On Wednesday, along mostly partisan lines, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to strip Women’s health provider Planned Parenthood of its funding in a stopgap funding bill aimed at keeping federal agencies operating in the fiscal year. Although the bill is expected to fail in the Senate, voices in the street wanted to know what your friends and neighbors think about the latest attempt to defund Planned Parenthood.
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Twenty-three local residents voiced their opinions before the Monroe County Council last night, as the Council considered whether to approve a $3,000 grant to Planned Parenthood. The local clinic requested the money to help pay for contraceptives, STD testing and medical examinations. Planned Parenthood has been under fire in recent weeks after an anti-abortion group released a series of heavily edited videos intended to defame the organization.
The videos focus on a program in which patients donate fetal tissue to be used in medical research. Although several speakers referred to the videos last night, Bloomington’s clinic does not offer the tissue donation program, nor do any other Planned Parenthood clinics in Indiana.
So, here we are, August 4th, 2015, and I’m asking “Is a Woman A Person?” You laugh, no, scoff at me for asking this. Of course!, you say. But are we “persons” by degrees with some considered lesser beings? Consider the concerted attack on women’s health funding by Republicans seeking to defund Planned Parenthood. It seems women ought to be tethered to reproduction and firmly under the control of the male head of the family. Right? We’ll look at the essays of Ellen Willis in this program as a way to investigate the longevity of this male supremacist attack on women.
On June 30 I talked with Ellen Willis’s daughter, Nona Willis Aronowitz, who had edited a selection of Ellen Willis’s essays, about Willis’s life and her influence as a writer,, which included her work as a music critic–rock music critic–for the New Yorker magazine, but was mostly political, and always feminist. We didn’t dig too deeply into the specifics of the Radical Feminism of Ellen Willis that night.
But, with the continuous onslaught against women primarily through access to care, which seems to be about restricting access to biological options regarding reproduction, we should return to Ellen Willis. No, we must to return to Ellen Willis.
There was something of a dismissive review of The Essential Ellen Willis in the Los Angeles Review of Books back in May of 2014 by Lisa Levy. It disparaged Willis exactly where I would praise her for sounding one particular feminist note for forty years. For FOUR decades what remained consistent for women while Ellen Willis was writing for both a popular and academic audience? The attack on women’s individual rights. The ongoing commitment to restricting women from being able to decide without the imposition of a man and a male supremacist society how to live their lives as equal human beings. But the book reviewer seemed to tired of that complaint, or too tired of having to read about it over and over.
Jennifer Maher, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies at Indiana University in Bloomington.
Aretha Franklin – “RESPECT”
Eurythmics – “Sisters are Doing It For Themselves”
Beyonce – “Run The World (Girls)”
Bikini Kill – “Rebel Girl”
“Abortion: Is a Woman a Person?” (Village Voice, 1979)
“Radical Feminism and Feminist Radicalism” (Social Text, 1984)
Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Board and Music Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford
Senator Dan Coats of Indiana joined 23 other senators this morning to introduce a bill that would de-fund Planned Parenthood; The Monroe County website is getting an upgrade; The Town of Ellettsville continues to deal with the fallout from a 2013 flood that forced its offices to move out of the Town Hall and into rental units at Eagle’s Landing Mall; Ivy Tech Community College has announced that they will begin express enrollment days on Monday, August 10.
The Affordable Care Act was passed more than five years ago but legislators continue to debate many aspects of the legislation. Over the past couple years there has been an effort to repeal part of the law that institutes a tax on medical devices. News Director Joe Crawford spoke yesterday with an opponent of the tax, Cook Medical Board Chairman Steve Ferguson. We bring you part of that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report.
The Federal Trade Commission is warning about online hotel-booking scams. There are various ways fraudsters prey on travelers; here’s a roadmap to the swindles and directions on how to avoid the potholes.
Anchors: Kelly Wherley and Araceli Gomez
Today’s headlines were written by Jack Hanek and Ivy Bridges
Along with Cleveland Dietz for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Better Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
Our engineers today were Jim Lang and Matt Gwaltney
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Senator Coats Proposes A Bill To Remove Funding for Planned Parenthood After the Release of Controversial Videos
Senator Dan Coats of Indiana joined 23 other senators this morning to introduce a bill that would de-fund Planned Parenthood. The bill would prohibit any federal funding from going to the organization. Just yesterday, Coats released a video in which he accuses Planned Parenthood of profiting from abortion through organ harvesting. Planned Parenthood rejects the claim. The controversy began as a result of videos released by the Center for Medical Progress, an anti-abortion group which describes itself as “a group of citizen journalists dedicated to monitoring and reporting on medical ethics and advances.” The group has released three videos so far, each related to the organization’s donation of fetal tissue for use in medical research. Planned Parenthood says the footage was obtained through deceit and possibly by violating state recording laws, federal tax laws and falsified state Identification. They added that these videos are a violation of patient privacy and have been selectively edited. The executive vice president of Planned Parenthood said yesterday the organization does not make a profit on fetal tissue. Coats’ legislation, if passed, would allocate Planned Parenthood funding to other women’s health organizations that do not provide abortions.
The state senate today is debating a bill that would end Indiana’s common construction
wage, The local transportation planning authority continues to show its discontent with the
state’s handling of Interstate 69 construction, The Monroe County Solid Waste Management
District is moving ahead with setting up its new recycling facility, Planned Parenthood
locations in Bloomington and Columbus are offering free STD and HIV tests next week,
Throughout April, the Bloomington entertainment and Arts District will display photographs
by the Bloomington Photography Club in the City Hall Atrium.
The Brewers of Indiana Guild held the 5th annual Bloomington Beer Fest at Woolery Mill on
Saturday. Representatives from many of Indiana’s most popular breweries attended the event
to show off their recipes. Correspondent Michael Hilton attended the event to ask the
breweries about the current competition in the local craft beer market, and what they
think about the future.
INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Happy Financial Literacy Month!
Anchors – Chris Martin, Casey Kuhn
Today’s headlines were written by Sophia Saliby, Joshua Byron and Joe Crawford
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Michael Hilton
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Ryan Stacy and edited by Dan Withered, in
partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineer is Harrison Wagner.
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Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh,
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.
A fundraising event for Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky held last weekend brought in more than one hundred and sixty thousand dollars for the organization, which is currently in a legal battle with the state of Indiana; The Indiana University Student Foundation and the Little 500 teammates of Lauren Gill came up with a way to honor her by making custom bandages for riders and fans to wear at the upcoming Men’s and Women’s races. Little 500 Race Director Jordan Bailey explains how the idea came about; Map the Meal Gap, an annual study by the national non-profit Feeding America, was released yesterday; This weekend in sports.
Governor Mike Pence signed a new bill into law that will fund Pre-K voucher programs for low-income families in the state of Indiana. The bill, called House Enrolled Act-1004, will set aside a portion of Indiana’s annual budget to fund a pilot program that will go into effect for five Indiana counties to help lower-income families enroll their children in their choice of Pre-K education programs within the state. Now we bring you a few remarks from Governor Pence about the pilot program, for today’s WFHB feature report.
VOICES ON THE STREET
This week on the Voices in the Street: “Earth Day 2014: Celebrating Our Planet.
Anchor: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Jalisa Ransom, Neal Earley, and Alycin Bektesh, along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our feature producer and engineer today is Sarah Hetrick.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.
Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky filed a lawsuit in federal court this morning challenging Indiana’s newest law regulating abortion clinics. Senate Enrolled Act 371, passed earlier this year, calls for facilities that prescribe and dispense abortion-inducing medications to have many of the same emergency and urgent care resources as hospitals. The bill affects only one facility in the state, Planned Parenthood’s Lafayette clinic, which has been in operation for 40 years, providing a variety of health care services for women. The portion of the bill covering non-surgical abortions goes into effect on January first. Betty Cockrum, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, says the expense of retrofitting the facility to comply with the law would be prohibitive. The law also specifies numerous “informed consent” statements clinic workers must make to women seeking the abortion pill. The women must also be shown sonogram images of the fetus in their wombs and must be advised the availability of adoption alternatives in the state. Correspondent Michael Glab spoke with Cockrum this afternoon in a WFHB Feature Exclusive.