18 For Profit Companies Sue Against Contraception Mandate | Rape In Syria | Ashley Judd for Women & Families?
1. United Methodist Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño, the first female Hispanic bishop elected in the nation’s second-largest Protestant denomination, was one of 14 religious leaders who met with President Obama at the White House yesterday on immigration reform.
In addition to her role as immigration spokesperson for the United Methodists’ Council of Bishops, Carcaño leads the church’s California-Pacific Conference, an area that covers much of Southern California, Hawaii and U.S. territories in the Pacific Ocean, such as Guam. Read on at Huff Po.
2. If Ashley Judd challenges Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) for his US Senate seat and wins — it will probably be thanks to women voters, writes Michelle Bernard for WaPo.
Kentucky is a state like Pennsylvania, having never elected to the US Senate. In its history, Kentucky has only elected two women to the House. Can Judd accomplish the unthinkable? If she can’t, why is Karl Rove already running attack ads against her?
3. Eighteen for-profit companies say they refuse to comply with the birth control benefit in the Affordable Care Act. This provision of Obamacare requires that all insurance policies cover birth control without a co-pay as part of preventive care.
The group are all suing to overturn the birth control benefit, arguing that the benefit infringes on their freedom of religion in deciding what is best for their employees. All 18 employers support the concept of “personhood” for fertilized eggs, believing that providing coverage to Plan B Emergency Contraception requires them to indirectly commit murder. Note that the FDA agrees that Plan B is NOT an “abortifacient”. Read on RH Reality Check.
4. Rape is the primary reason families are fleeing Syria, writes Salon. Who in the media is talking about it? AOC regularly follows news on Syria and can’t recall a single mention of “rape as a primary reason their families fled Syria” even though an International Rescue Committee report in January confirmed the fact, as did Erika Feller, assistant high commissioner for protection of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
“Reports are revealing that the conflict in Syria is increasingly marked by rape and sexual violence employed as a weapon of war to intimidate parties to the conflict destroying identity, dignity and the social fabrics of families and communities.”
5. The Longevity Project has studied 1500 Americans who were first examined as kids in the 1920s.
Amidst all the talk that stress is debilitating, the Longevity Project reveals that individuals who stay the busiest — and often working the hardest — live the longest and stay healthiest. Retirement — depending on what one does with it — can be bad for one’s health. Consider some of the people who are telling you to relax, writes Psychology Today.
“They are highly accomplished journalists, successful scientists, and gurus running highly thriving and lucrative meditation centers. You’d better believe they work really hard and are very dedicated to their work.”
Anne writes: Our new GlamTribale shops at Building Character in Lancaster are evolving — but not according to plan. In the process of having a major crisis last Thursday night — when we had 24 hrs. to open for First Friday — my strategy for the spaces has changed quite a lot.
30 Dreadful Seconds
Imagine this. I was sitting on a chair painting the back wall a golden mocha color, engaged in a bit of a nirvana moment. Painting is almost as therapeutic as mowing the lawn — there’s something very tidy about accomplishing the task at hand with such clear signs of progress. Read on.