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Missouri's D.C. Representatives Fight for Corporate Right to Put God in Your Uterus

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Sen. Roy Blunt is leading the way to put God in your uterus.
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday in the Hobby Lobby case that seeks to answer the question of whether a corporation can restrict a woman's access to health care on religious grounds -- and not a single Missouri representative in Washington has spoken out against it.

Hobby Lobby, a retail chain owned by an upstanding Christian family that sells cheap arts and crafts products made by the hands of sweatshop-bound Chinese laborers who are sometimes forced to have abortions due to their communist country's one-child policy, doesn't want its female employees to have affordable access to emergency contraception, such as Plan B and IUDs, which are known to be amazingly effective and safe birth control devices. Unfortunately, the religious knickknack giant believes these medications and devices induce abortions. They don't.

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Not Even Stacey Newman's Knitted Uterus Can Halt MO Anti-Abortion Bills

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Newman brought a backup uterus while debating anti-abortion bills last week.
The knitted uterus was a gift, explains Democratic State Representative Stacey Newman. An OB/GYN in Virginia had sent it "several years ago" as appreciation for her legislative work

Newman kept the memento on her desk last Tuesday, during floor debates over the first wave of anti-abortion bills passing through the House. Her proposed bill, which sought to ban pregnancy resource centers from performing medical procedures without licensed medical staff, died in committee.

"Many PRC's offer inaccurate medical information and services with no trained medical staff," Newman says of the religiously-affiliated clinics. "No one else would dare seek medical attention from a lay person. It's wrong to offer that, particularly to a pregnant woman in a crisis situation."

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Planned Parenthood: "40 Days For Life" Anti-Abortion Protesters Are Harassing Our Patients

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Planned Parenthood
The nearest dentist's office probably isn't surrounded by a praying, chanting crowd right now. Same goes for the nearest cardiologist's or closest library. But for patients seeking the medical services at the Central West End Planned Parenthood, the visit is accompanied by insistent, pious protesters who cluster around the clinic's front driveway.

"By the time they get to our front steps, it's not uncommon for our patients to be in tears,"
says Paula Gianino, president of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri.

On March 5, the St. Louis-based Coalition For Life kicked off its "40 Days For Life" campaign, which will place anti-abortion protesters at Planned Parenthood's gated, compoundlike CWE location every day of the week for the next 40 days.


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Missouri Ranking: No. 31 In Treatment Of Women, Given D+

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American Center for Progress
A color-ranked map of U.S. in terms of each state's treatment of women. Green is good, yellow is the middle, red is bad. Missouri is orange, which is medium-bad.
The progressive think tank Center for American Progress just released an exhaustive, nationwide analysis of women's treatment in the U.S. titled "The State of Women in America."

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St. Louis Archdiocese Fight Against Contraception: Mandate Lawsuit Dismissed

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Robert Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis
Last May, the Archdiocese of St. Louis and Catholic Charities went up against the United States government with a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a health care contraception mandate -- and this week, a federal judge decided to dismiss the case. But the battle is not over.

So say officials with the Archdiocese of St. Louis, who are arguing that the decision in no way constitutes a judgement on the merits of the case; they also argue that the ruling demonstrates that the federal government was ill-conceived in forcing regulations before they were final.

So why, then, did U.S. District Judge John Ross shut the case down?

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BREAKING: Birth Control Leads to Fewer Abortions. Also, Sky is Blue

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Only YOU can prevent unplanned pregnancy and abortion -- but it's always good to have some help. And someone to pay for it.
Here's some absolutely shocking news for all you abstinence supporters and abortion fighters out there: Women who use birth control have fewer unplanned pregnancies and fewer abortions than women who don't. Common sense might have told you that, but now it's been scientifically proven by researchers at Washington University!

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YOU Can Restore Missouri's Tarnished Political Reputation: MOLLI's List Benefit Tonight

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Jennifer Silverberg
Ashley Tate (far right) will be one of the performers tonight at Sticks & Stones, a benefit for MOLLI's List.
Since the bust of Rush Limbaugh went up in the state capitol, Todd Akin offered up his theories of "legitimate rape" and the legislature overrode Governor Nixon's veto of the bill that would allow employers to deny insurance coverage of birth control, Missouri has become a laughingstock among progressives and supporters of women's and reproductive rights.

Well, here's your chance for redemption. Just show up for tonight's performance of Sticks & Stones: Sluts Talk Back at the Centene Center for Arts & Education in Grand Center, hand over your $25 for a pair of tickets and know that you have just given $25 to MOLLI's List, a PAC dedicated to electing progressive, pro-choice Democratic women to state office.

Alert readers may recall that Sticks & Stones originally premiered back in the spring at Left Bank Books, but producer/director/performer Joan Lipkin has added material to reflect new political developments (AHEM Akin). There will be dancing, music, sketch comedy and "slut monologues."

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Introducing the "Illegitimate Rape" Whistle

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This reporter's got hers!
Should have seen this coming -- after Rep. Todd Akin's incredibly stupid comments about "legitimate rape" someone has started producing "illegitimate rape" whistles.

But the product has a major design flaw. As the producers say in their own promotional literature, there is no such thing as "illegitimate rape." So what are these things for?

"'Illegitimate rape' is a fictitious and totally offensive concept, so here are a few suggestions for how you can put your whistle to good use," the owner's manual reads. "1) Officiate a track and field event. 2) Volunteer as a crossing guard at your local school."

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Akin's Latest "Gaffes" Alienate Grammar Nazis

Todd Akin is having a rough day. It doesn't help that his staff made a dumb typo on his donations page, as the entire world accuses him of being a legitimate idiot for his now infamous disregard of basic book learnin'. 

"Tell McCaskill that Your Standing With Todd Akin!" reads the banner across the top of his donations page. 

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Todd Akin Has the Inside Scoop: Women Can't Get Pregnant from 'Legitimate Rape' [UPDATE from Akin Campaign]

Trust me ladies, I'm a politician.
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Today in Crazy Shit Todd Akin Says... Some real crazy shit.

Over the weekend, the Republican who hopes to unseat Senator Claire McCaskill told Fox News 2's Charles Jaco that exceptions for abortion aren't a real issue, since pregnancy from "legitimate rape" doesn't really happen.

First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare. If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But lets assume that maybe that didn't work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought be in the rapist, not attacking the child.

Obviously this is news to a lot of women and doctors...

McCaskill responded to her opponent, a longtime lover of life and hater of uterii, via Twitter:

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