FAST FACT

In 1873, the Comstock Act is passed, making it illegal to send any obscene materials through the mail, including contraceptives and educational abortion information.

In 1936, the law is amended, and birth control is no longer obscene.

Violence Against Women Act

Congress enacted, in 1994, the Violence Against Women Act, providing $1.6 billion to enhance investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women. The act was reauthorized by Congress in 2000 and, again, in 2005.

Congress, in 2012, is refusing to reauthorize this Act due to the inclusion of immigrant women and LGBT  persons and tribal authorities could prosecute non-Native Americans for crimes committed against women on tribal land.

FAST FACT

The Constitution of the United States is amended in 1919, giving women the right to vote.

FAST FACT

The Wisconsin State Legislature, in 2012, passed a bill removing the enforcement provisions of their Equal Pay Act, essentially gutting the Equal Pay Act.

FAST FACT

The U.S. Supreme Court, in 1972, in Eisenstadt v. Baird, held that Massachusetts could not outlaw distribution of contraceptives to unmarried persons.

FAST FACT

In 1978, Congress passes the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, making it illegal for businesses to fire or deny promotion to a woman because she is pregnant or may become pregnant.

keepyourboehneroutofmyuterus:

rhrealitycheck:

Several prominent newspapers chose not to publish a series of Doonesbury comics becasue they address forced ultrasound legislation. But in the new media world we live in, their decision not to publish the comic strips ensures they will be much more widely read. 

And you can help!

Let’s make sure these are among the most seen Doonesbury comics ever.

Here’s a short link to use for this comic: http://bit.ly/yGkt65

Here’s a short link to use for this comic: http://bit.ly/AoliCI

Here is a list of the media outlets who refused to publish these comics.  Take a couple moments to post the comic in their comment sections, Facebook pages and Twitter streams.  You’ll have to “like” the media outlet on Facebook to post on their pages… a small price to pay for activism! 

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The Athens Banner-Herald in Georgia refused to publish the comics because the editors “thought there was a real possibility that readers might confuse the topic of this week’s ‘Doonesbury’ with Georgia’s proposed abortion legislation.” Umm, all the more reason to discuss the issue in your paper!

You can post on their Facebook wall here, comment at their website here or you can click this button to tweet at them: 

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The Oregonian refused to publish the comics because they “went over the line of good taste and humor.” Yeah, maybe, but only because forced ultrasounds and shaming of women goes over the line of good taste and humor. 

You can post to the Oregonian’s Facebook page here, comment at their website here or you can click this button to tweet at them: 

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The SC Herald refused to publish the comics because the editors were “concerned about the graphic content.” How this excuse applies remains unclear.

You can post to the SC Herald’s Facebook page here  or you can click this button to tweet at them:

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The CA Reporter refused to publish the comics because “[e]ditors believe [cartoonist Gary Trudeau] has expressed that opinion in a manner that skirts, if not crosses, the boundaries of good taste expected in a family newspaper.” Because good taste would obviously be to encourage anti-choice legislation, duh.

You can post to the CA Reporter’s Facebook page here or you can click this button to tweet at them:

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The UT Standard-Examiner refused to publish the comics because the ”language in the original strips was not appropriate for a comic that could be viewed by children.” Tell that to Rush Limbaugh. This is a political comic strip and “slut” is a political word, these days.

Tweet at the Standard-Examiner here:

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The Press of Atlantic City refused to publish the comics because ”Texas abortion cartoons venture too far for the comics pages.” That’s really not an explanation.

You can post to the Press of Atlantic City’s Facebook page here.

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The St. Paul Pioneer Press refused to publish the comics in print because “[t]he editors have decided the commentary in some panels is inappropriate for the comics section in the newspaper.” Not this again - what’s the criteria for “appropriate” comics?!

You can post to the St. Paul Pioneer Press’ Facebook page here, comment at their website here or you can click this button to tweet at them:

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The Tallahassee Democrat refused to publish the comics in print, and no one will say why. According to one reader, “Thus far, [there has been] no disclosure about its decision either in the paper or online.” After all, TD, you wouldn’t want to say the wrong thing.

You can post to the Tallahassee Democrat’s Facebook page here, comment on their website here or you can click this button to tweet at them: 

Wow. Great post.

SIGNAL BOOST!!!

pptexastour:

*honk, honk!* Loving the support for women’s health at the #seeingred protest in Austin this afternoon. Such a nice welcome to the city. Hope to see y’all at our rally this evening!

pptexastour:

*honk, honk!* Loving the support for women’s health at the #seeingred protest in Austin this afternoon. Such a nice welcome to the city. Hope to see y’all at our rally this evening!

FAST FACT

In 1848, the first Married Women’s Property Act passed in New York State. This law became a model for other states and, by 1900, all states had adopted laws which allowed women to own property separate from their husbands.

FAST FACT

Seven states either fully defunded or made moves to defund Planned Parenthood. In 2011 and 2012, eight states, AL, AZ, IL, KS, LA, MS, TX and VA passed laws mandating medically unnecessary vaginal ultrasounds for women seeking an abortion. Bills have been introduced in some states to state that a fertilized egg is a “person” as soon as the sperm joins with the egg. In March 2012, Arizona legislators passed a bill shielding physicians from liability if he withholds information from a pregnant woman which might influence her to have an abortion if it is not “intentional”. Mississippi voters, in 2011, voted down a “personhood” amendment to its state constitution.

Texas Health Providers

pptexastour:

Last year, Governor Perry signed a law that slashed the state’s family planning programs by two-thirds, leaving 160,000 women without access to affordable preventive care. And Governor wants to displace even more women.

A mean-spirited and constitutionally suspect bill called the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act is both an attack on women’s rights and on the basic principles of federalism.