January 12, 1995
The Quakers which produced the leading edge of education for women and women's rights is now taking another unpopular stand, at least in Vermont when the Brattleboro congregation is asking the state legislature to allow all couples the right of marriage: same sex couples and opposite sex couple. The Quakers may refuse to sign marriage certificates if their requests are not met.
A new program being tested in nine counties in Wisconsin has resulted in child support payments increasing by 158%. Eighty-five percent of delinquent parents are men. Called Children First, it requires parents to pay up, take a 16-week unpaid work program, or go to jail.
Operation Rescue will target
medical schools in California. UCLA and Stanford are to be picketed. Newspaper
ads will criticize schools for teaching abortion procedures (I know some
medical schools are no longer teaching abortion procedures although I can't
give specifics - I should imagine they include any connected with Catholic
Korn, M.D., Dean
As if we didn't need something
else to be suspicious about with Newt Gingrich. The COPAC, a republican
political action committee which is chaired by Gingrich said that they
will IN THE FUTURE reveal its contributors. This multi-million dollar player
in propaganda, however, will not reveal who bank-rolled it before in the
generic right-wing battle against women, ethnic minorities, democrats in
general and Bill Clinton in particular.
About 800 parents - 80% of them men - who are delinquent in child support are to get one more letter of warning from the State of Montana and then if they don't pay up, proceedings to suspend their driver's and business licenses will begin.
The marvelous Harriet Woods, 67, president of the National Women's Political Caucus for four years will retire in July, 1966. Ms. Woods had been lieutenant governor of Missouri before taking the reins of the NWPC. She has been a level-headed, articulate leader and the women's movement must be grateful for her contributions. I met her once and she will be sorely missed. When she was a guest on a TV discussion show you always knew women would be well represented.
Have you noticed the increased
media attention to welfare mothers and suggestions that WOMEN should be
forced to use contraceptives - as if every child born to a woman is a Virgin
Mary without father?
Starting soon, blood samples
will be taken from CONVICTED rapists for a state DNA databank and will
be used to compare with evidence gathered in the future from rapes. Finally
someone has snapped to regarding the facts that most rapists are serial
rapists, i.e., do it again and again.
The newspapers were full
of pictures and stories about U.S. Defense Secretary William Perry being
in Haiti to have thanksgiving dinner with the troops, but how many of you
know that U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Madeleine Albright was
NOW-LDEF has filed a brief
on behalf of women fleeing domestic violence in Wisconsin; California case
goes to Supreme Court.
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