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Postby seemslikeadream » Fri Oct 21, 2016 8:04 pm

Judge sides with Planned Parenthood over Mississippi abortion law
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21 OCT 2016 AT 09:05 ET


A federal judge on Thursday sided with women’s health provider Planned Parenthood in a lawsuit aiming to block a Mississippi law that barred medical providers that perform abortions from participating in the state’s Medicaid program.

The decision by U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan III is the latest in a string of rulings striking down similar laws elsewhere in the country against the women’s health provider.

Jordan’s two page order noted a ruling from the 5th U.S. District Court of Appeals that rejected a similar law in Louisiana, saying “essentially every court to consider similar laws has found that they violate” federal law.

Medicaid is a health insurance program for the poor run jointly by the federal government and individual states.

Planned Parenthood said in its complaint that the law, which went into effect in July, unconstitutionally limited patients’ rights to choose the healthcare provider of their choice and would have stopped it from serving low-income patients.

“Yet another court has said it is unacceptable for politicians to dictate where women can go for their health care,” Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards said in a statement. “Planned Parenthood will fight for our patients at every turn.”

Mississippi’s Republican Governor, Phil Bryant, expressed disappointment with the ruling, saying in a statement on Facebook: “I believe the law was the right thing to do and I will continue to stand with the legislature and people of Mississippi who do not want their hard-earned money going to the largest abortion provider in the nation.”

Mississippi was among many states adopting new abortion laws as conservatives have sought to chip away at the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.

In August, a federal judge prevented Ohio from cutting federal taxpayer funding from 28 Planned Parenthood clinics in the state, setting back the governor’s hopes of stopping the women’s health services group from providing abortions.http://www.rawstory.com/2016/10/judge-s ... rtion-law/
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Postby seemslikeadream » Tue Nov 15, 2016 9:20 am

Trump's Abortion Stance Portends "Dark Days" for American Women
President-elect flippantly declares that after Roe v. Wade is overturned, women will have to "go to another state" to obtain abortions
byDeirdre Fulton, staff writer


Women protesting the misogyny of the Trump campaign outside of Trump Tower in New York City on October 12, 2016. (Photo: Laura Flanders Show/Twitter)
In Donald Trump's America, women's constitutional right to an abortion is threatened.

"Our country now stands perilously close to a return to the dark days when women were forced to put their own lives at risk to get safe and legal abortion care."
—Nancy Northup, Center for Reproductive Rights
The president-elect made that clear in an interview Sunday night with "60 Minutes," in which he repeated his vow to appoint "pro-life" judges to the U.S. Supreme Court. Those judges, he said, could overturn the landmark decision in Roe v. Wade—which would in turn send the issue "back to the states." These statements echoed ones he made on the campaign trail and during the final presidential debate.

Interviewer Lesley Stahl followed up: "But then some women won't be able to get an abortion."

To which Trump responded: "Yeah, well, they'll perhaps have to go—they'll have to go to another state."

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Postby seemslikeadream » Tue Nov 15, 2016 10:04 am

Do You Have Information About Abortions Trump May Have Paid For? Let Us Know.

By L.V. Anderson
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In an interview with 60 Minutes’ Lesley Stahl that aired Sunday night, President-elect Donald Trump reiterated his intention to severely curtail abortion rights in America. When asked whether he would appoint a Supreme Court justice who wants to overturn Roe v. Wade, Trump replied, “I’m pro-life. The judges would be pro-life. … Having to do with abortion, if it ever were overturned, it would go back to the states.” Stahl took this thought to its logical conclusion: “Then some women won’t be able to get an abortion.” “They’ll have to go to another state,” Trump replied nonchalantly, as though going to another state for a safe, routine medical procedure is a normal and reasonable thing for a person to have to do.

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Trump’s promise to undo Roe v. Wade is a terrifying prospect for poor women in red states. Women of means will probably always be able to obtain abortions by traveling to states where the procedure remains legal; women who cannot afford plane tickets and hotel rooms will be at the mercy of private abortion funds. (Here’s a list of state and local abortion funds, if you can afford to donate.) As Rewire tweeted, “Does he think poor women are going to charter a flight to get an abortion?”

What makes Trump’s determination to restrict abortion access even more potentially galling is the possibility that Trump himself has paid for women’s abortions. Here’s what we know:

In a 1999 interview on Meet the Press, Trump described himself as “very pro-choice” and said he would not ban abortion, even late-term abortion, if elected president as the Reform Party candidate.

In 2003, on the Howard Stern Show, Trump alluded to an incident with a previous girlfriend who got pregnant, perhaps Marla Maples, who gave birth to their daughter Tiffany two months before Maples and Trump married in 1993. When the girlfriend announced her pregnancy, Trump recalled, “I said, ‘Well, what are we going to do about this?’ ” The question could well be read as Trump considering abortion for his girlfriend.

Earlier this year, the New York Times’ Maureen Dowd asked Trump whether he’d ever been “involved with anyone who had an abortion.” “Such an interesting question,” he replied. “So what’s your next question?”

“[I]f a voter accepts Trump’s alleged decades of casual extramarital sex, she shouldn’t be surprised that he may have, at one time, somehow participated in a partner’s abortion,” wrote my colleague Christina Cauterucci after Dowd’s interview came out. Indeed, given his history of statements about abortion, no one would be shocked if it turned out that Trump has paid for a partner or family member’s abortion or otherwise supported a close associate’s choice to abort. But at the moment, all we have is speculation, not facts. Slate would like to illuminate Trump’s personal history with abortion, which is why we are requesting information on abortions that Trump has paid for or supported. If you’re in possession of such information, please send it to tips@slate.com.

To be clear, we’re not trying to violate any woman’s privacy or shame any woman who used to date Trump. We want to expose Trump’s hypocrisy, if he is indeed a hypocrite on this issue, in the interest of protecting other women’s reproductive rights. If Trump thinks it’s OK for his girlfriends, wives, or family members to get abortions, then his shameful plans to restrict abortion access for other American women will ring even more cynical and opportunistic than they already do. So do you have any information about abortions that Trump may have paid for or otherwise supported? Email us at tips@slate.com.

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NY lawmakers push new law guaranteeing women access to abortion if Trump Supreme Court ends Roe v. Wade
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14 NOV 2016 AT 19:51 ET


In the wake of Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election, communities across the country are fearing for the loss of various important rights.

Women — and particularly low-income women and women of color — are concerned about the impact a Trump administration could have on reproductive rights and access to reproductive health care services.

Now, two New York legislators are responding by working to change the state’s abortion law to match the provisions of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, Politico reports.

Trump has promised to overturn Roe v. Wade, a 1973 Supreme Court case, which ruled that individual states could not ban or regulate abortion access in the first trimester of pregnancy, as well as the second and third if a woman’s life is at risk.

In a “60 Minutes” interview that aired Sunday night, the President-elect said any Supreme Court justice that he appointed would necessarily be pro-life and that there would no longer be a federal protection of abortion.

He said in the case that Roe is reversed, women living in states where abortion is outlawed will “have to go to another state” for the procedure.

With that in mind, state Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assemblywoman Deborah Glick of New York are pushing the Legislature to pass a bill that would update the state’s abortion law to match the provisions of Roe v. Wade.

Stewart-Cousins said, “With the upcoming Trump Presidency and conservative U.S. Supreme Court, the need for New York to take real steps to guarantee women’s rights has never been more pressing.”

Stewart-Cousins and Glick’s bill, which was part of a set of bills titled the Women’s Equality Act would move the state’s abortion law to a health code rather than a penal code. The state’s abortion law as it is allows the procedure up to 24 weeks, and only afterward if the woman’s life is at risk.

According to the language of the Women’s Equality Act, “Under New York law, a woman’s health is not protected in the rare and tragic situation that a serious complication jeopardizes her health later in pregnancy; New York law only provides protection if a woman’s life is in danger.”

The new bill aims to change that and amend the state’s abortion provisions to match the language of the federal law.

Now more than ever is an especially important time to ensure that women have access to the basic right to reproductive health care — that includes abortion.

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Re: The War on Women

Postby seemslikeadream » Wed Nov 30, 2016 7:39 pm

Texas Officials to Force Burial, Cremation of ‘Fetal Remains’
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“These new restrictions reveal the callous indifference that Texas politicians have toward women,” said David Brown, senior staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights.


Despite criticism from funeral homes, abortion providers, and reproductive rights advocates, Texas health officials on Monday filed the final version of proposed rules requiring the remains of aborted or miscarried fetuses to be buried or cremated.

Texas health officials on Monday filed the final version of proposed rules requiring the remains of aborted or miscarried fetuses to be buried or cremated, despite criticism from funeral homes, abortion providers, and reproductive rights advocates.

The regulations will apply to all fetal remains, regardless of the period of gestation when the miscarriage or abortion occurred. Under the proposed rules, any other tissue—including the “placenta, umbilical cord and gestational sac”—can still be disposed of through other methods, like incineration or grinding up and discharging to a sewer system.

The regulations are set to take effect on December 19. The Center for Reproductive Rights has promised to challenge the new rules in court.

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) heard public testimony on the rules during hearings in August and November.


Heather Busby, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, said in a statement that DSHS “ignored the concerns of the medical community.” By implementing the new restrictions, Busby said, the agency is “playing politics” with Texans’ private healthcare decisions.

“DSHS has failed to show any evidence this rule benefits public health or improves the safe practice of modern medicine,” Busby said. “This rule is a thinly-veiled attempt to shame Texans who have abortions and make it harder for the doctors who provide them.”

The Republican-backed rule could add $2,000 to the cost of abortion care, according to the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Texas.

David Brown, senior staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights, said in a statement that the rule is unconstitutional and seeks to restrict access to abortion care by increasing both the cost of the procedure and the stigma of abortion care and pregnancy loss.

“These new restrictions reveal the callous indifference that Texas politicians have toward women,” Brown said. “Forcing a woman to pay for a burial after she ends a pregnancy or experiences a miscarriage is not just absurd—it is an unnecessary burden and an intrusion on her personal beliefs.”
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Re: The War on Women

Postby seemslikeadream » Wed Nov 30, 2016 11:30 pm

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
byCommon Dreams
Leading Rights Groups Launch 'Wave of Litigation' to Protect Abortion Access

ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and Center for Reproductive Rights say 'these laws are dangerous, unjust, and unconstitutional—and they will come down'
byNadia Prupis, staff writer

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Planned Parenthood, and the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) on Wednesday filed lawsuits to challenge abortion restrictions in three states—the first of a promised "wave of litigation" aiming to protect women's access to healthcare around the country.

Wednesday's lawsuits target abortion legislation in Alaska, Missouri, and North Carolina that the groups say are medically unnecessary and are reminiscent of other abortion restrictions already ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.

"Today's filing is a major step in the fight to ensure all women can get safe and legal abortions in their own communities, when they need them," said CRR president and CEO Nancy Northup. "We are a nation of laws, and the center is prepared to use the full force of the law to ensure women's fundamental rights are protected and respected."

In Alaska, restrictions passed more than 40 years ago ban abortion in outpatient health centers after the first trimester, which force women to travel out of state for procedures, if they are even able.

North Carolina only allows abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy in "extremely limited health emergencies," as the CRR put it. The state defines (pdf) the health emergencies as a "condition which, in reasonable medical judgment, so complicates the medical condition of the pregnant woman as to necessitate the immediate abortion of her pregnancy to avert her death or for which a delay will create serious risk of substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function, not including any psychological or emotional conditions."

And restrictions in Missouri (pdf) have forced the closure of all but one abortion clinic in the state, meaning women "from all corners" of Missouri are forced to travel 370 miles to obtain an in-state abortion, the lawsuit says.

Dr. Raegan McDonald-Mosley, Planned Parenthood's chief medical officer, said Wednesday, "These restrictions have a disproportionate impact on those who already face far too many barriers to health care as people of color, people who live in rural areas, or people with low incomes. These laws are dangerous, unjust, and unconstitutional—and they will come down."

In June, the Supreme Court struck down abortion restrictions in Texas in the groundbreaking Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, ruling that two provisions of the state's controversial 2013 law—which required abortion providers to obtain hospital admitting privileges and reproductive healthcare facilities offering abortion services to meet ambulatory surgical center standards—posed an undue burden and hindered access to reproductive rights.

The justices' ruling reiterated that the right to choose is protected by the Constitution, stating, "We have found nothing in Texas' record evidence that shows that...the new law advanced Texas' legitimate interest in protecting women's health."

Since the ruling, abortion restrictions have been struck down or blocked in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin.

"The law is clear," wrote ACLU's reproductive rights communications manager Jaweer Brown in a blog post on Wednesday. "States cannot ban abortion."

The lawsuits send a clear message, Brown said. "We will continue to fight until every woman has the dignity to make decisions about her body, her family, and her future. Our bodies, our rights, and our clinics are not going anywhere."
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Postby seemslikeadream » Sat Dec 03, 2016 3:04 pm

House votes to double budget for Planned Parenthood investigation
BY CRISTINA MARCOS - 12/01/16 05:46 PM EST 460


The House on Thursday approved an additional $800,000 for the select committee investigating abortion provider practices, doubling its budget for the year.

Lawmakers passed the measure along party lines, 234-181, as Democrats called for the investigative panel to be disbanded instead.

The panel is now likely to spend nearly $1.6 million in total over the course of just under a year after the House previously approved a $790,000 budget. It is expected to issue a report before it disbands at the end of this year.
The House created the investigative committee in October of last year to investigate Planned Parenthood and abortion providers’ handling of fetal tissue.

The move was interpreted at the time as a way for GOP leaders to placate conservatives who threatened to oppose a government spending bill if it included federal funds for Planned Parenthood.

Republicans trained their ire on Planned Parenthood after anti-abortion activists released undercover videos last year accusing the organization of illegally selling aborted fetuses’ body parts. Planned Parenthood denied the allegations.

Federal law allows suppliers to charge for reimbursement costs associated with transporting, processing and storing fetal tissue, but bars profits from the tissue itself.

The panel has been investigating researchers’ fetal tissue procurement practices and the ways abortion providers receive federal funding.

“It is now up to us to build on the work, to hold the government accountable, and stop these affronts to human dignity,” said Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), the committee's chairwoman.

Democrats have accused Republicans on the panel of trying to intimidate medical researchers who use fetal tissue for such work as developing vaccines.

“This panel and its investigation are a disgrace to this House of Representatives,” said Rep. Jan Schakowsky (Ill.), the panel’s top Democrat. “Instead of providing more funding for this divisive and dangerous inquisition, Congress should shut down this panel and put an end to its shameful proceedings.”

The abortion practices probe is still on track to spend far less than the select panel to investigate the 2012 attack in Benghazi. The Select Committee on Benghazi spent nearly $7 million over more than two years by the time it released its final report in July.

The Benghazi panel will officially shut down at the end of this year. It is still in the process of archiving records and clearing documents with the Obama administration for public release, according to a spokesman.
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Postby seemslikeadream » Tue Dec 13, 2016 1:34 am

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Texas Sued (Again) for Latest 'Insult' to Women

Lawsuit filed to halt rule imposing 'funeral ritual on women who have a miscarriage management procedure, ectopic pregnancy surgery, or an abortion'
byDeirdre Fulton, staff writer


Outside the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year. (Photo: NARAL Pro-Choice Texas)
Reproductive health advocates have filed a lawsuit against the state of Texas for its latest unconstitutional attack on women's right to access safe and legal abortion.

The suit (pdf), filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas on behalf of several Texas healthcare providers, demands that the state halt implementation of a regulation, finalized late last month by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), requiring the burial or cremation of embryonic and fetal tissue that results from abortions, miscarriages, or ectopic pregnancy surgery.

The Center for Reproductive Rights had warned (pdf) in August that the regulation would "almost certainly trigger costly litigation."

According to the suit, the new rule "burdens women seeking pregnancy-related medical care. It imposes a funeral ritual on women who have a miscarriage management procedure, ectopic pregnancy surgery, or an abortion. Further, it threatens women's health and safety by providing no safe harbor for sending tissue to pathology or crime labs. It also forces healthcare providers to work with an extremely limited number of third-party vendors for burial or scattering ashes, threatening abortion clinics' provision of care and their long-term ability to remain open, as well as cost increases for women seeking pregnancy-related medical care."

What's more, say the plaintiffs, it employs the same tactics as HB2, the controversial law whose challenged provisions were struck down in June. Texas currently faces a $4.5 million legal bill over its defense of HB2. The DSHS regulations were first proposed just four days after the U.S. Supreme Court's historic ruling in Whole Women's Health v. Hellerstedt.

"Also like HB2, the [r]egulation has no public health benefit," the lawsuit reads. "It does nothing to improve public health or safety, as DSHS alleges; rather, it is a pretext for restricting abortion access."

As such, Center for Reproductive Rights executive director and CEO Nancy Northup described the rule as "insidious" and "a new low in Texas' long history of denying women the respect that they deserve."

"These regulations are an insult to Texas women, the rule of law, and the U.S. Supreme Court, which declared less than six months ago that medically unnecessary restrictions on abortion access are unconstitutional," said Northup.

"Texas' profound disrespect of women's health and dignity apparently has no bounds with this new regulation announced just days after our June victory in the Supreme Court," added Amy Hagstrom-Miller, president and CEO of lead plaintiff Whole Woman's Health. "This latest attack is an end-run game to add restrictions on abortion care and it ignores thousands of Texans' testimony and comments."

"We at Whole Woman's Health have a history of fighting restrictions that are deeply rooted in shaming and stigmatizing Texans and today's filing is no different," she said.

Texas is likely to be a battleground state on abortion rights in the coming year, as conservative state lawmakers filed a slew of anti-abortion bills in the wake of Donald Trump's election. Just last week, DSHS released a revised version of the booklet "A Woman's Right to Know," which women seeking abortion in the state are required to read. Women's health advocates and medical professionals alike say the pamphlet is rife with inaccuracies and "coercive language."
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Postby seemslikeadream » Tue Dec 13, 2016 11:19 am

Trump’s war on women: 3 key team members have been accused of physical or sexual violence against women
That includes the president-elect himself
KALI HOLLOWAY, ALTERNET

Trump's war on women: 3 key team members have been accused of physical or sexual violence against women
Steve Bannon; Donald Trump (Credit: AP/Gerald Herbert/John Raoux/Photo montage by Salon)
This article originally appeared on AlterNet.


As Donald Trump continues to put together his inner circle — including conspiracy theorist, Islamophobe and white nationalist champion Michael Flynn as national security advisor, school privatizer and public school opponent Betsy DeVos as secretary of education, climate change denialist Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency and entrenched Wall Street money man and former Goldman Sachs executive Steven Mnuchin as treasury secretary — a whole other troubling pattern has emerged. Aside from a number of figures tied to financial corruption and white supremacist groups, the Trump team includes three key players who have been accused of abusing women.

There’s Steve Bannon, the white nationalist sympathizer and propagandist who boasted that under his leadership, Breitbart News became the “platform for” the white supremacist “alt-right.” In an 1996 police report, an officer wrote that Bannon’s ex-wife Mary Louise Piccard claimed Bannon grabbed her by the neck in the middle of an argument. Bannon was charged with domestic violence, misdemeanor witness intimidation, and traumatic injury and battery. He pleaded not guilty to those charges, which were dropped when Piccard didn’t show up for a court date.

Andrew Puzder, the anti-labor fast-food titan and minimum wage opponent who Trump has appointed labor secretary, was accused of spousal abuse by his wife of 16 years, Lisa Henning. During the couple’s divorce in 1989, Henning stated that Puzder had attacked her on multiple occasions, once punching her as they rode in a car together. New York Magazine also points to an incident alleged to have taken place in 1986:

“Henning said Puzder ‘attacked me, choked me, threw me to the floor, hit me in the head, pushed his knee into my chest, twisted my ar​m and dr​agged me​ ​on the floor, threw me against a wall, tried to stop my call to 911 and kicked me in the back.’ Afterward, the couple signed a mutual consent order that prohibited Puzder from entering the second and third floors of the couple’s house and Henning from going into the basement.”

Trump himself has been accused of abuse my numerous women, including his first wife, Ivanka. In a sworn deposition from their 1992 divorce, the former Mrs. Trump claimed that the president-elect — in a fit of rage after a painful hair transplant procedure — began “ripping out [her] hair by the handful” before violently raping her. She later recanted via a letter sent by Trump’s lawyers, which stated, “during one occasion in 1989, Mr. Trump and I had marital relations in which he behaved very differently toward me than he had during our marriage. As a woman I felt violated … I referred to this as a ‘rape,’ but I do not want my words to be interpreted in a literal or criminal sense.”

Two other women accused Trump of sexual assault. One of those women, known only as Jane Doe, filed court papers in which she claimed Trump had violently raped her on multiple occasions. She dropped those charges after reporting that she had been targeted with threats. Jill Harth, a Trump business associate from the 1990s who claimed that Trump grabbed her by the genitals during a sexual assault at his Mar-A-Lago estate, gave a post-election interview to the Guardian where she described Trump’s win as “the biggest con possible. Now time will tell what happens next. I’m hoping for the best, I really am, but afraid he will leave many of us as roadkill.”

After the leak of the infamous 2005 footage in which Trump bragged about committing criminal sex acts against women, roughly a dozen women came forward with allegations of sexual assault and intimidation. During the campaign, Trump said he would sue all of those women following the election. Like many of the promises made on the trail, he has not followed through with that action.

Trump, Bannon and Puzder are member of a cabinet that is anti-woman to the extreme. As The New York Times reported, nearly all of his appointees are opponents of reproductive justice and many have also voted to oppose legislation that would afford women equal pay. The triumvirate of powerful men who have been accused of using physical and sexual violence against women is in keeping with Trump’s misogynist actions and rhetoric over the last few years, including the 18 months of the campaign. Having those anti-woman players involved in shaping and deciding on policy will likely be disastrous consequences for millions of women — including the 53 percent of white women who decided to vote for an openly misogynist man as their president.
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Postby seemslikeadream » Tue Dec 13, 2016 7:34 pm

Teen's impactful photo series puts Trump's sexist words on women's bodies
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Paul Ryan: GOP will defund Planned Parenthood
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Re: The War on Women

Postby Blue » Thu Jan 05, 2017 5:14 pm

Go fuck yourself paul ryan. And thanks for that image post slad. Wow. Really is a fuckin surreal time we live in. Can't image what social studies classes are like for teachers today. It's like a Taliban Pimp has become president.
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Postby seemslikeadream » Sun Jan 08, 2017 12:50 pm

SEX & RELATIONSHIPS
A New War on Birth Control: Trump’s Victory has Empowered the Sex Scolds
Trump hires an anti-birth control policy adviser—and Republicans in Congress prepare to escalate the attack.
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Bad news for anyone who hoped that Donald Trump’s history as an adultery-loving and fornication champion might put a chill on the Republican Party’s war on sex: It seems that his election is instead inspiring the party of scolds to double down on their quest to punish ordinary people for having sex because they like it.

Trump, being wealthy and male, gets a pass for his lengthy history of sleeping with any woman who will have him — and bragging about grabbing the pussies of those who won’t. But for those of us who aren’t privileged enough to be wealthy men, Republicans are going to do everything in their power to inflict punishment in the form of sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted childbearing.

Trump’s willingness to fully embrace the Junior Anti-Sex League was demonstrated on Thursday, when his transition team announced the hire of Katy Talento as domestic policy counsel for the White House, focusing on health care. Not only is Talento against abortion — which is par for the course in Republican circles — she’s also an anti-birth control fanatic.

Like most anti-contraception militants, Talento has an elaborate set of pseudoscientific arguments against the use of hormonal birth control. In a 2015 piece she wrote for The Federalist titled “Miscarriage Of Justice: Is Big Pharma Breaking Your Uterus?” Talento tried to scare women away from using effective, female-controlled methods of birth control, like the pill or the implant, by claiming these methods cause miscarriage and infertility.

It’s all nonsense, of course. The pill doesn’t cause miscarriage and most research shows that it doesn’t affect fertility. It may, in fact, improve fertility when a woman goes off the pill and tries to become pregnant.

“Decades of established science clearly show contraception prevents pregnancy — it does not cause abortion or miscarriages,” Dr. Anne Davis, a consulting medical director for Physicians for Reproductive Health, said in a statement. “Women and doctors know from research, as well as our collective experiences, that birth control does not harm a woman’s fertility or health.”

Talento’s half-baked arguments are a classic example of a conclusion looking for an argument. The only reason to cherry-pick a couple of bad studies or arguments, while ignoring the scientific consensus that the pill is safe and effective, is because you don’t like women using it and you’re trying to come up with some nonsense to deter them. And the only reason not to have women take the pill is because you think it makes it too darn easy to have sex.

The Talento pick should put to rest any notion that Trump will stand in the way of the deep-seated Republican longing to deprive women, especially those with a low income, of access to contraception.

With drool practically dripping off his lips, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced on Thursday that Congress would try to defund Planned Parenthood and end Obamacare in a single bill, as soon as possible. While there are many horrific ramifications to such an act, one of the biggest would be stripping millions of women of their current methods of contraception.

About half of Planned Parenthood’s patients — more than a million people — are on Medicaid. Ryan’s plan would immediately mean that this group of individuals would be prevented from relying on their current reproductive health center. That would leave hundreds of thousands of women abruptly cut off from contraception access, and many of them will not be able to find another provider, especially on short notice.

For many, there will be no way to restore that access, as half of Planned Parenthood clinics are in medically underserved communities, meaning that there are few, if any, alternatives for the women who visit them.

In some states, Republicans have tried to justify cuts to Planned Parenthood by presenting supposed lists of alternative providers for women on Medicaid. These lists were, to put it bluntly, constructed of lies. The majority of clinics on these lists do not have a gynecologist on staff. In Florida, the list of “alternatives” to Planned Parenthood included dentists, optometrists and school nurses.

Even if women can find community clinics that do offer gynecological care, it’s often not as good as what’s available from Planned Parenthood, which offers more flexible scheduling. Generally speaking, these clinics are less equipped to handle contraception needs. Planned Parenthood facilities often have a large stockpile of contraceptive medication, so women can fill their prescriptions on-site — a service more general health clinics typically can’t provide.

Repealing Obamacare, even if Republicans do bother to come up with some flimsy replacement, will be devastating for women’s reproductive health care. Right now, well-women visits and contraception services are covered by insurance plans, without a co-payment required. It’s unlikely these aspects of Obamacare will survive.

That’s a problem, because zero-co-payment contraception has been a wildly successful program. The percentage of women who had to pay nothing out of pocket for oral contraception rose from 15 percent to 67 percent from 2012 to 2014. Not only does that save money; it also improves the rate for contraception use. Research shows that women are more likely to use contraception consistently and effectively if there’s no cost. Other research has demonstrated that when women have to pay out of pocket for contraception, they are often tempted to skip their pills or otherwise skimp on birth control in order to save money — which frequently leads directly to unintended pregnancy.

Of course, a sudden drop in the number of women using contraception would be a feature, not a bug, of Republican attacks on Planned Parenthood and Obamacare. The nominal leader of their party may be a man who spent years going on Howard Stern’s show to brag about his sex life, but the GOP continues to begrudge ordinary women access to basic sexual health care.
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Defunding Planned Parenthood Would Leave Thousands of Women Without Care
Monday, January 09, 2017
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Republicans will likely bar states from providing Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood when they vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) early this year, if they use the reconciliation bill President Obama vetoed in 2016 as a guide. That would cause thousands of low-income women to lose access to care and raise state and federal Medicaid costs related to unplanned pregnancies.

Nearly 400,000 low-income women would have lost access to care under a one-year prohibition on Planned Parenthood funding that the House passed in 2015, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

Medicaid is the largest funder of family planning services, and Planned Parenthood is a major provider of those services for low-income women. In over two-thirds of counties with Planned Parenthood clinics, the clinics serve at least half of all women receiving publicly funded contraceptive services; in one-fifth of the counties, Planned Parenthood serves all such women. The women most likely to lose access to care under the House bill live in areas without other clinics serving low-income populations, CBO found.

Some states have tried to bar Planned Parenthood from their Medicaid programs by claiming it isn't qualified simply because it provides abortions, separate from its participation in Medicaid. Courts have deemed these attempts unlawful, as Medicaid prohibits states from disqualifying providers for reasons unrelated to their ability to provide services in a professionally competent, safe, legal, and ethical manner, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently reaffirmed this prohibition in guidance to states. (Federal Medicaid funds can't pay for abortions except in cases of danger to the life of the mother, rape, or incest.) But last year's ACA repeal bill would have accomplished what those states had tried, by changing federal law to prohibit all states from including Planned Parenthood in their Medicaid programs.

Defunding Planned Parenthood would have devastating effects. Texas eliminated Planned Parenthood from its state family planning program in 2013 after an earlier round of cuts in funding for family planning services. Researchers studying the impact found a 35 percent drop in women using long-acting contraception and a 27 percent rise in births among women who had previously used injectable contraception. After Planned Parenthood health centers closed in Wisconsin and Texas, fewer women got breast exams and Pap tests, other research found.

Planned Parenthood saw 2.5 million patients in 2014. About three-quarters of them have incomes below 150 percent of the poverty line, and about 60 percent get their care through Medicaid or the federally funded Title X family planning program. If Republican leaders bar Planned Parenthood from Medicaid, they'll leave many of these women without preventive and primary care, as well as family planning services.

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Postby Luther Blissett » Tue Jan 10, 2017 1:37 pm

More on that ghoul Puzder:

Restaurants run by labor secretary nominee report 'disturbing' rates of sexual harassment

Survey finds two-thirds of female workers reported harassment at brands owned by CKE Restaurants, run by Andrew Puzder, Trump’s labor pick

Two-thirds of female fast food workers at restaurants operated by Andrew Puzder, Donald Trump’s controversial nomination for US labor secretary, experienced sexual harassment at work, a rate much higher than the industry average, a stinging advocacy survey has claimed.

Many female workers, according to the research conducted by Restaurant Opportunities Center (Roc) United, have been harassed by customers referencing the highly sexualised advertising campaigns Puzder has championed as CEO of CKE Restaurants, the parent company of chains including Carl’s Jr and Hardee’s.

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“Customers have asked why I don’t dress like the women in the commercials,” one Tennessee-based Hardee’s employee told researchers.

“I continually get notes left on tables from customers, customers flirt or ask me out,” said another Carl’s Jr employee in California. “I have also been followed outside the store by customers.”

Puzder, CEO of the billion-dollar company since 2000, has staunchly defended his company’s notorious advertising that often features scantily dressed women eating burgers in scenes some have compared to pornography, arguing in 2011: “We believe in putting hot models in our commercials, because ugly ones don’t sell burgers.”

The rate of sexual harassment across the fast food industry is already high, with 40% of female workers reporting some form of unwanted contact, according to recent polling. But researchers at Roc United, a dedicated nonprofit that advocates for restaurant workers’ rights, argued the 66% reporting rate found among CKE employees was “disturbing”.

Puzder, who has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Trump campaign and the Republican party, is also an outspoken critic of increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 and the expansion of rights to overtime pay. CKE Restaurants has settled a number of multimillion-dollar class action lawsuits brought by employees in relation to pay and conditions and, according to a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, were subject to similar class actions cases in California years later.

The Roc United study of employees also found that close to a third of the 564 workers surveyed had experienced a form of wage theft, such as failed overtime payments, inadequate work breaks and performing multiple duties without adequate compensation.

Of workers surveyed in California, where the majority of the sample was taken from, 32% said they were not given meal breaks after working more than five hours, a violation of the state’s strict worker’s break laws; 79% of survey respondents said they had served or prepared food while they were sick.

“I was constantly pressured to cut labor costs – this meant that employees were stressed out and customer service suffered because there weren’t enough employees working on my shifts,” Abel Gonzalez, a 42-year-old Carl’s Jr employee in Los Angeles, told researchers.

CKE Restaurants did not respond to a request for comment on the research findings, but Elizabeth Johnson, a spokeswoman for the president-elect’s transition team who was not contacted by the Guardian, sent an emailed statement, dismissing the report as “fake news” that was “paid for by unions and special interests opposed to Andy Puzder’s nomination”.

Johnson accused the union of “attempting to smear” Puzder by using “leading questions and deceitful surveying tactics, such as posing as CKE corporate representatives”. The spokeswoman provided no evidence for the allegations.

Jayaraman, the director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley, dismissed Johnson’s claims as “laughable” and false. “Clearly they don’t know how survey research is done,” she said. “There is no way for us to pose as anything when we’re asking staff to voluntarily fill out a survey online.”

Roc United researchers also interviewed CKE staff members at stores in four states and, Jayaraman said, identified themselves as researchers before commencing with surveys as well as identifying employees through online social media.

The academic said the sample size of 564, taken from states across the US, was more than enough to draw conclusions about entire workforce of over 20,000.

“When we are looking to do research on a whole metropolitan area, like New York City or Los Angeles,” Jayaraman said, “500 is the survey number we use to understand how working conditions in a whole metropolitan area, and bearing in mind you’re talking about 10 million people and 200,000, 300,000.”
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Re: The War on Women

Postby seemslikeadream » Wed Jan 11, 2017 6:41 pm

Tenn. Woman Who Tried to Self-Abort Pleads Guilty to Felony
By JONATHAN MATTISE, ASSOCIATED PRESS NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Jan 11, 2017, 5:10 PM ET

A Tennessee woman accused of trying to end her pregnancy with a coat hanger has pleaded guilty to a felony.

Court documents show 32-year-old Anna Yocca pleaded guilty this week to attempted procurement of a miscarriage.

The court documents say the Murfreesboro woman was sentenced to one year with credit for time served. She had been incarcerated since December 2015, and jail officials say she has been released.

Police said Yocca filled a bathtub with water in September 2015 and attempted an abortion with a coat hanger. After she began bleeding, her boyfriend took her to a hospital and doctors delivered a 24-week-old, 1.5-pound baby.

The public defender's office did not comment and prosecutors didn't immediately return a phone message.
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