When I read a few weeks ago that Planned Parenthood suspected yet another sting was going on I wondered what that little, lying viper Lila Rose and her anti-abortion group Live Action were up to now. The last hoax of a sting led by Rose was part of the AUL report that would become the grounds for opening up a Congressional Investigation into Planned Parenthood. That would be the investigation Susan G. Komen would use as the excuse for defunding Planned Parenthood.
It’s no coincidence that Rose’s Live Action latest video was released to coincide with the Prenatal Discrimination Act up for a vote on the floor of Congress tomorrow, Wednesday, 5/30/12. This is simply the next move in the war against women’s rights. The video claims that, “the search-and-destroy targeting of baby girls through prenatal testing and abortion is a pandemic that is spreading across the globe. Research proves that sex-selective abortion has now come to America. The abortion industry, led by Planned Parenthood, is a willing participant.” According to NARAL, the Prenatal Discrimination Act bill would, “subject a doctor to five years in prison for failing to determine if sex is a factor in a woman’s decision to choose an abortion,” and “threaten any medical professional who does not report even a suspected case of sex selection.”
Here is a link to the video:
Sex selective Abortion? Seriously? There is no issue with sex selective abortion in this country but in China it is a huge issue because of China’s One Child Policy. It is as much an issue in Taiwan, India, Korea, and Pakistan. Enter the right wing Susan B. Anthony List and their Charlotte Lozier Institute, which is the anti-choice movement’s Guttmacher. According to a Lozier Institute Poll, 80% of the respondents would support banning sex selective abortion. This was clearly an angle that needed to be played, ergo yet another transparently deceptive Lila Rose, scary music, video implying Planned Parenthood is pushing sex selective abortion, when it does no such thing. I watched the video and clearly the counselor is not pressuring the young woman, who claims to want an abortion if the baby is a girl, to have an abortion. The counselor is warm, helpful, and answers the young woman’s questions non-judgmentally. My heart sank for her as I watched because she was so nice and doing everything she possibly could to help, and had absolutely no idea she was being played or that she might be doing something wrong. I don’t know what the standard Planned Parenthood procedure is, I understand the counselor in question has been fired, but it looks to me like she was guilty of a compassionate heart and a huge desire to help another woman. As for explaining the ins and outs of Medicaid, I have heard the same conversation between friends on the DeCamp bus going into the city, in the locker room at the gym, in the kitchen of a restaurant I once managed, and between nurses with whom I periodically work. The insurance game is a game that people play that we wouldn’t have to play if we had an effective single payer system.
As for the Prenatal Discrimination Bill, which is being promoted as a means to stop sex selective abortions, what’s it’s really about is legislating at the federal level the reasons why a woman would not be allowed to legally terminate her pregnancy. AUL is the legal wing of the anti-choice movement and writes all anti-choice legislation. According to AUL’s 2012 Defending Life that is going to be the focus of their legislation this year, new laws at the state and federal level, to legislate the reasons underlying a woman’s decision to get an abortion. Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO of AUL, calls Lila Rose a modern day Upton Sinclair, a female muckraker connecting the dots between the slaughter houses of Chicago in the early 1900’s and modern day abortion. I can think of a lot of things I’d like to call Lila Rose, muckracker isn’t one of them. Blindly ambitious, self-righteous, a woman who has no problem fabricating reality to suit her needs and goals, Ms. Rose is a female mirror image of her friend James O’Keefe, and like O’Keefe, Grover Norquist, Karl Rove, Mitch O’Connell, and Eric Cantor, Morton Blackwell’s Leadership Institute. The Leadership Institute is the Mothership of Dominionism; Lila Rose is its Crown Princess.
Please sign the petition to stop the passage of The Prenatal Discrimination Act.
From my heart to yours.
Live loud, love fierce and suffer no fools, Katherine Manaan MAWT
The Lies of Lila Rose was an editors pick at Open Salon
THE BILL WAS DEFEATED IN THE HOUSE MAY 31ST, 2012
Kristina Roegner, (R-Ohio) a married mother of three, Tea Party candidate and first year state representative was seated on the Hudson City Council when the Republicans discovered and decided to field her as a candidate in the 2010 mid-term elections against democrat Mike Moran. Since her election the soft-spoken Ms. Roegner, who has co-sponsored and been instrumental in the passage of three anti-abortion measures, sponsored HB 298, a measure that would de-fund Planned Parenthood, with Ohio Right to Life and Families First backed Cliff Rosenberger.
The Senate counterpart of the bill was sponsored by Kris Jordan. Jordan, who was under investigation for fourth degree misdemeanor domestic violence until his wife dropped the charges, is the only legislator in Ohio to vote against the Jessica Logan Act, the bill designed to protect children from bullying and named after the young girl who took her own life.
With some slick machinations that reek of Charmaine Yoest and AUL, HB 298 was snuck into the state budget to avoid public scrutiny and the word “defund” became “re-prioritize,” the bill passed, and Planned Parenthood is now at the bottom of the barrel for receiving federal monies for health care for low-income and poor women. If I were to hazard a guess where Ohio was planning on steering some of those federal monies I would say to Pregnancy Centers. Pregnancy Centers are the pro-life movement’s Planned Parenthood, with scripture and without the choice, and are currently pushing free sonograms.
Ms. Roegner’s voting record reads like a template for ALEC’s agenda. She is pro-fracking and opposed an amendment to add an extra layer of environmental protection to Lake Erie. She supported bills for re-districting, limiting collective bargaining, school vouchers, and opting out of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. She is a proud signer of the Tax Payer’s Protection Pledge and has an A rating from the NRA for supporting the bill to authorize a concealed and carry licensee to possess a firearm in a liquor permit premise, providing said licensee is not drinking, and to openly carry a handgun in a car, rather than say in the glove compartment.
In case you’ve been living under a rock the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) promotes a wide range of profit geared “model legislation” of the corporation, by the corporation, and for the corporation. ALEC’s agenda includes, but is not limited to, gutting the rights and protections of workers (limited collective bargaining) privatizing and weakening the public school system, (school vouchers), eroding regulations and environmental laws (opposing environmental protection for Lake Erie) providing business cuts and corporate welfare (the Tax Payers Protection Pledge) undoing health care reform (opting out of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) and permitting greater corporate influence in elections (redistricting).
In order to draft and promote their “model legislation” ALEC operates Task forces that bring together Republican legislators and representatives from corporations. Kristina Roegner is an ALEC Education Task Force Member. Cliff Rosenberger is an ALEC Telecommunications and Information Technology Task Force Member. Kris Jordan is an ALEC Energy, Environment, and Agriculture Task Force Member. In the past ten years ALEC has spent $9.3 million on the state; thirty-three bills were introduced in Ohio between January and October, 2011 that were identical to or contained elements of ALEC “model legislation proposals.” Nine of those bills, which contained thirty-three pieces of ALEC legislation, were signed into law.
When Charmaine Yoest’s AUL, the legal wing of the pro-life movement, received the coveted Weyrich Award for “Grassroots Organization of the Year” she noted in her acceptance speech that eighty-eight anti-abortion measures introduced in thirty-two states were based on AUL’s “model language.” This is ALEC speak. Paul Weyrich, now dead, God rest his soul and keep it away from ours, founded ALEC in the 1970’s to oppose abortion, ERA, and to support school prayer. One of the men instrumental in ALEC’s early years was John Kasich, the Governor of Ohio, who just signed into law the bill Kristina Roegner sponsored, eviscerating Planned Parenthood and seriously jeopardizing the health care of 100,000 women, men, and children. It’s like playing six degrees of crazy conservatives and I’m barely touching the surface of a web of connections that go on and on and on.
Kimberly Yee, the subject of my last post, is an ALEC Health and Human Services Task Force Member. Cynthia Lumis (R–Wy), who a colleague of mine recently wrote about, is an ALEC member. Debbie Lesko (R-Ar), who said that women should be made to watch their abortion, is an ALEC state chairman. Jan Brewer was the featured speaker at the ALEC annual State & National Policy Summit in Phoenix. Rick Perry is an ALEC member. Fifty of the ninety legislators in Arizona are ALEC members, eight-two Texas legislators are ALEC members, thirty-six Ohio legislators are ALEC members, and the list goes on. It’s pretty damn clear that the more ALEC legislators there are in any given state legislature, or the House, the more legislation there is against abortion and women. The fact of the matter is the women I’ve been writing about, the so-called softer gentler face of the pro-live movement, are an integral part and intrinsic to the success of a conservative agenda that reaches far beyond women’s rights and the freedom to choose. They are part of a movement that would turn the country into a kind of feudal system run for profit by patriarchy and their God, and that is not only a crime against the tribe of women it is a crime against humanity. The backlash has started but the damage has been done and it is going to take time, pit-bull persistence, and a refusal to be easily mollified by shiny objects, to undo.
From my heart to yours.
Live loud, love fierce, and suffer no fools. Katherine Manaan MAWT
(1st posted addicinginfo.org 4/22/12)
The nationwide juggernaut of anti-abortion legislation we witnessed in 2011, and are witnessing daily in 2012, is clearly part of a perfectly coordinated and precisely executed strategy to chip away at abortion rights at the state level.
It’s quite brilliant actually; why take on abortion at the federal level where a win is not guaranteed when with the right language in the right states, a win is guaranteed. This is the thinking of Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans United for Life. “You don’t have to overturn Roe to actually make progress at state level,” she said. The point is to make Roe “crumble under its own weight and become irrelevant.”
This is why all the legislation you’re seeing is geared towards making abortion, a heart wrenching and remarkably hard choice to begin with, as horrifically difficult and humiliating as possible.
AUL, the legal wing of the pro-life movement and Charmaine Yoest, its President and CEO for the past three years, are players behind the bills for pre-abortion ultra-sounds, trans-vaginal ultrasounds, forced viewing of an ultra-sound, abortion waiting periods, parental notification, required viewing of state established anti-choice websites, re-defining gestation time, the question of fetal pain, abortion causes breast cancer lies, required pro-life counseling, and clinic regulations so restrictive that clinics have to close their doors. The effectiveness of the bills is due in large part to the language, what is called “model language” and that language is spelled out in AUL’s annual report, Defending Life: Proven Strategies for a Pro-Life American. Once the bill is written, and AUL will provide lawyers to help, it’s just a matter of getting it into the hands of a pro-life elected official, in a state friendly to anti-abortion measures, to move it through the legislature. Defending Life just happens to rate the states friendliest, and not so friendly, to anti-abortion legislature.
AUL under Charmaine Yoest put together the report, The Case for Investigating Planned Parenthood, which reads a lot like my divorce papers wherein my ex-husband described my daily Buddhist chanting as “strange rites and rituals involving loud noises and loathsome odors.” Along with accusing Planned Parenthood of misusing federal funds, which is impossible as Planned Parenthood is audited every year due to the Hyde Amendment, the report accuses the organization of “assisting those engaged in prostitution or sex trafficking,” “failure to report criminal child sexual abuse,” “willingness to provide women with inaccurate and misleading information,” and “willingness to refer to substandard clinics.”
It also accuses Planned Parenthood and its affiliates of plotting to defeat common sense federal and state laws and legislation meant to protect women and families in order to “enrich their bottom line with attorney fee awards.” The investigation was opened in September 2011, by the vehemently pro-life Cliff Stearns, (R-FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations for the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Having had the honor of working with first responders I already knew who Stearns was; he was the man who decided that the names of the men who for months on end dug for bodies in the toxic wreckage of the World Trade Center and desperately needed medical care as a result, should be checked against all terrorist lists when they applied for aid under the Zadroga Bill.
On January 31st, 2012, Susan G. Komen announced that they could no longer fund Planned Parenthood as they were under federal investigation and their new guidelines outlawed funding any organization under state or federal investigation. Keep in mind the investigation began in September of 2011, Komen was defunded in 2012 so the guidelines had to have been written after the investigation into Planned Parenthood started. The loudly pro-life Karen Handel, who wrote the new guidelines, was hired in April, 2011. That someone so loudly pro-life and openly against Planned Parenthood was hired as a senior vice president responsible for federal and state advocacy efforts speaks volumes to Komen’s receptivity to the pro-life movement.
Given Ms. Yoest’s remarks after the defunding, I’m pretty sure the next step of the movement was to align themselves with the “cure,” From an article by Sarah Kliff in the Washington Post, “Yoest says the anti-abortion community is exploring ways to support the group (Komen). Her group (AUL) for the first time will have a team in the D.C. Race for the Cure, called. Team Life. “Yesterday we were looking at Komen’s web site and how we can interact with them,” Yoest says, “I want them to get as much benefit as possible. We’ll have T-shirts and a pasta dinner. I’ve run in a couple of marathons, that’s why I always wanted to be a part of their great work.” Team Life disappeared with the backlash.
A married mother of five, a breast cancer survivor, a high-powered career – she testified against Sonia Sotomayor – Charmaine looks like the person you sold doughnuts with to raise money for your child’s class trip and comes across as the kind of reasonable, rational woman you’d believe if she warned you away from the produce at the store on the corner of Elm and Maple, in favor of the produce at the store on Main. Her appearance, her demeanor, her way of answering every question as if she is protecting and empowering women, perfectly masks the true thrust of the pro-life movement namely the harassment, coercion, and intimidation of women and the absolute annihilation of women’s reproductive freedom and choice.
Charmaine Yoest is one of the female faces of the moral authority that is Patriarchy. She is a woman against women.
Live loud, love fierce, and suffer no fools, Katherine Manaan MAWT
1st posted on addicting info 4/16/12
Republican Representative Kimberly Yee, the sponsor of HB 2036, is the first Asian American woman to serve in the Arizona State Legislation. She was originally appointed by the Maricopa County Board to replace Republican Representative Doug Quellan, who was removed from office in August 2010 for violating Clean Election Limits. The pro-life, pro-guns, pro-privatized health-care, Yee was recommended to the Maricopa County Board by none other than Governor Janice Brewer. At the time Yee was working as the communications director for the Arizona State Treasurer’s Office, the frosting on the cake of a work resume that included serving in Governor Arnold Schwartzenegger’s administration and working in California Governor Pete Wilson’s office.
The Chairman of strongly Republican Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to whom Brewer addressed Yee’s letter of recommendation was Don Stapley. Stapley is a real estate developer whose loan deal(s) with Silver State Banking have been linked to unsafe and unsound banking practices but the dealings are so convoluted the FDIC is having a hell of time making their case stick. Vice Chairman under Don Stapley was Fulton Brock, whose now ex-wife, the devoutly Morman Susan, was convicted of sexually molesting a fourteen-year old teenage boy and is currently serving a fifteen year prison sentence. Two months after his wife was arrested, Brock’s twenty-two year old daughter was arrested for molesting the same boy. She pleaded guilty and was sentenced to ten years of probation with one year of deferred jail time. This is the Republican pro-life, pro-family pool out which Kimberly Yee crawled.
As point person for the right of right, right wing Arizona Center for Public Policy Ms. Yee sponsored the horrific HB 2838, which would have banned abortions after twenty weeks. Due to the testimony and overwhelming response (phone calls, emails, petitions) against the bill from women across the country, it was pulled from the Arizona House Health Committee. The fact that Ms. Yee chose to then employ a “strike all amendment,” a political sleigh of hand to resurrect the bill, speaks to the evil genius of the willing and ambitious puppet’s puppeteers. The point of a “strike all,” is to completely remake a bill under the shadow of darkness without the pesky inconvenience of committee hearings and public scrutiny.
HB 2036 originally had something to do with regulations in the Attorney General’s office and had already passed the house and was in the Senate. Ms. Yee removed or “struck” all the language of the original bill that was HB 2036 and replaced or “amended” it with new language, namely the language of HB 2838. Now, if a “strike all amendment” is adopted by the chamber in which it was proposed, the new language in the “strike-all” becomes the language in the bill, which is exactly what happened. This is how HB 2838 became HB 2036. As per the workings of the “strike all amendment,” the amended bill, in this case HB 2036, is then returned to the chamber where it originated to be voted upon.
HB 2036 rendering a woman’s legal right to an abortion null and void after a gestation period of twenty weeks, passed with a strong majority in both the house and the senate and was signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer, April 12th, 2012. Ms Yee’s response, “I want to thank Governor Brewer for signing the Women’s Health and Safety Act. This vital bill strengthens Arizona’s laws protecting the health and safety of women and recognized the precious life of the pre-born baby.” Women’s health and safety? Cleary Ms. Yee, yet another woman’s face on the moral right of Patriarchy, has been reading the Charmaine Yoest handbook.
Live loud, love fierce, and suffer no fools. Kat
posted addictinginfo. org 4/16/12
14 GOP women came out with an Op Ed for Politico, “The GOP is the Real Party of the American Woman,” and then a few days later twenty-four GOP women announced the formation of the GOP’s Women’s Policy Committee complete with a creepy get-to-know-us-we’re- just-like-you-video meant to put that pesky rumor about the Republican War Against Women to rest. Kind of curious as to how the twenty-four are going to respond to the five women democratic senators, Barbara Milkuski, Barbara Boxer, Patty Murray, Diane Feinstein, and Debbie Stabenaw, calling for a renewed push to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act. Well played Democrats, love the timing and I hope this proves once and for all that the newly vagina friendly Republican Party is a big fat lie.
If GOP women were really for women as they claim to be and if there was one thing women en masse could agree upon it would be equal pay for equal work, something that profoundly affects the quality of our lives, the lives of our families, and the lives of our children. But the truth is 15 of the twenty-four women of the GOP Women’s Policy Committee were in the house when the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act came up for passage and all fifteen voted against it.
I want to be very clear here about what these women voted against and the future harm to other women this vote would carry.
Let’s say you worked for someone for 19 years and then you found out that the men doing your same job were being paid considerably more money for the same work. It took you awhile to find out exactly how much more they were being paid because the company you worked for prohibited employees from discussing or sharing wages. When you do find out, the disparity is so great you sue using your last paycheck as evidence of wage discrimination, and you sue under title Vll of the Civil Rights Acts, which allows 180 days for someone to sue over race or gender discrimination. So there you are with your clear cut evidence of wage discrimination, the judge hears your case, talks amongst his judge friends, and comes back with, “the wage discrimination started nineteen years ago therefore the statute of limitations of 180 days has long since passed.” Snap. That is exactly what happened to Lilly Ledbetter. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act allows women to sue from their last paycheck and that is what 15 of the 24 GOP Women’s Policy Committee voted against, a fair chance, a level playing field, for a woman to sue her employer for wage discrimination. Clearly business, not human beings, benefits the most from this kind of vote, which brings me to the Paycheck Fairness Act.
The passage of Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act is a misnomer because it does virtually nothing to address the pay gap between men and women. That’s what the Equal Pay Act of 1963 was supposed to do but given the fact that women still only make 77 cents to a man’s dollar it’s clearly not working. Enter the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that proposes to stop wage discrimination by broadening protections and closing the loopholes in the Equal Pay Act. The Paycheck Fairness Act is not new; George W. Bush threatened to veto the bill after the House passed it but it never came to that because Senate Republicans unanimously voted the bill down. That pretty much tells you that the bill truly has the ability to change the way business does business, and it does, because if the bill passes employers will no longer be allowed to penalize or fire employees for discussing their salaries. It’s close to impossible to engage in the practice of wage discrimination when people know what each other are earning. If Ms. Ledbetter had not been prohibited by law from discussing wages with her fellow employees, she might not have lost 19 years to pay discrimination.
Of course this is a hugely bi-partisan issue; the best interests of women versus the best interests of business, and Democrats will rightfully frame this as yet another example of the Republican War Against Women. Senate Majority leader Harry Reid is currently scrambling to prevent the vote from being filibustered on the floor of the Senate. I would bet The GOP Women’s Policy Committee will claim that the bill is not a job maker, they will claim that the bill ultimately hurts women, they will claim that Ledbetter is already on the books so there’s no need for it. If there’s enough hoopla over the bill to the point that a filibuster would genuinely hurt Republicans even more in the eyes of women, keeping in mind the Republicans are actively seeking the women’s vote, there’s a good bet the committee will try to revise and rewrite the bill in much the same way that Sandy Adams and Cathy McMorris Rodgers, both members, revised and rewrote the Violence Against Women Act, which 22 members out of the 24 voted for.
I am sure of this because the Vice Chairs of the GOP Women’s Policy Committee, Marsha Blackburn and Ann Marie Buerkle, are both ALEC members and four members of the seven-member steering committee are ALEC members, and ¾’s of the rest of the twenty-four are ALEC members and each of the twenty-four’s voting records reads like a template for ALEC legislation; rabidly anti-choice, environmentally eviscerating, and vehemently, staunchly, behind the 1%. ALEC is the god of economic disparity and the GOP Women’s Committee worships at ALEC’s altar.
Live loud, love fierce, and suffer no fools. Kat Manaan MAWT
this article was first published on addictinginfo.org 5/25/12
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