As if we didn’t see this coming, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that closed held companies with religious owners can refuse to pay for contraception. But there’s a caveat — the government can pay for birth control itself, so the women will receive it. The Court makes clear that women can still get coverage and it isn’t opening the door to more religious claims. So, all is not lost.
Sixty nine percent of respondents reported they support “mandated coverage of birth control medications in health plans.” The study found that women, African Americans, Latinos and parents living with children under the age of 18 were more likely to support this policy than the people in other demographic groups.
“While the Supreme Court considers if corporations can be required to cover birth control in insurance plans like other preventive care, the American public is abundantly clear: we’re all for it,” Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, noted in a statement.
The survey results also indicate that Americans are broadly supportive of the concept that all insurance plans should cover certain types of preventative health services. Between 85 percent and 75 percent of respondents indicated that they favor mandatory coverage of mammograms, colonoscopies, recommended vaccinations, mental health care, screenings for diabetes and high cholesterol, and dental care.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics released a new analysis of domestic violence from 2003 to 2012 and found that the rates have fallen and has remained low.
Despite the recession, which early reports indicated would drive a rise in domestic violence incidents as families struggled financially, it did not have much of an effect at all.
“Serious violent victimization,” which includes rape, sexual assault, robbery and aggravated assaults, spiked in 2006, but serious domestic violence incidents did not.
Domestic violence advocates aren’t too thrilled about the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ findings. They see a growing problem — a persistent gap in support for domestic violence survivors. Despite those rosy numbers from BJS, much more should be done for the survivors.
While the government started giving funds to law enforcement outreach and support for survivors through the Violence Against Women Act, as well as other programs, public awareness has led to victims being less likely to seek out support services.
Monica McLaughlin of the National Network to End Domestic Violence said, “As police response improves, as prosecution and court response improves, as medical response improves, referrals to domestic violence programs go up.”
She said the recession has had an impact on how many survivors seek help from the various services available to them. McLaughlin said “poverty is a co-conspirator of an abuser.” She added that federal funding for shelters and other services has remained flat throughout the recession and the result is a gap between requests for services and the ability to provide them.
I am convinced that some Republicans just can’t help themselves when it comes to women-bashing and to their detriment. Former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is quoted by Kathie Obradovich, a political columnist at The Des Moines Register saying that “men like to hunt and fish together, women like to use the bathroom together.” Huckabee reportedly made the comments at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition fundraiser in Waukee.
— Kathie Obradovich (@KObradovich) April 9, 2014
He claimed he’s “not homophobic but one-man/one-woman marriage is being “on the right side of the Bible.”
— Kathie Obradovich (@KObradovich) April 9, 2014
More voter suppression: New Texas voter identification laws could be really meant to suppress women’s votes. The law states that a person’s identification must match the current name. That means women who take their husband’s name will be required to get additional documentation before they can vote.
As Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has repeatedly said, “Almost every single person either has a valid photo ID … or it is very easy to get one.” What they don’t say, however, is that the people who don’t are largely married women who have taken their husband’s name.
In fact, only 66% of women have an ID that reflects their current name. If any voter is using name different than what appears on their birth certificate, the voter is required to show proof of name change by providing an original or certified copy of their marriage license, divorce decree, or court ordered name change. Photocopies aren’t accepted. Source: Policy Mic
Now that Texas is changing to purple and possibly blue, the Republicans will try their darnedest to keep it red. It’s clear that diversity isn’t on their side, but they will cheat to keep winning.
Fox News contributor Erick Erickson calls Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis ‘abortion Barbie’ after The Weekly Standard attacked her for not responding to a question that linked legal abortion to the crimes of doctor Kermit Gosnell, Media Matters reports.
It is a bit embarrassing that Abortion Barbie doesn't even have her facts straight on Kermit Gosnell considering abortion is her issue.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) August 6, 2013
#IStandwithWendy: The Texas anti-abortion bill which prompted an 11-hour filibuster by state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) is dead, the The Austin American-Statesman reported. The bill threatened to close nearly all of the abortion clinics in Texas. Thanks to Wendy Davis, the official vote was time-stamped at 12:03 a.m.
Lawmakers had to vote on Senate Bill 5 before the special session’s end at 12 a.m. local time. However, more than 400 protesters halted the proceedings 15 minutes before the roll call could be completed with what they called “a people’s filibuster,”The Associated Press reported.
Although some Republican lawmakers later claimed the bill had passed in time, Democrats denied that the vote was completed before the clock ran out on the session.
A time stamp showing the vote completed after midnight was the deciding factor. “This will not become law,” Sen. John Whitmire (D), told The Austin American-Statesman.
In response, the crowd of protesters gathered in the capitol cheered and began singing “The Eyes Of Texas,” the alma mater of the University of Texas at Austin. Source: Huffington Post
The Republicans are on a mission to take away our rights. The fight isn’t over by any means. That includes the Supreme Court ruling on the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
— Cecile Richards (@CecileRichards) June 26, 2013
The Republican attack on women as breadwinners continues with Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) saying that America’s educational troubles started when women began working outside the home in large numbers, the Washington Post reports.
Gov. Bryant, responded to a question about how America became ‘so mediocre’ in regard to educational outcomes, saying, “I think both parents started working. The mom got in the work place.”
“Bryant immediately recognized how controversial his remark would be and said he knew he would start to get e-mails. He then expanded on his answer, saying that “both parents are so pressured” in families today. He also noted that America seemed to be losing ground internationally in regards to educational outcomes because other nations began to invest more in their own school systems and make progress.”
With Rep. Michele Bachmann’s announcement that she won’t seek reelection in 2014, we shouldn’t be gung-ho that one nut has left the national political stage. There are more Haterade drinking conservative wingnuts left. Take Fox News Erick Erickson, for example, with his recent assertion that liberals who reject that men should dominate women are anti-science and the female role in a relationship is ‘complimentary.’ The word that eluded him was ‘complementary,’ by why bother letting him in on that?
Erick Erickson, who runs RedState, says nature itself commanded that women be subservient to men. Um, sounds a lot like the sh*t emanating from the lips of Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock, who was shellacked in their respective elections last November.
“I’m so used to liberals telling conservatives that they’re anti-science,” Erickson explained. “But liberals who defend this and say it is not a bad thing are very anti-science. When you look at biology, when you look at the natural world, the roles of a male and a female in society and in other animals, the male typically is the dominant role. The female, it’s not antithesis, or it’s not competing, it’s a complimentary role.”
“We as people in a smart society have lost the ability to have complimentary relationships in nuclear families, and it is tearing us apart,” he continued, adding that “reality showed” it was harmful for women to be the primary source of income in a family. Source: Raw Story
Some Republican males want to keep women in the dark ages when they couldn’t vote and were second class citizens. This is proof that the party is tone-deaf and has no desire to change. They think blacks, women, Hispanics, Asians and the gay community should vote for their candidates and are welcome in the party, though they continue to insult and denigrate each group.
Sorry folks, this is just hard truth.Husbands and wives should play complimentary roles w/ dad as breadwinner. mediaite.com/tv/foxs-erick-…
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) May 30, 2013
(HinterlandGazette) — Uganda’s government is living in the dark ages. Women living in Uganda who go out wearing miniskirts could face jail or a heavy fine under new anti-pornography laws. The legislation, if passed, will also ban television shows and films. That would also extend to entertainers such as Beyonce and Madonna.
The bill was proposed by Simon Lokodo, Uganda’s ethics and integrity minister. Lokodo said, “Any attire which exposes intimate parts of the human body, especially areas that are of erotic function, are outlawed. Anything above the knee is outlawed. If a woman wears a miniskirt, we will arrest her.”
It’s interesting to learn that Simon Lokodo was a former priest who was kicked out by the Vatican for his involvement in politics. So, it should come as no surprise he is trying to force his views on the women of Uganda. He said the bill would mean celebrities like Beyoncé and Madonna would be banned from his country’s airwaves and television should not broadcast a sexy person. Makes one wonder what skeletons are in this man’s closet.
Lokodo said the bill was needed to protect women and children against exploitation and curb increasing immorality. You will recall dictator Idi Amin banned short skirts during his reign of terror. So, I guess Simon Lokodo is Idi Amin-lite.
The Anti-Pornography Bill 2011 proposes that any one found guilty of abetting pornography be fined heavily or face up to 10 years in prison, or both. There are some countries, some right wingnuts in the U.S., who want to keep women in a subservient position. The internet would also be monitored under this bill.
Show your support for the women of Uganda by using the hashtag #saveminiskirt.