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Republicans' war on abortion rights continues: But we can't give up the fight for women's rights

NY Daily News | 10-27-2011

On Nov. 8, Mississippi residents will vote on a proposed constitutional amendment that would categorize a fertilized human egg as a legal person. If passed, this measure would prohibit not only abortion, but common birth control methods such as the IUD. While a similar measure was twice defeated in Colorado, in 2008 and 2010, by wide margins, other states - including Florida and Ohio - are considering comparable initiatives.

These attacks are dangerous, but they are nothing new, part of a century-long war on women. While we all know it generally takes two to tango when it comes to sex, women - specifically poor women - have historically paid the disproportionate share of the price when politics and misguided morality triumph over public health necessities.

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