Knit-In of the Day

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Knit-In of the Day
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The "Snatchel Project" from Government Free VJJ takes a creative approach toward combating the GOP's ongoing War on Women (or WOW -- as in: Wow, are you really waging a war on women?) by inviting knitters and crocheters alike to knit or crochet a vagina or uterus, and mail the result to their male Senator or Congressional Representatives.

Their message: "If they have their own, they can leave ours alone!"

Patterns are available on the group's site; hand-delivery of the "gifts" is forthcoming. If you don't know how to knit or crochet, no worries: There's a how-to section on the site.

[mojo.]

Say What Now of the Day

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Say What Now of the Day
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Asked at a press conference about Pennsylvania's rendition of the anti-abortion bill that requires women to undergo an ultrasound prior to the termination of a pregnancy, the Keystone State's Republican governor, Tom Corbett, told a reporter that he didn't feel the legislation went too far because it "exterior not interior" and he wasn't making women watch.

"I don't know how you make anybody watch," Corbett said. "Because you just have to close your eyes."

Not surprisingly, this didn't sit well with Democrats, who slammed Corbett for showing "a lack of understanding of medicine and women's reproductive health issues."

"It's unthinkable that he would so casually dismiss this by advising women to just close their eyes," said former Pennsylvania congressman Patrick Murphy. "Gov. Corbett's comments are disturbingly offensive, insensitive and out of touch."

Some 10 states are currently at varying states of debate over a similar ultrasound bill.

[wgal / think.]

Trojan Free Speech of the Day

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Trojan Free Speech of the Day
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Though the Salt Lake Tribune did run most of Garry Trudeau's controversial Doonesbury story arc concerning the ultrasound bills making the rounds in state legislatures across the country, it opted out of publishing today's strip, which features the purposely contentious line, "By the authority invested in me by the GOP base, I thee rape."

The Tribune's staff cartoonist Pat Bagley felt the decision was a blatant first amendment violation on the part of his paper, so he "snuck" the strip in by tacking it on to his own riff on Trudeau's feather-ruffling plotline.

For the sake of context, Bagley's strip is referencing disgraced former Utah House Majority Leader Kevin Garn, who was forced to resign after it was revealed that he had gone hot-tubbing in the nude with a minor.

[cagle.]

Comic Strip Controversy of the Day

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Comic Strip Controversy of the Day
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Comic Strip Controversy of the Day: Several newspapers are reported running "flashbacks" -- i.e. old strips -- in lieu of this week's Doonesbury, which deals with the recent spate of anti-abortion ultrasound bills.

"We thought the strips were over the line for the comics pages and won’t be running them," Oregonian features editor JoLene Krawczak told Jim Romenesko. "We’ll tell readers where they can read them online."

The more controversial strips, expected to run Tuesday and Thursday, contain the lines "Do your parents know you’re a slut?" (directed at the strip's protagonist by a "state legislator" after she tell him she's been using the health clinic's contraceptive services) and "By the authority invested in me by the GOP base, I thee rape" (announced by the doctor administering the pre-termination sonogram).

The first strip in the series has gone live, and can be seen above (click to embiggen).

This will be the first time in Doonesbury's 42-year history that artist Garry Trudeau has used the strip to poke poignant fun at the abortion debate.

"I chose the topic of compulsory sonograms because it was in the news and because of its relevance to the broader battle over women's health currently being waged in several states, Trudeau told the Washington Post.

He continued:

For some reason, the GOP has chosen 2012 to re-litigate reproductive freedom, an issue that was resolved decades ago. Why [Rick] Santorum, [Rush] Limbaugh et al. thought this would be a good time to declare war on half the electorate, I cannot say. But to ignore it would have been comedy malpractice.

[romenesko / wapo / bleedingcool.]

Follow Up of the Day: Virginia Senate Tables Personhood Bill

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Follow Up of the Day: Virginia Senate Tables Personhood Bill
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Follow Up of the Day: A day after Virginia lawmakers were compelled to pass a non-invasive version of the state's controversial ultrasound bill, the full Virginia Senate voted this afternoon to table the equally contentious "personhood" bill, which would have def

Anti-Vasectomy Act of the Day

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Anti-Vasectomy Act of the Day: Lawmakers in Georgia are the latest to hop aboard the prove-a-point legislation train that's already made stops in Virginia, Oklahoma, and Mississippi.

Georgia Democrats held a hearing today i

Follow Up of the Day: Virginia House Backs Away From Transvaginal Ultrasound

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Follow Up of the Day: Virginia House Backs Away From Transvaginal Ultrasound
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Follow Up of the Day: Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, who earlier today announced that he was backing down from his unconditional support of the state's controversial anti-abortion legislation, has compelled legislators in the House of Delegates to exclude a provision that would have required women to be penetrate