Thursday, April 30, 2009

Obama Addresses Abortion Issue

In his news conference last night Obama addressed these issue of abortion. I have to say that I was pleased with some remarks but others fell flat and were inconsistent with my views as a pro-choice woman

What do you think?

Check out the transcript below: (emphasis mine)

Q: Thank you, Mr. President. In a couple of weeks, you're going to be giving the commencement at Notre Dame. And, as you know, this has caused a lot of controversy among Catholics who are opposed to your position on abortion.

As a candidate, you vowed that one of the very things you wanted to do was sign the Freedom of Choice Act, which, as you know, would eliminate federal, state and local restrictions on abortion. And at one point in the campaign when asked about abortion and life, you said that it was above quote, above my pay grade.

Now that you've been president for 100 days, obviously, your pay grade is a little higher than when you were a senator.

Do you still hope that Congress quickly sends you the Freedom of Choice Act so you can sign it?

OBAMA: You know, the my view on on abortion, I think, has been very consistent. I think abortion is a moral issue and an ethical issue.

I think that those who are pro-choice make a mistake when they if they suggest and I don't want to create straw men here, but I think there are some who suggest that this is simply an issue about women's freedom and that there's no other considerations. I think, look, this is an issue that people have to wrestle with and families and individual women have to wrestle with.

The reason I'm pro-choice is because I don't think women take that that position casually. I think that they struggle with these decisions each and every day. And I think they are in a better position to make these decisions ultimately than members of Congress or a president of the United States, in consultation with their families, with their doctors, with their clergy.

So so that has been my consistent position. The other thing that I said consistently during the campaign is I would like to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies that result in women feeling compelled to get an abortion, or at least considering getting an abortion, particularly if we can reduce the number of teen pregnancies, which has started to spike up again.

And so I've got a task force within the Domestic Policy Council in the West Wing of the White House that is working with groups both in the pro-choice camp and in the pro-life camp, to see if we can arrive at some consensus on that.

Now, the Freedom of Choice Act is not highest legislative priority. I believe that women should have the right to choose. But I think that the most important thing we can do to tamp down some of the anger surrounding this issue is to focus on those areas that we can agree on. And that's that's where I'm going to focus.


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Domestic Violence PSA Censored in the UK

This month a PSA starring Keira Knightely was supposed to air on British TVs, but now Clearcast, the company that reviews ads for TV has ruled that the ad is too violent to air!

Guess what? Domestic violence is violent.

Check out my story on Care2 to learn more!


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

What are the world's 27 million diriest secrets?

Check out my latest post on Care2 to find out!

When I came across this project I was seriously BLOWN AWAY! Check it out!


Money, Money, MONEY!

You both went to college, maybe even to graduate school. You both have the same amount of work experience and you both landed the same job, but at the end of the day something doesn’t add up because you only make 78% of what your co-worker makes.

What’s the deal? Oh right, you’re a woman.

It’s seems ludicrous that today women are still not guaranteed equal pay for equal work, but low and behold the wage gap persists. If you're African America or Latin you fair even worse! African American women earn only 69 cents for every $1.00 earned by a man and Latina earn just 59 cents!

Well this Latina is not happy about it, especially considering the Equal Pay Act was passed over in 1963 and since then the wage gap has only narrowed by 19 cents– that’s a rate of less than half a penny a year! Half a penny a year! Seriously?

Over the course of a lifetime this is a significant chunk of change. In fact, the Wage Project found that full-time working women with a high school diploma will lose as much as $700,000 over a lifetime of work. College graduate will lose $1.2 million and professional school graduates may lose up to $2 million – money they would have earned had they been born a different sex.

Today, on Equal Pay Day let us not forget that when it comes to your paycheck women continue to fall short.

Learn more about the wage gap and take action today courtesy of Care2


Thursday, April 16, 2009

Violence Against Women Forum in NYC

The New Agenda is presenting a Violence Against Women forum in New York City on Saturday, April 18, 2009, from 3-5pm at the Benjamin Hotel followed by a cocktail from5-6pm. See the invite below!

If you're in the area you should definately check it out and report back (I'll try to make it but have a friend visiting so may be unable to).


Learn more about the panelists:


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Are there any VAGINAS in the house?

About a year ago my sister and I went down to New Orleans to celebrate VDAY's 10 year anniversary. It is honestly difficult to put into words what an inspiring weekend it was. Let me just say this - it is possible to make a difference with one idea, one person. I've seen it happen thanks to Eve Ensler who decided it was about time to give the vagina a voice - a powerful voice. In doing so, her play the Vagina Monologues was created and from this tiny seed an idea sprang and an incredible movement to end violence against women, one that has spanned the globe and raised millions upon millions of dollars was born - from one person, one voice, one idea, one vagina.

Eve Ensler you are an incredible woman. Vaginas of the world - you are all incredible women.

If you've never seen the Vagina Monologues, don't walk RUN and find yourself a copy! It will change your life!

What's your vagina story?


Thursday, April 9, 2009

Face Lift

So, don't think I've abandoned you this week. I've actually been spending some time looking for a new template to give this blog the face lift it needs! If i haven't mentioned it already, I'm sick of the purple so I've been trying to find something that better suits my little virtual home here. Hopefully I'll be able to settle on something soon so I can debut the new look for you all!

In the meantime, check out my latest post on Care2:

Cut!: Keira Knightley Works to End Domestic Abuse in the UK

NYC Subway Rape


Wednesday, April 1, 2009


Hey KIDS! Sorry I've been MIA lately. Work / life has been crazy so I've slacked on my little virtual home here! I'm also sick of looking at all this purple so need to find time to do a revamp of the look - something that has been on my to-do list forever! Getting on the twitter band wagon (tips anyone?) is yet another to-do list item that has taken a back seat (as well as posting more faithfully - sorry!).

Anyway, while I get my act together over here please stop by and check out my latest post on Care 2 about the backlog of untested rape kits in California that is allowing rapists to walk free! This is seriously ridiculous! Please read, comment, and participate in the poll! I'd love to hear from you!