VIDEO: Cecile Richards on Hardball Promoting Education, Prevention, Pro-Choice Values

Scott Swenson

Hardball's Chris Matthews hosted Cecile Richards and Barbara Comstock for a debate between education, prevention and pro-choice values vs. the same old divisive politics of personal destruction from the far-right.

Hardball’s Chris Matthews hosted Cecile Richards and Barbara Comstock for a debate between education, prevention and pro-choice values vs. the same old divisive politics of personal destruction from the far-right. See our front page for complete coverage.

 

Appreciate our work?

Vote now! And help Rewire earn a bigger grant from CREDO:

VOTE NOW

(VIDEO) Cecile Richards on Today’s House Vote Defunding Planned Parenthood: “We Need You Today, Tomorrow and the Next Day..”

Jodi Jacobson

Today, the House of Representatives voted in favor of the Pence Amendment, eliminating funding for Planned Parenthood. Cecile Richards, President of PPFA, puts out a call for action.

Today, the House of Representatives voted in favor of the Pence Amendment, eliminating funding for Planned Parenthood.

Since the first day they took office in January, the GOP and Tea Party majority in Congress have been focused like a lazer beam on one thing: eliminating access for women and in fact all people to have affordable health care, and particularly to reproductive and sexual health care. The main target of this effort in terms of rhetoric has been Planned Parenthood Federation of America, but in truth this is a war waged on all of us, and particularly on low-income women and children, many of whom depend on publicly funded clinics for primary preventive care.

The vote in favor of the Pence Amendment was 240-185 with at least 10 Democrats voting for the amendment, and seven Republicans voting against it. The final roll call vote was not available at the time of this writing, but among the Democrats who voted to defund PPFA were Congressmen Dan Boren (OK), Joe Donnelly (Indiana), Jerry Costello (Illinois), Dan Lipinski (Illinois), Mike McIntyre (North Carolina), Collin Peterson (Minnesota), Nick Rahall (West Virginia), Silvestre Reyes (Texas), Mike Ross (Arkansas), and Heath Shuler (North Carolina). See anything in common? Yep. They’re all men.  And many of them also remain cosponsors on bills that seeks to further decimate your rights.

See our series by Sarah Jaffe on the #HR3 Ten, the anti-choice Democrats who are voting to take away your health care.

Appreciate our work?

Vote now! And help Rewire earn a bigger grant from CREDO:

VOTE NOW

Each one of these men apparently bought into and perpetuated the charade that this was a discussion about federal funding of abortion. Which it was not.  It was about eliminating federal funds that pay for cervical cancer and breast cancer screenings, for testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, and for many primary preventive care services to which, without Planned Parenthood, millions of people will not have access. 

The next step on this is the Senate and do not be complacent because there are NO guarantees that the Senate will in fact stick up for women’s health and rights.  Senator Harry Reid is anti-choice, and as I write the White House is deep in negotiations to get yet another anti-choice Democrat, Tim Kaine, to run for the Senate in Virginia.  Moreover, Obama gave it all away in health reform.

So now, we have one choice, and that is to take action. As Cecile Richards says in the video below, it is time, right now to act.

Media: It’s a Woman’s Nation While Dad’s on His Knees

Wendy Norris

Instead of a thoughtful series on very real gender inequities in wages, unfair gender-rating of health insurance and antiquated employment policies to truly elevate the public debate, it now appears Cosmopolitan is advising the Shriver Team.

In the heat of the national debate on long-delayed health
insurance reform, the landmark Shriver Report on work and family life
has sadly devolved into a voyeuristic peek into our bedrooms.

"Shifting roles change dynamic in bedroom" shouts
Thursday’s lead story on 
MSNBC.com, a media partner in the year-long study of workplace trends
led by California First Lady Maria Shriver and published by the liberal think
tank Center for American Progress.

Instead of a thoughtful series on very real gender
inequities in wages, unfair gender-rating of health insurance and antiquated
employment policies that could truly elevate the public debate it now appears Cosmopolitan is advising the Shriver
Report publicity team.

A fat check is the new heaving bosoms, so they say. There
were no women making big bank that were actually interviewed for the story.

Appreciate our work?

Vote now! And help Rewire earn a bigger grant from CREDO:

VOTE NOW

The piece subtitled "When she earns more, he aims to
please
" is an excruciating exercise in sexuality-fueled relationship
politics that utterly destroys the report’s giddy assertion that the
"battle of the sexes is over."

"Derrick
Hayes’s wife, an oncology nurse, makes twice the money he does in his job as a
juvenile corrections officer in Columbus, Ga.

And
he since she brings home much of the bacon, he wants to make sure he’s offering
her some perks too. He leaves affectionate notes around the house for her and
tries to keep the house tidy. And he wants to make sure he shines in one
special area.

Since
she is "handling certain areas of the relationship" like making most
of the money, he said, “you’ve got to handle your business." By
"business," Hayes means sex. "You’ve got to be creative. You’ve
got to be good!"

Lovely. Good to know the unnamed Mrs. Hayes is getting some
action.

Especially after a hard day’s work in an incredibly
stressful profession where she is likely exposed to dangerous chemotherapy
toxins and radiation — a concern the study devotes an entire section to the
workplace risks in female-dominated occupations.

Even more despicable is Chris Matthews’ tittering "sex
as reward for housework" interview with Shriver on his MSNBC show Hardball and his lecherous insinuations
about her marital relations with husband, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger:

The most infuriating aspect of this media debacle is the Shriver Report is a well-sourced study on gender inequities in the workplace and at home — though its policy prescriptions on telecommuting and family leave policies focus far too heavily on improving circumstances for affluent, white mothers than the more intractable problems facing single women without children, low income women and women of color.

I’m almost relieved that NBC News concludes this banal week-long series on the report Friday. Though I can only imagine we’re in for a searing exposé on the new pickup line for middle-aged women on the prowl for younger men: “Hey, baby, what’s your insurance co-pay?”

credo_rewire_vote_3

Vote for Rewire and Help Us Earn Money

Rewire is in the running for a CREDO Mobile grant. More votes for Rewire means more CREDO grant money to support our work. Please take a few seconds to help us out!

VOTE!

Thank you for supporting our work!