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Things Done Changed

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by JAMELLE BOUIE, The American Prospect


After fighting on the wrong side of transvaginal ultrasounds, Governor Bob McDonnell's approval rating is on the decline.


Voters approve 53 - 32 percent of the job Gov. McDonnell is doing, down from a 58 - 24 percent score February 9 and McDonnell’s lowest rating since the independent Quinnipiac University began Virginia surveys June 29, 2011. […]


Women approve of McDonnell 49 - 34 percent, down from 54 - 25 percent last month. Men approve 58 - 31 percent, compared to 62 - 23 percent last month.


Virginia voters disagree 52 - 41 percent with a new law that requires women seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound examination at least 24 hours before the procedure.


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Male lawmakers to receive knit uteruses in the mail - TheHill.com

By Judy Kurtz, The Hill


Susan Santos is a 55-year-old Colorado blogger and housewife, but these days, she’s doubling as a uterus-knitting machine.


Yes, you read that right.


The mom and knitting fanatic is an organizer of a campaign called the “Government Free VJJ Project.”


The goal of the initiative: to knit or crochet a vagina or uterus and send it to every male lawmaker in Congress.

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Government Free VJJ’s website, which comes complete with patterns such as “Happy Uterus,” claims the initiative is aimed at telling America’s men in government: “Hands off my uterus! Here’s one of your own!”


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Richard Hanna, GOP Congressman, Tells Women To Give Their Money To Democrats

Richard Hanna, GOP Congressman, Tells Women To Give Their Money To Democrats | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

By Laura Bassett, The Huffington Post


As the only Republican Congressman at a rally for the Equal Rights Amendment on Thursday, Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.) gave women an unexpected piece of advice: Give your money to Democrats.


"I think these are very precarious times for women, it seems. So many of your rights are under assault," he told the crowd of mostly women. "I'll tell you this: Contribute your money to people who speak out on your behalf, because the other side -- my side -- has a lot of it. And you need to send your own message. You need to remind people that you vote, you matter, and that they can't succeed without your help."


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NH House Votes Down Same-Sex Marriage Repeal Bill

by ADMIN, Feminist Majority Blog


Yesterday the New Hampshire Republican-controlled House voted 211 to 116 against a bill that would have repealed the marriage equality law in the state.


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Where are the Pro-Women Men?

Where are the Pro-Women Men? | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JENNIE WETTER,

Care2Make a Difference


What do Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Bishop William E. Lori, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Senator Roy Blunt, Representative Marco Rubio, Representative Darrell Issa, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, Texas Governor Rick Perry and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker all have in common? Other than all being men, over the last year they have all taken part in the ongoing war on women and women’s reproductive health.


While the war on women has been fought for the last year, we have seen it escalate to an almost unbelievable level in the last two months. It seems like I can’t turn on the TV, read the newspaper, or go online without seeing some new outrage being committed against women somewhere in the country. This has been an assault on many fronts, from state-level to national-level attacks and continuing attacks in the media. These attacks have galvanized women across the country to speak out in defense of their reproductive health and rights. However, the longer I watch this debate the more I wonder, where are the pro-women men in this debate? [MORE]

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Why Native American Women Are Battling for Plan B

Why Native American Women Are Battling for Plan B | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by AKIBA SOLOMON, Colorlines


Two years ago Lisa Iyotte, a rape survivor of Sicangu Lakota and White Clay descent, stood at a White House podium and explained why the Tribal Law and Order Act President Barack Obama was poised to sign was so significant. Between long pauses and persistent tears, she recounted how she was beaten and raped in front of her daughters on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota 16 years prior.


Iyotte isn’t alone. A staggering one in three Native American women will be raped in their lifetime—three and a half times the national average. The law Iyotte testified about was designed to cut through the jurisdictional red tape that too often allowed rapists to go unchecked. It also requires the federal Indian Health Service (IHS)—which runs or oversees most reservation-based clinics, hospitals and mobile units—to create and adopt standard sexual assault policies based on those used by the U.S. Department of Justice.


In a new roundtable report by the Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center (NAWHERC), more than 50 indigenous sexual assault and domestic violence advocates from Albuquerque, Oklahoma, New Mexico and South Dakota say that IHS hasn’t held up its end of the law.  [MORE]

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Don't let Republicans Block the Violence Against Women Act!

Don't let Republicans Block the Violence Against Women Act! | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Since the Violence Against Women Act was passed in 1994, domestic violence has dropped by 58%. But now, the bill is in danger in the Senate, as Republican opposition is blocking it from passage. Send a message to the Republicans in Congress. CREDO PETITION 

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The Jeanene Louden Weekly Radio Show Thursday 2:30 Eastern/11:30 Pacific

The Jeanene Louden Weekly Radio Show Thursday 2:30 Eastern/11:30 Pacific | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

2:30 pm ET, 11:30 am PT
CLICK to listen or call (646) 929-2495

We have been talking about the "war on women" as an assault on the rights and roles of women in American society, and a symptom of today's wide spread quashing of the very soul of American ingenuity and optimism. If we agree that the dignity and freedom of all Americans is on the line, even though this battle is against women specifically, what is our plan? How do we defend the community of women, and support other threatened American communities at the same time?


WE ARE WOMEN has organized a nation wide action on April 28th. Women in Texas and other states have been fighting for Planned Parenthood. We interviewed Bonnie Ward, one of the Virginia 30, about her "storm trooper" arrest and detainment. Across the nation, lines are being drawn. What have you done? What will you do? Let's talk. [MORE]

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Which 15 states have not ratified the ERA?

The 15 states whose legislatures have not ratified the Equal Rights Amendment are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, and Virginia.

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More See “Too Much” Religious Talk by Politicians

More See “Too Much” Religious Talk by Politicians | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life


A new survey finds signs of public uneasiness with the mixing of religion and politics. The number of people who say there has been too much religious talk by political leaders stands at an all-time high since the Pew Research Center began asking the question more than a decade ago. And most Americans continue to say that churches and other houses of worship should keep out of politics.

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Idaho's forced ultrasound bill likely dead - The Spokesman-Review

Idaho's forced ultrasound bill likely dead  - The Spokesman-Review | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
The push to require pre-abortion ultrasounds in Idaho may be dead for the year.
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EMILY's List Congratulates Cheri Bustos

EMILY's List Congratulates Cheri Bustos | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, today congratulates Cheri Bustos on her primary election win in the IL-17 congressional district. [MORE]

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Daily Kos: The GOP War On Women Demands A New Women’s Rights Agenda for America

Daily Kos: The GOP War On Women Demands A New Women’s Rights Agenda for America | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by TANYA DOMI, NCRM via Daily KOS 


“Feminism” with a capital “F” is making a roaring comeback, thanks to the Republican War On Women: misogyny on steroids. It’s time we demand a new women’s rights agenda.


With every challenge, there is opportunity and in this moment, we need to fight like hell. The state-by-state efforts to roll back access to legal abortion and now incredulously, these new obstructions to birth control medication too, reminds of the virulent attacks against the LGBT community who has been forced to fight these vigilantes similarly in a protracted battle to protect gains or fend off anti-homosexual measures on a state-by-state basis for years.


These tactics are not new strategies, but in the moment, there is an energized new coterie of right wing legislators who are initiating these rollbacks from Arizona to Pennsylvania. They must be stopped and turned out of office now and should be replaced with pro-choice women and men, who are across the board the most progressive lawmakers in support of policies and programs that uplift “others” in our society– those who have been left out of the American political compact–like the LGBT community, for example. Now more than ever, we need to elect many more pro-choice women to elective office. It’s as if the Republic hangs in the balance amid this craziness that feels run-amuk and out-of-control. We don’t have another second to waste. [MORE]

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Props for Barbara Mikulski, longest-serving female

Props for Barbara Mikulski, longest-serving female | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by SEUNG MIN KIM, Politico 


One senator after another lined up Wednesday to celebrate Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) – now the longest-serving woman in Congress – and they all had their own memory to share. [MORE]

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Sen. Brown cites mom in domestic violence law push

by STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press


U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is pointing to his mother's history of abusive relationships with men as he pushes for renewal of a domestic violence law that has met with opposition from some fellow Republicans over proposed expansions of its protections. [MORE]

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Arizona Senate President Pulls Anti-Contraceptive Bill

Feminist Wire Daily Newsbriefs


On Monday, Arizona state Senate President Steve Pierce (R) announced that he is removing a bill from the Senate committee agenda that would give employers the right to refuse coverage for contraception under their insurance. Senator Pierce indicated that he removed the bill from the agenda due to public opposition and statements from Governor Jan Brewer (R) that she "certainly would probably agree with the majority of people that would be a little bit uncomfortable for a woman to have to go to her employer and tell him or her their private health issues." [MORE]

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On the anniversary of the Equal Rights Amendment

On the anniversary of the Equal Rights Amendment | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by TAMMY BALDWIN, Emily's List


Forty years ago today, Congress took the first steps to add an Equal Rights Amendment to our Constitution - a step that was the culmination of efforts from countless dedicated activists demanding full social, economic, and political equality for women.


As we know now, though efforts were immense, the ERA has not been ratified. But I've introduced legislation to make a new attempt to pass the Equal Rights Amendment, and I'm proud to announce that Senator Ben Cardin is introducing the companion resolution to my House measure. [MORE]

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The Jeanene Louden Weekly Radio Show Thursdays at 2:30 Eastern /11:30 Pacific

The Jeanene Louden Weekly Radio Show Thursdays at 2:30 Eastern /11:30 Pacific | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

We have been talking about the 'war on women' as an assault on the rights and roles of women in American society, and a symptom of today's wide spread quashing of the very soul of American ingenuity and optimism. If we agree that the dignity and freedom of all Americans is on the line, even though this battle is against women specifically, what is our plan? How do we defend the community of women, and supportl other threatened American communities at the same time?


WE ARE WOMEN has organized a nation wide action on April 28th. Women in Texas and other states have been fighting for Planned Parenthood. We interviewed Bonnie Ward, one of the Virginia 30, about her "storm trooper" arrest and detainment. Across the nation, lines are being drawn. What have you done? What will you do? Let's talk.  [MORE]

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Celebrating Women's Health and the Affordable Care Act

Celebrating Women's Health and the Affordable Care Act | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by CECILE RICHARDS, President, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, 

Huffington Post


As we ride out another month of attacks on women's health care, let's take a moment to mark an important milestone. It was two years ago this week that President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a significant step in fixing the country's broken health system. [MORE]

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The Vatican's infiltration and cooptation of American population organizations

The Vatican's infiltration and cooptation of American population organizations | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by STEPHEN D MUMFORD,

Network for Church Monitoring


Given this November’s US presidential election and the Catholic Church’s immense stake in the outcome, we are publishing a series of excerpts from N4CM Chairman Dr Stephen D. Mumford’s book, “American Democracy and the Vatican”. In the following chapter, Dr Mumford documents the Vatican’s infiltration and cooptation of American population organizations. This chapter is as relevant and revealing today as it was when the book was first published in 1984: A powerful US force fostering domestic and international family planning services has languished as world population has needlessly risen from 3.9 billion in 1972 to 7 billion in 2011.

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What Health-Care Reform Means to Women

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by CINDY PEARSON, Guest Blogger,

Feminist Majority Foundation


For the tenth #HERvotes blog carnival, we’re celebrating the second anniversary of the new health-reform law, the Affordable Care Act, or ACA.


Why are women so excited about the ACA? Well, for a start, the law has already started removing barriers to health care and improving services for millions of women and our families, helping us access the care we need to stay healthy.

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Other Fronts in the War on Women

Other Fronts in the War on Women | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by CEDWYN, Daily Kos


Long before the GOP completely lost it and became utterly obsessed with ladies' naughty bits, there has been a War on Women waged since forever. Now that we're no longer property outright, the salvos, etc. became more subtle and insidious. We may have moved beyond wasp-waist corsets, rib removals and the like, but the inherent objectification of women remains, as does pressure on women to achieve some sort of ideal.


What is that ideal? A bunch of hooey, as we will explore under the squiggeldy-doo.  [MORE]

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Idaho sponsor of abortion ultrasound mandate criticized for comments about rape victims

Idaho sponsor of abortion ultrasound mandate criticized for comments about rape victims | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

JOHN MILLER, Associated Press,

via The Washington Post


A Republican Idaho lawmaker’s suggestion on the Senate floor that a doctor should ask a woman who says she was raped if the pregnancy could have been “caused by normal relations in a marriage” brought a rebuke from another legislator who said it’s insensitive and suggests women may lie to get an abortion.

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Memo to Congress: Get off the soapbox and renew domestic violence law

Memo to Congress: Get off the soapbox and renew domestic violence law | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

EDITORIAL, The Sacramento Bee via The San Jose Mercury News


Opposition is forming in Congress to the renewal of a landmark 1994 law against, of all things, domestic violence. It is inconceivable that lawmakers could erode progress made in this area for the sake of partisan election-year politics - or, for that matter, what constituency they're hoping to attract. Do batterers vote Republican?  


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