Thurs, April 2: Holly Jacobs, Carrie Goldberg on Revenge Porn; Farah Diaz-Tello on the sentencing to 41 years of Purvi Patel for “feticide”

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On Thursday, April 2, 9-10 pm, Joy of Resistance will feature two segments, each detailing a serious current attack on women–with interviews with frontline activists in these areas.

1) Anti-Revenge Porn activists Holly Jacobs and Carrie A. Goldberg, founders of End Revenge Porn and Cyber Civil Rights Initiative (CCRI). Revenge Porn usually occurs when men angry at ex girlfriends post nude photos of them without their consent, often on misogynist websites and with intent to damage their lives. These posts typically include the names and addresses of the women, and are sent to their work places and relatives. According to Professor Dannielle Keats Citron, author of “Cyber Civil Rights”, a core text of this movement: “Revenge porn can ruin a person’s life” as the images may go viral, result in multiple threats of rape and stalking from anonymous men, lead to the loss of a job or result in not being hired (80% of employers use the internet to assess potential employees), result in depression and forced withdrawal from the internet–and in extreme cases, suicide. Until recently there has been no legal recourse for those targeted. Now, several states have adopted or are considering laws to protect victims.

2) Farrah Diaz-Tello, Staff Attorney for National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW), will speak with us about last Monday’s shocking sentence of Purvi Patel to to 41 years in prison, apparently for having had a miscarriage. It is the first sentencing in the U.S. for “feticide”–a new kind of law, pushed in a number of anti-abortion right wing-dominated state legislatures. We will discuss the terrifying implications of women being sentenced to long prison terms for miscarriages–or for abortions–that are being legally interpreted as homicides and why they are an ominous development for women. So far, both of the two women who have been charged under the new Indiana feticide law are Women of Color.

We’ll also listen to Katie Goodman‘s recent viral hit: “You’re a Feminist!”a challenge to entertainers and others in the public sphere who proclaim they are “not a feminist” while taking full advantage of the gains made for them by feminism. We’ll also have our International Feminist News Segment

Some of our Feminist News Headlines

On Monday, April 30, an Indiana woman of East Indian descent–Purvi Patel–was sentenced to 41 years, 20 of them to be served in prison, for the crime of ‘feticide’–or killing a fetus. She claimed to have had a miscarriage. She is the first woman in the U.S to be sentenced for this so-called crime.

In the 2nd half of the show tonight, we will be speaking with Farah Diaz-Tello, staff attorney for National Advocates for Pregnant Women on the very serious implications for all women of her prosecution and sentencing.

http://jezebel.com/indiana-woman-given-30-year-prison-sentence-over-appare-1694521732?utm_campaign=socialfow_jezebel_twitter&utm_source=jezebel_twitter&utm_medium=socialflow

http://rhrealitycheck.org/article/2015/03/30/easy-pregnant-women-put-trial-united-states/

http://www.wncn.com/story/28664509/first-woman-in-us-sentenced-for-killing-a-fetus

In Georgia 4 Women were arrested trying to meet with a sponsor of a “religious liberty” bill that could give employers the right to fire women who have had an abortion–and could be against used to fire gay people and just about anyone else that employers have religious qualms about.

http://www.alternet.org/gender/georgia-women-arrested-protesting-bill-would-let-employers-fire-women-whove-had-abortion?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=5512185804d3011e46000001&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=facebook

In Yemen, An 11 year-old girl has drawn the world’s attention to the issue of child brides after denouncing her arranged marriage in an impassioned video online, saying “I am not an item for sale, I’m a human being and I would rather die than get married at this age.”

The practice of marrying child brides is widespread in Yemen.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2013/07/22/yemeni-child-brides-protest-gains-global-attention

Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges was scheduled to give the keynote address at a conference at Simon Fraser University in Canada. But because he had delivered a scathing report on worldwide global prostitution, calling it “the quintessential expression of capitalism”, Sexwork activists pressured the UNiversity to ban him, which it did for awhile, until many feminists defended him and the ban was revoked. The tactic used was No platforming–an organized pressure campaign to keep people of opposing views from airing them, which many claim is stifling feminist debate. You see what Hedges had to say in the news section of our blog at joyofresistance.wordpress.com

http://feministcurrent.com/11066/sex-work-advocates-attempt-to-no-platform-journalist-chris-hedges-after-damning-sex-industry-report/

The recent Germanwings plane crash/suicide has been blamed on feminism on MRA (men’s rights activism) blog–saying the crashing of a plane by Andreas Lubitz could have been avoided if “the sluts of the world were a little more equitable in their distribution of oral sex” and that this crime was an indirect result of feminism. This would be laughable if such sites did not have followings known to have provided inspirtation for murders aimed at women–such as those by Elliott Rodgers, in 2014.

http://wehuntedthemammoth.com/2015/03/26/when-mens-rights-activists-celebrate-male-rage-they-make-murdersuicides-like-the-one-that-may-have-brought-down-germanwings-flight-9525-more-likely/

http://wehuntedthemammoth.com/2015/03/26/vox-day-could-andreas-lubitzs-murdersuicide-by-plane-been-prevented-if-the-sluts-of-the-world-were-a-little-more-equitable-in-their-distribution-of-blowjobs/

Thurs, March 26, 9-10pm: Terry O’Neill on the Republican budget & women–Kathie Sarachild on studying Women’s Liberation history to move forward

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Part 1: The Republican-controlled Congress is on a tear to tear up what little there is of the American safety net and their budget proposal directly attacks many of the programs on which women depend.

Terry O’Neill, President of the National Organization for Women will join us to talk about the Republican Budget and Women.

Part 2: Women’s History itself is the subject of the 2nd part of our last show during Women’s History Month: An interview with legendary feminist pioneer Kathie Sarachild. From her 1975 landmark essay The Power of History (Feminist Revolution), which focused on the erasure from history of the pioneers of the early-second-wave Women’s Liberation Movement and their replacement by liberal media-chosen ‘stars’–to current examples of how the knowledge of authentic women’s history and the strategies developed by early radical feminist groups are helping today’s young activists of National Women’s Liberation achieve important victories. A “DON’T MISS!” interview!

Thurs, March 12, 9-10 PM, Yanar Mohammed, reknowned Iraqi feminist will be guest on Joy of Resistance

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Reknowned Iraqi Women’s Rights activist Yanar Mohammed will be a guest on Joy of Resistance on Thursday, March 12 between 9 & 10 pm (EST). The show will also contain excerpts from one of the many forums surrounding the Beijing +20 Commission on the Status of Women, which is meeting at the UN this March.

About Yanar Mohammed: Yanar Mohammed was born in Baghdad. She is a co-founder and the director of the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq, and serves as the editor of the newspaper Al-Mousawat (Equality). She is one of the most prominent women’s rights campaigners in Iraq, and received the Gruber Foundation Women’s Rights Prize in 2008. Her organization has set up shelters–now five of them–for women in Iraq fleeing honor killings, gay men and women threatened with murder, and, recently, women who are survivors of ISIS.

While not being anti-religion, she is a strong believer in secular government and claims that women’s equality ‘can only be achieved through secular government because an Islamic government would hurt women’s rights.’ She cites the 2008 Human Rights Watch Report states that women have been ‘attacked on the street for what they consider “immoral” or “un-Islamic” behavior including not wearing a headscarf’, and that ‘the threat of these attacks keeps many Iraqi women at home.’

As a result of her work on women’s rights that essentially attacks what could be called ‘hard line’ interpretations of Islam, Yanar has had to receive personal security as a result of having received death threats. Jaish al Sahaba, part of the Iraqi Islamist group the Supreme Command for Jihad and Liberation, sent two death threats to Yanar Mohammed in 2004. These were quoted as being directly related to Yanar’s efforts to achieve gender equality in Iraqi law. As a result she has now been provided with armed protection. Yanar has been strongly critical of the US invasion of Iraq, suggesting that the ‘US occupation turned the streets of Iraq into a ‘no-women zone’.

She has also talked of a false choice existing between occupation and ‘political Islam’ (religion taking on State functions, i.e., theocracy) clearly preferring a third way between these two. The ‘choice’ in Iraq is between: ‘..the American occupation that is willing to do genocide, or..political Islam, that will make us live in a completely inhuman and unliberated way of life’. Speaking in an interview in 2007, she outlined her views in the US invasion and the effect it is having on Iraq:

‘..the suggestion is that the US troops should leave immediately, because we, the people of Iraq, do not agree that all the jihadists from around the world are coming to Iraq to fight this so-called US evil, and our cities are turning into an arena of fight, and all our lives are being devastated. The US troops need to leave immediately, with no conditions. And we do not accept the debate that there will be a bloodbath afterwards, because nothing is worse than the sectarian war that we are living right now, that is also a consequence of this war’.

Yanar believes that the US occupation of Iraq is fuelling the insurgency and violence prevalent in post-2003 Iraq, which is having a detrimental effect on women’s rights.

How International Women’s Day was created, lost–and found again!

Prequel to the story: On November 23, 1909, there was a labor uprising in New York City in which more than 20,000 Yiddish-speaking immigrants, mostly young women in their teens and early twenties, launched an 11-week general strike in New York’s shirtwaist industry, dubbed the “Uprising of the 20,000.” It was sparked by the impassioned call to strike by a young woman garment worker, Clara Lemlich and sparked five years of revolt that transformed the garment industry into one of the best-organized trades in the United States.

Beginning of  International Working Women’s Day…

In 1910–at the Socialist International–an international Socialist meeting in Copenhagen– German Socialist Clara Zetkin proposes there be an annual celebration of International Working Women’s Day to commemorate the 1909 labor uprising in New York–the motion is seconded by Lenin himself.

1911International Working Women’s Day is celebrated for the first time. On March 8, 1917 (this is where March 8 comes in), a women’s uprising in Saint Petersburg, Russia “for bread and land and peace” is the spark that ignites the Russian Revolution, with a Strike that topples the Czar within four days of the women’s protest. So thereafter, around the world, IWWD is celebrated on March 8.

After World War 2, In the U.S. the “cold war” with the Soviet Union puts IWWD “under suspicion,” as in that period, people who are seen as participating in groups or events that are associated with Socialism or Communism are investigated by the House Un-American Activities Committee and are often “blacklisted” and lose their jobs and professions. Because of this, 1947 is the last year, for a long time, in which there is any record of IWWD being celebrated in the U.S.

UNTIL–1968–when The Women’s Liberation Movement–the beginning of the “Second Wave of Feminism” takes it “out of mothballs”,  claims it as a feminist holiday and starts to celebrate it.

In 1969–A Berkeley Women’s Liberation Group–one of the organizers is Laura X–organizes the first street action to celebrate IWWD in the U.S. since 1947. There’s a parade in which women dress as female historical figures–and Liberation News Service picks up the story that IWWD is once again being publicly celebrated in the streets of the U.S. and spreads the news to international news services. Many around the world are inspired.

The next year, 1970, International Women’s Day Celebrations are held in 30 countries!

Women’s History Month…

In 1981–pressure on Congress from women’s groups, such as the National Women’s History Project causes Congress to officially institute Women’s History Week.

1987After five more years of pressure by feminists, Congress expands Women’s History Week to Women’s History Month. The campaign has been influenced by the parallel struggle for official recognition of Black History Week and Black History Month.

IWWD continues to be celebrated around the world on March 8th. Women today define IWWD for themselves as needed in each year and in every country where it is celebrated.

Postscript: There is much of women’s history that most people–including most women–do not know about–because this history has been buried. Joy of Resistance considers it a joy to discover and communicate as much of this history as we can. We believe that know our history and the struggle that has gone into winning the improvements in our lives that we have won through organizing, is to understand how powerful we have been and can be and are–when we organize–and to be inspired to keep up the struggle until we win our full liberation

Happy International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month!

Black Women Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, Thurs, Feb 26, 10 AM-noon

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This Thursday, February 26 at 10:00 AM to noon (EST),  join Nellie Hester Bailey, of Behind the News: The World and Fran Luck of Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio, for a  Black History Month Special on Black Women Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. Find out what Gloria Richardson, Daisy Bates, Ella Baker, Diane Nashand many others, actually DID, that changed the course of history!

We’ll offer listeners 3 award-winning DVDs plus an interview with activist-scholar Professor Carol Giardinaauthor of Freedom for Women: Forging the Women’s Liberation Movement 1953-1970 who, along with Maretta Short, lays out the meaning of leadership and why this word is rarely applied to women–even when women do the same things as the men who are called leaders!

The three DVDs being offered are:1) Fundi: The Story of Ella Baker**–the historic film by Joanne Grant about the life and achievement of Ella Baker, the founder of SNCC and grand strategist of the Civil Rights Movement; 2) Standing on My Sisters’ Shoulders–the moving story of Mississippi women and their leadership in the struggle for the Black vote, and 3) Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights*–a new film by Nevline Nnanji, with rare footage of Black women in political struggle–both with men, within in the Civil Rights Movement and in the majority-white feminist movement.

The entire package of 3 DVD’s plus the audio CD interview, will be available to listeners for a pledge to WBAI of $150.00. The DVDs can also be ordered separately for $50. apiece and the CD can be ordered separately for $25. (That’s a savings of $25. if you order the whole Women’s Leadership package).

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January 29, 9-10pm–How does street harassment intersect with race? Plus LIVE music/spoken word by Mahina Movement

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On Thursday, January 29, 9-10 PM, Joy of Resistance will celebrate the end of the first month of the new year with a special treat–LIVE music and spoken word by the phenomenal 3-woman trio Mahina Movement –much of it relating to women’s experiences of street harassment. Allison Guttu, founder of the Women of Color Caucus of National Women’s Liberation and a former member of the pioneer anti-street harassment group: the Street Harassment Project (SHP) will also be live-in-the-studio and we’ll be talking about intersections of street harassment of women, and race.

The topic of race and street harassment recently got much attention, when hollaback, a group that fights street harassment, produced a video that purported to show a “day in the life” of a woman harassed on city streets by men–and all of the harassers shown in the video were Black men or other men of color! We’ll give concrete examples of how The Street Harassment Project tackled issues around racism that arose in the in the course of fighting street harassment.

We’ll also have feminist news headlines and announcements of feminist actions.

*On 3rd Thursdays, The Rape Declaration Forum airs 9-10PM.

News Stories and Links for Feminist News Round-up, January 29 Show

“March for Life” held up for 30 minutes by Stop Patriarchy on Roe Anniversary! Links with great pics of confrontation

Last Thursday, Jan 22, the 42nd anniversary of Roe v Wade, a day when Christian fundamentalists march, unopposed, by the 100’s of thousands in Washington DC–Stop Patriarchy, and others, blocked the “March for Life”, and surrounded by police, held it up for 30 minutes while holding huge signs of women who have died of illegal abortions. There were 7 arrests. You can see pictures of the confrontation, which was NOT picked up by mainstream media– through link below.

http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=415bde83-0e96-414e-b4da-2e5d50ffbf65&c=065ebec0-7b66-11e3-a7a7-d4ae5275505f&ch=0778e150-7b66-11e3-a7f6-d4ae5275505f

Mandatory Ultrasounds Proposed in Republican Congress

Shortly after House Republicans had to cancel a vote on Jan. 22, of an anti-abortion bill that some Republican women senators found to be too extreme, GOP congressmen introduced three new abortion restrictions, including one that would require women to receive an ultrasound procedure before an abortion.

The mandatory ultrasound bill, compels women to “receive an ultrasound and the opportunity to review the ultrasound before giving informed consent to receive an abortion.”

One of the other bills prohibits federal education funds from going to schools with access to an abortion provider on campus, and the other requires states to report information on Medicaid payments to abortion providers.

Nearly half of U.S. states have passed some kind of mandatory ultrasound bill, but political backlash in some of those states has been significant. For instance in Pennsylvania, where former Gov. Tom Corbett sparked national outrage when he defended the state’s mandatory ultrasound bill by telling women, “You just have to close your eyes.” Corbett was not re-elected.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/23/mandatory-ultrasound-_n_6535076.html

Among Women in Unions, Gender Gap Narrows Significantly

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) has released an analysis of statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showing that the gender wage gap, that discriminates against women–among union members–is 40 percent smaller than for non-union workers.

According to Joan Entmacher, VP for Family Economic Security (NWLC): “Today’s data show that union membership boosts wages for all workers—but especially for women,” “But last year the rate of union membership for women was flat. To promote equal pay for women, it’s time for lawmakers to stop the attacks on unions—and strengthen workers’ rights to organize.”

Among union women, Latinas experience particularly high financial benefits, making 46 % more than Latina non-union workers. African American women union members typically make 34 percent more than they would if they were non-union workers

http://www.nwlc.org/press-release/gender-wage-gap-union-members-40-percent-smaller-non-union-workers-nwlc-analysis-shows

SYRIZA Win in Greece, Significant for Feminists

SYRIZA, a coalition of left parties in Greece that is opposed to the austerity policies of the European Union–under which Greece has been plunged into poverty with a 25% unemployment rate and social services discontinued–has come to power in Greece. Although it will be an uphill battle to get all of their program implemented in the face of possible economic retaliation from the European Central Bank, their 40 point plan includes much that would, if implemented, improve the lives of women. Points include: support for single family households, increasing the public sector (unions, etc) and equal salaries for men and women. It is known that under austerity policies, women suffer the most, including, but not limited to: losing what gains they have made in public sector jobs, such as teaching and losing childcare services.

http://links.org.au/node/2888

Marissa Alexander out of jail; Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Works Against Women Who Defend Themselves

Supporters of Marissa Alexander in the U.S. and all around the world are overjoyed that she has been released from jail after serving 3 years behind bars for defending her life. In 2010, Alexander, a black mother of three from Jacksonville, Florida, was forced to defend her life from a life-threatening attack by her estranged husband by firing a single warning shot that caused no injuries. State Prosecutor Angela Corey prosecuted Alexander, pursuing a 60 year mandatory minimum sentence. In November, Alexander accepted a plea deal that included time served of nearly 3 yearsand 2 years of probation while under home detention. Her time behind bars is now over.

In California, a prison study found that 93 percent of women who had killed their significant others had been abused by them. and that 67 percent reported that they had been attempting to protect themselves or their children when they wound up killing their partner. According to Rita Smith, executive director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence: “Most battered women who kill in self-defense end up in prison. There is a well-documented bias against women [in these cases]. Black wmn more likely to do real time–white wmn to get probation.

Mandatory minimum sentences, under which Marissa Alexander was sentenced, mandate that particular situations of women defending themselves against abuse not be taken into account in sentencing.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/01/27/1360589/-Battered-Mother-Marissa-Alexander-Is-Finally-Free-From-Prison-After-3-Years?detail=email

http://www.freemarissanow.org/fact-sheet-on-domestic-violence–criminalization.html

http://www.vawnet.org/applied-research-papers/print-document.php?doc_id=412

Femicide in Argentina and Around the World is Growing Phenomenon

On average, 21 adolescent girls in Argentina are victims of femicides every year, a growing phenomenon linked to domestic violence on the part of current or ex-boyfriends and husbands. But in the case of Argentina, some independent reports, such as one by the local non-governmental organisation La Casa del Encuentro, have begun to make it clear that not only are there more gender-motivated killings, but the number of victims under 18 is increasing. The local statistics are in line with a global tendency. The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that three out of 10 adolescent girls suffer violence at the hands of their boyfriends. On her Facebook page, “Acción Respeto: por una calle sin acoso” (Operation Respect: for harassment-free streets), Veronica Lemi talked about an aggressive, sexist culture” whose worst expression is femicide.

And that is part of a much longer story that we urge you to follow on the links provided on our blog site (repeat)

http://www.ipsnews.net/2015/01/teenage-girls-in-argentina-invisible-victims-of-femicide/?

TV Show in Peru Shows Men Sexually Harassing Their Own Mothers-in-Disguise–and the Mothers’ Response!

A TV show in Peru has captured the moment unwitting men have been caught wolf-whistling their own mothers.

The experiment took two mothers, whose sons were identified as repeat cat-callers, and disguised them using make-up, wigs and clothes. The women then women walked past their sons to gauge their reaction.

In the video, one of the mothers gets so angry, she tells off her son and hits him with her pocketbook.

In the second case, the mother, wearing a green dress, walks past her son, who calls her ‘piggy’. She then calls his name before taking off her wig and confronting her son, hitting him with her hairpiece.

She tells her son to he should be ashamed of himself, as he pleads with his mother to quiet down, as he is working. He then tries to claim he didn’t make the remark and it was a man in a nearby car, but he eventually apologizes, before his mother walks off.

The video ends with a warning saying men should start respecting women before they unwittingly harass their own mothers!

It comes after the video claims that seven in 10 women say they have experienced sexual harassment on the streets of the Peruvian capital Lima

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2926504/The-men-caught-cat-calling-wolf-whistling-MOTHERS-Hilarious-TV-disguises-women-experience-unwitting-sons-behaviour-Peru.html

Thursday, January 22, 9-10 PM: The State of Abortion Rights on the 42nd Anniversary of Roe v Wade

This Thursday, Jan. 22 is the 42nd Anniversary of Roe v Wade, the Supreme Court Decision that legalized abortion in the United States after a passionate grassroots struggle. At noon Thursday, women’s rights activists will gather in front of the Supreme Court–to picket and stage dramatic actions, in protest of the severe undermining of the legal right to abortion that has gone on for decades and markedly increased over the past few years. In 90% of U.S. counties today, there are no abortion providers, due to a combination of laws aimed at shutting down clinics and outright terrorist attacks on them, including the murder of abortion providers. A host of obstacles have been placed in the way of finding and paying for an abortion, starting with the Hyde Amendment and including parental notification laws, mandated waiting periods, forced ultrasounds and denial of insurance coverage.

At 9-10 pm on Thursday, Jan. 22, Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio @ WBAI, will air a live discussion with a broad spectrum of reproductive rights and justice activists on the state of reproductive rights as we enter 2015.

Panel guests will be: Loretta Ross, a founder of SisterSong: A Woman of Color Reproductive Justice Collective; Merle Hoffman, founder and CEO of Choices Women’s Medical Center and a frontline activist for decades; Julianna Gonen, Director of Federal Policy and Advocacy for the Center for Reproductive Rights and Sunsara Taylor of Stop Patriarchy, who will also give us a report on the protest actions that will have taken place earlier in the day in front of the Supreme Court.

The program will include a recording from the first abortion speak-out, organized by the group Redstockings, in 1969, at which women risked arrest to publicly testify about their then-illegal abortions–and a discussion of the real history of how that struggle was won. There will also be a roundup of feminist world news headlines and period music from the abortion rights struggle. Be sure to tune in; you won’t find as rich a discussion of our history and the present status of our reproductive rights anywhere else.

Feminist Stories and Links for 1/22/15

Abortion news, U.S.

Today, on the 42nd Anniversary of Roe v Wade, the House of Representatives passed HR-7, the ‘No Taxpayer Funds for Abortion Bill’ that will cut off any funding for abortion from government, even indirectly, including tax credits for payment through the Affordable Care Act–and codifies the 1976 Hyde Amendment that prohibits Medicare funds for abortions.It was one of 5 anti-abortion bills proposed in the 1st week of the newly Republican controlled Congress. House Speaker John Boehner had announced a vote on a 20-week abortion ban–but a rebellion by Republican women Senators, after a flood of negative responses made him pull it off the table. Determined to pass an anti-abortion law on this day, HR7 was substituted.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/08/republicans-abortion_n_6438522.html

5 anti-abortion bills Republicans have introduced in first few days of new Congress

https://www.facebook.com/search/str/naral%20pro-choice%20america/keywords_top

information on abortion state by state

http://www.prochoiceamerica.org/government-and-you/who-decides/

NYS Republicans refuse inclusion of abortion provision in “Women’s Equality Act”

Republican leadership in NYS has announced that the New York State Senate will take up the Women’s Equality Act, an Omnibus bill proposed by Governor Cuomo, but minus the provision that affirms the state’s commitment to its own abortion law.

http://polhudson.lohudblogs.com/2015/01/12/senate-to-take-up-womens-equality-act-minus-abortion-measure/

Woman in El Salvador must serve 30 years in prison for a miscarriage

A young woman in El Salvador has been refused a pardon and must finish her 30 year sentence for having had a miscarriage. All forms of abortion are illegal in El Salvador, and dozens of Salvadoran women are behind bars for “fetal homicide.’ Though there was no indication that she had intentionally terminated her pregnancy, according to Tim Rogers at Fusion .net “The Doctors snitched her out to save themselves from criminal liability.” The Daily Kos points out that 38 states in the U.S. have Fetal Homicide Laws and women here have been arrested for miscarriages under those laws.

UPDATE!! On the next day after reporting this story, I found out that on Wednesday, this woman’s pardon was re-voted and this time it was granted–So glad to have been wrong on this outcome!! (Though 16 other women are still imprisoned in El Salvador on abortion-related charges.)

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/01/19/1358721/-Young-Woman-Serving-30-Years-For-A-Miscarriage-Receives-No-Pardon

Mt. Hoyoke cancels production of Vagina Monologues

The Theater Board of the all-women’s college, Mount Holyoke has cancelled its annual production of the feminist classic “The Vagina Monologues” because it is “not inclusive enough” of those who identify as women but do not have vaginas. Eve Ensler, the play’s author, said in her response: “I think we have to be able to live in a world where talking about vaginas is legitimate, due to the fact that 3-1/2 billion women have them.” In February, around Valentine’s Day, there are thousands of performances of the play around the world, often to raise money for women’s issues.

http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6202

http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2015/01/vagina_monologues_playwright_r.html

Petition asks for equal representation for women in Britain’s House of Commons

There is a change.org petition circulating to increase the proportion of women to men in Britain’s House of Commons. Stating that 77% of MPs are men, it asks PM Camerom to move immediatley toward a 50/50 goal and is asking for people around the world to sign. you can find this petition at change.org/p/petition-asking-for-gender-balance-in-house-of-commons.

https://www.change.org/p/petition-asking-for-debate-and-a-plan-for-better-gender-balance-in-the-house-of-commons

Armed women repel Boko Haram attack

Several Nigerian media outlets have been reporting on local women in the villages of Attagara and Kawuri in Borno State who recently disarmed nearly a dozen Boko Haram terrorists who tried to attack the Attagara and Kawuri communities over the weekend but the insurgents were instantly repelled by a group of armed women. Other villagers later caught some of the attackers and executed them. Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for the abduction of over 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria

http://countercurrentnews.com/2014/05/another-boko-haram-attack-repelled-by-armed-women/
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