Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Buffet of the Week  


Here's what's up:

  • A court in Illinois heard arguments yesterday regarding the parental notification law that has been stalled in the state since 1995. The law, if passed, would require that physicians notify the parents of women 17 or younger seeking abortions at least 48 hours before the procedure.

  • Representatives Jared Polis (D-CO) and Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced the Women and Workforce Investment for Nontraditional Jobs (Women WIN Jobs) Act late last week. The bill has more than 40 cosponsors and is intended to give low-income women greater access to high-wage, high-demand occupations.

  • According to CENTCOM Commander General David Petraeus: "the time has come to consider a change to Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

  • There's a campaign underway in New York called Fight Back New York that intends to defeat anti-gay candidate Hiram Monserrate in an election happening today. Visit their website to donate, spread the word, and watch a video featuring Cynthia Nixon on the importance of passing marriage equality in NY.

  • A heart-breaking occurrence at a Mississippi school: a girl name Constance wanted to bring her girlfriend to prom. But the school opted to avoid letting her by canceling the prom altogether. Take action at the Human Rights Campaign site.

  • Ever pay attention to the little pedestrian icon that flashes when it's okay to cross the street? Ever notice it's probably the icon of a man? A photography mural on the streets of NYC, titled "Walking Men 99," is making people more aware of the fact that pedestrian traffic light icons can actually have many other identities.

  • An article in Women's eNews exposes the hardships of women in Arizona with breast cancer: "Undocumented women with breast cancer in Arizona have to rely on community clinics and sliding scale fees to get services. Help is not easy to find. When it does arrive, economic barriers and fear of deportation often stand in the way or delay treatment."

  • See how International Women's Day was celebrated in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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3 comments: to “ Buffet of the Week

  • March 23, 2010 at 8:36 AM  

    The first bullet point here made me furious after i read it. What about patient confidentiality. if young girls are afraid to go to respectable places to get abortions for fear that their parents are going to be notified, then they are going to turn to unsafe ways to attain them. this is bringing us back almost 50 years!!

  • March 23, 2010 at 11:39 AM  

    I agree Meagan, the abortion debate continues to exist in our society as one of our biggest issues for a reason which escapes my mind. The fact is many times women find themselves in a situation they could not control or did not intend to arrive at. Often times young ladies who find themselves pregnant feel too afraid to inform their parents for reasons that only people in their families would understand. People have no insight as to what environment people come from and quite frankly they do not care. So the fact that they are so concerned with their decissions with their bodies upsets me.
    Women, and young girls should have the right to make choices concerning their own bodies. If nothing else the government should allow women the right to have control of their own bodies.
    I do not believe that such confidentiality should be abused, however I do believe that people should stop meddling in the lives of others with no insight whatsoever.

  • March 23, 2010 at 5:59 PM  

    I definitely agree that the first bullet point can infringe on the rights of the young women. But people under 17 are still minors and if the roles were reversed I would want to know if my daughter is planning on having an abortion.