Monthly Archive: January 2012

Susan G. Komen’s Act of Cowardice 0

Susan G. Komen’s Act of Cowardice

By Amanda Marcotte  – Slate.com  |  Posted Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, at 6:24 PM ET In a shocking move Tuesday afternoon, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the country’s most famous breast cancer charity, pulled its grants for breast-cancer screenings from Planned Parenthood. Komen claims that their reason is that Planned Parenthood is under investigation from Congress, but as it’s well-understood on both the left and the right that the investigation, headed by Rep. Cliff Stearns, is a nuisance investigation that will almost surely turn up nothing, this excuse sounds lame indeed. The likelier explanation is the one offered by Planned Parenthood, that Komen caved under...

Gingrich’s Food Stamp Claim is False 2

Gingrich’s Food Stamp Claim is False

Newt Gingrich has been repeating ad nauseam his claim that Barack Obama is “the best food stamp president in American history.” However, this is not true. Brooks Jackson of FactCheck.org reports: Newt Gingrich claims that “more people have been put on food stamps by Barack Obama than any president in American history.” He’s wrong. More were added under Bush than under Obama, according to the most recent figures. [emphasis added] …To be exact, the program has so far grown by 444,574 fewer recipients during Obama’s time in office than during Bush’s. In a Businessweek article, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack criticizes Mr. Gingrich’s remarks: Those who...

MU Student Jamie Crockett is Finalist in Women’s Media Center Video Contest 0

MU Student Jamie Crockett is Finalist in Women’s Media Center Video Contest

CONGRATULATIONS TO JAMIE CROCKETT, STUDENT AT UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI’S SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM FOR BECOMING A FINALIST.  WE LOVE HER VIDEO…YOU WILL TOO!  WATCH IT HERE. On November 16, 2011, the Women’s Media Center invited girls ages 14-22, to create a 1- 5 minute video for our first annual Girls State of the Union (#GSOTU) video contest. Like the President’s report , the Girls’ State of the Union sums up the condition of the country—with a special emphasis on the welfare of girls. From California to the Carolinas, diverse young women and girls articulated their unique visions for change. They aptly demonstrated superior problem-solving skills, creativity,...

Rep. Newman Files Reproductive Rights Resolution as Collective Effort in 15 States 0

Rep. Newman Files Reproductive Rights Resolution as Collective Effort in 15 States

Calls on Missouri General Assembly to Stop Assault on Women’s Rights Jefferson City – State Representative Stacey Newman (D-St. Louis) announced today that she has filed a resolution in the Missouri House to designate the week of January 22-29, 2012 as “Reproductive Rights Awareness Week.”  The announcement coincides with the 39th anniversary of the U. S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. As of June this year, states enacted 162 new provisions related to reproductive health, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a New York-based policy and research center.  Of those new laws, 49 percent seek to restrict access to abortion,...

39 years of Roe v. Wade: Here’s to many more 0

39 years of Roe v. Wade: Here’s to many more

I wrote this post as part of NARAL Pro-Choice America’s 2012 “Blog for Choice Day” – click the link for more entries. On Friday I attended the St. Louis Freedom of Choice Council‘s celebration of the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. The theme was “4000 Years of Choice,” and it made a salient point: though abortion has been legal in the U.S. since only 1973, abortion is not something new. Women have been ending pregnancies for as long as we have been getting pregnant. Regardless of its legal status, women will have abortions. Part of why Roe was (and is)...

Obama Administration Guarantees Near-Universal Contraceptive Coverage 0

Obama Administration Guarantees Near-Universal Contraceptive Coverage

Fantastic news today: the Obama Administration has ensured that most all employers will have to offer insurance plans that cover birth control! Per the news release from the US Dept. of Health and Human Services: “the final rule on preventive health services will ensure that women with health insurance coverage will have access to the full range of the Institute of Medicine’s recommended preventive services, including all FDA-approved forms of contraception.” [emphasis mine] Jessica Arons, Director of the Women’s Health and Rights Program at American Progress, guest blogging for ThinkProgress: Today, in a huge victory for women’s health, Health and Human Services...