LPJL Daily Takedown – June 7th, 2017

Abstinence Education Advocate Named to HHS Post

The Hill

Another ugly AbSTAIN on the reputation of DHHS! Valerie Huber, an advocate for abstinence-only education has been named to a top post in a federal department increasingly populated with highly stained’ ANTI-CHOICE WINGNUTS. It’s already home to Tom Price-is-right-for-unethical-stock-trades and Charmaine “Abortion Causes Breast Cancer” Yoest. Huber is president of Ascend (Pronounced ASS-END), an abstinence-only nuthouse. (She says she prefers the term “sexual risk avoidance” to abstinence education… or to “moralistic weasel-crap.” Huber managed Ohio’s abstinence program from 2004 to 2007, during which time young people in Ohio happily stopped having sex completely. KIDDING!

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Greitens poised to call special session on abortion

The Missouri Times

SPECIAL SESSION AGGRESSION in MISSOURI! Ever notice that state legislatures never call a “Special Session” to affirm or expand abortion rights? It’s always to do some very special damage to abortion access in the state. Texas’s notorious HB2 was the result of a special session. So it’s a bad sign that the Missouri Governor is getting ready to call a special session of Big Mo’s legislature. They want to strike down a St. Louis ordinance that prevents discrimination against those who have had an abortion or use birth control. Oh, and then they’ll pass another bunch of anti-choice fuckery, seeing as how they’re in your uterus already! Don’t you feel SPECIAL, MISSOURI?

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ACLU: We Spoke With One of the Only Abortion Providers Left in the State of Alabama. Here’s What She Had to Say

ACLU

Here’s a great interview with Yashica Robinson, one of the only abortion providers in Alabama and a reproductive rights SHERO! Alabama is one of many states with just a handful of abortion clinics left—or even just one! And they’re all run by awesome people with the same drive and dedication as Yashica. And they’re protected by heroes LIKE YOU! If you want to get involved with the fight to keep abortion accessible in Alabama, contact an URGE chapter there or the POWERHOUSE in Montgomery. ALABAMA, YOU’VE GOT THE REST OF THE UNION TO HELP YOU ALONG!

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Abortion rights opponents push for action on two bills

WITF

KEYSTONE STATE KOPS: Don’t go all Texas on us, Pennsylvania! Anti-abortion forces in Pee-A are pushing pissy legislation to deny abortions after 20 weeks, outlaw the safest and most common second-trimester procedure, and (OF COURSE!) defund Planned Parenthood. They’re being opposed by, among others, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. And they can be opposed by you too—Lady Parts’ VAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR will be in PITTSBURGH PA on July 19. Come join us to put up a Steel Curtain around abortion rights in PA!

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VAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR UPDATE!

What happens when a group of badass comedians join forces with Pink House Defenders to support the Jackson Women’s Health Organization?

…We’ll let them tell you.

“My most moving moment was escorting a girl with her mom … My heart broke for her having to walk into that storm of people. It made me feel sad, not about her abortion, but what she had to endure to get it. I can’t believe that the people at Pink House Defenders are not being paid to do this work. There’s hope for Jackson.”

– Ian Harvie

“Today I met AARON ‘THE AFFABLE ANTI!’ He seemed like one of the truest christians I’ve ever spoken too. If you’re gonna be on the anti side and you’re NOT gonna be an asshole about it… I kinda cool with you TO AN EXTENT.”

– Joyelle Johnson

“I wish I had been able to meet Aaron. The antis I spoke to were quiet – but they were still dicks.

– Sarah Hartshorne

“I was really struck by the racial disparity of the protestors versus the women going into the clinic … How dare you fat disgusting old white men tell these women of color what do with their bodies when you don’t give a shit about them any other time.”

Helen Hong

(*Helen also suggests singing Whitney Houston loudly as a tactic to drown out bullshit.)

“I just can’t stress enough what it means to show up at these places to volunteer. The protestors show up because (historically) no one has challenged them for being the classic bullies. Bullies with bullhorns. They didn’t use their bullhorns today because there were people there who could’ve outed them as being the bullies that they are.”

Lizz Winstead

Next stop – LITTLE ROCK!

#WeShowUp

 

Price Busters

Shit just got real. And reality got a lot shittier

Early last Friday supporters of abortion rights, contraceptive rights, and health care in general got a 2 a.m. wake up call. That’s what time the Senate confirmed the nomination of Rep. Tom Price to be the new head of Health and Human Services. In general, 2 a.m. is not when most of life’s best decisions are made. And this particular one is even MORE likely to lead to unwanted pregnancies. THOUSANDS OF THEM.

As a charter member of LPJL’s series “Sauron’s Army,” we at LPJL  introduced you to vaginal irritant, Tom Price–enough times that we’ve exhausted the thesaurus listings for “asshole.” And now we’re down to “pilgarlic.” From his rabid opposition to abortion and birth control to his unrestrained zeal to destroy the Affordable Care Act, Tom Price is the perfect shitstorm when it comes to women’s reproductive rights. That’s not even to mention Price’s ethically-challenged stock trades in pharmaceutical and medical companies that he then introduced legislation to boost.   

As opponents of Trump’s cabinet shitlist, LPJL has been done everything we can to try and prevent at least some of these trainwrecks. So far, we’re about 0-for-everything. But in terms of immediate potential effect on women, Tom Price is the clearest and most present danger.

Already, Price is in a position to eliminate the ACA contraceptive mandate that requires  employer-sponsored health insurance plans to cover contraceptives and birth control counseling as preventive care at no cost to the insured. And he’s sure to use every slimy method at his disposal to push the now-stalled repeal of the ACA.

In short, you can be certain of two things–that Tom Price as HHS Secretary is going to be a disaster for women’s healthcare… and that he’ll find a way to make a nice profit off of it.
What to do? Let your Congressional reps know that you support both the ACA and the contraceptive mandate. Let them know that you’ll be watching their votes on any attempts to repeal or replace Obamacare. And keep in touch with LPJL for updates on events like our Dirty Dancing For Planned Parenthood Week of Action.

Tom Price: Precious Little to Recommend Him

UPDATE! Way back in November we warned you about the invasive vaginal irritant known as Rep. Tom Price, Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services. Further research has shown he’s even more toxic than originally thought.

Now it turns out that, even as he was burrowing into your ladyparts, Price was socking away large amounts of ill-gotten gains from possibly illegal but undoubtedly unethical stock transactions. Price would buy stock in companies just before introducing legislation that would drive the price of their stock up.

Great–he’s inside of you AND he’s conducting insider trading. Tell your Senator that it’s time to toss this vile concoction. Oh, and here is an update on all the OTHER reasons Price is wrong:

Part of our on-going series “Sauron’s Army” introducing the numerous creatures of darkness Trump surrounds himself with.  Every single one of these tools has demonstrated contempt for women and reproductive rights and we’re trudging our way to Mt. Doom to destroy (read: expose) them all.

Rep. Tom Price – Position in Sauron’s Army: Gollum

He’s a nasty, corrupted little creature who lives deep in the darkness where he dotes on his stolen “Precious.”

Trump’s pick for Secretary of Health and Human Services is obviously a disaster for anyone who cares about health. Or humans. He’s got a shit-list of plans to deny healthcare to millions of people by eviscerating the Affordable Care Act and gutting Medicare and Medicaid. But he’s also a very special kind of disaster for those 51% of Americans who happen to be women.

Price is a six-term Congressman from Georgia who has built a career attacking reproductive rights and saying insulting things about women. When asked about poor women who would be left behind without contraceptive coverage, he famously blustered  “Bring me one woman who has been left behind. Bring me one. There’s not one. The fact of the matter is this is a trampling on religious freedom and religious liberty in this country.” In other words, a woman’s right to control her own body pales before the right of religious zealots to force everyone to live in their fantasy world of religious purity.  

New York Magazine compiled a handy list of the specific ways that Tom Price wants to occupy your uterus, including his unwavering opposition to abortion rights, birth control, and to Planned Parenthood in particular. This is a man who has sponsored multiple personhood bills, voted for so-called “Pain Capable” abortion bans, wants to let employers deny contraceptive coverage based on their religious beliefs, and opposed laws that prevent a woman from being fired for using birth control(!).

There’s a reason that Planned Parenthood always gives Price a zero rating, while the National Right to Life Committee always gives him 100%. Both were probably being conservative.

Price has been a virtual stalker out to destroy the Affordable Care Act. And as head of the agency that oversees the FDA, he’ll also be in a position to derail new methods of medical abortion or birth control–or even rescind approvals that have already been issued.

Don’t put this nasty little creature in charge of HHS. Send Tom Price back into the shadows.

At What Price?

Part of our on-going series “Sauron’s Army” introducing the numerous creatures of darkness Trump surrounds himself with.  Every single one of these tools has demonstrated contempt for women and reproductive rights and we’re trudging our way to Mt. Doom to destroy (read: expose) them all. 

Donald Trump wants to cram something nasty into your uterus. And its name is Tom Price.

Trump’s pick for Secretary of Health and Human Services is obviously a disaster for anyone who cares about health. Or humans. He’s got a shit-list of plans to deny healthcare to millions of people by eviscerating the Affordable Care Act and gutting Medicare and Medicaid. But he’s also a very special kind of disaster for those 51% of Americans who happen to be women.

Price is a six-term Congressman from Georgia who has built a career attacking reproductive rights and saying insulting things about women. When asked about poor women who would be left behind without contraceptive coverage, he famously blustered  “Bring me one woman who has been left behind. Bring me one. There’s not one. The fact of the matter is this is a trampling on religious freedom and religious liberty in this country.” In other words, a woman’s right to control her own body pales before the right of religious zealots to force everyone to live in their fantasy world of religious purity.  

New York Magazine compiled a handy list of the specific ways that Tom Price wants to occupy your uterus, including his unwavering opposition to abortion rights, birth control, and to Planned Parenthood in particular. This is a man who has sponsored multiple personhood bills, voted for so-called “Pain Capable” abortion bans, wants to let employers deny contraceptive coverage based on their religious beliefs, and opposed laws that prevent a woman from being fired for using birth control(!).

There’s a reason that Planned Parenthood always gives Price a zero rating, while the National Right to Life Committee always gives him 100%. Both were probably being conservative.  

Price has been a virtual stalker out to destroy the Affordable Care Act. And as head of the agency that oversees the FDA, he’ll also be in a position to derail new methods of medical abortion or birth control–or even rescind approvals that have already been issued.

With Price at the helm of HHS, the Department becomes a virtual battering ram aimed between your legs. Don’t let Donald Trump force him on you.