Entries in Violence Against Women Act (3)

Sunday
Apr292012

Obama & The Clintons Cement Ties for 2012 Election | Senate Renews Violence Against Women Act

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Forging Political and Policy Ties

Bill Clinton may be President Obama’s most important ally in his re-election campaign, in a burying of the ax that formally leaves behind the bitter days of the 2008 Democratic primary between Obama and Hillary Clinton. Huff Po quotes Terry McAuliffe, “a close adviser to both Clintons and one of the most ardent protectors of their political brand”:

“It makes absolutely clear that, to the extent that there were different wings of the Democratic party, there is now one wing of the Democratic party,” said Chris Lehane, a Clinton backer. “And it’s the president’s party.”

 

Senate Renews Violence Against Women Act

Fifteen Senate Republicans joined 51 Democrats and two independents to approve the stalled Violence Against Women Act with amendments that now expand the law to explicitly provide protection to gays, illegal immigrants and Native Americans.

New York Sen. Charles Schumer called today on House Republicans to renew the bill. Republicans are working on their own version of the bill, without the added protections for new constituencies not covered under the expiring act.

“I want to say, to the small group in the House of Representatives moving to stop this bill. Stop it. Pass this bill,” Schumer said, calling the renewal a “no brainer.” Schumer added that the House version doesn’t even contain the word “women”, writes the NY Daily News.

Last month Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance urged support for New York State’s Aggravated Domestic Violence Bill, reports the NY Daily News.

“As a result of outdated New York State domestic violence laws, a serial abuser who hurts his victim for the 100th time can receive the same sentence he did for his first conviction — a maximum of one year in jail for an A misdemeanor, the same crime level as not paying a subway fare. That is not justice for victims.”

DFR on Religion

The Atlantic asks if Catholic Schools should be able to fire teachers over fertility treatments.

Emily Herx was a popular literature teacher at St. Vincent de Paul School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, until she used her medical leave for in vitro fertilization. Herx lost her job and says a church official called her a “grave, immoral sinner.” When she appealed to Fort Wayne Bishop Kevin Rhoades, he told her IVF was “an intrinsic evil, which means that no circumstances can justify it.” The federal government saw things a bit differently. Herx filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and won — paving the way for a civil lawsuit.

Reverend Richard Sparks argues that the confusing “minefield” of Catholic teaching is more about Church teachings than politics. Perhaps, but in either case, it’s about bishops’ power over women.

Pope BenedictFaith and Analytical Thinking Skills

Researchers Will Gervais and Ara Norenzayan publish research experiments designed to measure the relationship between individual with strong analytical thinking skills and a person’s faith.

Prior research has suggested that religious beliefs are rooted in intuitive processing. In this new research, published in Nature, the authors conclude that there is a significant positive correlation between faith and analytical thinking skills. via Chicago Tribune

Related articles:

Georgetown University President: We Will Continue Providing Birth Control To Our Employees ThinkProgress

With High Premarital Sex and Abortion Rates, Evangelicals Say It’s Time To Talk About Sex Huff Po

We Are All Nuns Nicholas D. Kristof for NYT

Bishops Play Church Queens as Pawns Maureen Dowd for NYT

Iowa View: U.S. nuns are under attack from the pope The DesMoinesRegister.com

The Politics of Faith and American Exceptionalism Mugambi Jouet for Huff Po

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.

Thursday
Mar152012

Hillary Clinton -- Not Joe Biden -- Can Bank the Women's Vote in 2012 Elections | Violence Against Women Act

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Anne supported Hillary Clinton for president in 2008. She has called more than once for President Obama to put Hillary Clinton on the 2012 ticket as vice president, to insure that Obama is reelected for a second term. We’re presently not focused on the 2016 election, but rather, the current Republican War on Women.

There is no doubt that having Hillary Clinton and not Joe Biden running as vice president this year insures a turnout among Democratic women and independent voters, too.  Joe Biden cannot — and will not of choice — focus on rallying single women to vote. 

We can argue that the failure of single women to vote is part of the reason we’re in this horrible mess with women’s rights. AOC will do all we can to mobilize single women in 2012, but we WANT Hillary Clinton running for vice president, not Joe Biden. In fact, we are ready to petition Hillary Clinton for vice president.

 

We echo Maureen Dowd’s Don’t Tread on Us column:

Women have watched a chilling cascade of efforts in Congress and a succession of states to turn women into chattel, to shame them about sex and curb their reproductive rights. They’ve seen the craven response of G.O.P. candidates after Limbaugh branded a law student wanting insurance coverage for birth control pills, commonplace for almost five decades, as a “prostitute” and “slut.”

If women are so vulnerable, they may need one of their own.

Is she inevitable?

American women know that all the gains we’re made are up for grabs by Republicans. We have a RIGHT to an American vice president who is committed to women’s emancipation.

More DFR

“We’re mad, and we’re tired of it,” said Senator Maria Cantwell.Stephen Crowley/The New York Time Laws protecting women, originally enacted with broad bi-partisan support, are now the subject of fierce debate in the Republican War on Women. Today’s anti-woman menu du jour includes the Violence Against Women Act, a federal law signed into effect by President Clinton in 1994, providing $1.6 billion to help investigate and prosecute violent crimes against women. In 2000 the act was reauthorized by Congress, as it was again in 2005.

NYTimes writer Jonathan Weisman reported today that Democratic women senators would march together today, demanding quick action on its extension.

Alaka’s senator Lisa Murkoswki is warning Republicans that they are being successfully painted as anti-woman, with potentially severe consequences. Senator Jeff Sessions, Republican of Alabama, opposes the latest version of the bill, after supporting it in the past.

The legislation would continue existing grant programs to local law enforcement and battered women shelters, but would expand efforts to reach Indian tribes and rural areas. It would increase the availability of free legal assistance to victims of domestic violence, extend the definition of violence against women to include stalking, and provide training for civil and criminal court personnel to deal with families with a history of violence. It would also allow more battered illegal immigrants to claim temporary visas, and would include same-sex couples in programs for domestic violence.

The Greater New York City affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure announced that it has cancelled the Annual Awards Gala originally scheduled for May 17, 2012. A Grantees’ Breakfast is scheduled instead, with tickets controlled by organizers. NYC Komen exects say they’re uncertain about an ability to fundraise at this time. And they can’t control the ticket purchasers — opening the door to some ugly incidents at the big party.

Anne — along with other Pa citizens and people across America — has joined forces with these three busy moms who have strong views about what’s happening to the women of Pennsylvania at the hands of Republican legislators.

For good reason, most AOC writing focuses on the women’s rights assault of the day in America. Just trying to track the legislation is a nightmare. What’s lost in calling out one vaginal probe and personhood bill after another is the personal side of feminism and women’s rights in America.

Please check in at the Unite Against the War on Women national Facebook page and Unite Women’s new website. Follow on Twitter as @NatlWOW.

In Pennsylvania, link here for April 28th’s Unite Against the War on Women Harrisburg march.

Pa Press | If you are a member of the Pa press, Anne is happy to talk to you in her role as media liaison for the Pennsylvania march. Contact her here.