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THIS HAPPENED IN MY COMMITTEE TUESDAY….OH, YES. MO Rep. Gatschenberger testified before the House Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities on his anti-abortion bill Tuesday, which was captured on video. In doing so, he sounded every bit as tone deaf about the psychological difficulties that women face when considering abortion as one might expect from an old man in power deciding what’s best for women. MSNBC Video – Politics Nation w/ Al Sharpton: Video MSNBC (online story): Missouri GOPer likens abortion to car sales: It requires time, info Pitch: Missouri House representative thinks getting an abortion is like kicking the tires...

Cyndi Munson is running for State Representative in Oklahoma.
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State Rep. Candidate to Women in Oklahoma: Please Stand Up

Cyndi Munson is running for State Representative in the state of Oklahoma. She shares her experience of running and why more women need to run in Oklahoma below. The “Great State” is the motto of my beloved Oklahoma. Oklahoma makes me think about my state’s gracious people, beautiful sunrises and sunsets, and most importantly, home. I know many Oklahomans think these very same things and share the same love for Oklahoma as I do. However, there are staggering statistics that tarnish the Great State’s image. These statistics highlight the disservice the women in our state are receiving from our leaders...

The state of Mississippi has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the country.
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Southern Sex Ed Program Compares Sexually Active Teens to “Dirty Chocolate”

The state of Mississippi is using a new tactic that shames sexual activity: comparing sexually active teenagers to “dirty, used chocolate”. The new sexual education program involved students unwrapping chocolate from wrappers, passing it around the class until it has become “used and dirty”, and compares it to teenagers that have sex, as they are useless and dirty after they have sex. Mississippi requires individual districts to choose two ways to teach sex ed: abstinence-only or abstinence-plus, which teaches about contraceptives. I wonder how they teach contraceptives! According to the L.A. Times, there’s 151 school districts in Mississippi. 81 of...

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Planned Parenthood to Build New Surgery Center in Texas

 In order to comply with the enactment of the final provision that H.B. 2 in  Texas has put into order,  Planned Parenthood has announced intentions to build a new surgery center in San Antonio, Texas. The final provision of H.B. 2 mandates all abortion procedures—both surgical and medication abortions—be performed or administered in these hospital-like facilities that Planned Parenthood plans to build. There are only six licensed abortion-providing ambulatory surgical centers and 19 abortion clinics left in Texas, which makes the existence of this new surgery center in San Antonio so important.  If a new lawsuit is not successful in...

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Best Tweets of Women of the World 2014 Summit

Last week, the Women of the World 2014 Summit took place. ProgressWomen has gathered our favorite tweets from the summit below! “We’re breaking glass ceilings, but we need to provide the ladders for our little sisters to break more glass ceilings” – @laylool #WITW14 — Julie Zeilinger (@juliezeilinger) “I think office holders are better when there are women demanding them to be better.” – @CecileRichards #witw14 — Alison McQuade (@akmcquade)   “Leadership is not a birthright.” – @HillaryClinton #witw14 — EMILY’s List (@emilyslist)   .@CecileRichards “Work for the world we want, where reproductive rights are understood as basic human rights”...

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State Rep. Jessica Farrar: Forget H.B. 2 and Protect Women’s Health

Texas State Representative Jessica Farrar’s (D) response to the recent ruling on H.B. 2 and how it really is a undue burden to women’s health.  Last summer, the Texas Legislature passed a highly restrictive omnibus abortion bill. Proponents of the bill claimed that the bill’s provisions would benefit women’s health, but in reality they make it much harder for Texas women to access a safe and legal abortion. The bill bans abortions after 20 weeks, places restrictions on medical abortions, requires that physicians performing abortions have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, and requires that abortion facilities have...