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Saturday
Jun292013

What Texans Really Think About New Abortion Restrictions | GOP Says Perry Fueling Republican War On Women Talk

1. Texas Gov. Rick Perry has called a second special session of the state legislature to pass a highly-restrictive abortion bill defeated last week when Texas Democrat Wendy Davis led a filibuster against the bill. Davis’ act of defiance in trying to defeat the bill comes at a time when she is almost forced to fun for statewide public office in 2014.

Republicans tried to gerrymander her Ft. Worth seat into Republican hands in 2012, but the action ended up in federal court, after the federal government objected to the obvious attempts to reconfigure districts to assure Republican wins.

With this week’s Supreme Court ruling that gutted the Voting Rights Act, Republicans will be gunning for Davis’ seat with extra fervor. Read on.

2. Two new June 2013 polls of Texans share the latest thinking on abortion rights in the state. In the first UT/TT poll (University of Texas & Texas Tribune) , only 16% agree with  legislation that makes no exemption for rape or incest, as is the case in the Texas abortion bill. 49% of Texans polled support abortion where need is clearly established and as a matter of personal choice. 46% support abortion only in cases of rape, incest or danger to women’s life — or not at all. 5% don’t know.

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In a second poll (see column 3), only 38% of Texans said that abortion laws should be stricter.

3. 47% of Texans polled last week (larger) on proposed abortion legislation believe the current Texas law should remain as is or become less strict, compared to the 38% that want tougher laws.

Of great concern is the medically-false, fetal pain at 20 weeks of development argument being perpetuated by pro-life forces in Texas. Understandably, even pro-choice people are concerned about exactly when a fetus feels pain. We will report on the first reputable group of doctors who accept the 20-week, fetal-pain argument. Brain development suggests this can’t be possible at 20 weeks, and this is the current position of the medical establishment.

4. The Texas Tribune reports that House Speaker Joe Straus, one of the most powerful Republicans in Texas, said that Gov. Rock Perry’s controversial remarks about Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis were inappropriate and damaging to the GOP brand.

Perry attacked Davis, a teenage mother who began life in a trailer park as the daughter on an unwed mother. Davis ended up at the Harvard Law School and the Texas state legislature.

Perry said: “It’s just unfortunate that she hasn’t learned from her own example: that every life must be given a chance to realize its full potential and that every life matters.”

Davis appeared on MSNBC earlier Friday morning to say Perry’s comment “demeans the office that he holds.”

5. Ohio Republicans staged an ‘end-run’ around Planned Parenthood and pro-choice voters in the state, burying new abortion restrictions in the state budget. This “no debate, let’s just do it and abandon the legislative process approach to the Republican War on Women is shaking up American women in a major way.

The proposed budget would defund Planned Parenthood, strip funding from rape crisis centers that give their clients information about abortion, force some abortion clinics to close, and require doctors to give women information about the fetal heartbeat before proceeding with an abortion. Only a line-item veto can keep the changes from becoming law.

Wednesday
Jun192013

Rep. Michael Burgess Says 15-Week Old Male Fetuses Masturbate For Pleasure | House Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban

1. Texas Republican Rep. Michael Burgess says that he supports the proposed federal ban on abortion at 20 weeks because he has personally witnessed male fetuses with their hands “between their legs” pleasuring themselves at 15 weeks.

“Watch a sonogram of a 15-week baby, and they have movements that are purposeful,” he continued. “They stroke their face. If they’re a male baby, they may have their hand between their legs. If they feel pleasure, why is it so hard to believe that they could feel pain?”

2. Personhood Ohio’s Director Patrick Johnson is trying to raise money for a mailing and has decided to sell off some of his assault rifles, high capacity magazines and ammunition.

“I’m a firm believer that the Second Amendment protects the future of freedom, but not as much as justice for the preborn. See, if God’s against you, your guns won’t help you at all. The shedding of innocent blood will bring God’s wrath on the land – and then you can wave freedom goodbye. So protecting Ohio’s children is more important than securing your right to keep and bear arms.”

Johnson is selling his weapons on his Facebook page and will provide safety lessons to the buyers.

3. The US Supreme Court will decide tomorrow whether or not it will put Pruitt v. Nova Health Systems on the 2014 docket. The suit challenges a December 2012 decision by the Oklahoma Supreme Court that declared the Oklahoma Ultrasound Act, which requires the performance, display and explanation of a pre-abortion ultrasound, to be “facially unconstitutional”.

The specific requirements of HB 2780 mandate physicians perform an ultrasound at least one hour before proceeding with an abortion, display the ultrasound images to the pregnant woman, and also provide a simultaneous medical description of the ultrasound images. via RH Reality Check.

4. The first study by the Center for Disease Control of a vaccine against a cervical cancer virus cut infections in teen girls by half. Prior studies done on the HPV vaccine were equally strong. 

Only about half of US teen girls have gotten at least one dose of the expensive $130 a dose vaccine, with only a third of teen girls having had all three shots. Among the girls who received the vaccine, the drop in HPV infections was 88 percent. 

An estimated 75 to 80 percent of men and women are infected with HPV during their lifetime. Most don’t develop symptoms and clear it on their own. But some infections lead to genital warts, cervical cancer and other cancers.

5. Nigella Lawson was lensed in London without her wedding ring, writes The Sun. Nigella has been at an expensive weekly rental apartment in central London since Monday. Her husband Charles Saatchi has not been seen there. Saatchi has issued a statement saying that Lawson left their Chelsea home “till the dust had settled” after what he called their “playful tiff” in which shocking images of his hands around Nigella’s throat went global.

Wednesday
May292013

Supreme Court Upholds Lower Court Supporting Planned Parenthood | Michele Bachmann Won't Run In 2014

Keep the Photoshop

Gisele Bundchen & Johan Lindeberg Say Basta To ‘Flawless’ AOC Body

Victoria’s Secret may be promoting women’s relentless need to look ‘flawless’ with their latest bra launch,  but I’m with Gisele Bundchen and photographer/designer Johan Lindeberg who argue that women should get real and embrace our imperfections.

The internationally famous Gisele (see her newest lingerie collection in Sensual Fashion) shot her the ad campaign for BLK DMN jeans without any kind of makeup, professional hairdressing or the help of Photoshop.

“I feel like women should be really real and raw and it doesn’t happen anymore [in fashion photographs],” the former Victoria’s Secret Angel told Fashionista.com, crediting designer/photographer Johan Lindeberg for his unconventional approach.  “I love that feeling of, you know, we are women, we are so different, our imperfections are what make us unique and beautiful. He gets that. He’s not trying to retouch you or put a pretty light on you. He’s not like ‘you gotta look a certain way.’ He’s like, ‘you are you’ so now I’m gonna just be here with a camera, so express yourself how you like.”

Coming from Sweden and the dark winters there — I maybe have an Ingmar Bergman influence — but I like expression,” said Lindeberg. “I’m a massive feminist. I’m the one who thinks that women should take over completely. To portray women as who they are — I see it more like a documentary portrait. I’m anti-retouching and [anti-] plastic surgery. I think a woman is beautiful how she is.”

RedTracker News

1. Planned Parenthood Victory

The US Supreme Court upheld the health care rights of low income women and dealt a major setback Tuesday to states trying to restrict abortion access, refusing to consider an appeal of a lower court decision blocking an Indiana law that would have prohibited Medicaid funding for health providers performing any abortion services.

Federal law already prevents the direct funding of abortion services, but several states including Indiana and have gone further, stripping Medicaid dollars from any organization that performs abortion services.

Judge Diane S. Sykes, writing for the 7th Circuit last year, said the state’s “defunding law excludes Planned Parenthood from Medicaid for a reason unrelated to its fitness to provide medical services, violating its patients’ statutory right to obtain medical care from the qualified provider of their choice.”

2. Michelle Bachmann bows out.

Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann denies that mounting ethics inquiries and a tough political campaign against Democrat Jim Graces, who she narrowly defeated by 5,000 votes in 2012, influenced her decision not to see re-election in 2013.

The Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported this month that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was also conducting an inquiry into Bachmann’s campaign activity, joining the Federal Election Commission and the Iowa Senate Ethics Committee.

Among the allegations Bachmann is facing is that her campaign ” improperly used money from an affiliated political action committee, MichelePAC, to pay a fund-raising consultant who worked for her during the 2012 Iowa caucuses. Her campaign has also been accused of making secret and improper payments to Kent Sorenson, an Iowa state senator and popular Republican conservative leader in the state, in advance of the caucuses. And she has been accused of improperly using her presidential campaign staff to help promote her book, “Core of Conviction.”

Victoria’s Secret’s New Low

Victoria’s Secret: How DARE You Use Kate Upton’s Old Photo On A New Catalogue?

After you publicly humiliate this young woman and millions of other women, after you try to drive a wedge among women into those who are “too obvious” (I think that means we’re trailer trash) and the women who are appropriate to represent your brand, you now USE her old photos without even alerting her in an attempt to capitalize on her success.

Victoria’s Secret — your former fashion director and head of product development is calling you a complete and total slimeball. 100% slimeball to the core. The is one of the grossest examples of using a woman that I have seen in my career.

We all know that you own those Kate Upton 2011 lingerie photos. And you can do with them what you wish presumably. But I hope Victoria’s Secret customers think long and hard before supporting a lingerie brand that is so unscrupulous as to humiliate a woman — and millions of women like her, as Sophia Neophitou did in the New York Times, of all places — and now you use that same woman for commercial gain.

Your actions are heartless and pathetic, Victoria’s Secret, and I call upon you to apologize for your disgusting corporate behavior toward Kate Upton. ~ Anne Enke