Monday, July 30, 2012
Help Me Fight The War on Women!, Guest Blog by Marci Blaze
I'm running for the New Mexico House of Representatives. There are many reasons I decided to enter the race...but among the most important is to fight for myself and all women in this state in the battle that is being waged against us today. I have "enlisted" as a legislative candidate to ensure that the rights of women in New Mexico are acknowledged and upheld.
What does this war look like?
First and foremost, it is characterized by attempts to turn back decades of gains in the rights and status of women across the board. These efforts to turn back the clock on American women have focused largely on reproductive rights. But they are now also taking aim at the growing roles of women in the workplace, in the family and in government. Anti-woman proposals that have been brewing for years are currently receiving support by a variety of right wing individuals and organizations, including mainstream presidential candidates. Rights that women have come to take for granted – like the right to access birth control – are under attack for the first time in decades.
In New Mexico, this war is evident in:
- 18,000 incidents of domestic violence reported to law enforcement every year...but even as this number continues to grow, funding for domestic violence service and offender treatment programs remains inadequate;
- a 15% higher than average number of sexual assaults against children...yet there has been no substantial increase in services for or prevention of these assaults in nine years;
- a State legislature that continues to try to intrude in women's lives...to make decisions for them as regards reproduction and birth control. Although an overwhelming majority of women believe that such decisions should be made solely between themselves and the doctors of their choosing, lawmakers are inserting themselves into the process, insisting that they know what is best;
- a reluctance to insist that health insurance providers cover women's health needs, specifically backing away from some preventative measures and screenings as essential health benefits;
- pay inequality and indifference to job growth geared specifically to women. According to the Institute for Women's Policy Research in Washington, DC, New Mexico has the 7th worst economy in the nation for women. That means we fall behind 43 other states in economic well-being.
Again, this war is not limited to New Mexico...it is going on across the country. These renewed assaults on women are unacceptable and they can be stopped. American women aren’t ready to see their hard-won rights slip away, and they aren’t willing to be painted as scapegoats for the nation’s problems. And every state wherein women succeed in winning and protecting their rights will impact the ability of the next state to do the same.
Please help me fight the War on Women...for myself, for New Mexicans, and for women across the country and the men who care about them. Mothers, daughters, sisters and friends...our freedom and our health is at risk and we must be the first line of defense to protect both. If you agree and want to join my campaign to end the war on women click here: http://www.marciblaze.com/Contact.html
In 1916, Margaret Sanger opens the first birth control clinic in Brooklyn, New York. Ten days later, police raid it and shut down operations. Sanger received a month jail time under the Comstock Laws, which banned contraceptives and forbid family planning literature from circulating through the mail. In 1938, Sanger went to court yet again, and the judge ruled in favor of decriminalizing birth control, dissolving the repressive Comstock statutes.
Keep up the good fight!
Posted by: me | Jul 31, 2012 4:37:18 PM
What really lies behind the 'war on women'
It would be a mistake to see these attacks as simply a backlash against women. This is about empire struggling for social control
"Some have argued that this present "war on women" is a war against progressivism – or a war against feminism, in particular. I would say, looking at the big picture, that it is more serious than that...it is all part of the larger crackdown we see on privacy, private space, freedom and personal choice."
" the bigger crackdown shows us that it is merely the genderized manifestation of state control. This impulse to mediate and regulate personal choices has been inflamed, I would argue, not by women being particularly uppity – but by people being uppity. The awakening of protesting and demanding behavior of Occupy communities and of Ron Paul supporters, of the unions in Wisconsin, and the students in Montreal, and the rebellious Greeks in Athens, has made the gatekeepers seek every kind of method of control available to them."
Posted by: qofdisks | Jul 31, 2012 8:42:55 PM
I am discouraged that this is only for NEW health insurance but, it is still fantastic progress. Can you imagine the landslide election of Democrats had they stood for principle with phasing in the PPACA sooner and in a more inclusive way? Tax the rich already.
Starting today, critical women's preventive health services will be available to women, free of co-pays or deductibles...Beginning today, for the first time, new insurance plans will be required to cover -- without any co-pays -- well-woman visits, contraception, breastfeeding support and supplies, screening for gestational diabetes, screening and counseling for domestic violence, as well as testing for HPV and HIV.
Starting today, critical women's preventive health services will be available to women, free of co-pays or deductibles -- a hard-fought benefit for women in Nevada and across the country that is long overdue.
Yet on the eve of the implementation of these historic benefits for women, my Republican colleagues were still trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act -- the very law that offers these benefits along with many other crucial protections for women.
Beginning today, for the first time, new insurance plans will be required to cover -- without any co-pays -- well-woman visits, contraception, breastfeeding support and supplies, screening for gestational diabetes, screening and counseling for domestic violence, as well as testing for HPV and HIV.
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, new insurance plans are already required to cover preventive care like mammograms, colonoscopies, blood pressure checks, prenatal exams and childhood immunizations without cost-sharing."
Posted by: qofdisks | Aug 1, 2012 9:09:50 AM
It's just wrong that women are targeted and discriminated against. I can't understand the logic behind it, especially in such situations such as the law stepping into birth control methods. Women have just as much right as anyone else to do what they want and make their own decisions - While still receiving the utmost respect and same opportunities as men.
Posted by: Daniel Stoller | Aug 1, 2012 2:02:09 PM
Rep. Pearce stands with the reptiles. Tell Rep. Pearce that women are FREE to use or not use birth control under ACA according to their individual religious conviction.
"This is not an issue of birth control, it's an issue of government control," Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) said.
What an embarrassment.
Posted by: qofdisks | Aug 1, 2012 5:31:47 PM