Dispatches From The War On Women: Women’s Rights Are Human Rights

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The big story in Washington D.C. right now is whether or not Republicans are actually going to kill the very popular and very successful Violence Against Women Act. And if ever there was a story that encapsulated the Republican war on women opposition to VAWA is it. Republicans like to point out that they don’t oppose VAWA, they just oppose making sure VAWA protections extend to undocumented women and members of the LGBT community. This is despite uncontested evidence that threat of deportation is often used as a means of keeping women in an abusive and sometimes deadly domestic relationship. And it’s also despite the fact that what we’re talking about here is recognition and protection of basic human rights for all women.

Amazingly one Missouri Senate candidate isn’t even sure what the Violence Against Women Act is.

Is Mitt Romney going to try and help his image with women voters by picking a woman as his running mate? Would it even work?

Deadbeat dad Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) releases a statement that he is not a deadbeat dad.

In contrast some mothers are willing to walk as many as 15 miles to get their children vaccinated.

Enough Native Americans live under such intolerable conditions that the United Nations has decided it’s time to investigate.

As Robin Marty explains, legislators in Wisconsin likely made it impossible for doctors to avoid being charged with a felony in administering RU-486 which is one of the reasons Planned Parenthood suspended performing medical abortions in the state.

If Roe v. Wade was overturned and states could outlaw abortions, these are the 17 states that would do it first.

The White House officially came out in support the the Student Non Discrimination Act while Republicans in Missouri advance a “don’t say gay” bill that is even stricter than the one in Tennessee.

Facebook still has a woman problem.

EMILY’s List came out with a new round of endorsements. Check them out here.

Can you imagine anything like this happening in the United States? Members of Ukrainian feminist group Femen barricaded themselves in a cathedral bell tower for a topless protest against a Church-backed bill that would ban abortions in the country. That would certainly be one way to get the Cardinals’ attention.

Thanks for checking back and don’t forget to send in your stories, suggestions and comments. We’ll be back tomorrow 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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122 comments

JH Mccallum
JH M6 years ago

Phillip,

Like Obama, you know how to deflect as well as any liberal, I guess.

nazi definition: "An organization employing underhanded methods against persons".
While the word may cause envisioning the most horribly infamous German version, the definition does not pertain to just that alone, nor has it been used solely for that.

To prove this point, here are two references within this very same thread--
Scroll down a little and you'll find this statement from "Bruce D"...

"Women are rapidly becoming the "Juden" of Nazi Germany. Let's name the GOP for what it is; "Nazi Amerika". I am deadly serious."

(Hmmm, Phillip--wonder why you didn't blast him for using the word "Nazi"? Maybe because it's pointed at the GOP???)

Another--
"I'm doing a presentation on an article that likens southern state governments during Jim Crow to Hitler's Gestapo in the 1940's." (I guess since you take it so literally, shouldn't you go find those abandoned camps in Alabama, Phillip?)

Nice try to avoid the comment's point using on an attempt to refocus..Sorry to crowd your simplistic thinking with facts!

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Philip Amos
.6 years ago

It would be interesting to know a little more about JH M., but he doesn't have a profile. What a surprise. Anyway, JH, two things. The Gestapo were the secret state police of Nazi Germany,and so to describe us as 'liberal gestapo' suggests to me that even working for your GED at night school might be of benefit. And did I not know it to be a futile exercise, I could tell you the stories of my friends who succeeding in eluding the Gestapo, and of those who did not but survived the concentration camps. It would be appreciated by many, I am sure, if you learn of these things, then think before you write, and to stretch your vocabulary a touch in order to avoid using terms the connotations of which are beyond you.

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Tony C.
Tony C6 years ago

If more women don't realize that THEIR rights are swiftly being taken away by the narrow minded politicians, and if they don't act by voting them out of office, there will come a day when women will ask themselves, what happened to my rights?? By that time it will be too late. The future of women who have to put up with all this injustice of being attacked on contraception, abortion, and closing the Planned Parenthood offices which have helped with cancer screenings, pregnancies and many others is leading them down the path to second class citizenship. Sex Education should be MANDATORY. Women have so much power but they don't realize it, and if they do they don't use it. If women went on strike in the kitchen and the bedroom, I believe things would change quickly and for the better. Look at the voting records of all the politicians and use the Power of YOUR VOTE to keep the politicians that are fighting for your equal rights in and remove any politician of any party that tries to take away your rights. Use Google and Utube to find answers for your questions. I Googled if Romney was ever for abortions and found out that in 2002 he was definitely PRO CHOICE . Don’t believe me? See for yourself.

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Arild Warud

Of course it's a human right.

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Chad A.
Chad Anderson6 years ago

Statistically, the average person is a woman.

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Lin Penrose
Lin Penrose6 years ago

Womens and female rights are choosing to mate for sex, for reproduction, companionship, or any mixture of the above without being made a criminal or slave. I think most males do agree with those compositions for themselves as their rights. However, males also want as much control over females and the power females hold, as possible. The loss of that male control over female power, scares the living and dreadful thoughts into males and some females. As well it should. Acceptance of equality and balance of our species and genders, could be positive answers for many extreme problems involving the whole planet. Ah well, I can dream.

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JH Mccallum
JH M6 years ago

James W,
I would have sent you a green star, but only those who agree with the liberal gestapo that run this site are allowed to award "free speech"....

And now, Nancy Pelosi wants to amend the First Amendment to keep any group from openly supporting people like you!

And these people just keep drinking the kool aid, James!

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Muriel C.
Muriel C6 years ago

Robert J. Thank you for letting us know. I signed the petition for Mary. That judge should be behind bars: what she allowed was a travesty of justice

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Robert Jetmore
Robert Jetmore6 years ago

Here is a great instance of a human rights violation by a Connecticut Probate Judge Matthew H. Greene that is being covered up my his colleges.

Probate judge, Mathew H. Green, allowed the ex-husband, Frank Gennotti, Sr. to marry Mary A. Gennotti, using her maiden name, on Feb. 27, 2009, by a justice of the peace, Shirley Pope Alloway, Frank's friend for over forty years. He was an abusive husband with restraining orders and numerous police complaints against him, and he also made death threats. Mary could not sign her name, so an X was used. On March 16, 2009, Probate Judge Greene, appointed her ex-husband, Frank, conservator of Mary and of her estate. Mary died March 27, 2009, thirty days after the illegal marriage. Her death certificate listed the cause of death as Glioblastoma Neoplasia @ Temparallous, intervals for months and degenerative dementia for years. Three months prior to her death she was a patient at L & M Hospital and could not recognize close family member.

Evidence presented is missing from the court records. Twenty three had written documents.

The judge has now vicious retaliated against the 74 year old whistle blower with actions of eviction from a home he constructed and lived in for the past 52 years.

Thank you all for taking the time to read this.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/442/justice-for-mary/

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Frances C.
Frances C6 years ago

James W. Absolutely! Children need their mothers and fathers. Any parent who tries to keep a child away from the other is hurting the child. Fighting in front of the kids is bad enough but using them to hurt the other is being a bad parent. I am, of course, not speaking of physical or sexual abuse from either parent--that's a whole different situation.

That said, there is a real war on women's rights happening on the far right of the Republican party (tea baggers) right now. Contraception, abortion rights, forced ultra sounds, personhood, lower pay, rich women stay home with kids, poor women go to work/no child care help for her. The 'small' government tea party wants 'LARGE' government in our bedrooms, physician visits, hospital rooms, our most intimate decisions.

It is so very important that we reelect President Obama, and work hard to elect more Democrats to the Senate and House to help the President actually pass some needed legislation. And no more right wing ultra conservative Supreme Court Judges.

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