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Friday
Dec282012

Eve Ensler Appeals to Michigan Gov Snyder on New Abortion Laws As Texas Searches for Contraception Funding

Eve Ensler has sent an emergency video to Michigan women from the Philippines about the most anti-woman legislation passed during Michigan’s lame duck session. Click here to hear video on Facebook.

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Michigan state legislators have passed laws eliminating insurance coverage of abortions and imposing medically unnecessary regulations on providers of women’s reproductive health services.

The first measure bars insurance coverage for abortion services without the purchase of an additional “rider” at added expense. This legislation extends extends the restriction to health insurance exchanges created through the health insurance exchanges that are part of Obamacare, as well as private insurance plans sold outside the exchanges.

The Michigan legislation provides for a single exception for life of the mother, but not rape or incest.

In passing these lame duck session laws, Michigan legislators have shown clearly that they could care less about the voters of Michigan who made their views regarding the Republican War on Women loud and clear in November.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney failed to carry his original home state in November. Michigan Democrats picked up five seats in the state House in November, but the GOP will still have a 59-51 edge during the 2013-2014 session. There were no state Senate races in 2012, leaving the Michigan Senate in Republican hands with a wide margin of 26-12.

Michigan legislators also put new restrictions on reproductive health offices in an effort to close them. Facilities that provide 120 or more abortions a year will be regulated as “mini-hospitals”, even in the absence of established medical or safety needs.

Lastly, doctors are forbidden to counsel low-income and rural women online on matters of reproductive health. “Under such a regimen, patients are examined at a local health clinic by an on-site professional and then electronically consult with a doctor working at a different location who would review her health records, answer questions, and approve the pills,” writes the New York Times.

Texas vs Planned Parenthood

Texas’ request to force the US Health and Human Services to continue funding its Women’s Health Program even though the state has virtually eliminated Planned Parenthood as a service provider has failed in federal court.

The Texas decision affects an estimated 130,000 low-income women receiving a wide variety of basic health care services from Planned Parenthood. Texas had demanded that the federal government continue delivering funds to the state, a request denied by US District Court Judge Walter Smith.

Texas insists that it has found $40 million necessary to fund substitute services provided by Planned Parenthood, without any abortions. The funding is in place through September 2013, says the state, with $70 million of federal funds being cut off on December 31, 2012.

The state’s Health and Human Services Commission projects that without the federal funds, low-income women will deliver an estimated 23,760 additional babies during 2014 and 2015. The commission projects that state taxpayers will have to shoulder an additional $273 million in medical expenses and Medicaid coverage for those infants.

Their projection was previously on the table when the Texas nonpartisan Legislative Budget Board estimated that the proposed cuts would lead to 284,000 women losing their family planning services. Social conservative legislators insisted they were willing to pay the price — but of course, THEY DON’T pay the price.

Poor women pay the price, and the statistics on the downward spiral of unplanned pregnancy victims and their babies in the state of Texas is already at the bottom of the heap nationwide. Several media sources report that legislators are trying to reinstate family planning funding without Planned Parenthood — even though that organization is best equipped to meet the family planning needs of the poor women of Texas.

Texas 5* Unwed Pregnancy State

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Texas As An Example of What’s Ahead for States March 2011

The state of Texas has some of the most restrictive policies in the US regarding minors’ access to prescription birth control without parental consent, according to the Dallas Morning News. Texas has the highest rate of teen pregnancy live births in America, according to a 2010 Guttmacher Institute report, while the state ranks 4th in overall pregnancy rate.

While we all celebrate the new survey results suggesting that sexual activity may be down among teens, Texas is a real-world look at what’s ahead for taxpayers. In terms of educational test scores, Texas is at the bottom.

  • Texas is #49 in verbal SAT scores in the nation (493) and #46 in average math SAT scores (502).
  • Texas is #36 in the nation in high school graduation rates (68%).

A Vicious Cycle

Only 40 percent of teen moms giving birth at age 17 or earlier finish high school. About 23 percent of young mothers earn a GED, according to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.

The facts are that daughters of teen mothers are three times more likely to become teen parents than girls with older moms. Sons born to teen parents are more likely to be incarcerated. Note that the Texas Department of State Health Services quotes the Guttmacher Institute extensively.

Friday
Sep282012

Majority of Obama's Catholic Voters Will Burn in Hell Counsels Bishop | Todd Akin Opposes Pay Equity Laws

Missouri Rep Todd Akins explains at a town hall meeting why he doesn’t support pay equity laws. It’s about freedom, says Akins. The government shouldn’t be telling employers that they have to pay women and men the same for the same job. If a woman doesn’t like being paid less, she can find another job.

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Akin vs Koresh

Kellyanne Conway, a consultant for the embattled Senate candidate Todd Akin told the Family Research Council that the Republican pressure on him to resign compared to the 1993 federal siege of religious cult leader David Koresh. St. Louis Today writes:

“I’ve expressed this to Todd as my client for a while now, I’ve expressed it to him directly,” Akin consultant Kellyanne Conway said in interview released today by the conservative Family Research Council. “The first day or two where it was like the Waco with the David Koresh situation where they’re trying to smoke him out with the SWAT teams and the helicopters and the bad Nancy Sinatra records. Then here comes day two and you realize the guy’s not coming out of the bunker. Listen, Todd has shown his principle to the voters.”

Koresh was the leader of the Branch Davidians religious sect, whose standoff with federal agents in Waco, Texas, in 1993 resulted in a fire that killed Koresh and 81 others, including 28 children.

Related Reading: Ladylikeness: An Inquiry Slate

Akin didn’t outright call McCaskill unladylike; he simply said she had been more ladylike in the past.

To Hell With Obama Voters

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki says a vote for Obama puts your soul in grave trouble. Bishop Thomas John Paprocki has advised his flock in a written message and video that a vote for Obama could put their soul in “serious jeopardy” because of “intrinsically evil and gravely sinful” Democratic policies.

Being pro-choice and pro-gay marriage condemns Catholics to an eternal life in hell.

This latest volley from a Catholic bishop comes as a new Pew Research poll found that Catholics are now heavily behind the president, with Romney losing 54 to 39 percentage points. Any bounce with Catholics Romney expected by choosing devout Catholic Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate is headed not in the direction of heaven.

On June 17, Pew showed President Obama with only a slight lead over Romney (49-47). Jon O’Brien, of Catholics for Choice, argues that the new poll results confirms that the Catholic Bishops’ Fortnight for Freedom has backfired.

Among Catholics who know about the bishops’ protest and legal crusade against the Obama administration over the contraception mandate compromise, 78 percent support President Obama.

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Witchita’s George Tiller Clinic to Reopen

The Wichita-based non-profit group Trust Women Foundation Inc., founded by a former employee of the murdered abortion doctor George Tiller, has purchased the clinic and intends to reopen it. Julie Burkhart says the new clinic won’t perform later-term abortions which are now illegal in Kansas and will offer a wide range of obstetrical and family care.

Burkhart acknowledged the building’s past was an issue in the search for a new clinic site but said the good that can come from reopening it as a medical center “outweighs any stigma that people might see.”

“We want to work to take the abortion piece of health care out of the corner and normalize it,” Burkhart said. “Women should not be ashamed. Women should not be intimidated.” via U.S News

Planned Parenthood Colorado

The Planned Parenthood Action Fund announced on Friday that it will launch a multimedia campaign in Colorado leading up to the first presidential debate in Denver next Wednesday, Oct. 3. Huff Po writes:

PPAF has scheduled a rally in Denver for Tuesday, as well as airing a 30-second ad on local Colorado television stations and launching two 15-second mobile/tablet ads. The Colorado campaign, part of PPAF’s national voter engagement effort called “Ask Mitt,” has also bought ads in the politics section of the Denver Post online all day Tuesday and Wednesday.

In an innovative move, the campaign will place an “Ask Mitt mobile chalkboard” aorund Denver, on which pedestrians can post direct questions for Mitt Romney about his positions on birth control access, family planning and women’s health care.

Women Political Donors

OpenSecrets.org reports that WomenVote!, the super PAC of Emily’s List took in $1.9 million in the month of August, topping it’s cumulative fund raising for the entire year. Emily’s List is focused on opposing Republican candidates like former Gov. Tommy Thompson and supporting progressive women candidates, typically Democrats.

Just in from Planned Parenthood Advocates of Kansas and Mid-Missouri: See Facebook page

Tuesday
Aug142012

Now Both Romney & Ryan Support Personhood Bills Against Women | Nancy Brinker Trades Jobs At Komen Foundation 

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Komen CEO Nancy Brinker Resigns But …

Susan G. Komen for the Cure founder Nancy BrinkerWriting for this week’s New York Magazine, Lea Goldman shares the news that Nancy Brinker has resigned as Komen’s CEO but looks are deceiving. In Brinker’s Way: Behind the Pseudo-Exit of Komen Foundation Founder, Goldman writes that Brinker’s new power base if chairman of Komen Board Executive Committee. The Foundation approached Marsha ‘Marty’ Johnson Evans, a retired Navy admiral who once ran the Red Cross.

Evans is believed to have demanded carte blanche to fix Komen as she saw fit — without interference from Brinker. When no such guarantees could be made, she pulled out of contention.

Brinker is apparently not easy to work for, losing a slew of executives in the last five years including “three presidents, two chief financial officers, two general counsels, two chief marketing officers, and three public-policy executives”

Writing previously about Brinker — who prefers to be called Ambassador Brinker, a right she earned serving as ambassador to Hungary in the Bush Administration — we said she was a high flier. Goldman writes that Brinker seriously believes she should receive serious consideration for a Nobel Peace Prize.

You might say that Brinker has done a Mitt move, abandoning her moderate Republican past, because she has political ambitions. Although Brinker has denied that politics played any part in her decision to hire Planned Parenthood for Karen Handel, insiders say that Brinker hankers for a Florida Senate or perhaps a Cabinet appointment as Secretary of Health and Human Services in a Romney administration.

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Paul Ryan Backs Personhood Amendment Like Romney

Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney & running mate Rep Paul RyanSmart women know that Mitt Romney supports a ‘personhood’ amendment that gives a fertilized egg the same rights as the woman in whose womb it is planted. If drugs that could save her life had any potential effect on the embryo — say two weeks old, it would be an act of murder and she would be denied treatment. Such rules already exist in the one in six American hospitals run by the Catholic Church. Romney seeks to bring that legislation to all American hospitals.

Planned Parenthood has outlined Mitt Romney’s support of ‘personhood’ legislation — which would outlaw many common forms of contraception and all in vitro fertilization — long before his affirmative comments to Mike Huckabee.

With Romney’s consistent declaration that he will close down Planned Parenthood now the substance of a Democratic campaign video, there is no love lost between the two parties. Planned Parenthood cites four other occasions besides the Huckabee interview in which Romney is on the record in support of a Personhood amendment or bill.

Now that Paul Ryan has joined Team Romney, the drive towards giving fertilized eggs the same rights as grown women with a husband, three kids, a career and civic responsibilities is in high gear. Ryan couldn’t be farther right on women’s health:

1. Ryan co-sponsored the current ‘personhood’ amendment in the US House of Representatives.

2. Ryan supports outlawing all abortions, including rape and incest.

3. Ryan voted to ban abortion coverage from being included in Obamacare’s health exchanges — even when a woman used her own funds for that coverage.

4. Ryan compared Roe v. Wade to the Dred Scott Supreme Court decision, in which the SC ruled that the descendents of slaves had no constitutional rights.

5. Ryan also wants Planned Parenthood closed down.

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J’Adore Container Architecture

Intrigued by container architecture? Jim Poteet of Poteet Architects talks with Remodelista about a guesthouse he created out of a container in San Antonio, Texas.

“Intrigued by an article she read about container architecture, Poteet’s client (an artist and entrepreneur) purchased one from the Port of Houston with a view to experimenting and creating a prototype for affordable artists’ studios. Poteet Architects (a member of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory) approached this design opportunity with the same sensitivity they are known for in their adaptive reuse of downtown San Antonio’s existing buildings; maintaining the essence of what was once a humble shipping container while making it habitable and energy efficient at the same time. “

Photography by Chris Cooper.