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Wednesday
Apr182012

Republicans Move To Shut Down Planned Parenthood in Ohio | Romney Gender Gap Shrinks

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Secret Service and military personnel allegedly brought prostitutes to this hotel in Cartagena, Colombia, while on a mission.Now we all agree that women can shoot straight. Doesn’t Kiri Blakeley raise a valid point when she asks why a a group of women secret service agents weren’t sent ahead of US President Barack Obama, knowing that they would keep their pants on in Cartagena.

“Seriously, can you imagine a bunch of Secret Service gals going on a trip to Colombia, where they are scheduled to secure the environment for their boss, who happens to be, oh, the most powerful man in the world, and then hiring a bunch of call guys?” she asks.

CNN continued their look at women’s roles in Secret Service scandal raises question of macho culture, women agents.

New Presidential Polling

A new CBS News/New York Times poll out tonight shows a shrinking gender gap among women. With Santorum out of the race, Romney now leads Obama 49 to 42 percent among MARRIED women. The reverse is true among SINGLE women where Obama maintains a huge lead, 62 to 34 percent.

On the subject of Romney’s vice presidential pick, CNN reports a new poll in which Stanford professor and former George Bush ex-Secretary of State Condi Rice came in first in a poll that included Independent voters and Republicans. The San Francisco Chronicle pokes a hole in the result with three words: Iraq … Afghanistan … Bush. The fact that Rice is prochoice is another major roadblock for social conservatives.

Senate Democrats

Three female Democratic senators held a news conference today, denouncing Republican opposition to reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, a measure to counter domestic violence. The New York Times reports that the bill has more than enough official sponsors — including Republicans — to be reauthorized.

Andrea Saul, a spokeswoman for Mr. Romney, said in an e-mail, “Gov. Romney supports the Violence Against Women Act and hopes it can be reauthorized without turning it into a political football.”

Senate Democrats are planning to bring a bill to the floor — a reintroduction of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which got not a single Republican vote in 2010.

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State University two Planned Parenthood Ohio Advocates, Ashley and MadelinePlanned Parenthood Slashed in Ohio

Ohio Republicans moved aggressively today in the mid-biennium review to significantly cut or eliminate federal funding to Planned Parenthood.

By implementing a new priority system for how federal family planning dollars are spent, with a strategy similar to the one enacted in Texas, “abortion rights opponents say the proposal may not completely end money for Planned Parenthood in Ohio, but would at least largely defund the group,” reports The Columbus Dispatch.

Joan Walsh writes in Salon that she will be speaking at Planned Parenthood of Illinois’ annual gala tomorrow evening. Reflecting on the Tea Party - Komen “double-barrel assault” on Planned Parenthood, Walsh echoes a view that many women watching this unrelenting attack on reproductive health embrace.

In the ’70s, the right grabbed the language of morality, love and family as its own. We’re taking it back. The assault on Planned Parenthood, and the spontaneous public backlash, reminded a lot of feminists that we’re the mainstream — the Tea Party radicals are not.

TIME magazine weighs in with some of the first statistics we’ve seen on participation in Komen’s annual Race for the Cure walks, sharing a sampling from USA Today.

-In Indianapolis, 26,000 people are expected to register for the annual Race for the Cure walk on April 21st. Sounds great until you contrast it to last year’s numbers at 37,500. That’s a 30 percent drop in participation and Indiana’s Komen Center executive director said that fundraising was also down by 30 percent.

-In Southern Arizona, 7,200 marched in this year’s walk, down from last year’s 10,000. Fundraising had also dipped 30 percent.

-In southwest Florida, donations and registrations were down 15 percent.

Tuesday
Feb072012

Komen's Karen Handel Resigns | Consequences of Spanking on Health & IQ | Charities & Stem Cell Research

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FPG / Retrofile / Getty ImagesJoan Durrant, a child clinical psychologist and professor of family sciences at the University of Manitoba, has studied the effects of spanking on children for years.

Children who are spanked may feel depressed and devalued, and their sense of self-worth can suffer. Harsh punishments can wind up backfiring because they can foster lying in children who are desperate to avoid being spanked. Later in life, physical punishment is linked to mental-health problems including depression, anxiety and drug and alcohol use. There’s neuroimaging evidence that physical punishment may alter parts of the brain involved in performance on IQ tests and up the likelihood of substance abuse. And there’s also early data that spanking could affect areas of the brain involved in emotion and stress regulation.via TIME

It’s believed that children who were spanked with frequency — often considered child abuse — have higher cortisol levels and compromised immune systems leading to shortened longevity. In spite of these increasingly gruesome statistics, it’s believed that as many as 90% of American parents use corporal punishment on their kids.

Related reading: Study: Child Abuse Affects More US Kids than SIDS TIME

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Karen Handel, the woman at the center of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure vs Planned Parenthood, resigned Tuesday as senior vice president for policy at Komen. Handel, who opposes abortion and called for eliminating government money to Planned Parenthood during her 2010 campaign for governor of Georgia, was among Komen’s senior leaders to changed the foundations funding policy late in 2011. The new rules resulted in a halt of grants to 19 of Planned Parenthood’s, or a loss of about $700,000 in funding.

A fire storm of controversy and criticism swept social media last week, touching the hearts and minds of women and men from every political persuasion, including prolife supporters who were furious to see abortion politics dragged into breast cancer funding.

While Komen issued an apology at week’s end, the firestorm has spilled into election politics, with Republican candidates for president criticizing the foundations decision to reverse itself.

Related reading: Controversy Over Stem-Cell Research Keeps Charities On Sidelines NPR

Komen insists that it has no official ban on supporting stem-cell research, although communications posted on the foundation’s website (now removed) said that Komen didn’t support such initiatives. As we reported last night, Komen has denied reports in LifeNews that they cancelled $12 million worth of funding at America’s top universities.