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9 New Laws in the GOP's War Against Women

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  • Shaming women is more important to Republicans than tackling the economic crisis or any of the myriad problems facing Americans. The consequences for women's health are dire.
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  • Has Sarah Palin Finally Gone Too Far?
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  • Women Who Pick and Process Your Food Face Daily Threats of Rape, Harassment and Wage Theft
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Lauren Kelley and Sarah SeltzerAlterNet

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Republicans sure have interesting priorities. Even though they got elected on a fiscal agenda and arrived in legislatures and congress with a budget crisis and a nation staring down unemployment, they’ve  decided to put policing women’s bodies on the top of their agenda. You’ve probably heard about the unbelievably dismal new bill in Congress which would drastically curb abortion coverage and most alarmingly, redefine rape as only “forcible.” It’s cruel and draconian, to say the least, and on twitter, the #Dearjohn hashtag is building momentum against this horrible bill.  

But this bill is not a stand-alone attack--in fact, it’s part of a broad-reaching movement from state legislatures to curb abortion access and insurance coverage, place hurdles before and infantilize women with ultrasound and parental notification requirements, and generally prove that shaming women is much more important to Republicans than tackling the economic crisis or any of the myriad other problems facing Americans today.

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Has Sarah Palin Finally Gone Too Far? Julianne Escobedo Shepherd and Sarah SeltzerAlterNet
Palin has gotten so embarrassing that even folks on her side of the spectrum are vocally calling for her to just stand down and be quiet.

Women Who Pick and Process Your Food Face Daily Threats of Rape, Harassment and Wage Theft, Jill Richardson, AlterNet

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  • We all benefit from a hugely exploitative system, in which our dinner is now directly linked to violence against women.
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  • Immokalee's (FL) Tomato Pickers Still Reap 'Harvest of Shame'
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