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Welcome to the official launch of the 2012 general election with the reemergence of the mommy wars. North Korea may have fired a rocket but what dominated the news cycle was manufactured outrage over a wedge issue between women who earn a living outside the home and those who do not.
But instead of just judging women for the choices and circumstances of their lives, Robin Marty points out this is actually an excellent opportunity to make sure we are adequately capturing the value of domestic work. Monetize it.
To help in this discussion, here’s a great breakdown of the wage gap and what it means for men and women.
Democrats may have gotten off on the wrong foot in their response to the war on moms pivot by the Romney camp, but they’ll likely have the chance to make up for it. Already the Catholic League has attacked Hilary Rosen as not being a real parent since she’s a lesbian and her children are adopted. That’s a talking point that’s easy to square with the right’s never ending assault on abortion access and contraception.
Of course, that all assumes the media is willing to do its job and ask some questions of the narrative its being fed. Early indications suggest that’s not necessarily a safe assumption.
If there was any lingering doubt that the Susan B. Anthony List was anything other than a GOP front group its endorsement of Mitt Romney should squelch that doubt. The group doesn’t even pretend to be interested in electing women, just radical anti-abortion candidates.
All this talk of “choice” from Republicans in the mommy wars is reminiscent of the Catholic Bishops talk of “religious freedom” in the name of avoiding civil rights laws. Here’s a great example from Texas where the expansion of the conscious clause means schools can fire single women who get pregnant because they find it offensive.
In Texas, Planned Parenthood is suing to try and prevent the state from taking away funding for health care programs for over 130,000 low income women. The lawsuit, filed in federal court, requests the court block the law that blocks funding to Planned Parenthood from taking effect at the end of the month.
A ballot initiative in Florida would strip teenagers seeking abortion care of all privacy rights. Despite the fact that such a measure would clearly conflict with federal privacy protections, anti-choice advocates will push ahead with it anyways.
Gov. Jan Brewer (R) signed Arizona’s horrible 20-week abortion ban into law.
Frustrated that a woman constituent wasn’t behaving as he’d like, the Speaker of the House in Virginia asked if maybe he needed to “use littler words” to get her to understand. See for yourself.
The mental health clinic owned by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and her husband Marcus was again caught using the “gay cure” therapy.
Ending on a positive note, check out Beyonce’s open letter to the First Lady. In it she expresses her gratitude for having Michelle Obama as the “ultimate example of a truly strong African American women” and role model for her daughter. Handwritten even. That’s some good stuff there.
Everyone have an excellent weekend. We’ll be back Monday with the latest in the best and the worst from the War on Women. So long as the battle rages, we’ll cover the latest, so please check back!
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