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Sunday
Jul072013

New Texas Abortion Law Limits Contraception For Poor Women By Closing Majority Of Planned Parenthood Centers

Debate — and we use the term loosely — on proposed changes to Texas abortion law resumes tomorrow in the second special session called by Gov. Rick Perry, who insists that the law be passed. The first special session ended in chaos, after an 11-hour filibuster by Sen. Wendy David, D-Fort Worth.

Hanging in wait are three dozen licensed health centers in the state, where women can obtain an abortion, along with other medical services including family planning and screenings for cancer and sexually transmitted diseases. The majority of those centers will close, leaving facilities only in Austin, Dallas, For Worth, Houston and San Antonio, writes the Star-Telegram.

“The Texas bills are a compilation of overreaching measures to control when, where and how a woman has an abortion,” said Dr. Lisa M. Hollier, Texas district chairwoman of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. “The bills would erode women’s health by denying the women of Texas the benefits of well-researched, safe and proven protocols.”

Both supporters and opponents of the new law will be in Austin tomorrow, the opposition wearing orange, with supporters in blue.

Those opposed to the new abortion restrictions are planning a march beginning tomorrow evening in Austin, at 8pm. Called Stand and March with Texas Women - Round 2, the official route for the march is Congress to Cesar Chavez, Cesar Chavez to Lavaca, Lavaca to 11th, and 11th back to the Capitol.

The Facebook event page — on which I have been a very active member this weekend — advises via march organizer Kristian Caballero:

… there will be a designated area for volunteer pedicabs to pickup people who are not mobile enough to physically endure the march (i.e. pregnant women, handicapped, and elderly). Please be sure to gather near the front gate of the Capitol, close to 11th Street and Congress Avenue.

Once again, I’ve been coordinating with APD and they will provide police escort to keep us safe from traffic. They have been incredibly cooperative and supportive, and they vow to protect our constitutional right to assemble and have this march; but they strongly advise each individual to avoid any violent or destructive action, otherwise they will be forced to make arrests. So please keep the safety of yourself and others in consideration.

Texas and Teen Pregnancy

AOC has followed the onslaught against women’s rights in Texas for several years now. When any accommodation is made to meet the health care needs of poor women in the state, abortion opponents led by Gov. Rick Perry go after Planned Parenthood in another way.

Access to contraception for poor women in Texas — the #5 state in teen pregnancy rates in 2011 and #1 state in repeat teen pregnancies — will again be decimated with the closing of so many Planned Parenthood facilities.

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Tuesday
Jul022013

Thousands Pour Into Austin, Texas Abortion Fight | Gabby Gifford Fires Gun & Presses On For Gun Control

An estimated 5-6,000 abortion rights supporters converged on Austin, Texas yesterday, as lawmakers returned for a second special session called by Texas Governor Rick Perry. The Republican majority body is expected to pass abortion legislation that galvanized American women last week, after Fort Worth Democrat state Sen. Wendy Davis led an 11-hour filibuster against the bill. The Texas Tribune reports that a group of about 100 backers of the bill held a press conference inside the capitol.

The Texas Tribune also shares an important article How Public Opinion Fueled Senate’s Abortion Fight, interpreting recent polls in Texas as AOC analyzed them.

Taken together, these polling numbers convey broad support for some specific restrictions focusing on procedures. We don’t find more than token support for drastically reducing or eliminating access. In June 2013, 79 percent of Texans indicated that abortion should be available to a woman under varying circumstances. As for Davis’ core constituency, 59 percent of Democrats and 77 percent of liberals think that it should always be legal and available. As for the GOP: 20 percent of female Republicans think that abortion should always be legal, compared with 11 percent of male Republicans. But maybe more important for future electoral fortunes, there exists a 19-point gap among female and male independents regarding the opinion that abortion should always be available, 41 percent to 22 percent; and one of the most supportive groups of all is suburban women, 45 percent of whom think the procedure should always be legal.

1. Former Arizona Reb. Gabrielle Giffords aimed and fired a gun at a Las Vegas target firing range yesterday. Giffords sent the firing shot of her seven-day “Rights and Responsibilities Tour” as a proud gun owner who seeks sensible gun legislation in America. Giffords and husband Mark Kelly are trying to revive stalled background-check legislation, which failed in the US Senate in April. 

“Some might consider me an unlikely advocate for gun rights because I sustained terrible injuries in a violent shooting,” Giffords wrote in an Op-Ed published Monday in USA Today. “But I’m a patriot, and I believe the right to bear arms is a definitive part of our American heritage.”

2. Jeep leads a list of America’s most patriotic brands, writes USA Today. Jeep beat out Coca-Cola, Levis, Harley-Davidson and Disney in the top 25 list, in a survey of 4,500 consumers.

“As marketers traditionally operate on the Independence Day theory that a patriotic, flag-waving call-to-emotion will motivate consumers to behave more positively toward their brands, we wanted to see which brands actually led when it came to that particular value,” says Robert Passikoff, president of Brand Keys, in a statement.

Jeep resonates deeply as a symbol of American ruggedness and sense of adventure.

3. Records of the actions of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan as archbishop of Milwaukee in 2003 suggest that he had a full understanding of the seriousness of sex abuse cases in America. Dolan moved to protect church assets from any future claims, while moving to push out problem priests and even paying them to leave the priesthood. 

“The impact on his various victims has been significant,” Dolan wrote then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI. “The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has yet to even locate all of the potential victims that could come forward for assistance. Our new found awareness of the severity of damage caused by sexual abuse at the hands of clergy makes it impossible for us to ignore this situation.”

575 sex abuse plaintiffs are suing the archdiocese in bankruptcy court.

4. Twelve-year-old Maddy Paige had a very respectable season, playing football as a defensive end at Georgia’s Strong Rock Christian private school in Locust Grove, Ga. Paige was excited to return next fall, until the school ended her football future, saying “Our official policy is that middle school girls play girl sports and middle school boys play boy sports. “

Maddy’s mother says private conservations with school officials told another story. “In the meeting with the CEO of the school, I was told that the reasons behind it were… that the boys were going to start lusting after her, and have impure thoughts about her,” she said. “And that locker room talk was not appropriate for a female to hear, even though she had a separate locker room from the boys.”

Facebook is on the move for Maddy Paige.

5. The human brain’s ‘garbage truck’ could hold a key to treating Alzheimer’s and other health disorders. What scientists do know is that the body’s lymphatic system performs the task of ridding it of toxic and damaging molecules. However, the lymphatic system doesn’t extend to the brain.

Researcher Maiken Nedergaard, M.D. and her team used new imaging technology called two-photon microscopy that allows us to peer deep within a living brain. They observed an extensive plumbing system responsible for flushing waste using cerebral spinal fluid.

Sunday
Jun302013

As A Dominionist, Rick Perry Seeks To Replace Constitution With Old Testament Law | Texas Abortion Battle Resumes

A Shifting Center?

Bloomberg reminds us that Texas isn’t the only state where women’s healthcare is under assault. There are 27 other states that have already passed bills like the one the Texas legislature will take up again tomorrow, in a second special session called expressly to pass last week’s defeated bill on procedural issues.

A “subterfuge” of legislation not undermine;s the constitutional guarantees of Roe v. Wade for more than 60 percent of American women of reproductive age.

Yet the two sides are not as unequally matched as it might seem.

“By the time Davis sat down, people opposed to the recent restrictions on abortion rights — represented not only by the noisy throngs in the Texas Capitol but also some 200,000 watching Davis’s filibuster on the Internet — staged their first big public backlash. They demonstrated that, when pressed, the reasonable American center can push back against the extreme elements opposed to abortion.”

Bloomberg’s editorial board predicts what we’ve been writing since 2007.

“Davis and other legislators in states dominated by social conservatives are right to keep up the fight to protect abortion rights. Even if they lose their battles this week or next, this year or next, they shouldn’t be discouraged. They won’t be standing alone for long.”

Tiana Angel agrees, weighing in for JewishJournal.com: Wendy Davis is good for women, while Rick Perry is bad for women.  Rick Perry is bad for America, while Wendy Davis is making America better.

Understanding ‘God’s War’

The Guardian’s Sarah Posner reminds progressive women and men that Texas is God’s Country. She’s not alone in writing that it doesn’t matter is Rick Perry is a true believer. He acts like one, and he has delivered big-time to the most conservative of social conservatives.

“The religious activists who call on him to ram anti-choice bills through the legislature view politics as a battle between good and evil. They believe they are on a mission from God to battle Satanic forces. In that same 2010 fundraiser speech, Perry described his mission as “bigger than any law or policy,” of being engaged in a struggle not of “flesh and blood,” but “against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms”.

Rick Perry prepares for another 2016 presidential bid with promises to deliver a major piece of abortion-rights legislation this week, a bll that will leave only five clinics in the entire state as abortion providers.

“I feel like I am in the garrison of an army that has devoted itself to the defense of the unborn, here in this state and across the country,” Perry said in a 2010 speech at a fundraiser for a (Christian) crisis pregnancy center.

Rick Perry is very tight with John Hagee, the pastor repudiated by John McCain in 2008, after Hagee’s anto-Catholic remarks became widely-known. Both men are Dominionists, believing that certain Christians are destined to take ‘dominion’ over government. These beliefs are more politial than religious, seeking to replace the Constitution with strictures of the Old Testament.

Blow the Trumpet in Zion!

Hear This Rick Perry, If Oprah Is A Harlot, I Am A Harlot, Too AOC Women

Today, we learn more about a little-known movement of radical Christians who are determined to take over the US government, subordinating all Americans to their view of not only God’s grand plan for Texas. Schlueter and Long have proclaimed that Texas was ‘The Prophet State, ‘annointed by God to lead the United States into revival and Godly government.

The Texas Observer writes that Perry is their man.

If you’re a Democrat, you’re dead meat. These prophets believe that Democrats are controlled by Jezebel and three lesser demons. You think I exaggerate. Last weekend the man who probably seeks to be our next president hugged Alice Patterson, a self-proclaimed apostle from San Antonio who believes the Democratic Party is controlled by ‘an invisible network of evil comprising an unholy structure’ released by the demon Jezebel.