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Special Project | The War on Women: Week Ending March 26, 2016

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  • Now, somehow, we’ve come to a decidedly indecent place that, yes, even in an emergency, a corporation’s beliefs are more important than a woman’s life.
  • 8 New Items including:
    • Most Rape Accusations Are False, Idaho Sheriff Says
    • Lets Stop Shaming Ourselves for Having Robust and Healthy Sex Lives
    • Gloria Steinem, Reb Susan Talve, & Catholic Climate Activist on "The Church & Women" Editor
    • It's Called Gendercide: Armed Husbands Shoot Eight Women In One Week, Six Die
    • I Was Denied A Common Procedure Because My Hospital Says It's "Evil"
    • Obama Admin Warns GOP: Try To Illegally Defund Planned Parenthood, Things Will End Badly For You
    • Jeb Bush didn’t misspeak: The GOP wants to dismantle reproductive health programs
    • The Battle Over Planned Parenthood

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Most Rape Accusations Are False, Idaho Sheriff Says, Andy Campbell, Reporter, Huffington Post 

Craig Rowland wants the power to toss rape kits because the majority of rape complaints are "consensual sex."

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Lets Stop Shaming Ourselves for Having Robust and Healthy Sex Lives, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • Let's stop shaming females for having robust and healthy sex lives, or for being in touch with and honoring their physical desires. Let's instead give these young women the tools they need to arm themselves for participation in healthy sexual relationships: namely, confidence, pregnancy and disease prevention, and knowledge of consent and the right to full bodily autonomy.
  • Part 1: The Purity Standard Is Outdated and Unfair. And It's Time for It to Go
  • Part 2: Frozen Out- Disney's outdated messages to our daughters

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Gloria Steinem, Reb Susan Talve, & Catholic Climate Activist on "The Church & Women" Editor, The Shalom Center

Should "Outsiders" Criticize Subordination of Women in Catholic Theology & Practice? [Our initial essay on that issue, by Rabbi Arthur Waskow, is now available at Shalom Center and at Huffington Post <>]


 

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It's Called Gendercide: Armed Husbands Shoot Eight Women In One Week, Six Die, Martha Rosenberg, OpEdNews 

  • The NRA … likes to say no laws can stop partner murderers, ignoring every developed country in the world where domestic gun homicide does not happen weekly--or at all. If seven men were shot in the head in one week by wives who were known to be violent, armed and dangerous would it say the same thing?
  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Take%20Action%20button%20with%20arrows.jpg Tell these top corporations, with pre-written tweets, to protect their employees and customers by banning guns in their stores and offices.

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I Was Denied A Common Procedure Because My Hospital Says It's "Evil" Rachel Miller, Refinery 29

  • Their directives classify getting your tubes tied as a form of contraception, as 'intrinsically evil.' 
  • When the Catholic Church owns your doctor

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Obama Admin Warns GOP: Try To Illegally Defund Planned Parenthood, Things Will End Badly For You, Jameson Parker, Addicting Info

  • Lawmakers in Alabama and Louisiana should be embarrassed of themselves. If you ever wake up to discover that you’ve received a letter from the HHS letting you know your plan to screw the poor is so repugnant that it actually crosses the line into being illegal, you’re the bad guy. If you then continue to fight the federal government over the issue by spending thousands of dollars in legal fees for a battle you will ultimately lose, you’re approaching comic book villain territory.
  • Jeb Bush didn’t misspeak: The GOP wants to dismantle reproductive health programs

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Jeb Bush didn’t misspeak: The GOP wants to dismantle reproductive health programs, Andrea Flynn, Next New Deal 

The former governor's remarks were more than a slip of the tongue. They offered a window into his party's agenda

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The Battle Over Planned Parenthood, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Now, somehow, we’ve come to a decidedly indecent place that, yes, even in an emergency, a corporation’s beliefs are more important than a woman’s life.
  • Part 1: Everything You Need To Know About The Anti-Abortion Groups Trying To Discredit Planned Parenthood
  • Part 2: The Real Stakes In The Manufactured Controversy Over Planned Parenthood

Most Rape Accusations Are False, Idaho Sheriff Says

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Craig Rowland wants the power to toss rape kits because the majority of rape complaints are "consensual sex."

Andy Campbell, Reporter, Huffington Post

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03/16/2016 | In the state of Idaho, officers like Bingham County Sheriff Craig Rowland get to decide whether to have a rape kit tested.

The problem is Rowland doesn't believe most rape victims were assaulted in the first place.

Rowland complained that state lawmakers were trying to force local agencies to get every rape kit tested. Rape kits contain DNA samples taken from the victim that include the assailant's blood, saliva or semen. A lab can cross-reference the DNA with a national database to identify the assailant.

Andy Campbell: Reporter, Huffington Post

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Is Pope Francis’ Abuse Commission A Fail?

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For abuse survivors, the move to silence Saunders (a sexual abuse survivor serving on the commission) confirms their fears that the commission was largely a PR tactic. “We never had high hopes for the commission,” David Clohessy of the survivor’s group SNAP told RD. He says church officials “know exactly what should be done in abuse cases” and have “unlimited resources” to do it. “They don’t need advice, they need courage and no commission will give them that,” he said.

Patricia Miller, Religion Dispatches

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February 10, 2016 | Pope Francis’ formation of a committee to advise him on long-term policies to stem clerical sexual abuse was hailed as a major step forward in the Catholic Church’s bungled handling of the abuse crisis. But an internal crisis within the committee—along with the glacial pace of any reforms—is raising questions about the credibility and effectiveness of the committee going forward.

Over the weekend, Peter Saunders, one of two actual survivors of sexual abuse serving on the committee, was booted off by a nearly unanimous vote of the other members. They asserted that the committee’s role is specifically advisory and limited to developing long-term policies to prevent abuse and that Saunders was upsetting the apple cart by advocating for more immediate action and intervention in specific cases.

Patricia Miller is a Washington, DC–based journalist and the author of Good Catholics: The Battle Over Abortion in the Catholic Church. Her work the intersection of politics, sex and religion has appeared in The Atlantic, Salon, The Nation, Huffington Post, RH Reality Check and Ms. Magazine.

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A Showdown Year for Reproductive Rights

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  • Two potentially sweeping Supreme Court cases set the stage for a seismic shift in the battle over abortion and contraception.
  • Howard Zinn | The Intimately Oppressed

Nina Martin, ProPublica

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Jan. 8, 2016 | For advocates of women’s reproductive rights, 2015 was the definition of “annus horribilis:” marked by tough new limits on abortion, a debilitating Planned Parenthood scandal, and a shooting at a Colorado clinic that left three people dead. For abortion opponents, it was the year when decades of incremental political and legal gains merged into something much bigger. Now 2016 is shaping up to be even more turbulent — perhaps the most momentous year for reproductive issues in a generation.

At the Supreme Court, justices will decide two cases that could dramatically reshape abortion law and gut what remains of the landmark contraception-coverage mandate in President Obama’s health care reform law. In Congress and state legislatures, lawmakers are preparing a torrent of bills inspired by videos purporting to show an unsavory trade in fetal body parts for research. Looming over it all is a presidential race filled with GOP anti-abortion hard-liners and a female Democratic frontrunner who’s made defending reproductive rights a cornerstone of her campaign.

Nina Martin covers gender and sexuality for ProPublica.

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Howard Zinn | The Intimately Oppressed, Howard Zinn, Dandelion Salad

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  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton lived as a mother, a housewife, full of resentment at her condition. She declared: “A woman is a nobody. A wife is everything.”

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