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May 11, 2012

The term “war on women” isn’t all that inclusive of everyone who’s been targeted by the various conservative actions that limit equal rights.  Jessica tells us why she doesn’t  like the phrase “the War on Women” and Malika Dutt explains why the war is bigger than you think.

For the first time, an advisory panel to the FDA has recommended approval of a drug to prevent HIV.

Big news in Montana: a Helena district judge ruled unconstitutional the state’s decades’ long ban on teens’ access to contraception.

We ❤ Congressman Bob Dold.

News out of North Carolina is seriously disturbing, but on the other hand, we’re proud of President Obama for standing up for equality.  And a big congratulations to our Planned Parenthood colleagues in North Carolina for ousting an anti-choice incumbent State Assemblymember!

And, lots of news about the Catholic Church this week.  First, a professor at a Catholic University talks about how the contraceptive ban fails students.  Next, there’s new evidence that ob/gyns face more limitations to providing the best care for women if they work at Catholic hospitals.  Bishop Timothy Dolan admits that perhaps the Catholic faithful are not following his directions about contraception.  And, the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops is investigating… the Girl Scouts???  (Speaking of which, I’ve been enjoying those cookies quite a bit this week.)

Finally, in honor of Mother’s Day, check out this list of 20 moms who make the world a better place.  Our own Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, made the list – as well as Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama.  And remember that, around the world, getting to be a mom isn’t always easy or safe.

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