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Tuesday
Jun262012

Is PA 16th Joe Pitts A Threat to the Personhood of American Women? | Planned Parenthood & Prochoice Republicans

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PA 16 Congressional District Joe Pitts(R) and Former Michigan Senator Bart Stupak (D) Anne is reading her own article on BlueAmerica: Joe Pitts — An Existential Threat To The United States and Why He Must Be Defeated.

When PA 16th district Representative Joe Pitts became the head of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health after the 2010 mid-term elections, some American women knew we were in for a rough ride.

Congressman Joe Pitts has been an anti-abortion advocate for decades and an avowed foe of Planned Parenthood. The only form of sex education Pitts will endorse is the failed program of abstinence. And of course, Pitts is anti-gay marriage.

Finding a Voice, Taking a Stand

In the fall of 2009, American women and the men in our lives certainly took our right to contraception and other reproductive health services for granted.

Yes, the anti-abortion debate swirled constantly around us. The tone was shifting but still not in a truly frightening way. My group was being called murderers of countless innocent children for having used an IUD as my favored method of birth control.

The voices that had stalked me for a year in the 70s, threats marking me for death and putting me in police protection for a year in Buffalo, New York, grew more pronounced. In the late 70s, I walked away from a career in journalism after decapitated animals, bloody knives and my hanging rope arrived daily.

When my masked stalker finally flew across the windshield of my car on a cold fall night, I fought for my life, gunning the accelerator in self-survival mode. Sobbing on the phone to the now well-known and very supportive lieutenant of my police department, I explained that I didn’t know if my pro-life stalker was dead or alive in the parking lot.

My crime? As an American woman in a free country, I did not understand supporting the Supreme Court Roe decision on a TV panel would put my life at risk.

Luckily, I am talented in business and was able to redirect my career, once I understood that being a journalist who agreed with Supreme Court decisions was reason to kill me. I was young then. Read on.

Planned Parent Spotlight

Dayna Smith/AP PhotoSusan G. Komen’s chief fundraiser Julie Teer is leaving the organization for a position as senior vice president of resource development at the Boys and Girls’ Clubs, reports The Daily Beast.

Planned Parenthood & Republicans

Journalist and former television news reporter and anchor at CNN and NBC Campbell Brown wrote a NYTimes op ed called Planned Parenthood’s Self-Destructive Behavior. Brown cites Ronald Reagan’s comment “the person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally — not a 20 percent traitor.”

We don’t see prochoice challenges in this light, believing instead that it’s women’s reproductive health rights and other women’s issues “shiny objects” — to quote the Romney campaign — that lay in the heart of the 20 percent of backroom deals made in Congress and state legislatures, focused on controlling women’s bodies. 

Will Planned Parenthood back any Republican candidates who are prochoice? That question lies at the heart of Brown’s piece. She cites the distressing turn that Planned Parenthood took against Senator Susan Collins of Maine, one of five Republicans who stood by the organization last year, when she supported the confirmation of Bush Supreme Court judge Samuel A. Alito.

While the vote was a challenging one for Senator Collins, she says she came to it after speaking with Mr. Alito about his respect for precedent and whether he considered Roe v. Wade settled law. (Senator Collins has since also voted to confirm Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.) Ms. Collins was acting in the traditional (and admirable) spirit of the Senate, which tends to confirm judicial nominees unless the person is clearly unqualified.

Planned Parenthood turned against her, says Collins, who now calls the group “infuriating” and nothing more than “an arm of the Democratic National Committee.”

Campbell Brown raises valid questions about Planned Parenthood’s willingness to support prochoice Republican candidates, which is a position that AOC endorses. The organization must rise above partisan politics, which is darn difficult when the Republican War on women is so real.

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.

More DFR

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.

Saturday
Mar242012

Key Execs Leave Susan G. Komen Foundation | Single Women Voters Hold Key to 2012 Election

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Feb 2012 protesters in Dallas. Rex C. Curry/AP/FileThe number of high-ranking resignations at Susan G. Komen for the Cure has increased to at least five this week. Three officials has resigned from Komen’s Dallas headquarters, accompanied by CEOs of affiliate groups in Oregon and now New York City. The chairman of the foundation Howard University surgeon LaSalle D. Leffall Jr. has stepped down but remains on the Board.

The New York chief executive, Dara Richardson-Heron, declined to comment Wednesday. In a statement on the affiliate’s Web site, she said the decision was not “easy,” but the right one. Her counterpart in Oregon, Christine McDonald, said last month that she was stepping down. McDonald, who did not return phone calls Wednesday, said “deep frustration about the distraction” caused by the Komen headquarters’ actions was a factor, a statement on the affiliate’s Web site said.

New York is the biggest affiliate fund-raiser, raising about $12.7 million in cash and in-kind donations in the 2011 fiscal year. New York was always opposed to the decision to stop funding Planned Parenthood.

In Dallas, Komen is losing Katrina McGhee, the EVP and CMO, leaving May 4; Nancy Macgregor, vp of global networks is leaving in June; and Joanna Newcomb, a director for affiliate strategy and planning who is gone. McGhee oversees more than 200 corporate partnerships, 140 race events and more than $350 million in annual revenue at Komen.

Not only is Komen looking at the departures of key executives, but the breast cancer charity’s ability to fundraise is also dubious. Throughout the organization, staff members are being asked to review budgets, continues WaPo.

At Komen’s recent affiliate leadership meeting in Dallas, there was a renewed call for the organization to become more horizontal, rather than receiving top-down directives from Dallas. The NYTimes wrote earlier this week that the calls for founder Nancy G. Brinker to resign were escalating.

War on Women

Minutes ago in PA’s April 28 group planning a United Against the War on Women Rally in Harrisburg, Anne wrote “I think we need a personhood movement for women, too. Women aren’t incubators.” Jason Stanford asks the same question in his Huff Po piece.

Maybe what women need is a personhood movement that piggybacks on the Republican dream to enfranchise zygotes with civil rights. It’s time for Republicans to recognize that women should have at least as much power in their lives as they imagine a fertilized egg has.

FIFA, the Olympics, and Muslim Female Athletes Council on Foreign Relations

Pope Benedict is in Mexico, as former victims and authors staged news conferences to call attention to the sex abuse cases surrounding disgraced Rev. Marciel Degollado, the Mexican priest who founded the Legionaries of Christ. Benedict was the head of the Vatican’s doctrinal office investigating the allegations. The NYTimes writes that Rev. Alberto Athié Gallo, a co-author of a new book, “The Will Not To Know” was among the voices speaking out about the case.

More DFR

President Obama greets women onstage in November 2009. (Credit: AP/Mel Evans)That subset of female voters that is unmarried women emerges as the single most important group that could decide the November elections, writes Salon. In a new report from pollster Celinda Lake and the Voter Participation Center, it’s estimated that 55 million unmarried women will be eligible to vote in November, an increase of 19 percent since 2000.

When these women do vote, it’s overwhelmingly Democratic. Reality is, though, that currently one-third of these women aren’t registered to vote, compared to a quarter of married women.

According to a poll Gardner’s group conducted with Democracy Corps and released in mid-February, Mitt Romney’s favorability numbers with unmarried women — defined as women who are divorced, separated, widowed or never been married — have dropped from 37 percent in November 2011 to 30 percent in February 2012. Meanwhile, in the same time frame, President Obama’s numbers have jumped from 54 percent in November to 65 percent in February.

Karl Lagerfeld Latest Snit

In all the chaos of the war on women and Anne acting as a press liaison for the April 28th march in Harrisburg, we failed to post Newsbeast writer Robin Givhan’s February 6 issue essay in which she called the famed designer “overrated”.

Givhan predicted her future, booted from her usual front row seat at the Chanel show. The imperial Lagerfeld claimed at a press conference Friday that he’s sorry editor Tina Brown is “going down” with a “shitty little paper”.

For a man who dished out criticism lavishly, the Chanel designer tolerates none from others. Anne has written extensively about Lagerfeld — and not kindly.

Like Aristotle, Karl Lagerfeld Sees Women As Predators

Pirelli Defines Sensuaity & Fashion Bodies | Arthur Elgort | Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld’s Preferred Vision | No Women Allowed

Claudia Schiffer as Muse | Comparing Frida Kahlo by Karl Lagerfeld | Iris Brosch

Karl Lagerfeld | Pirelli Calendar 2011 | The Female Divinities & Muses Are Feminists

Coco Chanel | Powerful, Seductive, Independent in ‘Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky’

Heidi Klum & Rankin Could Sell Magnum Chocolate Ice Cream NSFW

ALL Karl Lagerfeld

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AOC Private Studio

Edita Vilkeviciute | Lachan Bailey | Vogue Paris April 2012 | ‘Chic Boxing’

Marie Piovesan | Paolo Roversi | Vogue Italia March 2012 | A Lady in Spring

Vita Sidorkina | Wee Khim | L’Officiel Singapore March 2012 | ‘Life in Mono

Alison Nix | Rennio Maifredi | Marie Claire Italia April 2012 | ‘Latin Lover’

Dani Zhou | Tong Meng | ROUGE Spring 2012 | ‘Full Bloom’

AOC Style

Nadja Bender | Alexander Neumann | L’Officiel Paris April 2012 | Fil Rouge

Katryn Kruger | James Meakin | Stella Magazine March 2012 | Sharp Dressed Woman

Skye Stracke | Kayt Jones | Elle Russia April 2012 | Ladies Only

Stanislav Solntsev | Cosmopolitan Russia April 2012

Hanna Fridh | Aline & Jacqueline Tappia Reynaud | Grazia Italia March 2012 | Glam Tribale

Anouck Lepere | Steven Pan | Interview Russia March 2012 | ‘Never Enough Style

Heather Marks | Nico | Madame Figaro March 2012 | Point of Contact

Lily Donaldson | Nino Muñoz | Numéro Tokyo April 2012 | ‘Lily in the Moment’

Sensuality News

SN Living

Anna Selezneva | David Bellemere | Vogue Paris April 2012 | Paradis Blanc

Sienna Miller | Ryan McGinley | Vogue UK April 2012 | ‘Great Expectations’

Melissa Tammerijn | Andrew Yee | How To Spend It March 2012 | Key Looks For Spring

Alexandra Tomlinson | Jacques Olivar | Marie Claire Italia April 2012 | ‘Perfect Day’

Tallulah Morton | Manolo Campion | Nylon April 2012 | The Bright Stuff

Kate Moss | Mario Testino | Vogue Eyewear S/S 2012

Eliza Cummings | Camilla Akrans | Eres Spring/Summer 2012

Kiki Minwegen | Justin Polkey | Elle South Africa April 2012 | Fashionably Late

Hilda Pimentel | Ulrich Knoblauch | Elle South Africa April 2012 | ‘96 Remix

Anne Marie Van Dijk | James Macari | Glamour Russia April 2012

Rosette | Aubrey Jonsson | Cosmopolitan South Africa April 2012 | ‘Candy Coated Classics’

Victoria Lee | Max Abadian | Glamour UK April 2012 | ‘Hair Toss’

Kamila Filipcikova | Sergi Pons | Vanity Fair Italia March 2012 | Tweet Twiggy