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Morning Roundup: Rep. Speier Speaks Out

Rep. Speier speaks out on her House speech, South Dakota tables abortion provider murder bill, don't worry - the government will still fund NASCAR sponsorships, and Hawaii gets civil unions.

  • Rep. Jackie Speier writes firsthand about her need to terminate a wanted pregnancy and the need to “stop playing politics” with women’s lives. “I am saddened and angered by how politicians misuse women's health. For some, describing a procedure like the one I endured is nothing more than talking points. But for millions of women like me, it's much more -- it's something that will always be a part of us.” If you missed the powerful videos of her, Rep. Louise Slaughter, and Rep. Gwen More speaking out about the Pence amendment, you can see them here.
  • The South Dakota bill that would have legalized the murder of abortion providers has been temporarily set aside. After the nationwide firestorm about the language in the bill, legislators voted 61-4 to table the measure.
  • From Robin Marty at Care2, please rest assured that even though the House has voted to defund family planning and Planned Parenthood, which will be devastating to low-income families, they have preserved millions of dollars in NASCAR sponsorships!
  • Hawaii governor Neil Abercrombie has signed a civil union bill, allowing same-sex couples all the rights of married couples, without, of course, calling it marriage.

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