Afternoon Roundup: Salon on Why the Ethnicity and Race of an Arizona Shooting Hero Matters

Amie Newman

One year after the earthquake in Haiti: what does it look like for women and girls in the camps?; Kanye West's disturbing new music video; why exactly the ethnicity and sexuality of the Arizona shootings hero does matter and more.

One year after the earthquake in Haiti: what does it look like for women and girls in the camps?; Kanye West’s disturbing new music video; why exactly the ethnicity and sexuality of the Arizona shootings hero does matter and more.

  • Almost one year after the earthquake in Haiti, and conditions are bleak. The organization, Madre, released a report six months post-earthquake detailing the sexual violence women in the displacement camps experienced, called Our Bodies Are Still Trembling. They’ve released the one-year report today. And though the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) just accepted a host of recommendations, to pass onto the Haitian government, outlining the security measures that must be implemented to protect women from “shocking levels” of sexual violence, not much else has changed. 
  • Adios Barbie is highlighting their effort, along with partners, to prevent the official release of Kanye West’s newest music video for his song”Monster.” The 30-second teaser for the video features West in bed with the dead bodies of two women and “image after image of eroticized violence against women” according to the petition
  • At the risk of starting another online war over homebirth, I wanted to post a follow-up to the Illinois Home Birth Safety Act. It was voted on in the Illinois House last week but did not pass by a vote of 46-71. Advocates say, however, that they are thrilled that 46 representatives voted in favor of legalizing certified professional midwifery as it is legalized in 27 states around the country.
  • Mary Elizabeth William’s moving piece on Salon.com about one of the heroes in this weekend’s horrific shooting in Arizona, Daniel Hernandez is a must-read. She highlights exactly why the ethnicity and sexuality – he’s Gay and Hispanic-American –  of Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford’s intern is important to discuss. In light of discussions on immigration and gay rights in the military as of late, and the move to severely limit the rights of both groups, Hernandez puts a human face on these issues. 
  • Maryland is calculating the disastrous effects a repeal of the health care law would have just on its state alone. According to the the health blog of the Baltimore Sun, a new report by Maryland PIRG reveals that “Repealing the law would mean $9.1 billion less in federal Medicaid and put the state’s 126 community health centers in peril.”

Morning Roundup: Continuing Resolution, Planned Parenthood Battle Wages On

Beth Saunders

Washington considers compensated surrogacy, SBA List and FRC demand House vote against keeping goverment running unless bill is anti-family planning, Sen. Murkowski supports Title X, Nebraska woman denied labor inducement, Idaho poised to ban abortion in state exchanges, and an "expose!" that isn't really.

Washington considers compensated surrogacy, SBA List and FRC demand House vote against keeping goverment running unless bill is anti-family planning, Sen. Murkowski supports Title X, Nebraska woman denied labor inducement, Idaho poised to ban abortion in state exchanges, and an “expose!” that isn’t really.

  • The Washington House has passed a bill allowing for compensated surrogacy in that state, and the bill will have a hearing in the Senate today. Currently, it is illegal to pay a woman to be a surrogate in Washington, so many couples turn to Oregon or California, family or friends, or pay a surrogate illegally.
  • Anti-choice groups such as Susan B. Anthony List and the Family Research Council are encouraging Republican members of Congress to vote against a continuing resolution today that would keep the government running until April 2, unless it contains the Pence amendment, which bars federal funding of Planned Parenthood. House Speaker John Boehner has said he wants to focus on anti-choice measures in a longer-term spending bill.
  • Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) has written a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee asking that they find a way to continue funding family planning programs. She joins Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) as a Republican supporter of Title X.
  • A Nebraska woman was forced to risk infection and infertility after her water broke at 22 weeks pregnant, and she was not allowed by law to have her labor induced, even though her fetus would not survive. A week after her membranes broke, she birthed a girl who died 15 minutes later. Nebraska passed a “fetal pain” law prohibiting abortions after 20 weeks last month.
  • Idaho is poised to pass a law prohibiting state insurance exchanges from covering abortion, except in the cases of rape, incest and life endangerment. Women would still be permitted to purchase private insurance that covers abortion.
  • A group called CatholicVote.org has put out a video they are calling an “expose” of radical extremist abortion advocates. They show activists at rallies, demanding that women be allowed to control their bodies and their futures. Not sure what is so radical about that. Watch for yourself. 

Mar 14

Analysis Abortion

Morning Roundup: NYC Council Passes CPC Disclosure Bill

Beth Saunders

Would-be clinic bomber gets short sentence thanks to good grades, BYU basketball player kicked off the team for having premarital sex, prosecutors may seek death penalty against Kermit Gosnell, and NYC will be the next city that requires CPC's to disclose they don't provide abortion.

Would-be clinic bomber gets short sentence thanks to good grades, BYU basketball player kicked off the team for having premarital sex, prosecutors may seek death penalty against Kermit Gosnell, and NYC will be the next city that requires CPC’s to disclose they don’t provide abortion.

  • A North Carolina man who was convicted of giving an FBI informant bomb-making instructions to use against a Planned Parenthood clinic was given a 30-month sentence. Justin Carl Moose faced up to 20 years in jail, but the judge was “struck” by his good grades in high school, and said that the plot against the clinic “seemed to be out of character for you.”
  • A Brigham Young University basketball player was dismissed from the team for the rest of the year for having sex with his girlfriend. Premarital sex is a violation of the school’s honor code, and Brandon Davies “acknowledged his transgression” to school officials on Monday. (His fate at the school remains to be seen.) Davies was one of the top players on the team, and BYU was having an “awesome season,” according to Rewire’s top college basketball expert, Brady Swenson. I give BYU one point for rules being equally applied to top athletes, but minus 100 points for having a rule against premarital sex.
  • Philadelphia prosecutors have given notice of aggravating circumstances in the case against Kermit Gosnell, which leaves the door open for them to seek the death penalty. Gosnell is accused of murdering a woman and seven newborns while running a filthy illegal abortion business.
  • The New York City Council passed an ordinance requiring crisis pregnancy centers to disclose whether they provide abortion, emergency contraception, or pre-natal care both in advertising and in their waiting rooms and entrances. Mayor Bloomberg is expected to sign it into law.

Mar 2