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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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Obama: Anti-Choice Lobby Lies

Scott Swenson

Obama says National Right to Life and others are lying about his Illinois voting record. As we've pointed out recently, they've also been lying about their agenda to take away your contraception.

Fifteen Year Old Girl Who Inspired CA Parental Notification Proposal Was a Married Mom

Scott Swenson

The Los Angeles Times reports today that the 15 year-old girl for whom the parental notification ballot initiative, promoted as "Sarah's Law", is named, already had a child and was married at the time of her death. "If you can't believe the 'Sarah' story, there's a lot in the ballot argument you can't believe," said Ana Sandoval, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood and the campaign against Proposition 4. Updated 8-2 2:52 pm.

Bush Officials Break Law Politicizing the American Notion of Justice

Scott Swenson

The Bush Department of Justice broke the law by using "abortion" and "homosexual" as search terms to determine the political leanings of potential employees, further proof of just how far out of the mainstream Bush has steered the nation. The constitution has become an after thought for Bush political hacks.

Politico On Progressive New Media

Scott Swenson

While this Politico piece looks at the partisan divide online, it is an important read for anyone interested in new media. Rewire's only bias is in favoring evidence over ideology, especially where sexual and reproductive health care are concerned. We welcome writers regardless of party affiliation, encourage news tips, pitches and thought-provoking ideas that use new media as described in this article, to advance the cause of improved sexual and reproductive health. To stay on top of the latest news on Rewire, sign up for our NEW concise daily email.

Fix PEPFAR Now to Prevent HIV Infections, Save Lives

Scott Swenson

The Senate is moving closer to a vote on PEPFAR, but there is still time to fix the bill allowing the work horse of prevention to pull the cart of treatment, lightening the load by reducing the number of people infected. Congress has burdened the horse with ideology, and put the cart in front.

Hardball Flirts With Understanding Women Voters

Scott Swenson

Hardball's Chris Matthews took heat from Clinton supporters during the primary and appears to be trying to learn more about the complexity of women voters in recent shows. Give him credit for trying, even though he still succombs to the "it's all about abortion" mentality.

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