Andy Kopsa is a reporter based in New York City. She has written for the Nation, Al Jazeera, the Atlantic, Talking Points Memo and others. She won a Society of Professional Journalists Award for investigative reporting and was a fellow in USC Annenberg’s Knight Grant for Reporting on Religion in American Public Life.
The co-launch of the new Lila Rose “exposé” on “gendercide” at Planned Parenthood and the vote on the so-called Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act came forth in perfect harmony – one buoying and leveraging the other. PRENDA was scheduled for a vote yesterday, however was rolled over to today.
In what is the first major election battle in the 2012 cycle, Governor Scott Walker is pitting woman against woman in his pending recall election. Walker's Lt. Governor, Rebecca Kleefisch played the “sugar daddy” card in an off the wall statement.
A bill to guarantee patients a right to get honest medical information and judgment from their doctors is being sponsored by Alabama Senator Linda Coleman. It was introduced only yesterday but has already been used as an amendement to an extreme anti-choice bill in Wisconsin.
“The next step is to exercise our basic right to vote,” said Kathleen Falk the woman who could be Wisconsin’s first female governor. She was talking about Governor Scott Walker and his extremist GOP legislature’s declared war on women.
In the wee hours of the morning Wednesday the Wisconsin legislature voted to overturn the Healthy Youth Act and to ban private insurance from covering abortion. Rack another one up for the far right in Wisconsin.
Tanya Atkinson, Executive Director of Wisconsin Planned Parenthood kicked off a rally of pro-choice, pro-women supporters on the steps of the state capital in Madison today with this simple and important call, “If you’re mad as hell, say hell yeah!” The crowd of over 400 responded with an overwhelming, “Hell Yeah!”
They gathered on the west steps to protest the Republican held legislature on the last day of this 2012 session.
This morning women headed to Montgomery, Alabama to protest the forced ultrasound bill making it's way through the statehouse. Although the bill's sponsor, Senator Clay Scofield is reportedly backing off the bill that would require trans-vaginal ultrasound prior to a legal abortion, a rally against SB12 is on for today.
Unable to say the word "vaginal," one of the authors of the forced trans-vaginal ultrasound bill in Alabama says he will pull it. But the women of Alabama won't stand for replacing it with forced abdominal ultrasounds or any other form of coercion.
As the realities of Virginia's mandated trans-vaginal ultrasound legislation become clear, members of the far right rape apology squad have gone into action, claiming that coerced ultrasound can not be rape. A rape survivor sees the issue differently.
According to Virginia Delegate David Englin doctors will be turned into criminals and women victims of a sex crime under the "object sexual penetration" law if Governor Bob McDonnell signs the state sanctioned rape bill. Mr. Englin plans to bring his case to the floor next week when the house debates the senate version of the bill.
Virginia Governor McDonnell earlier signaled his intent to sign one of the most despicable laws in the country forcing women to undergo an vaginal ultrasound to obtain an abortion, or in other words, a state sanctioned rape bill. But now it seems the Governor is not so eager to go on the record with his previously held position.
Fighting a non-existent war on religion Senators introduce "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" (RFRA) and consciousness clause amendments. The casualties of this non-existent war could be just about everyone.
While Perry goes straight off to South Carolina, skipping New Hampshire in trying to scoop up votes in a friendlier (southern) state, Santorum will let his boots-on-the-ground team in South Carolina work its magic for him – just like in Iowa – while he traipses around New Hampshire. Let me explain.
A 911 came out today from SIECUS to call and demand ab-only funding be removed from the 2012 Appropriations Bill. I have cut and pasted the call to action at the end of this email. Meanwhile, read up on why ab-only is so bad; I do the research so you don't have to!
Mike Huckabee cannot resist the presidential stage even though he chose not to run this year to maintain his FOX News contract. Next month he brings an anti-choice propaganda documentary to 2012 election central.
Earlier this month, Life News posted a story with this headline: "Planned Parenthood Teams Up With Occupy Wall St. Movement." This will certainly strike fear in the hearts of the Life News readership. Planned Parenthood plus anarchist hippies can mean only one thing – de--fund Planned Parenthood redux.
Vigil for Life, a radical anti-choice group, was unsuccessful in "convincing" a woman to terminate an unintended and untenable pregnancy. So what did it do? It put out an All Points Bulletin to track her down.
Religious zealots form a symbiotic relationship with politicians to pass draconian legislation sacrificing the rights of women.The zealots get to walk away having successfully implemented a cog in their overall attempt to implement a Christian worldview system of governing and politicians in return get tons of fundraising cash and a committed group of one-issue voters that can propel them into office.
In preparation for what may eventually be another Lila Rose grainy expose trumpeted by the Right, it’s helpful to brush up on where millions and millions of tax-dollars are going to pay for sex “education:” ineffective and stigmatizing abstinence-only-until marriage programs.
It is difficult to tell if we are witnessing the death throes or re-upping of the radical right-wing. The frenetic pace with which the states are instituting draconian abortion laws, defunding Planned Parenthood and bringing ultrasounds to Capitol Hill could be either. It is going to be up to the us in the pro-choice movement to decide.
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