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Pregnant and uninsured?For women who become pregnant outside of Obamacare’s open enrollment window, that’s the harsh reality.

Pregnant women deserve access to health care coverage, period.

Tell Sec. Burwell: Make sure women who become pregnant can sign up for comprehensive, affordable coverage.

FIRED! for having an abortion..or using birth control..or getting pregnant…


Friend of Reproductive Rights …

Ben Betz, People For the American Way

Right Wing Watch

Congressional Republicans seem to think that workers are the property of their employers!

They want to reverse DC’s reproductive health non-discrimination law — making it so women could be fired for having an abortion or using birth control — because they say that kind of discrimination is a business owner’s “religious freedom!”

Please stand up to this outrageous extremism and tell Congress: hands off the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act!

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First, I ask that you read this whole email, just so you can get a full appreciation for what’s going on here, and how absolutely appalling this example of right-wing extremism is that I’m about to share with you. (And, of course, your voice is also needed in response.)

The Washington, DC City Council recently passed the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act. The law protects workers from being fired or punished by their employers for things like having an abortion, using contraception, or getting pregnant out of wedlock. Or for having a family member (spouse or dependent) engage in the same.

Congress has the authority to reverse local laws passed by the District of Columbia — which itself is a fundamentally undemocratic arrangement, but that’s a story for another email! — and now Republicans in the House are looking to use this authority to repeal the DC law.

Please speak out against this now (then keep reading)!

This repeal is a threat to every woman, and every family with a woman, in DC. Additionally, the driving force behind this Republican intervention represents an urgent national threat to women, to LGBT people, and to the principle of religious liberty.

That’s because at the same time Republicans in Congress are taking their anti-choice attacks to frightening levels, they are escalating the right-wing trend of hijacking “religious liberty” to justify discrimination.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said that Republicans believe the DC law unconstitutionally violates the religious freedom of employers because it “forces employers to hire and retain individuals whose beliefs regarding reproductive health decisions are different from what the employer advocates.”

Ummm, yeah! That’s the entire point of living in a free country! For a group of people who love to talk about “freedom” as much as they do they do, they really, really don’t get it.

In fact, it seems that Republicans think the definition of “freedom” is exclusively reserved for the freedom of businesses to own their employees and control every aspect of their lives.

Anyone who loves the First Amendment and values true religious freedom should be outraged. As should the people Republicans want to make vulnerable to discrimination.

Thanks for making it through this. If you are as incensed about this as I’d expect, please help by spreading the word after you take action.

Thanks!

— Ben Betz, Online Engagement Director

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Women’s Rights : past present future … it’s everyday


“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”

George Orwell

oh yeah, it’s a rant …

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a repost `2013

So, we are in the 21st Century, Women have a constitutional right to have an abortion yet folks like Rep.Trent Franks act as if they know what is best for all Women, just think about that . Why is he throwing ALL Women into to one basket? The fact is Women lead very different lives make individual decisions every minute … duh and an abortion is just one of several health care issues Women may have to encounter.  The best solutions are Birth Control in all its forms as well as safe affordable legal constitutional right to abortion. I find it beyond offensive to hear Republicans infer that an abortion is chosen carelessly and for those who seem to think birth control in all its forms is a federal or states right issue actually use it as a Republican political football.  The fact is that Republicans with Women in their lives forget that their position pushes up against 98% of those who use birth control.  They need to stop and focus on Jobs, Immigration, ending any idea of Shutdowns, Climate Change among just a few. I say until republicans come to their senses, which honestly doesn’t look at all possible, vote for the Democratic Party that supports upward mobility as well as the middle lower classes and the poor = equality

I came across an article by Dave Thompson from The Denver Post. It appears as though the mission to demean control and or shutter a Woman’s right to choose is alive and well as North Dakota‘s Senate successfully passed what is called the” heart beat” bill, my first response was … say Wha?  We have just entered the twilight zone or maybe daylight savings has caused some chaos in North Dakota but then I read on and found that…

“Senators also approved a second bill that bans abortions based solely on genetic abnormalities, the first state ban of its kind if signed into law. The bill would also ban abortions based on the gender of the fetus, which would make North Dakota the fourth state to ban sex-selection based abortions.”  All on Friday!

Call N.D. Republican Governor, Jack Dalrymple and ask him why ? 701 328 2200  ask him why assume Women are ill-equipped, silly, naïve or would put up with abortion bans without a fight

for the complete article click on the link below

Read more: North Dakota Senate approves “heartbeat” abortion ban – The Denver Post

Hey, whatever happened to taking” liberty” under the Bill of Rights and “freedom” under Civil Liberties seriously – and both could be at risk

On Sunday, January 22, 2012, President Obama released a statement letting Women know that he is reaffirming his promise to protect a woman’s right to choose.    Announcing that  “After evaluating comments, we have decided to add an additional element to the final rule  Nonprofit employers who, based on religious beliefs, do not currently provide contraceptive coverage in their insurance plan, will be provided an additional year, until August 1, 2013, to comply with the new law. Employers wishing to take advantage of the additional year must certify that they qualify for the delayed implementation. This additional year will allow these organizations more time and flexibility to adapt to this new rule. We intend to require employers that do not offer coverage of contraceptive services to provide notice to employees, which will also state that contraceptive services are available at sites such as community health centers, public clinics, and hospitals with income-based support. We will continue to work closely with religious groups during this transitional period to discuss their concerns.”

There have been changes to the announcement above as well as big changes to health care for women … in a good way and more to come. If you don’t know,  please know that because of the new health care law women can now look forward to less discrimination and you do not have to be poor to benefit … can I just say that again, women will NOT be discriminated against anymore.  We know some in the insurance field, doctors and or hospitals will try to beat the system, but the law is there to refer to now and covers All Americans not just some. It is hard for me to believe pro-lifers do not understand that every part of a woman’s health is subject to being penalized and that includes reproductive health care, which includes a wide range of health care issues.  It is bad enough that lawmakers actually would subject women to demeaning practices like undergo a transvaginal scope; make them wait 72hrs, but to make doctors liable for jail time too.  I have to say that among other ridiculous laws that need a vote in Congress, The Hyde Amendment requires a vote every year …   the Hyde Amendment is a legislative provision barring the use of certain federal funds to pay for abortions with exceptions for incest and rape.[1] It is not a permanent law, rather it is a “rider” that, in various forms, has been routinely attached to annual appropriations bills since 1976. The Hyde Amendment applies only to funds allocated by the annual appropriations bill for the Department of Health and Human Services. It primarily affects Medicaid. wiki

I also admit that it pisses me off that the latest group of people in office are still getting away with saying one thing and do another which includes forcing their “family values” platform/ideology on what I thought were free Americans. What year is it again?  If the Republican Tea Party truly wants smaller government, they should stop trying to control women, their bodies and or change laws for the sake of that “family values” platform that is definitely the epitome of big government and an invasion of privacy.Npelosiwomenshc

The right seems to be aligning their demands for stricter abortion laws one state at a time. I cannot be the only one tired of the “Do as we say Not as we do Political Party of NO. It has my blood boiling. Now, Tea publicans running for President and some media folks are saying it is time to move on from nasty politics. I say if you want to become President of the US of A give Americans full disclosure. Women need to know if you support unnecessary procedures like a transvaginal scope  … Yet; the same people accuse President Obama of withholding information from the public or being un-American get offended when asked to provide personal information.  We are their constituents; we all deserve to know how these people will vote on issues of religion, race, gender, and or abortion. The beliefs of members of Congress dictate to how the vote will affect our constitutional rights. If you were listening, for three years conservative politicians, some conservadems ramping up of vitriolic “family values” rhetoric pushing the discussion of women’s rights, religion, race and gender preference up to the surface to rile their base. It is obvious now that Republican Governors had a plan to take the rhetoric a step further by passing anti-abortion legislation all over the country in fact as stated by NWLC – “Ninety-two. That’s the number of anti-abortion measures passed into law across the U.S. in 2011. In addition, in case you are wondering, yes, that is a record — in fact; it is over 2.5 times the previous record. “

Bad enough that in the year 2014, Women must continue to fight for our rights let alone safe affordable access to reproductive health care. Now, as we move into 2015 with the 114th  Congress controlled by Republicans who decided to vote on a right to reproductive rights on the anniversary of Roe V Wade. I can’t write what I am thinking about this right now.  This is incredible since there are more female members of Congress, approximately 101, yes, mostly tea party members who say they are fiscally conservative, want less government in their (our) lives.  Yet, topics like abortion, stem cell research/experiments and religious freedom have them not just flustered but have their undies in a bunch about abortion funding and seem to be moving to have abortion outlawed altogether if possible. I could not vote for a woman who feels I am not qualified, mature enough or have no right to choose no matter what side of the political aisle they sit. The fact is, women who choose to have an abortion, do so with trepidation not just because they are heartless but out of viable options or the fetus is not viable or at risk or both mom and fetus are at risk and FYI the decision is discussed with a counselor/doctor. The choice to have an abortion is not an easy one and offering a safe procedure is better than having a woman or women desperate enough to take actions that could put her life at risk- is moral …it’s the right thing to do. The idea that any member of Congress would want to control a woman’s body is ludicrous at best and again, the epitome of BIG Government because they should accept The Hyde – Amendment as the law. It makes me want to scream hey, stay out of our lives we are in the 21st Century. The Tea publican ideology clearly barbaric; spews old school dogma and not only crosses the line, has solidified a need, a call for an unprecedented effort for a grassroots movement to keep our Democracy safe

If you live under a Republican controlled State and need or know someone in need of safe affordable healthcare with limited funds, your life has got to be beyond difficult.    Now, imagine the impact that repealing, replacing and eliminating access would have on ALL our families, friend’s or co-workers. Let alone the idea that some Republicans want to go back to a time when women and people of colour had no rights; seen but  not heard and yes it sounds silly but before you laugh, take some time and listen to Tea publicans running for office closely.

Just when I thought we were all moving into the 21st century … sigh

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Workplace Policies … need Reforming ~~ a repost


                            The president called for a new vision for workplace policies related to leave.

 

 

SOTU

Dear Friend,

In his State of the Union address, President Obama touched on a core issue that has affected women for as long as they have been in the workplace. He said a woman “deserves to have a baby without sacrificing her job. A mother deserves a day off to care for a sick child or sick parent without running into hardship. And you know what, a father does too. It is time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a ‘Mad Men’ episode.”

Inadequate support for working American families is nothing new. In 1963, the Kennedy administration produced a report about the status of working women in the United States. The report pointed out that no more than one-third of America’s working women had any sort of help with loss of income due to childbearing. The report also noted that employers often passed over women for employment because of the assumption that they would get pregnant and leave the job.

It’s a shame to think that the twenty-first century’s Joan Holloways still find themselves facing tough decisions about something as fundamental as having a job and a family.

Since the 1960s, much has changed for women in the labor force. The number of women and mothers in the workforce has risen dramatically, as has their share of household income. Unfortunately, no matter what their occupation, little has changed in terms of workplace support for those that have babies or sick relatives to care for. While there are laws in place to help protect against pregnancy discrimination, pregnancy and family responsibilities discrimination persists, and working women risk losing their jobs, not getting hired or missing out on promotions due to pregnancy.

Women covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act are able to take up to 12 weeks of protected leave for childbearing or caretaking purposes. Unfortunately, many mothers cannot afford to take 12 weeks off work without pay. While women in almost every other country in the world can receive some sort of paid family leave, women in the United States only get paid family leave benefits if they are lucky enough to work in a state or for a company that provides these benefits.

Instead of discriminating against women who are or may become pregnant, or who need to care for a sick child or parent, we need to embrace solutions that provide income support for such workers.

Paid family leave programs − which benefit men and women − not only are good for American families, but can also be a smart move for businesses. A few states have already enacted laws to provide for wage replacement for workers taking leave for childbirth, adoption or the serious illness of close family members. Research on existing paid leave programs suggests that paid leave has negligible costs to employers and potential gains in terms of employee morale and productivity.

On Tuesday night, the president called for a new vision for workplace policies related to leave. Recognizing the need to support working families, this spring the president will host a Summit on Working Families to set an agenda for a 21st century workplace to ensure America’s global economic competitiveness in the coming decades. In the months leading up to the summit, the Department of Labor will support the White House in this effort by engaging groups and individuals across the country to identify initiatives that benefit America’s working families, American businesses and the American economy.

Hopefully before too long, the only resemblance that any modern workplace has to “Mad Men” will be the stylish wardrobe.

These words are from my recent post on the Labor Department’s blog. Check out what Patricia Shiu, Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, had to say about the President’s message in her blog post on fair pay.

Sincerely, Latifa Lyles Acting Director, Women’s Bureau U.S. Department of Labor

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