Your Nightly Need to Know 5/16/12

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The House passed the Republican version of the Violence Against Woman Act, which excludes LGBT, Native American and immigrant victims of abuse. (New York Times)

Why is an Arizona congressman controlling the debate over abortion access in Washington, D.C.? (Huffington Post)

Two anti-abortion bills, including one that would ban abortions after 20 weeks with no exceptions for rape or incest, advanced through the Louisiana legislature. (NECN)

The Missouri House of Representatives approved legislation that would allow health care workers and others to opt out of providing contraception or participating in medical procedures if it violates their religion or ethics. (The Missourian)

Ohio bill that would restrict Planned Parenthood funding moves forward. (

The United States: Where Pregnancy is Probationary and Your Body is a Crime Scene (RH Reality Check)

It’s been a busy week in the War on Women and it’s only Wednesday. (National Journal)

What HBO’s Girls can teach Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. (The Week)

Cannes Film Festival opens without any female directors competing for the Palme D’or grand prize. (Yahoo)


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What do a convicted wife beater, a mail order bride firm and Phyllis Schlafly have in common? (Right Wing Watch)

There’s a simple solution to this for churches: Start paying taxes and you can do whatever you want. (Care2)

Forget Meals on Wheels and after school programs! We have women to shame! (Jezebel)

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