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Thursday
Jul112013

Senate Promises New Abortion Bill DOA | Immigration Reform & Taxes | PA's Kane Won't Defend Gay Marriage Ban

1. Republicans around America have made abortion the nation’s biggest political issue. Anticipating that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla) will sponsor the Senate verson of the House-passed bill that limits abortions at 20 weeks, a key date when a woman first has reliable sonograms about the health of her fetus, Democratic Senators went on the offensive yesterday, portraying the proposed abortion limits as ‘political showboating’.

“I can tell you this: No matter who introduces it, it is not going anywhere in the Senate,” Sen. Patty Murray said. “We are not going to let it come up in the Senate. There is no reason for it. This is settled law. We are not going to be sidetracked by a debate on women’s health yet again.”

Rubio is in a tight spot with social conservatives, who are angry with his support of immigration reform. Sponsoring the bill in the Senate is one way of appeasing those same social conservatives.

2. Immigration reform would boost state and local tax contributions by an estimated $2 billion annually, concludes a new study conducted by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, a nonpartisan research organization. If allowed to work legally, undocumented immigrants would participate fully in all the federal, state and local tax systems. Presently undocumented immigrants contributed $10.6 billion in state and local taxes in 2010.

- The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office concludes the immigration reform bill would shrink the deficit by $197 billion over the next decade.
- Rather than lower wages for US workers, a study by the Brookings Institution’s Hamilton Project that found an increase in immigrant workers may lead to a boost in wages for U.S-born workers.

75 percent of Americans agree that immigration reform will benefit the economy.

3. Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane (D) says she will not defend the state in a federal lawsuit filed this week by the ACLU that challenges the constitutionality of the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, reports the Washington Post.

“Kane is named as a defendant in the suit, along with the state’s governor Tom Corbett (R-Penn.). Kane is the first woman and the first Democrat ever elected to the position of Pennsylvania state attorney general, which became an elected office in 1980.”

When a similar occurrence happened in Ca. with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) and then attorney general Jerry Brown (D), a third party stepped in to defend the law.

A new survey focused on the re-election of Gov. Tom Corbett is in serious jeopardy, with only 24 percent of all voters and 43 percent of Republicans believing that he deserves a second term. AOC supports Rep. Allyson Schwartz in her bid for to become the first woman governor of Pa.

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4. Americans are split pretty evenly on whether the decline in religious affiliation in America is a good thing, bad one or generally irrelevant, reports Pew Research. The more religious persons polled in a nationwide survey of 4,006 adults with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.1 percentage points felt the strongest about the trend being a bad one for society.

At a top level analysis, 48 percent of US adults surveyed say that America’s declining religiosity is a bad thing. Eleven percent say it’s a good thing, with 39 percent saying it doesn’t matter.

One segment worth noting is Hispanic Catholics, with only 36% saying the trend is bad for society and 48% saying the trend does not matter.

5. Despite the title of Brian Resnick’s ‘How Power Corrupts the Mind’ and it often does — one shouldn’t conclude that it always does, says Pamela Smith, a power researcher at the University of California San Diego.

“There is a tendency for people to assume power holders are uncaring, they’re cold, they don’t care about the little people,” says Smith. But it depends on who has the power.

“You put someone in an experiment, temporarily, in a high-powered role, and what you find is that people who say they have pro-social values, the more power they have, the more pro-social they are. The people who say they have more self-centered values tend to be more selfish the more power they have.”

Read Smith’s ‘You Focus on the Forest When You’re in Charge of the Trees’.

Sunday
Jul072013

New Texas Abortion Law Limits Contraception For Poor Women By Closing Majority Of Planned Parenthood Centers

Debate — and we use the term loosely — on proposed changes to Texas abortion law resumes tomorrow in the second special session called by Gov. Rick Perry, who insists that the law be passed. The first special session ended in chaos, after an 11-hour filibuster by Sen. Wendy David, D-Fort Worth.

Hanging in wait are three dozen licensed health centers in the state, where women can obtain an abortion, along with other medical services including family planning and screenings for cancer and sexually transmitted diseases. The majority of those centers will close, leaving facilities only in Austin, Dallas, For Worth, Houston and San Antonio, writes the Star-Telegram.

“The Texas bills are a compilation of overreaching measures to control when, where and how a woman has an abortion,” said Dr. Lisa M. Hollier, Texas district chairwoman of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. “The bills would erode women’s health by denying the women of Texas the benefits of well-researched, safe and proven protocols.”

Both supporters and opponents of the new law will be in Austin tomorrow, the opposition wearing orange, with supporters in blue.

Those opposed to the new abortion restrictions are planning a march beginning tomorrow evening in Austin, at 8pm. Called Stand and March with Texas Women - Round 2, the official route for the march is Congress to Cesar Chavez, Cesar Chavez to Lavaca, Lavaca to 11th, and 11th back to the Capitol.

The Facebook event page — on which I have been a very active member this weekend — advises via march organizer Kristian Caballero:

… there will be a designated area for volunteer pedicabs to pickup people who are not mobile enough to physically endure the march (i.e. pregnant women, handicapped, and elderly). Please be sure to gather near the front gate of the Capitol, close to 11th Street and Congress Avenue.

Once again, I’ve been coordinating with APD and they will provide police escort to keep us safe from traffic. They have been incredibly cooperative and supportive, and they vow to protect our constitutional right to assemble and have this march; but they strongly advise each individual to avoid any violent or destructive action, otherwise they will be forced to make arrests. So please keep the safety of yourself and others in consideration.

Texas and Teen Pregnancy

AOC has followed the onslaught against women’s rights in Texas for several years now. When any accommodation is made to meet the health care needs of poor women in the state, abortion opponents led by Gov. Rick Perry go after Planned Parenthood in another way.

Access to contraception for poor women in Texas — the #5 state in teen pregnancy rates in 2011 and #1 state in repeat teen pregnancies — will again be decimated with the closing of so many Planned Parenthood facilities.

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Sunday
Jul072013

Jimmy Carter Cites 'Misguided Doctrines Of Male Superiority' In Religion's Role In Women's Oppression

1.Ultra-Orthodox Jews already serving in the military are considered insects within their own community, labeled as writes the New York Times.

“Comics-style posters have appeared in recent weeks on billboards across ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods nationwide portraying those soldiers, who volunteered under programs meant to attract Haredim, as fat, bearded, gun-toting caricatures in uniform snatching terrified Haredi children off the streets.”

Ultra-Orthodox Jews don’t work either, living off the generosity of the Israeli people, with their argument that secular life contaminates them. The new law calls for mandatory Haredi enlistment by 2017, except for 1,800 Torah prodigies. Enlistment in the military can be deferred until age 21, but imprisonment is required for those who refuse to serve, writes the Jerusalem Post.

2. Protesters in Chile have revived the debate over abortion in the case of an 11-year-old Chilean girl now pregnant after being raped repeatedly by her mother’s partner. Abortion is not permitted in Chile under any circumstances, even though the girl’s health is at serious risk if she is required to bear the child.

The penalty for having an abortion is 5 to 10 years in prison, with doctors facing up to 15 years in prison. It’s hoped that a re-election of former Chilean president Michele Bachelet this November could impact a future exception for rape and incest in Chile’s abortion law. Having served as head of UN Women (United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women), Bachelet supports this exception. The long-time advocate of children’s education also promises to invest 3% of the country’s GDP, or $8 billion in education for the country in which only 65% of people finish high school.

3. The outspoken former US president Jimmy Carter hosted representatives from 15 countries at The Carter Center this week, as part of his Mobilizing Faith for Women event. Carter is a long-time advocate for the position that religious leaders, including those in Christianity and Islam, share the blame for the mistreatment of women throughout the world.

Citing religious authorities who embrace “misguided doctrines of male superiority”, Carter said that these “theologically indefensible” doctrines contribute to “a political, social and economic structure where political leaders passively accept violence against women, a worldwide sex slave trade and inequality in the workplace and classroom.”

Carter is a lifelong Baptist who famously withdrew from the Southern Baptist Convention over the issue of women’s equality. He argues that the subordination of women is “directly contrary to the basic premises of every great religion.”

4. British art collector Charles Saatchi has confirmed that he and wife Nigella Lawson are divorcing. Saatchi calls the decision to divorce Lawson “heartbreaking” in comments to London’s Mail. “I feel that I have clearly been a disappointment to Nigella during the last year or so, and I am disappointed that she was advised to make no public comment to explain that I abhor violence of any kind against women, and have never abused her physically in any way.”

The couple separated after Saatchi was seen clutching his wife’s throat in disturbing pictures taken during an argument at Scott’s restaurant in Mayfair on June 9. Saatchi says his wife has refused to answer his calls or return messages since the images went public.

Sarah Lyall says  “Like it or not, Ms. Lawson has become, for some, a symbol of the insidious nature of spousal abuse, an example, in their eyes, of the victim who does not realize she is a victim until outsiders frame her situation that way.”

5. Women’s rights activists in Afghanistan are concerned that a court has reversed the convictions of the three Afghans jailed for torturing Sahar Gul who refused to become a prostitute after being sold by her stepbrother for $5,000 and forced to marry at age 13 or 14. When Gul refused to consummate the marriage, her in-laws locked her in a basement where they burned her with hot wires, pulled out her fingernails and twisted her skin with pliers for months.

The issue is whether the assailants should have been convicted of assault, not attempted murder. Women’s rights activists in Kabul say they will press to have the three defendants retried.

Read also WSJ’s Afghan Women Fear Rights Slipping Away, focused on Noor Zia Atmar, who served in Afghanistan’s first post-Taliban Parliament and is now on the run from her abusive husband.