Bait and switch

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North Carolina’s Governor Roy Cooper (D) campaigned on repealing the state’s transphobic HB2 bill. But the compromise just announced from the state capital is far from a clean repeal—it’s a bait-and-switch in an effort to appease the NCAA, and it’s bad news for queer and trans people.

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A terrifying new Arkansas law will ban sex-selective abortions and force doctors to actively investigate abortion patients. Somehow, though, this is not the most ridiculous abortion news to occur this week, a distinction that goes to Rep. Shannon Lundgren (R-IA.)

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“Rep. Forbes, this bill wasn’t written for the intent to protect or govern, on the side of the woman. It was written to save babies’ lives. I would concur that — in that instance — if your daughter’s life is not in danger, that yes, she would have to carry that baby.”

— Rep. Shannon Lundgren (R-IA), on whether or not pregnant parents should have to carry dead fetuses to term

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