I've been signing my emails with the "Be the change you
seek" paraphrase of Mahatma Gandhi for many years. It is an every day reminder
that change starts within. The challenge with change is you don't always know
where you're going, or what exactly within you is changing, until you get
there. But you take the first step, sometimes a leap, following where your
heart leads when opportunity knocks, and change reveals itself.
I'm thankful I answered the knock as my heart led me to RH
Reality Check almost four years ago.
The Vatican is at it again, but now it's searching for life on other planets. Can progressives lead while the Vatican researches?
Why is it that in life's most personal and private moments - sexuality, conception, birth and the dying process, the party that says it governs least always governs most?
Why is Rewire, a site founded and dedicated to promoting progressive ideas about the full spectrum of sexual and reproductive health, engaging this discussion about common ground?
In the Sebelius nomination fight, Americans can see the far-right and their manipulative abortion politics for what they really are -- distractions.
I'll see your Pastor Rick Warren and raise you a Bishop Gene Robinson. The high-stakes symbolism of the Obama Inauguration.
The distance between Pastor Rick Warren and the sentencing of nine gay HIV activists in Senegal can be measured in inches, not miles. This is a real humanitarian issue Pastor Warren, not a fight to protect the privilege of heterosexual marriage.
Calendars everywhere read 2009, but in the "pro-life" movement it seems they are stuck in 2004.
Shocking News! Yet another study finds that virginity pledges promoted by abstinence-only programs don't work. How much longer will strapped taxpayers be forced to shell out $1.5 billion for programs that actually endanger teen health?
During this Holy Season for every faith, many are up in arms over a prayer Rick Warren will offer, some planning to disrupt it, which will only cede the moral authority progressives now have.
President-elect Barack Obama makes a genuine gesture toward healing divisive social issues by inviting Pastor Rick Warren to give the invocation at his inauguration. Will Pastor Warren grasp the potential for genuine healing and lead conservatives to a new middle ground?
OMB approves refusal clause rule, last stop before publication in the Federal Register. Sec. Michael Leavitt's consolation prize to the far-right is just about done.
President-elect Obama envisions a society that allows Americans to move past the division that has defined a generation of the most bitter politics, division that brought our government to a stalemate.
After two years of trying to get Americans to pay attention to the issues so they could make a decision, some people work even harder to keep their fellow citizens from actually exercising their right to vote, by lying. Gee, I wonder who?
Many good things come from my native Kansas, but without a doubt, one of the best is grandmothers. To hear the news that Barack Obama's grandmother Madelyn Dunham died, just hours before the grandson she helped raise could be elected President of the United States is heart-breaking and inspiring all at once.
Politico reports that white weekly churchgoers aren't supporting Obama any more than other Democrats. Richard Land and Tony Perkins attribute the "God gap" to abortion. Could it be because of misinformation?
Polls show trends toward respecting individual rights of teens and women, but measures in California and South Dakota are statistically tied and will depend on who turns out. Colorado's "Egg as person" initiative is headed for overwhelming defeat.
Ken Silverstein and Max Blumenthal document the extremism fueling the rage on the far-right, while conservatives in the mainstream media whitewash it.
The original wingnuts make a strong argument for why you should take the far-right's threats to your contraception seriously.
The far-right's nasty tactics hit a new low in North Carolina but Kay Hagan hits back hard.
MSNBC previews the Brian Williams interview with Sen. Barack Obama tonight, in which he discusses judicial philosophy. More on this after the final interview appears on Nightly News.
The far-right's religious ideology pushed the Bush Administration to wage a war on science. Now 76 American Nobel Prize winners are citing that as a reason to endorse Obama.
With just six days to go, I think far-right social conservatives are running out of names to call their opponents, but don't underestimate the power of nasty.
It appears the far-right will have to scramble to put Humpty together again as polling suggests the "Egg as Person" initiative is over, easy.
The McCain campaign thinks contraception is "irrelevant" as the Bush Administration is likely to make it more difficult to get later this week.
Social conservatives cannot complain that their issues have not been heard in the 2008 campaign, in exactly the fashion they wanted.
We must decide whether our democracy will be stronger moving forward articulating values where government remains neutral, ensuring rights, safety and providing reliably accurate information based on facts; or by putting the full force of the federal government behind one narrow interpretation of one religious ideology.
We all view life as sacred. We all view love and sexuality as sacred. We all know and respect the importance of transitions at birth and death. We rejoice in each, as we rejoice in each other. We celebrate life. We want it to be better for everyone. So if we agree on so many goals, maybe the only choice in this election are the tactics and strategies we think will best help us reach them.
Perhaps the most fascinating part of this mind-bendingly historic election cycle is that so many conservative Republicans are standing up to say they have had enough. They “aren’t leaving their party,” to paraphrase Ronald Reagan when he supported Barry Goldwater’s conservative movement, “their party is leaving them.”
A surge in egg donations and the health concerns for women who donate eggs is covered tonight by NBC Nightly News.
In asking about William Ayers, Brian Williams asks the McCain-Palin team if someone who bombs an abortion clinic is a terrorist? Williams didn't ask why they gave Paul Schenck VIP passes to a recent rally.
Old media is about writing opeds and hoping the legacy media Gods smile upon you. How many drafts do you have in your files? New media is about active participation, interaction, taking responsibility for sharing content, joining a conversation that puts all the accumulated expertise of our community at the finger tips of every person seeking to grow in understanding.
Goldwater. Eisenhower. Carlson. Powell. Not elites, but "real Republicans" who are very "pro-Republican" are challenging the far-right anti-choice extremes within their own party.
The South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families is getting a healthy dose of support from the blogosphere today as the Orange to Blue campaign highlights the efforts to support women's reproductive rights there.
Various anti-choice organizations are all using the same messaging on one very narrow abortion-related issue, is it coordinated? Can it be legally? We're concerned about the actual sexual and reproductive health policy, not just the election.
The Republican National Committee uses debunked "Born Alive" accusations in mailer. Will far-right social conservative anti-choice values be accepted by voters?
Gen. Colin Powell is concerned about the extreme rightward shift of the Republican Party and the potential for two more conservatives being appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Cynthia Gorney has a must read piece in the New York Times, entitled "True Lifer"
noting the appeal of Gov. Sarah Palin to voters who want to ban all
More evidence that the "Born Alive" lies are pure right-wing extremism that should be dismissed? The argument is now being carried in robo-calls, the most annoying and least credible medium in politics.
Anti-choice Rep. Michelle Bachmann demonstrates the politics of division on Hardball.
The Al Smith dinner reminds us why we are better as Americans when we come together, regardless of our differences on issues, to celebrate civility, pluralism, and democracy.
Former Scalia clerk and National Review contributor Ed Whelan sees Barack Obama as a "former fetus" who is lucky his mother lived during a time of "protective abortion laws." Will he renounce his comments?
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.
Will social conservative family values save the McCain campaign, or be repudiated in the final battle of the Culture War? If objective dial tests, focus groups and polls are any indication, it seems progressive values will define the Culture Peace.
Pro-education, pro-prevention, pro-choice values are in demand. Enough to crash our server! Thank you for your patience.
Barack Obama and John McCain had a full discussion of sexual and reproductive health issues in the final presidential debate tonight.
Joe Scarborough has a good point about being able to criticize Obama without charges of racism. He also has the opportunity to prove his point right now.
The Family Research Council is attacking the Freedom of Choice Act hoping people won't take time to learn anything more than their spin. The bill explains itself quite well -- without any scare tactics from the far-right.
The Washington Post has an outstanding in-depth look at women, motherhood and the risks of pregnancy globally, featuring powerful use of video and other interactive tools. Take time to read A Mother's Final Look at Life, and after you do, ask yourself, why are women dying in childbirth in the 21st Century?
Americans can see anti-choice extremism on full display in McCain-Palin rallies. Given Palin's "abuse of power" and McCain distancing himself from the Culture of Lies rabid anti-choicers have created, perhaps McCain has a little maverick left in him.
Rewire launches "Our Reality" video series bringing powerful personal stories about sexual and reproductive health for distribution online helping to debunk ideological misinformation.
Yet another supporter of anti-choice terrorism has been linked to the campaign of Sen. John McCain. America is learning what women at health clinics around the country have known for a while, anti-choice protesters are not peaceful.
Parade Magazine asks if you think abstinence-only-until-marriage programs should continue. Click
here to vote.
Country music star Gretchen Peters talks to Rewire about the power of real people's stories, empowering young people in this election, and donating royalties from her hit "Independence Day" to Planned Parenthood.
Singer/songwriter Gretchen Peters is citing hypocrisy on reproductive health issues and the use of her song, "Independence Day" by the McCain-Palin campaign as reason to donate royalties from the song to Planned Parenthood, in Sarah Palin's name.
Described as a leading Catholic establishment figure who remains staunchly pro-life, Nicholas Cafardi is adding his voice to those who believe Obama's pro-education, pro-prevention policies to reduce unintended pregnancies make sense.
Americans should thank God for Barney Frank's leadership through this fiscal crisis, but of course, Bill O'Reilly has to question Frank's "manliness" -- not understanding Frank is twice the man O'Reilly will ever be.
A poll released today shows parents overwhelmingly support K-12 age-appropriate comprehensive sex ed including abstinence and medically accurate information about preventing HIV, STDs, and unintended pregnancies.
Far-right social conservatives are cheering what Sarah Palin will bring to the White House as a triumph of their religious ideology and what it means for the future of the United States government, especially on Roe v. Wade. Joe Biden and Sarah Palin interviewed by Katie Couric.
Trying to appear more mainstream on abortion is common during elections. But governing is about the Justices that get appointed to overturn Roe, and efforts to make contraception more difficult to obtain, as the Bush Administration is trying to do. Updated with the full CBS transcript including portions not broadcast (yet?)
As the reality of governing-by-deregulation-talking-points trickles down upon us, is it too much to hope that voters might see through social conservative talking points too?
With Sarah Palin's appeal to social conservatives and Joe Biden's pro-choice Catholicism, expect the McCain campaign to go all-in with the Culture War in Thursday's debate.
Bloggingheads.tv presents a 55 minute discussion of reproductive health in the election, mostly centered on the Bush Administration effort to deny patient conscience rights, between Rob Stein of The Washington Post, and William Saletan of Slate.
Linda Hirshman has a must read article in Sunday's Washington Post that looks at the consequences of societies that restrict abortion rights too severely, as Americans sit on the threshold of an election that will determine the fate of Roe v. Wade.
HHS is characterizing the number of comments as "higher than average" and Rewire has obtained estimates from several organizations suggesting at 200,000 comments are in opposition. Don't forget the 325,000 petitions turned in before the rule was issued, as Americans attempt to prevent ideology from trumping medical science.
Dismiss talk of witch-hunters as fringe wing-nuttery at your own risk -- public health advocates know better after dealing with witch-doctors and AIDS. The challenge is distinguishing the good witches from the bad.
The opposition to proposed rules denying patient conscience rights continues to increase as the deadline approaches.
Letters opposing the proposal by the Bush Administration and HHS to elevate physician conscience above patient conscience, threatening access to contraception and a range of other medical procedures, are gathering signatures from Members of Congress prior to the public commenting deadline.
Yet another major poll demonstrates high levels of consistent support for safe, legal abortion rights, and an election in which social issues are not driving the agenda. Not surprisingly, it's the economy, proving that most Americans aren't stupid.
Sen. Barack Obama is shedding ghosts of Democrats past and standing up for pro-education, pro-prevention and pro-choice values in an election that is starting to help voters realize there is more to the issue than abortion alone.
Tell me again, if deregulation and privatization work, why the American taxpayer is morally responsible to issue $85 billion dollars to takeover AIG, when the far-right won't allow a fraction of that to be spent making sure people who need help affording contraception can get it, and improving the health and lives of women around the world by funding UNFPA?
As news about the economy gets worse for most Americans, one multimillionaire who has profited from abstinence-only-until-marriage programs is the primary funder of the latest battle in the Culture War.
You've probably seen street level abortion protests in your town, and David Talbot reports that Sarah Palin took part in one in hers.
Editorials around the country call for common sense on both contraception and sex ed; policies for women are explored; advocacy groups enjoy Palin fundraising bounce; Joe Biden's Catholicism and the inconsistent Bishops.
Charlie Gibson asks the predictable questions and gets the predictable answers on abortion. But what's the reality beyond the talking points?
John McCain discusses Roe v. Wade and Supreme Court appointments with the women of The View, and the groans of their audience.
When politics interferes with legitimate public health debates, children, teens, adults -- and the truth -- suffer most. The most recent dust up over sex ed isn't new, not even for the person who planned it.
John McCain fans the flames of the Culture Wars and endangers the lives of young children by using age appropriate sex ed as a political issue.
Palin-drone: Sequences of social conservative family values and public policies that run in both directions, but clash rather than flow, and aren't very clever. syn: hypocrisy.
Senators Barack Obama and Joe Biden discussed their views on when life begins as matters of personal faith and public policy by answering tough questions from mainstream media on ABC's This Week and NBC's Meet the Press.
It's been seen by more than two million people online already and this hilarious Daily Show take on "The Gender Card" is well worth watching.
Abstinence-only-until-marriage is in the news, as is contraception and choice. While some of the news may be intended to seduce moderates into supporting the most extremely conservative GOP platform and ticket in history, the truth of their failures for the past eight years is getting national attention.
The Daily Show's Samantha Bee can't quite find the right word, and neither can delegates to the GOP convention. If they can't say it, it's fair to suggest they won't uphold it.
The American News Project reports on efforts to down play Sarah Plain's extreme right-wing roots at the GOP convention.
The far-right controls John McCain's VP selection, the GOP Platform, and now is trying to have it both ways on abortion as they use Sarah Palin to appeal to conservatives, and Cindy McCain to confuse pro-choice voters. They want to control you.
James Carville and Rep. Michelle Bachman (R-MN) discuss Sarah Palin on Larry King live last night.
The joy of announcing her first grand-daughter-to-be highlights the failures of Alaska's abstinence-only-until-marriage programs. Other Governors rejected federal funds. Palin accepted them and McCain will keep dishing them out. But the programs, obviously, don't work.
Rewire's Election 2008 page is updated with a preliminary look at Sarah Palin's views on reproductive health (RH) Issues, just click the bullet beneath her or any candidate photo. If you are pro-choice and Republican, and feeling left out of your own party, don't forget our GOP Essay/Video contest.
Senator John McCain is going all-in with "pro-life" social conservatives by selecting first-term Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his Vice Presidential running mate. This post will be updated throughout the day.
Is Culture Peace breaking out? Did Pat Buchanan just call Obama's speech "centrist"? Can we take up the call for respect, and individual as well as mutual responsibility?
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison dismisses the GOP platform on abortion, but then again she has to as a pro-choice Republican.
We want to hear from the pro-choice Republicans who haven't had much of a voice in their own party lately. Send us your essay or video today!
Enzyte promoter sentenced to 25 years for fraud. "Male enhancement" -- shockingly -- doesn't work.
The contrasts between the extremist values and tactics of the far-right and those of progressives are being made more clear as the election intensifies.
Senator Bob Casey wows an overwhelmingly pro-choice audience in Denver as the education and prevention, pro-choice majority is on full display. Countdown to social conservative meltdown in 10 ... 9 .... 8 ....
The pro-choice former Clinton delegate in the new McCain ad encouraging Democrats to support McCain admits she thought he didn't want to overturn Roe v. Wade at a GOP sponsored presser. Oops!
Extremists from the "pro-life" movement disrupt an interfaith prayer service and other meeting at the Democratic National Convention. Americans can see for themselves just how far outside the mainstream these radicals really are, while others work toward education and prevention agendas.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi weighs in on the discussion about when life begins on Meet the Press, making a strong case for respecting differing beliefs and pursuing common sense prevention agendas.
The selection of Sen. Joe Biden as Vice-Presidential running mate should attract rank-and-file Catholics according to a major new poll on Catholic voters.
Jill Stanek admits to the Chicago Tribune she was mistaken about Obama's record on the Born Alive Infant Protection Act.