Paul Ryan and Todd Akin Force a Lifesaving Choice for Republican Women Voters

Dear Readers:

Todd Akin, Paul (“I’m as pro-life as a person gets”) Ryan: #GirlPolitico Jodi Jacobson described them this way: “It is always the case that when you finally think right-wing fundamentalist anti-women politicians can not get any crazier… they do something to prove you wrong.”

But, they aren’t just crazy; they are the enemies of all women — Republican as well as Democratic.

Meeting in Tampa, Fla., ahead of next week’s National Republican Convention, the (Republican) party’s platform committee on Tuesday adopted a policy statement calling for a ban on abortion without an exception for rape.” Yet, “Only 6 percent of the Republican women in the (Missouri senate race) poll said they planned to vote for McCaskill.”
As I wrote in this piece published in RH Reality Check, the question in these times is whether Republican women — in Missouri and elsewhere — will come to their senses and take into account what the 2012 presidential and congressional election is all about: “Will the Republican women voters of 2012 recognize this presidential election for what it really is for every American woman voter: a referendum on the very notion of what a woman can be in this day and age?

I hope you’ll read RH Reality Check and share your thoughts with me.

Best wishes.


Gold-medal Strategies for Women Abound

Donna de Varona at the Tokyo Olympics inspired my enthusiasm for women’s Olympic swimming. (Check-out the fabulous picture of her at the link to: “Olympics swimming.”)

Later, I became fascinated by the Olympics’ gymnastics competition. I loved it this year because of the performances of #Gabby Douglas and #Aly Raisman. That was on top of loving the women’s swimming, especially Missy Franklin’s races.

In Winning the Race for Choice? We Need Missy “the Missile” Franklin’s Gold-medal Strategy for RH Reality Check and On the Matter of Gabby Douglas’s Hair, or for That Matter, My Kinky (Jewish) Hair for Huffington Post Style, I wrote about Douglas and Franklin, two women who embody the characteristics I most admire: grit, discipline, intelligence and a commitment to a cause larger than themselves.

#Chris Jansing shared their stories, and those of these Olympics’ other great women, in a piece #Brian Williams aired last night, which he summed-up this way:  “Strong is the new pretty.”

Best wishes.

Rebecca Sive

The inside hardball on President Obama’s Plan B emergency contraception decision

Dear Readers:

I was dumbfounded by the President’s decision to prevent over-the-counter access to safe, emergency contraception for sexually-active teenagers (16 and under; there are lots of them), especially when all the docs, up to and including his FDA director, Dr. Margaret Hamburg, told him such access would be a good idea.

After thinking about the decision for a while, I realized what’s also at-play in this decision:  the willingness of two progressive, pro-choice women public officials, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (unabashedly), and Dr. Hamburg (so far), to go along with the President’s decision.

There’s been a hue and cry all over the place about this decision, both from a public health standpoint and a political standpoint (whose votes does this decision garner, really; for starters, surely not independent women voters with teenage children, who the President needs and wants, badly). 

Here is my solution to this sorry state-of-affairs, in which people in important political positions ignore the needs of the less-fortunate among us, in favor of advancing their own careers: Elect more women.

Of course, any woman won’t do, but the more in-place, the more chance the rest of us will have to lobby them to do what’s right for their sisters.

And while we’re at it, let’s hold the ones already elected and appointed to a higher standard, i.e., a standard that doesn’t sacrifice the health of young women to the desire to placate conservative men.

I hope you’ll share this link on your Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc. accounts and also join me @RebeccaSive, aka #Political Girl.

Thanks for reading.