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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Incorporate Your Uterus


The GOP calls it a “manufactured” idea but recent actions all lead to the War on Women and groups throughout the United States are preparing to make our voices know. In my hometown of Pueblo, Colo., we are staging protests to counter anti-choice fanatics by out local Planned Parenthood.
We have planned a symposium which will discuss several areas in which women are still poorly represented and even discriminated on. The War on Women is real, and with women holding a majority of voters in this country we should be screaming back for male legislators to keep their business away from our business.
Even though the Supreme Court has agreed to reconsider the dreadful Citizens United decision it may come to this: incorporate your uterus.
Good news out of Florida as the state becomes the first in the South to end the practice of shackling pregnant inmates in labor. The bad news is 35 states still shackle women in custody during labor.
More good news: teen pregnancy rates are down to record lows thanks in large part to the successful use of contraception. More bad news: Republicans continue to push for a return to abstinence-only sex education.
If at first you don’t succeed, try jamming a “heartbeat” abortion ban through a different committee. That’s the GOP way in Mississippi apparently.
In Arizona the Republican controlled House passed a 20 week abortion ban that outlaws abortions at 20 weeks gestation rather than 20 weeks post-fertilization. The bill now goes to Gov. Jan Brewer (R) for signature.
In Oklahoma, the push for personhood could end up becoming a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade. But not all conservatives think this is a good idea.
Sen. Mitch McConnell insists there is no War on Women and cites a host of his female Republican colleagues as proof. The problem with McConnell’s evidence is that each Republican he cites has publicly criticized her party for attacking women and contraception. Oops.
Thankfully we have Herman Cain around to explain the gender gap for us “other people.”
Sony may be supporting anti-choice “crisis pregnancy centers” by distributing the anti-choice movie “October Baby.” A portion of the profits from the film go to funding these groups. Let them know that’s not acceptable.
California finds toxins in “nontoxic” nail polishes.
People in Kansas are standing up for contraception after the state has stripped funding of critical family planning programs.
With Rick Santorum exiting the presidential race will the attacks on women’s rights slow down? Not likely with these guys still around.
The Seattle City Council on Monday made it illegal for businesses and other entities to ask nursing mothers to stop, cover up or move to a different location in public areas, confirming that feeding children in public really shouldn’t be a big deal.