Roundup: Georgia Eliminating State Funds for Domestic Violence Prevention


Georgia will use federal TANF money for domestic violence shelters which could eliminate services for women without children, what do state ant-abortion bills say about women, Arizona enacts more anti-abortion legislation, and Starbucks selling a maternal health benefit CD.

  • Georgia is trying to eliminate all state spending on domestic violence prevention, and instead will fund shelters with federal dollars taken from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).  Domestic violence prevention advocates in the state are concerned that the shelters will no longer be able to provide services to women without children. Money from TANF can be used for “preventing and reducing out-of-wedlock pregnancies as well as encouraging the formation and maintenance of two-parent families.” Advocates say that “certainly we are not in the business of maintaining two-parent families where domestic violence is involved.”
  • What can you gather about women if you read state anti-abortion bills that have been introduced or passed this year? Susan Nielsen of The Oregonian says the bills paint women as “impulsive, lying, vulnerable and childlike creatures.”
  • Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who recently signed a bill banning race and sex-selection abortions in that state, just signed a bill that requires a physician to administer medication abortion to women. Previously, trained nurse practitioners could administer the drug. The legislation also bans the practice of telemed abortions, which increase access to women in rural areas.
  • Would you like to add maternal health to your morning latte order? Starbucks is releasing a CD produced by model-turned-maternal health advocate Christy Turlington with tracks by Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Lopez and others that will benefit CARE and Every Mother Counts.

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  • crowepps

    Gov. Rick Scott orders immediate cuts to programs for disabled

    Orlando Sentinal

    March 31, 2011

     

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott ordered deep cuts Thursday to programs that serve tens of thousands of residents with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism and other developmental disabilities.

    Though a range of state services face cuts from this year’s Legislature, the governor invoked his emergency powers to order the state Agency for Persons with Disabilities to immediately roll back payments to group homes and social workers by 15 percent — an amount providers say could put them out of business and threaten their clients’ safety.

    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/os-scott-cuts-disabled-20110331,0,7724142.story

  • forced-birth-rape

    ~ In fundamentalist christianity the kind I grew up in, a woman is not supposed to divorce her husband for hitting or raping her, the only reason a woman can divorce is adultery. ~

    ~ This is a miserable problem with having christians in government, they want to force abused women to stay with their wife-beating, wife-raping husbands, though they do not believe if a man rapes his wife it is rape. ~

    ~ Basically they are not only pro-forced-birth, they are also pro-forced-marriage. ~

  • colleen

    Odd that the ‘Christian’ disability advocates and ‘pro-life’ movement (who are unusually obnoxious and active these past few days) are ignoring this. I guess it’s more fun for them  to bully, demean and pick fights.

  • ahunt

    Well, ya know Colleen….a woman can vex a man to death….

     

    What is a God Fearin’ Lord-Lovin’ man to do?

  • arekushieru

    Especially considering that DV rates most likely increase when there is a child with a disability present in an already dysfunctional household.

  • ahunt

    Cut the funding to assistance programs to give tax breaks to the top 2% of the population. Then everything will just be hunky dory, Ash!

  • arekushieru

    Too true.

    But the real reason I’m actually replying, since you probably already knew my thoughts on this subject….  I LOVE the nickname you’ve given me!