i go hard for ladies, fictional and flesh and blood. i have a surplus of feelings and a deficit of words. honest to god, i probably want to talk to you.
Apparently it’s okay to legislate women’s* vaginas and what they do with it. But saying “vagina” gets you indefinitely banned from speaking in the House. But hey, any excuse to silence women’s voices, right? Stay classy, Republicans. Stay classy.(via maryleong)
Oh, wow, way to be awesome, Connecticut! Even though the rest of the U.S. seems to be going cray cray, you’re bucking the trend and being wonderful. Thank you.
The state of Connecticut declared abortion an “essential health benefit” last week and, as a result, the procedure must be covered by the state’s health exchange under the Affordable Care Act. A state health panel voted unanimously to consider all abortions - not just abortions in cases of rape, incest, or to save the woman’s life - essential health benefits that must be covered by Connecticut’s insurance plans when the state’s health exchange goes into effect in 2014.
When asked about the purpose of the legislation, co-sponsor State Rep. Mike Shirkey said:“Until we completely eliminate abortions in Michigan and completely defund Planned Parenthood, we have work to do.” So, none of the regulations now implemented in the anti-choice bill had anything to do with women’s health concerns — just their religiosity.
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HOUSE GOP BLOCKING ABORTION ACCESS FOR RAPED SOLDIERS
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) wants to expand access to abortion for servicewomen who are raped. Only a few Republicans are willing to help.
Republican Senators John McCain, Scott Brown, and Susan Collins all support an effort by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat from New Hampshire, to expand abortion access for military women who are raped. But despite bipartisan support in the Senate, Shaheen’s proposal may not make it into the final version of the 2013 defense authorization bill—because House Republicans oppose it.
If Shaheen’s measure passes, military families will finally have the same access to abortion that other federal employees already receive. Unlike the rest of the federal government, the Department of Defense currently only provides abortion coverage if the life of the mother is at stake. Under current law, if a State Department employee is raped, her government health insurance plan will pay for an abortion if she wants one. But if an Army medic serving in Afghanistan is raped and becomes pregnant, she can’t use her military health plan to pay for an abortion. If she does decide to get an abortion, she will have to pay for it with her own money. And if she can’t prove she was raped—which is difficult before an investigation is completed—she may have to look for services off base, which can be dangerous or impossible in many parts of the world.
“We have more than 200,000 women serving on active duty in our military,” Shaheen tells Mother Jones. “They should have the same rights to affordable reproductive health services as all of the civilians who they protect.”