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Dispatches From The War On Women: Everybody Loves Mommy

Dispatches From The War On Women: Everybody Loves Mommy

Welcome to Dispatches, your round-up of the latest news from the frontlines of the War on Women. Have a story from your state or an idea on how to push back? Share them here and fight back against the War on Women.

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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7:34PM PST on Dec 24, 2012

Sad

7:33PM PST on Dec 24, 2012

Sad

7:03PM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

I work nights and have my son during the day not for "dignity" but out of necessity. Id be a stay at home mom in an INSTANT if finances allowed, and id have a heart full of pride bc my son is well rounded, happy, loved and intelligent

9:13PM PDT on Apr 16, 2012

Part 2. 6. Romney, a presidential candidate facing a party base of Tea Party members and far right wingers vows to get rid of "ObamaCare."

7.. Romney says ObamaCare was the right plan for Massachusetts, but he never advocated it for a national model.

8. Romney's Greed Old Party opponents hammer him about being the originator of ObamaCare. But Romney insists there is a big difference between a state plan and federal one.

9. Unfortunately for Romney. he still hasn't learned in the age of the Internet, cell phones with cameras and even video cameras you no longer can lie your way through, especially when you lie on a high profile show like Meet the Press.

10. MSNBC found a videotape of Romney appearing on Meet the Press in January of 2009. It showed that Romney not only pushed for President Barack Obama to adopt a health care insurance purchasing mandate, but HE ACTUALLY CRITICIZED PRESIDENT OBAMA FOR NOT ADOPTING the Massachusetts Plan. Bottom line: Romney lied when he said he never pushed for adoption of the national mandate. Also one of the people who helped Romney adopt the plan has said he advised the Obama people and Obama. May be that explains why the devious Romney spent $150,000 of Massachusetts taxpayer money to erase EVERY E-MAIL of his administration as governor. Was it a cover-up of RomneyCare and how RomneyCare became ObamaCare? Ray A. Cohn, retired political/inves

2:11PM PDT on Apr 16, 2012

Noted

11:07AM PDT on Apr 16, 2012

Kysti S.: I have no problem with that. What I do have a problem with is with presumtive Republican presidential nominee -- and he said that in January -- saying women on welfare need to work because "work (he was talking about paid work) is dignity." Now I don't have a problem with a work requirement -- as long as there is a provision for payment of daycare. Romney -- to his credit -- said he would favor subsidy of the daycare -- even if the job pays less than the daycare cost because of the dignity issue. And this is where I have a major problem with hypocrisy. A poor woman in Mitt's world to have "dignity" needs to work. But his wife -- with a galore of maids, helpers, cooks, etc. can raise their five boys and still have dignity. So is work only dignity for poor people? But then you have a guy who flip flops qucker than an animal that can change colors does so. He was to the left of Sen. Ted Kennedy when he ran for US senator in Massachusetts. Now he is so far to the right that he favors the personhood amendment -- that is so radical even the voters of Mississippi rejected. Under that definition even use of the birth control pill could be defined as murder. He once raised money for Planned Parenthood; now he wants to cut off all federal funding for it. His positions vary according to when he is running, where he is running, what his constituency is and what the hottest topic of the moment is. Does he really think the American people are stupid enough to accept that? Ray A.

10:44AM PDT on Apr 16, 2012

Karen H: I agree with you. It's typical Republican BS. They want "to get "government off our backs." That is unless you don't do WHAT THEY WANT YOU TO DO. Or unless it's AGAINST THEIR ECONOMIC INTEREST. I remember when I went to school to junior high school in Hollywood, FL area in the late 1950s, my English teacher was fired just because he was gay. He was an excellent teacher who kept his private life private. But back then a reactionary John Birch Society sympathetic school board ran the school system. Under Goeorge W. Bush -- when George II was governor of Texas -- Republicans tried to put the regulation of HMOs in the hands of federal courts -- instead of in state courts. The party that always talks about "state rights" suddenly wanted the feds to have jurisdiction. It seems the juries in state courts were to sympathetic to the consumers. Actually to the credit of the Legislature it overode Gov. Bush's veto of a bill that would have kept state regulations. But then George II -- when he became president through a partisan decision of the US Supreme Court -- took care of the problem for health care providers. They were heavy contributors to his campaigns. Since then the corporate/Republican partisan majority on the high court has practically legalized bribery with its ruling -- known as Citizen United -- on campaign financing. Ray A. Cohn, retired political and investigative reporter.

10:42AM PDT on Apr 16, 2012

Karen H: I agree with you. It's typical Republican BS. They want "to get "government off our backs." That is unless you don't do WHAT THEY WANT YOU TO DO. Or unless it's AGAINST THEIR ECONOMIC INTEREST. I remember when I went to school to junior high school in Hollywood, FL area in the late 1950s, my English teacher was fired just because he was gay. He was an excellent teacher who kept his private life private. But back then a reactionary John Birch Society sympathetic school board ran the school system. Under Goeorge W. Bush -- when George II was governor of Texas -- Republicans tried to put the regulation of HMOs in the hands of federal courts -- instead of in state courts. The party that always talks about "state rights" suddenly wanted the feds to have jurisdiction. It seems the juries in state courts were to sympathetic to the consumers. Actually to the credit of the Legislature it overode Gov. Bush's veto of a bill that would have kept state regulations. But then George II -- when he became president through a partisan decision of the US Supreme Court -- took care of the problem for health care providers. They were heavy contributors to his campaigns. Since then the corporate/Republican partisan majority on the high court has practically legalized bribery with its ruling -- known as Citizen United -- on campaign financing. Ray A. Cohn, retired political and investigative reporter.

5:45PM PDT on Apr 15, 2012

Okay, so Texas can fire a pregnant teacher because she isn't married, which they find offensive. When I was in grade school, I don't think our parents would've been as offended by a pregnant single teacher as they were when they found out the janitor was taking little girls down to the boiler room and molesting them.
Can't we all be like Mitt Romney's wife and stay home to care for our kids simply because we "choose to"?

2:33PM PDT on Apr 15, 2012

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