Roundup: Cross Country Endorsements and Old People Sex

Robin Marty

The more summer rolls on, the closer we get to the 2010 election.  So, how about a roundup of a few endorsements from across the country?

The more summer rolls on, the closer we get to the 2010 election.  So, how about a roundup of a few endorsements from across the country?

In Missouri, Missourians United for Life (MUFL) is doing a dual endorsement for the 7th Congressional district, according to News-Leader.com. The candidates, both extremely anti-choice, are nearly interchangeable.

 Two GOP candidates for the 7th District Congressional race have received endorsements from Missourians United for Life, according to the group’s website.  

 The group is opposed to abortion, embryonic stem cell research and euthanasia, says its website.

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MUFL says state Senators Jack Goodman and Gary Nodler have both “served with distinction,” a designation for candidates who have held public office, sponsored or co-sponsored “pro-life” legislation and who have developed the kind of voting record Missourians United for Life supports, said Bob Onder, the physician who leads the group.

“Both we regard as having a 100 percent pro-life voting record,” said Onder.

How heated was the battle to get the endorsement?  MUFL says they may endorse more candidates for the race, but that “as of Wednesday only Nodler and Goodman had returned candidate surveys.”

In Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District, reproductive groups are steadily choosing sides in the race, according to Fox News, Wisconsin.  However, most of the candidates really would rather focus on some different issues.

State Sen. Julie Lassa, the only Democrat in the race, has been endorsed by EMILY’s List, a fundraising organization dedicated to — in its words — electing pro-choice Democratic women.  But Lassa says she would rather focus on what the voters are focusing on, the economy. While she appreciates the endorsements she’s received, it’s the endorsement of voters she’s look for.

“People are focused on pocketbook issues…not social issues..but the economy,” says Lassa.

On the Republican side, both candidates, former Ashland County District Attorney Sean Duffy and organic farmer Dan Mielke, are opposed to abortion. 

Duffy has received the coveted endorsement of Wisconsin Right to Life.  But he too would rather talk about the economy. Duffy is proud of the Wisconsin Right to Life endorsement, but he says people are losing their jobs, companies are moving out of central Wisconsin, and the real focus is how do we jumpstart this economy.”

Duffy’s Republican opponent, Dan Mielke, said in a statement that he was shocked and hurt that he was not endorsed by Wisconsin Right to Life. 

Reproductive health groups in Michigan are supporting a challenger to Andy Dillon’s Democratic gubernatorial run.  From the Detroit Free Press:

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Virg Bernero has won the endorsement of two groups that support abortion rights. 

 Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan and the Michigan National Organization for Women said today they’re backing Bernero in the governor’s race.

The Lansing mayor is running against House Speaker Andy Dillon for the Democratic nomination. Dillon opposes abortion.

The groups say in a news release that Bernero will protect “a woman’s right to choose” and fight to end gender bias in the workplace.

Andy Dillon and all of the Republican candidates are anti-choice, making Bernero the only pro-choice candidate in the race.

Finally, it seems like yet again, Susan B. Anthony list is endorsing male candidates, which makes that whole “pro-life Emily’s List” thing sort of meaningless.

Mini Roundup – In the wake of news that more older men are developing STD’s, likely because of impotence drugs like Viagra, the Seattle Weekly is making a plea to “Wrap It Up, Grandpa!”  But it looks like we may need to have a talk with Grandma, too, since she’s feeling pretty frisky as well.

July 7, 2010

How Does Health Reform Affect You NOW? (Part 2 of 3) – BlogHer

Time to entrench Hyde Amendment – OneNewsNow

Maloney Bill: Just Another Effort by Abortion Industry to Shut Down … – Christian News Wire

Finally: Summer Camp for Feminists, Including Workshops About Abortion … – Weasel Zippers

Yoest Applauds Jindal, State of Louisiana – 4th State to Opt Out – Christian News Wire

Bernero gets endorsement of 2 women’s groups – Detroit Free Press

Democrats for Life Defending Lawmakers Who Backed Pro-Abortion Health Care – LifeNews.com

Elena Kagan’s Science Problem, and Ours – New York Times

Reynolds says abortion ‘murder,’ open to idea of civil unions for gays – Iowa Independent

Louisiana Abortion Bills Become Law – Ms. Magazine

Lack of knowledge spawned flawed insight regarding maternal health – Orangeville Banner

Crist’s veto makes statement – Central Florida Future

Groups raise abortion issue in 7th District congressional race – FOX 21 Online

Bobby Jindal Signs Landmark Abortion Reforms into Louisiana Law – Lifesite

Women’s movement energized at national meet – People’s World

1 party, 2 different directions in Illinois– Chicago Tribune

Kim Reynolds’ Interview on Abortion, Civil Unions a Mixed Bag – Caffeinated Thoughts

MP moves to allow abortions at 24 weeks – The Bay of Plenty Times

Spain Pro-Life Advocates Upset New Abortion Law Going Info Effect Now – LifeNews.com

Boxer says Fiorina is too extreme for California – San Jose Mercury News

Sex education is a mess, so can a TV series help teenagers? – The Guardian

Assemblywomen storm NJ Gov. Chris Christie’s office to push for restoration of … – NorthJersey.com

Increasing HIV drug treatment will save millions: study – CTV.ca

Zimbabwe HIV Prevalence Rate Slips to 13 Percent as Men Change Their Ways – Voice of America

Study: Men on Viagra Equals More STDs – MyFox Houston

Today in Sex: Wrap It Up, Grandpa! – Seattle Weekly

Is Taking Viagra More Likely to Give You A STD? – TIME

My Boyfriend’s Back – New York Times

Menopause may increase sexual desire – Times of India

July 8, 2010

Honesty on Measure 2 vital for teen girls – Anchorage Daily News

West Seattle Summer Fest to allow abortion-issue advocacy after all – West Seattle Blog

Boxer Swings Through Town – Santa Barbara Independent

Anti-abortion group backs Goodman, Nodler – News-Leader.com

Relay for Life support affected by abortion views – Farmington Daily Times

ACLU presents inaccurate image of Catholic hospitals on abortion, say experts – Catholic News Agency

Family planning and women – Jakarta Post

How China Has Pruned Its Families’ Trees – TIME

Glenn Beck Demonizes Margaret Sanger – News Hounds

Women’s health and status in Africa – Vancouver Sun

HIV prevention strategy to benefit sufferers – Times of India

Mozambique: HIV Prevalence Now 11.5 Percent – AllAfrica.com

Missouri’s Lieutenant Governor Lays Down the Gauntlet Against Health Care … – FOXNews

News Abortion

Study: United States a ‘Stark Outlier’ in Countries With Legal Abortion, Thanks to Hyde Amendment

Nicole Knight Shine

The study's lead author said the United States' public-funding restriction makes it a "stark outlier among countries where abortion is legal—especially among high-income nations."

The vast majority of countries pay for abortion care, making the United States a global outlier and putting it on par with the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan and a handful of Balkan States, a new study in the journal Contraception finds.

A team of researchers conducted two rounds of surveys between 2011 and 2014 in 80 countries where abortion care is legal. They found that 59 countries, or 74 percent of those surveyed, either fully or partially cover terminations using public funding. The United States was one of only ten countries that limits federal funding for abortion care to exceptional cases, such as rape, incest, or life endangerment.

Among the 40 “high-income” countries included in the survey, 31 provided full or partial funding for abortion care—something the United States does not do.

Dr. Daniel Grossman, lead author and director of Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) at the University of California (UC) San Francisco, said in a statement announcing the findings that this country’s public-funding restriction makes it a “stark outlier among countries where abortion is legal—especially among high-income nations.”

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The researchers call on policymakers to make affordable health care a priority.

The federal Hyde Amendment (first passed in 1976 and reauthorized every year thereafter) bans the use of federal dollars for abortion care, except for cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment. Seventeen states, as the researchers note, bridge this gap by spending state money on terminations for low-income residents. Of the 14.1 million women enrolled in Medicaid, fewer than half, or 6.7 million, live in states that cover abortion services with state funds.

This funding gap delays abortion care for some people with limited means, who need time to raise money for the procedure, researchers note.

As Jamila Taylor and Yamani Hernandez wrote last year for Rewire, “We have heard first-person accounts of low-income women selling their belongings, going hungry for weeks as they save up their grocery money, or risking eviction by using their rent money to pay for an abortion, because of the Hyde Amendment.”

Public insurance coverage of abortion remains controversial in the United States despite “evidence that cost may create a barrier to access,” the authors observe.

“Women in the US, including those with low incomes, should have access to the highest quality of care, including the full range of reproductive health services,” Grossman said in the statement. “This research indicates there is a global consensus that abortion care should be covered like other health care.”

Earlier research indicated that U.S. women attempting to self-induce abortion cited high cost as a reason.

The team of ANSIRH researchers and Ibis Reproductive Health uncovered a bit of good news, finding that some countries are loosening abortion laws and paying for the procedures.

“Uruguay, as well as Mexico City,” as co-author Kate Grindlay from Ibis Reproductive Health noted in a press release, “legalized abortion in the first trimester in the past decade, and in both cases the service is available free of charge in public hospitals or covered by national insurance.”

News Politics

Rep. Steve King: What Have People Of Color Contributed to Civilization?

Ally Boguhn

King came under fire this month after local news station KCAU aired footage showing that the Iowa representative keeps a Confederate flag displayed on his desk.

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) on Monday questioned what “contributions” people of color have made to civilization while appearing on an MSNBC panel during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

King’s comments came during a discussion on racial diversity within the Republican Party in which fellow panelist Charles P. Pierce said, “If you’re really optimistic, you can say this was the last time that old white people would command the Republican Party’s attention, its platform, its public face.”

“That [convention] hall is wired by loud, unhappy, dissatisfied white people,” Pierce added.

“This ‘old white people’ business though does get a little tired, Charlie,” King responded. “I’d ask you to go back through history and figure out, where are these contributions that have been made by these other categories of people that you’re talking about. Where did any other subgroup of people contribute more to civilization?”

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“Than white people,” Hayes attempted to clarify.

“Than Western civilization itself,” King said. “It’s rooted in Western Europe, Eastern Europe and the United States of America and every place where the footprint of Christianity settled the world. That’s all of Western civilization.”

Another panelist, reporter April Ryan, countered “What about Asia? What about Africa?” before the panel broke out into disarray. Hayes moved to cut off the group, telling them, “We’re not going to argue the history of civilization.”

“Let me note for the record that if you’re looking at the ledger of Western civilization, for every flourishing democracy you’ve got Hitler and Stalin as well,” Hayes said. “So there’s a lot on both sides.”

Hayes justified abruptly ending the conversation about King’s comments in a series of tweets, saying that he had been “pretty taken aback by” the comments.

“The entire notion of debating which race/civilization/ ‘sub group’ contributed most or is best is as odious as it is preposterous,” Hayes tweeted. “Which is why I said ‘we’re not debating this here.’ But I hear people who think I made the wrong call in the moment. Maybe I did.”

King came under fire this month after local news station KCAU aired footage showing that the Iowa representative keeps a Confederate flag displayed on his desk. King, speaking with Iowa talk radio host Jeff Angelo, defended keeping the flag in his office.

“This is a free country and there’s freedom of speech,” King said, according to Right Wing Watch. “And, by the way, I’d encourage people to go back and read the real history of the Civil War and find out what it was about. A small part of it was about slavery, but there was a big part of it that was about states’ rights, it was about people that defended their homeland and fought next to their neighbors and their family.”

As the Washington Post’s Philip Bump explained in a report on King’s comments, “there have been a great number of non-white contributions to human civilization.”

“Civilization first arose in cities in Mesopotamia, in what is now Iraq and Syria. Arabic and Middle Eastern inventors and scientists brought astronomy to the world, which in turn aided innovations in navigation,” Bump wrote. “Critical innovations in mathematics and architecture originated in the same area. The Chinese contributed philosophical precepts and early monetary systems, among other things. The specific inventions that were created outside of the Western world are too many to list: the seismograph, the umbrella, gunpowder, stirrups, the compass.”