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7 Things To Know About The Government Shutdown Over Planned Parenthood

“The moving target is focused on women in America.”

That was Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to reporters this morning as he addressed the threat of a government shutdown over an inability by Republicans and Democrats to reach a deal on the budget. The main piece of contention? Funding for Title X, which allocates funds for family planning services, including those offered by Planned Parenthood. The issue? Even though Title X funds don’t cover them, Planned Parenthood provides abortions.

In simple, basic terms, let’s recap seven things you need to know about the threat of a governmental shutdown: Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Defunding Planned Parenthood “Goes Too Far,” Says Sane, Reasonable Politician

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  • Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) released a statement disagreeing with the House Republicans’ efforts to defund Planned Parenthood because the clinics provide abortion, saying that eliminating all funding for family planning services “goes too far.” Stop making me like you, Scott Brown! [Boston.com]
  • Women hold less than one-third of decision-making positions in the media, according to a new survey by the International Women’s Media Foundation, an advocacy group. The IWMF looked at 522 print, broadcast and radio institutions and found that women held 39 percent of managerial positions, 27 percent of leading managerial roles (like CEO) and 26 percent of governing board roles. [Bloomberg]
  • Soul and disco singer Loleatta Holloway died yesterday at age 64. Loleatta’s hit song, “Love Sensation,” came out in 1980. [Spinner]

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Today’s Lady News: The House Takes Aim At Planned Parenthood

  • Republicans in the House of Representatives have proposed in a draft of a bill that $327 million be cut in funding for Planned Parenthood. The funding does not go towards abortion, but instead towards other family planning services, like birth control and cancer screenings. [Mother Jones]
  • Meet the ladies who were computers — a job title, not a gadget — during World War II. [CNN]

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Hillary Clinton: “We Cannot Accept The Ongoing Marginalization Of Half The World’s Population”

No one can deny Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been a longtime, committed supporter of the rights of women and girls globally—especially the right for women to plan their pregnancies. Clinton spoke this afternoon at the International Conference on Population and Development on the 15th anniversary of its historic Cairo summit, when 179 governments adopted a program to level out population and development by addressing gender equity and reproductive rights.

I listened to Secretary of State Clinton’s speech live on C-SPAN (watch the video here) and teared up. Here’s a (rough) transcript for some of the points she made. Keep reading »

Women Give Their Babymakers A Rest While The Economy Gets Back On Track

The recession is effecting more than just our wallets. As money gets tighter, a lot of women are putting their baby-making plans on hold. Women’s clinics across California are getting record numbers of calls, and many of the callers are wanting abortions. And not just single women—a lot of them have families already, but are reconsidering poppin’ another one out because, well, kids are expensive and folks are worried about losing their jobs. Check out some other ways women are restructuring their sex lives these days. [LATimes] Keep reading »

This Day In History: The Country’s First Birth Control Clinic

On October 16, 1916, Margaret Sanger opened the nation’s first family planning clinic in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Women waited on line to get information on birth control. Nine days later Sanger was arrested for violating the Comstock obscenity laws, which made it illegal to send any contraceptive devices and birth control information through the mail and banned the distribution of information on abortion for educational purposes. Unfortunately, the clinic was closed, but that didn’t stop the birth control movement. She later opened clinics, known as “Mothers’ Health Centers,” in Manhattan and the Bronx, which later became branches of Planned Parenthood of New York City. The American Medical Association didn’t recognize birth control as an essential health service until 1937, but Sanger had championed the benefits for two decades prior. [Planned Parenthood] Keep reading »

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