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Saturday
Apr142012

Teen Pregnancy Rates Lowest Since 1940 | Military Women Receive Much Higher Personality Disorder Discharges

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Stephanie Schroeder, Anna Moore, Jenny McClendon and Panayiota Bertzikis say they were raped and then discharged from the military.CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta is reporting the weekend of April 21 and 22 on allegations of increasing sexual assault in the military. Equally concerning is a pattern of storytelling that comes with allegations of sexual assault being reported. It appears that women receive a psychiatric diagnosis and military discharge.

The Pentagon estimates the actual number of military sexual assaults reported in 2011 to be about 19,000 writes CNN.

Military records show the personality disorder diagnosis is being used disproportionately on women, according to military records obtained by Yale Law School’s Veterans Legal Services Clinic under a Freedom of Information Act request.

—In the Army, 16% of all soldiers are women, but females constitute 24% of all personality disorder discharges.

—Air Force: women make up 21% of the ranks and 35% of personality disorder discharges.

—Navy: 17% of sailors are women and 26% of personality disorder discharges

—Marines: 7% of the Corps and 14% of personality disorder discharges

The records don’t reflect how many of those women had reported sexual assault.

Catholic Bishops Call for National Campaign for Religious Freedom New York Times

Catholic bishops called on every priest, parish and layperson to participate in a “great national campaign” to defend religious liberty, which they insist is “under attack, both at home and abroad.”

In particular they urged every diocese to hold a “Fortnight for Freedom” during the two weeks leading up to the Fourth of July, for parishioners to study, pray and take public action to fight what they see as the government’s attempts to curtail religious freedom.

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Birth Contol Pills Have Lasting Effects on Relationships Scientific American

Researchers in Scotland studied more than 2.500 women in several countries and concluded that participants who used hormonal contraceptives when choosing their partners were less attracted to him and less sexually satisfied than women who did not use hormonal birth control after marrying — if they stopped taking the pill.

CNN reports that women who use triphasic birth control pills with different amounts of hormones every week report less of an impact on sex drive than monophasic pills, that dispense a constant amount.

Women who stayed on the pill after marrying reported being overall happier in their relationships with lower testosterone, and generally more faithful men.

In Child Sexual Abuse, Strangers Aren’t the Greatest Danger Science Daily

Parents typically teach kids to beware of strangers, but statistics show that the real danger to children is close to home. The vast majority of children who are sexually abused know their abuser well. Most often the abuser is a family member of trusted family friend.

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2010 teen pregnancy rates by state. Click image to enlargeClick to enlarge

Teen Pregnancy Drops Again

New statistics on teen pregnancies confirm existing trends. The number of teen births dropped again in 2010, with nearly every state seeing a decrease, writes Think Progress. Nationally, the rate fell to about 34 per 1,000 girls ages 15-19, with the drop of 9 percent seen in all racial and ethnic groups. The Center for Disease Control reports that 2010 is the lowest national rate for teen births since they began tracking it in 1940.

CDC officials attribute the decline to pregnancy prevention efforts, including improved use of contraception and in many cases, less sexual activity. Mississippi, one of the most socially conservative states in America continues to have the highest rate of teen pregnancy with 55 births per 1,000 girls. New Hampshire has the lowest rate at about 16 births per 1,000 girls.

Researchers often site a recent University of Washington in Seattle study that found teenagers who received comprehensive sex education were 60 percent less likely to get pregnant. Only social conservatives argue that abstinence education works. 37 states require sex education that includes abstinence education, with 26 states requiring that abstinence be promoted as the most effective way of reducing teen pregnancy.

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Holding Hands in Tennessee: Last week the Tennessee Senate passed SB 3310, a bill that updates the state’s abstinence-based sex education curriculum to emphasize that holding hands and kissing are “gateway sexual activities”.

Walker in Wisconsin: The governor signed three new abortion related bills. 1) abortion coverage will not be available in policies obtained through Obamacare’s new health insurance exchange starting in 2014; a woman seeking an abortion must undergo an exam and physical consultation, so that the doctor determines if woman is being pressured to have abortion. Felony for doctors who don’t complete practice; 3) updates to sex education laws stress abstinence as best policy; benefits of contraception no longer required to be taught. Changes in sex ed are a 180-degree turn from current politics.

Romney & Women: The LA Times writes that while Romney criticizes the reality that more women than men have lost jobs under the Obama administration, he ignores the fact that the job losses are coming from reduced government spending. Those cuts increase further in the Ryan budget that Romney has embraced.

White House spokesman Jay Carney noted that the Republican budget, which Romney has endorsed, would cut funding for programs that support low-income women and children, including Head Start, the Women, Infants and Children program, and supplemental nutritional aid for pregnant mothers.

Abortion & Contraception in the Crosshairs: Guttmacher Institute reviews the 944 provisions related to reproductive health and rights introduced in 45 of the 46 legislatures convened this year:

Legislators in five states (AZ, GA, NH, NJ and NY) with contraceptive coverage mandates have introduced legislation to expand existing exemptions, or create new ones, for certain employers (see Insurance Coverage of Contraceptives).

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Wednesday
Apr112012

Research: Holding a Gun Makes Weapon Holder Extra Big & Strong | Mitt Romney on Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay

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iStock photoNew research on men and guns confirms what many of us know intuitively. Discovery News reports that just holding a gun is enough to convince others that the weapon-holder is extra big and extra strong. The research seems to confirm that humans evaluate opponents much like out early ancestors did.

“What we think we’re tapping into here is a system that summarizes many, many variables in a single, easy-to-think form, namely a picture in your head, and ultimately we think that this then is the key variable that is used in calculations of what to do next,” said Daniel Fessler, an evolutionary anthropologist at the University of California, Los Angeles.

“Potentially, these kinds of calculations go on all the time in situations of conflict of interest, even at the level of large groups or whole armies,” he added. “Now we have whole nation states with incredible technology going to war, and still people making those decisions have representational systems in their heads that use very simple dimensions of size.”

Related: NRA Annual Meeting This Weekend in St. Louis, MO - State Ranked #1 for Black Homicide Victimization PR Newswire

New York mayor Bloomberg accuses NRA of backing ‘licence to murder’ Guardian.Co.UK

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Secretary Hillary Clinton meets with Stacy Lambe, left, and Adam Smith. (Stacy Lambe, Adam Smith / Texts From Hillary / April 11, 2012) Last week, the blog ‘Texts From Hillary’ Tumblr blog was raging through the Internet. Teeing off photos of The Secretary of State taken by photographers Diana Walker of Time and Kevin Lamarque of Reuters, showing her peeking at her Blackberry, the witty commentarys shows Hillary having imagined conversations with figures like Mitt Romney, Arrianna Huffington and even her boss Barack Obama.

On Tuesday, Hillary herself gave a thumbs up to the site, submitting her own meme.

Mitt Romney on Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

Mitt Romney hit the campaign trail today, trying to convince women voters that fears in his Republican agenda are unfounded. It’s reasonable to assume that the week after Romney buddy Wisconsin governor Scott Walker repealed legislation guaranteeing women equal pay for equal work, that Romney would be asked about his support of President Obama’s first piece of legislation — the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

Sure enough Huff Po reporter Sam Stein asked the presumed Republican presidential candidate if he supports Lilly in a conference call designed to prove that Romney is good for women.

Silence ensued. Six long seconds and then Romney’s policy director Lanhee Chen stepped in, saying “We’ll get back to you on that.”

Obama campaign manager Jim Messina jumped into action, circulating a critical statement from mad in Alabama Ledbetter herself: “I was shocked and disappointed to hear that Mitt Romney is not willing to stand up for women and their families.”

Monday
Apr092012

Vatican Says God Stands in the Way of Women Priests | Wisc Again Favors Gender Pay Inequality

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Suzanne Dunn (left) and Jeannette Love image by Paul WellmanThe Santa Barbara Independent introduces us to Suzanne Dunn and Jeannette Love, two women considered to be modern day heretics, two who tend a small, slowly growing South Coast Ca congregation.

The two women are part of Roman Catholic Womenpriests, a movement that also supports not only women priests, but gay and married priests as well. We’ve introduced AOC readers to the organization, as we track the ongoing demands of some Catholics for a reform movement within the church and the Vatican’s insistence that under no circumstances will the church ever yield on its current policies.

Pope Benedict denounced a group of Austrian priests who have launched the Pfarrer Initiative — or pastor initiative — calling on priests to “follow our conscience and act independently” of the pope’s orders. The group now has more than 300 Austrian priests and deacons, causing top Austrian bishops to see counsel from the Vatican on how to handle the situation, reports AP.

While reported in the press as being a harsh indictment of the renegade priests, the Rev. Hellmut Schueller has downplayed the tough talk, saying that “I cannot see it as a very sharp wording.”

Episcopalian Church Revised Priestly Vision in 1974

Writing for Huffington Post today, the Rev. Malcolm Boyd dials back the years to America, July 1974 when the Episcopal church shattered tradition by ordaining 11 women priests. “I believe that a priest must be less and less a privileged member of an elite, more and more a brother/sister in an open community.” Worker priests in France are excellent examples of this new model, writes Reb Boyd.

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Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker speaks to an audience at a Waukesha County Republican dinner in Pewaukee, Wis., Saturday, March 31, 2012., Steven Senne / AP Photo

Wisconsin Repeals Equal Pay Laws

Last Thursday, Wisconsin governor Scott Walked signed a bill that repealed the state’s 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act. While Republicans insist there is no war on women, Governor Walker moves favor gender gap pay inequality.

When the law went into effect in 2009, the Wisconsin gender gap in pay rates moved from 36th to 24th in the national gender-parity nationally. Presumably those gains for women’s wages will now be lost for Wisconsin women.

Elizabeth Warren Again Outraises Brown

The Boston Globe reports that Elizabeth Warren has raised $6.9 million in the first quarter, more than twice as much as her opponent, Senator Scott Brown. Warren says that $2.5 million has been raised from in state donors and the rest from voters outside Massachusetts.

“The incredible enthusiasm we have seen from people across the Commonwealth who are contributing to this campaign shows the strong grassroots momentum behind Elizabeth’s fight for middle class families,” said Warren campaign manager Mindy Myers.

The Warren campaign has provoked a major response from groups outside of Massachusetts. We’re not talking about a Karl Rove fund, which surely will come to the assistance of Senator Brown’s efforts as the election gains momentum.

In the case of Elizabeth Warren, 83 percent of the donations were $50 or less. Warren also outraised Senator Brown in the last quarter of 2011 $5.7 million vs $3.2 million.