January 20: Republican Presidential candidate Senator Rick Santorum says a child conceived after a rape is a “gift” and that having an abortion after being raped could “ruin” a woman’s life.
January 23: House Speaker John Boehner attends the 39th annual March for Life Washington D.C. and said, “this bipartisan majority is standing up for life and working to restore the damage of Roe v. Wade.”
January 25: A Republican state senator from Oklahoma City introduces a bill that would ban the use of aborted human fetuses in food, despite being unaware of anyone actually doing this.
January 31: Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the nation’s leading breast cancer charity, pulls funding for breast cancers screenings at Planned Parenthood due to internal pressure. A PR disaster and mass online activism ensue.
February 7: Komen’s Senior VP for Policy Karen Handel resigns. During the controversy, she retweeted the comment: “just like a pro-abortion group to turn a cancer orgs decision into a political bomb to throw. Cry me a freaking river.”
February 10: The White House compromises on their birth control mandate: religious institutions are exempt from from paying for coverage but insurance companies must include contraception in their plans.
February 15: The Virgina state House of Delegates passes two of the most restrictive anti-abortion bills ever, which include mandatory transvaginal ultrasounds and the declaration of personhood at conception.
February 15: The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops urges the Senate to pass the Blunt Amendment, which would block the Obama administration’s ruling for all insurance plans to cover birth control.
February 16: Congressman Darrell Issa holds a House hearing on contraception with an all-male panel. Issa refuses to let Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke testify.
February 22: After national outcry, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell abandons the transvaginal ultrasound requirement in the anti-abortion legislation but still mandates abdominal ultrasounds.
February 29: Rush Limbaugh begins his attacks on Sandra Fluke, calling her a “slut” and a “prostitute.” Her testimony to an unofficial hearing held by Democrats never mentions her own sexual activity, and the mandate does not require taxpayer funding for private insurance plans.
March 1: Limbaugh continues attacking Fluke, saying “If we are going to pay for your contraceptives, thus pay for you to have sex, we want something for it, and I’ll tell you what it is: We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.”
March 1: The Senate narrowly defeats the Blunt Amendment, which was supported by all Republicans except for one, the retiring Senator Olympia Snowe.
March 3: Limbaugh apologizes for his “insulting word choices”; advertisers continue to abandon his show.
March 5: The Utah state House passes a 72-hour waiting period for abortions, which makes it the longest waiting period in the country.