The House Rules Committee slipped the new language into a part of the bill known as the “manager’s amendment,” which is normally reserved for non-controversial fixes to a piece of legislation that are agreed to ahead of time.
“Once again, abortion opponents in the House went after women’s health under the dark of night,” Richards continued. “And because they know this attack on abortion is deeply unpopular, [they] won’t take an actual vote on it.”
Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas), who authored the amendment, did not respond to a request for comment.
Republicans also tried to attach an anti-birth control amendment to the bill, but it was ruled out of order, or irrelevant to the main legislation. That amendment, authored by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), would have prohibited federal funds to any school that provides emergency contraception, or a prescription for it, on the premises of a high school or elementary school. The “morning-after pill” is an example of such contraception.
By this process, you can arrive at a conclusion like this: To win the War on Women, you better put a ring on it.
At CPAC, conservatives dedicated an entire panel to “The Future of Marriage.” One could be forgiven for assuming it tackled the issue via the sub-topic “Gays, and the Ickiness Thereof,” because that was the default assumption among those attending CPAC as part of an ongoing More Jaded Than Thou contest. Instead, the panel bypassed halting marriage equality and went straight for a return to celebrating a time when women had few stable life opportunities outside of marriage.
Heritage Foundation vice-president Jennifer Marshall signaled the need for conservative candidates to “be indivisible” on the matter of the “very interrelated” three legs of the conservative stool - marriage, small government and a stable economy. What a weird stool. Why these three things? Why not neighborhood bowling leagues, usury and the gibbet?
Right now, federal law does not require health or sex education to include sexual assault prevention - but that could change with a new bill introduced by Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Tim Kaine (D-VA).
The Teach Safe Relationships Act of 2015, which was introduced earlier this month, would require all public secondary schools in the country to include teaching “safe relationship behavior” in order to help prevent domestic violence and sexual assault. Women between 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence, making the bill particularly important in ending an epidemic of sexual violence.
McCaskill, who has also pushed legislation to combat military sexual assault, noted that sexual assault prevention starts young. “One thing we’ve learned in our work to curb sexual violence on campuses and in the military is that many young people learn about sex and relationships before they turn 18,” she said in a recent statement. “And one of the most effective ways to prevent sexual violence among adults is to educate our kids at a younger age.”
“When I was a kid, I played football and rugby, but I spent more time in hospital than on the football field.
“I was so busy dealing with it, and it was hard.”
After leaving school, Mr Howard became head of sociology and special needs at Wilberforce College, Hull.
EDS makes joints hyper-elastic, and means people with the condition are more prone to falling over, hyper-extending their joints and ultimately breaking their bones.
Mr Howard, who has three children and 15 grandchildren, says the condition is still commonly misdiagnosed by doctors.
“The problem is doctors not knowing what to do,” he said.
“Nearly every time, doctors still do not know much about it and I have to explain what the condition is to them.
It is still this way. I am an EDS Patient and am VERY TIRED of dealing with doctors egos and trying to be diplomatic when explaining my condition.
In a deeply religious section of Idaho, a Republican state representative says that the state has no right to protect children from their parents who refuse them needed medical treatment in favor of faith healing.
“Children do die,” says Rep. Christy Perry. And it’s fine with her if Idaho children die in the name of God. Perry’s district includes many followers of a religious cult, Followers of Christ, that eschews medicine. She says that the sect’s members are more comfortable confronting death when it happens to their children.
“I’m not trying to sound callous, but [people calling for reform] want to act as if death is an anomaly. But it’s not. It’s a way of life,” she says.
A Republican South Dakota lawmaker on Monday compared Planned Parenthood to the Islamic State in a blog post about his bill banning a surgical abortion procedure.
In a blog post titled “Planned Parenthood worse than ISIS and lying about it,” state Rep. Isaac Latterell (R) wrote about the beheadings of prisoners by ISIL, likening the executions to abortion.
“Planned Parenthood abortionists in Sioux Falls are similarly beheading unborn children during dismemberment abortions,” Latterell wrote. “Most people are unaware that this is happening, because Planned Parenthood of Sioux Falls denies that they behead or otherwise dismember unborn children.”
From the above Congressional Hearing in 2012 to the 2016 Election. The War on Women is real.
In several states, such as Arkansas, lawmakers are introducing, debating, and passing anti-abortion laws that have little practical impact on the residents there, Culp-Ressler pointed out.
“There’s…a clear political strategy at play here,” she declared. “As an increasing number of states pass the same type of restriction on abortion, the anti-choice community is able to declare that the policy is gaining momentum. More laws on the books represent an important symbolic victory. And, within the context of that goal, ineffective laws are actually some of the best tools available. They’re less likely to be overturned because they’re harder to challenge in court.”
She added: “Anti-abortion lawmakers are effectively creating a patchwork of laws that ensures U.S. women’s constitutional rights differ depending on where they live.”
One could say SSDC —Same Stuff Different Century
But today, Winston is tasting the sometimes-extreme downside of being a whistleblower in modern America.
Countryrywide (and the firm that acquired it, Bank of America) in court. At first, that fight proved a good gamble, as a jury granted him a multi-million-dollar award for retaliation and wrongful termination.
But after Winston won that case, an appellate judge not only wiped out that jury verdict, but allowed Bank of America to counterattack him with a vengeance.
That single transaction means a good guy in the crisis drama, Winston, had by the end of 2014 paid a larger individual penalty than virtually every wrongdoer connected with the financial collapse of 2008
Richard Bowen, at the time the bank’s chief underwriter, wrote a memo to senior bank executives (including board chairman, key Obama advisor, and former Clinton Treasury Secretary Bob Rubin), issuing a stark warning. He said that as much as 60 percent of the mortgages the bank was acquiring and packaging did not meet the company’s credit guidelines.
“The number one concern is that it incentivizes people to do nothing,” Fleischmann says. “The likely thing people will do in the future is just quit.”
Winston today insists he would do the same thing, if he had to do it all over again. But unless the next Attorney General radically changes the policy toward whistleblowers, the future might see even fewer people come forward.
There is nothing selfish about wanting to live - it’s the most simple, instinctive, human desire there is. Still, most of us - men and women - feel we would lay down our lives for our children; there’s an instinct in that, too.
But there is something about the spectacle of anti-abortion advocates celebrating women who die trying to save their unborn babies that feels a bit too gleeful - they’re shockingly unabashed in their pushing the idea that the lives of adult women aren’t nearly as important as their ability to bring children into the world.
Every few months, a story will come out about a pregnant woman who ignores medical advice or refuses treatment so that her fetus won’t be harmed - like 34-year-old Kathy Taylor of Utah, who died last month after forgoing treatment for melanoma while she was pregnant with her sixth child. (Sadly, her son Luke was born prematurely and died as well.) Or Karisa Bugal from Colorado, also 34 years old, who decided to take on a riskier C-section late last year in order to save her child’s life, even though it ultimately caused her own death.
A recent study found that more than half of the 110 mass shootings in the United States between January 2009 and July 2014 included the murder of a current or former spouse, an intimate partner or a family member. Everytown for Gun Safety, the group that released the study, found a “noteworthy connection between mass-shooting incidents and domestic or family violence.”
This connection is not limited to mass shootings. An analysis of the criminal justice history of hundreds of thousands of offenders in Washington State suggests that a felony domestic violence conviction is the single greatest predictor of future violent crime among men.
With so much at stake, responding to violence against women should be a top priority for everyone. Research tells us that violence is a learned behavior.