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During Shutdown, Pennsylvania Domestic Violence Shelters Weather ‘Perfect Storm’ to Stay Open

The shutdown may force the most vulnerable women and children to remain, or re-enter, into abusive situations as domestic violence shelters are next on the chopping block if the shutdown continues.

While new mothers and babies can rely on two more weeks of formula and support through WIC, the shutdown may force the most vulnerable members of this population to remain in, or reenter into, abusive situations, as domestic violence shelters are next on the chopping block.

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During Shutdown, Pennsylvania Can Fund WIC ‘For a Few Weeks’

The federal poverty threshold, which dictates eligibility of most public benefits, including food stamps, is flawed in that it does not account for cost of living.

One of the many services and programs to be shuttered during the shutdown is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, which helps low-income pregnant women and parents with young children facing nutritional risk by providing vouchers for healthy foods and infant formula.

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Why Women and People of Color Should Be Concerned About the Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

The impact of Democratic victories could be undercut during the looming “fiscal cliff” negotiations if Democrats do not unite and flex their muscle to actually protect the coalitions who elected them.

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Planned Parenthood Sues Oklahoma Over WIC Funding Cut

photo courtesy of USDAgov via Flickr

In a new lawsuit Planned Parenthood claims the state unconstitutionally cut funding to three Tulsa clinics.

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“Is There a War on Women?” Obama White House Communications Director Dodges and Squirms

In a Q and A interview today at Netroots Nation, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer could not bring himself to acknowledge that there is a “war on women,” underway in the United States and fudged the issue of how exactly the Administration would either respond to or fight back attacks on women’s rights.

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Sanity Prevails in Oklahoma, For Now

After facing strong opposition to a targeted attack on Planned Parenthood’s WIC program, Oklahoma’s legislators have allowed a bill threatening the health of needy infants and children to die in committee.

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The Up and Down Journey of Motherhood: Let’s Lift As They Climb

The author and her children.

Mother’s Day always makes me think about the up and down journey motherhood has been for me and many of the women I know. I had my first child at nineteen and I still don’t know how I made it. I worked two jobs, with the first one starting at five in the morning and the second one finishing at nine at night. I couldn’t afford full-time childcare, so I moved my son Danny between two part-time centers that weren’t as good as I hoped for but better than I could afford.

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Defund It All, Let God Sort It Out

There’s a new crusade in the U.S., a crusade against any type of sex not solely for procreation.  The sword is the taxpayer funding, and the aggressors don’t care who their victims are.

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The Real Cost of Raising an Infant: Will Anti-Choicers Pay?

If only a container or two of fomula and a box of diapers really made a baby more affordable.

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