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Ruh roh! Some abortions under RomneyCare require no copay


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Thanks to one of my favorite sources for obscure and overlooked newsworthy tidbits, Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew ), we get to take a peek into Willard M. RomneyCare's abortion coverage.

Check out the last line in the image about contraceptives, too.  Then go here for the entire document.

Willard better shake his Etch a Sketch, pronto. He's got some 'splainin' to do.


Radio station abruptly fires reporter after interviews with woman who underwent forced trans-vaginal probes


A few weeks ago, I posted a link to a heart wrenching story of a woman who went through several unnecessary forced trans-vaginal probes prior to terminating her pregnancy, an abortion she underwent only because her "baby was ill." The post was titled, 'We Have No Choice’: One Woman’s Ordeal with Texas’ New Sonogram Law.

What Carolyn Jones went through was a crime, and her detailed, very personal, extremely painful story is one of the most important explanations of why these cruel laws should cease to exist.

The Texas Observer has it here.

And if all that isn't bad enough, Texas radio reporter Scott Braddock got fired after airing excerpts from his interview with Jones. The reason given for the decision to let him go didn't make a whole lot of sense to Braddock.

Via Think Progress:

According to Braddock’s former employer, KROI News 92 FM, an all-news radio station based in Houston, Braddock was fired because he filled in for a fellow reporter on KPFT 90.1FM for one hour, thus violating a “non-compete agreement,” which Braddock claims to have never signed. “The contract is on my desk, unsigned,” he said. “It’s a real stretch. I have been looking through it and there is nothing I did that would be a violation.”

As Braddock told ThinkProgress, “The reason for firing me doesn’t add up…I’m a journalist, I don’t take a position on public policy. My job is to put the facts out there…to explore them all and get as many perspectives as possible.” Braddock maintains that although he feels his personal opinions on the sonogram law are irrelevant, he does believe that a serious discussion take place seeing as the law “affects the reproductive rights of every woman in the state.” Braddock said he is “very disappointed” by the radio station’s decision, and referred to his abrupt dismissal as “heartbreaking.”

Listeners are none to thrilled either. Read TP's post for the details.


'We Have No Choice': One Woman's Ordeal with Texas' New Sonogram Law


This is one of those rare times I will not recap or offer excerpts from a source, but will strongly advise you go directly to the article and read it in full.

Not just you, though. Please ask as many people as you can to read this:

'We Have No Choice': One Woman's Ordeal with Texas' New Sonogram Law

The painful decision to terminate a pregnancy is now—thanks to Texas' harsh new law—just the beginning of the torment.

It's utterly heartbreaking, and makes me more determined than ever to do everything I can to support pro-choice candidates from now through November and beyond.

Just. Go.

H/t: @HBK112


Banned Doonesbury: "By the authority vested in me by the GOP base, I thee rape."


Garry Trudeau’s wickedly “over the top,” slutty story arc continues. That would be the same story arc that is being barred by some papers, or, as the L.A. Times is doing, being moved to the Op-Ed section, which is fine with me. It’s larger, more prominent, and a good fit:

“We felt the story line was a little over the top for a comics page,” said Alice Short, a Times assistant managing editor.

They’re running a different series of Doonesbury strips in the Comics section instead:

A number of U.S. newspapers have indicated that they also will move the series to their opinion pages or run them online only. Several plan not to run the series at all.

Of course, conservatives will be all over this, right? because “freedom of speech” is everything to them.

For Rachel Maddow’s take, please go here.