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    So apparently men sexually harassing women is a 1st Amendment right, and when it happens in schools it's just 'teasing'.

    https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/18/polit...ent/index.html

    Jason Lewis, a former GOP congressman running for a US Senate seat in Minnesota, dismissed in a 1999 television show sexual harassment and assault in K-12 schools as being insignificant cases of children teasing each other and argued against a school's legal responsibility to limit harassment between students.

    Lewis made the comments on "Face to Face," a public affairs television program he co-hosted in the late 1990s and early 2000s in Minnesota, in response to what was then a recent Supreme Court case, Davis v. Monroe County School Board.

    At the center of Davis v. Monroe was a fifth-grade girl in Georgia who experienced months of sexual harassment from a male classmate, in which the classmate allegedly "would sexually taunt her by trying to grab at her breasts, rub against her in the hallways, or whisper that he wanted to 'get in bed' with her," according to reporting from The Washington Post. The girl's mother stated that she tried for months to get the school to stop the boy, but that she was ignored.

    CNN's KFile also reviewed other episodes of Face to Face from this time period in which Lewis also argued against the Sixth Amendment's right to legal counsel, which he said was "already stretched" and that court-appointed attorneys went beyond the scope of the Sixth Amendment.

    These newly unearthed comments about the harassment lawsuit are in line with Lewis' history of deriding women who experience sexual assault and sexual harassment. CNN's KFile previously reported Lewis mocked women who were traumatized by unwanted sexual advances and that he viewed sexual harassment law as an assault on First Amendment rights to freedom of speech, calling it both "ridiculous" and "unconstitutional," in 2011 episodes of his former radio show.

    The former GOP congressman, who was endorsed by President Donald Trump last year in the primary, faces a tough election battle against incumbent Democratic Sen. Tina Smith for the Minnesota seat. Winning Minnesota has long been a goal for Republicans and Trump, who plans to visit Minnesota on Friday and lost the state by fewer than 45,000 votes in 2016. His campaign is trying to add it to the Republican column this year but polling shows Trump trailing in the state by high single digits, and current polling for this Senate battle shows Lewis trailing Smith by high single digits.

    In response to a comment request from CNN, Christine Snell, Lewis' communications director, criticized CNN and KFile, but did not respond to the substance of Lewis' comments.

    Sexual harassment
    In the June 1999 episode of "Face to Face" discussing the case, Lewis frequently bemoaned the court's ruling, which found that a school can be sued by a student, and forced to pay damages, if it failed to stop sexual harassment committed by other students.

    Lewis also dismissed allegations of sexual harassment in schools as innocent situations of "Billy" chasing "Susie," two fictional stand-ins for elementary school boys and girls.
    "This is such a boon to lawyers everywhere, they can sue school districts for not preventing Billy from teasing Susie," Lewis said.

    Lewis made the argument that the ruling endorsed superfluous lawsuits, despite the fact that the Supreme Court explicitly said in its ruling that harassment had to be so "severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive" as to make it impossible for students to receive the benefits of a public education, and that "It is not enough to show... that a student has been 'teased' or 'called offensive names."

    Lewis brought up the hypothetical examples of the nonexistent Billy and Susie five times in the half-hour episode to downplay sexual harassment in schools, and said that pursuing hypothetical sexual harassment cases distracted schools from preventing violence.

    "While school districts are making certain that say, you know, romantic notes aren't exchanged, or Billy isn't harassing Susie, or all these things -- that takes time," Lewis said. "And some of us think that schools ought to be focused on violence perhaps in their hallways, instead of what some people deem to be sexual harassment."

    Lewis also complained about the increase in sexual harassment lawsuits, though not because he thought sexual harassment was rampant, but rather because he thought many were frivolous.

    "Sexual harassment litigation has exploded in the 1980s and 1990s. In fact, according to the EEOC, we've gone from 6,127 cases in 1990—to 14,420, just by 1994—we doubled in less than five years," Lewis said to Wright Walling, an attorney and one of the show's guests that episode

    "You're making an assumption that more lawsuits are a bad thing, and -- " Walling said.

    "Yes, absolutely," Lewis interrupted.

    "The fact of the matter is that when you're protecting the rights of, in this case, a 5th grader, of children, that some of these who should be looked at, and if that takes going to court to make the school districts, in fact, pay attention to what they should be doing to protect our children, then I don't think—" said Walling.

    "I agree with Judge Hand," Lewis interrupted again, citing 20th century federal judge Learned Hand. "He said that more lawsuits were a bad thing and he was right then as he is today."

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    https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/18/polit...wis/index.html

    A GOP congressman once lamented not being able to call women 'sluts' anymore

    Republican congressman from Minnesota has a long history of making deeply misogynistic comments on the radio, including lamenting that women can no longer be called "sluts."

    CNN's KFile reviewed several months of audio from Rep. Jason Lewis on the "Jason Lewis Show," a syndicated radio program Lewis hosted from 2009 until 2014 with the tagline "America's Mr. Right." In one instance, while arguing that "young single women" vote based on coverage of birth control pills, Lewis said those women were not human beings and were without brains.

    Lewis, who was narrowly elected to represent Minnesota's 2nd District in 2016, is considered one of the most endangered House Republicans in the midterm election. CNN rates the race as a "toss up," the most competitive designation.

    Lewis can be heard on the radio repeatedly demeaning women, and particularly women voters, in 15 months of audio provided to KFile by Michael Brodkorb, the former deputy chair of the Republican Party of Minnesota. Brodkorb, who is currently a columnist for the MinnPost and works in public affairs, initially revealed some of Lewis' radio comments in a column in February 2016. KFile contacted Brodkorb after seeing his 2016 column and requested raw audio files of Lewis' show, which he provided.

    When radio host Rush Limbaugh called women's rights activists and then-graduate student Sandra Fluke "a slut" in February 2012, Lewis repeatedly expressed disbelief that people could no longer refer to women as sluts.

    "Well, the thing is, can we call anybody a slut? This is what begs the question. Take this woman out of it, take Rush out of it for a moment," Lewis said in a March 2012 episode. "Does a woman now have the right to behave -- and I know there's a double standard between the way men chase women and running and running around -- you know, I'm not going to get there, but you know what I'm talking about. But it used to be that women were held to a little bit of a higher standard. We required modesty from women. Now, are we beyond those days where a woman can behave as a slut, but you can't call her a slut?"

    Fluke, a law student at Georgetown at the time, found herself at the center of a national controversy in early 2012 after Limbaugh attacked her following her testimony to a Democratic congressional group. In her testimony, Fluke said that students paid as much as $1,000 a year for contraceptives and made the case that religious institutions should cover birth control. She said she was "stunned" and "outraged" by Limbaugh's remarks.

    Lewis, who was a regular fill-in for Limbaugh's national radio show, also offered a defense of the right-wing radio host for his comments on Fluke, saying, "Now Limbaugh's reasoning was, look, if you're demanding that the taxpayers pay for your contraception, you must use a lot of them and therefore, ergo, you're very sexually active and in the old days, what we used to call people who were in college or even graduate school who were sexually active, we called them sluts."

    He continued, "Especially if you want somebody to pay for it. Now you know, obviously that's a stretch. It was meant as an aspect of entertainment radio."

    He continued, "But have we really got to the point where you can't refer to Madonna as a slut without being sued? I mean, Madonna has had a series of lovers, as have many in Hollywood. Now in the old days, what did we call this? Madonna dresses up in these sorts of prostitute-like outfits on stage, and she goes there and she sings and she shows half of her body. What did we call those people? 30 years ago? 40 years ago? 50 years ago? You can't do that today, it's too politically incorrect?"

    Lewis, during a December 2012 segment on changes in the culture, said, "Only we can tell our young women, 'don't look like some slut and you won't get hit on.'"

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    https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinio...20-ncna1242748

    Trump calls Kamala Harris a monster. Will GOP misogyny win the 2020 election?

    You could almost hear the misogyny rumbling in the distance on Wednesday like a summer storm. It drizzled during the debate between California Sen. Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence, then began to downpour as soon as it was done.

    It’s clear that many Americans still harbor misogyny and fear at the idea of a woman in power, and the Republicans are trying to play on that.

    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was quick to sow male anxiety of a woman in power, tweeting a GIF of a massive missile launch and suggesting that she couldn’t be trusted to keep America safe. “[D]ecide who you want just one heartbeat away from the Presidency,” he wrote minutes after the debate. Although we’ve already had three women serve as secretary of state, Rubio seemed keen to stoke old fears that women are somehow not capable of dealing with national security and foreign policy.

    Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley pulled out the likeability canard — the misogynistic mainstay that keeps even women from supporting women candidates for president — saying that clearly Pence won because he’s the guy we’d all like to have dinner with. Really? That might be true for an 87-year-old white man who was first elected to Congress in 1975, but what about the rest of us?

    President Donald Trump was more direct: He simply called Harris a “monster” during a Fox Business Network interview on Thursday, a dehumanizing term he utters about terrorists and murderers. This assessment followed his own son endorsing the idea that Harris as Joe Biden’s VP pick was “whorendus” — a sickeningly sexulaized term used in a tweet that Eric Trump liked in August before deleting it.

    It’s clear that many Americans still harbor misogyny and fear at the idea of a woman in power, and the Republicans are trying to play on that by portraying Harris as inept, incapable, a bitch, a courtesan and, ridiculously, smug — really anything they can come up with to scare people away or turn them off from the idea of a woman as vice president.

    Harlan Hill, who identifies himself as a member of the Advisory Board of the Trump-Pence campaign, used language to describe Harris in a tweet that was so offensive Fox News said it wouldn’t invite him back. Hill was unrepentant, telling Mediaite: "I stand by the statement that she’s an insufferable power-hungry smug bitch."
    America failed Ferraro and Palin. What can their VP campaigns teach us about sexism?

    When it comes to the anti-Kamala commentary, it’s as if #MeToo never happened. With less than a month left until Election Day, it’s open season on attacking the Democratic vice presidential candidate with smears you would think public figures would be ashamed to be associated with.

    Beyond the moral deficiencies of this approach, there are also the practical ones. Do the slurs and sexism actually amount to much at the ballot box? A fascinating 2019 study by researchers at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University asked, “Are Voters Biased Against Female Politicians?” The answers were a mix of reassuring and disconcerting. On the whole, no. But in a major economic downturn, yes.

    “Among participants who viewed the U.S. economy as weak, female candidates were viewed less favorably by a margin of about half a point on [a] seven-point scale,” explained researchers Ryan Lei and Galen Bodenhausen. The study asked participants to rank candidates on the basis of things like credibility, trustworthiness, impressiveness, leadership potential — and electability.

    “[T]ellingly, women were also viewed as less electable when the economy was weak.” Female candidates, they found, were perceived as less adept at handling “masculine” issues,” as the writers put it, such as defense and the economy.

    That means 2020 might be a more difficult year for any female candidate, not just Harris. With 12.6 million Americans unemployed, prospects for U.S. growth dimming and no new stimulus package in sight, there are few encouraging indicators that the worst economic damage of the coronavirus is behind us.

    Here’s another sign that it’s primarily men who dislike Harris: A CNN poll found that women said the Democratic senator was the winner of Wednesday’s debate by a 69 percent to 30 percent margin. Men, in contrast, only slightly favored Harris (48 percent) over Pence (46 percent), though men are more likely to identify as Republicans than Democrats.

    A more insidious — and dangerous — sign that the idea of a woman in power is still something significant numbers of people aren’t comfortable with is the hostility they face as candidates. In 2016 then and in the 2018 midterm elections, more women were elected to Congress than ever before, but they also suffered more severe harassment and threats when running for office, particularly if they were also memories of a minority group, according to The New York Times.

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    UNITED NATIONS -- A new report estimates that 29 million women and girls are victims of modern slavery, exploited by practices including forced labor, forced marriage, debt-bondage and domestic servitude.

    Grace Forrest, co-founder of the Walk Free anti-slavery organization, said Friday that means one in every 130 women and girls is living in modern slavery today, more than the population of Australia.

    "The reality is that there are more people living in slavery today than any other time in human history," she told a U.N. news conference.

    Walk Free defines modern slavery "as the systematic removal of a person's freedom, where one person is exploited by another for personal or financial gain," she said.

    Forrest said the global estimate of one in 130 women and girls living in modern slavery was made based on work by Walk Free, the International Labor Organization and the International Organization for Migration, both U.N. agencies..

    "What this report has shown is that gender stacks the odds against girls from conception throughout their lives," she said.

    According to the report, titled "Stacked Odds," women account for 99% of all victims of forced sexual exploitation, 84% of all victims of forced marriage, and 58% of all victims of forced labor.

    Forrest said the face of modern slavery "has radically changed."

    "We're seeing normalized exploitation in our economy in transnational supply chains and also in migration pathways," she said. "The world's most vulnerable people have been pushed even further into this practice of modern slavery because of COVID-19."

    She said the estimate of women and girls in modern slavery is conservative because it doesn't account for what's happened during the pandemic, which has seen "sharp increases of forced and child marriage and exploited work conditions around the world."

    Forrest said Walk Free and the U.N.'s Every Woman Every Child program are launching a global campaign to demand action to eliminate modern slavery.

    The campaign urges an end to child and forced marriage, which 136 countries have yet to criminalize.

    It urges the elimination of legalized systems of exploitation such as kefala, which legally binds a migrant worker's immigration status to an employer or sponsor for their contract period.

    The campaign also urges transparency and accountability for multinationals.

    "We know that women and girls are experiencing unprecedented levels of exploitation and forced labor in supply chains of the goods we buy and use every day - clothing, coffee, techncology," Forest said.

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    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime...id=mailsignout

    Iowa prosecutor charged over deportation threats to doctor

    An Iowa prosecutor has been charged with harassment for allegedly threatening to pursue meritless criminal charges against his ex-fiancee, a doctor from Iran, that he warned could cause her deportation.
    In this Oct. 12, 2020 booking photo provided by the Appanoose County Sherrif's Office, in Centerville, Iowa, shows Ryan James McCord. McCord, a former criminal prosecutor in Des Moines County, is charged with harassment for allegedly threatening to pursue meritless criminal charges against his ex-fiancee, a doctor from Iran, that he warned could lead to her deportation. (Appanoose County Sherrif's Office via AP) ? Provided by Associated Press In this Oct. 12, 2020 booking photo provided by the Appanoose County Sherrif's Office, in Centerville, Iowa, shows Ryan James McCord. McCord, a former criminal prosecutor in Des Moines County, is charged with harassment for allegedly threatening to pursue meritless criminal charges against his ex-fiancee, a doctor from Iran, that he warned could lead to her deportation. (Appanoose County Sherrif's Office via AP)

    Ryan McCord, 40, was an assistant Des Moines County attorney in Burlington when he allegedly harassed the woman for months after they ended their relationship, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday.

    The woman works as a physician at the Great River Medical Center in Burlington on a visa for foreign-born doctors.

    McCord falsely told the woman that he had a pending domestic violence charge against her at the sheriff's office that could be filed if they didn't get back together, the complaint says.

    “The reason I'm not moving forward is because I still have hope in our relationship ... but I could file the charges any time in the next two years,” he allegedly told her in one social media message.

    McCord claimed that she had committed felony assault and that such a case could have consequences for her immigration status, including potential deportation. He also warned he could give her supervisors at the hospital negative information that would damage her employment, the complaint says.

    The woman has denied any violence allegation. Increasingly concerned about McCord's threats, she went to the sheriff's office in August asking whether any charges were pending against her. She ultimately gave details about the alleged harassment to the Division of Criminal Investigation, which took over the case.

    McCord had met with a deputy last year to make allegations against the woman, saying he only wanted to have his claims documented and not investigated, the complaint says. He withdrew the allegations when told that wasn't an option.

    McCord, who prosecuted felonies and other crimes, was fired on Aug. 28, Des Moines County Attorney Lisa Schaefer said. Schaefer would not give the reason for terminating McCord, who had been with the office for one year.

    Elizabeth Garvish, an immigration attorney representing the hospital and the woman, said the threat of arrest or charges would not impact anyone’s immigration status. She said once must be convicted of a crime for there to be consequences.

    She said the doctor was providing a “wonderful service to our country” by serving patients in an underserved region and was shaken up by the situation.

    “If you are an immigrant during the Trump administration, when people start throwing the word ‘deportation’ around, it’s a threat. It’s scary for people,” she said. “Immigrants feel unwanted in our country right now.”

    The harassment also included repeated phone calls from a restricted phone number and an in-person visit by McCord to her apartment, the complaint says.

    McCord did not return email and phone messages seeking comment. He told investigators that he “probably” had made statements that could be construed as threats to the woman's immigration status, employment and criminal record.

    Authorities arrested McCord on Monday in Centerville, where he has since moved. He was booked at the county jail and released after posting $500 bond. The third-degree harassment charge is a simple misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail.

    In court filings Tuesday, McCord entered a plea of not guilty, demanded a speedy trial and asked for a public defender to represent him.

    To avoid a conflict of interest with Des Moines County, a judge has appointed an Appanoose County prosecutor to handle the case.

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    https://www.5newsonline.com/article/...0-3119af3fc1d3

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas Women's Basketball Coach Mike Neighbors took to social media Wednesday (Oct. 14) to speak out against derogatory comments made against female athletes following remarks made on one of his player's tweets by a Fort Smith radio host.

    "As a women's basketball coach and a father, I am disgusted over how one of my players has been objectified. Women in sports face this type of unfair, misogynistic treatment far too often, and as their coach, and as a man, I condemn the words and actions of anyone who thinks women are not equal to men. Young women all over the world do amazing things every day. The young women on my team, and young women everywhere, deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. And as long as I am around, I will always advocate for this fair treatment," Mike Neighbors said on Twitter.


    His comments are in response to a tweet sent out by redshirt freshman Erynn Barnum. She posted a picture of herself sitting on an announcement table at Bud Walton Arena.

    A radio host for KMAG 99.1 in Fort Smith named Darren Miner, known as Maverick on-air, commented on the tweet with, "Now they just need to install a pole."


    Credit: KFSM
    Maverick sent another set of tweets later apologizing for what he said.


    Credit: KFSM
    5NEWS spoke with Clyde Bass, iHeartMedia Area President, who said that as soon as iHeart became aware of the comment, they knew it was unacceptable and addressed the matter internally. Bass also said the Darren Miner (Maverick) no longer works for KMAG 99.1.

    Director of Athletics at the University of Arkansas Hunter Yuracheck chimed in to show his support for coach Neighbors' comments.

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    Hey JL, misogyny isn't just sexual assault of anyone. Misogyny is to do with women being affected by the behaviour:


    So find somewhere else to post the sexual assault of men threads that you have been posting in here recently. I will move the post about the Los Angeles police officer and bodyguard for Mayor Garcetti to 'Bad Cops'.

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    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/u...march-n1244487

    U.S. joins global anti-abortion pact as Polish women march to protest clampdown-Signatories of the Geneva Consensus Declaration pledge to work together to "reaffirm that there is no international right to abortion."

    The United States on Thursday signed an anti-abortion declaration along with more than 30 countries representing over 1.6 billion people.

    Overnight, women in Poland took to the streets to protest a clampdown on abortion rights in that country.

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar took part in a virtual signing ceremony of the Geneva Consensus Declaration. Egypt, Uganda, Brazil, Hungary and Indonesia co-sponsored the pact along with the U.S. Thirty-two nations signed it.

    The nonbinding declaration says it seeks to improve women's health, preserve human life and strengthen the family unit.

    "We, the representatives of our sovereign nations do hereby declare in mutual friendship and respect, our commitment to work together to: Reaffirm that there is no international right to abortion," the declaration read.

    "Under President Trump's leadership, the United States has defended the dignity of human life everywhere and always," Pompeo said in his remarks at the signing. "We've also mounted an unprecedented defense of the unborn abroad."

    Abortion rouses conservative voters each election and has come to the fore in recent weeks with President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace liberal icon Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. Democrats have grilled her on abortion amid fears the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling could be overturned if she is confirmed.

    After the Geneva Consensus Declaration signing was announced, Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he was "disturbed" by it and feared the U.S. actions would "undercut" the rights of millions.

    "The Geneva Consensus Declaration attempts to undermine bedrock human rights agreements and women’s health and reproductive rights here at home and around the world," Cardin said in a statement. "Fortunately, same-sex marriage and abortion remain legal in the United States."

    In the Polish capital Warsaw, crowds protested after that country's Constitutional Court ruled abortion due to fetal defects was unconstitutional. Poland is now also a signatory of the Geneva Consensus Declaration.

    The Polish court's decision banned one of the few remaining legal grounds available for ending a pregnancy in the largely Catholic country. Once the ruling comes into effect, it will mean abortion will only be permissible in Poland in the case of rape, incest or a threat to the mother's health and life.

    "We mourn the extinguishing of Polish women's remaining sliver of access to abortion care," Irene Donadio of the International Planned Parenthood Federation European Network said.

    The reproductive health and rights group also condemned the Geneva Consensus Declaration as "a farcical Trump-led document with no legal basis" and said the pledge was signed by "reproductive bullies" and "regressive governments from around the world."

    Hundreds marched toward the house of Poland's governing party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski overnight, some carrying candles and signs that read "torture."

    Warsaw police said on Twitter on Friday that 15 people had been detained. Officers reacted with pepper spray and physical force after protesters threw stones and tried to push through police lines, they added.

    Conservative values have played a growing role in public life in Poland since the nationalist Law and Justice party came into power five years ago on a promise to defend the nation's traditional, Catholic character.

    The Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatovic said it was "a sad day" for women's rights.

    "Removing the basis for almost all legal abortions in Poland amounts to a ban and violates human rights," Mijatovic said on Twitter. "Today's ruling of the Constitutional Court means underground/abroad abortions for those who can afford and even greater ordeal for all others."

    Women's rights and opposition groups called for further demonstrations Friday.

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    Of course. Such bullshit.
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    I thought the exact same thing. Poor Brennen Tammons.
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    I feel terrible for woman in Poland right now.

    You can't even get an abortion if you have an unviable pregnancy.

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    So all the women on the plane were forced to undergo pelvic exams on the tarmac, and couldn't say no.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world...id=mailsignout

    Qatar Airways: Women on flight received 'inappropriate' treatment after abandoned baby found at Doha Airport

    A group of women on a recent Qatar Airways flight received "grossly inappropriate" treatment after an abandoned baby was discovered at Hamad International Airport, according to the Australian government.

    CNN affiliate Seven News reported that women at the airport, including 13 Australians, were "allegedly removed from flights, detained and forced to undergo an inspection in an ambulance on the tarmac."

    "Reports indicate that the treatment of the women concerned was offensive, grossly inappropriate, and beyond circumstances in which the women could give free and informed consent," an Australian government spokesperson told CNN.

    The flight, Sydney-bound Qatar Airways Flight QR 908, landed for a transit stop in Doha, Qatar, on October 2, CNN affiliate Nine News reported.

    Hamad International Airport confirmed an abandoned newborn baby was found at the airport on October 2, adding that medical professionals were concerned "about the health and welfare of a mother who had just given birth and requested she be located prior to departing (the airport)."

    "Individuals who had access to the specific area of the airport where the newborn infant was found were asked to assist in the query," the airport said in a statement to CNN.

    Airport authorities are still searching for the mother, but the newborn is "safe under the professional care of medical and social workers."

    Wolfgang Babeck, a passenger on the plane, told CNN that there was "a very tense atmosphere" on the flight when the women returned from the tarmac.

    "One lady was crying," he said. "The others they were shell-shocked, nobody could believe what had happened. It was such a private and delicate issue. You don't want to share that with people."

    He said the women had left the plane "in good faith, relying on the instructions of the crew."

    Speaking on Monday, Australian Foreign Minister Marisa Payne said it was "not something I have ever heard of occurring in my life in any context."

    "This is a grossly, grossly disturbing, offensive, concerning set of events... We have made our views very clear to the Qatari authorities on this matter," she said at a press conference in Canberra.

    Payne added that a report has been submitted to Australian Federal Police (AFP)

    In a response to CNN, the AFP said that it was aware of the matter and was liaising with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

    "It would not be appropriate to comment any further," spokesperson for the AFP said.

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    That is super fucked up. I would not agree to a pelvic exam. That would have to have a warrant or something to exam me. Fuck that noise.

    I hope they wouldnt do that in the US, but who am I kidding?

    All that invasion of privacy and they probably never found the mother.

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    https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinio...on-ncna1244568

    Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court confirmation jeopardizes more than abortion-The threat to birth control — and in vitro fertilization — is increasingly plausible, especially in an America without Roe v. Wade.

    The Senate's confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett on Monday has been all but guaranteed for weeks. That’s partly because Barrett herself has tried hard throughout the process not to answer questions and keep surprises to a minimum. She succeeded — so much so that her nonresponses became a running joke. But there was one thing she did seem sure about: the right to birth control was not “going anywhere.”

    As we know with abortion, you don’t have to pass a law to make something all but illegal.

    Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., asked Barrett what she thought about Griswold v. Connecticut, a canonical 1965 case recognizing married couples’ right to use contraception. Barrett broke with tradition by refusing to affirm that Griswold was correctly decided, something conservative Justices John Roberts, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito had no problem doing in their confirmation hearings. But she seemed adamant that no one had to worry about birth control, in part because it was “unthinkable” that a state would pass a law prohibiting contraceptive use.

    Barrett is probably right that states will not launch a broad attack on contraceptives, especially for married couples. But as we know with abortion, you don’t have to pass a law to make something all but illegal. Indeed, the threat to birth control — and in vitro fertilization — is increasingly plausible, particularly in an America without Roe v. Wade. President Donald Trump chose Barrett in large part because of his promise to reverse Roe. She already has demonstrated her willingness to defer to state legislatures passing all manner of abortion restrictions. Twenty-one states have signaled plans to ban all or most abortions should the court dismantle abortion rights, often without exceptions for rape or incest. States would be free to pass laws banning abortion.

    And anti-abortion advocates have already blurred the line between abortion and birth control. Although some states, like Missouri, explicitly distinguish abortion and birth control, the line between the two in many states is anything but clear.

    In recent years, abortion opponents have lobbied for conscience protections for pharmacists who don’t want to fill prescriptions for emergency contraception. They won restrictions on the morning-after pill by framing it as an abortion-inducing drug. In the late 2000s and beyond, conservative Christians not only raised religious objections to abortion but also insisted that many forms of birth control were abortion.

    Most anti-abortion Americans believe that life begins at fertilization. Some anti-abortion groups, like the American Life League, argue that the birth control pill counts as an abortifacient because it could prevent implantation of a fertilized egg. Many more organizations — including movement leaders like Americans United for Life, the Susan B. Anthony List and the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists — insist that both emergency contraception and IUDs prevent the implantation and therefore count as abortion. These conclusions are disputed; the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists disagrees both about how these drugs work and what should count as abortion in the first place. But what matters is how anti-abortion lawmakers define abortion.

    In vitro fertilization may also come under fire. Some conservatives have religious objections to IVF, but many more argue against a process called selective reduction. The risk of stillbirth and miscarriage runs high in IVF, which on average costs between $10,000 and $20,000 per cycle (with only 20- to 35-percent odds of success per cycle). Because of the risk and expense, many IVF patients choose to implant multiple embryos each cycle. So multiple pregnancies, which make pregnancy more dangerous, are common in IVF. Patients then sometimes choose to terminate some pregnancies to maximize their odds of bringing one to term. By choosing to ban abortion, states may explicitly or implicitly ban selective reduction, too — and make IVF less effective and more dangerous for the patients who use it.

    Barrett may open the door to bans on selective reduction or birth control by voting to overturn Roe. If the court’s conservative supermajority is skeptical about the privacy-based foundations of Roe, other autonomy-based rights, including contraception, could well be at risk. But even if the court doesn’t want to confront birth control directly, contraceptive rights are far from secure. We simply don’t know how far conservative lawmakers will go when they ban abortion. No one does, and that includes Barrett.

    To be sure, going after birth control would be unpopular, even if state lawmakers use abortion laws to do it. Rep. Henry Hyde, R-Ill., a star in the anti-abortion movement, understood this well. When he proposed a federal ban on abortion, Hyde did his best to show that it wouldn’t affect birth control. Hyde understood that anything else would be political poison.

    Past anti-abortion lawmakers have come to the same conclusion. In the 1980s, when President Ronald Reagan backed a statute recognizing fetal personhood from the moment of conception, Congress debated what the law would mean for birth control. Since 2008, similar arguments doomed recent efforts to pass state constitutional personhood amendments in states from Mississippi to Colorado.

    But it’s unclear if this dynamic is still as strong. During the battle over religious objections to the Affordable Care Act, for example, abortion foes were front and center. Yes, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops raised religious objections to paying for contraception. But other groups like the Family Research Council insist that some forms of birth control are abortion in disguise. The bottom line is that Americans don’t agree about what abortion actually is. That means contraceptives might get labeled abortion-inducing drugs.

    Saying birth control is safe is disingenuous. Abortion foes have already worked to redefine some contraceptives as abortifacients. With Amy Coney Barrett on the court, there is no reason for them to stop now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angiebla View Post
    That is super fucked up. I would not agree to a pelvic exam. That would have to have a warrant or something to exam me. Fuck that noise.

    I hope they wouldnt do that in the US, but who am I kidding?

    All that invasion of privacy and they probably never found the mother.
    I don't think they gave them a choice. This article says the inspections were done 'forcibly'.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world...id=mailsignout

    Qatar faces scrutiny after women 'forcibly examined'

    Revelations that passengers flying through Doha were forced to endure vaginal inspections have upended Qatar's efforts to boost its reputation before the Gulf state hosts World Cup 2022, experts say.

    Officers marched women off a Sydney-bound Qatar Airways flight earlier this month and forced them to undergo intimate examinations after a newborn baby was found abandoned in an airport bathroom.

    The incident sparked a diplomatic row between Australia and Qatar and comes as a setback for the gas-rich emirate, which has worked extensively to grow its soft power.

    Doha has invested heavily in its airline, Al-Jazeera broadcaster and social projects that include women's health and educational initiatives.

    But the conservative Muslim monarchy, where sex and childbirth out of wedlock are still punishable by jail, has struggled to reassure critics that its promises on women's rights, labour relations and democracy are credible.

    "It's a shocking move from a country that has spent billions of state funds on attempting to convey perceptions of a more liberal Gulf state," she said.

    But it is sport on which Qatar has staked its reputation, winning not just the 2022 World Cup and bidding for summer Olympics but also pouring cash into developing sport in poorer countries.

    Qatar has nonetheless had to contain several public relations crises in recent years linked to its shock victory in the competition to host the 2022 football tournament.

    As it began to ramp up construction, rights groups condemned Qatar's treatment of the hundreds of thousands of migrant labourers recruited from South Asia and other developing countries.

    Activists have long called on Qatar to decriminalise "love cases", women who become pregnant outside of marriage and give birth without the help of medics who are required to report such cases.

    Human Rights Watch told AFP Qatar should "examine the policy that led to the event in the first place".

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    I thought the exact same thing. Poor Brennen Tammons.
    Oh well, back to gum.
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    I know, right? What the fuck, puke? Willing to take in Boston, an Irish dude and like, 17 dogs but not Ron? poor Ron.

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    I posted that a while ago! Love it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nic B View Post
    I posted that a while ago! Love it.
    Yeah, but the comments on the original post will make you vomit.
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    I thought the exact same thing. Poor Brennen Tammons.
    Oh well, back to gum.
    ....or exchanging Puke's wang for spicy nuts.
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    I know, right? What the fuck, puke? Willing to take in Boston, an Irish dude and like, 17 dogs but not Ron? poor Ron.

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    Yeah, but the comments on the original post will make you vomit.
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    So an update on the earlier stories about the US Women's Soccer team

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/soc...out&li=BBnb7Kz

    The United States women's squad have agreed a settlement deal with the US Soccer Federation on outstanding claims over working conditions, it was announced on Tuesday.

    The agreement, filed in a California federal court, was focused on travel, hotel accommodations, match venues and staffing, while setting up an appeal from players over a court ruling last May that rejected many of their claims for equal pay to male players in a wage discrimination lawsuit.

    US Soccer president Cindy Cone, who took over the post earlier this year, called the settlement "an important and welcomed moment for US Soccer and the women's national team players".

    "I believe our approach helped us reach this agreement and demonstrates the commitment of US Soccer's new leadership to find a new way forward with the USWNT. This settlement is good news for everyone and I believe will serve as a springboard for continued progress."

    Terms of the deal would begin immediately but would not address past actions or involve payments to the women, whose litigation could lead to millions of dollars in back pay if successful.

    Cone said she hoped the "positive step forward" would lead to the women's players "accepting our standing offer to discuss contract options".

    Cone, a former US women's player, said she was "committed to equality" between the US men's and women's teams, adding: "My goal is, and has always been, to come to a resolution on all equal pay matters and inspire a new era of collaboration, partnership and trust."

    The US won its fourth Women's World Cup title in France last year.

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