Signed into law by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, The Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2011 states that a person may not knowingly perform an abortion “based on the sex or race of the child or the race of a parent of that child.” This law mainly applies to abortion providers, as it states that “a woman on whom a sex-selection or race-selection abortion is performed is not subject to criminal prosecution or civil liability for any violation of this section.”
The ACLU filed a lawsuit seeking a permanent injunction against enforcement of the Act last May on behalf of the Maricopa County NAACP and the National Asian-Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF). The group argued that the law was “based on nothing more than invidious racial stereotypes about the reasons minority women seek abortion care,” adding that “the Act intentionally singles out Black and API women and stigmatizes their abortion decisions.”
However state Rep. Steve Montenegro (R-Litchfield Park), who introduced the 2011 bill, told Life Site News that the bill does not single out black or Asian mothers. “The purpose of this bill is to prevent discrimination,” Montenegro said. “We are trying to stop the heinous discrimination that ends with the murder of a baby inside the womb because she is going to be born the wrong gender or the wrong race.”
The ACLU appealed the decision in March. Last week, it asked the appellate court to remand the case back to the district court.
Read the full article at CNSNews.com.
Salary data released last week revealed average male staffers at the White House earn about 13% more than their female counterparts. The White House responded by pointing out six female staffers received high profile promotions in the past year. However, according to data collected by the conservative consulting firm Target Point, the women who were promoted at the White House received smaller raises than men.
While the average man promoted at the White House received a 24.4% raise, Target Point found the average raise for a promoted woman was 18.5%. Target Point also found 46 men were promoted at the White House between 2013 and 2014 compared to 41 women. Additionally, the firm noted 88 women left White House jobs in the past year while only 77 men departed.
Target Point Senior Vice President and Chief Data Scientist Alex Lundry said this data shows “the White House’s hypocrisy on this issue is stunning” as President Barack Obama has made equal pay for women a major part of his agenda this year.
“The data clearly reveal that its not just salary for which there are significant differences between men and women, but also raises, promotions, and turnover,” said Lundry. “Empirically, this White House does not treat their male and female employees the same.”
Read the full story at Business Insider.
Democrat and “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken is running to unseat Rep. Renee Ellmers in North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district and has also scrubbed his Twitter account of his public desire to punch conservative columnist Ann Coulter in the face.
“Anyone else watching Piers Morgan want to punch Ann Coulter in the face,” Aiken wrote in a tweet in October of 2012.
It’s so funny how liberals look the other way when a Democrat is caught advocating violence on women that I thought I’d give them another chance to show their hypocrisy by uncovering a deleted tweet from their favorite congressional candidate in North Carolina – Clay Aiken!
Here’s a funny thing – when Aiken won the candidacy, Buzzfeed ran a post of all his embarrassing politically incorrect tweets that he deleted. Except they didn’t include the one advocating violence against a woman that disagrees with him politically! How convenient!
It is a bit funny considering Ann Coulter would probably wipe the floor with Clay Aiken in a real fight.
Personally I think Aiken is jealous because he wants to be the only celebrity Liberals pretend is really a man.
A commission approved by the House on Wednesday to explore building a National Women’s History Museum has come under fire from some conservatives.
“Whose view of history is this going to be?” asked Penny Nance, CEO of Concerned Women for America, in an interview with The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Nance’s group opposes the commission, which will spend 18 months exploring the erection of the museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
The commission will merely “rubber stamp” the museum. And when built, it will place too much emphasis on what Nance described as pro-choice, anti-marriage, and anti-family viewpoints.
Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann, who will be featured in a museum exhibit on motherhood but still opposes the museum, said Wednesday that it will “enshrine the radical feminist movement.”
Nance and other conservatives point to the museum’s board of directors to support that claim.
A “review of the roster of the museum’s board members, ambassadors, advisory council and honorary board makes it clear this museum will lean left, not right,” wrote the Heritage Foundation’s Genevieve Wood.
Read the full article at The Daily Caller.
Planned Parenthood abortion clinics have come under fire countless times over the years for not reporting cases of statutory rape to authorities as required by state law. Now, in Arizona, officials says the abortion giant failed again to provide the proper report to authorities about a victim of a young man who is a serial rapist.
Not only did Planned Parenthood intentionally fail to report the rape but, in so doing, it allowed the rapist to rape as many as 18 or more teenage girls, authorities say, making it so the abortion company is partially responsible for victimizing them as well.
Naturally, Planned Parenthood denies it did anything wrong, according to an official statement the abortion business released.
Earlier this year, a pro-life organization that conducted an undercover investigation in 2002 released additional tapes showing staff at hundreds of abortion centers across the country covering up statutory rape. Life Dynamics released tapes from some of the 813 Planned Parenthood and National Abortion Federation centers it calls across the country. The group placed the calls from Texas, where it is legal to record a phone conversation without the consent of the other party. in the phone calls, an actress portrayed a 13-year-old girl who claimed her 22-year-old boyfriend impregnated her and that she wanted an abortion to keep her parents from finding out.
Read the full article at LifeNews.com.
Multi-millionaire tech entrepreneur Gurbaksh Chahal was charged with 45 felony counts for a vicious incident where he allegedly punched and kicked his girlfriend 117 times and attempted to smother her.
After a judge ruled the video footage taken from Chahal’s bedroom inadmissible in court and Chahal’s girlfriend withdrew her testimony, he pled guilty to two charges — one of domestic violence battery and one of battery.
His punishment was a mere 25 hours of community service, three years of probation and a 52-hour education course on domestic violence, The Daily Mail reports.
Chahal is a prominent donor to Democratic causes and has visited the White House on two occasions since 2011 to meet with Obama.
Read the full story at The Daily Caller.
Brandeis University in Massachusetts announced Tuesday that it had withdrawn the planned awarding of an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a staunch critic of Islam and its treatment of women, after protests from students and faculty.
“She is a compelling public figure and advocate for women’s rights, and we respect and appreciate her work to protect and defend the rights of women and girls throughout the world,” said the university’s statement. “That said, we cannot overlook certain of her past statements that are inconsistent with Brandeis University’s core values.”
Ali, a member of the Dutch Parliament from 2003 to 2006, has been quoted as making comments critical of Islam. That includes a 2007 interview with Reason Magazine in which she said of the religion, “Once it’s defeated, it can mutate into something peaceful. It’s very difficult to even talk about peace now. They’re not interested in peace. I think that we are at war with Islam. And there’s no middle ground in wars.”
Ali was raised in a strict Muslim family, but after surviving a civil war, genital mutilation, beatings and an arranged marriage, she renounced the faith in her 30s. She has not commented publicly on the issue of the honorary degree.
Read the full article at FoxNews.com.
Sex-based discrimination in the workplace has been illegal since 1963. And since then, “Women have not only caught up to men in many professional endeavors; single, young women are outperforming their male counterparts in urban areas,” says Heritage’s Romina Boccia, the Grover M. Hermann Fellow. “No surprise there, as women already earn more bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees than men do.”
Equal Pay Day is supposed to be about boosting women, but President Obama and his allies are taking the opportunity to push two policy proposals that would hurt women (and men) in the workplace.
1. Raising the minimum wage.
The White House is pushing the idea that a minimum wage increase would help women, because women make up the majority of the workforce in several low-wage industries. What that actually means, however, is that hiking the minimum wage would deal a blow to women—since those are the jobs that would be lost with a wage hike. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would kill off 500,000 jobs—and the Employment Policies Institute projects that 57 percent of those jobs are held by women.
2. Mandating “paycheck fairness.”
Another bad idea Congress has rejected in the past is surfacing again: the “Paycheck Fairness Act.” But a law already exists that prohibits discrimination based on a worker’s sex—it’s called the Equal Pay Act, and it’s been law since 1963. So what would the Paycheck Fairness Act do for women’s pay?
Heritage labor expert James Sherk explains that the proposal is more about inviting lawsuits than anything else.
the PFA allows employees to sue businesses that pay different workers different wages—even if those differences have nothing to do with the employees’ sex. These lawsuits can be brought for unlimited damages, giving a windfall to trial lawyers.
How would it hurt workers? Well, you can’t get a raise for being a high-performing employee—male or female—if it’s mandated that everyone with the same job title makes the same salary. Sherk notes the downward pressure it would put on pay:
Companies should be allowed to reward good performance without risking a lawsuit. Punishing companies that do not adopt uniform pay scales would cut the wages of both men and women.
Read the full article at The Foundry.
President Barack Obama is planning to sign two new executive actions aimed at narrowing the wage gap between men and women Tuesday, even as the Obama White House pays its female staffers less than men.
The first executive action will be an order banning federal contractors from retaliation against employees who disclose or ask about their wages, according to reports. His other executive action will require federal contractors to submit data to the government about their employees compensation by sex and race.
On Tuesday — the day advocates have labelled “Equal Pay Day” to symbolize the amount of time women have to work to make as much as men did the year before — Obama will sign the executive orders at the White House, according to an AP report.
However, according to a Daily Caller analysis of “2013 Annual Report to Congress on White House Staff,” the most recent available data on White House pay, the White House paid women an estimated 11.8 percent less than men in 2013.
Meanwhile, since President Barack Obama took office in January 2009, the U.S. economy has employed an additional 3,590,000 people, but only 1,386,000 of those people—or 38.6 percent–have been women.
At the same time, women represent 46.8 percent of the national civilian labor force. That means women are getting a smaller share of the jobs being added to the economy (38.6 percent) than their representation in the civilian labor force (46.8 percent).