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Don’t Use Inequality at Home as Excuse for Workplace Discrimination

Terri Lynn Land, we need equal pay AND more flexibility

Terri Lynn Land (deservedly) caught a lot of heat last week over her suggestion that women would prefer flexibility over equal pay. And Senator Stabenow slammed Land again in a strong op-ed in the Free Press yesterday, bringing home the tangible impacts of lost wages.

Stabenow and others are right that it is unjustifiable for women to be paid less than men for doing the same work. But there’s a kernel of something worth addressing in Land’s comments, something that points to another ongoing inequality in the U.S. – inequality at home, linked in a vicious cycle to lower pay at work.

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VIDEO: Lizz Winstead’s Lady Parts Justice project is coming to Michigan – Why you should care & donate

“From V to Shining V”

Lady Parts-friendly U.S. Senate Candidate Gary Peters and Lizz Winstead, photo by Anne C. Savage

As I’ve been mentioning in the pieces I’ve written about our 10-year “Blogaversary” party, Lizz Winstead’s Lady Parts Justice project is coming to Michigan this year with a special event at the Capitol Building in Lansing. And they need your help.

Here’s a bit from their fundraising page:

Who the hell are we and why should you give US your hard earned money?

Because we get shit done. Lizz Winstead, “The Daily Show” co-creator, writer and comedian, and Creative Majority 501(c)(4) co-founders Arun Chaudhary and Scott Goodstein formed Lady Parts Justice to create a series of videos that use humor to reach women and pro-choice voters.

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Detroit News’ Nolan Finley: Democratic Lt. Gov. candidate Lisa Brown is “milking the vagina business”

Keep it classy, Nolan

Detroit News editorial page editor and columnist Nolan Finley is known for his anti-Democrat, pro-corporate positions. His sharp-elbowed jabs at Democrats and liberals are part of his persona. However, his most recent effort to denigrate Democrats, in this case gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer and his running mate Lisa Brown, is beyond the pale, even for him.

Finley is typically derisive in his characterizations of Schauer and Brown, calling Schauer “colorless” (compared to Republican Governor Rick Snyder, Mark Schauer is vibrantly Technicolor) and Brown “confrontational” with a “reputation for snarkiness, if not downright rudeness”. He describes both of them as tax-and-spend liberals in the pocket of unions (despite the fact the Michigan Republicans have raised taxes on over half of Michigan taxpayers.) It’s classic rhetoric from a Republican water carrier.…

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The Hobby Lobby case: It’s about discrimination, not religious freedom

Don’t be deceived

Hobby Lobby wants the conversation about their lawsuit challenging Obamacare to be about religious freedom, but if we communicate right, Americans will see it for what it is – discrimination and harm for the company’s female employees.

“It’s our rights that are being infringed upon to require us to do something against our conscience,” says David Green, CEO and founder of Hobby Lobby, explaining why his company should be allowed to exclude contraceptive coverage from the insurance it provides to its 13,000 employees. (Amy has already covered the Hobby Lobby case HERE and HERE and you should definitely read her work if you haven’t already.)

A similar “religious freedom” claim pops up repeatedly in attempts to undo the progress the country has made on LGBT rights and further erode reproductive rights.…

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Right to Life proves they will stop at nothing, which is why we have to stop them

An extremist group’s rights don’t get to trump everyone else’s, unless we let them.

I’m utterly disgusted by Right to Life of Michigan’s latest crusade, this time against U.S. Representative Gary Peters and his daughters. Now I truly understand how disgusted and outraged my parents were when an evangelical relative showed me photos of aborted fetuses when I was 10 years old.

The tactics of groups like Right to Life are always the same: Heap shame on those who disagree with them because they support a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions or the rights of people who wish to die on their own terms by creating a living will.…

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Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan has its eye on elected officials

New campaign will hold elected officials accountable for voting against the best interests of women and their health.

Feeling frustrated or discouraged over the new abortion insurance law that went into effect in Michigan this week? Well, here’s something to lift your spirits — and revive your determination to fight.

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan (PPAM) has launched a comprehensive grassroots campaign designed to hold elected officials accountable for voting for policies that negatively affect women’s health, restrict access to healthcare services and unnecessarily interfere with private medical decisions.

The Michigan Women are Watching campaign is a response to the unprecedented number of attacks on women’s healthcare in Michigan and across the country.…

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Michigan women who can’t afford abortions no longer have a choice

Thanks to Right to Life and Michigan Republicans, elective abortion is effectively outlawed for women who can’t afford it.

This is a historic week for Michigan women, and not in a good way. It’s the week the Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act becomes law, forcing women to buy a separate insurance policy just in case they might need an abortion one day.

The thing is, not a single insurance company in Michigan offers such a policy, known as a rider, on the private market. So that leaves women who buy their own coverage — either through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace or direct from an insurer — unable to purchase a rider to pay for the cost of an abortion.…

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The freedom to make our own healthcare decisions is a life and death issue

Groups with firmly held beliefs don’t want the rest of us making their healthcare choices. Why do they think they can control ours?

A Michigan woman being denied care at a Catholic hospital while having a miscarriage because of the dictates of bishops. Another in Texas being kept on life support against her wishes and those of her family because she’s pregnant. Women in Michigan having to buy an insurance rider in case they need an abortion after being raped or to protect their health in the event of pregnancy complications, even though such a rider does not exist. A bill being discussed in Congress that would subject women to an IRS audit if they choose an abortion after being raped — forcing them to prove there actually was an assault.…

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Facts about Michigan’s abortion law its supporters don’t want you to know

Politicians and special interest groups aren’t telling the whole truth about the law’s impact on women’s health. With the help of an OB/GYN, we set the record straight.

People across the country are appalled by the new law passed by the Republican-led Michigan Legislature, based on a petition created by Right to Life of Michigan. The law prohibits all Michigan insurers from providing insurance coverage for elective abortions, unless women buy a separate policy. Healthcare providers who seek reimbursement for an elective abortion procedure are subject to a $10,000 fine per violation, with only a few poorly defined exceptions.

In response to the justified uproar over this new law, which Chris Savage wrote about here the day it was passed, Michigan House Republicans were quick to post a Q&A on their website entitled “Here’s the truth about the citizen-initiated elective abortion insurance law.”

The thing is, the Q&A doesn’t tell the whole truth.…

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GUEST POST: Pam Byrnes on the importance of electing more women in 2014 – “Two words: Rape Insurance”

A woman’s place is in the House. And the Senate. And …

One of the most closely watched races of 2014 is the one for Michigan’s 7th Congressional District which pits Republican incumbent Tim Walberg against former state House Speaker Pam Byrnes.

The contrast could hardly be more stark.

On nearly every issue you wish to name, Tim Walberg is on the wrong side of it. However, there are few issues on which he is more out of step with is constituents than on women’s issues. Whether it’s voting for bills to restrict a woman’s access to a safe and legal abortion or voting against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, there was Tim Walberg, voting against women.…

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