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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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EMILY's List Congratulates Tammy Duckworth

EMILY's List Congratulates Tammy Duckworth | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulates Tammy Duckworth today on her victory in the Democratic primary in Illinois’ eighth congressional district. [MORE]

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School House Rock - Sufferin' Till Suffrage (Women's Rights)

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Foes of health-care reform make stuff up

Foes of health-care reform make stuff up | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by PAUL KRUGMAN,

The New York Times via The Seattle Times


The Affordable Care Act — aka Obamacare — isn't easy to love, since it's very much a compromise.. . But for all its imperfections, this reform would do an enormous amount of good. Meanwhile, opponents of reform fail to make an honest case against it. [MORE]

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Susan G. Komen Executives Resign Amid Reports Of Internal Troubles

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by LAURA BASSETT, Huffington Post


Two top executives at Susan G. Komen for the Cure have announced their resignation, amid reports that the breast cancer charity is struggling to raise money and repair its reputation after its decision to defund Planned Parenthood and subsequent reversal.


Katrina McGhee, Komen's executive vice president and chief marketing officer, privately announced several weeks ago that she will be stepping down on May 4, and Dara Richardson-Heron, CEO of Komen's New York City affiliate, announced her resignation on Tuesday. Both cited "personal" reasons and declined to elaborate. [MORE]

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BREAKING: Office Of Texas Senator And Women's Health Advocate Firebombed

BREAKING: Office Of Texas Senator And Women's Health Advocate Firebombed | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JESSICA PIEKLOBY,  Care2.com 


Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis, a strong supporter of Planned Parenthood and advocate for women’s rights, had her Fort Worth office firebombed Tuesday afternoon. Two staffers were in the office when the office was attacked, though reports at this time indicate no one was hurt. The suspect remains unidentified and on the loose.


The incident is the latest in a series of escalating attacks and rhetoric targeting vocally pro-choice legislators and family planning clinics. Previous attacks on clinics in Florida and California underscore the threat women and health care providers face simply trying to access or provide reproductive care. [MORE]

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Ryan Budget Proposal Exposes Hypocrisy

Ryan Budget Proposal Exposes Hypocrisy | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

NARAL Pro-Choice America


In addition to calling for the defunding of the health-reform law that makes preventive care, including contraception, available to women without a copay or additional costs, Rep. Ryan’s budget proposal includes this line: “There is no way for ‘experts’ in Washington to know more about the health-care needs of individual Americans than those individuals and their doctors know.” [MORE]

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Lecture confronts gender pay inequality

Lecture confronts gender pay inequality | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by EMILY HARTMAN, The Brown Daily Harold


Emily Martin, vice president and general counsel at the National Women’s Law Center, painted a grim picture of current gender pay inequalities Monday night to a small, female-dominated audience in Petteruti Lounge.


Regardless of age, race, education level, industry and other demographic factors, women earn less than men, Martin said. One year out of college, women earn about 80 percent as much as their male counterparts, and the gap only widens with time. New female doctors earn nearly $17,000 less than new male doctors, a disparity that has risen over the past decade. Even when controlling for all external factors, there is still a significant wage disparity, Martin said.


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Chuck Winder, Idaho Lawmaker, Suggests Women Use Rape As Excuse For Abortions

Chuck Winder, Idaho Lawmaker, Suggests Women Use Rape As Excuse For Abortions | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by LAURA BASSETT, The Huffington Post


The sponsor of an Idaho mandatory ultrasound bill, state Sen. Chuck Winder, made some highly controversial comments Monday during his closing arguments, suggesting women might falsely use rape as an excuse to obtain an abortion.

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Take Action with NOW

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by the National Organization for Women


Thanks to all of your advocacy efforts, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2011 (VAWA - S.1925) appears to be moving again. There is a good chance that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) may bring VAWA to a floor vote soon. Let's get VAWA a few more co-sponsors to make sure it sails through the Senate! Please call AND email your senators and urge them to co-sponsor, if they are not already on the bill, and to support a "clean" VAWA, with no harmful amendments. Republican senators who have joined as co-sponsors also need positive reinforcement (see list below). Use our formatted message or write one of your own, but please contact your senators ASAP.


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Other Fronts in the War on Women

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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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Domestic violence bill sent to Georgia governor

by KRISTINA TORRESBY, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Victims of domestic violence could be compelled to testify against their abusive spouse under a bill passed Wednesday by the state Senate. [MORE]

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UT Governor Vetoes Abstinence Only Education Bill

UT Governor Vetoes Abstinence Only Education Bill | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by ADMIN, Feminist Majority Blog


Late last week, Republican Governor Gary Herbert (UT) vetoed a bill that would have mandated that public schools teach only abstinence only education, prohibiting the teaching of comprehensive sex education. The bill would have also banned teachers from discussing contraceptives or premarital sex in their classrooms. [MORE]

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When Women’s Eggs Have More Rights Than They Do

When Women’s Eggs Have More Rights Than They Do | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by SORAYA L CHEMALY, The Feminist Wire


What are you, as a woman or a man related to one, willing to trade when you vote for a presidential candidate who signed the Personhood Pledge or supports a personhood-based legislation? Are you really going to vote to trade womens fundamental rights for what are often campaign talking points ?


Personhood USA, the center of the movement, believes that a fertilized egg, from the moment of conception, is a fully human person with an inalienable right to life and that its rights and the state’s interest in protecting those rights, trump a woman’s. Personhood is how we’re dismantling equality by eroding women’s reproductive rights, passing rape sonogram legislation, taxing rape victims seeking abortions, and criminalizing basic health care. And, although personhood bills are being defeated, just their very introduction makes anything short of their passage seem like some kind of “gift” that women should be grateful for as opposed to the absurd assault on rights that they represent.


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Rallying for women's rights

Rallying for women's rights | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Posts from around the world on Aljazeera


From Egypt to the Maldives and Canada to Fiji, many women took to the streets on International Women’s Day to promote gender equality and women’s rights in their respective countries.


In 1975, the United Nations designated March 8 as International Women's Day, a day to celebrate women's achievements and remember their prior struggles.

Here is a look at what social media users shared from protests around the world.


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A Doctor on Transvaginal Ultrasounds

by JOHN SCALZI, Whatever


Fellow physicians, once again we are being used as tools to screw people over. This time, it’s the politicians who want to use us to implement their morally reprehensible legislation. They want to use our ultrasound machines to invade women’s bodies, and they want our hands to be at the controls. Coerced and invaded women, you have a problem with that? Blame us evil doctors. We are such deliciously silent scapegoats. [MORE]

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Which State is The Worst Right Now For Women's Health?

Which State is The Worst Right Now For Women's Health? | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by CAPERTON, Sourced from Feministe, via AlterNet


Which State is The Worst Right Now For Women's Health?


Several commenters have noted that calling Arizona the “worst state in the union” is kind of unfair, since a state is more than simply the sum of its legislation. As a resident of Alabama, I have to sympathize. States like Arizona (and Alabama) are, in fact, full of progressive-minded people who lack the resources to leave or just choose to stay and try to make things better. Those people deserve our support, as do the good people of....


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YWCA USA Blog

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by GLORIA LAU, Chief Executive Officer, YWCA USA

"The Affordable Care Act Turns 2 – No Baby Step for Women"


Arizona may be going backwards in its care of women's health but ACA [Affordable Care Act] has created quality benefits for women, their children and their parents.


Women must stand together to support and protect the ACA because it improves our lives and the lives of those we love. And, with all the rhetoric flying around about a woman’s right to contraceptive healthcare during this campaign year, and with the U.S. Supreme Court due to review certain provisions of the ACA next week, let’s not forget the facts about this law – this landmark healthcare legislation has already created real, quality benefits for women and for American families. We’ve all worked too hard to turn back the clock. [MORE]

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Purpose Driven Lies and Gender Equality

Blog by TINA DUPUY, Taking Eternal Vigilance Too Far


This idea of lying to women has been in the quiver of the our-choice-for-you movement since before Roe v. Wade when abortion was legal only at the state level. In 1967, the first of what are now known as crisis pregnancy centers or fake abortion clinics was opened by a man named Robert Pearson in Hawaii. The blueprint for these ruses is still The Pearson Foundation’s manual, “How to Start and Operate Your Own Pro-Life Outreach Crisis Pregnancy Center,” published in 1984. Pearson writes, “Obviously, we’re fighting Satan. A killer, who in this case is the girl who wants to kill her baby, has no right to information that will help her kill her baby.” [MORE]

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Women set Rick Perry's Facebook page on fire

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SHE THE PEOPLE | By Lori Stahl, Washington Post


The governor [of Texas]’s been dishing it out on voter ID and abortion while surrounded by mostly like-minded folk in the red state Texas. Until this week, that is. Now Perry’s Facebook page is drawing thousands of comments pointedly taking him to task for cutting off federal funds for women’s health programs because some clinics are operated by Planned Parenthood.


Many of the comments are from women facetiously seeking advice on their menstrual periods, since he’s styled himself as an expert on women’s health.


“I would like your opinion since I can’t make medical decisions myself being a woman and all,’’ one woman wrote on Perry’s Facebook wall.


“Since you know so much about my healthcare, I was wondering if you could tell me how to handle my period since it is very heavy 4 days out of every month. What is the best product so I can have a productive day during these times or do you think I should just stay at home and call in sick or better yet quite my job since I can’t make my own decisions maybe I shouldn’t be working. What is your medical position on this issue?’’


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