Dispatches From The War On Women


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With bill after bill attacking women’s reproductive rights, the women are fighting back. First, there’s Project TMI, a campaign where constituents share the intimate details of their reproductive health with legislators who support anti-abortion restrictions in their states to keep their representatives honest in their “concerns” over women’s health.

Then there’s this piece focusing on conservative and even evangelical female Republicans admitting their growing disenchantment with a party that seems intent on legislating women back to the days of coverture. And there’s this video reminding us all of the power of women voters. And this one too.

Even Republican men are starting to speak out. Senator John McCain (R, AZ) weighed in on the war on women, coming out against controversial contraception bills making their way through the Arizona legislature. Pay attention to his critique though and remember that McCain supported the very-similar Blunt Amendment at the federal level for a good gut-check on the politics versus optics challenge for McCain here.

Speaking of Arizona, the state is not only attacking contraception but looking to de-fund Planned Parenthood as well.

Meanwhile Colorado Republicans advanced another measure looking to criminalize abortion and Idaho is closing in on passing a mandatory ultrasound bill, despite widespread opposition to the bill.

Texas health care providers are scrambling now that the state has forfeited millions of dollars in Medicaid funds as part of a campaign to strip Planned Parenthood of all funding. The goal is to manage care without closing clinics, but the reality is services will have to be drastically cut, especially since the Women’s Health Program lost approximately 90 percent of its funding via these cuts.

In Utah public opposition to an abstinence-only bill led Gov. Gary R. Herbert (R) to veto the bill, a rare victory for public health advocates in Republican-dominated legislatures. The state still has a bill mandating a 72-hour waiting period for women seeking abortion pending though and that bill is more likely to be signed.

Wisconsin, on the other hand, passed an abstinence-only bill and a ban on private insurance bans covering abortions.

Public pressure is also what likely killed a mandatory ultrasound bill in Pennsylvania.

Mississippi’s attack on choice includes advancing a “fetal heartbeat” bill that would ban abortion at 20 weeks as well as a series of TRAP laws that, if passed, would close the state’s only abortion clinic.

The Obama administration clarified that the contraception mandate would apply to self-insured institutions and most college health plans while the first private lawsuit challenging the contraception mandate was filed in federal court.

Just how high are the stakes in this battle? Over half the women in this country live in a state where reproductive rights hang in the balance.

Finally, there’s still bitter partisan battling over renewal of the Violence Against Women Act.

Come back tomorrow for another round-up of the latest news and commentary on the War on Women. So long as the battle rages, we’ll cover the latest.


Photo from The US Army via flickr.


Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener5 years ago

Women UNITE against this paternalistic scaremongering!

Robert Volpe
Robert Volpe5 years ago

Unfortunately, the quote is not mine, but how appropriate: "Never before have so many with so little to say said so much to so few.

Roseanne S.

They need to heal just like all the other mothers.
I paid a price in standing up for them, that I would pay over again!
I stand for the life of every person, to stop the suffering.
There are people who REALLY do care!

Roseanne S.

Wee Care supports mothers, in providing little clothes for stillborn babies, they also give them to mothers who had miscarriages to help them, as well as for premature babies.. What of mothers whose babies died through abortion I thought? remembering the pain and agony I had seen. Their babies were the same age as these ones! Where do they go to grieve? In a world where they were supposed to feel nothing, since it's something they wanted and weren't they supposed to be grateful for the service? So they don't go back to abortion agencies. When they feel condemned by others for having an abortion. Who do they talk to? No one. There are people who care!
I think that perhaps, every mention of children being human before birth causes them pain. So they lash out at those who bring the truth in order stop any more women suffering this fate.
They are caught inbetween, they are wounded in the middle.
If this is the case with any of you, I am sorry that you suffer this pain, I do care!

In establishing a little garden area at out local cemetery for children who died before birth, I thought of all the women I had known or nursed, that had suffered the loss of a child.
That's why I fought to have ALL the babies remembered without exception. Why I fought to include ALL the mothers whose babies had died, regardless of how.
Why shouldn't the women whose children died through abortion be included, I thought!
The heart wrenching letters I received from them made me cry!
They need

Roseanne S.

People can call me names, attack the truth with the lies they believe if they want.
It will not cahnge the truth of what I am saying.
I am concerned with women's health, well being and life, that is why I am telling you these facts. Everyone's life is valuable and equal! No one is a piece of junk to be abused and mistreated, no one. That includes little human beings. We were all unborn persons, before we were born persons. How do we like to be treated?
If unborn children are not a human beings, then what sort of beings are they?
They are not blobs of cells, all life could be defined that way!
In fact, it is only living things that do have cells, so isn't a child living before as well as after birth? Are we to say that it's alright to kill anyone since we are all blobs of cells?
Women die from violence, illness and poverty every day. Do I care, yes!
Some of those women die from the effects of abortion, it's complications and it's results.
This is being hidden and disguised in other statistics world wide.

Women who have abortions have a greater chance of ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, stillbirth, premature births, breast cancer, depression etc... the list keeps going!

I know women also whose babies have dies not long after birth, I have known mothers who have died not long after giving birth. In every case they were pleased that they didn't have an abortion, they got to hold their babies.
The organisation 'Wee Care," gives support to families and mothers.

Myron Scott
Myron Scott5 years ago

Likewise, Ellen.

Ellen Mccabe
Ellen m5 years ago

Darryll Green felt the need to send me a personal message telling me to stop blaming repugs, and to put this blame on Obama.
Why he couldn't do it here i don't know, but at least i got to block another bagger troll :-)

joe M.
joe MARTINEZ5 years ago

Cindy: Having said that, you're correct on your views. Now we could only get the conservativeand GOP women to break ranks with their macho in charge we'll get somewhere. I had an interesting conversation two days ago. My grandaughter had a house full of girls getting ready for their prom night. I was seating reading Care2 comments on this subject and one girls asked me what I was doing. I explained to them that this week, we're fighing for women's rights. Naturally I capitalized in getting the point across, how important it was for them to fight for their rights. Of course they were dumb to the subject. I did however, got a point across, that when they go inside the voting booth no one else know how you vote. If your father and or husband objects to your views on protecting your rights lie if you have too. All the girls that were vote this year for the first time. I just they don't tell their dad's.At any rate I depart the area tomorrow. Guess I'll safe from the PA. rednecks.

joe M.
joe MARTINEZ5 years ago

Glenna: This is the point on contention with pro-lifers. Catholic religion makes no allowance, and the rest of conservatives and GOP religious pretenders minds are closed to reason waving their bible as gospel the word of god. Of course politicians capitalize on the public fears in pursuit of votes thereby giving credence to their narrow ignorant minds of prolifers.

Winn Adams
Winn A5 years ago

All women in all 50 states need to vote the Republicans out of office at the next opportunity. Women will NOT go back to the way it was and we will stand up for our rights. I really hope these Republicans will find out what it's like to be out of office.