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What the mid-term results mean for reproductive rights

Okay, so there were some bright spots in the mid-term election results from Tuesday. Like the resounding defeat of both an anti-choice ballot initiative in Colorado and an ex-witch who doesn’t understand the First Amendment (or the myriad pleasures of masturbation). But the rather bleak news is that the House of Representatives is now in the hands of politicians who play a little too fast and loose with reproductive rights for our liking.

To be a little more specific about things — and apologies in advance if this keeps you up at night — anti-choice House leaders like John Boehner are now very well-positioned to be egged on by Sarah Palin and her followers, Tea Party extremists, and their anti-choice allies. As Planned Parenthood says: “The stakes are as high as they’ve ever been: their goal is to outlaw abortion, even in cases of rape, incest, and harm to the health of the woman.” Oh yeah, and even before Tuesday, anti-choice Republicans like Congressman Mike Pence from Indiana were already working on legislation to defund Planned Parenthood.

If you’re mad as hell and don’t want to take it anymore, consider donating to Planned Parenthood’s emergency fund to help them fight back. Or at least spread the word to all your friends that the rights we’ve come to take for granted are now in serious peril.

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