Hal Sparks Radio Pgm -- Talkin' Texas, 6/29/13
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Rick Perry is just awful. That's not exactly news. TX Senator Wendy Davis standing up to him and his anti-woman cohorts for more than ELEVEN STRAIGHT HOURS, however, is dramatic, comendable news largely ignored by major corporate media. Nearly 200,000 people watched the livestream feed as Davis stood between SB5 -- a bill that would reduce the number of abortion clinics in her state to 5 -- and the women of Texas. When republicans succeeded in shutting her down and democrats ran out of rules or order to back her up, supporters outside the chamber screamed and yelled to run out the clock -- a moment so dramatic it continues to bring tears to my eyes. The Texas Tribune YouTube page has tons of available video, including the last few minutes: as republicans attempted to call the roll despite the noise.

The Texas legislature begins a second expensive (to the tune of a likely $800,000) legislative session to try again. The tireless Jessica Luther has all the information on how you can help from anywhere in the country and will be tweeting from the capitol on Monday, July 1 as legislators return. This fight is about all of us as Ohio lawmakers made clear when they crammed every imaginable abortion restriction they could think of into the budget they passed on Friday. Robin Marty of RH Reality Check has the latest on Ohio where lawsuits will be the only recourse when Gov Kasich signs the budget today.

This is what the GOP is doing in "off" years. They think no one is watching, that no one will see. It is our democratic duty to watch and then to vote when the legislators who seek to eliminate our rights ask us to rehire them. So, tune in and pass it on.

Direct download: HSRP062913.m4a
Category:HSRP -- posted at: 11:01am PDT
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Hal Sparks Radio Pgm -- Wade Davis interview segment (Chicago Pride 2013) 6/29/13
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This clip has 100% less me! Wade Davis is too awesome not to share, so here is his interview on HSRP ahead of the Chicago 2013 Pride Parade where he was Grand Marshall.

Davis's badassery extends beyond his high profile advocacy and work changing the public perception of LGBTQ Americans to You Belong, a unique project bringing together queer youth and allies through athletics. "Like" You Belong on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/YBInitiative and find out how you can support this amazing project.

From his You Belong bio:

Wade Davis II is a nationally recognized speaker, advocate, writer and educator. He is a former NFL athlete who teaches at-promise youth how to define success for themselves and to thrive in society. His writings and interviews have appeared in the LA Times, The Huffington Post, New York Times, The Advocate, OutSports, TheGrio.com, and other media.

Also, Wade is a board member of You Can Play and GLSEN's (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Educational Network) Sports advisory board. He was invited to speak at the International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC in 2012 and is currently partnering with the Minority AIDS Institute.

Direct download: WadeDavisSegment062913.m4a
Category:HSRP -- posted at: 10:38am PDT
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Hal Sparks Radio Prgm -- Fetal Masturbation Leads to 20-week Abortion Ban Segment, 6/22/13
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"Fetal masturbation" is the newest "reasoning" for limiting women's access to abortion care -- and it's introduced into the national legislative debate by former OBGYN, Rep. Burgess. We have the amazing audio. 

The House passes a draconian 20-week abortion ban that hardly gives a passing glance at the woman carring the fetus. Forget "health of the mother," we're in "life of the mother" language and territory, which narrows the allowance to an alarming window of immedicacy. (Seriously, go get Crow After Roe and hear more about why language is important and what the red flags are in legislation.)

I get an online visit from the head of the "ProLife" Action League who stops by my blog personally to imply that the PLAL is thrilled with me and that I should "Keep On Talking!"

And, finally, Hal and I discuss why pro-choice, pro-woman advocates/activists feel such kinship with the LGBTQ movement: it's the same assholes who find us all threatening. Hal's description of what causes that and the long human rights struggles resulting from patriarchal discomfort are can't-miss!

Direct download: HSRP062213.m4a
Category:HSRP -- posted at: 10:44pm PDT
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Hal Sparks Radio Prgm -- Tag Team Patriarchal Smackdown Segment, 6/15/13
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That's it. Hal and I have both had enough of the "You fed us the apple, you are intrinsically less-than" nonsense GOP legislators aren't even bothering to dance around anymore. What happened to all that "outreach training?" We take on the 20-week ban that passed the House judiciary committee (I still don't know what the hell they're doing discussing abortion), the all-out assault on women's access to reproductive care and a reminder from Hal that it isn't stopping at abortion. Santorum wasn't an anomoly, ladies, they're after your birth control.

Then I make my pitch for restriction-free abortion care. We trust our medical community through groups like the American Medical Association to dictate ethical practices on everything from organ transplantation to prescription writing. Why does abortion need a special set of laws to tell doctors what is appropriate for their patients? (Spoiler alert: it's not about protecting women, it's about controlling them.)

Direct download: HSRP061513.m4a
Category:HSRP -- posted at: 10:34pm PDT
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Hal Sparks Radio Prgm -- I'm officially a feminist menace segment, 6/8/13
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Hal and I discuss my new position as thorn-in-the-side of the "Pro-Life" Action League who flipped out over my Picketers vs Patients piece. We take the time to give Allen West what he deserves over his snide comments concerning rape in the military, including the history behind conflating the issue of female sexuality with genocide. (Not kidding...)

And I get slightly loud and angry over the possiblity that the Anonymous member who passed on PUBLICLY AVAILABLE social media posts in order to get the Stubenville rapists prosecuted may serve more than 5x the jail sentence as the actual rapists.

I give mention to a badass new book, Crow After Roe which everyone who cares about women's access to care should go get immediately. Show the authors, Robin Marty and Jessica Mason Pieklo some appreciation; they're both awesome Twitter follows!

Direct download: HSRP060813_2.m4a
Category:HSRP -- posted at: 10:30pm PDT
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Hal Sparks Radio Pgm -- Louie Gohmert needs to stop talking segment, 5/25/13
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...wherein Hal and John discuss women's reproductive rights in front of -- but not with -- me. They were taking their cues from Congress, where the all male, all rich, all white GOP panel parade continues in an effort to elminate my bodily autonomy. I continue to take it personally. I explain why Louie Gohmert can't have it both ways, using technology to detect a heart beat and therefore necessitate banning abortions post-20-weeks while proclaiming that a woman carrying a non-viable fetus detected by similar technology should "wait...and see."

We also discuss what "strict constitutionalist" actually mean. Spoiler alert: it means anti-every-who-isn't-a-white-male-landholder. 

I call for the marginalizing of women's clinic picketers, to turning them into the next Westboro Baptist Church -- mocked and deserving of our communal scorn. The discussion resulted in my Picketers vs Patients piece which has garnered much attention from the "Pro-Life" Action League.

Direct download: HSRPMay25.m4a
Category:HSRP -- posted at: 5:43pm PDT
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Hal Sparks Radio Pgm -- military rape segment 5/18/13
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Hal and I talk the issues surrounding rape in the military, eg. PTSD stigma & chain of command leading to underreporting, legislators working to change the culture and how the "poeverty draft" leads to military issues of all kinds being largely ignored by the majority of the public.

Direct download: Military_Rape_Segment_HSRP_51813.m4a
Category:HSRP -- posted at: 5:40pm PDT
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