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West Virginia Governor Vetoes Twenty-Week Abortion Bill

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 10:55 AM April 1, 2014
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Calling the restriction “unconstitutional”, West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has vetoed a bill to restrict abortions to the first 20 weeks.

Health

Democratic State Senator Declares The Women Of Texas Need Guidance

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 10:56 AM August 2, 2013
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Another paternalistic Texas politician has volunteered to lead the next battle in the war on women being waged in Texas, and this time he’s a Democrat.

culture

On Our Radar – Tuesday Cain – A Pro-Choice 14-Year-Old Takes On The Right Wing

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 8:40 AM July 28, 2013
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When did it become acceptable to attack children? Tuesday Cain is the latest in a growing list of kids targeted by the right wing. Today, her grace under pressure is On Our Radar.

Health

Federal Judge Blocks Governor Scott Walker’s Latest Power Grab – This Time It’s Women’s Bodies He’s After

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 1:04 AM July 9, 2013
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Wisconsin Judge William Conley has become the latest federal jurist to throw a roadblock in front of the rampaging steamroller of anti-choice Republicans.

Healthcare

The Empire Strikes Back – Governor Rick Perry Calls For Another Special Session

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 9:08 AM June 27, 2013
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Updated: Today Texas Governor Rick Perry attacked filibustering Senator Wendy Davis, saying as someone who was born into “difficult circumstances” and went on to Harvard law, she is proof why no woman should be allowed to choose to end an unwanted pregnancy.

Discrimination

Watch A Battle Of The War On Women Live, As Texas Senator Wendy Davis Attempts A 13 Hour Filibuster For The Women Of Texas

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 7:24 PM June 25, 2013
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Watch Live as State Senator Wendy Davis attempts a 13-hour filibuster that Democrats hope will stop the passage of a Draconian bill that would close most abortion clinics in Texas.

Civil Rights

Texas Democrats Engage In Battle Today, Fighting The ‘Imaginary’ War On Women

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 9:30 AM June 25, 2013
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For all those who scoff at the idea of a War on Women, there is a real live bloody battle taking place in Texas this morning, and at this point, there is no telling who is going to win.

Jean Ann Esselink

Women Cry Foul, As Texas Clamps Down On Abortion Rights In A Pre-Dawn Vote This Morning

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:27 AM June 24, 2013
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At 3:23 this morning, the Texas House voted to drastically reduce a woman’s ability to safely terminate an unwanted pregnancy. Even at that early hour, the crowded gallery erupted with “boos” and cries of “Shame on you!”

Civil Rights

Why The Boy Scouts Proposal To Allow Gay Scouts Is Anti-Gay

by David Badash ● 3:01 PM April 19, 2013
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The Boy Scouts’ proposal to end the ban on gay scouts specifically indicates gay adults won’t be allowed. Here’s why this is anti-gay, and even dangerous to gay youth.

Farce

On Our Radar – Family Planning Greets Catholic Abortion Protesters With Frisky Gay Balloons

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 8:00 AM November 11, 2012

They gathered all the employees of the Wausau Family Planning Clinic to warn them Catholics protesters were coming to hold an “Adoration of the Eucharist.” One of the new staffers was heard to whisper, “What’s an Adoration of the Uterus?” Today Clinic Director Lon Newman and his big red dancing gay balloons are On Our Radar.

Elections

The Dark Shadow Behind Mitt Romney

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 5:53 PM November 2, 2012
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We usually characterize vice presidential candidates as being a “heartbeat away from the presidency.” In the case of Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan is not only a heartbeat away, he is one “high crimes and misdemeanor” away. Here is one more compelling reason why you need to vote!

Analysis

On Our Radar – The War on Women. What Are You Wearing?

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 8:00 AM September 23, 2012

Modesty Matters took a table at the Values Voters Summit to persuade women to “dress like ladies.” Today, what you are wearing, (and just whose business is it anyway) is On Our Radar.

Jean Ann Esselink

On Our Radar – The “Health Of The Mother” And The War On Women

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 8:00 AM September 9, 2012

The Romney campaign announced last week that Mitt was mistaken when he said he believed in a “health of the mother” abortion exception.” What “health of the mother” really means to women is On Our Radar.

News

Republican Braggarts Wound Themselves In The War On Women

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 1:32 PM July 3, 2012
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  Mississippi officials couldn’t stop themselves from bragging they had ended a woman’s right to choose in their state. Now they will have to explain themselves to a federal judge who has put their plans on hold.                                     [...]