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Rally in Coeur d'Alene among those held nationwide

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Posted: Sunday, April 29, 2012 12:00 am

COEUR d'ALENE - Donna Sellers says enough is enough when it comes to what she believes are measures against women.

Sellers was among about 25 people who participated in the "Unite Against the War on Women" rally on Saturday in downtown and City Park.

The Coeur d'Alene event was among those held nationwide organized by UniteWomen.org, which was founded in February to protect women's rights.

"I am a human rights activist, and I believe several recent measures target women," Sellers said. "I take a stand against that."

Sellers and rally activists support the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which recently passed the U.S. Senate.

The Act provides services to violent crimes victims and agencies that give aid to them. It provides access to legal and social services for domestic violence victims and provides training to judges, attorneys, police and prosecutors.

Twenty-two people in Idaho were killed last year by a domestic partner, according to the office of Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho.

Sellers, from Spokane, at one point in her life had to utilize the services of the North Idaho Violence Prevention Center.

"Those services are valuable," she said. "I think there would be far more damage done by not renewing (the Act)."

UniteWomen is keeping an eye on measures requiring women seeking an abortion to get an ultrasound first. The Idaho Legislature this year didn't follow suit with Texas and Virginia on such a measure due to concerns it represents an intrusive government, but the women's group realizes it may be revisited in 2013.

"I'm worried about my daughter," said Linda Jo Park of Rathdrum while finishing up the march down Sherman Avenue to the park.

Other concerns include measures attempting to "criminalize" contraception and family planning and bills to de-fund Planned Parenthood and to allow employers to opt out of contraception coverage for religious reasons.

The group also sees other threats, including on education, workplace equity, voter suppression and crimes against women and children.

According to UniteWomen, the organization has garnered more than 21,000 members nationwide and nearly 150 in Idaho in its first two months of operation.

Tonya Moreno, from Sandpoint and Idaho's liaison for UniteWomen, said she believes the rallies are important because they shows that Idaho women are standing with women all over the country against proposed and enacted laws in other conservative states that "undermine" women's access to contraception and that make it harder for women to fight wage discrimination in court (such as with Wisconson's repeal of equal pay legislation).

"My life experience that is tied to these measures is the fact that I am a woman who deserves the same human rights to safety, equality, dignity and self-determination as anyone else," Moreno said.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the debate over recent mandates, the Pro-Life Action League and Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, last month held their Nationwide Rally for Religious Freedom in opposition to the Health and Human Services (HHS) Mandate that was unveiled in January.

The new mandate requires nearly all private health insurance plans to include coverage for all FDA-approved prescription contraceptive drugs and devices, surgical sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs. The mandate is the result of Affordable Care Act, commonly known as "Obamacare," passed in 2010.

Opponents believe it violates Freedom of Religion.

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  • KomTerra posted at 11:27 am on Tue, Jun 19, 2012.

    KomTerra Posts: 4

    We have wow porn today so I don't see any reasons why women shouldn't unite and fight for every right want. We live in a democratic society and this is something quite normal nowadays, although I don't understand why nobody does anything to change this condition.

  • RealMenR4WomenNotAgainstThem posted at 7:56 pm on Wed, May 2, 2012.

    RealMenR4WomenNotAgainstThem Posts: 1

    Ok cdaidaho, if there is no war against women (or for a more accurate terminology, an Evangelical Conservative assault designed to return Women of the U.S. to 2nd class citizenry), please explain the rapid legislation proposed/approved over the last 2 yrs. I think the last count was 944 articles of legislation that are designed to remove any Women's input to her own reproductive, family planning or healthcare, et al. Here is a list, please explain how these are not "against Women"?
    Bills Created Against Women
    By Ashley Allen Baggett, Katie German and 7 others in Campus Organizers-UniteWomen.org · Edit Doc · Delete
    US House of Representatives passes the "Let Women Die Bill" HR 358: http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/article/2011/10/17/the-let-women-die-bill-of-2011-hr-358-forces-women-to-play-russian-roullette-in-their-hospital-emergency-roo0
    Specifies that hospitals must wait until the fetal heart tone ceases before acting to complete a miscarriage, even if the pregnancy is clearly no longer viable. Women are at risk of becoming septic, a serious and life-threatening form of infection, and death.

    SB 5 Personhood (life at conception) Life begins at the moment of conception.
    SB12/HB418 Requires ultrasound (Right to Know/See). Story about Alabama bill: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/26/alabama-ultrasound-bill-governor-robert-bentley_n_1302298.html
    Requires women to undergo an ultrasound prior to receiving an abortion. It says either an external or transvaginal ultrasound would need to be performed, and that women would not have a decision as to which procedure would be used. Transvaginal ultrasounds are needed to detect an embryo in the earliest weeks of pregnancy.
    SB6/ SB96/ SB223 Physician guidelines regarding abortion or abortion-inducing drugs
    Mifepristone is a medication used to perform medical abortions. SB 6 and SB 96 would make it unlawful to administer ANY abortion-inducing drug to a woman without her receiving an exam by a physician. Hence, SB 6 and SB 96 would prohibit the use of mifepristone for abortion services using Evidence Based (EB) protocols. Instead, physicians would be required to use the FDA (Federal Drug Administration) protocol, even though the FDA protocol has a higher complication rate. Additionally, the bill could prohibit the use of methotrexate to resolve ectopic pregnancies, which can be fatal if left untreated.
    SB10/HB112 Prohibit reg health ins coverage for abortion from health exchange plan
    These bills would prohibit health insurance plans that participate in the state-based health care exchanges from providing abortion care benefits to women in Alabama.
    SB20 Prohibit reg private health ins coverage for abortion
    SB 20 would prohibit health insurance coverage of elective abortions unless the insured has paid additional monies for a rider. This bill would deny many women the coverage they already have under their private health insurance.
    SB335/HB112 Prohibits reg health ins coverage for abortion from FUTURE "Obamacare" ACA health insurance exchange
    SB31 Adds unborn child to felony if exposed to drugs while pregnant
    SB105/HB375 Health care providers can deny service based on their conscience (State equiv of Fed Blunt Amendment)
    HB43 Removes Alabama from authority of Federal Affordable Care Act
    The Alabama Supreme Court ruled doctors can be sued for the death of an unborn, pre-viable child. http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2012/03/12/gvsb0312.htm
    Parents of unborn children can sue doctors for wrongful death, whether or not the fetus was able to survive outside the woman's uterus, the Supreme Court of Alabama has ruled. The opinion reverses a trial court decision that said Alabama law does not permit lawsuits on behalf of fetuses unable to live outside the womb.

    HB 2800 - No Public Funding for Family Planning: This bill outlines the priority for distribution of public funds for family planning services and specifies that the state or any political subdivision may not contract with any person or facility that performs nonfederally qualified abortions. It would disquality Planned Parenthood from providing services to AHCCCS and Title X patients, leaving those without insurance and in the minority communities without access to affordable health care/reproductive health care services. This bill was passed and is awaiting signature from the Governor. Passed
    HB 2625 - Religious Objections Bill: This bill states that a religiously affiliated employer can opt out of insurance coverage for contraceptives. An employee wishing to be reimbursed for related expenses could be required to submit a claim to the employer along with evidence that the prescription is not for the purpose covered under the employer's objection. Republican Rep. Terri Proud wants to make a law that would force women to witness an abortion before having an abortion. Passed
    SB 1359 - Wrongful Life/Brith: The Arizona state Senate passed a bill that establishes that a person is not liable for damages in any civil action on a claims that, but for an act or omission of the defendant, specified individuals would not or should not have been born. It allows health care providers to omit informationn discovered during examination if the provider thinks the information may lead to the termination of pgregnancy without fear of civil action against the provider. Passed
    SB 1494 - Abortion/Personhood: Defines 'human being' to include all ages from conception to full gestation. Expands 'informed consent' criteria, and disclosure of possible medical riskes. It also requires physicians to provide contact information for a Crisis Pregnancy Center. Due to the expanded definition of 'human bing', some forms of oral contraception and in vitro fertilization could no longer be prescribed/taken or performed. Tabled
    SB 2036 - 20 Week Abortion Ban: Prohibits abortion after 20 weeks except in a medical emergency with no exception for health or fetal anomaly. Physicians will face criminal and civil penalties as well as unprofessional conduct sanctions and loss of license. Women would be forced to carry non-viablie fetuses to term unless their lives are in immediate danger. Women diagnosed with an illneess such as cancer could not receive chemotherapy/radiation wllowing the disease to progress. Passed
    SB 1009 - Promote Childbirth/Adoption in Schools: Prohibits school districts and charter schools from promoting elective abortion over childbirth and adoption. Requires the State Board of Education to develop a handbook to promote existing curriculum frameworks and encourage school districts to recognize the moral, civic and ethical values within educational development programs for the general purpose of instilling character and ethical prinicples in students K -12 . Schools will provide instruction that may be contrary to the values of the families of Arizona's children. Passed
    HR 3541 - Pre-Natal Nondiscrimination Act: This bill would allow a male partner or an underage woman's parents to file an injunction that would force a woman to remain pregnant by charging her with being motivated to abort by the fetus's race or sex, regardless of whether that's what actually motivated the woman. Tabled
    HB 2416 - Redefines taking the abortion pill as “surgery.” This extravagant over-regulation will result in more than half of Arizona’s current abortion providers becoming ineligible to provide care. Rural women will lose access to abortion entirely, as abortion-by-pill is the only form of care outside Phoenix and Tucson. This proposal aims to reduce
    abortion early in pregnancy, since abortion-by-pill is used by women in the fifth to ninth
    week of pregnancy. Passed
    HB 2384 - This bill excludes Planned Parenthood from eligibility as a qualifying organization for The Working Poor Tax Credit. It excludes organizations that serve the working poor from qualifying under the “working poor donation tax credit” program for charitable organizations if they provide or refer for abortion care and prohibits public money from being spent on abortion care training which is already prohibited in Arizona. Passed
    HB 2443 – By banning race and gender selection abortion, this bill tries to create the impression that women and families are deciding to end pregnancies on those bases. Since there absolutely no evidence that this is occurring, this bill is solely designed to further damage the reputations of women who choose abortion. Passed
    HB 1169 (Strike-Everything Amendment) – Prohibits the Arizona Board of Nursing from determining whether abortion care is within the scope of practice of a highly trained nurse practitioner. Passed
    SB 1030 (Strike-Everything Amendment) - Prohibits physician’s assistants from providing abortion-by-pill. Passed

    Arkansas-based conservative group attempts to get a ballot initiative that would define life as starting at conception. The state's Attorney General rejected the petition. http://parentsagainstpersonhood.com/2012/01/04/arkansas-personhood-rejected-by-attorney-general/
    In March 2012, Personhood Arkansas filed a third attempt, whose language has been significantly altered. The new measure affects birth control and IVF procedures which “violate the rights of a person”. It also allows any private individual to file legal action against another person in order to stop a purported violation of another’s right to life. The proposed language was rejected again by the Attorney General in April 2012.

    Governor Jerry Brown eliminates Commission on the Status of Women http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/07/06/18683973.php
    Rep. Darrell Issa of San Diego County bans Sandra Fluke from testifying on the panel regarding national coverage of birth control.http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/02/rep-darrell-issa-bars-minority-witness-a-woman-on-contraception-2/
    House leaders convene a second panel strictly for Sandra Fluke's testimony. Rep. Dan Lungren of Sacramento County uses his chair position of the House Administrative Committee to prevent the second panel's access to broadcasting and televising equipment. http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/02/pelosi-gop-trying-to-censor-female-witness-on-birth-control.php
    The Driving force behind "Personhood" amendments is Walter B. Hoye III of Oakland, California. He is also responsible for the "most dangerous place for a black child is in its mother's womb" billboards. He targets women of color and neighborhoods with working class families to put up disrespectful billboards.

    A Colorado bill, which passes the state House, would increase penalties if a person hurts a woman and causes death or injury to her unborn child. Critics say it effectively criminalizes abortion. http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_20192390/bill-personhood-status-fetuses-killed-or-hurt-by
    Colorado's Supreme Court approves a ballot initiative for a constitutional amendment that would prohibit a woman from terminating a pregnancy for any reason. http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/03/07/colorado-supreme-court-approves-anti-abortion-personhood-ballot-initiative/

    Florida passes a bill requiring a 24-hour wait before an abortion, and requires that clinics be owned by doctors. http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/03/02/florida-house-passes-24-hour-wait-for-abortions/
    Personhood Florida launched a two-year push to get a fetal personhood initiative on the ballot in 2014. http://floridaindependent.com/70707/personhood-florida-continuing-push-for-2014-amendment
    Timing has not been on Gov. Rick Scott’s side lately. Earlier this week, I pointed out that the governor eliminated $1.5 million in state funds for 30 rape crisis centers across the state during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. A day after that news began to spread, Scott attended an awards ceremony at the Capitol for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Among those who received an award that day: Nicole Bishop, the director of Palm Beach County Victim Services, which was one of the rape crisis centers that lost funding due to Scott’s veto. “I thought it was unfortunate,” Bishop says. “Those funds were definitely needed.” The governor’s office has said that the money allotted to the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence was “duplicative” and that “nobody was able to make it clear to [the governor] why rape crisis centers needed the new funding.” Advocates and legislators have countered by arguing that the funds he was talking about were for prevention, not for taking care of those who have already become victims. In Tampa, an advocate has even invited Scott to a rape crisis center to educate him about the need for the money. Bishop says she is grateful she was recognized this week for her work with victims, but wishes the funding was not eliminated.“I do thank the governor and the attorney general for recognizing us and the important work we do,” Bishop says. “I just hope that they keep that in mind when they make funding decisions.” By Ashley Lopez

    The house passed HB 954 (fetal-pain bill), which would ban abortions after 20 weeks even if the baby is not expected to live. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/03/01/georgia-state-house-passes-fetal-pain-based-abortion-ban/
    Rep. Terry England, speaking on HB954, does not see a problem with requiring women to carry to term a fetus that is already dead or is not expected to survive outside the womb. “Life gives us many experiences,” he explained. “I’ve had the experience of delivering calves, dead and alive — delivering pigs, dead and alive. … It breaks our hearts to see those animals not make it.” http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/03/09/georgia-lawmaker-compares-women-to-cows-and-pigs/
    HB 954 was pushed through at the last minute in the legislature and now awaits Gov. Deal's signature. He is expected to sign; there is no real hope of a veto. http://www.ajc.com/news/georgia-government/georgia-lawmakers-pass-abortion-1401963.html
    Georgia State Representative Bobby Franklin proposed a bill removing the term "victim" from rape, stalking, and domestic violence and replacing it with the term "accuser." This would indicate a fundamental shift in attitude toward the victims of such crimes, promoting a tendency to blame victims or require them to prove that such traumatic events truly occurred. It should be noted that there was no stated intent to relabel victims of other crimes "accusers." http://articles.cnn.com/2011-02-07/us/georgia.rape.law_1_fraud-victims-word-victim-burglary-victims?_s=PM:US
    The Idaho Senate passes a bill requiring an ultrasound for women seeking a abortion, as well as providing a list of providers of free ultrasounds. The catch? Those providers are mainly crisis-pregnancy centers run by pro-life groups and the ultrasounds performed there may not meet the requirement of the law, necessitating a second procedure. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/53750624-68/bill-idaho-ultrasound-abortion.html.csp

    Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (R) is anti-choice, the Kansas House is anti-choice and the Kansas Senate is mixed-choice. Ninety-six percent of Kansas counties have no abortion provider.
    Topeka decriminalized domestic violence in late 2011, hoping to balance their budget. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/12/us/topeka-moves-to-decriminalize-domestic-violence.html
    Kansas offers a sweeping anti-abortion bill that would allow doctors to withhold information about birth defects, require women to hear a fetal heartbeat, and force doctors to inform women about a disproved link between breast cancer and abortions. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/06/kansas-anti-abortion-bill_n_1258185.html
    H.B. 2218 makes previability abortion after 22 weeks a misdemeanor or a felony, unless necessary to save a woman's life or to avert serious risk of substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function. Physicians in violation of the law would be guilty of a class A misdemeanor for the first violation carrying a penalty of up to one year in jail and a level 10 felony for subsequent violations. In addition, the law allows the woman, her spouse, or her guardian if she is not 18 years of age to bring a civil suit for damages against the physician.
    H.B. 2035 This law provides that no physician shall provide such an abortion procedure unless it is necessary to save the life of a woman "whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, physical illness, or physical injury, including a life endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself." The law further provides that any physician who violates the law shall be guilty of a class 8 person felony, and allows the husband or parents of the pregnant woman to bring a civil suit for damages against the physician.
    S.B 6 Any group that promotes, refers for, or educates in favor of abortion may not enter into a contract under the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's pregnancy-maintenance programs, which provide services to help women carry their pregnancies to term.
    H.B. 2075 Health-insurance policies, including plans offered in the new state exchange established under health-care reform and state employee insurance plans, may not include abortion coverage, with an exception only to save a woman's life. Abortion coverage may be obtained outside the state exchange only through an optional rider for which an additional premium is paid. However, nothing in the act requires an insurer to offer such a rider.
    65-443 (Abortion Refusal Clause) No person may be required to participate in medical procedures that result in abortion. The refusal of a person to participate may not be a basis for civil liability or any hospital-imposed sanction. No hospital may be required to permit abortion services within its institution. The refusal of a hospital to permit abortion care may not be a ground for civil liability.
    65-1637 (Pharmacist Refusal Clause) A pharmacist may refuse to fill or refill any prescription if, in the pharmacist's professional judgment and discretion, such pharmacist is of the opinion that it should not be filled or refilled.
    65-446 (Sterilization Refusal Clause) No person may be required to perform or participate in medical procedures that result in sterilization. The refusal of a person to participate may not be a basis for civil liability or any hospital-imposed sanction. No hospital may be required to permit abortion care within its institution. The refusal of a hospital, hospital administrator, or governing board of a hospital to permit medical procedures resulting in sterilization may not be a ground for civil liability.
    65-6701 A young woman may not obtain an abortion until after she receives counseling from a licensed physician, nurse, physician's assistant, clergy member, or qualified counselor while accompanied by a parent or an interested adult over 21 who is not associated with the abortion provider. Such counseling may not be provided by a person assisting in or providing the procedure and must include: (1) the alternatives available, including abortion and adoption; (2) agencies available to assist the young woman; and (3) the possibility of involving the young woman's parents or an adult family member in her decision-making. This counseling requirement also may be waived if the physician determines that a medical emergency exists.
    65-6703(a) post-viability abortion restriction states that no abortion may be provided after viability unless the attending physician and another financially and legally independent physician determine that an abortion is necessary to preserve the woman's life or continuation of the pregnancy would cause a "substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function" of the woman. The Kansas attorney general has interpreted this exception to include mental health
    65-6721 Bans the provision of certain post-viability procedures (not including the suction curettage procedure, suction aspiration procedure, and certain dilation and evacuation procedures). This ban states that performance of certain post-viability procedures is a felony, unless the physician and another legally and financially independent physician determine that the abortion is necessary to preserve the woman's life or that continuation of the pregnancy would cause a "substantial and irreversible impairment of a major physical or mental function" of the woman.
    § 8400 Kansas prohibits public funding for abortion for women eligible for state medical assistance for general health care unless the procedure is necessary to preserve the life of a woman endangered by a physical disorder, physical injury, or physical illness, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself or the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest.
    65-6701-6708 to -6711-6712-6713 to -6715 (amendments) A woman may not obtain an abortion until at least 24 hours after the attending or referring physician provides in writing: (1) a description of the proposed method; (2) a description of the risks related to the proposed method, including risks to the woman's reproductive health and alternatives to abortion; (3) the probable gestational age of the "unborn child"; (4) a statement on Kansas law regarding post-viability abortion; (5) the probable anatomical and physiological characteristics of the "unborn child"; (6) the medical risks associated with carrying a pregnancy to term; and (7) the name of the physician who will provide the procedure. In addition, at least 24 hours prior to an abortion, the woman must receive: (1) in writing, state-mandated information from a physician, psychologist, licensed social worker, registered professional counselor, or registered nurse that includes that: (a) medical assistance benefits may be available for prenatal care, childbirth, and neonatal care; (b) the state-prepared materials include details about these benefits and list agencies offering alternatives to abortion, including adoption services; (c) the materials describe the "unborn child"; (d) the "father" of the "unborn child" is liable for child support even if he has offered to pay for the abortion; and (e) the woman is free to withdraw or withhold consent without loss of any state or federally funded benefits; (3) "the abortion will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being;" and (4) state-prepared materials that: (a) describe with pictures or drawings the probable anatomical and physical characteristics of the "unborn child" at two-week gestational increments, including the possibility of survival; (b) describe methods and the medical risks associated with each method and with carrying a pregnancy to term; (c) provide a comprehensive list of public and private agencies and services, including but not limited to adoption agencies, available to assist a woman through pregnancy, upon childbirth, and while her child is dependent, with a 24-hour toll-free hotline; (d) include information about medical assistance benefits and the "father's" liability for child support; (e) state that a physician who provides abortion care without a woman's "informed" consent may be liable to her for damages; (f) state that adoptive parents may legally pay the costs of prenatal care, childbirth, and neonatal care; and (g) include the following statement: "Many public and private agencies exist to provide counseling and information on available services. You are strongly urged to seek their assistance to obtain guidance during your pregnancy. In addition, you are encouraged to seek information on abortion services, alternatives to abortion, including adoption, and resources available to postpartum mothers. The law requires that your physician or the physician's agent provide the enclosed information."
    HCR11: Rep. Hoffman is sponsoring a resolution to ask federal Congress to defund and appropriate no future funding to Planned Parenthood.= passed House, sent to Senate, referred to Senate's committee of Health and Welfare (4-17-12)

    SB593: Sen. Alario is sponsoring a bill that states fetal pain and viability is at 20 weeks, which would ban any abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.= Up for committee hearing in Senate's committee of Health and Welfare 5-10-12.

    SB330: Sen. Ward is sponsoring a bill that would criminalize the act of abortion if the abortionist is not a licensed physician.= Made it through Senate, in House and referred to Committee on Administration of Criminal Justice (5-2-12)

    SB708: Sen. Broome is sponsoring a bill that requires that the fetal heartbeat be made audible to, and ultrasound images be displayed for review by, a pregnant woman prior to an abortion. = Made it through Senate, in House and referred to Committee on Health and Welfare (4-26-12)

    HB573: Equal Pay for Women Act: involuntarily deferred in committee (4-23-12)SB189= Louisiana Equal Pay for Women Act; stuck in committeeSB568= Equal Pay for Women Act; failed

    HB820: Comprehensive Sex Ed- tie; being reintroduced on 5-8-12.

    Prevents legal abortions after six weeks, or when a fetal heartbeat is detected. For women having partial miscarriages where there is still a faint heartbeat, her life must be in critical danger before receiving medical care to treat the miscarriage. 10-25% of all pregnancies end in miscarriages.
    "The bill would ban abortion after six weeks which violates Roe v. Wade. It would forces women to prove they have been raped. It would force women to be raped by the state. And it would define life as beginning at conception, a concept Mississippi voters overwhelmingly defeated last fall. " http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/03/16/mississippi-gop-passes-anti-abortion-bill-with-heartbeat-transvaginal-ultrasounds-personhood-and-anti-contraception-measures/
    Mississippi SB 2692 is all of the "heartbeatl bill" which was killed as HB 1196 so House member Andy Gipson tagged it onto this bill which is actually a bill to strenghen penalties for murdering children. In order for the amendment to stand he has to prove it is relevant to the bill he placed it in. So if he goes forward with it he will have to argue that abortion is murder on the MS house floor.
    Mississippi passes a measure aimed at closing the state's only abortion clinic. http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/03/13/443890/mississippi-house-passes-measure-aimed-at-closing-the-states-only-abortion-clinic/

    Sen. Roy Blunt authors an amendment allowing employers to opt out of any health coverage they deem immoral. http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2012/0301/Blunt-amendment-brings-culture-wars-to-Congress
    HB 1075 Prohibits laws requiring pharmacies to carry any specific drug or device—Passed House 144-12 on 2-15; On Senate calendar for 2nd reading 2-27
    HB 1274 another bill that would restrict the use of “abortion inducing drugs”
    HB 1541, a bill that would allow medical professionals to deny medication and care because of their religious beliefs
    SB 658 would restrict the use of the abortion pill
    SB 772 Safety procedures for the use of abortion-inducing drugs; to be heard 3-6-12 in Senate Health, Mental Health Committee
    SB 745 Allows crisis pregnancy centers to freely engage in religious practices; to be heard 3-6-12 in Senate Health, Mental Health Committee
    SB 749, a bill that would allow employers to deny their employees contraception coverage under employee insurance plans
    HCR 41 Declares House’s opposition to birth control mandate—passed House 114-45 on 2-22; on Referred to Senate Rules Committee 2-27
    HB 1435; a bill that gives Crisis Pregnancy Centers immunity from government intervention.
    HB 1357; and a bill that creates more bureaucratic hurdles for abortion providers and also makes CPCs exempt from state regulation.
    SB 657, a conscience clause that would enable medical professionals to deny patients medication, including birth control
    SB 582, a bill that would provide a tax credit to Crisis Pregnancy Centers
    SJR 49 which would overrule the federal mandate for employers to cover contraception in their health insurances (introduced by Sen. Rupp)
    SB 745, an act regarding “alternatives-to-abortion agencies.” Despite the fact that legitimate medical facilities and clinics that offer reproductive health care services and abortions endure a significant amount of government interference, this bill would make crisis pregnancy centers nearly immune from government intervention, even if their model is based on spreading misinformation. (Introduced by Sen. Lembke) This discriminatory bill gives more power and leeway to anti-choice organizations and allows organizations posing as medical facilities to deliberately mislead women.
    Senate Bill 582 would provide a tax credit to Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) – even though these facilities have been proven to provide misleading information and are founded under anti-choice ideology
    House Bill 1385 creates more reporting requirements for Title X facilities which creates an unnecessary bureaucratic burden
    SB 65 passed the Senate and now moves to the House. This bill is a pre-viability ban, as seen in other states, and would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
    HB 28 passed the House and now moves to the Senate. This bill would prohibit non-physicians from prescribing an abortion-inducing drug and specifies that a pharmacy cannot be required to be connected with the drug.
    HB213 This legislation would remove a general exception for women’s health from Missouri’s current law banning abortions on viable fetuses. It would grant exceptions only when a woman’s life is endangered by a physical issue or when the pregnancy poses physical impairment. Two doctors would need to agree before an abortion is performed on a viable fetus. Physicians who violate the standards could face up to seven years in prison. Has already passed the House and is now in the Senate.

    Nebraska Republicans are trying to pass “Freedom Of Conscience Clause” that targets women’s health. http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/03/10/nebraska-republicans-aim-to-pass-freedom-of-conscience-clause-that-targets-womens-health/

    Nevada anti-abortion groups proceed with ballot initiatives to protect “prenatal” persons and prohibit abortion. http://www.necn.com/03/02/12/APNewsBreak-Nevada-anti-abortion-measure/landing_politics.html?&apID=60075f43f7fc48b682665f497624381c

    New Hampshire
    The New Hampshire House passes a bill forcing doctors to tell women of a link between breast cancer and abortion, which has been scientifically disproved. http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/03/15/444995/new-hampshire-house-bill-falsely-claims-abortion-causes-breast-cancer/
    New Hampshire House votes on two bills: one banning third-term abortions and another that allows judges two business days before they have to decide whether a juvenile who does not want to inform her parents may have an abortion. http://www.shakesville.com/2012/03/reproductive-rights-updates-az-ks-ms-nh.html
    New Hampshire House approves a 24-hour waiting period for abortions. http://www.unionleader.com/article/20120314/NEWS06/703149951

    Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) approves language on a proposed personhood ballot initiative defining life as beginning at conception. http://www.nationalpartnership.org/site/News2?abbr=daily2_&page=NewsArticle&id=31466
    HB125 Known as the Heartbeat Bill, would ban all abortions in all cases if a fetal heartbeat is detected. Ohio Represented Bob Peterson (r) told officers of Gender Equality Solidarity Society at the Ross County Meet the Candidates Night on February 29th, 2012 that even he thought the language in the bill wasn’t right but voted for it anyways because of his party. Passed the House and is pending in the Senate http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=129_HB_125
    Senate Bill 5/Issue 2 “ Women were 51.7 percent of state government workers and over 60 percent of local government workers (61.4 percent)” (http://www.progressohio.org/blog/2011/03/attacks-on-public-employees-directly-threaten-working-women.html

    HB 298 / SB 201: Defunding Planned Parenthood To "prioritize" funding for family planning programs to defund Planned Parenthood.
    HCR 32: Crisis Pregnancy Centers To recognize the so-called "contributions" of pregnancy resource centers.
    HCR 35 / SCR 26: Opposing Birth Control To urge the President to rescind the rule requiring religious employers to provide contraceptive services.
    HB 63 / SB 8: Judicial Bypass To make the judicial bypass process more difficult for a minor seeking abortion services. HB 63 was signed by the governor on 11/4/11
    HB 78 / SB 72: Post-Viability Bans To ban post-viability abortions. HB 78 was signed by the governor on 7/20/11.
    HB 79: Insurance Prohibition To prohibit qualified health plans from providing coverage for certain abortions. HB 79 was signed by the governor on 12/21/11.
    HB 153: State Operating Budget The 2012-2013 operating budget for the state of Ohio contained two provisions to restrict access to abortion. HB 153 was signed by the governor on 6/30/11.

    SB 1433 failed in the legislature, but attempts on choice have not. House Resolution 1054 also defines life as beginning at fertilization. More information found here: http://www.oklegislature.gov/BillInfo.aspx?Bill=hr1054
    HR 1595 mandates that a 34-item questionnaire be filled out by abortion providers for each procedure. The questionnaire doesn't include the woman's name or "any information specifically identifying the patient," but it does ask for age, race, level of education, marital status, number of previous pregnancies, and the county in which the abortion was performed, information which opponents of the bill argue would be enough to identify a woman in a small town. The questionnaire also asks about the mother's reason for the abortion, her method of payment, and even what type of insurance she has, as well as whether the fetus received anaesthetic and whether there was "an infant born alive as a result of the abortion." http://jezebel.com/5376502/new-oklahoma-law-will-put-details-of-all-abortions-online
    Heartbeat informed consent act (SB1274) http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/07/us-oklahoma-abortion-heartbeat-idUSTRE82609J20120307
    Oklahoma attempts to cut funding to Planned Parenthood. http://newsok.com/oklahoma-lawmaker-says-by-cutting-funds-to-planned-parenthood-bill-harms-women-children/article/3649472/?page=1

    Requires all women seeking a legal abortion undergo a medically unnecessary vaginal ultrasound probe (with exceptions for rape and incest). Pennsylvania’s governor suggests women “close their eyes,” during the procedure.
    Pennsylvania HB 1077 (ultrasound bill) requires technicians give women personalized results and "strongly encourages" women to view the screen during the ultrasound.
    Pennsylvania Gov. Corbett tells women to just close their eyes. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/15/tom-corbett-ultrasound-bill-pennsylvania_n_1348801.html
    Rep. Daryl Metcalfe is drafting a bill that would ban funding for all family planning and women's health services, including preventive care. He is directly targeting Planned Parenthood and similar PA health centers that offer abortion: http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2012/04/lawmaker_readies_bill_to_cut_f.html

    Rhode Island
    Rep. Karen MacBeth, a self-described conservative Democrat, introduces a bill requiring ultrasounds before an abortion. http://news.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/2012/03/ri-bill-to-requ.html

    The Tennessee legislature proposes a bill that would publish the names of doctors who provide abortions, as well as potentially identifiying women who undergo the procedure. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/la-na-nn-tennessee-abortion-bill-20120319,0,2256987.story

    Requires all women seeking a legal abortion undergo a medically unnecessary vaginal ultrasound probe, including rape victims. http://feminist.org/blog/index.php/2012/02/16/tx-ultrasound-law-to-go-into-effect/
    Texas HB 15, called "Women's Right to Know" which modifies Section 171.012 of the Health and Safety Code.
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry implements a law that excludes Planned Parenthood from the Medicaid women’s health program, causing the Department of Health and Human services to revoke federal funding for family planning via Medicaid to the state. http://www.msmagazine.com/news/uswirestory.asp?ID=13527

    HB 461- Gov. Gary Herbert signs a law requiring a 72-hour wait to obtain an abortion. http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-03-21/utah-governor-signs-72-hour-abortion-waiting-period-bill
    HB 363- The Utah state legislature passes a bill that would ban sex education in schools. However, Gov. Herbert (R) vetoed it. http://www.parkrecord.com/ci_20216508/governor-rejects-sex-ed-bill

    Gov. McDonnell signs into law a measure requiring an ultrasound prior to obtaining an abortion; however, a controversial provision requiring a transvaginal ultrasound was removed after significant pressure. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5j8HgnFMNbBrI0mmEGd3DDTnEZkGQ?docId=7648c83887b84792a3208c61205f0720
    The Virginia House of Delegates passes a bill that would define life as beginning at conception. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/23/virginia-personhood-bill-defeated-senate_n_1297463.html
    NARAL VA's summary of legislative activity: http://www.naralva.org/assets/bin/pdfs/2012%20Description.pdf

    Federal judge rules Washington pharmacists cannot be required to dispense Plan B if they have a moral objection. http://www.pharmalot.com/2012/02/washington-pharmacists-dont-have-to-sell-plan-b-2/

    SB 507 requires "the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board to emphasize non-marital parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect" http://chicagoist.com/2012/03/07/wi_grothman_parenthood_abuse.php
    While speaking on SB507, Representative Don Pridemore spoke against divorce, even in cases of abuse. http://www.todaystmj4.com/news/local/142161793.html
    Wisconsin Republicans attempt to repeal the Equal Pay Enforcement Act. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/24/equal-pay-enforcement-act-wisconsin-scott-walker_n_1299750.html?ref=tw

    --WOMEN'S VICTORIES in the War on Women--Legislation at the state and national level that has been rejected!

    Sen. Roy Blunt authors an amendment allowing employers to opt out of any health coverage they deem immoral. http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2012/0301/Blunt-amendment-brings-culture-wars-to-Congress. This measure was voted down by a very close 51-48 in the Senate.
    Violence Against Women Act is Reauthorized! http://www.msmagazine.com/news/uswirestory.asp?ID=13610
    SB 1433 dead in legislature! http://www.newson6.com/story/17789866/oklahoma-personhood-bill-backers-fail-to-get-hearing
    House Joint Resolution 1067, a bill that proposed a ballot measure that would criminalize abortion by granting personhood status to a human embryo WON'T advance this year. House Joint Resolution 1067 would ban birth control methods or in vitro fertilization that “kills a person,” according to the measure. It also states there would be no exceptions for pregnancies that occur as a result of rape or incest.
    Initiative to put personhood amendment on the ballot failed in California
    San Francisco passes a "truth in advertising" bill in 2011 that prevents any clinic from advertising services that they do not offer. Crisis pregnancy centers cannot legally advertise "abortion services" on Google & other search engines if they do not provide them. This is being looked at as a model law to be used in other cities.
    Initiative on Nov. ballot to allow Nurse Practioners to provide abortion care

  • Erin Sands posted at 7:24 pm on Wed, May 2, 2012.

    Erin Sands Posts: 1

    There are laws quietly being passed around this country that will take women back over a generation in terms of their civil rights. They cannot be allowed to stand. They are unconstitutional. Join with unitewomen.org to fight the war against women.



    Women make less than men due to discrimination, regardless of Alex Costellano's comments.


  • smndnl1 posted at 11:13 am on Mon, Apr 30, 2012.

    smndnl1 Posts: 142

    Definition of the word naive. Tools all in one

  • babydriver posted at 9:15 am on Mon, Apr 30, 2012.

    babydriver Posts: 1393

    and hklberries,

    where was your husband while you and daughter were out marching? Hmm?

  • babydriver posted at 9:04 am on Mon, Apr 30, 2012.

    babydriver Posts: 1393


    My wife has been a HOMEMAKER and MOTHER our entire marriage, happy and FULFILLED in her role.
    Equality has no place in our home. My wife is by far the most important.

  • Brent Regan posted at 8:49 am on Mon, Apr 30, 2012.

    Brent Regan Posts: 734

    “Would you really tell your mom that she deserves to be paid less because she might have a child one day” Is a perfect example of simplistic, emotional liberal “argument”. The answer is that if you demand more in benefits then you should expect less in pay dollars. Employees receive compensation in the form of Pay AND Benefits. You are only considering pay. Some women demanded that it should be illegal to be fired if they don’t show up for work for 6 months (maternity leave). The employer has to hire and train a temporary worker or pay other workers overtime to make up the slack.

    Women receive more benefits than men, maternity leave is an example. You cannot discriminate between women who may get pregnant and those that won’t so you must only consider the aggregate. If you say that women and men should receive the same compensation for the same task, and you say that women must receive accommodation for maternity, a benefit that men do not receive then you MUST accept that the pay will be different unless you argue that women deserve more compensation than men for the same task, but then YOU would be the sexist.

    Randy Myers criticized source of the statistics I cited. At lease I offered a source. Where is Randy Myer’s criticism LJPark’s “Women in Idaho make 74 cents for every $1.00 that men make.” unreferenced claim?

  • kimknerl posted at 7:18 am on Mon, Apr 30, 2012.

    kimknerl Posts: 286

    Well said, Randy Meyers!

    Is it just me, or does anyone else wonder if these guys here making harsh statements about women are receiving any pleasurable female attention at home? I think you know what I mean.

  • hayden_guy posted at 5:24 pm on Sun, Apr 29, 2012.

    hayden_guy Posts: 400

    Correction to my post

    .....and when someone tries to bring attention to what is wrong, they SAY THOSE BRING ATTENTION TO THE PROBLEM must be mental or something.

    Oh, and Brent Regan, your post is exactly what I was referring to. Would you really tell your mom that she deserves to be paid less because she might have a child one day, and need to take time off work?
    I have known men that have taken a few months off for a baby sabbatical, it goes both ways.

  • Brent Regan posted at 5:10 pm on Sun, Apr 29, 2012.

    Brent Regan Posts: 734

    “She was hired for significantly less money because she's female.”
    Wrong. She was hired for less because of the expectation of higher overhead. The employer corrected her wages for the higher anticipated overhead for a young married woman who will likely soon be pregnant, which entails significant accommodation on the part of the employer. Additional “personal days”, 6 months of baby sabbatical, accommodations for day care, etc. etc. etc….All mandated by law. It costs more to hire a woman even though her pay may be less because of higher overhead.

    cdaidaho is EXACTLY correct. You want equal pay but you don’t want equal personal responsibility.

  • Jeffrey Wherley posted at 5:05 pm on Sun, Apr 29, 2012.

    Jeffrey Wherley Posts: 3969


    You really don't seem to have a clue, 'Useful Morons' is an apt description, not the calling of names.

    "spew vitriol for individuals who are standing up against discrimination" No, we find it so comical that some of you are willing to throw a war that no one will show up for, because we all agree with the premise and it was fought and won over the past decades.

    We actually have pity for your blindness, and find levity in your hitting the wall repeatedly in your self imposed blindness. Thanks for the laughs.

  • hayden_guy posted at 5:04 pm on Sun, Apr 29, 2012.

    hayden_guy Posts: 400

    Every once in a while I start feeling good about my community, state, and even country. Then I come and read the comments on the cda press and I remember why I am so frustrated with this community, state, and country.

    It amazes me how many people put the blinders on and say that everything is ok, nothing is wrong, and when someone tries to bring attention to what is wrong, they must be mental or something.

    Yeah Idaho!

  • justinian posted at 2:38 pm on Sun, Apr 29, 2012.

    justinian Posts: 318

    "...and shouldn't be forced to do with their bodies what rich, old white men want?"

    Huh? And what would that be? Bathe? Or refrain from killing an unborn child? I will add many young women of color find the idea of killing the unborn horrific. Why is the sex, race or age of the criticism an issue?

  • bosuns posted at 2:26 pm on Sun, Apr 29, 2012.

    bosuns Posts: 6

    I am not going to say that I am surprised at the negative comments on this article, because so many people love to log onto the press website and spew vitriol for individuals who are standing up against discrimination and the myopic view of life that so many individuals in North Idaho seem to have.

    Thank you, Linda Jo, for putting the facts behind this article, as many people won't bother to do the research themselves to truly know there is a war against women. It's so often that people will claim that any issue that people get behind that has a connotation of being "liberal" is said to be some conspiracy made up by those evil Democrats. How is it harmful to our society that women should be paid equally, have fair trials if they are sexually assaulted, and shouldn't be forced to do with their bodies what rich, old white men want?

    If I am a moron for attending this rally and trying to make a difference in our community, I don't know what you are for sitting in front of a computer and pretending that if you put your fingers in your ears and close your eyes, that you will be right, and then you won't have to care about issues that don't affect you.

  • Bonners58 posted at 2:21 pm on Sun, Apr 29, 2012.

    Bonners58 Posts: 2

    Well put cdaidaho!!!!

  • justinian posted at 1:59 pm on Sun, Apr 29, 2012.

    justinian Posts: 318

    "... attacking women's Constitutional reproductive rights ..."

    "Reproductive rights"? What are those? The right to kill an unborn child? The right to free and unlimited contraception and a tax payer paid killing of the un born child if that fails?

  • cdaidaho posted at 1:56 pm on Sun, Apr 29, 2012.

    cdaidaho Posts: 30

    OK--This is from a WOMAN. If a woman refuses to play the victim, works hard, and gets educated, NOTHING CAN STOP HER. There were issues in my childhood that would have justified me claiming "victim status" but I absolutely refused to do so. ANY WOMAN CAN ACHIEVE IF SHE IS DETERMINED AND TENACIOUS. I worked my way through college (READ paid for everything by holding down a job while going to school), became a teacher, and, eventually, an English department chair and mentor teacher. I see no war on women--the opportunities are there for the taking; I know many women who earn more than their husbands, many who have achieved significant goals and dreams. Quit making up issues that don't exist, suck it up, and make it happen for yourself--stop the dependency mentality. As I told my students and my two daughters, "Anyone can find something in his/her life that would allow that person to claim he/she is a victim. You are better than that."

  • LJPark posted at 1:23 pm on Sun, Apr 29, 2012.

    LJPark Posts: 1

    @BrentRegan and all. Wow! I'm a fool for standing up for my rights. I feel so honored.

    To those of you with the negative comments who don't believe there is a War on Women, you need to know some facts. Since January of 2010 there have been over 400 bills in the US Congress and states attacking women's Constitutional reproductive rights alone.

    Women in Idaho make 74 cents for every $1.00 that men make. That's having the same exact jobs doing the same exact thing with the same exact skills. My daughter and her husband were hired after graduating from the U of I with the same degree for similar jobs at the same company. My daughters GPA (4.0) was higher than her husbands. She was hired for significantly less money because she's female.

    In Georgia state Rep. Terry England referred to women as equal to Livestock : http://www.inthesetimes.com/duly-noted/entry/12978/women_as_livestock_bill_passes_in_georgia/
    He thinks women should be forced to carry a dead fetus to term because pigs and cows on his farm do. Never mind what carrying around a dead human inside a woman's body might do to her.

    A Wisconsin state senator said money is not as important to women as it is to men. Try telling that to a divorced mother with 3 kids and a dead-beat ex-husband getting paid less at a job than her male counterpart just because she's female. http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/04/09/460917/wisconsin-state-senator-money-less-important-wome/

    In our own state of Idaho Senator Chuck Winder introduced a Mandatory Ultrasound bill that would force women to have a medical procedure they don't want or need before having an abortion. He actually questions if women would even know what a rape is!

    These are just a few of the insane things that have gone on in this country against women. In the last 2 years I have seen a steady and sneaky attack the likes of which I have never seen before on all of the rights our mothers and grandmothers fought so hard to obtain. I'll be DAMNED if I'll stand by and let that happen. I am not reliving my adolescence. This was, in fact, the very first protest march I've ever been in my whole 53 years of life. It won't be the last. Nor will I be voting for any candidate who supports any legislation seeking to undermine those rights.

    By the way, the actual quote of my words to the reporter when asked why I was there were "I fear for my daughters future." The CDA Press couldn't get that right.

    Standing up for the future of our daughters.
    Linda Jo Park

  • milburnschmidt posted at 1:23 pm on Sun, Apr 29, 2012.

    milburnschmidt Posts: 1160

    Thank you Jeffery I never could spell misogynistic after years of hearing phil donahue and then oprah in the far end of my house every afternoon for years I learned never try to engage a woman in a serious conversation about the meaning of their life or their feelings. its a black hole and a trap.

  • DEADTIME posted at 1:16 pm on Sun, Apr 29, 2012.

    DEADTIME Posts: 11

    So a Spokane Marxist spreading Obamas horrid divide and conquer message merits an article....we have been divided by race, sex, religion, age, and finances and I'm sick of it.

    Go back to Spokane Donna we don't need your blue state Marxist trash here. It's ironic you needed help in Idaho but then you drag your propaganda spewing pie hole back here to spread division.

    And Donna, your vocal but insignificant. I could get 10 times the number of women in this state who disagree with your message and don't buy into your divisive propaganda and I bet it would take me one week.

    Go home Donna, go home to Spokane and work on destroying Washginton, leave us alone.

  • milburnschmidt posted at 1:15 pm on Sun, Apr 29, 2012.

    milburnschmidt Posts: 1160

    Hklbrries Are you sure that was a thumb? Having 5 daughters who dont publicly complain to the world how downtrodden they are you should consider yourself fortunate very few groups can blame their lack of success in life on their sex or color of their skin. Years ago women told us that women could have it all,family,jobs, freedom to choose,careers and control of their bodies. and the consequences of trying to have it all. Did you ever wonder why there are so many womens talk shows on TV and none for men? If you are looking for a serious conversation here you wont find it the female gene forendless conversation and discovering who you really are doesnt exist in the male gender. Did your husband march with you to show solidarity?

  • Hklbrries posted at 12:05 pm on Sun, Apr 29, 2012.

    Hklbrries Posts: 33

    To those posting negative comments here, kindly educate yourselves about the issues that ultimately can (and probably will) affect your wives, daughters and friends. We come from different walks of life and may have slightly different agendas. The color of our skin, our ages and our sexual preferences are completely irrelevant. The point is we all care about issues affecting women. I hope to see the Equal Rights Act pass in my lifetime. Although we are often treated as such, women are not second class citizens. Why should a woman with the same level of education and experience as her male counterpart earn less than him? This is far more than some 'made up liberal cause' - this is reality.

    My daughter and I joined yesterday's march and were pleased that many people in Coeur d'Alene gave us positive honks and 'thumbs up' gestures. That a 'keep them barefoot and pregnant Bubba mentality' still exists (as evidenced by some of the comments on this page) is deeply disturbing.

    Bra burning, blue hairs, BARF article, etc: YAWN.

  • Jeffrey Wherley posted at 12:03 pm on Sun, Apr 29, 2012.

    Jeffrey Wherley Posts: 3969


    That was a prefect mix of Misogynistic Rhetoric and Truth to be so funny I laughed till I cried. Thanks

  • milburnschmidt posted at 11:29 am on Sun, Apr 29, 2012.

    milburnschmidt Posts: 1160

    Riversharks the sad truth is we are judged by how we are seen by others not by ourselves. To say there is a war on women is a bit hysterical which we accept as a typical womans reaction to a world that does not indulge in the endless complaining or soul searching from women who are never satisfied with life.. The truth is the good lord created sex so men would have a reason to talk to women. When you get the urge stop at the drugstore and buy your own prevention and in equal fairness men should pay for their own viagra and I believe thats the way it used to be or stifle the urge and watch reruns of Gerry Springer or learn how to bake cookies.you are doomed to inequality as long as young girls graduate from high school with a diploma and a bun in the oven and plenty of planned parenthood contraception assistance available.. They are doomed to not achieving their potential .

  • Brent Regan posted at 10:53 am on Sun, Apr 29, 2012.

    Brent Regan Posts: 734

    WOW, just another made-up liberal cause.

    Attempts to criminalize contraception?!?! Where specifically? Just because I don’t want to pay the bills for a woman that has so much sex she can’t afford contraception doesn’t translate to making contraception illegal.

    On the wage gap myth, young, childless single women earn 8% MORE than men their age and this difference increases to 15% MORE between the ages of 40 to 64. The only place with a documented wage gap is in the Obama Administration where women staffers are paid 18% less than their male counterparts.

    I worry about Linda’s daughter too. She is being raised by a fool.

    The modern “women’s movement” is being run by a bunch of misogynists.


  • riversharkes posted at 10:41 am on Sun, Apr 29, 2012.

    riversharkes Posts: 100

    nice to see that you boys posting here know more about the subject than the women who are affected by policy the wing nut right is trying to force on women.

  • Brent Regan posted at 10:33 am on Sun, Apr 29, 2012.

    Brent Regan Posts: 734

    Equal spacing for equal letters on signs!

  • babydriver posted at 9:09 am on Sun, Apr 29, 2012.

    babydriver Posts: 1393

    Another BARF article in the press.

  • milburnschmidt posted at 8:37 am on Sun, Apr 29, 2012.

    milburnschmidt Posts: 1160

    HO HUM A smart woman can get anything she wants without taking to the streets. I do favor a return to bra burning.

  • ancientemplar posted at 7:20 am on Sun, Apr 29, 2012.

    ancientemplar Posts: 1283

    Yawn..........old blue hairs getting off the couch and trying to relive their adolescence.

  • NFL posted at 6:15 am on Sun, Apr 29, 2012.

    NFL Posts: 20

    Yes indeed. As some politicians have said, this all is an attempt to stir up controversy where no real issue exists. These people's claims are just not true. It's the same for minorities who are desperate to keep the visions of old and outdated opinions and actions on the front burner. How else can you justify demanding benefits and reparations from the govt rather than joining the rest of and work for a living.

  • Jeffrey Wherley posted at 2:29 am on Sun, Apr 29, 2012.

    Jeffrey Wherley Posts: 3969

    I guess the news hasn't gotten into these neanderthal's caves. THE GLASS CEILING WAS SHATTERED A DECADE AGO.

    Equal Pay for equal job from entry level to CEO is here. Only polls and studies that ignore chosen paths, such as childbearing and Family, tell any minor differences.

    This is nothing about Rights, Women or otherwise, this is about Obama's inability to get people to buy Hope and change, So now he is trying Divide and conquer.
    Using useful idiots like 99ers and other thoughtless morons.

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