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  • GOP Vows to Continue Its War Against Women's Unseemly Lady Parts

    You've probably heard — from, like, an disaffected uncle or ukulele-playing crazy aunt — this conspiracy theory which would have us believe that Barack Obama put George Stephanopoulos up to asking the Republican candidates about their views on women's birth control options as a means of forcing Republicans into an embarrassing position.

    I'll just say this: If Obama did do that, then he deserves another three terms as president solely on the grounds of him being the most evilly-brilliant genius in the history of world! Because his plan worked out better than any supervillain could have possibly dreamed

    Top Republicans are working overtime to mask palpable concern within their party over a Thursday Senate vote to roll back an Obama administration rule requiring most employers to provide workers with contraceptive coverage in their health benefits.

    Yet despite a growing sense that the GOP has veered into politically dangerous territory, a full-scale retreat would embarrass the party, and alienate a powerful segment of its conservative base. And that’s left Republicans little choice but to press ahead, illustrating the dangers they'll face if election year politicking turns further from the economy toward culture war fights that voters thought were settled decades ago.

    Luckily for Republicans, the Senate seems to have put them out of their misery. Unfortunately for Republicans, John Boehner is promising to drag them back into their misery

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    Tags: Barack Obama, Contraception, George Stephanopoulos, House of Representatives, John Boehner, Men and Women, Primaries, Republicans, Senate, Sex, Women's Rights
  • Roy Blunt: You Mean the Birth Control Thing's Over?

    Roy BluntAnd after he made such a fuss about keeping it going. These are sad times for people who like happy times

    The Senate defeated Sen. Roy Blunt's amendment to allow employers to refuse to cover health services Thursday, dealing Republicans a high-profile setback in the fight over the Obama administration's contraception coverage mandate.

    But what's that?

    But Blunt (R-Mo.) vowed that the vote won't be the end of the debate over the contraception coverage rule — and predicted that the Supreme Court might have the final say by striking it down.

    Roy, I'm going to be straightforward with you. Forthright. Direct. Not going to beat around the bush, is what I mean. Truly honest in a way that subordinates your personal feelings to my goal of being no-nonsense and upfront about my opinions.

    You can't expect the Supreme Court to help; women are allowed on it.

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    Tags: Contraception, Roy Blunt, Senate, Women's Rights
  • Roy Blunt: This Birth Control Thing Is Over When I Say It's Over

    Roy BluntRemember that birth control thing everyone was getting upset over a little while ago? When male lawmakers and religious leaders were trying to make decisions about women's health without the messy, overly-emotional input of women?

    Simpler times. Adele topped the Billboard charts instead of being number two, and February had only progressed two full weeks, making it the shortest month on record ever up to that point.

    Well, looks like those times haven't quite ended

    The Senate is set to vote this morning on repealing President Obama’s birth-control mandate, although the legislation isn’t expected to pass.

    The effort, sponsored by Republican Roy Blunt of Missouri, would let employers refuse to include contraception in health care coverage based on their "religious belief or moral conviction."

    Wait, that's what this whole thing's been about — religious freedom? I've misunderstood all along. Now hold on, I've got to go start the First Church of Denying All Health Benefits To Heather Feldman Who Said She'd Go To 8th-Grade Prom With Me But Then Went With Craig Instead Because He Had A Mustache.

    Photo by Brendan Smialowski-Stringer/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Contraception, Roy Blunt, Senate, Women's Rights
  • Utah House Follows Polygamist Warren Jeffs' Lead on Contraception

    The failure of Virginia legislators to brand their transvaginal ultrasound bill as a Liberty Probing or a Freedom Tickle has resulted in Governor Bob McDonnell calling for a revision of that legislation, which means it's up to other states to the lead in the regressive sexual politics Olympics. Utah, step right up

    A bill to allow Utah schools to drop sex education classes — and prohibit instruction in the use of contraception in those that keep the courses — moved significantly closer to becoming law Wednesday. The House passed HB363 by a 45-28 vote after a late-afternoon debate that centered largely on lawmakers' differing definitions of morality.

    "We've been culturally watered down to think we have to teach about sex, about having sex and how to get away with it, which is intellectually dishonest," said bill sponsor Rep. Bill Wright, R-Holden. "Why don't we just be honest with them upfront that sex outside marriage is devastating?"

    As the Salt Lake City Tribune's Polygamy blog — a thing that exists — explains, polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs went to prison to do two things: send crazy rants to Utah legislators and chew bubble gum. And it looks like he's all out of bubble gum…

    "Let schools be purified," he writes from his Texas prison cell in the latest set of purported revelations from God, which his followers copy and mail out by the thousands. "Cast out all immoral way of teaching to be unclothed before one another, for such promoteth evil in youth from youngest years."

    On the bright side, an abstinence program that involves having to listen to Warren Jeffs and Rep. Bill Wright talk about sex is bound to be pretty effective.

    Tags: Contraception, Education, Sex, State Legislature, Utah
  • Stephen Colbert and Nancy Pelosi Talk Super PACs and Baby-Making

    There were those who said it couldn't be done. There were those who said the time wasn't yet right. But Stephen Colbert has proven those vague personages I just made up wrong — that's right, he finally got Nancy Pelosi on his show! Join them as they discuss whether corporations should get to decide the president and whether women should get to decide about having children.

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    Tags: Contraception, Nancy Pelosi, Stephen Colbert, Super PACs, The Colbert Report, Video