Thursday, February 9, 2012

One million strong for women

All in the last week:
Fortunately, justice prevailed on the first two issues, but they have heightened attention on the fact that "women's issues" are polarizing our country.

A group of female senators have decided to take action against these attacks. They have formed a group, One Million Strong for Women, in support of women's rights. I suspect the "1 million" is also in response to the supposed "One Million Moms" (which in fact number around 40,000).

Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), seven Democratic senators, and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee are hoping to harness the energy displayed in the backlash against Komen. "The strong public outcry in response to the Susan G. Komen Foundation's decision to defund Planned Parenthood last week--which they later reversed--shows how powerful we can be when we come together," says Kirsten Gillibrand. "Our right-wing opponents continue to launch attack after attack against women's rights, women's health, and women's economic security--and we've got to fight back every single day."

"The next battle over the Obama administration's decision to make contraception more affordable under the new health care law is already underway," it says, referring to a White House decision to require most employers to include birth control coverage in their insurance plans. "It's hard to believe that in the 21st century we have to fight for access to birth control, but that is the fact -- and there will be many more fights in the weeks ahead."

Other senators involved are Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).

Join the fight by adding your name!



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