Finally. A Houston grand jury investigating undercover footage of Planned Parenthood found no wrongdoing Monday by the abortion provider, and instead indicted anti-abortion activists involved in making the videos that targeted the handling of fetal tissue in clinics and provoked outrage among Republican leaders nationwide. This is what happens when your platform is based […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The American Anti-Choice Movie Bullshiters Indicted – About Frackn’ Time
In 2011, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding, a move deemed necessary to ensure no taxpayer dollars were used on abortion despite existing federal legislation which prohibits funds granted under Title X from paying for such services. This vote, a “culmination of a multi-year effort that involved parallel . . . → Read More: A. Picazo: The Assault On Planned Parenthood: A Long Campaign Against Reproductive Rights
Transcript here (h/t).
Filed under: Feminism, feminisms, health care, pro-choice, reproductive freedom Tagged: abortion, contraception, Feminism, Jessica Valenti, Planned Parenthood, reproductive justice
. . . → Read More: bastard.logic: Jessica Valenti on Why Feminists Are So ‘Angry’: “It’s not that I’m angry, it’s that I’m exhausted.”
Why I’m not freaking out about the idea of a Mitt Romney presidency
I’m not complacent: bad things would happen. But I also have faith that, despite partisan politics, America arcs toward progress –
a blog from Ana-Marie Cox posted in the Guardian online Nov. 5, 2012
Well, glad your denial carries you forward…but . . . → Read More: Left Over: Why I AM Freaking Out at the Possibility of Romney…
If it happens down south, you know who is next in line. Support this video, reblog it, post it everywhere. The rights of women are threatened, take action and don’t let the bad guys (aka republicans) win.
Filed under: Education, Feminism, Medicine, Politics Tagged: Abortion, Feminism, Planned Parenthood, Reproductive Freedom, Reproductive Rights, The War . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The War on Women in the United States
Ol’ Brian is livid, I tell you, boys ‘n’ girls, just livid! He must be still smarting from Justin Trudeau showing Senator Brazeau who’s boss in the boxing ring last week-end. Nah! He’s always been that wingnutty. Brian’s latest beef at the silly Lilley pad? A large Planned Parenthood complex being built next . . . . . → Read More: Brian Lilley Apparently Has Problems With Women Having Access To Health Care
Mother Jones’ illustrator Zina Saunders takes on the GOP’s oppressive and backwards stance on women in her illustrated political cartoon this week, in which you are invited to step right up and watch the greatest circus on earth – the 2012 Republican presidential campaign. Watch it over at Mother Jones’.
. . . → Read More: Art Threat: Step Right Up to See the GOP’s Amazing War on Women
Last week several newspapers censored the first of a series of Doonesbury comics addressing the current climate and discussion about women’s reproductive rights (specifically, in this case, abortion). The Center for Reproductive Rights has compiled a list of more than 60 newspapers who chose not to publish the strip, as well as a . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Doonesbury “Shaming Room” too much for sensitive newspapers
Sometimes I feel bad about how hard it is to change the world. It seems that change for the worse happens so much more quickly and easily than change for the better. It feels like we’re fighting a losing battle, because all the power and money is concentrated on the wrong side. Sometimes I . . . → Read More: knitnut.net: I love public outrage
Psst. Know anybody who knows anything about PR, handling the public and not creating shit storms?
Komen is looking for a new “Director of Public Policy”, likely to replace the “Senior Vice President of Public Policy”, the lovely Karen Handel, whose talent for mishandling PR and creating shit storms is legendary.
Anyway, if you know . . . → Read More: Susan G. Komen has a job opening. Karen Handel booted?
You have to be a really far-gone wingnut to fall for The Onion jokery. But if the subject is abortion, as the recent Komen-Planned Parenthood kerfuffle has shown us, there is no limit to the idiocy on the right. Check out this congressman from Louisiana, a certain John Fleming, who actually posted the following on . . . → Read More: Louisiana Republican falls for The Onion’s "Planned Parenthood opens $8 Billion Abortionplex" story
Ross Douthat is the New York Times angry young evangelical blogger, brought in to balance the Washington Post’s progressive blogging voices, Greg Sargent and Ezra Klein. Running out of cogent arguments against the grass roots uprising the Susan G. Komen foundation’s slip into politics and selective misogyny, the right wing has grown truly desperate. And . . . → Read More: Ross Douthat brings out the last refuge of a scoundrel defense. Blames media for Komen scandal.
Who’s goose stepping now, WSJ and National Review?
One of the most amusing repercussions of the Komen implosion and the causal reaction of hundreds of thousands of individual voices, including bloggers and some of the media, to Komen’s actions towards Planned Parenthood is the whining and accusations of ‘gangsterism’, ‘goose stepping’ and ‘big sisterism’ from . . . → Read More: The WATB reaction from the right over the grass roots push back over Komen’s political coming out
Sitting back after the dust has settled on Susan G. Komen’s awkward about-face (which is actually no about-face at all but a bit of temporary cover), one thing has become clear. Komen has given back the voice of the pro-choice movement, too long drowned out by the money and loud talking heads . . . . . → Read More: Fallout from the Komen disaster. New-found power for pro-choice voices.
Fetus fetishists whining and crying victim because they didn’t get their way with Komen/Planned Parenthood? Now whoever coulda seen that coming!? K-Lo breaks out the violins on Twitter: But not before the deranged SUZANNE had added her dulcet tones to the rising tide of whine: Oh well, I suppose it changes things up from regular . . . → Read More: Last but not Least, the Predictable Whinefest
Wow. This kind of switch rarely happens. Note that such about faces are rarely for altruistic purposes. They usually reveal an untenable position that can no longer be held (aka too many lies to cover up). Brinker was caught in a lie. Only time will tell if Komen can ever recover its credibility.
Ezra Klein . . . → Read More: Komen Caves! Switches decision on Planned Parenthood. Ezra Klein: not so fast.
You can usually tell a guilty person by the way that person shifts the excuses for a crime. The more the excuses change and evolve, the guiltier the person appears.
The Susan G. Komen foundation is in big trouble. Not so much money-wise – it’s raking in the cash from the far right and anti-choice . . . → Read More: The ever shifting winds at the Susan G. Komen foundation
It’s OK. It’s pink!
I felt a little bad feeling so much animosity towards a person, but Nancy Brinker’s reaction to her disengagement from Planned Parenthood has quickly become the stuff of history. Not the good kind mind you, but the wrong-side kind. Now I find her organization is soft on guns, hard on poor . . . → Read More: Susan G. Walther-Komen soft on guns. Hard on women.
Of all the posts, tweets and articles on the Komen Cave, Winstead brings the fire and the facts together in the best summation of the whole bamboozle by Brinker and co. Lizz needs to go on Fox News or CNN and debate Nancy Brinker or VP Karen Handel.
So far, Komen is pulling a Palin, . . . → Read More: Lizz Winstead knocks it out of the park re: Komen and Planned Parenthood
From Dammit Janet!
While the the big news, and the ultimately sad news, is that the Susan G. Komen foundation has allowed far-right evangelical ideology to interfere with its formerly well-respected humanitarian work, the news that Planned Parenthood has replaced the $650K it lost from Komen so quickly is good news, indeed.
. . . . → Read More: Planned Parenthood gains back the $ it lost to ideology-driven Susan G. Komen turnabout
From Dammit Janet!
While the the big news, and the ultimately sad news, is that the Susan G. Komen foundation has allowed far-right evangelical ideology to interfere with its formerly well-respectable and humanitarian work, the news that Planned Parenthood has replaced the $650K it lost from Komen so quickly is good news, indeed.
You can . . . → Read More: Planned Parenthood gains back the $ it lost to ideology-driven Susan G. Komen turnabout
Well so much for Mother Harper, the friend of women and children. He will fund Planned Parenthood. But only in countries where abortion is illegal.International Co-operation Minister Bev Oda has decided to approve a proposal by the International … . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s War on Women (Continued)
I Burned my Bra For This? REAL Women of Canada and the Men Behind ThemThe inspiration for the Moral Majority/Religious Right, in the United States, was the central government’s passing of anti-segregation laws. However, the art of political activism by… . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: The New anti-Abortionists: Young Political Activists or Youthful Vigilantes?