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Forcible Rape

Dear Mr. Mourdock

Brooke Bastinelli | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Brooke Bastinelli

I'm asking you to see the eyes of a terrified girl who is in shock. I'm asking you to give a blanket and a teddy bear to a young woman who can't bring her clothes home with her because they now have to go to a forensic lab.

WATCH: Politicians Make Outrageous Statements About Rape

The Huffington Post | The Political Mashups Team | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics

In the wake of Republican Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin's remarks over the summer that in cases of "legitimate rape," a woman's body is able to ...

MoveOn Ad Brings Star Power To Hit Mitt Romney On Women's Issues

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 10.15.2012 | Politics

Actresses Eva Longoria, Scarlett Johansson and Kerry Washington star in a new ad that highlights Mitt Romney's positions on women's health issues and ...

Laura Bassett

Governor Tells Administration To Drop 'Forcible Rape' Language | Laura Bassett | Posted 09.20.2012 | Politics

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) asked her administration to remove language about "forcible rape" from a new state policy on Wednesday after The H...

Laura Bassett

'Forcible Rape' Language Is Back | Laura Bassett | Posted 09.19.2012 | Politics

The Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) of New Mexico is considering an amendment to its child care assistance policy to exempt victims of ...

Elise Foley

Paul Ryan: Anti-Abortion Bill Reference To 'Forcible Rape' Was Just 'Stock Language' | Elise Foley | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics

GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan said Monday he supported removing the term "forcible rape" from his bill banning taxpayer funding for aborti...

It's Not Impossible to Conceive

Dylan Brody | Posted 10.27.2012 | Politics
Dylan Brody

Mr. Akin with his one "wrong word" has given traction to the idea that in a traumatic sexual assault, pregnancy cannot be induced. That idea need only find a fertile environment to have a devastating effect on women's rights.

It's Time: The Story of My Rape -- 23 Years Later

Jess Wilson | Posted 10.24.2012 | Women
Jess Wilson

There is no word in the English language less in need of a modifier, nor less capable of being modified, than rape. There is no mitigating the violation of the human body and all that comes with it.

Republicans Taking a Cue from the Great Richard Pryor?

Andy Ostroy | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

It's one of Richard Pryor's best bits: a woman catches her man and another woman having sex. In a moment of supreme male arrogance he says "Are you gonna believe me or your lyin' eyes!?" Welcome to the 2012 Republican campaign strategy.

Definitions of Rape

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 10.23.2012 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

For years, conventional wisdom accepted the definition of rape that was found in the Concise Oxford English dictionary. We now learn that that definition is excessively simplistic.

An Open Letter to Paul Ryan: Step Down

Steve Heilig | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics
Steve Heilig

Representative Todd Akin, is justly reaping his rewards for positing something idiotic and insulting about rape. Your party is justly asking him to step aside. Now, to be not only just and consistent, it's your turn to step down.

Rape Is Rape

Christine Pelosi | Posted 10.21.2012 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

No rape victims should be made to feel that they were any less brutalized by the benign-sounding "non-forcible" adjective attached to the crime.

Akin in Context: Medieval Medicine

Jennifer Wheeler | Posted 10.21.2012 | Politics
Jennifer Wheeler

Todd Akin's pronouncement was not just an isolated regurgitation of uninformed rhetoric -- it was absolutely informed. He is informed by a dangerous tradition of appropriating a woman's choice by suggesting that she asked for it. And he is not alone.

Out of the Shadows: DREAMers, Democrats and Democracy

Christine Pelosi | Posted 10.20.2012 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

If you are looking for the stakes in 2012, look with me to the dawn to the twilight and to the shadows -- to the children the seniors and the DREAMers.

Weekly Pulse: New Anti-Choice Bill Suggests More #DearJohn Letters Needed

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger Health advocate Eesha Pandit and blogger Sady Doyle join GRITtv host Laura Flanders for a discussion...

GOP Budget Wars on Reproductive Health

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Bamberger

The GOP's mantra has long been that there is too much government involvement in our lives. So how do they square that with telling a woman who has been raped that maybe her rape just wasn't violent enough to warrant an abortion?

Amanda Terkel

'Forcible Rape' Language Remains In Bill To Restrict Abortion Funding | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After significant public blowback, House Republicans last week promised to drop a controversial provision in their high-priority No Taxp...

The Definition Of Rape, My Rage And Hindu Goddess Wisdom

Saumya Arya Haas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Saumya Arya Haas

What rape is and what rape isn't, can be precarious in our individual minds. As societies, we struggle to do right. It's hard to stand in the daylight and call it what it is

'Daily Show': 'Sorry, Ladies, The Free Abortion Ride Is Over'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

After top-lining the 'The No Taxpayer Funding For Abortions Act' currently being considered in the house, Jon Stewart brought on Senior Women's Issues...

House Republicans Back Off 'Forcible Rape' Language In Controversial Bill

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Republicans announced Thursday that they are taking a step back from a particularly controversial passage of a piece of anti-abortion legislatio...