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Colorado delays decision on fetal homicide crime amid concerns the bill goes too far

Colorado delays decision on fetal homicide crime amid concerns the bill goes too far | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by KRISTEN WYATT,  

Associated Press

via The Republic


A new crime of "fetal homicide" is on hold in Colorado amid concerns the proposal was vague and could affect abortion rights.


The Democratic-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee tabled the bill Monday, just before it appeared the committee would reject the measure. The bill was approved last month by the Republican House.


Similar bills have been defeated in years past because current Colorado criminal law already enhances penalties for violent crimes when the victims are pregnant.


Some abortion supporters said current law is adequate, and that a "fetal homicide" law would give unborn fetuses the status of being a person. [MORE]

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Coffee Party USA Coffee Connect Newsletter • April 2, 2012

Coffee Party USA Coffee Connect Newsletter • April 2, 2012 | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

"Greed Advocate Turns On Grover Norquist"

by William R. Rice

[GO TO THE NEWSLETTER]

The Coffee Party Newsletter Is Out!

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Study: Corporations Pay Women CFOs 16 Percent Less Than Men

Study: Corporations Pay Women CFOs 16 Percent Less Than Men | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by PAT GAROFALO, Think Progress


At the moment, women in America earn about 77.4 cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts, and as we’ve been noting, the pay gap extends to even the most lucrative of industries. In the financial sector, women earn about 55 to 62 cents for every dollar made by men, while women who head major lobbying firms make about 57 cents to the dollar.


According to a study by the corporate governance firm GMI Ratings, the pay gap is also quite large for women who are the chief financial officers for major companies. In fact, women CFOs make about 16 percent less than their male colleagues, which in the highly-paid corporate world shakes out to about $215,000 per year: [MORE]

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Poll finds gender gap propelling Obama over Romney in key battleground states - The Hill's Ballot Box

Poll finds gender gap propelling Obama over Romney in key battleground states - The Hill's Ballot Box | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

By Jonathan Easley, The Hill


President Obama is trouncing GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney in 12 battleground states thanks to a double-digit advantage with women.


Obama leads Romney 51 to 42 percent in the latest USA Today/Gallup poll of 12 swing states that was released Monday. Romney holds a one-point lead among men in the poll, but trails with women by 18 points.

It’s unlikely that the GOP nominee would be able to win the White House with a gender gap of that magnitude. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) suffered a similar gender split in 2008, losing to Obama by one point among men but by 13 points among women.


The new poll predicts Obama will need to win about half of the electoral votes provided by Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Virginia, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and New Hampshire, if he is to secure a second term.


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The Women's Vote and 2012

The Women's Vote and 2012 | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by DAVID FRUM, The Daily Beast


There is no significant gender gap at all on abortion, for example, according to Pew Research.


No, men and women are divided on economic issues. (Also on issues of war and peace, but that is less pertinent today.) To simplify: American men (and especially white men) respond positively to the language of economic individualism. American women–not so much. [MORE]

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Hope the Supremes Strike Down ObamaCare? Get Ready for PanemCare

Hope the Supremes Strike Down ObamaCare? Get Ready for PanemCare | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by Wendell PotterWENDELL POTTER

(Analyst at MSNBC and the Center for Public Integrity),

via Huffintongpost.com


Since Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia clearly isn't going to take the time to actually read the health care reform law before he decides whether or not it's constitutional, maybe he and a couple of his buddies on the High Court can catch a screening of The Hunger Games, the movie about children battling each other to the death in a futuristic America, renamed Panem. [MORE]

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Homemade Device Explodes At Wisconsin Planned Parenthood Clinic

Homemade Device Explodes At Wisconsin Planned Parenthood Clinic | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by ROBIN MARTY, RH Reality Check


A small bomb exploded at Planned Parenthood's Appleton North Health Center in Wisconsin, according to numerous news reports. The Green Bay Press Gazette reports that a "small, homemade explosive device" was placed on a windowsill of the clinic at around 7:30 p.m. Sunday night, causing damage as well as small fire. [MORE]

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Massachusetts: Brown-Warren Senate Race Statistically Tied

Massachusetts: Brown-Warren Senate Race Statistically Tied | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JOSHUA MILLER, Roll Call


Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and his Democratic opponent, Elizabeth Warren, are in a statistical tie among likely voters, with a huge swath of the electorate still undecided in this marquee Senate battle, according to a new poll.


A Boston Globe survey found that, in a horserace matchup, 37 percent would vote for Brown, 35 percent would vote for Warren and 26 percent were undecided. [MORE]

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The Fast Pace of Change for Women Workers Can’t Distract From the Work Left to Do

The Fast Pace of Change for Women Workers Can’t Distract From the Work Left to Do | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by BRUCE COVERT, The Nation


...Yet for all these steps forward, there are some steps we’ve yet to take—and ones that have taken us backward. Women still make only eighty-one cents for every dollar men earn, which ends up costing them $431,000 in pay over a forty-year career. That’s on top of all of the other expenses they have to shell out money for that men don’t have to worry about. That wage gap also leads some women to drop out of the labor force later in life when they see their husbands making so much more money, and while the youngest generation of women are optimistic about their career prospects, they still feel more slowed down by parenting than men. And we may have made up ground in the office, but we are still faltering on Capitol Hill: women make up half of the country’s population but only 16 percent of Congressional seats.


The latest economic catastrophe hasn’t been kind to women either. The initial crash was called a “mancession” because men had a much higher unemployment rate than women, but now men and women have the same exact unemployment level—and women’s rate is actually higher than at the beginning of the recovery, while men’s has dropped. Meanwhile, during the recovery women have mostly been losing jobs while men have made some gains, and they only got about a third of the 200,000 of the jobs added in January and February.  [MORE]

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GOP Lawmakers Allow Doctors, Pharmacists To Refuse Treatment

GOP Lawmakers Allow Doctors, Pharmacists To Refuse Treatment | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JOHN CELOCK, Huffinton Post


The Republican-controlled Kansas House of Representatives this week passed legislation making it easier for doctors, nurses and pharmacists to deny abortion and sterilization coverage, including refusing to refer patients to a doctor who would treat them.


The bill, which could come up for a vote in the Senate just by one senator demanding it, extends the state's religious conscience law to allow medical professionals to not provide a referral. Services covered by the bill include abortion and sterilization.


"To give carte blanche because of their conscience not to refer to a doctor or pharmacist is unfair and dangerous," state Rep. Annie Kuetcher (D-Topeka) told HuffPost.


The bill also extends the law to any medical facility and would exempt doctors and pharmacists from civil liability if they declined to refer a patient to another provider. Under the terms of the bill, medical providers would not need to disclose publicly if they refuse to perform such services.


"This is a large rural state and in a lot of the towns you have only one doctor or pharmacist," state Rep. Sean Gatewood (D-Topeka) said. "This would require you to drive several counties a way. One doctor can have a massive effect." [MORE]

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Two More Advertisers Exit The Rush Limbaugh Show

Two More Advertisers Exit The Rush Limbaugh Show | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Media Matters for America


As part of the continuing exodus of advertisers from The Rush Limbaugh Show, Reputation.com, a prolific Limbaugh advertiser in multiple markets, announced [today] that it will no longer run ads with Limbaugh:  [MORE]

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Sex Ed Makes for Smarter Sexual Decisions, So Why Aren't Politicians Promoting Such Programs?

Sex Ed Makes for Smarter Sexual Decisions, So Why Aren't Politicians Promoting Such Programs? | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by DR. YVONNE K FULBRIGHT, Huffington Post


It has been reconfirmed -- yet again. Research conducted by the Guttmacher Institute indicates that sexuality education does not encourage teenagers to have sex sooner or to engage in more sexual risk-taking behaviors. As a matter of fact, it delays sex.  [MORE]

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Susan G. Komen's Nancy Brinker apologizes to Congress

Susan G. Komen's Nancy Brinker apologizes to Congress | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

By MACKENZIE WEINGER, Politico.com


Susan G. Komen for the Cure founder Nancy Brinker sent a letter on Friday to members of Congress, apologizing for the organization’s “mistakes” during the recent controversy over Planned Parenthood grants — and asking representatives to support funding for an early breast cancer detection program.  [MORE]

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Speaking Out for Women with Dense Breast Tissue

Speaking Out for Women with Dense Breast Tissue | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by ELIZABETH LIMBACH, Ms. Magazine Blog


The fate of early breast cancer detection in California may hinge on two sentences currently being negotiated at the state’s capital.


The sentences are at the crux of Senate Bill 1538, introduced by Sen. Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) on March 27. The bill would require mammogram providers to add information about patients’ breast tissue density to the result letters that are mailed out. Radiologists currently are required to note a patient’s breast density and include that information on the mammogram result letters sent to the patient’s physician, but not to the patients themselves. Here are the two sentences that patients with dense breasts would be required to receive: [MORE]

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Note to Military: Sexual Assault Includes Rape

Note to Military: Sexual Assault Includes Rape | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by SANDRA PARK, Staff Attorney,

ACLU Women’s Rights Project,

via Huffintonpost.com


While it is estimated that over 19,000 sexual assaults occurred in the military in 2010, a rate far higher than among civilians, the government has failed systematically to investigate complaints, appropriately punish perpetrators, and treat trauma and other health conditions suffered by survivors. The profound personal and social consequences that arise from the government's systemic failures are powerfully profiled in the new film, The Invisible War. Turning a blind eye to these crimes has allowed them to continue, imperiling the lives of victims and degrading their service.


On Friday a federal district court judge cited yet another example of the military's unwillingness to acknowledge sexual violence within its ranks. In response to Freedom of Information Act requests filed by the Service Women's Action Network and the ACLU seeking records from the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs regarding their response to sexual assault, sexual harassment, and domestic violence in the military, the Army Crime Records Center claimed it couldn't provide records about "sexual assault" because its records are organized by specific criminal offenses such as "rape," not under the general heading of "sexual assault." [MORE]

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Bomb damages Planned Parenthood clinic in Wisc. - CBS News

Bomb damages Planned Parenthood clinic in Wisc. - CBS News | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

(AP) GRAND CHUTE, Wis. - Police say a homemade explosive device damaged a Planned Parenthood clinic in eastern Wisconsin.


Authorities say someone placed the small device on an outside window sill about 7:40 p.m. Sunday at the clinic in Grand Chute, near Appleton.


Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin CEO Teri Huyck said in a statement that there was minimal damage to an exam room and that the clinic will reopen Tuesday. No one was in the building at the time.

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Doctor: Ultrasound Laws Turn Ultrasounds Into "Torture Machines"

Doctor: Ultrasound Laws Turn Ultrasounds Into "Torture Machines" | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by ROBIN MARTY, RH Reality Check


One of the justifications that anti-choice activists and politicians give when it comes to proposing or supporting mandatory ultrasound bills is, "It's not a big deal, doctors already provide them before most abortions, anyway."


If it weren't a big deal, and they really believed that doctors almost always do one already, there would be no reason to put a mandatory law in place. But, it's not about the ultrasound, it's about the chance to insert government into the doctor/patient relationship only when it comes to women's reproductive choices, health, and lives. And, as one doctor notes, it's about turning what is usually just a part of the medical procedure into an "implement of torture." [MORE]

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Contraception Coverage Fails In Minnesota Due To "Embarrassed" Republicans

RH Reality Check


As Republicans shut down the vote on the proposal, Franson explained that she was “embarrassed” that contraception was even being talked about by the House. [MORE]

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"Prisons for Profit" on Speaking of America on Coffee Party Radio

"Prisons for Profit" on Speaking of America on Coffee Party Radio | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Over the last few decades the population of US prisons has skyrocketed. At about 8 per 1000, we now have the highest percentage incarcerated than any country in the world. Has crime risen? Are police techniques becoming more successful? Have the courts become tougher in sentencing? Could the growing business of prisons for profit be the cause? On Monday’s program we will discuss the connection of “ALEC” (American Legislative Exchange Council), the Corrections Corporation of America, Geo Group & legislation across the country that is making privatizing the prison system such a booming business. Join in the conversation @ 8pm Pacific/ 11pm Eastern [MORE]


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Gallery: Women in Science

Gallery: Women in Science | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JAMIE FREVELE, 

The Mary Sue

 

Not that we’re going to suddenly stop celebrating great women in history, especially those who have made an impact in STEM fields, but what better way to close out Women’s History Month than with a gallery of women in science? After the jump, one such gallery, courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution, of women who have made great contributions to several fields of science!  [MORE]


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Financers and Sex Trafficking

Financers and Sex Trafficking | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF,

The New York Times


THE biggest forum for sex trafficking of under-age girls in the United States appears to be a Web site called Backpage.com.


This emporium for girls and women — some under age or forced into prostitution — is in turn owned by an opaque private company called Village Voice Media. Until now it has been unclear who the ultimate owners are.


That mystery is solved. The owners turn out to include private equity financiers, including Goldman Sachs with a 16 percent stake.


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Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful

Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

AT WORK, as in life, attractive women get a lot of the breaks. Studies have shown that they are more likely to be promoted than their plain-Jane colleagues. Because people tend to project positive traits onto them, such as sensitivity and poise, they may also be at an advantage in job interviews. The only downside to hotness is having to fend off ghastly male colleagues; or so many people think. But research by two Israelis suggests otherwise.


Attractive women should not include a photo with a job application.

For men, the results were as expected. Hunks were more likely to be called for an interview if they included a photo. Ugly men were better off not including one. However, for women this was reversed. Attractive females were less likely to be offered an interview if they included a mugshot. When applying directly to a company (rather than through an agency) an attractive woman would need to send out 11 CVs on average before getting an interview; an equally qualified plain one just seven. [MORE]

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Women, Money and Power

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by BETH BAKER, Ms. Magazine Blog


A sterling lineup of women mixed passion and good-natured humor at yesterday’s “Women Money Power” forum in Washington, D.C. Organized by the Feminist Majority on the occasion of its 25th anniversary, the forum, which was streamed live, brought together hundreds of women across the age spectrum–from 8th grader Isabella Gelfand, who addressed an enormous banquet hall during the celebratory lunch, to feminists in their 90s. [MORE]

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A clinic’s landlord turns the tables on anti-abortion protesters

A clinic’s landlord turns the tables on anti-abortion protesters | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by PETULA DVORAK,

The Washington Post


Todd Stave, the landlord of a Germantown abortion clinic, has been the target of harassing phone calls and ugly fliers handed out to his neighbors. But he’s come up with a novel way to fight back.  [MORE]

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Anti-choice Fervor in NH House Dwindles in Lieu of Voter Outrage and Activism

Anti-choice Fervor in NH House Dwindles in Lieu of Voter Outrage and Activism | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

NARAL Pro Choice New Hampshire Press Release


Today, the NH House of Representatives cast votes on three anti-choice bills.

Liz Hager, NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire board member and PAC chair, had the following to say about the votes:


Perhaps today’s vote to table a dangerously broad refusal bill shows restraint from anti-choice legislators who are feeling the pressure from their constituents to stop inserting themselves between women and their doctors.  [MORE]

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