Wednesday watch: Comedians in Cars Getting Abortions

Last month, the Supreme Court struck down two provisions of Texas’ draconian anti-abortion law HB 2 and affirmed the constitutional right to abortion in stronger terms than many of us had dared to hope. It was an amazing victory that gives energy and momentum to the reproductive freedom movement.

And the sad fact is, we’re going to need it. New anti-choice laws went into effect in about one-fifth of states on July 1st. There are laws in this country that mandate waiting periods, that force women to look at ultrasounds, even ones that appoint a lawyer for a fetus or require burial or cremation of aborted fetuses. Then there are anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers that trick women and try to block their access to reproductive health care.

We have a fight ahead of us, and a little humor always helps along the way. This new video from NARAL Pro-Choice America features comedians Alice Wetterlund and Nato Green in a parody of “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” that shows them navigating the barriers that make it difficult to access abortion (full disclosure: I was involved in the production of this video).

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Dr. Willie Parker: the real work to improve abortion access starts now.

Should women be drafted? Not when sexual assault in the military is rampant.

The best veep pick for Hillary Clinton is a person of color.

The stuff that costs more when you’re poor.

White House officials won’t visit colleges not properly addressing sexual assault.

The photographer who captures the reality of abortion restrictions.

#CareFreeBlackKids2k16 provides some relief after a horrible week of police violence.

Wednesday watch: all hail Jessica Williams

In exciting news for fans of smart political comedy, Jessica Williams announced that she is leaving The Daily Show to pursue a pilot for Comedy Central about “a politically minded young woman who may be ‘woke’ but doesn’t know what she’s doing.” While we eagerly await that show, Vulture has a roundup of some of her best segments on TDS. You can also get your Jessica Williams fix in the meantime by listening to 2 Dope Queens, her magnificent podcast with the equally hilarious Phoebe Robinson.

This is one of my favorite Jessica Williams segments, in which she interviews a lawyer that represents fetuses in Alabama (yes, that’s a thing).

Jessica Williams Unborn Ultimatum

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Igor Volsky is once again tweeting politicians’ contributions from the NRA after the tragic shooting in Orlando.

Blogger undoes racist Hollywood by reclaiming white-washed Asian roles.

U.N. panel slams Ireland’s anti-abortion laws as “cruel,” “inhuman,” “degrading,” “discriminatory.”

California voters will decide in November if thousands of inmates should be released.

Google expects different answers from men and women on a question used to predict job success.

Thank God for Selina Meyer’s unapologetic 50-something sex drive on Veep. 

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Machine bias: there’s software used across the country to predict future criminals. And it’s biased against blacks.

Even female Supreme Court justices get interrupted a lot by men.

Woman treated like a criminal for refusing to testify against her abusive boyfriend.

The severe effects of clinic closures on undocumented women.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren takes down an anti-trans witness at a congressional hearing.

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KTLA meteorologist handed a sweater during scandalous weather report.

Why Donald Trump’s Supreme Court shortlist is especially terrifying for women.

What happens when female politicians try to stand up to sports fans.

FOX’s Shots Fired: a lesson in how you DON’T talk about race.

San Francisco police chief resigns after fatal shooting of unarmed black woman.

Some harsh truths about the life of a black abortion provider in the Deep South.

Glaringly sexist ads from 50 years ago.

Emily Winslow on the 20-year saga of her rape kit.

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This week marked 31 years since Philadelphia police bombed its own residents.

This Democratic-dominated legislature won’t stop attacking abortion access.

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg admits parts of “Lean In” are wrong.

Leave essentialist ideas of motherhood out of the election.

California Assembly passes bill to make all public bathrooms gender neutral.

Watch W. Kamau Bell explain the difference between racism and prejudice to Stephen Colbert.

2016 summer movie preview: 10 new movies from female directors and filmmakers.