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    Sex-selective abortions aren't breaking news. Most of us are aware of the horrifying fact that in countries like China and India many pregnancies have been terminated because parents aren't happy with the gender -- which is typically female -- of their unborn child. Rude awakening time: this practice is occurring in countries like the United States, Canada, and Great Britain, as well. And so-called feminists who should be up in arms over the very thought of aborting a baby just because she has a vagina actually have the nerve to defend it. 

     

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    Ever since women's tampons were confiscated in the midst of the state's abortion law protests, it's been hard not to wag our tongues or roll our eyes about the Texas State Troopers' move to apparently protect lawmakers from having feminine hygiene products hurled at them. Plenty of jokes have been made about the strange incident, but most recently, MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry decided to draw attention to it by wearing tampon earrings on her Sunday morning news show ...

    She explained that her producer had made them for her and said that women standing up for their own reproductive rights weren't allowed to bring tampons in, so "in case that ever happens again, ladies, you can just bring them on your earrings." Ha!

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    While people were sitting down to eat dinner on Sunday night in Ohio, Governor John Kasich signed a $62 billion-dollar state budget, which wouldn't really have been all that big a deal to the rest of the country ... if it weren't for the fact that hidden inside that budget were the most restrictive abortion laws in the country, buried into the budget at the final hour by state Republicans. Yup, Ohio now has the most extreme abortion laws in the U.S. -- but they were not written or approved of by the people or for the people.

    Not only are the laws attacking Planned Parenthood -- stripping $1.4 million from federal funding -- but here we go again with the mandatory ultrasound and government interference with rape counseling! Forget what doctors and counselors actually want to say to their patients. They'll have to say what the state tells 'em to now. And while they're at it, they now need to redefine "pregnancy" and "fetus" and, by corollary, birth control, according to the legislature.

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    A bill that would have closed nearly all of the abortion clinics in Texas has been voted down, thanks to the heroic stamina of Sen. Wendy Davis, a Democrat who decided to speak for 13 hours straight -- with no bathroom breaks and no leaning on anything -- in order to stop the vote on the bill, called the Texas SB5. The bill had to be voted on at a certain time, and because of Davis's filibuster, it was registered too late to be counted. Yeah, I don't really understand all of this stuff either, but let's look into it.

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    A federal judge has declared that the morning-after pill should be available to all ages without a prescription. He determined that the pill, Plan B, is as safe as any other drug sold-over-the counter, such as aspirin. This reverses the 2011 Obama administration decision that made the pill available only with a prescription to women under 17, a decision which the judge said was "politically motivated." Duh! Of course it was.

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    Politicians in Florida are currently debating whether or not to pass the Infants Born Alive Act, which would require that physicians give medical attention to children born alive after a botched abortion.

    Since Planned Parenthood has a dog in the abortion fight, they sent along Alisa Laport Snow, a lobbyist representing the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, to testify on behalf of the organization. Ms. Snow stated several times that they believe that the decision to end the life of a child born alive should be left to the woman, her family, and her physician. 

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    "I wish we could all just put down our picket signs and talk to each other." That's the plea of one woman who bravely told the story of her abortion. To mark the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, CNN's iReport invited women to tell their abortion stories. What resulted was a flood of devastatingly emotional and complicated personal stories.

    "Right" or "wrong," abortion is something women do. And however you feel about abortion, you cannot walk away from these stories without feeling the profound impact it's had on these women's lives. What looms larger than what led to their decisions is what happens after, whether it's torment, regret, relief, or redemption. We've found four videos with different perspectives. All four of these stories gave me chills. Take a look -- and maybe share with a friend or family member.

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    It looks like Texas is about to experience another boom. But this time it won't be oil -- it'll be babies! Texas legislators decided to defund what Rep. Bill Zeddler called "the abortion industry" by slashing funding for family planning. Because did you know? Family planning = abortion, y'all! Welp, we reap what we sow, Texas. We reap what we sow.

    Thanks to these cuts, Texas is expecting 20,000 more unplanned pregnancies than usual. The Health and Human Services Commissions projects those unplanned pregnancies will add $273 million in costs to taxpayers. Ask any accountant, and they'll tell you that a relatively small budget cut that results in $273 million in new costs means you're flunking math. And the best part? They're not even getting what they think they paid for: fewer abortions. As governor Rick Perry would say, "Oops."

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    10 Biggest News Scandals of 2012

    posted by Adriana Velez December 19, 2012 at 5:19 PM in In The News
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    Oh my, 2012 was just dripping with scandals. Some of them were salacious and silly -- but most of them were shocking and disappointing. We've rounded up what we think were the biggest scandals of the year. It's the kind of list that could almost make you lose hope in humanity, but just keep in mind: 2012 saw plenty of heroes and heart-warming stories, too.

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    To say 2012 was an eventful year in politics is quite an understatement. No matter what side of the aisle you're on, it's probably felt like you've been duking it out for what you believe since January 1. And along the way, there have been quite a few outspoken movers and shakers who have stunned and entertained us but above all, created real, noticeable change.

    Here, the top 12 political changemakers of 2012, in order from just plain great to most mind-blowingly incredible ...

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