“I don’t care how much sex anyone has, how often they do it, or who they do it with. I’m much more interested in the consent, pleasure, and well-being of the participants and the people affected by it. I respect women who are asexual, celibate, monogamous, multi-partnered, or have had more partners than they can recall. I respect women who only have sex after a commitment to monogamy and those who have sex with someone within minutes of meeting them. I respect women who have transactional sex, women who have sex for love, or for any other reason. I know that all of these categories are permeable and that many women move from one to another. And I know that any of these decisions can be made from a place of personal power, choice, and authenticity, as well as from a place of coercion, shame, and disempowerment.”—Charlie Glickman (If You Don’t Respect Sluts, You Don’t Respect Women)
03.28.12 - (PRESS RELEASE) A demeaning Oklahoma law that would have inserted government between women and their doctors, forced medical procedures on women whether they need them or not, and compelled doctors to recite speech imposed on them by anti-choice lawmakers was permanently blocked from enforcement today by the district court judge overseeing a legal challenge brought by the Center for Reproductive Rights.
The law, which was passed into law April 2010 after the Oklahoma Legislature overrode then-Governor Brad Henry’s veto, would have forced a woman seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound, have the image placed in front of her, and hear it described in detail—even if she objects. The statute has been blocked since May 2010 by a temporary injunction secured by the Center.
“The court has resoundingly affirmed what should not be a matter of controversy at all—that women have both a fundamental right to make their own choices about their reproductive health, and that government has no place in their decisions,” said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights. “Today’s decision adds to the growing momentum of a nationwide backlash against the overreaching of lawmakers hostile to women, their doctors, and their rights.”
The Center for Reproductive Rights filed Nova Health Systems v. Pruitt with the District Court of Oklahoma County in April 2010 on behalf of Nova Health Systems and Dr. Larry Burns, two of the three abortion providers in the state. The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice also joined the case as a plaintiff.
The lawsuit argued the statute violated the principles of medical ethics by requiring physicians to provide unnecessary and unwanted services to patients, while patronizingly discounting a woman’s ability to make decisions about her pregnancy. A district court judge granted a temporary restraining order against the law in May 2010.
On February 7, Texas’ similarly extreme ultrasound law went into effect after a panel on the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the lower court’s preliminary injunction blocking enforcement of the law’s provisions. Until that decision, every court that has reviewed similarly intrusive ultrasound laws had ruled the laws unconstitutional—including the Center’s current challenge to a similar measure in North Carolina, which has been enjoined since October 2011.
The Center for Reproductive Rights represented the plaintiffs in this case along with co-counsel from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP, in New York, NY; Andrews Davis, PC, in Oklahoma City, OK; and the Hardwick Law Office in Tulsa, OK.
“So it’s very frustrating, and I mean frustrating to the point of violence, when we don’t get what we’re owed. A contract has been broken. These women, by exercising their own choices, are denying it to us. It’s why every Nice Guy is shocked to find that buying gifts for a girl and doing her favors won’t win him sex. It’s why we go to “slut” and “whore” as our default insults — we’re not mad that women enjoy sex. We’re mad that women are distributing to other people the sex that they owed us.”—
While this has some truth, I think people are mad that women enjoy sex (in and of itself) if it’s not in the way/situation that they approve of. Having control over their own sexualities. Because it’s not just straight men who act like this.
Its all propaganda. They talk about Africans killing Africans but they never put things in there historical context. They never talk about the companies making & selling the bullets & guns being used. Nor do they talk about Imperialism or Colonialism & their effects on the population. Nope. Never. That's the thing. They create public opinion portraying these individuals as monsters then they can justify going in killing millions of people & steal their resources. In Iran they took Oil & Opium.. In Libya they took Oil & Gold.
ABC News has uncovered questionable police conduct in the investigation of the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white neighborhood watch captain in Florida, including the alleged “correction” of at least one eyewitness’ account.
As you can see on the box, you take exactly one pill per day. To make sure it works, you need to take one pill every day at the same time, or it stops working. You take only one pill, and you keep taking them regardless of what you…
“I don’t know what’s in Rush Limbaugh’s heart so I’m not going to comment on the sincerity of his apology. What I can comment on is the fact that all decent folks can agree that the remarks that were made don’t have any place in the public discourse. And, you know, the reason I called Ms. Fluke is because I thought about Malia and Sasha. And one of the things I want them to do as they get older is to engage in issues they care about - even ones I may not agree with them on. I want them to be able to speak their mind in a civil and thoughtful way. And I don’t want them attacked or called horrible names because they’re being good citizens. And I wanted Sandra to know that I thought her parents should be proud of her.”—
President Obama, commenting on the Rush Limbaugh controversy in today’s press conference. (via dcdecoder)
CONCORD, NH - New Hampshire’s Representative Jeanine Notter (R-Merrimack) told committee members today that health plans shouldn’t cover birth control because it causes prostate cancer.
Rep. Notter sits on the State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs Committee, which heard public testimony today on late-entry House Resolution 29, urging the United States Department of Health and Human Services to rescind its rule requiring health plans to cover preventative services for women such as contraceptives.
According to the Mayo Clinic, prostate cancer is cancer that occurs in a man’s prostate.