SDB Evening News Reads for 071911: Women Politicians, Hungry Prisoners, and Free Birth Control
Posted: July 19, 2011 Filed under: 2012 presidential campaign, Health care reform, Hillary Clinton, Planned Parenthood, PLUB Pro-Life-Until-Birth, Reproductive Health, Reproductive Rights, SDB Evening News Reads, Women's Rights | Tags: Birth Control, Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin
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Is everyone having a good summer? I don’t know about y’all but I am ready to have some fun…
Okay, we’ll start with a quickie, this time another sound bite from Herman Cain: Mitt Romney Can’t Win GOP Primary Because Southerners Are Bigots | Firedoglake
I’m paraphrasing, but make no mistake — that’s exactly what he said.
That whole “no religious test” part of the US Constitution seems to have escaped these patriotic freedom-lovers. Anyway, this latest outburst by Cain is ironic, since it seems to have escaped him, as well.
Looks like New Agenda is getting some press, most of our readers know our “opinion” of New Agenda…but to catch some of you up, I don’t think having a politician with a vagina is reason enough to vote for a candidate. I do not and will not support a candidate, who does not support a woman’s right to choose and a woman’s right to affordable reproductive healthcare. Whether they have a coochie or not. So I will post this link because I am sure it will get some play in the blogosphere. However, be certain that in no way do I support Palin or Bachmann…
I also must state that I still hold a grudge with the Democratic Party for what they did to my candidate. Just because I agree with the statement below by Wasserman-Schultz…does not mean I agree with all the other stuff she says in the article. You got it? Especially the crap about Obama doing so much for women…that is a load of BS.
So, with my position clear, here is an article that you should read in full…From Clinton to Palin to Bachmann: Why some Dems now support GOP women – CNN.com
After Clinton’s failed Oval Office bid, Siskind and a small group of women who had supported Clinton decided the best way to break the glass ceiling in presidential politics was to put ideology and partisanship aside and support any woman seeking a top political office — including Bachmann and Palin, two darlings of the tea party movement known for their conservative views on economic and social issues.
But some Democratic leaders dismissed the idea, arguing the electorate is more sophisticated.
“Women don’t support women candidates simply because of their status as women, simply because of their gender,” said Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, head of the Democratic National Committee.
We’ll see what discussion follows.
Moving on, this is something I don’t think we have written about on Sky Dancing. Pelican Bay Prisoner Hunger Strike: Prison Staff Not Following Medical Protocol | The Dissenter
Prisoners engaged in a hunger strike at Pelican Bay supermax prison have been on strike for more than fifteen days now. With a growing group of supporters on the outside, the strike against solitary confinement and other conditions in the prison has spread to at least thirteen other prisons. But, those providing support for the prisoners are concerned about the deteriorating physical conditions of the prisoners and whether the prison will be able to provide the prisoners with proper medical care.
Carol Strickman, staff attorney for Legal Services for Prisoners with Children and staff to the mediation team representing the hunger strikers, reports medical protocol is not being followed. They are supposed to be doing “daily assessments after two days and that includes weighing, physical condition, emotional condition, vital signs (such as blood pressure) and hydration status.
“We know that these things are not happening, either at all or sporadically,” says Strickman.
Scales for weighing prisoners are not synchronized and sometimes the prison staff weighs prisoners with chains and sometimes without chains. So, the accuracy of information is questionable right now. Additionally, the doctors are supposed to be performing physical exams. Strickman reports, instead of providing physical exams, “The medical staff is doing what I have been told are called drive-by exams, where they stand outside the door with no physical contact and just ask if people are okay, which is basically saying, ‘Are you alive?’”
For some background on why the prisoners are in a hunger strike,
The prisoners have five core demands and, according to Molly Porzig, Critical Resistance representative in the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition, they are asking for “incredibly standard” and “basic” adjustments to prison policy.
“The changes in policies and procedures that the prisoners are demanding are standards in other supermax prisons, like Florence, Colorado, and in Ohio,” explains Porzig. “Or, they refer to policy change that have already been recommended, promised or offered but never actually implemented.”
These five core demands, for those unaware, are the following: end group punishment and administrative abuse, abolish the “debriefing” process [the practice of offering up information about fellow prisoners in return for better food or release from the SHU] and modify active/inactive gang status criteria, end long-term solitary confinement and comply with US Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons 2006 recommendations, provide adequate and nutritious food and expand and provide constructive programming and privileges for indefinite SHU status inmates.
If anyone saw the testimony today over in England, you probably got the same feeling I did, the Murdoch’s are going to get away with whatever they did. For some analysis, give Cannonfire a read: Murdoch matters: Deep-dish paranoia
About Sean. How can any death of a young-ish person be considered “unexplained” but “not suspicious”? How can such a statement be issued even before the results of an autopsy are known?
About Becky. I didn’t know, until just recently, that Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal Alsaud (the second largest investor in News Corp.) had called for the resignation of Rebekah Brooks. Her Wikipedia page offers a tidbit that demonstrates the true mental age of the kind of people who get their news from Murdoch:
While at the News of the World, she oversaw its controversial campaign of “naming and shaming” convicted child sex offenders, after the murder of Sarah Payne. The paper’s decision led to angry mobs terrorising those they suspected of being child sex offenders, which included several cases of mistaken identity and one instance where a paediatrician had her house vandalised, apparently by people who misunderstood her occupational title to be the same as paedophile.
That is just a tease, go to the man’s site for the rest.
And lastly, this report is surely to get some PLUBs in a tizzy, Institute of Medicine Report Recommends Free Birth Control – Maggie Fox and Meghan McCarthy – NationalJournal.com
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Dr. Jim Spears examines Sarah Ittner, a New York-based actor who does not have health coverage. The 2010 health care law seeks to cover 32 million uninsured Americans and new recommendations from the Institute of Medicine released Tuesday say preventive screenings for women should be covered for free.
Health insurers should pay for a range of services for women at no cost, including birth control, counseling on sexually transmitted diseases and AIDS screening, the influential Institute of Medicine recommended on Tuesday.
The recommendations on birth control, especially, angered anti-abortion rights activists, who consider some forms of birth control akin to abortion. But they are sure to thrill some Democrats on the Hill, who have been pressing for the policies for years.
The committee of experts appointed by the Institute named eight preventive services that women should get for free, with no co-pays. The Health and Human Services Department commissioned the report from the Institute, an independent organization that advises the federal government on health and medical matters.
It will be up to HHS to decide what goes into the final regulations, and Congress may decide to weigh in. “They asked for the guidance on what the evidence and science says, so that’s what we’ve given,” said Christine Stencel, a spokeswoman for the Institute.
But when has scientific evidence been taken seriously by the likes of the Fetus Fanatics?
Some of the recommendations may also give pause to spending conservatives. One calls for fairly pricey testing for the human papilloma virus, or HPV, which causes cervical cancer, in addition to the cheap annual Pap smears that most women are used to getting. Another calls for insurers to pay for renting breast pumps for nursing mothers.
The eight recommendations include:
- screening for gestational diabetes
- HPV testing as part of cervical cancer screening for women over 30
- counseling on sexually transmitted infections
- counseling and screening for HIV
- contraceptive methods and counseling to prevent unintended pregnancies
- lactation counseling and equipment to promote breast-feeding
- screening and counseling to detect and prevent interpersonal and domestic violence
- yearly well-woman preventive care visits to obtain recommended preventive services
Paying for birth control is especially important, said the panel.
“Women with unintended pregnancies are more likely to receive delayed or no prenatal care and to smoke, consume alcohol, be depressed, and experience domestic violence during pregnancy. Unintended pregnancy also increases the risk of babies being born preterm or at a low birth weight, both of which raise their chances of health and developmental problems,” the report reads.
I wonder with all the defunding of Planned Parenthood, if any of this will get past the standard PLUB ideology. The article quotes Senator Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.
“Today’s IOM report means we are one step closer to saying good-bye to an era when simply being a woman is treated as a pre-existing condition,” Mikulski said in a statement. “We are saying hello to an era where decisions about preventive care and screenings are made by a woman and her doctor – not by an insurance company, members of Congress, or a stranger – and women are guaranteed preventive screenings and care with no additional copays or deductibles.”
I certainly hope so, but my skeptical nature says no. Anyway, that is it for me today…what do you think? Any other news you want to share? Let’s have it.