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Are women in America being treated unfairly when it comes to birth control and abortion laws?

Birth control pills.
Birth control pills.
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On NBC’s “Meet the Press” this week, Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan said one of the big problems with discourse in America is “the way women are being spoken of” in public regardless of political party lines.

Noonan’s observations along with the recent contraception health coverage debate, new state mandated ultrasounds for women seeking abortions, and radio host Rush Limbaugh’s controversial and public “slut” comment have sparked a wider dialogue about how women are treated in modern America. Arizona lawmakers are considering a law that would allow employers to fire women who take employer covered birth control for the exclusive purpose of preventing pregnancy, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. A Wisconsin senator is proposing a law that would classify single parenthood as “child abuse.”


Is this evidence of a so-called ‘war on women’? Are women across America being widely discriminated against in 2012?


Amanda Marcotte, freelance political writer, contributor to Reuters, Slate and The Guardian