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Saturday
Jun302012

Sister Simone's 'Nuns on the Bus' Hits Philadelphia | Women Win Under ACA | Obama's Women Vote 2012 Summits

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Nuns on the Bus

Just in! Anne has returned from a most emotional and moving morning with Nuns of the Bus and Sister Simone Campbell, featured in this video. AOC readers know that Sister Simone was specifically mentioned in the Vatican’s condemnation of American nuns. Follow this new AFP read ‘Nuns on the Bus’ Taking America by storm, while Anne prepares her own story.

Anti-Choicers Can’t Stop Lying About the ACA Decision Slate

For one who designates herself “pro-life” (who isn’t?), yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act should be a cause for celebration. After all, actual people with actual lives will see those lives saved, extended, and the quality of them improved. It’s estimated that 45,000 people die a year from lack of insurance, people with families and conscious points of view, who can feel pain and fear. These lives should matter if one wears the moniker “pro-life” to mean that you support life.

Obama’s ‘Women Vote 2012 Summits’

The first summit is July 1 in Denver, Colorado, one of several swing states where women will be decisive in determining the winner of the presidential election. Confirmed now are Pennsylvania, Florida, and Nevada. Anne will be attending in Philadelphia.

Issues include paycheck fairness, health care including birth control, abortion rights, and education.

Women Win Under ACA

Demonstrators in favor of the Affordable Care Act marched in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. (Saul Loeb, AFP / Getty Images)A practice that Anne knows well — “gender rating.” in which insurers can charge women higher premiums than men — without maternity coverage included — will officially end in 2014, thanks to the Supreme Court’s upholding of Obamacare. American women will receive many new benefits as the law takes effect, in this Daily Beast overview:

No Gender Discrimination

Today, women pay $1 billion more than men for identical health plans in the individual market. With no pre-existing conditions of any kind, Anne paid $1000 a month with a $2000 deductible for health insurance on the East Coast, as a self-employed person.

Finding a much better plan under Aetna after her move, Anne’s policy dropped to $327 a month, but with a $5000 deductible. The plan is generous in preventive care and includes dental insurance. Her Aetna policy was reduced after Obamacare became law. Her female design assistant also reports that her policy cost went down.

Other benefits include:

No gender-based “preexisting conditions” like not getting health insurance if a woman has had breast cancer, a Caesarean section, or as a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault. Previously, these conditions often made women uninsurable.

- No co-pay on fundamental health care services like mammograms, Pap smears and well baby services.
- Ability to see OB-GYN without a referral
- Insurers can’t deny coverage to the 17 million children with preexisting conditions.

Wednesday
Jun272012

Savannah Guthrie Headed for "Today"? | Cantor's VA Voters Poll Pro-Choice in Very Conservative District

Toni Garrn | Francois Nars | Vogue Japan August 2012 | ‘Tropical Princess’ AOC Private Studio

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The Hollywood Reporter says that Savannah Guthrie will be named co-anchor of “Today”, replacing Ann Curry as soon as the transition to a new role for Curry can be negotiated. Simply stated, it’s all a matter of money say those who know.

Australian-born Savannah Guthrie attended the University of Arizona and Georgetown, where she earned a J.D. Guthrie has been co-hosting the third hour of Today” for the last year. She moved into that slot a year ago, leaving her post as chief legal correspondent and also a White House correspondent.

Guthrie is a brainiac! Of the 634 people taking the Arizona bar exam in July 2002, Savannah Guthrie got the highest score, according to the state Supreme Court.  She is divorced from then-BBC journalist March Orchard since 2009.

Ann Curry will be leaving the “Today Show’ but staying with NBC, say insiders.

The LA Times reported on Monday that Ann Curry may receive as much as $10 million to leave “Today”. She holds a three-year contract guaranteeing her that amount annually. The 55-year-old model of poise and grace under fire, will reportedly return as a foreign correspondent for NBC News.

Revenge of Shiny Objects

Virginia’s transvaginal untrasounds may be blowing up election dust in Eric Cantor’s face. A new poll from Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, a traditionally reliable district in America, shows “surprising vulnerabilities for Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, especially on the issue of women’s health,” writes Think Progress.

The Harrison Hickman polled voters say they would support a pro-choice candidate 68% to 23% over a pro-life candidate. The poll also called into questions the Republicans’ “it’s my way or the highway” attitude regarding working with the Obama Administration. 43% of voters say they would replace Cantor versus 41% who say they would re-elect. Cantor is running against the relatively unknown 30-year veteran and moderate Democrat Wayne Powell. 

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Tuesday
Jun262012

Is PA 16th Joe Pitts A Threat to the Personhood of American Women? | Planned Parenthood & Prochoice Republicans

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PA 16 Congressional District Joe Pitts(R) and Former Michigan Senator Bart Stupak (D) Anne is reading her own article on BlueAmerica: Joe Pitts — An Existential Threat To The United States and Why He Must Be Defeated.

When PA 16th district Representative Joe Pitts became the head of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health after the 2010 mid-term elections, some American women knew we were in for a rough ride.

Congressman Joe Pitts has been an anti-abortion advocate for decades and an avowed foe of Planned Parenthood. The only form of sex education Pitts will endorse is the failed program of abstinence. And of course, Pitts is anti-gay marriage.

Finding a Voice, Taking a Stand

In the fall of 2009, American women and the men in our lives certainly took our right to contraception and other reproductive health services for granted.

Yes, the anti-abortion debate swirled constantly around us. The tone was shifting but still not in a truly frightening way. My group was being called murderers of countless innocent children for having used an IUD as my favored method of birth control.

The voices that had stalked me for a year in the 70s, threats marking me for death and putting me in police protection for a year in Buffalo, New York, grew more pronounced. In the late 70s, I walked away from a career in journalism after decapitated animals, bloody knives and my hanging rope arrived daily.

When my masked stalker finally flew across the windshield of my car on a cold fall night, I fought for my life, gunning the accelerator in self-survival mode. Sobbing on the phone to the now well-known and very supportive lieutenant of my police department, I explained that I didn’t know if my pro-life stalker was dead or alive in the parking lot.

My crime? As an American woman in a free country, I did not understand supporting the Supreme Court Roe decision on a TV panel would put my life at risk.

Luckily, I am talented in business and was able to redirect my career, once I understood that being a journalist who agreed with Supreme Court decisions was reason to kill me. I was young then. Read on.

Planned Parent Spotlight

Dayna Smith/AP PhotoSusan G. Komen’s chief fundraiser Julie Teer is leaving the organization for a position as senior vice president of resource development at the Boys and Girls’ Clubs, reports The Daily Beast.

Planned Parenthood & Republicans

Journalist and former television news reporter and anchor at CNN and NBC Campbell Brown wrote a NYTimes op ed called Planned Parenthood’s Self-Destructive Behavior. Brown cites Ronald Reagan’s comment “the person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally — not a 20 percent traitor.”

We don’t see prochoice challenges in this light, believing instead that it’s women’s reproductive health rights and other women’s issues “shiny objects” — to quote the Romney campaign — that lay in the heart of the 20 percent of backroom deals made in Congress and state legislatures, focused on controlling women’s bodies. 

Will Planned Parenthood back any Republican candidates who are prochoice? That question lies at the heart of Brown’s piece. She cites the distressing turn that Planned Parenthood took against Senator Susan Collins of Maine, one of five Republicans who stood by the organization last year, when she supported the confirmation of Bush Supreme Court judge Samuel A. Alito.

While the vote was a challenging one for Senator Collins, she says she came to it after speaking with Mr. Alito about his respect for precedent and whether he considered Roe v. Wade settled law. (Senator Collins has since also voted to confirm Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.) Ms. Collins was acting in the traditional (and admirable) spirit of the Senate, which tends to confirm judicial nominees unless the person is clearly unqualified.

Planned Parenthood turned against her, says Collins, who now calls the group “infuriating” and nothing more than “an arm of the Democratic National Committee.”

Campbell Brown raises valid questions about Planned Parenthood’s willingness to support prochoice Republican candidates, which is a position that AOC endorses. The organization must rise above partisan politics, which is darn difficult when the Republican War on women is so real.