News Round-Up – 3/1/09
Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius selected to head Health and Human Services. Frankly, I’m glad to have all the Bredesen talk put to bed.
No Conspiracy Theories Needed: Abortion Foes Cry Racism at Religion Dispatches – “In order to attract a different demographic of supporters, the anti-abortion movement has adopted the theory that reproductive freedom is actually a plot to rid America of its black and brown citizens.”
Moue Magazine on why domestic violence is not appropriate entertainment.
From the New York Times – Obama Set to Undo ‘Conscience’ Rule for Health Workers
Via the Labor Nurse, I found out about this list from ICAN of whether individual hospitals across the U.S. allow, ban, or have a de facto ban on VBACs. I’d like to know more about how they verified each one (who they spoke to, for example), but it’s a good starting point.
From the Austin Statesman, Texas schools flunking sex ed – “…researchers documented at least one factual error in the materials received from 41 percent of the school districts. The study’s authors found instances in which districts used what they called sexist, religious and shame- or fear-based techniques during instruction.” [thanks to Polly for pointing me to this]
From my larger workplace, Breast milk’s ability to fight respiratory viruses investigated, including discussion of sex-based differences in outcomes.
Renee at Womanist Musings is still accepting submissions for the next installment of the Tell It WOC Speak blog carnival.
I missed it until now, but Republican Rep. Paul Broun from Georgia introduced the HR 227, the Sanctity of Human Life Act, “To provide that human life shall be deemed to begin with fertilization.” It has been referred to committee. This is the same thing Ron Paul had introduced in 2005 and 2007.
The Tennessee Files
Juana Villegas de la Paz, the Davidson County, TN woman whose treatment in custody and courage to speak out about it affected change for all pregnant women in custody in this county, is being deported. Aunt B has comments on the disappearing of “problem” people.
Aunt B has clearly been on a roll this week – she also points us to this humorous legislative response to the bill in Tennessee that would amend the state constitution to state that nothing therein protects or secures the right to an abortion. HRJ 127 “Adds new provision to Article I to provide that nothing in Constitution of Tennessee secures or protects right to a vasectomy.” B has more commentary here, and also takes another state legislator to task for a bill addressing domestic violence and custody arrangements.
Via WPLN, Health Examiners Find Reports of Adverse Affects from TVA Coal Ash Spill. A blog has also been set up, the Tennessee Coal Ash Survivors Network, and is highlighting health problems following the environmental disaster.