LPJL Daily Takedown – June 28th, 2017

The BCRA is B-CRAP

SHITTY AND SHITTIER: The Senate’s “healthcare” bill is actually worse for birth control than the crap-fest House bill! Under Obamacare, health plans must cover contraceptive services without a co-pay. Both the House and Senate bills make birth control more expensive and inaccessible by defunding Planned Parenthood. But the Senate bill also allows states to decide if birth control is even covered! And you can guess what types of “birth control” will be covered in Missouri—abstinence and prayer! Good news & Bad news: The Senate bill is currently stalled—while lawmakers try to make it even worse!

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The Frontiers of Anti-Choice Lawmakers are Getting Checked In Alaska

CHILL OUT, ALASKA! A lawsuit from Planned Parenthood has finally forced ALASKA to change the cold way it treats those seeking abortions after the first trimester. The state will no longer require a second doctor to get involved in abortions after 12 weeks. And it dropped the TRAPPY rule that blood and an operating room “appropriately staffed and equipped for major surgery” be ready for ANY abortion after the first trimester. Change may come at a glacial pace in Alaska, but at least the long night might be over!

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Spokane Public Schools Might Have a Change of Heartlessness on Sex Ed.

THE FACTS OF STRIFE: Conservative Uter-orcs in Spokane, Washington are trying to shit-can a progressive sex ed curriculum because it was developed with input from Planned Parenthood, because it mentions sex, oh, and BECAUSE JESUS. And they’re not too happy that the curriculum includes LGBTQ issues. One said the new plan would mean that “teachers with religious convictions about male-female roles and differences” could be forced to stifle their bigotry (paraphrasing.) Washington is a great, progressive state, but there are still pockets of douchebaggery. What’s in your state’s pockets?

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Ohio Tri-Masters of None Just Passed Yet Another Fucked Up Anti-choice Bill

COSTUME DRAMA in OHIO: It’s the HANDMAIDS vs. the MaNMAIDS! A bill to ban the safest and most common procedure used in abortions after the first trimester has been sent by an Ohio Senate committee to the full Senate… but not before the committee room hosted a RUNWAY CHALLENGE! Anti-choice forces (mostly male) occupied the front row, smartly decked out in fetus t-shirts, the traditional fashion choice of the intolerant. But the back of the room was lined with pro-choice fashionistas in the very latest VAG POWER accoutrements—HANDMAID’S TALE costumes! SASSY! The anti-choice forces got their bill passed, but pro-choice advocates definitely looked better.

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VAGICAL UPDATE!

YESTERDAY – First stop, deliver some lunch and some LOVE to Family Planning Associates in Chicago!

Second stop, VAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR AT METRO!

Ask anyone how last night’s show went in the Windy City last night and we will bet money they’d say they were BLOWN AWAY! Dina Nina Martinez did a kick-ass job hosting Joyelle Johnson, Leah Bonnema, Lizz Winstead, Alonzo Bodden & Recording Artist K’Valentine!

Lizz wrapped up last night’s show moderating a SPECTACULAR talkback with special guests Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Carrie Mathos, and Dr. Willie Parker!

Next Stop: ST LOUIS, MISSOURI!

The Press is falling in LOVE with the Vagical Mystery Tour. Check out what everyone’s saying about the hottest Resistance Comedy Tour in the country!

An Interview with Lizz Winstead and Things You Can Do to Help RIGHT NOW

On the ‘Vagical Mystery Tour’ with Lizz Winstead

How A Comedy Tour Is Helping Women Retain Their Reproductive Rights

 

Keep Veggies out of the Classroom!

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We often tell young children “you can be whatever you want to be when you grow up,” “live your dreams,” “you’re the best,”, blah blah blah. Super inspiring stuff. Words to live by, even. SPOILER ALERT: But not in Mississippi.

 

As part of an English class career presentation at Starkville High School, one Honor student expressed her desire to become a sexologist. Fascinating career choice, I can totally relate. Because that’s also what I wanna be when I grow up. It has always been a dream of mine to get a tenure-track job educating America’s youth about butt plugs (NSFW).

So what’s the problem? Sounds like she did everything right. She did some excellent research on what a sexologist does. She presented a cucumber, and then demonstrated proper application of a condom. End.Of.Lesson. She didn’t do a donkey show to “Truffle Butter” in a gimp suit. BUT I GUESS IN MISSISSIPPI , ASPIRING TO BE FACTUAL ABOUT SEX IS FROWNED UPON, AND IF YOU ENCOURAGE IT, YOU GET SUSPENDED . YEP, HER TEACHER Sheree Ferguson, a popular & beloved teacher at the school was put on administrative leave for allowing a student to present a valuable lesson.

Her suspension occurred because condom demonstrations in classrooms are against the law in Mississippi. Most school districts in Mississippi have as strict abstinence only curriculum, or teach a similar program called “abstinence-plus.” Due to a lack of comprehensive sex education, their teen pregnancy and STD rates are the highest in the nation. They’re really slaying the game there.

Dozens of students protested her suspension, and the family of the student created a change.org petition demanding her return to the classroom.

Not to point cucumbers at anyone, but Mississippi seems like it could surely use some tips from a future sexologist.

H/T to: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/nov/21/mississippi-teacher-suspended-cucumber-condom-demonstration

 

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