Missouri Republican’s Bill Would Ban Abortions Without Father’s Permission… Unless It Was a “Legitimate Rape”

Suppose you encountered a circumstance where your right to bodily autonomy, to control your own reproductive choices, was disregarded. Your first thought probably wouldn’t be “now how can I deprive someone else of similar rights?”

Then again, you’re not Missouri Republican state representative Rick Brattin.

Brattin, a “devoted Christian” legislator with a history of promoting Intelligent Design and anti-abortion legislation, claims that he needed his wife’s permission to get a recent vasectomy. While Missouri Planned Parenthood notes that this is not a legal requirement in Missouri, some clinics (not Planned Parenthood) do make this procedure’s availability contingent on a wife’s permission. This, too, is an appalling disregard for a person’s autonomy and right to make his own reproductive choices.

But Brattin used that experience to make a point about why his state needed to come down even harder against such decisions:

Here I was getting a normal procedure that has nothing to do with another human being’s life, and I needed to get a signed form… But on ending a life, you don’t. I think that’s pretty twisted.

To that end, he wrote a bill that would impose such a requirement on women: that if they want an abortion, they must first get the permission of the man with whom they got pregnant.

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Arizona School Board Decides Against Redacting Honors Biology Textbook Page Mentioning Birth Control

Last month, the board members of the Gilbert Public Schools in Arizona voted 3-2 in favor of removing a page from an honors biology textbook because it contained information about birth control and abortion.

Mind you, it also said “Complete abstinence (avoiding intercourse) is the only totally effective method of birth control,” but the textbook upset conservatives because it suggested there were non-abstinence options when it came to birth control.

After the district became the subject of mockery — Rachel Maddow‘s team even bought the domain ArizonaHonorsBiology.com so that everyone could read the controversial page from the textbook — Superintendent Christina Kishimoto urged the board to reconsider their decision.

It worked. Yesterday, the board agreed not to change the books:

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Kennesaw (GA) Officials Hypocritically Rejected Mosque’s New Location, but They’ve Finally Come to Their Senses

Earlier this month, the Kennesaw City Council (in Georgia) voted down a proposed Islamic center located in a strip mall… but even that was an obstacle in itself:

… when the time came, Kennesaw Mayor Mark Matthews had trouble getting the council to take a vote at all. No member would second the motion to proceed.

After several very awkward pauses, the council finally voted. Four of the five members voted “no”.

Why would they say no when the Muslims fulfilled all the requirements of any group looking to acquire the space? Council member Debra Williams (below) made clear this had nothing to do with anti-Islamic prejudice:



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In Texas, Candidate Deemed Ineligible to Run by Opponent Due to His Alleged Atheism Easily Wins Runoff Election

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about a runoff race for the Austin City Council in Texas. Normally, it’d be off my radar, but candidate Laura Pressley had posted a graphic on her website explaining the differences between her and her opponent Gregorio Casar. She implied that his atheism was a problem:



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Egyptian Officials Crack Down on “Satanic Café” Where Atheists Supposedly Gathered

On Sunday, Egyptian officials stormed the Passiles café in Cairo to crack down on what they perceived was a hub for atheists. Or Satanists. One of them (even though atheists don’t worship Satan). It didn’t seem to matter, actually…



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