Dispatches From The War On Women: American Nuns Hit The Road

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The American nuns deserve a whole lot of credit here. First they find themselves the target of attacks by the Vatican over their doctrinal fidelity and divided loyalties–the nuns spend most of their time on social justice issues like serving the poor while the bishops prefer to lobby against health insurance and hide pedophiles. But rather than slink away quietly as Rome told them to, they’ve decided to take their message directly to the flock. That’s right. A busload of nuns is taking a nine-state tour to highlight the social justice work they do. The tour will coincide with the bishop’s “Fortnight of Freedom” protest and organized civil disobedience around the health care bill– a week of openly and actively fighting for the right to deny lifesaving medical care based on personal prejudice. There really couldn’t be a starker contrast in approaches and positions then the bishops vs. the nuns. My money is on the nuns.

Continuing with the theme of revolution, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) has called for one after Republicans blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act. Ladies, we all need to sign up.

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists told Republican lawmakers to sit down, quiet up, and stop trying to play doctor with all the anti-woman legislating–in the New York Times no less.

I guess DC didn’t get the message because House Republicans are again offering a bill to target abortion access for the women in the District of Columbia.

Anti-abortion group Live Action released another in a series of sting videos designed to rally troops around the federal sex-selective abortion ban PRENDA but inadvertently ended up proving just how bad PRENDA is and how impossible these kinds of abortion bans are to police.

Check out this great three part conversation with trans feminist bloggers Emily Manuel, Monica Moldinado, Stephen Ira, and Avory Faucette.

Trans hate crime victim CeCe McDonald has been sentenced to 41 months in a men’s prison while the state makes its own determination as to her gender.

Minnesotans don’t seem as interested in banning same-sex marriage as supporters of the ban originally thought.

Depressed after the Wisconsin recall election even though the Democrats took the Senate? Don’t be.

A new study shows an enormous gender pay gap found at America’s venture capital firms.

Why are our schools for sale?

Lastly, meet the women and people of color who invented the internet.

Thanks for checking back and don’t forget to send in your stories, suggestions and comments. We’ll be back each weekday 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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LMj Sunshine
James merritt jr6 years ago

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James merritt jr6 years ago

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LMj Sunshine
James merritt jr6 years ago

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LMj Sunshine
James merritt jr6 years ago

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LMj Sunshine
James merritt jr6 years ago

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Norma V.
Norma Villarreal7 years ago

They looked liked the Dominican nuns who taught me in kindergarten. Sister Purification scared the hell out of me! If God can't move men's hearts of stone, the nuns will bash the pope and this male heirarchy with a holy two-by-four!

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Dorothy K.
Dorothy K7 years ago

Go Sisters!! the ones pictured appear to be Dominican sisters!! kudos, I was One of you at one time, way to go!!!

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Raphael M.
Raphael M7 years ago

The problem with most organized religions is that they were created by old men to protect the power of men...in other words by and for the patriarchy. That's why empire and religion joined forces, as in the "Holy Roman Empire". They were also created by specific individuals who were misogynists...and sought to control and suppress women sexuality. They did this for centuries.

Now they are at it again...the fight against abortion is not just that, it's a war on sexuality. That's why the fundamentalists and other fanatics seek to reestablish the suppression of sex outside of marriage.

The control of sexual passion in people by such "authorities" as religious leaders is the surest way to control all other areas of these people's lives. The popes of previous centuries knew this...and to control human sexuality, they chose to control women.

The war on women is a spiritual war...women represent a creative spiritual power or force the destructive and spiritually impotent patriarchy fears greatly.

You can always tell the fear of anyone or any group or leadership by the degree of power and control he/they attempt to acquire over others.

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KELLY ROGERS
Kelly R7 years ago

Thanx for the information

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Holly Lawrence
Holly Lawrence7 years ago

Go SISTERS!!!!

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