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  1. Pope Francis Orders Unprecedented Pardons for Women Who Had Abortions, Doctors Who Perform the Procedure

    Pope Francis is continuing his streak of relative Pope radness by sending out missionaries in honor of the Catholic Church's Holy Year of Mercy to pardon women who have had abortions and doctors who have performed them.

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  2. Witness Jessica Williams Discuss Alabama’s Bizarre Abortion Law With A “Fetal Attorney”

    "Fetal attorney" is what it sounds like

    Jessica Williams remains the queen of the mic-drop in this video, in which she discusses Alabama's HB 494, a parental consent law that allows for the appointment of a lawyer to represent fetuses in cases against the pregnant teenagers carrying them. Yep, that's a thing that exists.

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  3. Things We Saw Today: Gabourey Sidibe’s Message to Body Shamers

    Things We Saw Today

    Slow clap it out. Via Twitter.

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  4. Things We Saw Today: A Thorgi

    Things We Saw Today

    So this isn't the first Thorgi we've ever seen. Who cares? Every day needs another Thorgi. (Neatorama)

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  5. Things We Saw Today: Princess Mononoke and Hannibal Are An Unlikely Combination

    Things We Saw Today

    Swiggity sworest, I'm the forest. By Dan Hipp. (Look in the grass. Bottom left.)

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  6. Amazon Reviewers Praise the Patriarchy-Busting Power of Wendy Davis’ Filibuster Shoes

    A Series of Fallopian Tubes

    Everyone's still buzzing over Texas State Senator Wendy Davis' epic filibuster in defense of a woman's right to choose. For good reason, too. I hope it proves to be something that people remember—and talk about, and teach their kids about—for decades to come. That enthusiasm has found a surprising outlet on the Amazon.com page for the bright red running shoes Davis wore while (literally) standing up for women's rights for a grueling 11 hours. Actually, no, it's not particularly surprising that people would leave reviews praising Mizuno Women's Wave Rider 16 Running Shoes for their ability to "outrun [the] patriarchy." This is the Internet, after all. But it's still fun.

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  7. Wendy Davis Filibusters Anti-Abortion Bill for 10 Hours Straight, Defeats It, Becomes Our Hero

    million dollar lady

    The Texan senate made headline news yesterday when Senator Wendy Davis, a Fort Worth Democrat, filibustered an anti-abortion bill for ten hours without pause, sitting, or leaning on her desk. The bill, which would serve to ban abortions 20 weeks after pregnancy and be some of the harshest abortion restrictions in the country, had been a priority of Governor Rick Perry's. With Davis' incredible filibustering and the support of pro-choice protesters, the vote was pushed into the late hours of the night, which became the early hours of the morning, and eventually blurred the line between whether or not voting took place before or after midnight-- a distinction which would define the success or failure of the legislation.

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  8. Things We Saw Today: A Chewbacca Cameo

    Things We Saw Today

    What, did you think I was talking about movies? (Fashionably Geek)

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  9. Things We Saw Today: Mondo’s New Lord of the Rings Art

    Things We Saw Today

    Mondo has introduced (and promptly sold out of, 'cause it's Mondo) two new Lord of the Rings posters: This one by comic book artist Paolo Rivera and another by Mike Sutfin. You can see the second at /Film.

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  10. Things We Saw Today: Jurassic Park, Redesigned

    Things We Saw Today

    Forget that Tyrannosaur. Everybody knows that velociraptors and kids were the real stars of Jurassic Park. (MondoTees)

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  11. Truman Capote’s Not Dead After All, So Says Google News

    Good news, everyone! It turns out Truman Capote isn't dead after all! It seems the Breakfast at Tiffany's author is alive and well, and writing articles about abortion for The New York Times, or at least that's what Google would have you believe. Google News credited the 2010 article "The New Abortion Providers" to Truman Capote, who has actually been dead since 1984. It says so right on the plaque. So what's the deal, Google? Why you trying to get my hopes up about zombie Capote coming back to life?

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  12. Things We Saw Today: Super Ladies in Sweaters, Now on Postcards

    Things We Saw Today

    Hanie Mohd is back again with her lovely DC Ladies In Sweaters series. Send these to your friends, or anyone else who needs a postcard of awesome women superheros (doesn't everyone, though?). (via Etsy.)

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  13. Things We Saw Today: Darth Princess Vader

    Things We Saw Today

    Move along. (via Fashionably Geek) 

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  14. Female Lawmakers Indefinitely Banned From Michigan House of Representatives for Saying, Apparently, “No Means No”

    Today in things that make us scream incoherently

    Earlier this week the Michigan House of Representatives passed a bill that would criminalize abortions in pregnancies older than 20 weeks in all cases including incest, rape, and severe birth defects, leaving exception only for the physical health of the mother; make it a crime to coerce a woman into having an abortion (but not, of course, to coerce a woman out of having an abortion, coercion is fine, apparently, if it's going in the right direction); would limit access to abortion to women who are able to find the time, money, and transportation to have their doctor present for the procedure regardless of whether they are having surgery or simply being prescribed abortion-inducing medication; would require doctors who perform abortions to foot hundreds of thousands of dollars more in malpractice insurance costs in order to do so legally; and would require abortion clinics to maintain a surgical outpatient facility regardless of whether they provide surgical abortions, an unnecessary cost and effort that would force most uncomplying clinics to close. It's being called the nations worst anti-abortion bill, which, unfortunately, is quite the claim to fame at the moment. But before the bill passed, Lisa Brown (right) and Barb Byrum (left) were among the members of the House minority party (Democrat) who spoke against it, and, for their responses to the bill, both women have been indefinitely banned by the House Majority Leader from speaking on the floor of the Michigan House of Representatives initially without official explanation. And naturally, since it was without explanation, theories have run rampant this week.

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  15. So It Turns Out We Weren’t Really Sure How The Morning After Pill Works

    she blinded me with science

    Whenever amendments, resolutions, and other such proposed laws attempt to strictly include fertilized ova as persons in attempts to make abortion illegal, it is pointed out, and rightfully so, that not only does medically defined pregnancy not begin until that fertilized ova travels down its Fallopian tube and implants in the wall of the uterus, that the majority of birth control methods prevent implantation, rather than fertilization. Meaning, that such personhood amendments would actually outlaw an overwhelmingly large number of birth control options for women. Plan B, and other "morning-after" pills, however, usually get left out of those discussions, since it's generally understood and even written on the box that they flat out prevent the implantation of fertilized ova instead of preventing fertilization. But as the New York Times recently looked into, scientific studies show that morning after pills don't work that way, and the FDA was straight-up labeling the boxes wrong.

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  16. Things We Saw Today: Probably the Most Epic Photo of Justin Bieber Getting Covered in Slime Ever

    Things We Saw Today

    The NIckelodeon Kids Choice Awards were last night. Digital Spy also has Taylor Lautner getting slimed, if that interests you.

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  17. Anti-Choice Group Plans to Exorcise Empty Abortion Clinic

    what is this I don't even

    I mean, considering some of the things anti-choice groups sometimes do out side of abortion clinics, yelling, shaming, getting in personal space, this could be worse. 40 Days of Life, the anti-choice group that is sponsoring the exorcism, has recently been accused of even filming people walking in and out of a London clinic they were picketing, which, if used in the right way, constitutes a pretty awful breach of privacy. They maintain they had the cameras on to film people who were insulting them, as they were there "to pray and to show there is love in the community out there." A representative from the clinic said their protest was "on a scale we haven't seen before." But most recently the organization has planned to exorcise an Ohio abortion clinic. On a Sunday. Which, like I said, is probably better than picketing it, because this particular clinic is closed on Sundays and no one will be there.

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  18. Uteri of the Internet Unite! Women Leave “Vagina Updates” on Virginia State Senator’s Facebook Page

    A Series of Fallopian Tubes

    Good afternoon, Mary Sue readers! Meet Virginia State Senator Ryan McDougle! He is one of the state lawmakers who has come out to ardently support the state's mandatory transvaginal ultrasound bill, almost as if he had no idea what was really entailed in women's health decisions that are usually made by women. He is pictured above speaking with some of his constituents, and he invites other constituents to visit him on his Facebook page! Some of them have, and they have some questions that concern their vaginas, ovaries, and uteri they have felt compelled to share with him, what with his sudden interest in the reproductive goings-on of strangers! Want to come take a look? There are screenshots!

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  19. State Senator Nina Turner Introduces a Viagra Amendment to Anti-Choice Legislation to Support “Sexual Health Equality”

    A Series of Fallopian Tubes

    We're not going to deny how much we love hearing about female lawmakers on the state level standing up to their anti-choice colleagues by introducing amendments to terrible women's health legislation that entail men undergoing similar scrutiny and invasive procedures that women would be subjected to should these bills pass. That's why this morning, we were all pretty psyched to hear about Ohio State Senator Nina Turner. The Ohio Senate is debating its own anti-choice bill, which would prohibit abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected (which first happens at about six weeks after conception). Sen. Turner thinks it's high time that men got a taste of their own medicine, so she has introduced an amendment that would require doctors to put men through a variety of tests and counseling before being prescribed the erectile dysfunction pill, Viagra. Why? Because if the Ohio Senate is "only looking out for women's health," then darn it, Nina Turner is going to fight for the same concern to be shown towards the menfolk!

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  20. Several Newspapers Pull Doonesbury Strip About Texas’ Transvaginal Ultrasound Law

    A Series of Fallopian Tubes

    In a move that is not exactly the most surprising of moves, several newspapers have pulled the syndicated comic Doonesbury from its funny pages for the next week because its creator, Gary Trudeau, will be tackling the issue of yet another state law (this time in Texas) requiring women to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound before getting an abortion. While some papers will run old Doonesbury strips during the duration of the story, one paper has agreed to run the new strip online while running reprints in the actual newspaper. They cited "different audience expectations" for print vs. online. Uh huh.

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