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On Our Radar – Emily Letts – Yet Another Courageous Shero In The War On Women

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 10:39 AM June 1, 2014
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She wanted to show women “abortion isn’t scary, and that there is such a thing as a positive abortion story,” so she taped her own procedure. Today the courage of Emily Letts is On Our Radar

Bigotry Watch

GOP Rep. Refuses To Apologize For Disgusting Joke About Women And Domestic Violence

by David Badash ● 9:01 AM March 12, 2014
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One New Hampshire Republican state representative took to Facebook this week to defend a fellow Republican, by attacking women and domestic violence survivors.

Elections

Cuccinelli Throws Tantrum Over McAuliffe’s Promise To Keep Women’s Clinics Open

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 1:26 PM January 8, 2014
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As one of his last acts in office, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli wrote a six page screed on why Governor McAuliffe doesn’t have the power to keep women’s clinics open.

Families

On Our Radar – Lisa Mehos’ Scarlet Letter – ‘A’ – For Abortion

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 9:01 AM November 3, 2013
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A New York judge has ruled the abortion a woman underwent after her marriage ended can be used as evidence against her in a child custody case brought by her ex-husband. Today, the scarlet letter of Lisa Mehos is On Our Radar.

Farce

No! Not Funny! Not Even A Little Funny! No!

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 2:40 PM September 9, 2013
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A sign company that produces auto wraps is selling this sticker for pickup truck tailgates. Apparently in Waco, Texas, hogtied women are amusing.

culture

On Our Radar – Tuesday Cain – A Pro-Choice 14-Year-Old Takes On The Right Wing

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 8:40 AM July 28, 2013
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When did it become acceptable to attack children? Tuesday Cain is the latest in a growing list of kids targeted by the right wing. Today, her grace under pressure is On Our Radar.

Civil Rights

Texas Filibuster Fails. But So Does The Texas Abortion Bill

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 9:38 AM June 26, 2013
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After twelve hours alone on the floor filibustering a Draconian abortion bill, Senator Wendy Davis was told to sit down. A vote was taken. But in a surprise ending, the spectators shouted it down. Watch the video!

Civil Rights

Texas Democrats Engage In Battle Today, Fighting The ‘Imaginary’ War On Women

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 9:30 AM June 25, 2013
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For all those who scoff at the idea of a War on Women, there is a real live bloody battle taking place in Texas this morning, and at this point, there is no telling who is going to win.

Human Rights

A Woman’s Abu Ghraib In Rick Perry’s Texas?

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 12:11 AM June 18, 2013
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Two female Texas inmates have filed a federal lawsuit charging Live Oak County, Texas, with running a “rape camp” in the County Jail reminiscent of Abu Ghraib.

News

Again: Male GOP Congressman Says ‘Incidence Of Rape Resulting In Pregnancy Are Very Low’

by David Badash ● 4:38 PM June 12, 2013
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At a House Judiciary Committee hearing on abortion today, Tea Party Republican Congressman Trent Franks insisted that “the incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low.”

Analysis

Revealing Report Examines Hate Violence Against LGBTQ And HIV-Affected Communities

by Guest Author ● 12:47 PM June 4, 2013
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A just-released report today finds the majority of homicide victims of hate violence in 2012 were people of color, over half were transgender women, and one-third were gay men.

Guns

On Our Radar – Clark Aposhian Plays With His ‘Big Boy Toy’

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 8:11 AM June 2, 2013
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The face of Utah’s gun lobby was arrested for domestic abuse this week. His lawyer said in his defense, that he was just having fun with his big boy toy. Today, Clark Aposhian and “big boy toys” are On Our Radar.

News

Women Would Go To Jail For Not Reporting Miscarriages To Cops If GOP AG Nominee Gets His Way

by David Badash ● 1:41 PM May 20, 2013
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Obenshain, as a state senator, introduced a bill that would require all women (or their medical doctors, if present at the time) to immediately report to the police all miscarriages, or face up to one year in jail.

Civil Rights

God, Guns And Gays: The Majority Of Americans vs. The GOP

by David Badash ● 8:30 AM May 3, 2013

We can move America forward, but only with politicians who both make smart choices that honor our values of expanding freedoms — not reducing and compromising them.

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