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In my work exposing democrats for life and unveiling the anti-choice forces behind the Susan B Anthony birthplace museum, I have created a central facebook group that provides daily updates on important issues about reproductive choice.  In a little over a month, we have grown to over 5,700 members

Please join us over on facebook on the group

I bet we can find a million people who support a woman’s right to choose

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Mama’s Day Our Way: Celebrating Diversity on Mother’s Day 2012

Lisa Russ & Strong Families

Mother's Day has a way of making everyone feel like an outsider. This brunch-y, kid friendly version of Mother's Day, creates the feeling that there is some elusive "right way" to celebrate and be celebrated. We want to flip that.

This article is one in a series published in collaboration with our sister organization, Strong Families.

Mother’s Day has a way of making everyone feel like an outsider. This brunch-y, kid friendly version of Mother’s Day, creates the feeling that there is some elusive “right way” to celebrate and be celebrated. And most people’s tales of the day include disappointment and dismay over something (or everything) gone awry.

For Strong Families Mama’s Day celebration, we knew we wanted to flip that. Rather than create more idealized shoulds, we  wanted to put out words and images that capture mamahood as we know it, in all of it’s complexity.

We know that mamas defy categories. We are all engaged in families and communities in motion — from immigration status to sexuality and gender, from health and ability, to disability and transformation. Day to day, the most constant thing is a commitment to figuring it out.

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We wanted a way to recognize the day that would bring us back to its roots. Originally a cry against the Civil War, Mother’s Day was meant to be a radical revisioning of what is possible when you put mothers at the center of things.

To that end, we worked with an incredible group of artists to create a series of e-cards that will be released on May 8th.  Taken together, the set of cards creates an image of mamahood that will not be available at the CVS nearest you. Each card lovingly depicts an aspect of mamahood and family that will likely feel very familiar to most of us…immigration, tenderness, separation, disability, love, and queerness.

From now through Mother’s Day, we are featuring articles by mamas on an amazing range of topics, from nursing and working, to being pregnant while gender-queer, to race, immigration, and mamahood.

We invite you to sit back, stay tuned, and watch the blog roll with some amazing content sure to delight and inspire.  Follow us on twitter and Facebook to make sure you don’t miss a word.



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Iowa Woman Takes On Rep Steve King Over His Planned Parenthood Attacks

Michael Hayne

Iowa woman takes on Rep. Steve King.  

The FAMILY LEADER–one of those innocuous sounding groups that in reality is about as much about actual families as the Democratic Republic of the Congo is “democratic”–has been flexing its political muscle throughout the Republican Presidential Nomination process in Iowa. From getting the republican candidates to sign its Christian version of Sharia Law in The Marriage Vow: A Declaration of Dependence upon MARRIAGE and FAMILY, to pressuring Iowa Republican lawmakers to ensure that Planned Parenthood receives absolutely no state tax dollars.

Not to burst the Fox News bubble created for the Republican residents of crazytown, but it’s a well-known fact that Planned Parenthood does not receive any federal monies for abortions. Planned Parenthood gets $6 million in state tax dollars for providing birth control and reproductive health exams to poor women, unlike the oil companies that can receive upwards of $41 billion a year in federal subsidies. 

A woman in her seventies from central Iowa took the party on, exchanging heated but respectful words with Rep. Steve King (R-IA) at a town hall meeting last Tuesday. King has been making a lot of headlines recently over some crazy crap he said, but it’s important to remember that he’s been instrumental in demonizing Planned Parenthood.

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According to ThinkProgress, Shirley Grant went after King for working to defund Planned Parenthood, for trying to make it harder for women to get health care and “take charge of their destiny.” Grant added “I find it very offensive that men think they can tell women what to do with their own life.” 

“When women want pro-choice and want to take charge of their destiny, you and your cohorts want to take funding away from Planned Parenthood. My daughter says, ‘throw out the word [birth control], Mom. Planned Parenthood isn’t that.’ She says it’s for hormone replacement and that means you use those pills for many, many, many different areas of women’s lives. I find it very offensive that men think they can tell women what to do with their own life,” said Grant (Source: Think Progress)

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