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Republicans abhor abortions – except it’s for his or her mistress, in fact

Meet Scott Lloyd, the pinnacle of the Workplace of Refugee Resettlement; in concept he’s liable for supporting refugees construct a greater life in America by offering them with monetary and medical help. Underneath earlier administrations, this included abortion companies. However we reside in a god-fearing America now, and Lloyd has made it his mission to make sure refugee ladies, together with unaccompanied minors, don’t get abortions. He even blocked a 17-year-old-girl who had been raped from having an abortion. “The kid – the one who’s destroyed – is just not an aggressor,” he argued in a report. No Scott, the kid isn’t an aggressor; you might be.

As Mom Jones reported this week, regardless of his patronizing proselytizing, Lloyd doesn’t all the time apply what he preaches. As a younger man he drove an ex-girlfriend to get an abortion and paid for half of it.

Lloyd joins an illustrious record of Republicans whose stance on abortion is mainly: “It’s OK for me; evil for thee.” Earlier this 12 months, for instance, it emerged that Elliot Broidy, the previous RNC deputy finance chairman paid $1.6m to a Playboy Playmate he had an affair with, after she aborted his baby.

Then there may be Tim Murphy, the pro-life Pennsylvania Republican who resigned final 12 months after it was revealed he had urged his mistress to contemplate an abortion. And let’s not overlook the charming Scott DesJarlais. In accordance with testimony throughout his divorce trial, the Tennessee congressman supported his ex-wife’s choice to get two abortions earlier than their marriage. The previous physician additionally allegedly pressured a 24-year-old affected person he was having an affair with to get an abortion. Even in spite of everything that data got here out DesJarlais nonetheless had the gall to vote for anti-abortion payments and boast of getting a “100% pro-life voting file.”

Hessah al-Ajaji drives her car down the capital’s busy Tahlia Street after midnight for the first time, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Hessah al-Ajaji drives her automobile down the capital’s busy Tahlia Road after midnight for the primary time, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. {Photograph}: Nariman El-Mofty/AP

Saudi Arabia set to execute a lady’s rights activist

Saudi Arabia lifted the ban of girls driving earlier this 12 months, amid a lot fanfare. So is the repressive kingdom lastly embracing ladies’s rights? Completely not. In reality, the dominion is on the verge of executing Israa al-Ghomgham, a feminine political activist. She is one in every of many jailed ladies’s rights activists and should face execution with a sword for collaborating in anti-government protests. Saudi Arabia minimize ties with Canada earlier this 12 months after the nation urged it to launch these activists. In the meantime, the American authorities is retaining deafeningly silent. Little question Trump would like to jail ladies’s rights activists himself.

Meet the brand new queen of Tinder

Final Sunday Natasha Aponte, a New York-based mannequin, arrange a mass date with lots of of men from Tinder. Once they had all arrived at Union Sq., for what they thought was a one-on-one date, she informed the gaggle of men that courting apps have been “troublesome”, so she had determined to “deliver everybody in individual and see how that goes”. Overlook ghosting – is “crowding” now going to turn out to be all the fad?

The geography of sexism

A brand new index of sexist perspective developed by economists ranks Arkansas as probably the most sexist state within the US, and New Hampshire because the least. In order for you extra data on why that’s, I recommend you discover a man from Arkansas to clarify it to you.

Some good statue information

Alice Dunnigan, the primary black lady accredited to cowl the White Home, is getting her personal statue on the Newseum in Washington.

Little question it was a tragic week for America’s hardest working feminist: Ivanka Trump. The primary daughter introduced she would shut down her style model final month, following months of scandals and flailing gross sales; this week her web site formally shut down. Maybe now she’s not combining politics with product placement, Ivanka can have extra time to dedicate to pretending to empower ladies.


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