The War on Women Report: Anti-Abortion Movement Says It’s ‘Pro-Woman’; Kanye West’s Misogynistic Slurs; Brittney Griner’s Appeal Rejected


U.S. patriarchal authoritarianism is on the rise, and democracy is on the decline. However day after day, we keep vigilant in our objectives to dismantle patriarchy at each flip. The combat is way from over. We’re watching, and we refuse to return. That is the War on Women Report.

Since Our Final Report…

Scientists and healthcare suppliers are elevating considerations in regards to the 15-week abortion ban proposed by Senate Republicans, significantly its impact on older mothers. Fetuses conceived amongst older moms are likely to have extra abnormalities, which regularly can’t be recognized earlier than 15 weeks of being pregnant. 

Let’s not overlook what else was thrown our manner this month. 

Tuesday, October 4

+ NARAL Professional-Alternative America’s new research analyzed how the anti-choice motion is speading misinformation by falsely framing its agenda as “pro-woman.” We already know the hurt that abortion bans have brought on girls and pregnant folks for the reason that overturn of Roe in June. 

In mild of Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-S.C.) proposed nationwide 15-week abortion ban, NARAL’s report exposes the anti-choice motion’s enforcement of pretend feminism to validate restrictions of abortion care—particularly fake heath centers, often known as disaster being pregnant facilities, which declare to “assist girls,” however truly deceive folks with the intention to forestall them from accessing care. NARAL’s group additionally analyzed the rampant transphobia and homophobia weaponized towards pregnant folks by the anti-choice motion, which is commonly underneath the façade of “defending girls.” 

With the midterm elections are in full swing, it’s essential to call these techniques as misinformation. Abortion is on the poll and President Joe Biden promised that if Democrats increase their Senate ranks within the midterms, the primary invoice he’ll ship to Congress will codify abortion rights on the federal degree. 

Thursday, October 6

+ After 100 days post-Roe, 66 of 79 clinics throughout 15 states have stopped providing abortion care, based on a new study Guttmacher Institute discovered. The remaining 13 clinics are all situated in a single state: Georgia. This implies there are not any suppliers providing abortions in 14 of the 15 states—Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia and Wisconsin. These 14 states accounted for greater than 125,000 abortions in 2020. 

Although 40 of those clinics proceed providing providers apart from abortion, 26 have shut down fully. 

Abortion rights protesters on the Tucson Federal Courthouse on July 4, 2022. (Sandy Huffaker / AFP by way of Getty Photos)

Friday, October 7

+ Girls journalists are considerably extra probably than males to be focused for on-line threats and harassment, a Girls’s Media Heart’s (WMC) study revealed. However, WMC’s analysis additionally revealed that girls journalists had been considerably much less more likely to ask administration for assist when coping with harassment from social media customers. This abuse is having an influence on how they do their jobs—a lot so that girls are leaving journalism. 

Sunday, October 9

+ Kanye West’s antisemitic tweets have rightly grabbed headlines, however he’s engaged in one other harmful and racist libel that social media corporations, mainstream media shops and most people have largely ignored— that Black women are engaging in genocide. Just a few days earlier than his antisemitic tweets, West had an interview with Tucker Carlson on Fox Information. Throughout his interview, West pointed to abortion and Lizzo’s weight and blamed each for “the genocide of the Black race.” He’s not alone in his sentiments. Republicans and conservatives cheered him on— a minimum of one publicly shared how he was “spitting facts on Tucker!”

Tuesday, October 11

+ Florida plans to strip the instructing licenses of elementary college educators who teach students about sexuality or gender identity. When Floridians had been making an attempt to outlive the damage of Hurricane Ian and the 100+ death count, the Florida Division of Training’s rule first appeared on-line. This measure is meant to implement the 2021 state legislation, Parental Rights in Education Act—identified by opponents because the “don’t say homosexual” legislation.

The 2021 legislation goes past elementary faculties—it additionally restricts instruction on sexuality and gender id for larger grades by saying these classes can’t happen “in a way that isn’t age-appropriate or developmentally applicable” for college students of any age.

The rule on academics’ licenses has been broadly criticized by trainer teams and LGBTQ advocates. Melanie Willingham-Jaggers, government director of LGBTQ rights group GLSEN, stated the Florida rule “will hurt LGBTQ+ college students, who we all know profit by having supportive academics and inclusive curriculum within the classroom.”

Thursday, October 13

+ The Home Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol assault voted to subpoena former President Donald Trump—inserting him at the center of a calculated effort to overturn the 2020 election. The committee performed a video from the Capitol assault that confirmed Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi and different Democratic leaders asking for Nationwide Guard troops to guard lawmakers. 

“He should be accountable,” stated Bennie Thompson (D–Miss.), the committee’s chairman because it introduced a sweeping summation of its findings. “He’s required to reply for his actions.” Figuring out Trump’s observe report, he’ll in all probability defy it. 

+ In Raleigh, N.C., a minimum of five people were fatally shot and two were wounded as a 15-year-old boy massacred them of their residential neighborhood. The crime scene stretched two miles and the useless included a metropolis police officer, Gabriel Torres, 29, who was on his option to work that day, a 52-year-old girl, a 49-year-old girl, a 35-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy. 

The rate of mass shootings this 12 months is outpacing the variety of days within the calendar 12 months.

Monday, October 17

+ The Nationwide Institutes of Well being’s (NIH) new study discovered that girls who use hair straightening chemical compounds had been at a better threat for uterine most cancers than girls who didn’t use these merchandise. The connection between hair product use and uterine most cancers doesn’t differ by race, however the NIH warns that harmful well being results could also be better for Black girls because of the larger prevalence of use. 

“We estimated that 1.64 p.c of ladies who by no means used hair straighteners would go on to develop uterine most cancers by the age of 70, however for frequent customers, that threat goes as much as 4.05 p.c,” stated Alexandra White, Ph.D., head of the NIEHS Setting and Most cancers Epidemiology group and lead writer on the brand new research. “This doubling fee is regarding. Nevertheless, you will need to put this data into context—uterine most cancers is a comparatively uncommon sort of most cancers.”

Tuesday, October 18

+ Eight months after her initial detainment for possession of hashish oil in Moscow, Brittney Griner celebrated her 32nd birthday in a Russian jail as a substitute of together with her household. “Thanks everybody for preventing so laborious to get me dwelling. All of the assist and love are positively serving to me,” stated Griner in her assertion. 

In August, the WNBA All-Star was convicted and sentenced to 9 years in jail. Her authorized group appealed the choice to the Moscow area courtroom, however on October 25, the Russian courtroom rejected the appeal

Monday, October 24

+ Greater than two years since his conviction for rape and legal sexual assault in New York, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein faces his second trial on 11 new expenses stemming from 5 girls for rape and assault. The trial comes on the five-year anniversay of the exposé into Weinstein that kicked off the #MeToo motion. 

5 years later, 22 states have handed greater than 70 anti-harassment payments together with:

  • California, New York, New Jersey and Illinois enacted new legal guidelines that increase legal responsibility for sexual harassment and allow employees to talk out about sexual harassment and discrimination even when they’ve signed nondisclosure. 
  • The federal authorities handed a invoice that bans corporations from forcing sexual harassment and discrimination claims into arbitration.
  • Congress can be contemplating the Converse Out Act, which bans the silencing of sexual harassment victims. 

Dr. Ann Olivarius, founding father of McAllister Olivarius, says whereas there have been essential developments to fight sexual assault, harassment and discrimination, extra must be achieved to open up the civil courtroom system for survivors. She argues that the simplest option to make abusers and establishments that defend them accountable is to make them pay civil lawsuits.

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