Women who are victims of rape must now have a pre-bought insurance rider in order to access abortion care

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California has finally fixed an 1872 law that led a court to throw out a rape conviction on the basis that the female victim wasn’t married at the time of her rape.

Earlier this year, California’s Second District Court of Appeals granted a retrial for a man, Julio Morales, who snuck into a woman’s bed, pretended to be her boyfriend, and raped her.

Because the woman wasn’t married at the time, the court “reluctantly” held that it wasn’t legally defined as rape.

This was the scenario: “A man enters the dark bedroom of an unmarried woman after seeing her boyfriend leave late at night, and has sexual intercourse with the woman while pretending to be the boyfriend.”

The original ruling? Because of historical anomalies in the law and the statutory definition of rape, the man has not committed rape, even though, if the woman had been married and the man had impersonated her husband, the answer would be yes.

Chart: Reproductive rights and Republican control in state governments

Chart: Reproductive rights and Republican control in state governments

To their shame and discredit, Republicans are trying to block efforts to inform people about the law and are using scare tactics to keep them from enrolling. Click through to read how in this NYTimes editorial. It’s as disgusting as you might imagine.

A federal judge has blocked enforcement of North Dakota’s new abortion law — the nation’s most restrictive.

The law, which was set to take effect next week, would ban abortions beginning at six weeks, when the fetal heartbeat can be detected.

At least two empirical papers have found that Stand Your Ground (SYG) laws like the one in Florida are associated with an average increase rather than a decrease in firearm homicides. This plausibly occurs because the deterrent effects of such laws are outweighed by the increase in the range of legal defenses for the use of lethal violence that become available to attackers. While SYG laws are meant to protect defenders, the absence of impartial witnesses makes it difficult in many cases to determine who ought to have had a “reasonable fear” of whom.

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New Rick Perry Assholery…He Vetoes Equal Pay Bill

The bill, passed by the overwhelmingly conservative Texas legislature, would have brought Texas state law in line with the federal Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which makes it easier for women to sue employers over wage discrimination. - http://huff.to/14537Hk

Wolf management continues to be hijacked by hunting and livestock interests.

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Monsanto is protected from lawsuits and judges that would enjoin them as a result of a law that passed without review. Sign this petition to change that.

"The Monsanto Protection Act—which became law in March—allows Monsanto and other large corporations to ignore existing food safety rules, and continue selling genetically modified seeds even if a court has blocked them from doing so.

"It’s been called ‘one of the most outrageous special interest provisions in years,’ and was even slipped in anonymously without review or debate into a must-pass budget bill."