Bringing Men and Women back together...before it too late. An exploration of why men have come to manage the world, why they do such a terrible job of it, and what we can do about it while there is still time. Religion, politics, media, art -- are all grist for this mill.

Friday, February 18, 2005

Congresswoman prevented from testifying by DOJ about emergency contraception for rape victims

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) was prevented from testifying on Thursday about the need to include information on emergency contraception in the Department of Justice's guidelines for the treatment of sexual assault victims before an advisory committee working to strengthen the federal Violence Against Women Act. Rep. Maloney was told that if she did not leave, security would escort her out. Today’s unfortunate incident raises questions about the basic willingness of the Justice Department to hear public comment on its decisions regarding women’s health,” Maloney said in a statement released by her office on Thursday. Full story here.

Women sue Novartis for discrimination

Big pharma just doesn’t get it. In addition to dozens of other suits, a major drug manufacturer is being used for discriminating against women. The State reported that a dozen women are suing drug maker Novartis, claiming the company discriminated against them on the basis of gender. The suit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan by 12 current and former female employees, alleged a "systemic pattern" of gender discrimination that prevents women from getting better, higher-paying jobs held by men and that women are subjected to a hostile workplace environment, and are penalized for taking time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

In a statement, the company denied the charges and said it is "deeply committed to equal employment opportunity for all employees, and is proud of its policies and programs designed to support the advancement of women in the sales force and throughout the company." Five of the plaintiffs had filed suit against Novartis in November; Thursday's filing was a class-action suit. Each has also filed complaints with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

South Dakota House makes abortion a felony -- no exception for a woman's health, rape or incest.

Aberdeen reported today that the South Dakota House passed “so-called ''trigger statute” legislation that would make abortion a felony, with an exception only for the life of a woman but not for her health or in cases of rape or incest, if Roe v. Wade is overturned. Similar dormant laws have been passed in other states. Legislators overwhelmingly rebuffed efforts to make exceptions for the health of women and those who are victims of rape or incest. HB1249, sent 54-16 to the state Senate, would make illegal abortions a felony punishable by up to two years in jail or prison for those who do abortions or who prescribe any drugs that would abort a fetus.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Mother reported for refusing caesarean

By Clara Pirani
February 04, 2005
Brisbane, Australia

Women's rights groups have slammed a hospital's decision to report a woman to child welfare authorities after she refused a caesarean birth.The case has sparked a debate between doctors and midwives about the safety of vaginal births after caesareans and the rights of mothers to choose how they give birth.

The Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital claims it was complying with new laws that require medical staff to consider the wellbeing of the unborn child.

Queensland Health, on behalf of the hospital, reported Mandelaine Dagan to the Child Safety Department after she failed to show up for pre-natal classes and cancelled a caesarean last Thursday.

Ms Dagan previously had two children by caesarean but, against doctor's advice, wanted to have a vaginal birth, allegedly at home. The hospital refused and reported her.