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The Real War on Women?
Live Action says 'gendercide' is growing in U.S.
DAILY News  May 30, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...To Lila Rose, the founder and president of the anti-abortion group Live Action, the real war on women is not the constriction of resources for basic women's health care. It's the rise in the U.S..."

Stop the War on Women
Take action for women's right this weekend
DAILY News  April 26, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...Texas' family planning budget has been gutted. Lawmakers have mandated invasive ultrasound for all women seeking abortion..."

The War on Women's Health
To attack Planned Parenthood, lawmakers undermine health care ... and promote more abortions
News Story  April 22, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...On April 1, following several hours of intense floor debate in the Texas House on a string of budget amendments seeking to reallocate funds designated to provide basic women's health care services, the dust was settling. Conservative Republicans claimed victory: Seven amendments had successfully stripped from the roughly $99 million pot almost $62 million intended to fulfill the state's commitment to provide family-planning and reproductive health services for thousands of low-income, uninsured women..."

Accounting and the War on Women, Part 2
AG says Planned Parenthood defrauded Medicaid
DAILY News  July 24, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"..."The allegations in this complaint are baseless and we are ending this case as a practical matter. Continuing this litigation in the hostile environment for women’s health would have ensured a lengthy and costly process that would have distracted our energies and required us to share the private medical information of thousands of women," reads the release...."

War on Women Overwhelming
Postmarks  June 24, 2013
"...Dear Editor, The war on women in this state is overwhelming due to the audacity of the "bored" state legislators ["''Let Her Speak!','" Newsdesk blog, June 21]. When are we going to wake up and vote these fanatical legislators out of public office? They claim to be advocates of less government intrusion, and yet won't allow the majority of the population to participate in its own democracy..."

War on Women Heats Up in Washington, on Campaign Trail
Rally today on UT campus with Cecile Richards
DAILY News  February 17, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...Just when you thought lawmakers in Washington, D.C., couldn't possibly be any more arrogant, Republicans in the House on Thursday held a meeting on birth control – but wouldn't let any women speak...."

The War on Women’s Rights Wages On
The Senate continues its attacks on abortion
News Story  March 2, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...Larry Taylor's SB 20, which bans private abortion insurance coverage under the ACA, without exceptions for rape, incest, or fetal abnormalities. Testifiers established that women aren't likely to purchase the separate, supplemental coverage for abortion that the bill mandates, as abortion – like unexpected emergency surgery – isn't really a planned procedure..."

New Assaults in War on Women's Health Care
New rule places stranglehold on Planned Parenthood
News Story  June 17, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...On Thursday, June 9, members of the state Health and Human Services Commis­sion's Medical Care Advisory Committee voted to approve a new agency rule that would ban Planned Parenthood from participation in the successful Women's Health Program...."

Texas Lege's War on Women
June 23, 2013. 22 photos.
PHOTO GALLERY  June 24, 2013
"...Women's rights advocates, wearing orange (the only color available locally for immediate mass t-shirt production), swarm the Texas Capitol on Sunday, June 23, to protest the House's attempts to rush a sweeping anti-choice legislation, SB5/HB60, through a special session...."

Trapped and the War on Women's Health Care
Doc highlights impact of anti-choice laws in the South
DAILY SXSW  March 11, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...We meet providers like June Ayers, owner of Reproductive Health Services in Montgomery, Ala., who wards off anti-choice protestors with shrewd finesse and Gloria Gray of the West Alabama Women’s Center in Tuscaloosa, a woman that deeply identifies as Southern, even if her progressive views make her a foe in her own community. Familiar Texas faces grace the screen, as well, like Whole Woman’s Health CEO and President Amy Hagstrom Miller – lead plaintiff in the U.S..."

Accounting and the War on Women
anti-PP groups claim non-profit engages in fraud
DAILY News  August 15, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...The suit, filed by Karen Reynolds who was a clinic assistant in PPGC's Lufkin clinic, alleges that during the nearly 10 years she worked there PPGC's "corporate directors" regularly instructed clinic employees to "maximize" revenues by billing government programs – including the Women's Health Program – for services that were either not provided or that were medically unnecessary. The suit alleges that PPGC clinics would falsify patient records to cover their tracks...."

Fallout From the Lege's War on Reproductive Rights
Texas waits on the full impact of legislative cuts
News Story  June 22, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...Abbott's anti-choice wish list makes it seem as though the Legislature hadn't devised enough ways to restrict abortion access this session – but that's far from the case. Omnibus Senate Bill 8, signed into law this month, imposes a host of cruel burdens on patients and providers, including a virtual ban on abortion after as few as 12 weeks of pregnancy, and a rule forcing women to bury or cremate embryonic tissue after an abortion..."

Jumping the Shark on Women's Health
For the sake of anti-abortion politics, the governor and the Legislature turned their backs on women's health care – with disastrous consequences. Is there any way to fix this mess?
News Story  January 18, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...In mid-December, before a friendly crowd at the Source for Women, a Houston anti-abortion "pregnancy resource" center, Gov. Rick Perry announced his women's health priorities for the 83rd legislative session: Increase regulation on abortion facilities and doctors, and outlaw all abortion after 20 weeks gestation, the point at which, Perry said, "a baby can feel the pain of being killed..."

SBOE Gets Schooled on Women
State Board of Education reverses decision to remove Hillary Clinton, Helen Keller from curriculum
News Story  November 15, 2018, by Austin Sanders
"...As Hillary Clinton accepted an award for public service at the University of Texas Tuesday night, the State Board of Education voted to keep – for now – the divisive-but-dedicated public servant in the Texas social studies curriculum. In a meeting that lasted over 10 hours, the SBOE also reversed course and reinstated Helen Keller and Texas' Women Airforce Service Pilots back into the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills – the state standards that instruct teachers on what students should be taught...."

Then There's This: War on Wendy
When it comes to Wendy Davis, there's a whole bunch of mansplaining going on
News Column  January 24, 2014, by Amy Smith
"...Annie's List, the Texas group with a solid record of recruiting women to run for office, also defended Davis, noting, "We have seen similar attacks launched against women candidates before."..."

GOP Aide Jumps Ship Over Women's Health Policy
Aide says boss' actions 'shameful'
DAILY News  March 7, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...The war on women waged with gusto last year under the dome of the Texas Capitol has claimed at least one legislative aide. Allison Catalano, who began working for Denton GOP Rep..."

Women's Health Program Saves Money
But the war on women's health continues
DAILY News  August 23, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...A report by the Health and Human Services Commission released this week reveals that the Women's Health Program saved the state $20 million in state expenditures in 2009, and reduced unplanned, Medicaid-paid births by 6,721...."

The Texas Hammer: Women’s Health and Reproductive Rights
It's a war on women's health
News Story  March 16, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...When it comes to defunding Planned Parenthood and attacking abortion rights, Texas pretty much wrote the playbook. In the name of anti-choice ideology, the Texas Legislature has systematically stripped the nationally affiliated reproductive health provider of funds locally and spent years decimating the family planning network, leaving women's health care in crisis...."

Support Texas Women’s Rights With Tacos and Beer
Eat tacos, drink beers, donate to an abortion fund
DAILY Food  September 13, 2018, by Emily Beyda
"...Texas is already one of the most difficult states to obtain an abortion, with the large size of the state and the small number of clinics available to women in need creating a crisis situation for women’s health and leaving most of us feeling powerless to help. Fortunately, for the next month, there’s a delicious and effective way for us Texans to raise awareness (and funds!) for critical issues surrounding women’s healthcare and reproductive choices: the Taco or Beer Challenge..."

Women's Health: 'Everybody Loses'
Lege anti-abortion crusade will devastate basic health care
News Story  June 3, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...The legislative budget conferees agreed last week to leave in place nearly $62 million in cuts to the state's family planning program authorized by the House in April, a move that advocates believe will shutter dozens of small clinics – and leave 200,000 women without access to basic health services. And although lawmakers have reauthorized the successful Medicaid-waiver Women's Health Program, it is unclear whether there will be enough providers left to keep up with the more than 100,000 clients currently in the program..."

Texas Family Planning (Still) Costs More, Serves Fewer Women
State serves 77% fewer women in 2013
DAILY News  November 19, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...In fiscal year 2013 – for the second year in a row – the number of women served by the state's family planning budget dropped dramatically, while costing the state significantly more money per patient...."

Is the Women's Health Program Dead?
Feds won't agree to exclude PP
DAILY News  December 13, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...In a letter dated Dec. 12, the Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has denied Texas' bid to renew the successful Women's Health Program, citing the state's impermissible narrowing of the provider base to exclude from participation Planned Parenthood...."

Worst Fears Confirmed for Women's Health
Family planning providers formally told they've lost funding
News Story  September 2, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...The numbers are in, and the news is not good: As predicted, a host of family-planning providers have lost funding as a result of state lawmakers' draconian cuts to the budget traditionally used to provide low-income and uninsured women with access to basic reproductive health care. In Austin alone, funding has been cut for major players in women's health, including People's Community Clinic, Planned Parenthood, and El Buen Samaritano...."

Point Austin: Making Women Suffer
The self-appointed defenders of life and family values are neither
News Column  April 22, 2011, by Michael King
"...I rarely use this space to call attention to another Chronicle News story – I presume readers who've gotten this far know how to turn the page – but I'm making an exception this week for "The War on Women's Health," Jordan Smith's excoriating report on the Texas Legislature's determination to use the current fiscal crisis as an excuse to attack public services for health care, most visibly symbolized by Planned Parenthood, the nonprofit organization that for decades has delivered below-cost health services for millions of women in Texas and nationwide. From our cover image and headline – "Toxic Shock" – you can tell the Chronicle editors consider this an important story..."

Point Austin: In Defense of Women's Rights
The GOP does battle for a government of men, not laws
News Column  June 21, 2013, by Michael King
"...The spectacle of grown men (and it is mostly men) attempting to impose on the general public (in this instance, mostly women) their private notions of sexual and medical morality is not without occasional comedy. The Boob of The Week is Texas Congressman Michael Burgess, R-Lewis­ville, who informed a House committee considering an anti-abortion "fetal pain" bill that the proposed 20-week gestation limit should be even earlier, because he claims to have seen sonograms of fetuses 15 weeks or earlier ....."

Women Can't Win for Losing
New bill has self-destruct mechanism for Women's Health Program
News Story  May 6, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...The Senate's Health and Human Services Committee on May 3 approved a new version of a bill to renew the successful Women's Health Program, which in 2008 alone saved the state some $40 million in health care costs. But the bill could also shut down the program, cutting roughly 90,000 low-income, uninsured women out of basic health care...."

Day Trips: World War I Memorials
Communities around Texas remember their fallen sons from the Great War
Columns  April 6, 2017, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...entered the war on April 6, 1917. Approximately 198,000 Texans served, including 450 women as nurses..."

Budget Cuts and a Ban on Planned Parenthood Leads to Decline in Services for Texas Women
Numbers show decline in clients served
DAILY News  October 17, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...Data from the Department of State Health Services shows that from December 2011 through May 2012, the state's family planning program contractors served half as many clients as they did during the same period the previous year. A decline was expected after last year's budget cuts, but advocates say the drop does not bode well for the health of Texas women...."

On the Border's Edge
Drug war reporter Charles Bowden is telling El Paso-Juárez's secrets, one murder at a time.
Books Story  November 29, 2002, by Roger Gathman
"...It comes three years after Bowden's essay for a photo book on Juárez that exhibited the unforgettable photos of Juárez's "street shooters" -- freelance photographers who specialize in Juárez's boisterous homicide scene. The serial murder of Juárez women has received worldwide attention, but that is only part of a rich mix of all the mini St..."

Health Dept. Holds Second Hearing on Fetal Burial Rule
At this point, it’s hard to imagine State Health Services turning back
News Story  November 10, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...Through tears, Austin resident Ashley Blinkhorn said she had undergone two miscarriages by age 25. If a proposed rule that forces women to bury or cremate their aborted or miscarried fetal tissue (rather than deposit in sanitary sewers and medical-waste landfills) had been in effect, Blinkhorn wouldn't have sought medical care because the costs associated with the regulation would've been too high, she told the Department of State Health Services during a hearing on the new rule earlier this week...."

Planned Parenthood in the WHP: On Again, Off Again
Judge thinks it's unlikely Texas will be able to justify the rule banning PP from the Women's Health Program
News Story  May 4, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...At press time, 49 of the state's Planned Parenthood clinics – and thousands of clients who rely on their services – were waiting to find out whether the state would be allowed to ban them from serving women enrolled in the Women's Health Program. On April 30, federal District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled that the PP clinics should be allowed to continue delivering services – which they've done for the last five years as the WHP's largest provider of basic health care and family planning services – until a trial on the merits of a lawsuit on the issue can be heard..."

Top 10 Commented-On Stories on
What made you sound off, noiselessly
Features Story  January 6, 2012
"...9) "The War on Women's Health: To attack Planned Parenthood, lawmakers undermine health care ... and promote more abortions"..."

Sound on Sound 2016: Friday
PHOTO GALLERY  November 5, 2016
"...War on Women..."

Lege Lines: Bills on the Move
Tracking the fallout from the special session
News Story  July 27, 2017, by Richard Whittaker, Mary Tuma, Chase Hoffberger and Sarah Marloff
"...Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, a revival of failed regular session legislation that would bar insurance coverage for abortion care, with no exception for rape or incest survivors. Under the potential law, women would be forced to somehow predict the need for abortion and purchase supplemental coverage..."

The Invisible War
The shockingly rampant problem of rape in all branches of the U.S. military is the subject of this Kirby Dick documentary.
Film Review  August 24, 2012, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Though constructed primarily as a talking-heads documentary by Kirby Dick (This Film Is Not Yet Rated), the technique is effective in this instance. The film starts with the testimonies of a handful of women, but steadily increases their number until it reaches an astonishing scope..."

Memoir of War
WWII literary adaptation lacks the novel's spark and insight
Film Review  August 31, 2018, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...This French film exposes one of the largely unspoken traumas of war: the pain of uncertainty and waiting experienced by those left behind. Historically, this pain is undergone primarily by women who wait for their husbands to return from military service with no assurance that a living reunion will ever come to pass..."

Fighting the Sex War
Christina Page, author of How the Pro-Choice Movement Saved America: Freedom, Politics and the War on Sex, visits Austin
News Story  June 16, 2006, by Jordan Smith
"...Could it be that the pro-life movement – behind such, ahem, winning policies as abstinence-only education, mandatory waiting periods for women seeking abortion, and the just plain odd notion that contraceptives like the pill are nothing more than abortifacients – is actually nothing more than an anti-sex prohibitionist organization espousing a set of "moral" views that actually create a greater likelihood of unsafe sex and higher rates of abortion? As sad (and almost inconceivably bass-ackward) as that may sound, the facts of the ongoing war on sex, women's reproductive freedom, and family planning bare out those assertions and more. But don't take our word for it (not that you have to, since you live in Texas and can see the policies of lifer politicians in action – slashing funding for family planning and reproductive services and funneling funds to "crisis pregnancy centers" as a means of providing women "alternatives to abortion")..."

War Made Easy
New echoes of Vietnam: 'Withdrawal would cripple U.S. credibility'
News Story  July 15, 2005, by Norman Solomon
"...In September 2003, trying to justify Washington's refusal to let go of the occupation of Iraq, Colin Powell had used the language of a venture capitalist: "Since the United States and its coalition partners have invested a great deal of political capital, as well as financial resources, as well as the lives of our young men and women – and we have a large force there now – we can't be expected to suddenly just step aside." Over a span of 13 months, there was a doubling of the number of Americans who viewed the Iraq war as a "mistake" – 24% when the invasion began, 48% in April 2004. In late June, a USA Today/CNN/Gallup poll found 54% said so..."

Little Women
Louisa May Alcott's March sisters remain resonant in a new season.
Film Review  December 23, 1994, by Alison Macor
"...Starring: Winona Ryder, Trini Alvarado, Kirsten Dunst, Claire Danes, Susan Sarandon, Samantha Mathis, Christian Bale, Mary Wickes, Gabriel Byrne and Eric Stoltz. Using the term feminist in this day and age is surely grounds for some kind of punishment, but Little Women is certainly a feminist text in the best sense of the word: Women are depicted as individuals, striving to make lives for themselves that best express their talents and desires..."

Larks on a String
“We'll pour our peaceful steel down the imperialist war-monger's throat,” is a phrase that more than adequately reflects the darkly humorous tone of this disarming Czech film from director Menzel...
Film Review  June 7, 1991, by Marc Savlov
"...That declaration appears on a propaganda banner held by some of the film's principal characters, residents of a state-run junkyard/labor camp for those whose actions have been deemed “counter-revolutionary.” On one side of the yard live the men, most of whom have been sent here for “re-education” into the communist party. On the other side, behind a grungy mesh fence, are a group of women interned for the crime of attempted defection..."

Top 10 Women's Health Stories
A dark year for reproductive rights
News Story  December 31, 2014, by Mary Tuma
"...3) TRUTH NOT REQUIRED Crisis pregnancy centers, religious "clinics" that discourage abortion and provide false information to pregnant women, received a pass from a federal judge. City Council passed the "truth-in-advertising" measure in 2010 (revised in 2012), seeking to require CPCs to be honest about their limited health services..."

Hyde Park on Hudson
The film gets big points for casting Bill Murray as FDR but its vision gets muddy after that.
Film Review  December 21, 2012, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...So common are the disclosures and so omnipresent are our media updates that we have grown inured as a society to such naked truths. Yet, there’s something indecorous about this glimpse of Franklin Delano Roosevelt as a presidential rake, a serial adulterer who carried on multiple and simultaneous affairs with women other than his wife, Eleanor (who’s been subject to a whole different set of sexual rumors)..."

Get Your '!W.A.R.' On
AFS Documentary Tour: !Women Art Revolution
Screens Story  April 8, 2011, by Kate X Messer
"..."This film is the remains of an insistent history that refuses to wait any longer to be told." So begins the keen and agile narration of director Lynn Hershman Leeson in the intro of !Women Art Revolution. After a late-Sixties stint at the University of California at Berkeley, the artist/filmmaker began documenting her milieu – the very cacophonous pulse of the emergent feminist art revolution..."

The Gods of War
America is distracted by the Pledge "crisis" while our government readies for war.
News Column  July 12, 2002, by Michael King
"...Bellamy's version featured neither a god nor any particular country -- the pledge was intended to be shared by all republics. Indeed, Bellamy would have added "equality" to "liberty and justice" -- but, in the words of historian John Baer, he "knew that the state superintendents of education on his committee were against equality for women and African Americans." The more things change ......"

Austin Women in Black
News Story  March 7, 2003, by Lauri Apple
"...Austin Women in Black, a pro-peace group that formed the week after the September 11 attacks, has mounted six billboards across town advocating peaceful alternatives to pre-emptive war on Iraq. "We are giving visibility and public expression to the many voices for peace that are being ignored by our government," says Genevieve Vaughan, one of AWB's founders..."

On Her Shoulders
A refugee's quiet advocacy is a tale of true heroism
Film Review  November 2, 2018, by Matthew Monagle
"...We listen to an endless parade of reporters and politicians as they assure her they understand how painful this whole process must be. And then, with best of intentions, these men and women prod at the worst moments of her life in the hope of crafting a marketable trauma..."

Women's Coalition Wins Fed Family Planning Funding
Title X funds stripped from state health department
DAILY News  March 25, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...EARLIER: The federal government has pulled from the state of Texas millions in family planning funding, granting the money instead to a coalition led by the Women's Health and Family Planning Association of Texas, which says it can serve a greater number of women with the available funds...."

This Ain't No Picnic: Minutemen on Patrol
The sinister legions of the 'Drug Cartel' have little to fear from the latest incarnation of border hysteria. As for the rest of us ...
News Story  October 28, 2005, by Diana Welch
"...In addition to training small groups of concerned citizens to monitor the Minutemen, Claudia Guevara, who has worked with Ybarra for the past year, had been doing community outreach for weeks in the area surrounding El Paso. At a meeting in Fort Hancock attended mostly by women, Guevara heard the community's concerns with the impending vigilante patrols...."

Texas Women's Health Care: Costs More, Does Less
With Planned Parenthood out, state serves fewer for more
DAILY News  November 30, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...The numbers are just the latest indication of the extent to which last year's gutting of the family planning budget by Texas lawmakers on April Fools Day has hurt low-income and uninsured women who rely on access to family planning services for basic health care. Moreover, the overall numbers statewide seem to indicate that the situation is even worse than it appeared earlier in the year...."

Planned Parenthood Still in the Women's Health Program...For Now
Travis County judge issues temporary injunction
DAILY News  November 8, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...Travis County District Judge Stephen Yelenosky Thursday afternoon granted a temporary injunction barring the state from enforcing a rule that would keep Planned Parenthood from participating in the Women's Health Program until a trial on the merits of the case can be held in December...."

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