‘Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act’ Voted on by Congress

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An update on the Republican party’s insistence on pushing forward with its ‘War on Women‘: The “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” is a direct challenge to the Supreme Court’s decision in the 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalised abortion up to the time a fetus is considered ‘viable’, which is generally considered to be approximately at the 24-week stage of pregnancy.… [Read more]

Mississippi, religion and abortion…

Terri Herring, anti-abortion activist

The state of Mississippi made news recently when its governor, Dewey Phillip Bryant, selected Ms. Terri Herring to fill a vacant slot in its Board of Health. Normally, appointments by governors don’t gain much attention and, on its face, some may think that selecting a woman for a health department position in a state where health concerns loom large due to the alarming rate of obesity and its 6th-place rank in terms of teen pregnancies – but this particular woman has her own agenda.… [Read more]

Crazy Uncles: Motley Mourdock Missteps

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It is almost hilarious watching Republicans giving up trying to contain the gaffes of their family crazy uncles inside the post-Tea Party “big tent.” Yeah, the ones who keep switching the television to the braying blabber of Fox News. Remember all-too-recently when “mainstream” Republicans tried to purge Rep. Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin (R-Mo.)? With Tea Party Senate wannabe Richard Mourdock (R-Ind.), even Bishop Mitt, the party standard-bearer, is embracing their latest extreme “no choice” crazy uncle.… [Read more]

Campaign 2012: Let’s Focus on the Big Picture

Focus on the big picture

In the past few weeks the presidential campaign has seen its share of ups and downs on both sides. According to recent polls, Mitt Romney continues to experience a bounce due in large part to his debate performance, while President Obama’s declining poll numbers reflect what many perceive to be his lack of fight. Unfortunately for voters, with this shift has come a noticeable change in the issues presented to voters — and much of what receives attention is not what has the most impact on the populace.… [Read more]

Women: the GOP don’t consider you one of them. Part II

GOP: The party of NO respect for women

Despite the recent ‘let’s extend recess’ action of Congress (do your job, Eric Cantor!) there’s work to be done. The prior post in this series discussed why middle class voters should not consider voting for the Republican party; this post will focus on what is referred to as ‘women’s issues’ even though these issues also impact men.… [Read more]

Things Could Happen

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In the center of Paris, an exhibit at the Hotel de Ville, C’étaient des Enfants, chronicles the story of the children who were deported to the war camps during World War II. A number of these children disappeared right from our neighborhood; almost every school within ten blocks of our home has a plaque to commemorate the children who were taken.… [Read more]

We’re Not There Yet

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It’s Women’s History month.

I have seriously been thinking about this for a couple of weeks now, knowing I wanted to write something about it.

I mean, I am a woman who has her Bachelors and Masters degrees, a job, a happy marriage, and two little boys.

I vote and get to write about my opinions.… [Read more]

A Christian AND A Liberal?

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The saying in my small town is that there is a church on every corner.  And really, it’s not far from the truth.  We are a small community and have about 20 churches in our small city and township limits — most of them being Christian Reformed Churches.

Not surprisingly, we also have a lot of Republicans.… [Read more]

I Don’t Think I’m A Slut

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Randy: … and a pink Trans Am in the driveway, and some incredibly gorgeous guy that you meet like in France, and you do it on a cloud without getting pregnant or herpes.

Samantha: I don’t need the cloud.

Randy: Just a pink Trans Am and a guy?

Samantha: A black one.

Randy: A black guy?[Read more]

I’m Pro-Choice, Not Pro-Abortion

Pro Life vs Pro Choice

Ok.  I am confused.

Why are women’s reproductive rights suddenly at the center of national debate this election year?

I mean, it’s been over 40 years since all this has been established, yes?

Forgive me, I wasn’t born yet when the Roe vs Wade verdict came down, and I wasn’t around when women began having access to contraceptives that didn’t involve going without sex.… [Read more]

President’s Day 2012: The Day Democracy Lived in Virginia

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The start of last week marked the 132nd President’s Day.  It also marked an historic march on Richmond, Virginia, in the name of Democracy.  According to the AP, “…about 1,400 people, most of them women, linked arms to form a silent human cordon along the Capitol Square walkways that legislators use between the state Capitol and their legislative offices.”

Why did these women do this? … [Read more]

My Body, My Rights…Right?

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I keep saying I won’t tread here because most who know me are already quite aware that I find many of the practises of organised religion about as useful as bird poop on a car window  but, well, here I am.  I’m walking into what is an age-old argument that seems to have no resolution.

The last time I checked, most of the decision-makers in Congress are men.… [Read more]

The Virginia Loyalty Oath: More Than A Step Backwards

Virginia Loyalty Oath

The Loyalty Oath enacted by Virginia Republicans in December of 2011 is already receiving severe criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike. The oath, voted in by the GOP State Central Committee, requires any person voting in the Republican primary on March 6th to sign a statement.  Voters are expected to sign this oath prior to casting their ballots requiring the voter to support the nominated Republican candidate for president.… [Read more]