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What We’ve Been Reading

February 4, 2011

There has been a lot going this week.  First, a round-up of some feminist stories: 

Let’s say it together now: “alcohol doesn’t rape people, people rape people.”

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal giant step forward: now let’s protect the rights of trans people who want to serve their country.  

The next time someone complains about all those young people participating in the annual “march for life” in DC, share this post with them.

What’s the bigger nuisance – providing legal medical care protesting legal medical care?

Next, a round-up of some stories related to several policy efforts around sexual health care – both pro-choice and anti-choice:

Feministing’s Chloe covers what you can do to stop the “no taxpayer funding for abortion” act – also known as the House Leadership’s attempt to further marginalize abortion care and redefine rape (or HR3).

Katie Couric puts the current battle on HR3 into context.

Here’s one of our local editorials (Journal News) calling out this bill for what it is – an attempt to turn back the clock on women’s rights.

On the pro-choice side, here’s more information on efforts to make sure prescription contraceptives are covered without co-pays.  (Sign the petition if you haven’t already!)

The Catholic church will update its guidelines for Catholic hospitals to provide care in line with Catholic teachings … Sadly, I don’t expect that this will be good for women.

Finally, here’s our petition to stand with Planned Parenthood.  If you haven’t signed it yet, please do.  The recent, secretly-taped videos released by the anti-choice extremists at Live Action have been coordinated with the various legislative attempts to limit access to abortion and defund Planned Parenthood because we provide abortion care, in addition to preventive medical care and education services.

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