Entries in women's rights (99)

Friday
Dec282012

Eve Ensler Appeals to Michigan Gov Snyder on New Abortion Laws As Texas Searches for Contraception Funding

Eve Ensler has sent an emergency video to Michigan women from the Philippines about the most anti-woman legislation passed during Michigan’s lame duck session. Click here to hear video on Facebook.

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Michigan state legislators have passed laws eliminating insurance coverage of abortions and imposing medically unnecessary regulations on providers of women’s reproductive health services.

The first measure bars insurance coverage for abortion services without the purchase of an additional “rider” at added expense. This legislation extends extends the restriction to health insurance exchanges created through the health insurance exchanges that are part of Obamacare, as well as private insurance plans sold outside the exchanges.

The Michigan legislation provides for a single exception for life of the mother, but not rape or incest.

In passing these lame duck session laws, Michigan legislators have shown clearly that they could care less about the voters of Michigan who made their views regarding the Republican War on Women loud and clear in November.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney failed to carry his original home state in November. Michigan Democrats picked up five seats in the state House in November, but the GOP will still have a 59-51 edge during the 2013-2014 session. There were no state Senate races in 2012, leaving the Michigan Senate in Republican hands with a wide margin of 26-12.

Michigan legislators also put new restrictions on reproductive health offices in an effort to close them. Facilities that provide 120 or more abortions a year will be regulated as “mini-hospitals”, even in the absence of established medical or safety needs.

Lastly, doctors are forbidden to counsel low-income and rural women online on matters of reproductive health. “Under such a regimen, patients are examined at a local health clinic by an on-site professional and then electronically consult with a doctor working at a different location who would review her health records, answer questions, and approve the pills,” writes the New York Times.

Texas vs Planned Parenthood

Texas’ request to force the US Health and Human Services to continue funding its Women’s Health Program even though the state has virtually eliminated Planned Parenthood as a service provider has failed in federal court.

The Texas decision affects an estimated 130,000 low-income women receiving a wide variety of basic health care services from Planned Parenthood. Texas had demanded that the federal government continue delivering funds to the state, a request denied by US District Court Judge Walter Smith.

Texas insists that it has found $40 million necessary to fund substitute services provided by Planned Parenthood, without any abortions. The funding is in place through September 2013, says the state, with $70 million of federal funds being cut off on December 31, 2012.

The state’s Health and Human Services Commission projects that without the federal funds, low-income women will deliver an estimated 23,760 additional babies during 2014 and 2015. The commission projects that state taxpayers will have to shoulder an additional $273 million in medical expenses and Medicaid coverage for those infants.

Their projection was previously on the table when the Texas nonpartisan Legislative Budget Board estimated that the proposed cuts would lead to 284,000 women losing their family planning services. Social conservative legislators insisted they were willing to pay the price — but of course, THEY DON’T pay the price.

Poor women pay the price, and the statistics on the downward spiral of unplanned pregnancy victims and their babies in the state of Texas is already at the bottom of the heap nationwide. Several media sources report that legislators are trying to reinstate family planning funding without Planned Parenthood — even though that organization is best equipped to meet the family planning needs of the poor women of Texas.

Texas 5* Unwed Pregnancy State

You Want to Defund Planned Parenthood & Title X? Look at Texas AOC Sensual Rebel

Texas As An Example of What’s Ahead for States March 2011

The state of Texas has some of the most restrictive policies in the US regarding minors’ access to prescription birth control without parental consent, according to the Dallas Morning News. Texas has the highest rate of teen pregnancy live births in America, according to a 2010 Guttmacher Institute report, while the state ranks 4th in overall pregnancy rate.

While we all celebrate the new survey results suggesting that sexual activity may be down among teens, Texas is a real-world look at what’s ahead for taxpayers. In terms of educational test scores, Texas is at the bottom.

  • Texas is #49 in verbal SAT scores in the nation (493) and #46 in average math SAT scores (502).
  • Texas is #36 in the nation in high school graduation rates (68%).

A Vicious Cycle

Only 40 percent of teen moms giving birth at age 17 or earlier finish high school. About 23 percent of young mothers earn a GED, according to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.

The facts are that daughters of teen mothers are three times more likely to become teen parents than girls with older moms. Sons born to teen parents are more likely to be incarcerated. Note that the Texas Department of State Health Services quotes the Guttmacher Institute extensively.

Friday
Dec142012

China's Single, Successful 'Leftover Women' Pressured to Marry As Concubines & Sex Trafficking Skyrocket

China’s ‘Leftover Women’ Are Screwing Up the Country

My Facebook friend Shanshan Thompson sent me this New York Times China op-ed last night. Titled ‘China’s ‘Leftover Women’ , the author addresses the pressures being put on women in China to marry and have a child. 

Note, that there is considerable pressure on the Chinese government to end its one-child policy and adopt a two-child one. Census data released by the National Bureau of Statistics showed that in 2011, China’s gender ratio stood at 117.78 newborn boys for every 100 baby girls, a continuous decline from 119.45 in 2009 and 117.94 in 2010. While positive, the results of the one-child policy have created significant problems. It’s estimated that by 2020, there will be 24 million more men than women at marriage age in China.

The institution charged with being a primary source of pressure on women’s choices and promoter of insecurity in women is the All-China Women’s Federation, founded by the Communist Parti in 1949 to “protect women’s rights and interests.”

Headlines on the ‘feminist’ website include:

* “Overcoming the Big Four Emotional Blocks: Leftover Women Can Break out of Being Single.”

* “Eight Simple Moves to Escape the Leftover Women Trap.”

* “Do Leftover Women Really Reserve Our Sympathy?”

I will share more advice to Chinese women by their government at the end of photographer Stockton Johnson’s beautiful editorial ‘Romantic Pastel’, starring Tian Yi for Vogue China January 2013.Yi Guo has styled a gorgeous tableau of spring romanticism to feed the aspirations of China’s growing class of professional women.

America is clearly not the only nation with one political party seizing control of women’s bodies in an effort to force women to deal with our own challenging birth rate, previously held in balance by immigrant women who are now having fewer children.

Writing continues after editorial images.

 

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Wednesday
Nov072012

In 2012 Election, It Was Ladies' Night Across America | Record Number of Mostly Democratic Women Senators Arrive in DC

(L)Karim Sadli | V Magazine #80 Winter 2012 | What’s Haute This Season

(R)Hedvig Palm, Melodie Monrose, Madelen De La Motte, Zhu Lin & Hanna Fridh | Boe Marion | Rodeo Fall 2012 | On The Verge

(Top)Leighton Meester | Yu Tsai | Flaunt November 2012 | Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit

(L)Irina Lazareanu | Max Abadian | Dress to Kill Fall 2012 | ‘Autumn Romance’

 

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From left, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R), Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D), Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D) and Rep. Ann Kuster (D) will make up an all-female congressional delegation in New Hampshire.New Hampsire is the first state to send an all-female delegation to Congress: Republican senator Kelly Ayotte and Democrat Senator Jeanne Shaheen, accompanied by Democrats Rep. Carol Shea-Porter and Rep. Ann Kuster.

New Hampshire also elected Maggie Hassan as the only Democrat woman governor. The race pitted women’s and minority rights advocate Hassan against social conservative Republican Ovide Lamontagne.

In a banner night for women, Democrat Elizabeth Warren unseated Independent — usually voting Republican Scott Brown — in Massachusetts. Brown won Ted Kennedy’s seat in a special election after the senator’s death of brain cancer.

Wisconsin sent the first openly-gay woman to the Senate, Democrat Tammy Baldwin. Baldwin has been one of four openly gay House members. Baldwin defeated former Bush cabinet head Tommy Thompson. Other races with women include:

Women Winners

Claire McCaskill (D-MO) retained Senate seat against “legitimate rape” Todd Akin.

Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) in Senate bid.

Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) in Senate bid.

Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) Retained Senate seat.

Deb Fischer (R-Neb) Taking Senate seat vacated by Democrat Ben Nelson.

Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca) re-elected to Senate.

Amy Klobuchar (D-Mn) retained her Senate seat.

Michele Bachmann (R-Minn) narrowly retained House seat.

Tammy Duckworth (D-Il) elected to House

Women Losers

Linda McMahon (R-Ct) in bid for Senate

Shelley Berkley (D-Nev) in bid for Senate

Heather Wilson (R-NM) in bid for Senate

Linda Lingle (R-Hawaii) in Senate bid

Cynthia Dill (D-Me) in Senate bid. Dill lost to popular Independent Angus King, who is expected to caucus with Democrats.

Mia Love (R-Ut) failed in her bid to become the GOP’s first black congresswoman.

Mary Bono Mack (R-Ca) lost her House seat.

Voters Speak

Mitt Romney won the white vote, 58 to 40 percent, making it the biggest lead for a Republican since 1988.

White women delivered the election to Obama. If white women had stayed in Romney’s camp, swing states in Ohio, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, and Virginia — although NH voters seemed determined to launch an estrogen lovefest.

Instead, Obama led among women by 12 points, nearly identical to his lead among women four years ago. For all the stories ab out white women abandoning Obama after the first debate, it didn’t happen. 

Romney’s most reliant bloc the whole campaign was white men. He led by 25 points with them today. But in 1976, white men were 46 percent of voters. Today they’re at a new low, 34 percent.

In Congressional races, Elizabeth Warren beat Scott Brown, thanks to an 18-point lead among women voters. Women went for Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin by 14 points. Incumbent Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar defeated opponent Kurt Bills with a mind-boggling 44-point lead with women.

As Lauren Sandler reported at New York Magazine’s The Cut earlier this week, female leaders on the Hill tend to fight harder on issues that female voters care about. The influx of women will likely press the Senate’s Democratic majority to move left.