anti-women agenda is steeped in the hatred or self-hate and shaming of women.

It is steeped in religion, the political science of manipulation and social hegemony, steeped in sexism and misogyny, social constructs and ideals of purity, in the mind-washing and manipulation of the sexually repressed, absolutely entrenched in rape culture, anti-science, un-empathetic, bigoted and fearful of the poor, minorities, or 'deviants'.

It goes so deep. Some GOP politicians only fit a few of those categories, some fit the whole bill. Some are just ignorant and really think they're doing god's work.

But it's mostly about control, and it’s been a long time coming.

But hey, what do I know. My idea of a 'conscience clause' would be tearing up all people with no conscience for women's basic health care and rights with my CONSCIENCE CLAWS.


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