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22 01, 2013

Roe v. Wade in Black and White

By | January 22nd, 2013|Changing the World, Feminism, Health, Politics|0 Comments

Forty years doesn't seem like all that long ago -- especially for someone like me who is over 40! But on the 40th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade  Supreme Court decision that guaranteed that women's access to abortion could not be directly outlawed by the states -- it's a bit jarring to see [...]

21 01, 2013

Crow After Roe: What You Should Really Know on Roe v. Wade’s 40th Anniversary

By | January 21st, 2013|Changing the World, Feminism, Moms & Politics, Politics, Women in Politics, Women Online|1 Comment

Robin Marty and Jessica Pieklo, two of my compatriots at our group project The Broad Side, have been working long and hard on their book about what has happened to women's reproductive rights since the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade in 1973 through today. On the 40th anniversary of the historic ruling that [...]

7 05, 2012

Republicans! Get in My Vagina!

By | May 7th, 2012|2012 election, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|2 Comments

You know, I thought Funny or Die was a comedy site, but it turns out they are going to a major political player this election year. Ashley Judd taking on Rick Santorum. Bringing President Bartlet back to us. And now, in a mere two and  a half minutes, Kate Beckinsale and some of her friends [...]

15 03, 2012

Explaining Political Birds and Bees to a 12-Year-Old

By | March 15th, 2012|2012 election, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|6 Comments

PunditGirl: Mom, why don't you and dad like Rick Santorum? Me: Well, remember a couple of years ago, when we talked about how babies get made? PunditGirl: Yeah .... Me: And remember how you got all worried and said, "But Mom, what if I don't want to have a baby?  What if I want to [...]

4 03, 2012

PunditMom Must-Reads of the Week

By | March 4th, 2012|2012 election, Adoption, Feminism, Politics, Women Online|0 Comments

It's hard not to get caught up in the whirlwind of the election cycle and the impending Super Tuesday contests.  But when I need a little break, I go looking for something to read that will get me centered again, and not so focused on politics.  Here are a few of my must-reads this week: [...]

29 02, 2012

No Birth Control for You?

By | February 29th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Republicans|4 Comments

I feel like I'm living in the time of Hester Prynne and her Scarlet Letter in light of the ongoing and escalating attacks on women's health, especially when it comes to anything concerning our 'lady parts.'  Some women on the right say birth control has nothing to do with our health.  I say, "What?"  Recently, [...]

22 02, 2012

Rick Santorum Doesn’t Want to be President

By | February 22nd, 2012|2012 election, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Mom Vote 2012, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|3 Comments

  Rick Santorum has found his footing as a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination.  He's gaining attention by the day, which is borne out by recent polls that put him in a double-digit lead over Mitt Romney, the GOP pick who was supposed to be the inevitable challenger to President Barack Obama.  [...]

16 02, 2012

Dear Congress, We’re Not Stupid

By | February 16th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Politics, Republicans|4 Comments

  White guy, white guy, white guy, white guy with a yamulke, black guy. I don't have an image I can show, but that's how I would describe the witnesses invited to Capitol Hill by Republican Congressman Darrell Issa (also a white guy) to talk about -- prescription birth control!  Well,  Issa claims his oversight [...]

10 02, 2012

Birth Control Fight Isn’t About Freedom of Religion

By | February 10th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|5 Comments

Vocal Catholic bishops and members of the religious right community want America to think that President Obama has launched an all out assault on religion with the announcement that employer-provided health insurance policies have to cover birth control without a co-pay. They're yelling, stomping their feet and have taken to the airwaves to [...]

16 12, 2011

Plan B & HPV Vaccines: Do Either of These Belong in a Presidential Race?

By | December 16th, 2011|Democrats, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|1 Comment

In presidential campaigns, we expect to hear the candidates weigh in and spar on issues like the economy, taxes, military spending -- those issues that impact all of us and which the federal government has some role in dealing with.  But when it comes to making specific reproductive health decisions for our daughters, why do [...]

7 12, 2011

President Obama: Populist for a Day?

By | December 7th, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

Most political observers agree that President Obama has gotten his populist mojo back, at least in front of the camera, just in time for the 2012 campaign.  Recent appearances have proven that the 2008 campaign Obama is out in full force again, as opposed to the 'can't we all just be bipartisan and get along' [...]

7 11, 2011

Mississippi “Personhood” Amendment Isn’t About Saving Babies

By | November 7th, 2011|Feminism, Republicans|3 Comments

How would you feel if your doctor declared, "No more birth control for you!"  Or what if your life was at risk because you had an ectopic pregnancy and doctors wouldn't operate on you for fear of being charged with murder? Openly talking about and seeking treatment for our reproductive health with our [...]

4 11, 2011

Mothers of Intention: “Why I’m Political” Series

By | November 4th, 2011|Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Mothers of Intention|0 Comments

What are women voters thinking about for the 2012 election -- when they're not being bombarded by stories about Herman Cain's lady troubles or Rick Perry's very own Howard Dean moment?  It shouldn't come as a surprise that they're focused on other more important things.  So BlogHer asked me to talk to some impressive women [...]

8 05, 2011

Five Things This Feminist Mom is Grateful for on Mother’s Day — A Reprise

By | May 8th, 2011|Adoption, Changing the World, Equal Pay, Feminism|2 Comments

This one was one of my favorites from last year.  So I figured -- if it was good enough for Mother's Day 2010, it should still be good for 2011! Sure, I get to leave the dishes in the sink and the dirty laundry in the hamper today. And it's great that "some people" (you [...]

14 04, 2011

I Want Kirsten Gillibrand on That Women's Health Wall

By | April 14th, 2011|Democrats, Economy, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Republicans, Women in Politics|3 Comments

Republicans in Washington have made no secret of the fact that they got pretty much everything they wanted in the current federal budget deal, with one exception -- the complete unfunding of Planned Parenthood.  The majority of the GOP came about as close as you can to shutting down the entire federal government over one [...]

8 04, 2011

The GOP Will Blame a Government Shutdown on Women

By | April 8th, 2011|Uncategorized|3 Comments

Women are the scapegoats of the GOP's push for a government shutdown. You heard me.  If the federal government closes because lawmakers can't agree on whether women should be allowed to get annual physical exams, contraceptives or cervical cancer screenings, they'll blame it on us because we want low-income women to have access to important [...]

27 02, 2011

June Cleaver is Calling and It's Not Good News

By | February 27th, 2011|Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Republicans, Women in Politics|1 Comment

Ever since the 112th Congress was sworn in last month, there's been a seemingly endless barrage of news about lawmakers trying to take away many of women's hard-fought rights, so much so that I feel like Mr. Peabody's WABAC machine has deposited me on June Cleaver's 1950s doorstep. Morning after morning, I hear reports about [...]

15 02, 2011

PunditMom's Reads of the Week

By | February 15th, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Women in Politics|1 Comment

While I'm off having slightly less than a "pound of flesh" removed by the dermatologist, here's some thought-provoking reading for you: Don't count out Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. Before she was shot in the head in the Tucson shooting spree at a January constituent meeting, she had her eye on Senator Jon Kyl's seat in the [...]

8 02, 2011

GOP Budget Wars on Reproductive Health

By | February 8th, 2011|Democrats, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Republicans, Women in Politics|1 Comment

What's happened to the whole Republican "the economy and jobs are our first priority" mantra from the 2010 elections?  Eric Cantor can say it all he wants, but that isn't making it true.  Instead of jobs, conservatives are once again focused on our lady parts.   While I am sort of  getting used to the [...]

2 07, 2010

Does Sharron Angle Really Think Sexual Violence is God’s Plan?

By | July 2nd, 2010|Democrats, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Republicans, Women in Politics|8 Comments

I know that sometimes politicians say things they might not mean or that get taken out of context (though, usually, the whole 'out of context' excuse doesn't hold water).  But I was floored when GOP/Tea Party candidate Sharron Angle, who wants Harry Reid's Nevada Senate seat, suggested not just that unplanned pregnancies are part of [...]

12 05, 2010

The Supreme Court Could Still Use a Mom

By | May 12th, 2010|Changing the World, Equal Pay|4 Comments

I'm pretty happy that President Obama has nominated another woman to the Supreme Court -- three out of nine still isn't the ratio I'd like to see of women to men, but it's a great step in the right direction. Last year, when Sonia Sotomayor was nominated to the highest court in the land, I [...]

9 05, 2010

Five Things This Feminist Mom is Grateful for on Mother’s Day

By | May 9th, 2010|Feminism|2 Comments

Sure, I get to leave the dishes in the sink and the dirty laundry in the hamper today.  And it's great that "some people" (you know who you are!) are going to make me dinner tonight, but on the tenth anniversary of being able to celebrate Mother's Day as a mother myself, I've been thinking [...]

7 05, 2010

Oklahoma Lawmakers Think They Know Better Than Women and their Doctors

By | May 7th, 2010|Democrats, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard|3 Comments

Things are getting a little lively in the comments section at my Speaker of the House column this week.  I'm taking issue with Oklahoma lawmakers who are, yet again, presuming that they know better about pregnancy and all its implications than Oklahoma women. Surprisingly, some commenters are claiming that Roe vs. Wade didn't grant women [...]

7 02, 2010

I Won’t Be Watching the Super Bowl

By | February 7th, 2010|Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard|3 Comments

I've already made it clear that I won't be watching the Super Bowl and for the most part won't watch any more CBS shows because of the Focus on the Family/Tim Tebow ad that is scheduled to run during the Super Bowl. You know -- the one that CBS said it would air even though [...]

4 02, 2010

I’m Not the Only One Annoyed with CBS

By | February 4th, 2010|Feminism|9 Comments

The still-unseen, yet controversial Tim Tebow Super Bowl ad is on everyone's mind, including mine.  One friend said to me, "I can't believe you haven't written anything about it yet!" I've been wanting to, but to be honest I was waiting until I had more facts.  I think I've got plenty now, and if you [...]

3 02, 2010

So Much Punditry, So Little Time

By | February 3rd, 2010|Changing the World, Economy, Equal Pay, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard|4 Comments

I'm glad there are some other people weighing in on some topics on my mind: --My fellow MOMocrats and I are having a little Super Bowl Party Tailgate Party for Choice. -- The Women's Media Center is also thinking about the controversial Super Bowl from Focus on the Family and is wondering, what does CBS [...]

10 01, 2010

Hillary Clinton — Reproductive Rights & Gender Equality Essential to Global Prosperity

By | January 10th, 2010|Changing the World, Democrats, Feminism, Women in Politics|5 Comments

When people get themselves all riled up when the term "reproductive rights" comes up, it's usually only about abortion.  What many of us forget is that having control of when women (and sometimes girls) have children and how many children they have is the key to make things better for everyone economically around the globe.  [...]

8 01, 2010

Harold Ford, Step out of Senator Gillibrand’s Way

By | January 8th, 2010|Democrats, Feminism, Republicans, Women in Politics|11 Comments

The political controversy of the week is whether former Tennessee Congressman Harold Ford will try to stage a contest to battle Kirsten Gillibrand for her seat in the U.S. Senate. You may recall there was a little uproar over her appointment to fill Hillary Clinton's remaining Senate term when Hillary headed for the State Department.  [...]

28 12, 2009

Best of PunditMom 2009 — The "Octomom" and Why We Should Regulate Fertility Treatments

By | December 28th, 2009|Adoption|6 Comments

While the Punditfamily takes a little break this week, I thought I'd revisit a few posts I felt strongly about this year.  To start off, my thoughts on the "octomom" and how we view adoption vs. birth children. ********************************* I am weary of the Nadya Suleman coverage. The tiny octuplets. 14 kids altogether. Unemployed mom. [...]

26 12, 2009

If We Take Health Care for Granted, We'll Get Thrown Under the Bus

By | December 26th, 2009|Changing the World, Democrats, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Republicans|1 Comment

As someone who came of age in the 1970s, I assumed things would continue to progress for women's rights.  I felt lucky to be living in an age where I knew I had access to birth control as I headed off to college and got married the first time WAY too early.  And while I [...]