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Aleteia: Terry O’Neill, President of the National Organization for Women (NOW), was correct in citing the shameful facts about the high rates of preterm birth, infant mortality and maternal mortality in the U.S. in yesterday’s Huffington Post. But she could not have been more wrong about what’s causing these rates.
The Catholic View for Women: To suggest that abortion is the cure for infant mortality is so bizarre that I had to read NOW President Terry O’Neill’s piece in the Huffington Post twice to make sure that’s what she actually wrote.
Minnesota Star Tribune: Minnesotans United PAC’s support for anti-abortion candidates is proving to be divisive with NOW chapter that helped in marriage push.
Denver Post: Opponents of an effort to recall two Democratic state senators for supporting stricter gun laws borrowed a page from an earlier playbook, arguing reproductive rights were in peril if the lawmakers were kicked out of office.
AP: He is pushing the federation to strengthen ties with like-minded groups including the Sierra Club, NAACP and the National Organization for Women.
Public News Service (includes audio): When legislation that imposes strict new rules on abortions in Michigan comes up on the floor of the state House of Representatives this week, several groups that support women’s reproductive rights plan to be there to protest.
NOW: “U.S. Catholic Bishops Major Force Behind War on Women Statement of NOW President Terry O’Neill”
NOW: “The collusion of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has led to an open declaration of war on the women of this country. The bishops have long sought to enshrine into law those policies of the Catholic Church that subordinate women. And they don’t care how badly women get hurt in the process.”
Ms. Magazine: “Today, as the U.S. Constitution is being read aloud on the floor of the House of Representatives, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Senator Robert Menendez, chief sponsors of the Equal Rights Amendment, called a press conference together with Congresswoman Gwen Moore, Co-Chair of the House Women’s Caucus and women’s rights leaders to draw attention to the absence of the Equal Rights Amendment.”
Leah Libresco writes at Yale Daily News: “While checking Facebook during the Yale Political Union debate between Evan Wolfson, head of Freedom to Marry, and Maggie Gallagher, a leader from the National Organization for Marriage, I was pleased to see a steady stream of debate-related statuses. As the night went on, the tenor of the statuses from my mostly liberal friends began to shift. The people who referred to Ms. Gallagher as evil earlier in the night ended up with ‘I think I enjoyed talking to [Gallagher] … What’s wrong with us?’
Common Dreams: “Late last night, the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Health and Human Services released pre-regulatory model guidelines for the implementation of the anti-abortion rights provisions tacked on to the Affordable Care Act in order to secure the votes of a handful of religious fundamentalists serving in Congress.”
ABC: “President Obama today selected Elizabeth Warren, who’s idolized by liberals but loathed by financial executives, to help create the controversial new consumer protection agency she first proposed several years ago . . . The president’s decision, first reported by ABC News’ Jake Tapper, will give Warren an important role in creation of the bureau, but will avoid a confirmation fight in the Senate, a political maneuver that has upset lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle.”
Doug Giles writing at Townhall: “Given Islam’s enslavement of women and the Sharia erection of the Cordoba Initiative’s chief con man, Abdul Rauf, you’d think N.O.W. and their ilk would now be raising more Cain about this Ground Zero Mosque than they are about Sarah Palin . . . Nope, the fems’ fixation remains on Palin. Palin is the threat. Palin is the She Devil. Palin is the one who gets the nasty jabs—and not Islam and the potential spread of Sharia from sea to shining sea.”
Alicia Cohn writing at her-meneutics (“The Christianity Today blog for women”): “No-fault divorce is now legal in every state, making filing for divorce in America — whether both parties agree or not — simply a matter of getting the proper paperwork. New York just became the last state to adopt the legislation, passing a bill in early July that was signed into law this week by Governor David Paterson . . . Opposition to the legislation has created unlikely allies out of the Roman Catholic Church, the New York chapter of the feminist group National Organization for Women (NOW), and the nonprofit Marriage Savers, founded by evangelical Mike McManus.”
NOW feminists attacks Catholic Church, Catholic League response: “homosexual priests . . . not interested in girls”
The Catholic League: “. . . NOW is calling on the authorities to investigate sexual abuse in the ‘male-dominated Catholic Church,’ claiming that ‘girls as much as boys’ are victims of sexual abuse. But the female-dominated organization is wrong as usual: homosexual priests, who commit most of the abuse, are not interested in girls . . . ” | NOW press release: NOW President Calls for Fundamental Reform to Stop Clergy Sexual Abuse | Related post: Is the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church a “gay” scandal
Newsweek: “Earlier this month, NEWSWEEK published an article on what’s been called the ‘graying’ of the abortion-rights movement: the idea that older women are promoting the cause while younger women are uninvolved. It’s a concern that’s been raised before and that left younger pro-choice activists asking, ‘What about us?’ What resulted was a spirited and informative debate online, where abortion rights activists of all ages discussed what role younger women play in the movement and what the future of that movement looks like. We invited leaders from established pro-choice groups, newer organizations, and prominent online voices to continue that conversation together.”
Susan B. Anthony List on the Christian Newswire: “Following struggles documented by National Journal, NOW searches for a way to make itself relevant in an increasingly pro-life America.”
ABC: “How dare any government say we’re going to impose any kind of punishment on women for getting pregnant,” NOW President Terry O’Neill said. “This is not the 1800s.”
S.E. Cupp writes at Townhall: “New York health-care workers are protesting the emergency regulation adopted this summer by the State Health Department making seasonal and swine flu shots mandatory. As well they should. So should good conservatives, libertarians – and yes – the pro-choice left.”
AP: “For some abortion-rights activists, the debate over health care reform has been frustrating, even disheartening, as they see their political allies on the defensive and their anti-abortion rivals on the attack.”
NOW: “The National Organization for Women is proud to endorse the grassroots National Equality March taking place in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 11, 2009. In the 21st century, it is simply outrageous not to have full equality under the law for all people, including women, lesbians and women of color — and we have a moral obligation to change that.”
NOW: “The National Organization for Women is proud to stand with Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) in support of legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) — a discriminatory law that is deceptive and harmful . . . ”
Boston Globe: “Prostitution has flourished in Rhode Island, and the state has the distinction – a dubious one, many say – of being the only state in the nation to permit what is often referred to as indoor prostitution, a phrase that distinguishes it from streetwalkers’ solicitations.”
NOW: “The National Organization for Women calls on President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder to withdraw the U.S. Department of Justice brief filed in support of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and to publicly renounce this discriminatory law.”
Michael Foust writes at Baptist Press: Conservative attorney Jay Sekulow hosted a television program during the 1980s under the watchful eye of the now-extinct Fairness Doctrine, and he doesn’t want to go back . . . In repealing the rule, …
. . . 125,000 children (added to the existing 1.3 million abortions) . . . will be killed . . . every year after FOCA is passed. FOCA is indeed a staggering expansion of abortion, both in principle and in actual lives lost.