Guns, yes. Tampons, no?

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Texan “men” are terrified of tampons, apparently. Handguns are fine, but don’t you dare bring in your tampons. Just another way to say “you’re different, and we hate you for it”. UPDATE: After being ridiculed by the entire world, the Texas GOP has a change of heart.

Reproductive Rights

Texas Republicans have been putting on a textbook study case on how to alienate women. Republicans keep finding new ways to humiliate themselves while alienating women, and the national trailblazers in this campaign of shame have been Texas Republicans. Mitt Romney was widely mocked for his binders full of women comment during a presidential debate, but Texas Republicans took it to a whole other level by having state troopers confiscate tampons, maxi pads and other things that they believed could be used as potential projectiles from women as they entered the building to watch the debate on the Republicans’ incredibly unconstitutional anti-abortion bill.

• Sometimes the war on women is offensive, and sometimes, it’s just farcical. When tampons are considered more dangerous than loaded firearms, I think it’s safe to say Texas Republicans have gone off the deep end.

Ob-Gyns Tell the Texas Legislature Get ‘Out of Our Exam Rooms’. American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) called out the Texas Republicans laws for the female-harming bills they are, and stated that these bills are all about interfering with the practice of medicine. Fed up with the bad, inaccurate science Republicans are using to hawk their bad anti-choice bills, the harm these bills inflict upon women’s health, the lies about fetal pain, and the interference in medical care, the ACOG finally spoke up. They’d like very much for Texas Republicans to get out of their exam rooms.

Texas Senate passes massive anti-abortion bill in long-delayed vote. The Texas state Senate passed House Bill 2 late Friday night, ensuring the closure of most of the state’s reproductive health clinics for women, as opponents vowed to capitalize on weeks of momentum generated by demonstrations against the measure. “The fight for the future of Texas is just beginning,” said Sen. Wendy Davis (D), who became a focal point of opposition to the bill following her 13-hour filibuster on June 25, which delayed the bill’s passage and touched off a series of demonstrations both at the state Capitol and on social media. “There are people in charge here who want this bill to move very quickly so they won’t be delayed in their climb up the political ladder,” Davis said, a veiled reference to Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R), who previously referred to demonstrators as an “unruly mob.” The bill, preceded by an additional prayer mandated by Dewhurst, passed by a partisan margin of 19 to 11 and followed one last day of demonstrations, which Republican lawmakers attempted to counter by banning female hygiene products from the building.

• Those responding to it [Men's Rights Edmonton obnoxious posters] should point out the history of the people sponsoring the campaign. Men’s Rights Edmonton and its spokesperson, Karen Straughan (Girl Writes What) are both closely connected with A Voice for Men, which is actively helping coordinate MRA activism around the issue. So it’s worth pointing out what A Voice for Men has previously posted about rape — and perhaps putting some of these things on posters. AVFM founder and publisher Paul Elam blames date rape on its victims, writing in one notorious post — which regular readers here will no doubt remember — that women who are raped after drinking and going home with a man are “begging” to be raped.

In other news

NSA leaker Edward Snowden wants to seek asylum in Russia, according to a Parliament member who was among about a dozen activists and officials to meet with him Friday in the Moscow airport where he’s been marooned for weeks. Duma member Vyacheslav Nikonov told reporters of Snowden’s intentions after the meeting behind closed doors in the transit zone of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport. Dmitry Peskov, the spokesman for Putin, told Russian news agencies after the announcement Friday that Russia has not received a new bid for asylum from Snowden and that Putin would continue to insist that Snowden stop leaking information.

TV Reporter Identifies Pilots Of Plane Crash With Fake Racist Names. In a shockingly racist move on Friday, San Francisco news station KTVU misreported the names of the pilots aboard Asiana Flight 214, which crashed at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and killed two girls from China. They reported that the pilot names were Captain Sum Ting Wong, Wi Tu Lo, Ho Lee Fuk, and Bang Ding Ow. An anchor later apologized for the error and laid the blame on an NTSB official who purportedly confirmed the names before the piece went on air. A spokesperson for NTSB told ThinkProgress that they never released any names in this case. UPDATE: In a statement, the NTSB now admits they did confirm “Ho Lee Fuk” and other “offensive” names as the pilots, blaming the error on an intern.

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