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Dr. George Tiller

Dr. George Tiller


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Today. Tuesday, July 8th. 5pm. City Hall Plaza, Boston.
https://www.facebook.com/events/341874052633263/

Today. Tuesday, July 8th. 5pm. City Hall Plaza, Boston.

https://www.facebook.com/events/341874052633263/


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Corrie Westing explains why the Supreme Court decision in favor of Hobby Lobby is about choosing corporations over women’s health—and workers’ living standards.

This is why the union movement must recognize that what are considered “women’s issues” are actually class issues. Hobby Lobby decided to come after their workers’ rights with an anti-woman message, but the consequences of this decision won’t stop at women workers. They may have gone after women in this instance, but that tack is also a cover for weakening working conditions overall and increasing the precariousness of the low-wage service sector, which is made up primarily of women and people of color.


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Are you angry with the Supreme Court’s decision on the Hobby Lobby and Buffer Zone cases? Do you feel that the court is moving in the wrong direction when it comes to women’s health and reproductive rights? Join us on Tuesday, July 8th to speak out against this GIANT step back for women. Raise your voice to show that women ARE capable of making their own healthcare decisions without the interference of strangers on the street or their bosses. Even here, in deep blue Massachusetts, we are not immune to right-wing attacks on our access to basic health care. The court’s decisions have reversed decades of progress towards better reproductive health. These developments are fundamentally BAD for women. It is time to be heard and to fight for what is rightfully ours. Thank you for advocacy and support. We hope to see you there at #SupremeRally! RSVP here: http://j.mp/1iY9nNl When: Tuesday, July 8th Time: 5pm Where: Boston City Hall PlazaCity Hall Plaza, Boston, Massachusetts 02201

https://www.facebook.com/events/341874052633263/

Are you angry with the Supreme Court’s decision on the Hobby Lobby and Buffer Zone cases?

Do you feel that the court is moving in the wrong direction when it comes to women’s health and reproductive rights?

Join us on Tuesday, July 8th to speak out against this GIANT step back for women. Raise your voice to show that women ARE capable of making their own healthcare decisions without the interference of strangers on the street or their bosses.

Even here, in deep blue Massachusetts, we are not immune to right-wing attacks on our access to basic health care. The court’s decisions have reversed decades of progress towards better reproductive health. These developments are fundamentally BAD for women. It is time to be heard and to fight for what is rightfully ours.

Thank you for advocacy and support. We hope to see you there at #SupremeRally!

RSVP here: http://j.mp/1iY9nNl

When: Tuesday, July 8th
Time: 5pm
Where:
Boston City Hall Plaza
City Hall Plaza, Boston, Massachusetts 02201


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Apologies, each time I attempt a pithy comment about yesterday’s Supreme Court decisions eviscerating public sector union rights and women’s control over our bodies it just comes out Fuck these fossilized rich shitbags and their deadly interpretations of our slave-era Constitution.
Sherry Wolf

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interesting …

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A woman giving birth in America is more than twice as likely to die as a woman in Saudi Arabia or China.

 … Despite the fact that giving birth in the U.S. costs more than anywhere else in the world, that’s not guaranteeing a better quality of care for women in this country — particularly for women of color. African American mothers are more than three times as likely to die as a result of pregnancy and childbirth than their white counterparts.

 … It’s not entirely clear why the United States is lagging so far behind, but researchers agree it probably reflects a lack of access to health care and a high rate of unplanned pregnancies. Many women are dying from chronic health issues that are exacerbated by their pregnancies because they didn’t receive adequate care to manage their conditions beforehand. Other women lack the resources to prevent pregnancy if they’re not financially stable enough to have a child. And many expectant mothers struggle to get the prenatal care they need during their pregnancies.


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Actually, this isn’t too far off from the ignorant view held by a good deal of people that disability is some sort of punishment or retribution for past transgressions. A sort of cosmic or divine Scarlet Letter letting all others know that the disabled person is guilty of some sort of sin.

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Meet Bob Marshall, who wants to be the next representative from Virginia. Marshall is currently a member of the Virginia General Assembly and he has a 23-year record of saying jaw-droppingly offensive comments. In a 1989 interview, he explained that he opposes abortion without any exceptions because sometimes incest is voluntary. And more recently…

In 2010, at an event calling for an end to state funding for Planned Parenthood, Mr. Marshall suggested that women who have abortions are more likely to face “vengeance” from “nature” in children with a greater likelihood of having developmental disabilities.

“The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion who have handicaps has increased dramatically. Why? Because when you abort the firstborn of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children,” Mr. Marshall said.

While others might call these comments “gaffes,” Marshall, bless his unapologetic heart, stands by them. “I don’t care. I mean, if I say something in public, I say it in public,” he said when asked about a few of his more controversial views recently. This comment, however, was a rare case when he tried to backtrack, saying he didn’t intend to be offensive and he has “always maintained that they are special blessings to their parents.” Yeah, I’m not really sure how that could have been misconstrued.

To his credit (or something), Marshall isn’t all talk either. During his tenure in the state legislature, he’s co-sponsored a state amendment banning same-sex marriage, introduced multiple “personhood” bills, and was responsible for that transvaginal ultrasound bill that sparked national attention a couple years ago.

He’s a Republican even other Republicans think is too extreme. But if you believe in a vengeful God who views forced childbirth as a just punishment for voluntary sex and disabled children as just punishment for ending a pregnancy, apparently Marshall’s your guy.


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THE STATE of Tennessee is about to establish a dangerous new precedent in the war on women.

Both houses of the state legislature recently passed SB 1391, a bill that would sanction women’s arrest and incarceration on the basis of the outcomes of their pregnancies. If Gov. Bill Haslam does not veto the measure, it would be the first law in the U.S. to criminalize pregnant women for the use of illegal or prescription drugs.

Supporters of reproductive rights are trying to pressure Haslam into stopping SB 1391 from becoming law.

Since the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, hundreds of pregnant women have suffered unwanted medical interventions, arrests and incarcerations, based on a range of flimsy assertions about the health of their pregnancies—very often without legal or medical grounding for the claim that the women were responsible for harming a fetus or newborn.

National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) compiled a groundbreaking report showing how these cases amount to what NAPW Executive Director Lynn Paltrow has termed the “New Jane Crow”—a reference to author Michelle Alexander’s best-selling book on racism and mass incarceration, The New Jim Crow.


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Media Matters for America
Hobby Lobby is claiming that certain types of contraception cause abortion—but it’s scientifically proven that they do not. http://mm4a.org/NUyW2J

Hobby Lobby is claiming that certain types of contraception cause abortion—but it’s scientifically proven that they do not. http://mm4a.org/NUyW2J


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"I DON’T have to provide my employees with access to birth control—even if it is the law—because I am expressing my religious freedom."

That’s a simplified version of the argument being made by the Christian owners of Hobby Lobby, who are arguing to the Supreme Court that they shouldn’t have to comply with the portion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that calls for employers’ health care plans to cover contraception.

The Green family, which owns Hobby Lobby, is specifically targeting Plan B and Ella and intrauterine devices (IUDs), which they claim are abortifacients—causing “abortions.” Hobby Lobby is wrong, but that hasn’t stopped their case.

 … HOBBY LOBBY’S owners seem to know very little about how these forms of contraception work, or at least, they are pretending to. They claim that Plan B and Ella are “abortion-causing drugs,” when Plan B actually prevents the fertilization of an egg. Right-wingers like the Green family purposely confuse Plan B, and the newer Ella, with the drug RU-486, or mifepristone, which induces abortion and isn’t covered by the Obama health plan.

In other words, despite what the Hobby Lobby thinks, the ACA doesn’t cover abortions (although it should, in the opinion of SocialistWorker.org).

Until now, the Hobby Lobby also hasn’t seemed to know much about what’s been covered in the past under its employee health coverage, either. According to Mother Jones, the company actually covered Plan B and Ella (though not IUDs) in its health care plan prior to its suit in 2012.

So while religious bosses like the owners of Hobby Lobby have many choices when it comes to their own health care coverage, their employees have precious few.

Hiding behind the ruse that they’re the victims of some kind of religious persecution, employers like Hobby Lobby are actually trying to steal the benefits that their employees—women employees—have earned.

As Adam Sonfield, a senior public policy associate at the Guttmacher Institute, told Think Progress:

It’s an incredible devaluing of the insurance that you as an employee work for. This is telling you that you can’t use your compensation—your own benefits that you have earned—in a way that your boss objects to. And that is a frightening road for us to be going down, as a society.


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With the Supreme Court due to decide on the constitutionality of a Massachusetts law, Madeline Burrows looks at clinic “buffer zones” and the fight for reproductive rights.

"IT’S A slaughterhouse in there! You’ll regret this all your life!"

A group of anti-abortion activists are huddled outside of Planned Parenthood. Some are praying. Others are approaching women as they enter the clinic.

"Don’t be the mother of a dead baby."

A busload of high school students from a nearby Catholic high school stand nearby, holding signs that read, “Women do regret abortion.”

Then, as if the preceding statements weren’t traumatic enough, a priest yells out at a woman entering the clinic “Happy Mother’s Day!”

This is a typical day outside an abortion clinic in 2014. As clinic escort and pro-choice activist Paul Valette describes, “Many sidewalk counselors will continue to shout at patients who have entered the private property, until they enter the building, and sometimes continue to shout at the closed doors.”

Valette has volunteered as a clinic escort since he retired from the U.S. Army in the mid-1990s. While the more aggressive era of anti-abortion tactics—like blockading clinic entrances, gluing locks and chaining themselves to doors—was largely over when he began volunteering at the Washington, D.C., area clinic nearly 20 years ago, the chaotic, intimidating and emotionally manipulative environment created by anti-abortion protesters remains the same.

He described the scene:

When patients arrive by car, [anti-abortion protesters] will often stand next to the car, making it difficult for the patient to exit the vehicle. On one occasion, a female anti-abortion protester—about 70 years old, but tall and sturdy-looking—stood in a position where it was impossible for the patient to open the door. And they routinely attempt to slide leaflets into the car through the windows.

Sometimes, protesters go even further.

"On one occasion, a patient arrived by cab. She opened the door, then leaned back away from the door, still inside the cab, to pay the drivers," Valette said. An elderly male anti-abortion protester then "entered the cab and began talking to the woman," pleading with her not to go inside for her scheduled procedure.

 … In the pages of the New York Times, anti-abortion protesters like McCullen become “sidewalk counselors” who merely want to engage patients in polite conversations, and give women facing unplanned pregnancies their full range of choices.

USA Today’s Mary Ann Glendon, for example, portrayed McCullen as a compassionate victim of an outrageous attack on free speech:

Unfortunately, Massachusetts has relegated McCullen to the margins. She is now often forced to call out her compassionate and loving message from behind lines painted on the ground, like a child put in the corner for bad behavior…Moreover, the lines suggest to incoming women that McCullen and persons like her are somehow dangerous or suspicious.

In Glendon’s view, it is the faint yellow lines of a buffer zone and not anti-abortion protesters themselves who create a sense of danger outside of abortion clinics.


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