Persist to Resist – 1Apr24

Fool’s Golden Boy? The Trump con goes public and hocks bibles during holy week. Yet his cult still buys his bullshit. Trump continues his threats and doxes despite a new gag order. Faster than a Scaramucci, McDaniel is out at NBC as the Big Lie is a résumé red flag. Mifepristone seems safe for now until the 19th century Comstock Act is invoked.

Hope for a blue wave in Roevember swells as the MAGA takeover of the RNC bodes well for down-ballot races. Biden rakes in a record haul in one night and a blowout win by a Democrat in Alabama gives us a blueprint for how to win in post-Roe America. Hint, support abortion and reproductive rights.

From the wickedly funny feminist creator and host of the hit ‘Throwing Shade’ podcast, Erin Gibson has a simple goal: to create a utopian future where women are recognized as humans.

In Feminasty — titled after her podcast nickname –she has written a collection of make-you-laugh-until-you-cry essays that expose the hidden rules that make life as a woman unnecessarily hard and deconstructs them in a way that’s bold, provocative and hilarious.

Women’s progress since we earned the right to vote hasn’t been the Olympic sprint toward gender equality first wave feminists hoped for. Instead, it’s been more of a slow, elderly mall walk (with frequent stops to Cinnabon) over the four hundred million hurdles we still face. Some of these obstacles are obvious-unequal pay, under-representation in government, reproductive restrictions, lack of floor-length mirrors in hotel rooms. But a lot of them are harder to identify. They’re the white noise of oppression that we’ve accepted as business as usual, and the patriarchy wants to keep it that way.

Erin breaks down the organized chaos of old fashioned sexism, intentional and otherwise, that systemically keeps women down. For example, shaming women for having their periods, or dictating strict rules for how they should dress in every situation. But also societal issues like allowing women into STEM fields but never treating them like they truly belong.

Grab a bottle of wine and crack open Feminasty for a good laugh today!

English primatologist Jane Goodall’s famous quote is a scathing exposition of how the experience of being a ‘woman’ in a culture that prizes male dominance works to our disadvantage.

Thus, any kind of independent choice a woman makes is a nail in the coffin for her to be considered ‘difficult’.

There is no end to women who have been rule-breakers throughout history – by demanding rights to work and vote, by choosing career over motherhood, by asserting agency through dress. Were those we now consider ‘legacies of inspiration’ revered as such during their lifetimes?

Chimpanzee expert Dr. Jane Goodall took an interest in animals as a young child. She spent nearly six decades researching chimpanzees and advocating for their protection. Her groundbreaking discoveries – and the research methods she used – paved the way for a deeper understanding of wild animals and their habitats.

Now the Jane Goodall Institute advances her work and vision. By protecting chimpanzees and inspiring people to conserve the natural world we all share, we improve the lives of people, animals and the environment. They believe everyone can make a difference.

They empower young women by providing access to education, family planning, high-quality healthcare and clean water. Equipped with these tools, they can create a better future for themselves, their families and the environment.

Happy 90th birthday Jane Goodall!

The National Abortion Federation (NAF) is the professional association of abortion providers in North America.

They unite, represent, and support abortion providers to provide patient-centered, evidence-based care by offering training, education, and legal and policy advocacy.

Their membership includes individuals, private and non-profit clinics, Planned Parenthood affiliates, women’s health centers, physicians’ offices, and hospitals. Their reach spans across North America, Mexico City and Colombia.

The mission of NAF is to unite, represent, serve, and support abortion providers in delivering patient-centered, evidence-based care.

National Abortion Hotline

The National Abortion Hotline is the largest toll-free, multi-lingual Hotline for abortion provider information and financial assistance in North America.

They provide callers with accurate, unbiased information about abortion, confidential consultation, and referrals to quality abortion care providers. They also provide case management services and limited financial assistance to help you afford the cost of your care and travel-related expenses. The Hotline is free and offers services to everyone, regardless of their individual situation.

Pennsylvania’s Senate race is already set even before their primary on April 23.

The State Supreme Court rejected an appeal from lesser known Republican hopeful, Joe Vodvarka. The GOP candidate failed to secure enough signatures and hence was ordered off the ballot by a lower court. Meanwhile, courts also ordered Brandi Tomasetti, a Republican, and William Parker, a Democrat, off the ballot.

This virtually guarantees Republican U.S. Senate candidate David McCormick will be the GOP challenger taking on incumbent Democratic Senator Bob Casey in Pennsylvania in November.

Republicans are eyeing the Pennsylvania U.S. Senate seat as a possible opportunity for them in the perennially competitive state. Democrat Bob Casey is running for reelection, whereas Dave McCormick, a former hedge fund executive, is vying for the seat.

McCormick had previously run for Senate in 2022, but lost the primary to television personality and Trump darling Mehmet Oz. Oz went on to lose his race against Democrat John Fetterman.

With so much on the line for Pennsylvania’s working families, Bob Casey is ready to keep delivering results for Pennsylvania. He cuts through the gridlock and stands up to powerful corporate special interests for hardworking Pennsylvanians.

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A new Kansas bill would force providers to ask patients why they choose to terminate their pregnancy, leaving patients to be subjected to grilling despite their reasons. For example, whether the patient can’t afford another child, or raising a child would hinder their education or careers, or a spouse or partner wanted her to have an abortion. At least seven states require similar reporting.

Republicans and anti-abortion groups continue to pursue new rules for abortion providers and aid to anti-abortion counseling centers. They completely ignore the decisive statewide vote in August 2022 to protect abortion rights under the state constitution.

The new bill passed and threatens to become law, appalling Democrats, particularly female lawmakers. Fighting back, they highlighted the hypocrisy of women having to face detailed questions about their health care motives when men do not. They started with vasectomies.

Kansas City-area Democratic Rep. Stephanie Sawyer Clayton (an ex-Republican) called erectile dysfunction “a scourge” that lowered the state’s birth rate. She suggests doctors should ask male patients why they want to treat ED. Of course that’s absurd since we wouldn’t dare subject men to humiliation and embarrassment..

But their state seal sure is pretty!

By having intentional and open one-on-one conversations about abortion — using clear, inclusive, and unapologetic terms — you can help increase acceptance, comfort, and culture change on abortion care.

It is more important than ever to be able to speak about abortion in clear, medically accurate, and non-stigmatizing terms.

Destigmatize Abortion – Talk about reproductive rights with everyone in your life. Challenge your friends and family who don’t share your views.

Each of us has the power to protect and promote abortion access by boldly speaking out with family, friends, and in our communities to help shift the culture around abortion.

Tiptoeing around topics with loved ones doesn’t increase your chances of actually having a constructive conversation.

Remember: Abortion isn’t a four-letter word. “Actually saying the word ‘abortion’ helps to destigmatize the term,” explains Madison Lyleroehr, Deputy Director of the Midwest Access Coalition. “If you support a person’s choice to have an abortion but not enough to say the word out loud, then that’s problematic,” she says.

Pro-Choice Washington’s guide recommends exact language to use on key topics and provides conversation guides for real-world examples. Get smart on topics such as defining abortion care, promoting inclusivity, and understanding equitable access to abortion.

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