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A New Model in the Fight for Abortion Rights

A New Model in the Fight for Abortion Rights

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We need to make so much noise that reproductive rights become an issue for corporate America. When Wal-Mart, Angie’s List and a number of other companies raised objections to Indiana’s religious freedom law, Gov. Mike Pence and state legislators quickly amended the law to clarify that it does not condone discrimination against gay men and lesbians. A similar sequence of events occurred in Arkansas.

Public pressure and the threat of government action to raise the minimum wage no doubt prompted McDonald’s and Target in recent weeks to increase the pay of their lowest-paid workers. Yes, it’s not much, but it’s a start.

The GOP’s about-face on the religious freedom laws underscores what I have long believed: that many establishment Republicans care more about protecting their economic interests and public image than about same-sex marriage, abortion or other social issues. Once major corporations realized that they might be subject to boycotts in states that legalized discrimination against LGBT people, both conservative businesspeople and Republican legislators called for change. Public support for adding a few coins to the pittance that low-wage workers earn, along with fear that lawmakers or voters might force bigger wage hikes, clearly prompted some companies to bump up hourly pay.

Would the same happen if we made a bigger ruckus about access to reliable contraception and safe abortion? I don’t know, but we’ve largely let business off the hook on reproductive health in recent years. Meanwhile, last year the U.S. Supreme Court granted privately held companies like Hobby Lobby and Eden Foods the right as corporate “persons” to impose the religious beliefs of their owners on their employees. As a result, they now ban insurance coverage for IUDs and other safe and effective forms of contraception despite mandates in the Affordable Care Act. I suspect that many more CEOs are largely uninterested in the private health care decisions of their employees; they have largely remained silent while access to reproductive health care has constricted nationwide because there is no political or economic downside for doing so, even as their employees pay a steep economic, personal and financial toll for the GOP’s anti-choice agenda.

Read more: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/a_new_model_in_the_fight_for_abortion_rights_20150430

Atlanta officers shoot black woman in patrol car in gunfight: police

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - Atlanta police shot and killed a handcuffed black woman on Thursday after she fired on two officers from inside a patrol car, the city's police department said.

The woman had been arrested and was in the back of the vehicle in downtown Atlanta around 5 p.m. local time, Atlanta Police Sergeant Gregory Lyon said in an email.

She then fired on the officers, who were also black, sitting in the front of the car, Lyon said. The officers returned fire. The woman was taken to a local hospital where she later died, he said.

The shooting comes as protests reignite in cities around the United States over police use of lethal force against minorities, especially of unarmed black men.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/05/01/us-usa-georgia-police-idUSKBN0NM32V20150501?feedType=RSS&feedName=domesticNews



Oh come on! Handcuffed? Where'd she get the gun?

They're not even trying to lie plausibly anymore.

PEER REVIEWER SAYS FEMALE RESEARCHERS SHOULD GET A MALE CO-AUTHOR TO “CHECK” STUDY

PEER REVIEWER SAYS FEMALE RESEARCHERS SHOULD GET A MALE CO-AUTHOR TO “CHECK” STUDY

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To recap: A reviewer who thinks it’s not surprising that the study found male students authored more papers than female students on the basis that men, on average, can run faster thinks that it’s the paper’s authors would might be unduly influenced by “ideologically biased assumptions.” The reviewer also suggested that perhaps the male students tended to get published in better journals than their female counterparts “simply because men, perhaps, on average work more hours per week than women, due to marginally better health or stamina.”

I mean, when you’re reaching to supposed physical differences between men and women to explain away gender disparities in academia, you might want to question how your ideological bias against seeing sexism at all costs might be blinding you to the empirical evidence.

Read more: http://feministing.com/2015/04/30/peer-reviewer-says-female-researchers-should-get-a-male-co-author-to-check-study/

Preliminary Baltimore police report: no evidence Gray fatally injured during arrest: ABC

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - A preliminary probe has found no evidence that 25-year-old Freddie Gray was fatally injured during his videotaped arrest in Baltimore, a local ABC affiliate reported on Thursday, citing sources briefed on the police report and on findings made by the medical examiner.

The medical examiner found Gray's catastrophic injury was caused when he was slammed into back of the police transport van and apparently broke his neck. Law enforcement sources also said Gray sustained a head injury that matches bolt in the back of police van, the affiliate reported.

Gray's death a week after his arrest sparked violent protests over police treatment of minorities. The police report was not released to the public, but handed over on Thursday to the city's chief prosecutor. The U.S. Department of Justice has also launched an investigation into Gray's death.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/30/us-usa-police-baltimore-idUSKBN0NL1GO20150430



You knew this information would get out anyway.

Clinic Escort Stories: “I Help Men as a Clinic Escort, Too.”

Clinic Escort Stories: “I Help Men as a Clinic Escort, Too.”

This post is part of A is For’s new Clinic Escort Story Series, in which real volunteer clinic escorts share their experiences and insights from the frontlines of abortion access. This series is dedicated to capturing the reality of what patients go through to access safe abortion care all across the United States.

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Men do not often figure in the stories we tell about abortion, except as that jerk who knocked you up and then took off as soon as you told him you were late. So many people, myself included, have weighed the pros and cons of an abortion and then gone through with the procedure without the assistance or consent of the man who got them pregnant. From the stories feminists tell about abortion, one could be forgiven for thinking that abortion, like birth, often operates within a “woman’s sacred space.” But more often than our narratives around abortion would suggest, a person seeking an abortion asks a man to come with them, and invites him to share in the space of vulnerability and strength that abortion engenders.

Despite the dearth of men in our narratives about abortion, from where I stand on the sidewalk, it seems that there are a lot of men involved in abortion. Some are clearly involved because that morning, their partner woke them up with, “You got me into this mess; you sure as hell are getting me out of it.” But many men are involved because they care about their partner, spouse, or child and are trying to be supportive as best they can, whether or not they agree with the choice to have an abortion.

So much of my work on the sidewalk is helping these men hold it together so they can be strong for the person having the abortion. Sometimes a “You doing ok?” is enough to shake a man out of listening to the hate the protestors spew at him. Other times, he is clearly rattled when he gets back inside, so I make a mental note of when his meter will next expire and position myself by the clinic door when he is due out so that I can be a physical and emotional barrier between him and the protestors.

When I escort men to feed the meter outside the clinic, I am always struck by how vulnerable abortion renders them. But when I watch them escort their children, spouses, or partners back to the car after the abortion is done, I am always struck by how strong they become when caring for their loved ones. More than anything, I want them to know that the true measure of their manhood is their decision to stand with this person in their time of need, not whatever nonsense the protesters might tell them.

Read more: http://www.aisfor.org/clinic-escort-stories-i-help-men-as-a-clinic-escort-too/#sthash.RqZid6R0.dpbs

Cecile Richards: We Need to Talk—Really Talk—About Abortion

Cecile Richards: We Need to Talk—Really Talk—About Abortion

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In the current political environment and with so much shaming in popular culture, women get the message early and often that, while they may have the legal right to get an abortion, there’s still something wrong with that choice. We are seriously overdue to have a public dialogue about abortion, a need reflected by the fact that nearly one-third of American women will have one in their lifetime. However, women should share their own stories only if they choose to, and no woman should ever have to justify her personal medical decisions — about abortion or anything else.

Silence about abortion means that the void is filled with myths, stereotypes, and stigma.

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It’s time we talk openly about the caring and compassionate doctors and clinicians who provide abortion services. We also need to educate the public about how safe the procedure is, and about the consequences for women in need when more burdensome and unnecessary restrictions are passed by politicians. From 72-hour waiting periods to mandatory ultrasounds, there is real harm to women when legislators begin to take the place of doctors.

Read more: http://time.com/3838489/cecile-richards-celebrities-talk-about-abortion/

Another right wing moral cripple

Kansas Official Seeks Legal Defense Funds for Anti-Choice Law Amid Budget Crisis

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has embarked on a public relations tour promoting his signing of one of the nation’s most extreme anti-choice laws, while the state’s attorney general is asking lawmakers for funds to defend the law amid a budget crisis.

The arch-conservative governor this month signed SB 95 into law, which will make Kansas the first state in the nation to criminalize a medical procedure used after a miscarriage and during second-trimester abortions.

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While the governor tours the state, attorney general Derek Schmidt told lawmakers there that defending the radical law against the almost certain legal challenges to come could cost the state as much as $450,000, according to the Associated Press.

The attorney general’s office is requesting up to $50,000 by the end of June, as the atni-choice law will go into effect July 1. Schmidt said another $100,000 to $200,000 for the rest of the fiscal year, and up to $200,000 more for the following fiscal year, could be required to defend the medically unnecessary law.

Kansas has already spent more than $1 million defending anti-choice laws against legal challenges, and has yet to lose in court.

The request for legal defense funds comes at a time when Kansas faces a major budget crisis: a $400 million budget shortfall that is only likely to increase, according to updated revenue projections, reports the Kansas City Star.

The budget crisis has followed the far-right economic agenda that Brownback has pursued since taking office, slashing taxes for the state’s wealthiest while gashing public programs.

The governor, who faced a GOP uprising before he was re-elected in November, has hedged on previously scheduled tax cuts. Brownback has expressed openness to raising taxes on alcohol and tobacco to address the shortfall. The proposal would cut the projected shortfall by less than half.

The Republican-dominated Kansas legislature appears steadfastly opposed to increasing revenue through any new taxes.

Read more: http://rhrealitycheck.org/article/2015/04/28/kansas-official-seeks-legal-defense-funds-anti-choice-law-amid-budget-crisis/

"Look, girls: this is how I take away your rights"

In Bizarre Stunt, Governor Pretends To Sign Extreme Abortion Ban For Group Of Teenagers

Three weeks ago, Kansas became the first state in the country to ban a specific type of second-trimester abortion procedure, after Gov. Sam Brownback (R) signed a so-called “dismemberment” ban in a closed-door ceremony. But Brownback isn’t stopping there.

According to a photo tweeted out by Brownback’s office, the governor was flanked by large photos of fetuses as he approved Senate Bill 95 at the beginning of April. A few days later, Oklahoma followed in Kansas’ footsteps and approved an identical measure. Perhaps seeking to solidify Kansas’ status as the first state to venture into this area, Brownback is now taking it a step further.

On Tuesday, the governor traveled to four different cities across Kansas to reenact the signing of SB 95 in public ceremonies that teenagers could attend. The events took place at a Catholic church education building and three Catholic high schools.

“I am profoundly disappointed that Governor Brownback has chosen to hold a publicity tour for this reprehensible law,” Julie Burkhart, an abortion provider who operates the South Wind Women’s Center and founded the political action committee Trust Women, said in a statement. “Reenacting this bill signing in front of children is not only a publicity stunt, but also spreads hate and disrespect.”

“Dismemberment” is not a medical term. The new laws seeking to outlaw this procedure are relying on evocative language to target the most common form of second-trimester abortion — a process known in the medical community as Dilation and Evacuation, or “D&E.” Burkhart’s organization is opposed to SB 95 because it prevents doctors from providing their patients with the best care available, and its vague language could end up making it too risky for doctors to offer any surgical abortion procedures whatsoever.

The tactic evokes a very similar fight that played out over a different type of abortion procedure called Intact Dilation & Extraction, or “D&X.” Abortion opponents dubbed that procedure “partial-birth abortion” — which, like “dismemberment,” is not a real medical term — and enacted a flurry of state laws to prevent it from being performed. Eventually, the issue made its way up to the Supreme Court, and the justices banned D&X procedures nationwide.

http://thinkprogress.org/health/2015/04/28/3652255/brownback-re-signing-abortion-ban/

Since I'm new I'm still finding my way around. Question:

Is there a "childfree by choice" group somewhere on DU? I did a search and although I can find a lot of posts asking the same question, I haven't found a group. Does one exist?

I understand it can turn into ranting about bad parenting (but that's why some of us are childfree!). Here's a parallel: I'm in the Atheists & Agnostics group and we sometimes snark a bit about the religious. And that's okay there. It's a safe place for it. So what would be the difference?

If there isn't a group already and I'm just unable to find it, how about creating a safe place for childfree people to post where they can let their hair down? And if the posts start straying from the purpose of the group (which we'd have to hammer out, yeah, I get that), then a person could be banned. Or something. However you guys usually work these things out.

If it can work with with A&A, why can't it work with the childfree? I'd love to find a place where I could discuss some of the issues.

Nonviolence As Compliance - TA-NEHISI COATES

Nonviolence As Compliance

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The people now calling for nonviolence are not prepared to answer these questions. Many of them are charged with enforcing the very policies that led to Gray's death, and yet they can offer no rational justification for Gray's death and so they appeal for calm. But there was no official appeal for calm when Gray was being arrested. There was no appeal for calm when Jerriel Lyles was assaulted (“The blow was so heavy. My eyes swelled up. Blood was dripping down my nose and out my eye.”) There was no claim for nonviolence on behalf of Venus Green (“Bitch, you ain’t no better than any of the other old black bitches I have locked up.”) There was no plea for peace on behalf of Starr Brown. (“They slammed me down on my face,” Brown added, her voice cracking. “The skin was gone on my face. ..."

When nonviolence is preached as an attempt to evade the repercussions of political brutality, it betrays itself. When nonviolence begins halfway through the war with the aggressor calling time-out, it exposes itself as a ruse. When nonviolence is preached by the representatives of the state, while the state doles out heaps of violence to its citizens, it reveals itself to be a con. And none of this can mean that rioting or violence is "correct" or "wise" anymore than a forest fire can be "correct" or "wise." Wisdom isn't the point, tonight. Disrespect is. In this case disrespect for the hollow law and failed order that so regularly disrespects the rioters themselves.

Read more: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/04/nonviolence-as-compliance/391640/
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