Friday, September 7, 2012

Planned Parenthood Asks Federal Appeals Court in Texas To Reconsider Health Ruling

Reuters: Planned Parenthood Asks Court to Reconsider Texas Health Ruling, by Corrie MacLaggan:

TexasPlanned Parenthood asked a federal appeals court on Tuesday to reconsider a ruling that would allow Texas to exclude it from a health program for low-income women, as opponents of the rule packed a public hearing to express their outrage.

A three-judge panel of a federal appeals court ruled last month that Texas may exclude groups affiliated with abortion providers from the Medicaid Women's Health Program, which provides cancer screenings, birth control and other health services to more than 100,000 Texas women. . . .

September 7, 2012 in Contraception, In the Courts, Poverty, Reproductive Health & Safety, State and Local News, Women, General | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Michelle Obama and Ann Romney's Convention Speeches Highlight Women's Role as Moms, not in the Workplace

The Huffington Post - The Blog: Michelle Obama, Moms and the Media, by Karin Kamp:

Both Michelle Obama and Ann Romney's celebrated convention speeches highlighted their role as mothers rather than using the moment to discuss the issues women face in the workplace, including the pay gap.

And the media seemed to largely ignore these issues as well, despite some moments from the conventions that could have clearly worked as news hooks. . . .

September 7, 2012 in 2012 Presidential Campaign, Politics, Women, General | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Praise and Criticism for the Democratic Party’s Platform on Abortion

Slate - XX Factor: Democrats Offer Unqualified Support for Choice. It's About Time, by Amanda Marcotte:

Democrat donkeyDemocrats put forward a bold, confident face at this year's Democratic National Convention, and this attitude extended to reproductive rights. Speaker after speaker expressed support for a woman's right to choose, without all the hand-wringing and shaming that often accompanies even pro-choice discussions of abortion rights. Obama capped it off last night . . . .

Chicago Tribune/Bloomberg News – opinion column: Democrats drop a word, err badly, on abortion, by Margaret Carlson:

Why has the Democratic Party removed the sentence "Abortion should be safe, legal, and rare" from its platform? It was in the 2004 document but not in 2008's or this year's. Can't Democrats just throw a crumb to the many millions who are pro-choice but not pro-abortion? . . .

September 7, 2012 in 2012 Presidential Campaign, Abortion, Politics | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Women's Rights Addressed at Democratic National Convention