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Women in the World Summit: Fearless Women Taking On the World

Women in the World Summit: Fearless Women Taking On the World | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
Stories of the globe’s most fearless females from the third Women in the World summit.

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Use Birth Control, You're Fired?

Posted by JENNIFER DALVEN, Reproductive Freedom Project, ACLU


First, a bill that gives immunity to doctors who lie to couples about the results of their prenatal tests in order to prevent them from getting an abortion. Now, a bill that would give your boss the green light to fire you for using birth control. You think I am kidding? I wish.

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[I wonder if condoms count...seriously this is getting ridiculous!]

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Consider the case of the angry white woman

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Bob Brown/AP - Abortion rights advocate Margaret Doyle is removed from the General Assembly in Richmond after a Senate committee vote. She says male lawmakers in Virginia are “obsessing over our wombs.”


by COURTLAND MILLOY, The Washington Post


When Margaret Doyle’s temper exploded inside the Virginia General Assembly a few weeks ago, a photograph of her being ejected from the state Capitol became a symbol of front-line resistance to legislative assaults on women’s reproductive rights.

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On 'Doonesbury', and what counts as good taste

On 'Doonesbury', and what counts as good taste | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JAMIL SMITH, The Malissa Harris-Parry Blog


[Sunday] This morning, you may or may not have today's edition of the syndicated comic strip "Doonesbury" in your local newspaper. Starting today, cartoonist Garry Trudeau is shining a satirical light on the recent legislation in states like Virginia and Texas targeting women seeking an abortion -- using medically unnecessary procedures designed to shame them into a different reproductive choice. [MORE]

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EXCLUSIVE: 141 Companies Drop Advertising From Rush Limbaugh

EXCLUSIVE: 141 Companies Drop Advertising From Rush Limbaugh | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Excerpt from article by JUDD LEGUM, Think Progress


The advertisers have also requested to be excluded from other right-wing hosts including Michael Savage, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity. According to the memo, the listed companies’ advertisements should be excluded from these programs because they have been “deemed to be offensive.”


The existance of the memo was first reported over the weekend by Radio-info.com, an industry newsletter. Radio-info did not publish the full list of companies. The memo was posted website of the Traffic Directors Guild of America, an association of professionals who distribute paid advertisements to radio stations. The memo was quickly deleted but ThinkProgress obtained a copy from a Google snapshot of the site taken on March 9. [MORE, including screen grab of the memo]


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Hundreds protest in Dallas over state funding cuts to Planned Parenthood

Hundreds protest in Dallas over state funding cuts to Planned Parenthood | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

CHARLES BASSETT, cw33 NEWS


About 200 people rallied in front of the Planned Parenthood offices in Dallas, Texas. demanding that Governor Rick Perry restore four-million dollars in funding to the agency.

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The Awesome Quote Going Around About Women's Rights From Barack Obama

The Awesome Quote Going Around About Women's Rights From Barack Obama | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
Did you know he'd said this back in 2005?
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The rubber hits the road

The rubber hits the road | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it


“DEAN HELLER just took the war against women to the next level,” declared Shelley Berkley on March 1st. Ms Berkley is a Democrat vying to oust Mr Heller, Nevada’s junior senator. Mr Heller had just voted to let employers refuse to pay for contraceptives and other services. Democrats defeated the bill, but the vote had its desired effect. Ms Berkley and other Democrats have a new weapon to fight Republicans. Conservatives can use the vote to bash Democrats with equal gusto.

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Clinton: Women Must Be ‘Fearless’

Clinton: Women Must Be ‘Fearless’ | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said at the third annual Women in the World Summit on Saturday that women must “reject any efforts to marginalize any one of us.” “We must be fearless,” said Clinton, who was the final speaker at the conference. Clinton was introduced by Meryl Streep, who held up her Oscar and said, “This is what you get for playing a world leader, but this is what you get when you are one,” as Clinton walked on stage. Clinton recapped the three-day summit, which included powerful panels led by Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee, former secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and testimony read by actress Angelina Jolie. Streep said that she felt the summit was like being “plugged into an energy source: it’s bigger than oil, coal—it’s girls!”

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Meet The Anti-Choice ALEC

Meet The Anti-Choice ALEC | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JESSICA PIEKLO, care2.com


Republicans insist there is no war on women, yet a new report from the Sunlight Foundation confirms a deliberate, concerted strategy to push ultrasound legislation across the states.


And the anti-abortion Americans United for Life (AUL) proudly confirms it’s behind the assault. [MORE] 


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Feminism’s final frontier? Religion.

Feminism’s final frontier? Religion. | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by LISA MILLER, Washington Post


The battle of the sexes, waged this election season with fulsome fury in the public space, is being fought in a much more painful, private sphere as well. In churches (and synagogues and mosques) across the land, women are still treated as second-class citizens. And because women of faith are increasingly breadwinners, single moms and heads of households, that diminished status is beginning to rankle.


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Where to be female

Where to be female | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by The Economist online


MARKING International Women's Day on March 8th, the Economist Intelligence Unit, The Economist's sister company, has published its second Women's Economic Opportunity [MORE]

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Perry's empty promise on the Women's Health Program

by CHARLES KUFFNER, Off the Kuff


Melaney A. Linton, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Inc. (PPGC) released the following statement regarding Governor Perry’s newfound commitment to the Women’s Health Program (WHP).


“Governor Rick Perry’s record shows that he can’t be trusted when it comes to women’s health. He consistently chooses politics over Texas women.

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Centrist Women Tell of Disenchantment With Republicans

Centrist Women Tell of Disenchantment With Republicans | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by SUSAN SAULNY, New York Times

 

Some moderate Republican and independent women — a key swing group — have felt alienated by the focus in the presidential race on abortion and birth control. [MORE]


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Kansas to Pregnant Women: "A Little Lie from Your Doctor Won't Hurt You"

Kansas to Pregnant Women: "A Little Lie from Your Doctor Won't Hurt You" | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Posted by Jennifer Dalven, Reproductive Freedom Project


It's what every pregnant woman I know dreads. Going into that big ultrasound, having the ultrasound tech, who had been so chatty, suddenly go silent. Having her do sweep after sweep across your belly without saying another word, until finally, she gets up and solemnly says, "I am going to get the doctor."


As far as pregnancy nightmares go, I thought that was one of the worst. But now politicians in Kansas are giving pregnant women and their partners something new to worry about. Buried in a sweeping anti-abortion bill is a provision that would immunize a doctor who discovers that a baby will be born with a devastating condition and deliberately withholds that information from his patient. That's right. If the bill passes, a doctor who opposes abortion could decide to lie about the results of your blood tests, your ultrasound, your cvs or your amnio. Lie to you so that you won't have information that might lead you to decide to end your pregnancy or that might lead you to learn more about your child's condition so that you are prepared to be the best parent you can be to your child.


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When States Abuse Women

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By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF, The New York Times


That [ultrasound] law is part of a war over women’s health being fought around the country — and in much of the country, women are losing. State by state, legislatures are creating new obstacles to abortions and are treating women in ways that are patronizing and humiliating.


“It’s state-sanctioned abuse,” said Dr. Curtis Boyd, a Texas physician who provides abortions. “It borders on a definition of rape. Many states describe rape as putting any object into an orifice against a person’s will. Well, that’s what this is. A woman is coerced to do this, just as I’m coerced.”

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Are you mad as hell yet? Support Texas women's reproductive rights with Lilith Fund

Are you mad as hell yet? Support Texas women's reproductive rights with Lilith Fund | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by SHELLEY SEALE, Culture Map


"The right to choose an abortion [a legal act] is meaningless without access to abortion services," states the Lilith Fund website. "Restrictions on abortion access and funding are discriminatory because they especially burden low-income women. We oppose all efforts to restrict abortion rights and are committed to fighting for access to abortion for all women." [MORE]

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Recent debate over contraception comes as GOP loses ground with women

Recent debate over contraception comes as GOP loses ground with women | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by KAREN TUMULTY, The Washington Post


The fragile gains Republicans had been making among female voters have been erased, a shift that has coincided with what has become a national shouting match over reproductive issues, potentially handing President Obama and the Democrats an enormous advantage this fall.


In the 2010 congressional midterm elections, Republican candidates ran evenly with Democrats among women, a break with long-established trends. That was a major reason the GOP regained control of the U.S. House of Representatives.


Now, female voters appear to be swinging back to Democrats.

A number of polls show that Obama’s approval among women has risen significantly since December, even as it has remained flat among men. The same trend, which began before the controversy in recent weeks, is also showing up further down the ballot.


When a Wall Street Journal-NBC News survey asked in the summer which party should control Congress, 46 percent of women favored Democrats and 42 percent preferred Republican control.


But in a survey released Monday, compiling data since the beginning of the year, that figure had widened considerably to a 15-point advantage for the Democrats, according to polling by the team of Democratic pollster Peter Hart and Republican Bill McInturff. Fifty-one percent favored Democratic control; only 36 percent wanted to see the Republicans in charge. [MORE]

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@SandraFluke catching up to Rush Limbaugh in Twitter followers, now at 32,248

@SandraFluke catching up to Rush Limbaugh in Twitter followers, now at 32,248 | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Character attacks will not silence us.


32,248 and counting - FOLLOW SANDRA ON TWITTER 


by SANDRA FLUKE, for CNN.com


Last month, students from several Catholic universities gathered to send a message to the nation that contraception is basic health care. I was among them, and I was proud to share the stories of my friends at Georgetown Law who have suffered dire medical consequences because our student insurance does not cover contraception for the purpose of preventing pregnancy.


I joined these students in speaking at a media event because I believe that stories of how real women are affected are the most powerful argument for access to affordable, quality reproductive health care services.
I also joined these students because now is a critical time to raise this issue in our public consciousness.


Thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, preventive care services, including contraception, will be covered by private insurance plans without co-pays or deductibles. If appropriately implemented, this important law will finally guarantee women access to contraception, regardless of the religious affiliation of their workplace or school.  [MORE]

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A Holy War: When Women’s Health Care Becomes Collateral Damage

A Holy War: When Women’s Health Care Becomes Collateral Damage | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by ANNA, Motherly Law


There are a few things that make my blood boil; one being the stupidity of narrow-minded buffoons. Many such people also go by the title Senator, Representative, Governor or Presidential Candidate and associate themselves with the Republican Party. In this instance, I am specifically referring to the stupidity of such buffoons who hail from the Great State of Texas; my home state, I'm sorry to say.


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Bad Romance: Women's Suffrage

Bad Romance: Women's Suffrage is a parody music video paying homage to Alice Paul and the generations of brave women who joined together in the fight to pass the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote in 1920.

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Fempire Strikes Back: Bill introduced to regulate men's reproductive health

Fempire Strikes Back: Bill introduced to regulate men's reproductive health | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JACKIE BORCHARDT, Dayton Daily News (Ohio)


COLUMBUS – Before getting a prescription for Viagra or other erectile dysfunction drugs, men would have to see a sex therapist, receive a cardiac stress test and get a notarized affidavit signed by a sexual partner affirming impotency, if state Sen. Nina Turner has her way.


The Cleveland Democrat introduced Senate Bill 307 this week.


A critic of efforts to restrict abortion and contraception for women, Turner says she is concerned about men’s reproductive health. Turner’s bill joins a trend of female lawmakers submitting bills regulating men’s health.  [MORE]

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Subject for Debate: Are Women People?

Subject for Debate: Are Women People? | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

I’ve always assumed that women are fully autonomous human citizens—who vote, even!—but now I’m not so certain.


by JESSICA WINTER, Time Magazine


All my adult life, I’ve been pretty sure I’m a sentient, even semi-competent human being. I have a job and an apartment; I know how to read and vote; I make regular, mostly autonomous decisions about what to eat for lunch and which cat videos I will watch whilst eating my lunch. But in the past couple of months, certain powerful figures in media and politics have cracked open that certitude.


You see, like most women, I was born with the chromosome abnormality known as “XX,” a deviation of the normative “XY” pattern. Symptoms of XX, which affects slightly more than half of the American population, include breasts, ovaries, a uterus, a menstrual cycle, and the potential to bear and nurse children. Now, many would argue even today that the lack of a Y chromosome should not affect my ability to make informed choices about what health care options and lunchtime cat videos are right for me. But others have posited, with increasing volume and intensity, that XX is a disability, even a roadblock on the evolutionary highway. This debate has reached critical mass, and leaves me uncertain of my legal and moral status. Am I a person? An object? A ward of the state? A “prostitute”? (And if I’m the last of these, where do I drop off my W-2?)  [MORE]


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Wisconsin Planned Parenthood’s Rally on March 13 to support women’s health

Wisconsin Planned Parenthood’s Rally on March 13 to support women’s health | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by Planned Parenthood's TANYA ATKINSON, to The Cap Times


Dear Editor: Next week the Legislature will be closing out the most contentious legislative session in our state’s history. Consistent with the start of session, the Republican leadership has neglected the real priorities at hand and has scheduled every anti-women’s health bill available for scheduling on this final day of session.  [MORE]

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Feds stop funding Texas women's health program over abortion dispute

Feds stop funding Texas women's health program over abortion dispute | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

The federal government will withdraw funding for a Texas program providing more than 100,000 poor women with birth control and other health services because Planned Parenthood clinics are not allowed to participate, a U.S.


Stephanie Goodman, spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Health and Human Services, said money to pay for the program would be diverted from others that are under budget - though she didn't offer specifics. If that doesn't cover the costs, she said, the state would increase its deficit to pay for the services because officials believe that if low-income women don't have access to birth control, the birth rate would rise and cost the state another $57 million in maternity bills.


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