In brief: My regular spot with Hal Sparks on WCPT Radio, Chicago!

Overview:

I always love when I get to tell Hal he’s even righter than he thought he was. His set up to the spot was on how elections matter all the way down the ticket to comptrollers. I added context through the Feminist Majority Foundation’s recent clinic targeting report and a book I’m reviewing on increasing violence against reproductive healthcare providers; as the anti-choice laws have been passed, violence has increased nationwide.

We moved on quickly, so for more of my set-up on increased targeting of abortion providers, see the round-up of writing and media I did during 40 Days For Life this year: #40DaysForLife Annual Targeting Round-up

The bill — SB 1318 — sitting on the Arizona governor’s desk is, in essence an insurance coverage ban. ACA plans already cannot cover abortion care, but residents may purchase an additional rider (think: the unfortunately named infamous “rape insurance” law from Michigan). This bill would prohibit private insurance companies from offering that, so basically it’s restricting the free market the GOP loooooooves so much to inhibit reproductive healthcare.

We talked about the provision getting the most attention: a junk “science” add-on masked as a “information” disclosure or “informed consent” cause. Hal paralleled these chip-away at access laws to the LGBTQ discrimination allowance “religious freedom” laws in 40% of our states (and the federal government). It’s a right-wing strategy and it’s working because it can play as reasonable.

I also got righteous about not doing a general boycott of a state. Follow the #WeAreIndiana hashtag & support the businesses that are LGBTQ-friendly rather than further injuring and stigmatizing an entire population. After a call from an Indiana resident, Hal nails why the discrimination against some individuals is hypocritical. You didn’t build that.

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In brief: easy-stream audio for my latest at Truthout!

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The annual national harassment season known as 40 Days For Life wraps up this weekend. As I type, there’s a prayer vigil going on at Speaker Boehner’s office because “pro-life” folks are angry that the 20-week abortion ban was dropped from the agenda temporarily during the opening days of the legislative session. That (I’m assuming) peaceful demonstration is in start contrast to the reality providers and patients live with every day in this country.

My latest piece for Truthout goes into the story of a Sacramento clinic to illustrate what the Feminist Majority Foundation’s latest clinic survey discovered: there is a significant spike in direct targeting over the past four years. It turns out “life” is negotiable to the “pro-life” movement.

READ: "The Pro-Life Movement: Reframing "Life" to Suit Their Agenda"

Note: Please take the time to thank Truthout by sharing the article directly from their website; they are a nonprofit outlet without the corporate sponsorship you see on so many sites and they’ve given me a space to talk about important issues that are so often ignored. Thank you! Note (2): If you haven’t yet, please check out my new ”#GetWell2015 series! I’m detailing all the uncomfortable messiness of what it takes to get well in this country. I’m personally navigating insurance (still a thing despite ACA), talking mental health and poverty stigma, and discussing the obstacles to care.

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In brief: Back on with my friend Matthew Filipowicz to talk my latest Truthout piece on the annual anti-choice harassment campaign and the Feminist Majority Foundation’s new report on provider targeting!

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Overview:

Always good to be on the Matthew Filipowicz Show! We covered a pretty heavy topic today without much of our signature ability to laugh and joke about the horrific. The FMF’s new clinic survey shows that targeting of abortion providers has spiked to levels that should be alarming everyone — but almost zero media is covering. Apparently we’re just supposed to risk our lives to provide or access basic healthcare in this country.

We talked about the numbers, the situation at the Sacramento clinic I describe in my Truthout piece, what providers go through and feel just attempting to do their jobs, and how we can make their work safer. The long-game answer is to reduce stigma around abortion care and build more clinics so that harassment is harder and less welcomed and tolerated by communities. That will require media calling it what it is: terrorism.

Links to on-air references:

My Truthout article: "The Pro-Life Movement: Reframing 'Life' to Suit Their Agenda”

"Anti-Abortion Terrorism: Ten ways that laws and law enforcement should protect clinic workers.” by David Cohen and Krysten Connon

Info on last year’s 40 Days campaign by the ProLife Action League which included a poster with my face and a round-up of my interviews including the one with Matt: "I am just awful at shutting up….”

My spot with Brad Friedman on last year’s 40 Days post with my face/name/info: BradCast — “PLAL Targeting and Response” (04/02/14)

Watch After Tiller -- it's available on Netflix.

Note:: If you haven’t yet, please check out my new ”#GetWell2015 series! I’m detailing all the uncomfortable messiness of what it takes to get well in this country. I’m personally navigating insurance (still a thing despite ACA), talking mental health and poverty stigma, and discussing the obstacles to care.

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You can hear The Matthew Filipowicz Show bi-weekly via podcast and broadcast out of Washington DC (1480 AM We Act Radio) and Grand Rapids, MI (1680 AM & 95.3 FM Public Reality Radio) weekly
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<b>In brief: </b> This year’s #40Days campaign falls just after the Feminist Majority Foundation’s latest clinic harassment report; so, why isn’t the media covering the escalating climate of terror provider targeting has created? Justice and I talk my latest for <em>Truthout.</em>
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<p><b>Overview:</b></p>  
<p>Justice and I were a little short on our typical humor and sarcasm today discussing the history of the 40 Days for Life campaign, my targeting by the ProLife Action League last year, and this year’s actions on the heels of the Feminist Majority Foundation’s report. Almost 70% of clinics and more than half of individual abortion providers are regularly and directly targeted; if that’s news to you, it’s time to ask why the media and our legislators don’t seem to care.</p>
<p><b>Links to on-air references:</b></p>
<p>My <em>Truthout</em> article: <a href="http://bit.ly/1C6QPC3">"The Pro-Life Movement: Reframing 'Life' to Suit Their Agenda”</a></p>
<p><a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2015/02/anti_abortion_harassment_feminist_majority_foundation_survey_of_clinic_workers.single.html">"Anti-Abortion Terrorism: Ten ways that laws and law enforcement should protect clinic workers.”</a> by <a href="https://twitter.com/dsc250">David Cohen</a> and Krysten Connon</p>
<p>My spot with <a href="https://twitter.com/TheBradBlog”>Brad Friedman</a> on last year’s 40 Days post with my face/name/info: <a href="http://katiespeak.com/2014/04/03/bradcast-plal-targeting-and-response-040214/“>BradCast — “PLAL Targeting and Response” (04/02/14)</a></p>
<p><a href="https://youtu.be/lsse14ulb4Y”>"BIRTH CONTROL VS. FAKE CHRISTIANS! @JohnFugelsang / Caffeinated #18”</a> — <a href="https://twitter.com/JohnFugelsang”>John Fugelsang’s</a> takedown of the story of Onan (seed-spilling sin)</p>
<b><em>Note:</b></em>: If you haven’t yet, please check out my new <a href="http://bit.ly/1GfBanp">”#GetWell2015</a> series! I’m detailing all the uncomfortable messiness of what it takes to get well in this country. I’m personally navigating insurance (still a thing despite ACA), talking mental health and poverty stigma, and discussing the obstacles to care.</p>
<p>The easy download/stream and additional text description/info is available at the <a href="http://katiespeak.com/category/katie-speak-live/">Katie Speak Live!</a> tab on my website.</p>
<p>Subscribe to get a selection of my appearances through iTunes at <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/katiespeaklives-archives/id722502990">Katie Speak Live Archives</a>.</p>
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In brief: My regular spot with Hal Sparks on WCPT Radio, Chicago!

Note: I'm an activist/writer/media contributor full-time. If you can, consider supporting my work so I can do more of it by becoming a patron at PATREON or making a one-time donation through PAYPAL. Thank you!

Overview:

Hal and I were at our wonky best, discussing the possible outcomes and affects of King v. Burwell, the latest attempt to gut the Affordable Care Act. (I’ll excerpt Jessica Mason Pieklo’s RHRC piece in the full podcast notes.) The plaintiffs are relying on what amounts to a typo in the language — “established by the State” — that describes the subsidies to insurance exchanges. It’s unlikely that it’ll be entirely struck down, but could be “Voting Rights Act” - ified with the “typo” clause slashed and returned to this Congress for a fix — right as a national election is getting started.

I’m the poster child for the ACA, but I’m protected in one of the 14 states (California) that created its own exchange. As for residents of the other 36 states — my brother, an Illinois resident, included, they’ll have to wait until June to find out if their subsidies vanish. People like my brother — who had a kidney transplant in college — who can’t afford to shoulder the premium payments on their own or would have to go back to an employer-based, stuck-in-your-job system, would be the ones who suffer. The groups most affected? Say it with me: marginalized groups like people of color, LGBTQ people (who STILL have to fight for healthcare availability even with the ACA), low-income people (that’s me raising my hand), rural residents who would have to drive to sliding scale clinics. You know, the politically inconvenient folks.

We boiled the ACA down to two words that conservatives should love: individual choice. And Hal posits that Obamacare is filling a gap that used to be part of unions: providing some choice, mobility and stability toward the end of working years before qualifying for programs like Medicare and Medicaid.

Links to on-air references:

"The Fate of the Affordable Care Act Rests in John Roberts’ Hands—Again” by Jessica Mason Pieklo at RH Reality Check

"Supreme Court Can't Save Obamacare” by Christopher Flavelle at Bloomberg View

The easy download/stream and additional text description/info/video/audio is available at the Katie Speak Live! tab on my website.

Note:: If you haven’t yet, please check out my new ”#GetWell2015 series! I’m detailing all the uncomfortable messiness of what it takes to get well in this country. I’m personally navigating insurance (still a thing despite ACA), talking mental health and poverty stigma, and discussing the obstacles to care.

Subscribe to get all a selection of my appearances through iTunes at Katie Speak Live Archives.

You can hear The Hal Sparks Radio Program live Saturdays from 12-2pm EST on WCPT.
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In brief: My Law& Order lesson for the Spring issue of Bitch Magazine is part of the Popaganda podcast!

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Overview:

I was super excited to get to contribute a blurb to the Spring issue of Bitch Magazine — my first foray back into print in over a decade. It seems my endless hours of Law & Order viewing has paid off! I love writing in general and online media is wonderful; there is something about being in print, however, that just feels solid and affirming.

You should definitely be listening to this entire hour (two 30-min shows) of content every month as Sarah Mirk (my wonderful editor for nearly everything at Bitch) is stupendous, but if you want to skip ahead to the Law & Order lessons segment of this episode, jump to 15:30.

Links to on-air references:

Get the current issue of Bitch Magazine featuring my Law & Order lesson online HERE and find out which stores in your area carry the print magazine HERE.

Get the show notes and soundcloud version (and subscribe!) of Propaganda at: "Popaganda Episode: Law & Order”

Note:: If you haven’t yet, please check out my new ”#GetWell2015 series! I’m detailing all the uncomfortable messiness of what it takes to get well in this country. I’m personally navigating insurance (still a thing despite ACA), talking mental health and poverty stigma, and discussing the obstacles to care.

The easy download/stream and additional text description/info is available at the Katie Speak Live! tab on my website.

Subscribe to get a selection of my appearances through iTunes at Katie Speak Live Archives.

You can get Popaganda with Sarah Mirk twice monthly through Bitch Media, iTunes, and wherever you stream podcasts.
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