Hey ShoutOut! readers! The Planned Parenthood of Charlottesville, VA is offering a fantastic internship opportunity from this March to October. The internship is their “Civic Engagement Internship” (click the link for all of the information) and is a great chance to build your resume and help out an amazing women’s rights organization. In the wake of Susan G. Komen pulling their funding of Planned Parenthood, and then restoring their funding (yay!), and unnecessary political investigations of Planned Parenthood, and constant attacks by the right, doing an internship like this is a great way to show your support for this organization.
In the internship, you would register and mobilize voters, recruit and train volunteers, ensure compliance with Virginia voter registration laws, collect and enter data, assist and manage volunteer events, research and draft memos, work with social media, and a lot more.
If you’re interested in this position, please submit resume with cover letter to Tanya Semones at email@example.com or mail to Planned Parenthood, Attn: Tanya Semones, 2207 Peters Creek Rd. Roanoke, VA 24017. No calls please.
Also, ya’ll should check out their blog: Country Fried Choice which discusses reproductive justice issues in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina! (Edited at 4:06 p.m. to reflect the scope of the area that Country Fried Choice writes about).
Given that Mitt Romney appears to be the current front runner in the Republican nomination (why can’t it be Gingrich?! He wants us to have a moon base, people), I wanted to take a look at his ever-changing views on abortion. As soon as you type “Mitt Romney abortion” into Google, Google will suggest you add the words “flip flop” to the end of your search. Romney is so dedicated to the issue of reproductive rights that he has taken allied with both the pro-choice and anti-choice movements. In this present election cycle (I add this qualifier because I don’t want to discount the probability possibility that he will change his mind again), he has been focusing on the Republican anti-choice constituency, especially given just how extremely conservative his fellow presidential contenders.
In 1994, Romney ran against Ted Kennedy in Massachusetts’s senatorial elections. During a debate against Kennedy, who referred to Romney as “multiple choice”, Romney indignantly stated that because of past tragedy, he was pro-choice. He reiterated that he was unwilling to “force” his beliefs on to others, and emphatically stated, “you will not see me wavering on that.” (Something I’m sure no one believed). To support his claims that he was pro-choice, Romney alluded to the story of a young female relative who died of a botched illegal abortion. Remember, Massachusetts is a left-leaning state. No politician would have been elected running on a “pro-life” platform, and Romney wanted to be elected more than anything.
The Susan G. Komen foundation has pulled all of it grants from Planned Parenthood, money that was used to fund preventative screening for breast cancer in Planned Parenthood clinics. What is shocking (to no one, really) is that the Susan G. Komen Foundation was under pressure from Anti-Choice groups to stop giving money to Planned Parenthood. Since Planned Parenthood’s services largely aid low-income women, the lack of funding for these screenings will only directly aid and abed in the health disparities that low-income women face everyday.
Breast cancer research is now clearly only for the well-to-do. I’d go one step further and state that when you cave to anti-woman politics, you are anti-woman. For shame Susan G. Komen Foundation.
To make an emergency donation to Planned Parenthood in the wake of this debacle, please go here.
As some of our dear readers may or may not know, while I’m not busy being a proponent of working women’s history, I moonlight as co-president of Dukes for Choice. And in the last few months, I’ve had to answer a LOT of questions about abortion, reproductive health, and women’s rights in general. So I thought I’d use the first Mythbustin’ Monday of the semester to bust one of my favorite myths about abortion: Post abortion syndrome, or PAS.
Tomorrow night in Keezell G8, the JMU Women and Gender Studies Program, Dukes for Choice, and NARAL Pro-choice VA will be hosting a screening of the documentary 12th & Delaware.
The film takes an inside look at crisis pregnancy centers, and their pro-life, faith-based agenda. We will have a panel featuring Katie O., Joey Richards from NARAL, and Dr. Mary Thompson of the Women and Gender Studies program!
Here’s a link to the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/315803885114664/
If you have questions or concerns email Katie or Emily and firstname.lastname@example.org!
This is my second (or is it third?) late blog, and as I struggle to keep my head above water, convincing myself that I can work forty hours a week and complete finals, I feel like the light at the end of the tunnel is only growing dimmer. However, there is one thing keeping me going, and that is the prospect of summer reading. Although two years in the English major have introduced me to many, dare I say, life-changing books, it is often summer reads that I have time to slow down and appreciate that mean the most. I thought I would share some of my past favorites with you guys so that you don’t end of reading trash like, I don’t know, Twilight, again this summer.
If there is only one book you read this summer or one book you read ever for that matter, make it Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home.