By Elizabeth DiNovella on October 24, 2012

Indiana GOP U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said Tuesday night that he opposes abortions for pregnancies conceived in rape because "it is something that God intended to happen."

Mourdock's statement comes on the heels of Missouri GOP Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin's assertion that women don't get pregnant from "legitimate rape."

What is going on with the GOP?

Lizz Winstead, comedian, producer, and co-creator of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," has had it up to here. She's launched a website called

"Seriously, it has gotten to the point where every day, some shining beacon of hypocrisy (READ: politician) is spouting off misinformation or worse, trying to pass legislation about our lady parts that is so odious, so factually, morally, and scientifically inexplicable, that we need to get loud and get real," she writes.

Her goal is to expose the bad laws (and offensive comments) against women's reproductive rights through videos that mix humor and outrage.

As Winstead writes, "Hope you never get raped because if you happen to be one of the unlucky women who can't magically kill rape sperm, you may be forced to have that baby and find yourself in a lawsuit where your rapist sues you for joint custody. Yeah, the shit is real."

If you liked this story by Elizabeth DiNovella, the Culture Editor of The Progressive magazine, check out her story "Romney Will Talk about China, Won't Talk to Bainport Workers."

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A plea to United States citizens to work for peace

An Indian journalist globally renowned as an advocate for the poor, Palagummi Sainath detailed the detrimental...

By Wendell Berry

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more 
of everything ready made. Be afraid 
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery 
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card 
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something 
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know. 
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord. 
Love the world. Work for nothing. 
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it. 
Denounce the government and embrace 
the flag. Hope to live in that free 
republic for which it stands. 
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man 
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers. 
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.

Say that the leaves are harvested 
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus 
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion—put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come. 
Expect the end of the world. Laugh. 
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts. 
So long as women do not go cheap 
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy 
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep 
of a woman near to giving birth? 
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie easy in the shade. Rest your head 
in her lap. Swear allegiance 
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos 
can predict the motions of your mind, 
lose it. Leave it as a sign 
to mark the false trail, the way 
you didn’t go. Be like the fox 
who makes more tracks than necessary, 
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

Wendell Berry is a poet, farmer, and environmentalist in Kentucky. This poem, first published in 1973, is reprinted by permission of the author and appears in his “New Collected Poems” (Counterpoint).

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