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Stop Anti-Abortion Rights Teen Endangerment Act in Congress


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A House floor vote is coming soon on the dangerous anti-abortion rights Teen Endangerment Act, which could criminalize helping a teenage woman access legal abortion care outside of her home state. Tell your representative to vote NO on the "Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act" (H.R. 2299). [MORE]

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Louden Clear with Jeanene Louden Thursdays at 2:30 ET, 11:30 PT

Louden Clear with Jeanene Louden  Thursdays at 2:30 ET, 11:30 PT | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

This two part hour will begin with a discussion of several  of the COLLABORATION efforts now underway between Coffee Party USA and other groups involved in the American Democracy Movement, and end with a discussion on GRATITUDE.


Next week's focus: April 28th National March Against the War on Women in all 50 States! 


Link to the live broadcast or the pod cast HERE.

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Gamed By Healthcare Debate

Gamed By Healthcare Debate | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by EGBERTO WILLIES, Kingwood Observer (Reprint)


If the Supreme Court invalidates the Affordable Care Act, it will be dire straits for many. What is sad is that the party that likes to claim the moral high ground and the party that would create an atmosphere of physical violence to protect a fetus will ultimately if successful cause the deaths of thousands if they get their wish. [MORE]

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Melinda Gates: Let's put birth control back on the agenda | Video on TED.com

Melinda Gates: Let's put birth control back on the agenda | Video on TED.com | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
TED Talks Contraception. The topic has become controversial in recent years. But should it be? Melinda Gates believes that many of the world's social change issues depend on ensuring that women are able to control their rate of having kids.
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A Rant: When Will More Women Demonstrate Their Power??

A Rant: When Will More Women Demonstrate Their Power?? | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

emergentbydesign.com


In many of the conversations I’ve had lately about female energy and leadership, there is a story I’m hearing about what the world will be like if/when more women assert themselves in society. There is a particular story that I hear, mostly from the mouths of men, who tell it with a combination of anger, disgust and fear. In the story, women rise, wrestle the power from the men, and then rule the world as men historically have, while leaving them somehow subservient, stripped of worth, empty.


In my mind, this misses a huge point in what female power is all about, how it’s energetically different than the male-dominated energy, and why women in positions of leadership and inspiration operate on a playing field that is fundamentally different. The story of a world of powerful women does not look the same as a world of powerful men.


I believe in a non-zero sum kind of world, where women “winning” doesn’t mean that anyone loses. In fact, just the opposite – we show that a world of abundance is possible where outcomes benefit all people.


In Rubin’s book, she describes it as “besting surpassing winning." [MORE]


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IWF - Not Much of a War...

IWF - Not Much of a War... | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by SABRINA SCHAEFFER, Independent Women's Forum


The problem for the White House Council on Women and Girls is that women and girls are doing too well. [MORE]


Interesting perspective from a conservative women's group.  I like the idea of women as a group standing up and not being "victims" as a class of people.  Of course, there are inequities this article doesn't address.  But I find it interesting, none the less.  ~DM

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Can having an abortion turn you into a "crack head whore?"

Can having an abortion turn you into a "crack head whore?" | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

NARAL Exposes Crisis Pregnancy Centers

Can having an abortion turn you into a "crack head whore?" That's just one lie many anti-choice "crisis pregnancy centers" (CPCs) tell women to dissuade them from choosing abortion. Share this graphic to help us expose CPCs. #TruthFail



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EXCLUSIVE: Michelle Obama On The Importance Of Helping Military Families

EXCLUSIVE: Michelle Obama On The Importance Of Helping Military Families | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

MILITARY FAMILIES WEEK, Huffington Post


First Lady Michelle Obama, in an exclusive video for The Huffington Post, shares her personal story of the moment she knew she wanted to help military families. Together with Dr. Jill Biden, the two co-founders have undertaken an initiative to create and secure private-sector jobs for veterans (returning from Iraq and Afghanistan) and their spouses. The initiative, called "Joining Forces," celebrates its one year anniversary on Wednesday, April 11th, 2012. Watch her message above -- and go to joiningforces.gov to find out what you can do to help military families.  [MORE]

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Republican "War On Women" Is Not A Left-Wing Invention

Republican "War On Women" Is Not A Left-Wing Invention | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Media Matters for America


Right-wing media are claiming that a Republican "war on women" is "phony" and "invented" by the left to distract attention from issues such as the economy and gas prices. But Republicans throughout the country have indeed pushed a plethora of legislation during the past few years that would result in limiting women's reproductive rights, access to health care access, and access to equal pay; moreover, right-wing media themselves launched a bullying campaign against Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke after she testified in favor of expanded contraception coverage.  [MORE] The extensive analysis follows.

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Arizona Abortion Bill: Legislators Pass Three Bills, Including One That Redefines When Life Begins

Arizona Abortion Bill: Legislators Pass Three Bills, Including One That Redefines When Life Begins | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JOHN CELOCKM, huffingtonpost.com


Arizona lawmakers gave final passage to three anti-abortion bills Tuesday afternoon, including one that declares pregnancies in the state begin two weeks before conception.


The Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a bill to prohibit abortions after the 18th week of pregnancy; a bill to protect doctors from being sued if they withhold health information about a pregnancy that could cause a woman to seek an abortion; and a bill to mandate that how school curriculums address the topic of unwanted pregnancies.


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Graphic Ranks Super-PAC Donors

Graphic Ranks Super-PAC Donors | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by AL SHAW, ProPublica


This chart shows the share of all contributions given by the top ten donors to each of the 12 largest super PACs, through Feb. 29. Some corporations are affiliated with individual donors, such as the Contran Corporation, which is owned by Harold Simmons. Some donors, such as Sheldon and Miriam Adelson, Yasmin and Oren Lukatz, and Sivan Ochshorn gave individually but are all members of a single family. Hover over each super PAC's name to see the total raised by its top ten donors, and hover over each donor to see how much they gave. [Click on the chart to enlarge.]


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A transgender win for Miss Universe

A transgender win for Miss Universe | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS, salon.com


If you, like the rest of us, assumed you’d go the rest of your life without ever once thinking, “Good job, there, Donald Trump,” today is the day you may have to think again. Believe it or not, the uniquely coiffed conspiracy theorist and fragrance magnate has done something cool — by letting transgender beauties vie for the crown of Miss Universe.


Late last month, Miss Universe Canada contestant Jenna Talackova was disqualified on the grounds that she was, in its terms, “not a naturally born female.” But last week Trump’s organization said the 23-year-old, who underwent gender reassignment four years ago, would be permitted to return and compete. She is now back on the roster of this year’s Canadian finalists. [MORE]

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www.idlehearts.com

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Iowa House may take up abortion restrictions

Iowa House may take up abortion restrictions | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by MIKE GLOVER, Associated Press via postcrescent.com


A late debate on abortion could delay Iowa lawmakers as they work to end this year's legislative session, but some Republicans argue the issue is too important to ignore, even if they likely won't succeed. [MORE]

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Hilary Rosen Responds to Criticism re. Ann Romney and American Women

Hilary Rosen Responds to Criticism re. Ann Romney and American Women | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Excerpt from piece by Hilary Rosen, CNN


Now let's be clear on one thing. I have no judgments about women who work outside the home vs. women who work in the home raising a family. I admire women who can stay home and raise their kids full time. I even envy them sometimes. It is a wonderful luxury to have the choice. But let's stipulate that it is NOT a choice that most women have in America today.


Why does this even matter? It matters purely because Mitt Romney put the issue of his wife's views squarely on the table.


As Ruth Marcus noted in her column yesterday in the Washington Post, Romney, when asked last week about the gender gap, twice said he wished his wife could take the question.


"My wife has the occasion, as you know, to campaign on her own and also with me," Romney told newspaper editors, "and she reports to me regularly that the issue women care about most is the economy."


So it begs the question, is Ann Romney Mitt's touchstone for women who are struggling economically or not? Nothing in Ann Romney's history as we have heard it -- hardworking mom she may have been -- leads me to believe that Mitt has chosen the right expert to get feedback on this problem he professes to be so concerned about.


I have nothing against Ann Romney. She seems like a nice lady who has raised nice boys, struggled with illness and handles its long-term effects with grace and dignity. I admire her grit in talking about her illness publicly.


What is more important to me and 57% of current women voters is her husband saying he supports women's economic issues because they are the only issues that matter to us and then he fails on even those.


Let's put aside for a moment his views on women's health issues -- such as his pledge to repeal funding for Planned Parenthood or repeal Title X -- which provides important health services for poor women, and true anecdotes (such as when he was a Bishop in his church, he actually went to a congregant's hospital room and told a young single mother who had just given birth that she was shaming the church and should give her baby away). Let's put those issues of respect and health dignity away.


Let's just focus on his economic record on behalf of women. When Romney ran Bain Capital, less than 10% of the senior workforce were women. And he said in his 1994 Senate race that it was because he had trouble finding qualified women to be executives. Is there a woman alive who believes that? [MORE]

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Which age group has $36 billion in student loan debt?

INFOGRAPHIC: Can you believe it? Seniors over the age of 60 are holding $36 billion in student loan debt. That is with a B, and it is only5.3% of the total. [MORE]

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Teen Pregnancy Rates at All-Time Low

Teen Pregnancy Rates at All-Time Low | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Feminist Daily News


The teenage birth rate dropped to an historic low according to an April 2012 report released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (PDF). According to the report, the birth rate dropped 9 percent between 2009 and 2010. The birth rate for 2010 was the lowest since 1946. [MORE

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Job Growth Isn't Just a Women's Issue

Job Growth Isn't Just a Women's Issue | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by CATHERINE RAMPELL, The New York Times


Mitt Romney has noted that women's jobs account for 92.3 percent of the net job loss since President Obama took office. It was Mr. Bush that put all the men out of work. [MORE]

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Colbert Report: Stephen Colbert's Lady Heroes - Glen Grothman

The Colbert Report


While a fictitious war drives women from the GOP, Wisconsin repeals their Equal Pay Enforcement Act that allows legal recourse for women who receive less pay for equal work.  [MORE]

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Mississippi "Heartbeat" Ban Returns

Mississippi "Heartbeat" Ban Returns | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by ROBIN MARTY, RH Reality Check


The Mississippi legislature is renewing a push for an outright ban on abortion after the point in which a heartbeat can be detected, as early as four weeks post conception, despite the fact that the bill was unable to make it out of the Senate Chamber.


Senate Committee Chairman Hob Bryan refused to allow the proposed heartbeat ban out of the chamber, saying he was not interested in putting blatantly unconstitutional laws up for a vote. But anti-choice politicians followed through on their threat to attach the bill to other legislation in order to get it into the senate for a vote.


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Welfare cuts keep coming

Welfare cuts keep coming | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JASON DEPARLE, New York Times


Much as critics of the restrictions once warned, a program that built its reputation when times were good offered little help when jobs disappeared. Despite the worst economy in decades, the cash welfare rolls have barely budged.

 

Faced with flat federal financing and rising need, Arizona is one of 16 states that have cut their welfare caseloads further since the start of the recession -- in its case, by half. Even as it turned away the needy, Arizona spent most of its federal welfare dollars on other programs, using permissive rules to plug state budget gaps. Nationally, only 30 percent of the welfare money is spent on cash benefits.

 

The poor people dropped from cash assistance, mostly single mothers, talk with surprising openness about the desperate, and sometimes illegal, ways they make ends meet. They have sold food stamps, sold blood, skipped meals, shoplifted, doubled up with friends, scavenged trash bins for bottles and cans and returned to relationships with violent partners -- all with children in tow.  [MORE]

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Idaho Woman Arrested For Abortion Is Uneasy Case For Both Sides

Idaho Woman Arrested For Abortion Is Uneasy Case For Both Sides | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JESSICA ROBINSON, OPB News


An Idaho woman arrested for inducing her own abortion is taking her case to federal court. Jennie Linn McCormack was charged last year under an obscure Idaho law for ending her pregnancy with RU-486. She joins an increasing number of women who get the so-called abortion pill off the internet. [MORE]

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AAUW Releases State-By-State Rankings for Equal Pay Day

AAUW Releases State-By-State Rankings for Equal Pay Day | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by KATIE BROENDEL, and LISA GOODNIGHT, 

American Association of University Women (AAUW)


With the release of The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) unveiled new state-by-state equal pay rankings. Updated for the national observance of Equal Pay Day, which marks how far into the current year women must work to match what their male counterparts earned last year, The Simple Truth charts the wage gap in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.


The wage gap is narrowest in the nation's capital, where women have the best earning's ratio — 91 cents, on average, for every dollar earned by their male counterparts. The state with the worst earnings ratio is Wyoming, where women make 64 percent of men's earnings. The national average puts women at just 77 percent.


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