Category: women and families

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Supreme Courts Weighs in on Buffer Zones

This morning, the Supreme Court made a final decision on the Massachusetts buffer zone case: creating a 35-foot buffer zones around abortion clinics to keep demonstrators away from patients is unconstitutional. Hence, making city ordinances to protect women seeking abortions from violence, shameful slurs, and being hurt is unconstitutional. The Massachusetts buffer zone was enacted in the first place due to past violence: disruption and congestion at some of the state’s 11 reproductive health clinics. In fact, in 1994, two clinic employees were shot and killed. This violence still occurs, although it is much less violent that what occurred in 1994....

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Guest Feature – “The #YesAllWomen Movement”

Guest Feature Post by Amelia Eskenazi and Emma Troughton, high school students from Indiana In the United States, society has evolved into one of toxicity through its relentless enforcement of artificially constructed gender norms — to the extent at which massacres rooted in misogyny and sexism ensue. Women are objectified in many different aspects. We are forced to oblige to strict school dress codes to supposedly “avoid distracting our male peers while they learn.” These dress codes equate bare skin to sexual implications, perpetuating the hyper-sexualization of women and suggesting that men are inherently untamable in the face of what...

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#Yes, All Men…Why We Need Men to be Feminists Too.

Powerful response from a father and his son on #Yes, All Women campaign that we’ve all seen explode around the universe.  Finally!  Men that get it are understanding that it will take ALL of us to correct and STOP gender harassment, inequity and violence. Make sure you show this to your own father, brother, boyfriend, husband, partner and son. We NEED this campaign to continue.  Our lives are at stake. ————————- by Charles Blow, Op-ed Columnist for the New York Times, June 1, 2014 As I drove my son back to college last week, where he’ll take a summer chemistry...

Cecile Richards, President & CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation

Missouri Women ‘Filibuster’ Abortion Bill, Wendy Davis-Style

 UPDATE:  The Missouri Women’s Filibuster began last Monday May 14 at 2pm  and ended  72 hours later on Thursday May 17 at 2pm.      Very early Tuesday morning the Senate Democrats  took a GOP leadership deal  and HORSE-TRADED  the 72 hour bill, HB1307 away.   They agreed to stand down their filibuster and the Senate then voted 22-9 to pass  it.  The  House voted Thursday 111-39 and sent the bill to Governor NIxon’s desk. The governor has 45 days to take action on HB1307, once he received it. I am so proud of everyone who participated including Ryann Summerford,...

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The Good, Bad, and the Ugly: Updates on Women’s Health

Happy Wednesday! A lot has happened so far this week regarding women’s health. From Mississippi’s last abortion clinic fighting for its existence to Planned Parenthood challenging Iowa’s telemedicine ban, let’s get you updated! Will Mississippi’s Last Abortion Clinic Close? Soon enough, Mississippi may become the first state with no abortion clinics. This is all depending on the decision of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. The court in New Orleans heard arguments Monday in the case reviewing the constitutionality of a 2012 law that requires all abortion doctors in Mississippi to obtain admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. READ MORE: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/advice/health/mississippi-abortion-clinic Google...

2012 Republican National Convention: Day 3

How the GOP can Win Back Women —-If They Really Want To…

I cannot believe what I read about Nevada’s GOP party platform.  Really!?? In Missouri the GOP has 32 horrible abortion bills and no interest in equality rights in the workplace, let alone marriage. But if the GOP truly wants to woo women back into their party, then THIS is the way to start.  Thank you Ilyse Hogue for a great piece. ———————– How the GOP can Win Back Women By Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America – April 27, 2014 for MSNBC In Nevada last week, the state Republican Party quietly made a significant decision: to remove its opposition to abortion...