Round up: The war against women

Just as Libertarians and Republicans are calling for less government, we’re witnessing the opposite – more government – for women. More budget cuts, too. Meanwhile, the military and fatherhood initiative (including marriage promotion) is safe. Here’s a round up of articles on the biggest assault – abortion.

I saved the best for last, so please scroll down to see how progressive groups are fighting back!!

This is a 2006 article by Jennifer Pozner that’s still relevant today:  It discusses the anti-abortion fanatics

The terrorists who aren’t in the news

http://www.alternet.org/story/43182/

 What’s behind the surge of abortion bills?

http://swampland.blogs.time.com/2011/03/24/whats-behind-the-surge-of-abortion-bills/?xid=rss-topstories

The GOP’s plan to fund anti-abortion activists

http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/03/gops-plan-fund-anti-abortion-activists

GOP bill would force IRS to conduct abortion audits

http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/03/gop-bill-irs-abortion-audits

The House GOP’s plan to redefine rape

http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/01/republican-plan-redefine-rape-abortion

Revealed: The group behind the bills that could legalize killing abortion providers

http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/02/americans-united-life-justifiable-homicide-bills

Anti-abortion bill passes in Idaho

http://www.feminist.org/news/newsbyte/uswirestory.asp?id=12932

There is NO waiting period for gun purchases in SD, but a woman must wait to have an abortion-

SD anti-abortion bill requires 3-day waiting period

http://www.feminist.org/news/newsbyte/uswirestory.asp?id=12930

SD Rep who authored abortion bill nixes Sharia ban

http://motherjones.com/mojo/2011/02/sd-rep-who-authored-abortion-bill-nixes-sharia-ban

Of course he did

 In Michigan, class war and war against women converge

http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/539083/in_michigan%2C_class_war_and_war_against_women_converge/#paragraph2

 Georgia lawmaker’s anti-abortion proposal could punish women for miscarriages

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/02/26/georgia-lawmakers-anti-abortion-proposal-punish-women-miscarriages/

Ohio heartbeat bill poses biggest challenge to Roe v. Wade yet

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/ohio-heartbeat-bill-abortion-paves-roe-wade-challenge/story?id=12876224

20 week abortion ban passes Iowa house panel

http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/blog/2011/03/25/week-abortion-passes-iowa-house-panel

Exclusive: Progressive groups launch campaign to fight GOP’s War on Women

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/03/25/exclusive-progressive-groups-launch-campaign-to-fight-gops-war-on-women/

Notice there are only men in the photo

Round up of posts and articles on the Republican’s War Against Women

I’ve never been more angered by the Republicans – at a time when they *say* they want to see less government –they put more government interference in women’s lives – at a time when they *say* they want budget cuts, they slash programs for women and children (meanwhile, the Fatherhood Initiative, which funds the unethical experiment of reuniting children with their ex-convict fathers and “marriage promotion” programs). Here’s a round-up of various posts and articles on the subject.

Weekly Pulse: The Republican’s War on Women

The New York Times:  The War on Women

Republican House Leaders Launch New War on Women

While proposing wiping out domestic family planning, Republicans are drastically cutting, by $758 million, the Women Infant Children (WIC) program which provides food and nutrition for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women. The Republican bill also includes a proposed $210 million cut in Maternal and Child Health block grants and $1.83 billion cut in Head Start from 2010 spending levels and $2.27 billion from the President’s 2011 request. The Republicans would also cut dramatically Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) funding by $170 million.

Obama’s 2012 budget – A contrast to Republican’s

Jon Stewart struggles to understand GOP’s Planned Parenthood cuts – Below is a quote from the article on Salon:

Jon Stewart does his best think think through the GOP’s recent budget cutting measures for women’s health and child services:

They want to cut everything from family care to prenatal care to child nutrition. It’s like the Republican Congress is saying, “You can’t prevent an unwanted child. You can’t get care if you do get pregnant, and you can’t get any help after the baby is born. But — for those two minutes when the skull is crowning your baby is the most precious thing on Earth.”

Abortion in the United States Bible Belt: Organizing for Power and Empowerment – posted on AWID
Violence

Anti-abortion protestors harass women clients, physicians andtheir staff at clinics, and at home. Threats on the lives of clinic directorshave become so common that they are no longer reported in the public press. Forexample, in some states, Catholic school children wearing their school uniformsare brought to protest in front of abortion clinics by adults screaminginvectives of “baby killer and murderer” at clients and staff. Andthis sort of behavior seems normal across the conservative states. Protestorsroutinely sneak into the clinics causing havoc. In two Southern clinics,protestors cut holes in the wall and pumped butyric acid into the clinicscausing them to be closed for weeks. Operation Rescue/Operation Save Americahave printed WANTED posters with photos of doctors who perform abortions andhave distributed them at the doctors’ homes, offices and in theirneighborhoods. This extremist tactic was carried out in Pensacola, Florida inthe 1990s and preceded the murders of two other providers and a clinicvolunteer [13]. The increasingly violent rhetoric about”baby killers” can result in real violence as seen in the recentmurder in Kansas of physician George Tiller who provided abortion care. Amidstsuch domestic terrorism, few physicians are willing to provide abortions inthese states.

Why men need to speak up on abortion – posted on Salon and includes several other articles on the subject