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Dispatches from CDP 2012: Why Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights are Not “Anti-Family”

Dispatches from CDP 2012: Why Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights are Not “Anti-Family” | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by YOLI SANCHEZ NEYOY, RH Reality Check


I do believe however that youth and adolescents' access to comprehensive sexuality education should not be limited by or to their parents. Why? Many young people do not have a supportive family, their family may not know how to or want to answer young people’s questions, or worse, they may have the wrong information that will put young people at risk.


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Tax Rates on the Top Bracket

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Now It's Clear: “Pro-Life” Means “Pro-Imprisonment”

Now It's Clear: “Pro-Life” Means “Pro-Imprisonment” | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by LYNN PALTROW, National Advocates for Pregnant Women,
and EMMA S KETTERINHAM, National Advocates for Pregnant Women,

RH Reality Check


Whatever the Liberty Counsel’s reasons, this “pro-life” group argues that the Alabama Supreme Court “should uphold the convictions and thereby move toward restoration of the life-affirming worldview that predated Roe.” It is difficult, however, to see what is “life-affirming” about hauling off to jail new mothers who just gave birth and leaving their children motherless? Penalties under the Chemical Endangerment law range from not less than 1-year-and-1-day to up to 99 years (life) in prison.


Since 2005, National Advocates for Pregnant Women has documented hundreds of cases in Alabama and elsewhere in which women have been arrested for allegedly endangering their pregnancies including: Christine Taylor in Iowa who was charged with attempted fetal homicide after she fell down a flight of stairs while pregnant, Jennie McCormick in Idaho who was charged with having an illegal abortion, and Bei Bei Shuai in Indiana who has been charged with murder for suffering a pregnancy loss after a suicide attempt.


The Liberty Counsel has established that the “pro-life” position is “pro-punishment,” not just for doctors who perform abortions, and not just for women who intentionally end their pregnancies and have abortions, but also for pregnant women who have no intention of ending their pregnancies and go to term. 


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Her mission isn’t complete

Her mission isn’t complete | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by ALISON MCQUADE, Emily's List


Last night, EMILY’s List honored Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords with the We Are EMILY Award for her leadership, dedication and service in Congress.[MORE]

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Sen. Mike Lee Adds The Violence Against Women Act To The Long List Of Things He Thinks Are Unconstitutional

Sen. Mike Lee Adds The Violence Against Women Act To The Long List Of Things He Thinks Are Unconstitutional | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by IAN MILLHISER, Think Progress


There aren’t many things Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) doesn’t believe to be unconstitutional. While it probably would not be possible to count every essential law or program that violates Lee’s tenther understanding of the Constitution, a short list includes Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, FEMA, the FDA, federal income assistance for the poor and national child labor laws.


So it’s really not that much of a surprise that he found yet another law he thinks is unconstitutional today. This time, it’s the entire Violence Against Women Act.


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Addressing VAWA, Sen. Al Franken Breaks Down On Senate Floor

Addressing VAWA, Sen. Al Franken Breaks Down On Senate Floor | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by ANNIE-ROSE STRASSER,

Think Progress


Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) broke down in tears today on the floor of the Senate while discussing the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Franken, who has been a staunch advocate for domestic violence victims, got emotional discussing women who face homelessness after being abused. “Once a woman becomes homeless, she becomes even more vulnerable to physical and sexual abuse,” he said. Watch it:[HERE]


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Coffee Party and Unite Women March, working together for the people

Coffee Party and Unite Women March, working together for the people | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

While we distract ourselves with the title of  the "War on Women" or debate, the facts of legislation impacting women's health are happening.  Saturday 4/28, rally at your state capital to let your voice be heard...louder than all that PAC, Super PAC and other campaign money being lavished on your representatives.

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The Jeanene Louden Weekly Radio Show Noon Pacific Today

The Jeanene Louden Weekly Radio Show  Noon Pacific Today | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Today's Show


The UNITE WOMEN MARCH is only two days away. Will you be at a rally on April 28th in your state, or do you still have reservations about the value of this action? The "wet blanket team" is out, so let's talk about what is real and what is fiction when it comes to the challenges American women face today.


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Group pushes anti-abortion laws into state legislatures nationwide

by SOFIA RESNICK, The Colorado Independent


The national anti-abortion-rights group behind Virginia’s controversial ultrasound bill last week released seven new bills it plans to push through state legislatures this year.


For the seventh year in a row, Americans United for Life, a national law and policy group based in Washington, D.C., will publish a collection of what it calls “trend-setting” state-based legislation aimed at adding as many restrictions as possible to abortion. In the last year, governors across the country have signed 28 of these model bills into law, according to AUL. 


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Mad Women: How the Flames of Revolution Are Ignited

Mad Women: How the Flames of Revolution Are Ignited | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by BARBARA HANNAH GRUFFERMAN,

Huffington Post


Some people think about joining revolutions. Others start them. And American women, it seems, are ready to ignite enough revolutionary flames -- large and small -- to set the whole world on fire.


On Saturday, April 28th, the Unite Women March, will take place in every state across America. This incredible event is happening because two extraordinarily ordinary working women got mad about a lot of things, especially how women are being treated in this country. Instead of just complaining on the phone to each other and letting their passions fade away right there, they started something that is no less than revolutionary. 


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Breast Cancer Survivor Jailed Over Accidental $280 Medical Bill

Breast Cancer Survivor Jailed Over Accidental $280 Medical Bill | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

By Harry Bradford, The Huffington Post


In the latest example of aggressive debt collector tactics, an Illinois woman found herelf jailed over a bill she didn’t even owe in the first place.


Breast cancer survivor Lisa Lindsay of Herrin, Illinois was put in debtors' prison over a $280 medical bill that was sent to her by accident, the Associated Press reports (h/t The Daily Mail). Even after Lindsay was told she didn't have to pay the bill, it was sent to a collection agency. Eventually state troopers took her from her home in handcuffs. Lindsay ended up having to pay $600 to settle the charges.


Episodes like Lindsay’s are becoming increasingly common as the number of debts referred to third-party collection agencies has doubled since 2000. Because one third of U.S. states currently allow debtors to be imprisoned, thousands of Americans have been jailed because they can't pay their bills. [more]


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Republicans Oppose the Violence Against Women Act—and Lesbians

Republicans Oppose the Violence Against Women Act—and Lesbians | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by SANTI TAFARELLA, Prometheus Unbound


The Republicans are reluctant to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act this year. Why? Because nondiscrimination against lesbians is included in the bill.


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Keenan Talks with Rachel Maddow about "Governor Forced Ultrasound"

Keenan Talks with Rachel Maddow about "Governor Forced Ultrasound" | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by THOMAS, Blog for Choice


Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, talks with Rachel Maddow about the awkward position anti-choice politicians like Virginia's


"Governor Ultrasound," Bob McDonnell, are in, having taken extremist positions on abortion and women's health and now desperately trying to spin their way back to acceptability.


Watch as Nancy spells out the reasons voters can't trust politicians like McDonnell, who is on the list of possible vice-presidential running mates for Mitt Romney: [MORE]

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Daily Kos: The Equal Rights Amendment vs. The War On Women

Daily Kos: The Equal Rights Amendment vs. The War On Women | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by BUD FIELDS, Daily Kos


I'm betting that you are, like a very large majority of American citizens, under the impression that we actually HAVE an Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in our Constitution. You believe that women in America have the same status, standing, and equality as do men in our land.


You would be incorrect.


But, there is a very strong push going on these days, and especially across the Progressive Southern United States, to remedy that ugly reality.  [MORE]

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Mommy Wars: An Attempt to Disenfranchise Women

Mommy Wars: An Attempt to Disenfranchise Women | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by ANIKA RAHMAN, Huffington Post


Putting aside the fact that, for millions of women, being a stay-at-home mom isn't even a viable choice, the brouhaha over Hilary Rosen's ill-chosen remarks about Ann Romney has only served to distract attention from the real issues plaguing women. [MORE]

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A Strange Thing Happening in Western Michigan

A Strange Thing Happening in Western Michigan | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by ANNA BENNETT, Huffington Post


A very strange thing is happening in West Michigan: while women across America run away from the Republican Party in droves due to its war on women's health, the local Democratic establishment is backing a candidate who cast a vote to completely defund Planned Parenthood when he was a member of the State House of Representatives in 2001. That person was Steve Pestka, and that vote means Pestka stands for much more than just eradicating abortion -- he in fact voted to deprive about five million women statewide of basic medical screenings if they could not afford to pay for it themselves.  [MORE]

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Recap!

Recap! | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

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Feminist Majority Applauds Senate Passage of Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act

Feminist Majority Applauds Senate Passage of Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

The Feminist Majority applauds the Senate's vote today to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The VAWA reauthorization bill passed by the Senate on a 68 to 31 vote today is the first to include access to law enforcement and services for Native American women, better access for immigrant women who fear deportation if they report violence, and better access for LGBT victims. [MORE]

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Teacher fired for IVF sues diocese

Teacher fired for IVF sues diocese | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
A teacher at a Catholic school in Indiana is suing the diocese where she worked after allegedly being fired because of in vitro fertilization.
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McCain: The 'War On Women' Is 'Conjured' By Dems

McCain: The 'War On Women' Is 'Conjured' By Dems | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by LAURA BASSETT, Huffington Post


As many Senate Republicans prepare to defend their opposition to reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, a visibly annoyed Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) delivered a floor speech Thursday morning expressing his support for the bill. He also accused Democrats of fabricating the so-called GOP "War on Women" as a political tactic.


"Women and men are no different in their rights and responsibilities," he said. "I believe this legislation recognizes that. I don’t believe the ludicrous, partisan posturing that has conjured up this imaginary war does."


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UniteWomen.Org

UniteWomen.Org | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

A Call To Action To Defend Women's Rights!


Help defend women's rights and pursuit of equality. Join Americans all across the United States on April 28th, 2012, as we come together as one to tell members of Congress in Washington DC and legislators in all 50 states, "Enough is enough!"


UniteWomen.org strongly supports diversity and welcomes men and women of all ages without regard to their race, color, creed, political affiliation, disability, religious or spiritual beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, education or income level, marital status, employment status, or immigrant status. Everyone is invited to join, plan, and rally as we unite to demand that every person be granted equal opportunities, equal rights, and equal representation.


Marches & Rallies are happening Nationwide on 04.28.12!
Find your local event by clicking your state on the map. [MORE]

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For information about Oregon's UNITE AGAINST THE WAR ON WOMEN Rally this Saturday, April 28 at the State Capitol, Salem from 10 - 1 with Congresswoman SUZANNE BONAMICI, Oregon Secretary of State KATE BROWN, Oregon AFL-CIO President TOM CHAMBERLAIN, and MANY others go to http://www.meetup.com/Unite-Against-the-War-on-Women/
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First Coffee Party Immigration for America Radio Show

First Coffee Party Immigration for America Radio Show | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Coffee Talk Radio


Jose Guitierrez Erika Andiola Eric Byler team up to bring you the first Coffee Party Immigration for America Radio Show 7pm Pacific tonight.


Jose Guitierrez, Erika Andiola, and  Eric Byler team up to bring you the first Coffee Party "Immigration for America" Radio Show.


We'll be talking about the DREAM Act and the fate of Arizona's SB 1070, now in the hands of the US Supreme Court.


Guests in the 2nd hour will be Anida Yoeu Ali and Masahiro Sugano, makers of the outstanding video MY ASiAN AMERICANA telling the story of Americans wrongly deported to Cambodia.


In the coming years, we have an opportunity to pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform that would address the many injustices that have hurt immigrant families, hurt our economy, and hurt our country since the current wave of anti-immigrant hysteria and political opportunism was initiated.


As Mitt Romney courts Marco Rubio for the Vice Presidential nod, and as Rubio and others formulate a GOP version of the DREAM Act, it’s clear that Republicans are feeling some buyer’s remorse with regard to the anti-Hispanic electioneering we saw during each of the past two presidential primaries, and for the embracing of policies manufactured by extremist lobbying syndicates such as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) such as Arizona’s SB 1070 and Alabama’s HB 56. More and more each day, Americans are realizing that on the immigration issue and on many others, Republicans and Democrats have more in common with each other than either party has with extremists.


Leadership from folks who put the facts first and put partisanship aside will be crucial if we're to make progress on immigration. That's where the Coffee Party comes in. Let's get to work!


[LINK] or (646) 929-2495 to listen / talk live.

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The War on Women: Sex-Trafficking Edition

The War on Women: Sex-Trafficking Edition | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

How far are the Catholic bishops willing to go with their crackdown on reproductive health? Just ask a teenage girl forced into prostitution.


By Stephanie Mencimer, Mother Jones


Thanks to legislation authored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), the federal government spends millions of dollars each year to help human trafficking victims recover. Since 2006 virtually all of the money has gone to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, the church's leadership in Washington. But in September the Obama administration declined to renew the contract. It wanted to ensure that victimized women had access to full reproductive health care, and the bishops had forbidden the grant money to be used for services they deemed immoral.

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The federal program to help trafficking victims owes its existence to the advocacy of an unusual coalition of evangelical, feminist, and human rights groups in the 1990s....


...After a bidding process in which USCCB was one of two organizations vying for the money, it ended up with all of the $19 million dedicated for trafficking victim services from 2006 through 2011.*


The bishops took about a third of the money for administrative costs. With the rest, they paid subcontractors around the country to provide services—on the church's terms. Subcontractors could not discuss contraception or abortion, or even use staff time to refer clients for such services, on the church's dime. (It is illegal to use federal money to pay for abortion except in the most extreme cases, but before the bishops took over, the funding could go toward providing abortion information and referrals.) [MORE]

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Rep. Gwen Moore Recounts Own Rape and Sexual Assault

Rep. Gwen Moore Recounts Own Rape and Sexual Assault | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JOHN PARKINSON,

ABC News Blogs


Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wisc., who joined Pelosi in introducing the [Violence Against Women] legislation, said, “Violence against women is as American as apple pie.”


“Domestic violence has been a thread throughout my personal life — up to and including being a child repeatedly sexually assaulted, up to and including being an adult who’s been raped.”


“This law has helped ensure that more victims report domestic violence to the police, that the rate of non-fatal intimate partner violence against women has been decreased by 53 percent, in that period of time,” she said. “Rape crisis centers have been able to keep their doors open [and] law enforcement and victims’ services providers are working together to better meet the needs of victims.”


“Unfortunately violence is not limited to just Democrats or just Republicans or just blacks or just whites,” Moore, the Democratic Co-Chair of the Congressional Women’s Caucus, said. “It’s not limited to heterosexual relationships, but there are relationships of all kinds that are exposed to domestic violence.”


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Violence against the wrong women

Violence against the wrong women | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by PATRICIA MURPHY,

Washington Post


Do lesbians count as "abused women" if they are beaten by a woman instead of a man? Should gay men be protected from violent partners? What about illegal-immigrant women, who were born elsewhere but hit, raped or stalked on U.S. soil? Or Native American women?


Those are the questions at the heart of the growing controversy that has taken reauthorization of the iconic Violence Against Women Act from easy-to-pass legislation to partisan bomb material in an election year that favors fights over compromise, no matter what the issue may be.


It’s a risky year on Capitol Hill to ask for more than you know you can get and, in the end, Democrats will have to decide if pushing to expand the Violence Against Women Act was worth the chance of losing the fight altogether. At the same time, Republicans will have to answer to the women and men trying to escape domestic abuse, who may never receive the help they need because they are not the right kind of victim in the eyes of today’s laws and the politicians who write them.


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