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Scott Swenson

RH Reality Check

Faith and values have always motivated my work in politics, Congress, for nonprofits and foundations doing progressive advocacy work for 20 years. Before helping to create and launch Rewire and becoming its Executive Editor, I was proud to bring my values to work securing rights for the terminally ill as Executive Director of the Death with Dignity National Center (2001-2005), the organization that passed, promoted and defended Oregon’s Death with Dignity Law; fighting racism by helping produce and promote the Voices Special Forum at the U.N. World Conference Against Racism in 2001; and in my work to promote rights for people regardless of sexual orientation or HIV status at the Gill Foundation. My work communicating progressive vision was honed at Communications Consortium Media Center, Public Agenda, and working for Rep. Dan Glickman and on state and federal campaigns. Some of us get that it is life that motivates us to make the world a better and more inclusive place. Faith (writ large) and democracy, are being perverted by those who cannot tolerate anything outside of their narrow world view. We should all be aware that each life is precious, blessed with free will, and responsible for the choices we make.  


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Rewire Interviews Songwriter Gretchen Peters

Scott Swenson

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.

VIDEO: Palin and Biden on Roe, Church and State

Scott Swenson

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.

VIDEO: Couric Asks Palin About Abortion, Contraception

Scott Swenson

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?)

Overwhelming Opposition Floods HHS Refusal Clause Proposal: 200,000+

Scott Swenson

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.

Tell Me Again …

Scott Swenson

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?

Roundup: Abstinence-Only and Abortion Absolutism on the Far Right

Scott Swenson

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.

Culture Peace

Scott Swenson

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?

“Pro-Life” Extremists Disrupt Interfaith Service at DNC

Scott Swenson

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.

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