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GOP-sponsored abortion bill will hurt Texas women, protesters warn

The Texas legislature has essentially banned abortions, passing a stringent set of restrictions on Monday morning that would require all abortions be attended by a medical doctor and that the doctor hold admitting privileges to a nearby hospital, among others.

The Republican-controlled House voted 97-33 to pass the bill, known as the SB 5 Pro-Life Omnibus Bill, which is “aimed at preserving unborn life and improving safety standards for abortion providers in the State of Texas,” according to a release by Rep. Drew Springer, a Republican.

The bill will go to the Senate where officials have a Tuesday night deadline to vote on the measure.

However, numerous groups have protested against the bill, saying the measure isn’t based in science. Some are calling it medically unnecessary and overly restrictive.

Host Jamila Bey spoke with Beth Presswood, host of the Godless Bitches podcast, and journalist Jessica Luther to discuss the story.

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In Ohio rape case, ‘never said no’ does not mean consent

The trial involving two teenagers accused of raping an intoxicated teenager has divided the small community of Steubenville, Ohio, as some rally behind the accused perpetrators, stars of the local football team, while others say the victim was too drunk to protest.

The issue has been further complicated by the fact that some 40 high schoolers looked on as the girl was carried from party to party, snapping cell phone photos and taking cell phone videos but never intervening, calling authorities or even putting an end to the abuse.

Host Jamila Bey spoke with Beth Presswood, host of the Godless Bitches podcast, to discuss the case.