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STOKING FIRE: Extremist Anti-Choice Groups Plan Five-State Assault | RH Reality Check

The fanatical fundamentalists are at it again. Not to be outdone by Catholic bishops clamoring for ever-increasing fetal protections, Flip Benham’s Operation Save America has teamed up with Go Stand Speak, LifeLink, Jeremiah Cry Ministries, Personhood USA, and Repent America to make five states—Arkansas, Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming—abortion “refuges.”

 

\The five were chosen because each has just one reproductive health clinic. What’s more, the campaign to make these states abortion-free will link grassroots activism—raucous picketing, complete with billboard-sized pictures of bloody body parts--with a media crusade geared to maligning those who support freedom of choice.

 

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Idaho Forced Ultrasound Bill Dead for 2012 -- Thanks To You!

Idaho Forced Ultrasound Bill Dead for 2012 -- Thanks To You! | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

by ROBIN MARTY, RH Reality Check


It's officially over. The Idaho House has announced that it will not be holding a hearing on the forced ultrasound bill before the session ends this week, meaning that the bill is officially dead for 2012.

 

[This article has been updated to add a response from Hannah Brass, Legislative Director of Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest.]

 

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I Have a Say: Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America

I Have a Say Collection: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1216892EE5FC2011&feature=mh_lolz - Hear Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood, tel...
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Top Ten Historic Advances for Women Now at Risk

Top Ten Historic Advances for Women Now at Risk | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

HERvotes, Feminist Majority Foundation

 

The Feminist Majority Foundation works for social and political and economic equality for women by using research and education to improve women's lives. [MORE]


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» Getting a Man’s Permission for Women’s Healthcare : Ideas for Women Change and Courage Blog

» Getting a Man’s Permission for Women’s Healthcare : Ideas for Women Change and Courage Blog | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
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India: When home is no refuge for women

India: When home is no refuge for women | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
As more Indian women share their experiences, it is clear how widespread domestic violence is, cutting across community, caste and economic lines. But India has begun to acknowledge the problem.

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It's a Girl! Documentary Film - Official Trailer

In India, China and many other parts of the world today, girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls. The United Nations estimates as many as 200 million girls are missing in the world today because of this so-called "gendercide".


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Feminism F.A.Q.s: What is Feminism?

What is feminism? What does it really mean? Turns out it's not some big, scary thing. In Feminism F.A.Q.s Jarrah Hodge of Gender Focus tackles questions and myths about feminism.


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Why We Vilify Single Moms

Why We Vilify Single Moms | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

by DEANNA, Kitch-slapped

 

When I was in college I was a single parent. Finding myself struggling personally with the demands of continuing education and single parenting (a special needs child too yet) was challenging enough; but this was at the time that Tommy Thompson was governor & he made bashing single moms & welfare a public sport. (Yeah, some of us fought back; like the Welfare Warriors.)

 

It was incomprehensible how those of us left with children were not only held accountable while biological dads walked away Scott-free, but were to blame for all of society’s ills. Even those who raised children alone by design & without public assistance were vilified, a la Murphy Brown. It wasn’t just moral outrage (though that did & does exist); it wasn’t an ignorance — these were educated people saddling us with unrealistic responsibilities and ludicrous outcomes. We were being scapegoated with such an intensity that it must be hiding a deep fear of some sort… Was it simply another way to display the classic fear & hatred of “female,” or was there more?

 

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This is "me" -- Kitsch Slapped is my blog and I wrote this. :) So cool you found it & didn't just rescoop me ;)
Jean Haverhill's comment, March 30, 2012 8:55 AM
On my school bus in Masschusetts (1945) there were several children whose mother had been put in prison.... why? Because she had her first child out of wedlock.... They called it "girl's industrial school" and girls often went there for sexual behaviors whereas boys went to a different "reform school" (one boy in my class went there for stealing from the railroad tracks) Stop the War Against Women;
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House Committee Passes "Arrest Grandma" Act

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by THOMAS, Blog for Choice

 

While eyes were turned on the Supreme Court today, another front in the War on Women was being waged across the street.

 

The anti-choice leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives moved one step closer to passing yet another anti-choice attack.

 

The House Judiciary Committee today voted on the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA), a.k.a. the "Arrest Grandma" Act.

 

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Standing Up for Women's Health on the Supreme Court Steps

By THOMAS, Blog for Choice

 

Photos & highlights from the rally at #SupremeCourt this morning. Thanks to everyone who came!

 

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Obama administration allows health coverage for same-sex spouse

Obama administration allows health coverage for same-sex spouse | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

by Joe Davidson, WASHINGTON POST 

 

The Obama administration has directed a health insurance company to cover the same-sex spouse of a federal employee. Gay rights advocates say they believe this is the first time such coverage has been allowed.

 

A March 9 letter to Blue Cross Blue Shield, from Shirley Patterson, assistant director of federal employee insurance operations for the Office of Personnel Management, said that “OPM hereby withdraws any outstanding directive regarding the enrollment of Ms. Golinski’s wife, Amy C. Cunninghis, in her family health benefits plan.”

 

OPM previously said the wife of Karen Golinski, a federal court employee in California, could not be covered. [MORE]


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Erica Jong Defends Feminist Revolution

Erica Jong Defends Feminist Revolution | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
Why has feminism become a dirty word? Erica Jong says the next generation of women just don’t get it.

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Van Rij Sandra's comment, March 27, 2012 2:37 PM
If a surpressed woman demands to have her own identity, opinion, sexual orientation and freedom, she has my support. Only under one condition: I am not going to defend those humanrights under a fake name, but under the name, my parents gave me at birth. Because I stand for what I believe in. Sisters of feminism, you go! We are the 50% of Planet Earth!!
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Symposium: WOMEN, SOCIAL JUSTICE, DOCUMENTARY

Women, Social Justice, and Documentary, Smith College Campus, 3/31 - 4/1.

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Woman Protests "Lay Back and Enjoy Your Beating" Comment by Wisconsin Lawmaker; Staffer Calls Her Dumb | RH Reality Check

Woman Protests "Lay Back and Enjoy Your Beating" Comment by Wisconsin Lawmaker; Staffer Calls Her Dumb | RH Reality Check | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
Recent comments by Wisconsin Rep. Don Pridemore, combined with his attacks on single mothers, gave us pause as to whether Representative Pridemore really understood that women are individual human beings with basic human rights, or if he takes that whole Adam's rib thing literally
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NARAL Pro-Choice America Marks Two-Year Anniversary of Law Representing Biggest Advances for Women’s Health in a Generation

NARAL Pro-Choice America Marks Two-Year Anniversary of Law Representing Biggest Advances for Women’s Health in a Generation | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

NARAL Pro Choice America

 

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, called the two-year anniversary of President Obama signing the historic Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law an opportunity to remind Americans what women would lose if efforts to overturn the law succeed.

 

On March 26, the Supreme Court will begin to hear arguments from opponents who want to overturn the law. NARAL Pro-Choice America will mobilize its supporters on Tuesday, March 27, the day on which health-care advocates will focus on how the law helps women get affordable care.

 

Keenan adds, “Since these anti-choice politicians have decided to take their War on Women to the Supreme Court, we’ll meet them at the steps.”

 

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This Election Is A 'Turning Point'

This Election Is A 'Turning Point' | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

by ANDREA STONEA, huffingtonpost.com

 

President Barack Obama's re-election campaign has released a new video featuring Gloria Steinem, in which the feminist icon argues that this election is a "turning point" and that women should grant Obama a second term if they want to see their rights protected.

 

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House Republicans Continue to Silence Women: Female Reps Prevented from Offering Amendment to Medical Malpractice Bill

House Republicans Continue to Silence Women: Female Reps Prevented from Offering Amendment to Medical Malpractice Bill | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

by MARA GANDAL-POWERS, National Women's Law Center via RH Reality Check

 

The House of Representatives is currently considering a bill, H.R. 5, which would reform medical malpractice laws. Several Congresswomen drafted an amendment to this bill which would have limited the bill’s malpractice protections if the malpractice claim is based on a violation of the health care reform law related to the women’s preventive health services. The Congresswomen went through the usual steps that an amendment must go through before it can be proposed.... And then the Rules Committee attempted to silence these women, just as Rep. Issa tried to silence Sandra Fluke.

 

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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 | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

by LAURA BASSETT, 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." [MORE]


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Wear All White for Women's Rights

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Based on the Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee’s nonviolent protest for women’s rights in Liberia , I started this protest as a single woman in New York, a woman who is horrified at watching my rights being stripped away in this country that I love so much. I can no longer sit back and do nothing. I am beginning this grass roots movement to stand up for my rights, your rights, human rights. Will you stand with me?

 

Lawmakers today seem to have forgotten who those laws are being made for; seem to have forgotten how many of us there are who vote to keep them in office, or to take them out. How about a friendly reminder?

 

I stand by and for women’s rights.

 

By wearing all white, or a white shirt with pink "I support women's rights" on this day, April 2, 2012, I am reminding those who write and pass bills:

that women deserve honesty from their doctors - 100% of the time that a fetus’s life is not more important that the mother's that state sanctioned rape is still rape and not ok that it is not ok to charge a mother with attempted murder for a miscarriage that it is not ok to force women to carry a stillborn baby to term that it is not ok to take away the funding of women to receive medical treatment to make a political point that it is not ok to fire a woman because she is taking a medicine you disagree with

For these and many other things currently being debated about in legislature, I stand by and for women’s rights.

 

Leymah Gbowee said “It’s time for women to stop being politely angry.”

 

Here is a way to start:

Commit to wearing all white on Monday April 2. Send this invite to people you know. Find a way to gather with others who are weraing white, the more people in one place, the greater the impact. Call your senators and congressmen and let them know you do not approve of what’s happening right now. Stay informed. Talk about it. Shout about it. Do not stop until they have listened. Start visual protests of your own. Vote. Vote. Vote. Do research on what candidates actually believe and look at their voting history. Stay informed. Vote. Be the change.

 

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Cleveland: Marriage equality rally draws in thousands

Cleveland: Marriage equality rally draws in thousands | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

by PAMELA OSBORNE, WKYC Ch. 3

 

Thousands ofGgreater Clevelanders came together this afternoon to protest the state of Ohio's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Rally-goers said it's about time things become equal when it comes to the opportunity for marriage.

 

There were more than 200 same sex couples at that rally today, who were ready to enter into the next level of commitment. But the law, as it is, prevents them from doing that. Those who attended the rally say it's a matter of civil rights.

 

Activists took their message to the streets of downtown Cleveland, for a peaceful protest. They used the steps of City Hall to educate passersby's and advocate for marriage equality. Same-sex couples weren't the only participants in Saturday's rally. [MORE including video]


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Hollaback! You have the power to end street harassment

Hollaback! You have the power to end street harassment | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
Hollaback! is an international movement to end street harassment. We believe that everyone has the right to feel safe and confident when they walk down the street.
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Slut! Should we reclaim the word or banish It?

Slut! Should we reclaim the word or banish It? | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

The Limbaugh controversy is a perfect example of the complexities of reappropriating, or renouncing, the slur. AlterNet


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Health Insurance "Gender Rating" Charges Women $1 Billion Annually For Being Women - Autostraddle

Health Insurance "Gender Rating" Charges Women $1 Billion Annually For Being Women - Autostraddle | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

Health Insurance "Gender Rating" Charges Women $1 Billion Annually For Being WomenAutostraddleThe disparity in cost exists thanks to a system called "gender rating." You're probably familiar with it because it's the same practice used by car...


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