Say you're an Oklahoma state senator, busy with important Oklahoma state business like keeping the s-word (science!) away from children, when you're approached by a cardiologist and "natural family planning expert" with an exciting theory for you to consider.
Women shouldn't be taking birth control because "part of their identity is the potential to be a mother," says this somehow-licensed physician named Dominic Pedulla. "They are being asked to suppress and radically contradict part of their own identity, and if that wasn't bad enough, they are being asked to poison their bodies."
What do you do?
Tags: Contraception, Men and Women, Oklahoma, Science & Technology, State Legislature, Women's Rights
Thanks to Obamacare, beginning yesterday new institutional insurance plans are required to cover birth control and other women's preventative health care services without a copay, which means it's time for another installment of Things That Aren't Like 9/11 Being Compared to 9/11.
Today's example comes courtesy of Pennsylvania Representative Mike Kelly…
"I know in your mind you can think of times when America was attacked. One is December 7th, that's Pearl Harbor day. The other is September 11th, and that's the day of the terrorist attack. I want you to remember August the 1st, 2012, the attack on our religious freedom. That is a day that will live in infamy, along with those other dates."
This explains why vaginas seem to be on the terrorist watch list of grope-y TSA agents. Or, it could be part of a broader problem that can be fixed if elected officials and their staffs took two minutes to study this chart…
Tags: 9/11, Contraception, Health Care, Pennsylvania, Women's Rights
It's always strange when failed presidential candidates appear on late night talk shows and act like it's some sort of hilarious sitcom reunion. And it's even weirder when that politician fueled his campaign by exploiting the bigotry and ignorance of the GOP base.
Hey, remember that time I actively advocated for discriminating against gays? Ha. Remember when I based my whole campaign on limiting women's access to health care? Good times, good times.
Behold the laugh riot that is Rick Santorum's appearance on the Tonight Show…
At one point during the interview, Leno jokingly suggests that "the worst thing ever" for Santorum would be a gay couple smoking with contraceptives. Rick Santorum throws up his arms in mock disgust, saying "Oh my God. Heaven forbid!" Hahaha, what a jokester! He thinks gays and condoms are evil! He was almost president. LOL.
Santorum also gave Leno one of his trademark sweater vests as a wacky souvenir from the campaign trail. But Leno probably won't wear it. It's not biker denim.
Rick Santorum may not have won the nomination, but he did achieve one major accomplishment last night. He made Jay Leno seem likable.
Tags: Contraception, Jay Leno, NBC, Primaries, Republicans, Rick Santorum, Tonight Show
Yesterday, RNC Chair—and IKEA chair—Reince Priebus denied that the GOP was waging a war on women. He claims it's just an invention of the media, like global warming, evolution and poor people.
But that's not how all Republicans see it…
The men in the Republican Party may not think they're fighting a "war on women," but its female senators certainly do. Yesterday, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) joined Sens. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Kay Bailey Hutchison in criticizing the GOP's push for legislation to restrict access to contraception and other basic health care services:
"It makes no sense to make this attack on women," she said at a local Chamber of Commerce luncheon. "If you don't feel this is an attack, you need to go home and talk to your wife and your daughters."
Upon realizing that their loved ones back at home might actually be female, congressional Republicans emitted a collective gasp of horror and vowed never to oppress women again. Just kidding! They're still trying to ban funding for birth control, education and almost every other thing women care about.
Fortunately for us gals, Republicans aren't very good at winning wars.
Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images News/Getty Images
Tags: Contraception, Health Care, House of Representatives, Lisa Murkowski, Men and Women, Reince Priebus, Senate, Women's Rights
So… I guess we should be relieved?
Karen Santorum on Monday assured women that they have "nothing to fear" from her husband.
"He's completely supportive of women," she told CNN's Piers Morgan. "He's surrounded by a lot of really strong women. Women have nothing to fear when it comes to contraceptives."
I'm confused. On the one hand, we've got his wife — who's perhaps realized that some women don't want to have dozens and dozens of children — saying that. On the other hand, we've got everything Rick Santorum has ever said.
Maybe she just meant there's nothing to fear because her husband will never be president.
That must be it.
Photo by Joe Raedle-Staff/Getty Images News/Getty Images
Tags: Contraception, Karen Santorum, Primaries, Republicans, Rick Santorum, Women's Rights