Sorry we missed Friday, folks! Here’s some of what we’ve been reading…
The Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi shows the absurdity of the “reactionary, fear-based” views on immigration in the United States.
LGBTQ and Obamacare- Have your questions answered and get ready to get covered!
Access to reproductive health and affordable birth control options can benefit the long-term economy.
In the spirit of Halloween, the “regulatory witch hunt” continues…two abortion clinics in Ohio have been forced to shut down THIS WEEK (and a third might follow)—reducing Ohio to only nine clinics.
Cory Booker (D) is the new New Jersey Senator, the first African American in New Jersey’s history and the eighth African American Senator in American History—this is a win for supporters of women’s rights in the Senate!
According to Jim Bob Duggar of TLC’s reality show “19 Kids and Counting”, the US allowing woman the right to choose is like the Holocaust. Tell TLC to stop rewarding the use of the Holocaust as a cheap insult to woman’s rights.
Have you been reading (or caring) about Miley Cyrus and whether her performances are feminist or not? Here’s the smartest take on the debate that I’ve come across yet!
Have you seen Westchester County Executive Candidate Noam Bramson’s newest campaign video? Check it out:
Recognize that “Planned Parenthood” sign behind him? That’s because he filmed this ad at a Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic health center! There’s something special about having a candidate who isn’t afraid to stand in front of a health center and stick up for women’s health. I don’t see incumbent Rob Astorino standing up for women like that.
The Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic Political Committee endorsed Noam Bramson because he will stand up for women’s reproductive health no matter what.
Bramson is running against incumbent Republican County Executive Rob Astorino. During his term as County Executive, Astorino vetoed local clinic access legislation that would have provided patients and staff with greater protections from the harassment and intimidation of anti-abortion protesters. He also eliminated the highly effective Teen Aware teen pregnancy prevention program. The Action Fund rated him at 0%, which means that he is in no way aligned with the mission of Planned Parenthood: not comprehensive sex education, not access to birth control, not STD testing and treatment.
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- Hear Hear! California expands availability of abortions. It’s nice to see at least one state moving forward on these issues.
- Meanwhile, another glimmer: ACLU Challenges Ohio’s Anti-Abortion Budget Amendments
- In all the noise about the government shutdown over the Affordable Care Act, you may have missed an important story: the case of a Nebraska judge denying a young woman in foster care an abortion because of her inability to get parental consent. If you did—or if you just want to see Rachel Maddow perfectly break down this heartbreaking story of politicians taking away women’s right to make their own private medical decisions— watch this video.
Wow, this week!
Obamacare is up and running! We’re excited. You can check out obamacareworks.org to express your support or go to PlannedParenthoodHealthInsuranceFacts.org if you (or someone you know) need some health coverage.
One former Congressmember reflects on whether voting for the Affordable Care Act, which ultimately cost him the 2010 election, was worth it. (Hint: his answer is yes!)
Locally, Noam Bramson stood up for Westchester women and families in a debate with Rob Astorino for the Westchester County Executive seat (in NY). Don’t forget: the PPHP Action Fund rates Noam Bramson 100%, and Rob Astorino 0%!
1. Teen births hit historic low – the lowest rate since 1940! (Still the highest among industrialized nations, though.) How? A combo of less sex & more contraception – I love it when people make responsible decisions.
2. Pope Francis says what many of us have been thinking all along: The Catholic Church needs to focus a little less on marriage equality, abortion, and contraception, and a little more on being a welcoming place.
3. The new anti-obamacare ad is the “height of hypocrisy”. Maddow has more (video) – and clearly connects these laws to rich people, who actively spend money on making abortion inaccessible, asking young adults to promise not to buy health insurance.
4. Many Americans are confused about the new healthcare law (also called Obamacare). So, educate yourself (you can also see that same site in Spanish). If you need health insurance and you live in New York, check out NY State of Health – new, more affordable health insurance plans will be available through this website starting Oct. 1 (coverage begins Jan. 1).
5. If you already know Obamacare works, then sign our pledge stating that – and we’ll let legislators know that you support Obamacare, so maybe they should stop playing games with the national budget over it.
7. In related news, Stony Brook University joined 60 universities nationwide that now operate food pantries on campus to provide food to students, as well as faculty and staff.
Taking a break from our typical Friday news digest to talk more about how great Obamacare is. Let’s dive in…
The Affordable Care Act, which most people know as Obamacare, improves access to affordable, quality health care for millions. Since it became law in March 2010, more than 45 million women have been able to get preventive health care without co-pays. And when it comes to the effects of birth control coverage, the positive outcome is not only better reproductive health for women, but better lives for women and their families as a whole.
The fight to get affordable reproductive health care has been long, and it keeps going: Republicans have voted 40 times (a collective 7,000+ votes!) to repeal the Affordable Care Act since its passing (on top of individual states attacking women’s health through outrageous anti-reproductive health bills).
But that is not stopping us. Planned Parenthood fights these efforts on every level, from courthouses to statehouses to Capitol Hill to the grassroots. And because of this, Obamacare has remained, and with the new more affordable health insurance plans in state marketplaces, people can keep returning to Planned Parenthood health centers for the quality, affordable, and confidential reproductive health care services that we have been providing.
And with Obamacare, $75 million has been authorized for mandatory funding in evidence-based, medically accurate, culturally appropriate sex education programs, helping 15 Planned Parenthood affiliates across the country to continue educating people on the truths about their reproductive health.
While there are victories to cheer about, the fight for access to quality affordable health care for all is not over. Undocumented people are still prohibited from purchasing health insurance and the Affordable Care Act excludes aspiring citizens from immediate access to federal health care benefits.
Planned Parenthood is committed to reproductive health, no matter what, and will continue to fight for everyone’s access to care, regardless of who they are and where they come from.
Today is Women’s Equality Day, the anniversary of the day the 19th amendment was certified, extending the right to vote to women. Women’s suffrage was a right that had taken 80 years to accomplish.
It rather makes me think twice about complaining about the U.S. House of Representatives’ 40 votes in three years to repeal Obamacare.
This week is also the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, when the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., made his immortal “I Have a Dream” speech.
In honor of these historic moments, I thought I’d share a few must-reads today:
- 50 Years After the March on Washington, What Would MLK March for Today? – By Peter Dreier, E. P. Clapp distinguished professor of politics and chair of urban and environmental policy at Occidental College
- At the Intersection: Equal Opportunity or All – By Alexis McGill Johnson, Chair of Planned Parenthood Federation of America
- 50 Years After the March on Washington, Still Fighting for Jobs and Freedom – By Kenyon Farrow, award-winning writer and activist
- Feministing’s Katie Halper reminds us of the 10 demands of the 1963 march.