Dispatches From The War On Women: Firebombs In Texas


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.

Texas State Senator and Planned Parenthood supporter Wendy Davis had her Ft. Worth office firebombed on Tuesday afternoon, providing yet another reminder of the very real danger advocating for women’s health can pose.

The sponsor of Idaho’s mandatory ultrasound bill thinks his legislation is necessary because women lie about getting raped just so they can get an abortion.

Legislators in Tennessee push a junk science bill that could pave the way for health classes to teach students that abortions cause breast cancer. Which they don’t. But that’s not the point.

Is it time for an underground railroad for contraception and reproductive health care? It just might be.

Republicans in Washington continue to attack health insurance coverage, this time trotting out Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to work his budget magic and erase insurance coverage for over 48 million Americans.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (R-CA) and other congresswomen would like to remind everyone how beneficial health care reform is to women in light of the “brazen” Republican attacks on women’s health. It’s also a good time to consider what’s at stake in next week’s health care reform arguments.

While I still think the Affordable Care Act should be safe, even from the Roberts Court, there is reason to be concerned. The Supreme Court’s conservative block held that states are immune from lawsuits should they violate the Family and Medical Leave Act’s “self-care” provision. That’s the part of the FMLA that allows a person to take time off from work to care for a major medical condition — like pregnancy and recovery — sending the clear message to pregnant women that what little protections they have from employment discrimination are on the ropes.

In the good news department, there’s a new campaign to combat street harassment and former Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth will take on Tea Party crusader and dead-beat dad Rep. Joe Walsh for the Eighth Congressional District seat in Illinois come November.

Do you knit? How about knitting your favorite anti-choice congressperson a uterus?

Come back tomorrow for another round-up of the latest news and commentary on the War on Women. So long as the battle rages, well cover the latest. And thanks to those who have submitted story suggestions already Im hard at work on a couple already, so please check back!


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Judith Emerson
Judith Emerson3 years ago

Science means little when RELIGIOUS EMOTIONS take over ... especially if GREED is also a possibility. :-(

Olli M.
Olli M.3 years ago

@Bruce D. You can do a little research on how human a fetus actually is and how he is capable of perceptions, experience, pain and memory, even on Youtube. I happen to be regressive therapist and have taken back many an individual to the prenatal area, as far as conception, and these recordings and pain storage can be reached and relieved to a marked, even complete positive change in the being, character, bearing, emotions, intelligence and social life of the person. :-)
@Julie C. You are absolutely right. In fact there exist a multitude of organizations that specialize in taking care of orphans and babies/children who cannot be raised by their parents, but there can never be too many of these. :-)

Julie Cook
Past Member 3 years ago

@ Roseanne S.
I agree that the best scenario is to care for children, whether they are born or not, the sad truth is that child poverty rates are increasing. Here is just one link that shows that the number of poor American children is on the rise, and that being the case, it makes much more sense to me to help the kids we already have rather than to bring new life into the world if you have no real hope of caring for them.

Roseanne S.

There are countless people world wide who want to adopt and care for children.
So there are no unwanted children really, just unwanted pregnancies. Women in crisis, it highlights the needs of people not being met. I think it is the injustices that need to be tackled in our world. Situations where people think there is only one way out. There is always an alternative to death in any situation, there is life, if only people would choose it for everyone.
If only people would care for one another when times are hard!
Bruce, it is not just a theory as to the foetus being human, it is actually fact as Ollie has said.
For info regarding life before birth, go to Voice For Life, Right to life and Family Life International sites or just Google life before birth - you'll be amazed!
It is awesome to see the wonder of your own development, the intricacy, the detail, the miracle of life that each person is as a unique creation. The miracle of life in our every day!

Jennifer Walsh
Jennifer Walsh3 years ago


Julie Cook
Past Member 3 years ago

Ollie, who is going to stand up for the thousands of unwanted and uncared for babies that are born to parents who are either too poor or unfit to care for them adequately? I don't seem to hear a lot of you advocating for the rights of the children we already have.

Bruce D.
Bruce Dame3 years ago

Ollie, I appreciate your theory about when the fetus becomes a person. But it is just that; a theory. Many others (including me) have a different theory. At this point neither of us is "right" or "Wrong."

Olli M.
Olli M.3 years ago

Who is standing up for the little guy the fetus? He has rights too, a right for a life. He is a human being.

Mario A.
Mario A.3 years ago

How can people call them self a Pro-Life when the bomb a place and put others life at risk?

Roseanne S.

Frances I have looked up info for you on breast cancer, because it is very important to women's health. As I've said, no one who is truly pro life kills! Death is NOT life!
The Doctor I was thinking of is actually American, Dr Angela Le Frenche MD FACS , of the Robert Wood Johnson medical School of New Jersey.bcpinstitute.org
Amidst a range of doctors, Dr David Reardon, Catherine Speckhard, Dr Joel Brind, Professor Jack Scantilbrick, is Dr Louise Brinton of the U.S. Cancer Institute. What is significant is that Dr Brinton, changed her view point entirely, to being deeply concerned for women's health. She speaks of the incidence of "Triple Negative Cancer' ( an extremely virulent form), was greatly increased, 40% in women who had abortion. She also found an vast increase in women who took contraceptives also. BCPI website resource page will soon be available.Studies in Turkey 66% and China 17% , for breast cancer link with abortion.The university of Colombo in Sri Lanka, supports this also. Out of 66 studies carried out world wide since 1966, 54 of them showed a link. There are 4 stages of breast development in pregnancy. Abortion takes place in the 2nd to 3rd stage. The breast cells do not develop, but do keep growing, this is what they say makes pre cancer cells that become cancerous later in life. I only write these things because I care about people, for no other reason!