Matt Stoller writes in The Progressive Case Against Obama on salon:
Under Bush, economic inequality was bad, as 65 cents of every dollar of income growth went to the top 1 percent. Under Obama, however, that number is 93 cents out of every dollar. That’s right, under Barack Obama there is more economic inequality than under George W. Bush. ... most of this shift happened in 2009-2010, when Democrats controlled Congress. This was not, in other words, the doing of the mean Republican Congress. And it’s not strictly a result of the financial crisis; after all, corporate profits did crash, like housing values did, but they also recovered, while housing values have not.
By a 234-182 vote, the House of Representatives passed an amendment last Wednesday, sponsored by Virginia Foxx (R-NC) that would prohibit teaching hospitals from receiving federal funding if they teach doctors how to perform abortions.
Yes, you read that right. Residents would no longer learn how to "perform abortions," not if their facility wants to continue receiving federal funding for training physicians. The anti-women movement might be forced to concede exceptions for rape, incest, or danger to maternal health, but those can be safely ignored if no one knows how to perform those procedures. Read more about House bans funding of abortion training
This morning's New York Times: Afghan Women Fear Loss of Modest Gains
Women’s advocates are concerned that they are increasingly being shut out of political decisions. At an international conference in Kabul on July 20, which was meant to showcase the country’s plans for the future, President Hamid Karzai said nothing about how women’s rights might be protected in negotiations.
The very first meeting on negotiations, held by Mr. Karzai on July 22 with former leaders who had fought the Taliban, did not include a single woman, despite government pledges. When asked, government officials said that women would be included in later sessions.
Although Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has also pledged that she will not desert Afghan women and that any deal with the Taliban that traded peace for women’s rights was “a red line,” women remain wary.
“Right now it’s a big challenge for women to go to school and work, but at least according to our Constitution and laws they have the right to do so,” said Nargis Nehan, 31, an Afghan women’s advocate.
Who can blame them for feeling wary? Not me. When I consider how often our own government and political parties throw women under the bus to further some other agenda, I fully sympathize.
With the majority of people’s attention on the apocalyptic oil gusher in the Gulf, many of us are forgettin’ there’s actually still some pretty big things happening right here in our own backyard. One of the big ones for us Floridians is the recent passage of SB 1143, the supposed “Reduction and Simplification of Healthcare” legislation that actually increases barriers for women in our state seeking abortions.
That bill is now sittin' on Governor Charlie Crist’s desk just a gnat’s whisker away from enactment. Well folks, now is the time where the rubber officially meets the road. Read more about A Good Run Will Always Be Better Than A Bad Stand
“It is easy to take liberty for granted when you have never had it taken from you” – M. Grundler
Outside of the passing of the Patriot Act, I can not remember a time in my relatively short life in which I felt more hurt or violated by my government. The passage and proposal of recent government sponsored rape legislation in Oklahoma and Florida has left me in utter shock.
You see, I wasn’t around for the
Roe v. Wade court battle. I’ve grown up in an era of women’s equality; or at least the façade of it. For the first time in my life, I think truly understand the indescribable anger of having my most personal liberties taken from me. Read more about Keep Your Laws Out Of My Body
I write this at almost 11 pm on Sunday night, the eve of the historically historic vote on the giant clusterfuck I call the Health Whatever Bill. So far, we have seen ample evidence of the fact that the the Democrats will do anything at all to get those all-important House votes; so, despite my not knowing for sure, I have no doubt that it will pass with the Stupakian Executive Order included. For those who have not read it yet, et voila:
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ensuring enforcement and implementation of abortion restrictions in the patient protection and affordable care act
This week supporters of Saltonstall launched a petition drive to collect the 1,000 signatures required to place her name on the August primary ballot.
Now, as President Barack Obama begins his last-ditch effort to pass final legislation, Doerflinger and his bosses are sending a clear message: If the Democrats want to succeed, they must include the House provision, or something equally restrictive, on abortion.
If you are a proponent of single-payer health care, this documentary on the Democratic Party and its members like Bart Stupak and Patricia Dalkember is a must-see. Listen to Stupak's bullshit about how "there are organizations" which will help poor women to pay for an abortion, so his amendment doesn't discriminate against anyone; and how he isn't anti-abortion, he's "pro-life." Listen to how Howard Dean defends his promotion of anti-choice Democratic candidates because they are "good on every other issue." Listen to the statistics about how 1 in 3 women have abortions by the time they are 45. Listen to how important money is in these decisions. Listen to how the Hyde Amendment forces pregnant women to "choose" unwanted children. Read more about NOW on PBS: Democrats and the New Politics of Abortion
The forced-birthers are out in force in the blogosphere, looking for federal funding of abortions in the bill, so I thought I'd help them out.
The public plan and the exchange[s] Read more about HR 3962 [formerly HR 3200] on abortion
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On Monday I sent the following email to Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Colorado: Read more about The Catholic Church, Private Insurance and Abortion
From the June 5th letters section of the Star Tribune, a woman tells her story:
"ABORTION DOCTOR SLAIN
A personal story may give a little perspective
Regarding the murder of Dr. George Tiller, the antiabortion zealots would like everyone to think late-term abortions are never performed for a good reason. (The woman's life, health and wellbeing and severe fetal defects are not considered good reasons.)
Perhaps a real-life example will help everyone (at least the decent people) understand this issue.
How about "abortion reduction"?
First of all, if you were truly concerned about abortion reduction, you shouldn't have sacrificed women's healthcare, on the altar of bipartisanship! Read more about And what input to the misogynistic homophobic religious zealots want to give Obama
"The election forces the pro-life movement to go back to what we do best — local grass-roots organizing," said the Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition. "We will not go silently into the night."
From an AP story carried on Yahoo: just because they got beat in California, the anti-choice groups aren't through. They want to make sure you know they're still angry.
Priests for Life (how's that for irony?) has a spokesman named Frank Pavone. He wants to remind the nation that the adoption or single motherhood is still preferable to abortion in the view of the church. Read more about Reality-Free Zone: Anti-Choice Activists