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Ohio “Heartbeat” bill could ban abortion just 18 days after conception

Ohio lawmakers will soon introduce a new abortion bill that would make abortion illegal as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detected, a move that some commentators say would mean a complete ban on abortion.

The “Heartbeat” bill will apparently be introduced later this month, right before Valentine’s Day (Get it? Hearts! Why let an unprecedented attack on women’s bodily autonomy get in the way of your seriously tacky marketing?) by Republican Representative Lynn Wachtmann. The bill is the first of its kind in the country, and if it passes we can expect copycats from other strictly anti-choice states like Texas and Oklahoma.

Robin Marty, writing at Alternet, explains why this bill would be tantamount to a complete abortion ban:

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Ohio lawmakers will soon introduce a new abortion bill that would make abortion illegal as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detected, a move that some commentators say would mean a complete ban on abortion.

The “Heartbeat” ...

Dream Act deferred

As most of you probably know by now, The Senate blocked The Dream Act, a bill that would have created a path to citizenship for  young undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children, completed two years of college or military service. This doesn’t mean the legislation is dead forever, but it is still a major blow to all the incredible student activists and immigration and access to education advocates who have been fighting so hard for it. I was deeply moved to read that Sen. Dick Durbin, who has taken the legislative lead on this for 10 years, told reporters, “I will never give up this fight.”

This incredibly emotional video from the Immigrant Youth Justice ...

As most of you probably know by now, The Senate blocked The Dream Act, a bill that would have created a path to citizenship for  young undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children, ...

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A Victory for Domestic Workers

Congrats to Domestic Workers United for winning a seven year battle to have a “Domestic Workers Bill of Rights” enacted in New York State. Yesterday, New York Governor David Paterson signed a bill that will guarantee domestic workers such as nannies, housekeepers, and caregivers of the elderly one day of rest per week and after a year of employment, a minimum of three paid days off.  It also includes protection against sexual harassment and other types of discrimination, and is supposed to strengthen current laws for live-in domestic workers.

One day a week off and 3 paid days off after a year of working may not sound like much but it’s a victory for the over 200,000 domestic ...

Congrats to Domestic Workers United for winning a seven year battle to have a “Domestic Workers Bill of Rights” enacted in New York State. Yesterday, New York Governor David Paterson signed a bill that ...

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