Wednesday, January 22, 2014

War on the Poor and Women — Real — Getting Worse

Not just in Texas - all across the land - believe it

Hunger and Homelessness: Not Choices for Kids

Informative Update: 4-minute segment from MSNBC:

This graph and links below represent this update (January 18, 2014):

Update (January 22, 2014): War on women, and yes, it is a long and on-going war is heating up again. Introduction from the story at Media Matters: If you are a woman, you no longer have the same rights you had 41 years ago.

MY INTERJECTION ABOUT THE STORY: Guess which party heads leads on this “war” (and yes it is a war – deep, focused and intense) on Women?  HINT: The party label does not begin with the letter “D” ... 

Today, January 22, is the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade (here is summary at Oyez). The USSC ruled that women have a constitutional right to choose to have an abortion.

But in the intervening decades, that right has largely disappeared, a process helped by media outlets that have misinformed on these safe and legal health procedures.

Thanks to Supreme Court rulings that came after Roe, states are now free to regulate and restrict abortion so long as new laws do not impose an "undue burden" on a woman's right to choose (my emphasis).

But state legislatures are currently testing what qualifies as an undue burden, and in 2013 alone 70 different anti-choice restrictions were adopted in 22 states across the U.S. (my emphasis).

In fact, according to the Guttmacher Institute, more abortion restrictions have been enacted in the past three years than in the entire previous decade.

The GOP and those states with the new and more harsh restrictions are on the wrong side of this issue, the wrong side of history, and wrong side of women, let's hope that remains clear this November.

Original Posts Follow from Here

The above chart and story are from here re: women, poverty, and income inequality.

It makes reference to the annual Shriver report, first issued in 2009 (seen here).

The 2014 report came out recently and it has generated a lot of media coverage. That report is here and it paints a bleak picture of more and more women on the "brink."

Original post starts from here:

Half-dozen Tidbits:

1.  See 2013 poverty guidelines from FamiliesUSA here.  

2.  From the clip: 2/3 of all minimum wage earners are women (most have families).  

3.  More Stats: 100 million Americans at or near the poverty line; 70% are women; that equates to 42 million women.

4.  GOP todayThe GOP’s All-Star Anti-Poverty Tour  

6.  Still another GOP view:  The GOP’s War on the War on Poverty

Another good source on this subject comes from the annual Maria Schriver report on Women in America report, which just came out. The findings are bleak. Supplemental link if the downloaded copy is not available when you read this post can be found here from Center for American Progress.

This is a subject worth exploring. Hunger in America should not be an option for anyone, period.

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