protecting women's legal rights

Journalist who broke the "Marines United" nude photo story receives threats

Because cowardice and misogyny go hand-in-hand:

The Facebook page was first exposed by The Center for Investigative Journalism and North Carolina resident and retired Marine Thomas Brennan, working with The War Horse, a nonprofit military and veterans journalism organization.

While top military officials investigate at Camp Lejeune, local law enforcement officers in Onslow County are tracking down at least one person who has made threats against Brennan. Richlands, N.C., Police Chief Ron Lindig told McClatchy Tuesday Brennan and his wife were targeted online by a person apparently angry about his investigative work.

I'm sure he'll get more threats before this thing is over, because a whole bunch of these idiots didn't try to conceal their identity. They may have to make a new category for Bad Conduct Discharges that includes the word "Facebook" in there somewhere. But the sooner these jackasses are out of uniform the better. Here are a few excerpts from the report itself via the War Horse:

Texas judge backs religious "freedom to discriminate"

Slouching towards theocracy:

A federal judge in Texas on Saturday issued a nationwide injunction halting enforcement of Obama administration protections for transgender and abortion-related healthcare services just one day before they were due to go into effect.

Explaining the lawsuit, O’Connor wrote, “Plaintiffs claim the Rule’s interpretation of sex discrimination pressures doctors to deliver healthcare in a manner that violates their religious freedom and thwarts their independent medical judgment and will require burdensome changes to their health insurance plans on January 1, 2017.”

I'm sure many of them feel the burden of keeping their medical license current also thwarts their judgment, why don't we do away with that, too? Because we expect medical professionals to operate within the guidelines of their governing bodies. And why do we expect that? Because we don't live in the 14th Century anymore.

Oklahoma Legislators pass bill outlawing abortion

The Republican war on women escalates:

The Oklahoma Legislature has passed a bill that would make performing an abortion a felony punishable by up to three years in prison.

With no discussion or debate, the Senate voted 33-12 Thursday for the bill by Republican Sen. Nathan Dahm.

This is what's at stake, people. If you know someone who doesn't vote, please smack them on the back of the head for me.

This is what NC needs to do about Crisis Pregnancy Centers

Pass a law to stop them from lying to young women:

The (California) bill, known as the Reproductive Fact Act, would require pregnancy centers to post notices saying that reproductive health services, including abortion, are available to pregnant women in the state. Pregnancy centers also would have to disclose whether they lack a medical license. The bill passed on a party-line vote, with Republicans objecting on the grounds that it would unconstitutionally compel government speech for the state's 167 centers.

Abortion rights advocates have argued that crisis pregnancy centers systemically provide inaccurate or misleading information, such as suggesting that abortions cause breast cancer or depression. The advocates point out that advertisements for some crisis centers suggests they provide a full range of reproductive health services.

And before you say it, I know. Republicans in NC have already done the exact opposite, and have actually funneled taxpayer dollars to these bible-thumping charlatans. But one good way to put this issue on the radar of voters is to sponsor legislation that would expose such shenanigans, even if it does get buried in a committee somewhere. You can't just say, "Republicans are bad!" You have to demonstrate the proper way for government to operate.

Working moms and collective bargaining

Not unlike the adage, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder," an employee's value in the workplace is in the eye of management. This reality goes to the core of why women are only paid 78 cents for every dollar their male counterparts are paid. Even if a woman performs excellently and generates healthy profits for the company, if she is a single mother struggling to pay her bills, her boss knows he doesn't have to reward her performance to retain her. And the farther away you get from areas with a lot of job opportunities, the stronger those situational bindings. It's also where unions are needed the most:

Promises, promises

Governor McCrory broke his promise to women in 2013. What will he do this time?

Posted by Progress North Carolina Action on Monday, April 27, 2015

Progress NC petition to Governor McCrory on Vetoing new abortion bills

Via e-mail:

It was a simple question and a clear, one-word answer from Governor McCrory.

“If you are elected governor, what further restrictions on abortion would you agree to sign? None."

Unfortunately, less than a year later, Governor McCrory broke that promise and signed a bill that mandated new abortion regulations. Now there is another, even more radical, bill moving through the General Assembly and Governor McCrory again has a chance to keep his promise. HB 465 would triple the already unnecessary waiting period, and would prevent any employee of UNC or ECU medical schools from performing abortions in almost all circumstances. This would severely undermine the high-quality medical education that students and residents receive.

If you’re tired of the attacks on women and the University System, then stand with us.

Here's the link to the petition. Go ahead and sign it, and then you can explain to me and others how petitions don't accomplish anything, how the energy would be better spent getting out the vote or getting out of town, or whatever other plan you have. ;)

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