Women Are Worried: Mitt Romney’s Attacks on Women’s Health

American women are worried about Mitt Romney’s attacks on women’s health. Why? Mitt Romney has said he will “get rid of” federal funding for Planned Parenthood. When he was pressed on where women should go for the important medical services Planned Parenthood provides — like cervical cancer screenings and breast exams — he was dismissive, saying that “they can go anywhere they like.” Well, anywhere except Planned Parenthood if Mitt Romney gets his way.

When it comes to women’s healthcare, it’s clear that Mitt Romney has other priorities. When it comes to Mitt Romney, it’s clear American women just can’t afford his policies.

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Senator Tom Udall to Co-Host the 57th Annual New Mexico Water Conference in Las Cruces

U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced today that he will co-host the 57th Annual New Mexico Water Conference on Tuesday, August 28 in Las Cruces.

The daylong event, also co-hosted by New Mexico State University President Barbara Couture, will take place at the Corbett Center on the NMSU campus. The conference is put on by the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) and is titled, “Hard Choices: Adapting Policy and Management to Water Scarcity.”

“Water is crucial to our economy and to our way of life,” said Udall. “Unfortunately, New Mexico communities, farms and industry are not getting the water they need to thrive due to drought and infrastructure issues. This is a shared problem, and I’m proud to be co-hosting this policy conference to collaborate on shared solutions.”

While much attention has been paid to the serious short-term drought situation facing farmers in the American Midwest, this annual conference will address issues of water scarcity in New Mexico, as the state continues to be immersed in the worst two-year drought period in decades.

“The scarcity of water is a concern we all share in New Mexico, and it is an area of particular focus for researchers here at New Mexico State University,” Couture said. “I am pleased to welcome the participants to campus, and I look forward to the important discussions the conference will generate surrounding these critical challenges.”

The formal program will begin at 8:30 a.m. with remarks from NM WRRI Interim Director Sam Fernald, President Couture, and Senator Udall.

The conference will emphasize the relationship among agricultural, urban, and rural water users in the context of both current demands and projected future needs. Other topics include the current state water budget, deteriorating infrastructure, water markets and rights, basin hydrology, watershed restoration, floodwater capture, and salinity control.

Farmers, ranchers and the general public, as well as academic experts, private water agencies and environmental organizations are invited to hear the presentations and take part in the discussions.

Senator Udall will moderate a discussion with retired state officials who will provide their perspectives on the state’s pressing water issues as viewed from their experience.

The conference will also employ an “open forum” where short presentations by panelists will be followed by questions from the moderator and audience members. This format will allow more citizen input and dialogue between attendees and the presenters.

The program will also include Mike Connor, Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation and a Las Cruces native who attended NMSU, and an update by recently appointed New Mexico State Engineer Scott Verhines.

The conference will conclude with a 5 p.m. reception, presentations of research posters by students and other researchers, and exhibits from organizations and agencies involved in water issues.

Following the conference, organizers will meet to evaluate and compile policy recommendations made throughout the day. A Conference Report will then be disseminated among local and state and federal legislators.

Those interested in attending should register online.

The regular registration fee is $25 and includes a luncheon; students with I.D. are free.

Sponsors include NM WRRI, NMSU, the Office of Senator Tom Udall, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Elephant Butte Irrigation District, Sandia National Laboratories, the Rio Grande Basin Initiative, and the McElyea Foundation.

For more information, visit the conference website  or call the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute at 575-646-4337.

President Obama and Sandra Fluke Speak Out for Women’s Health

President Obama held a grassroots event in Denver, Colorado yesterday, with Sandra Fluke at his side. Fluke, is a Georgetown University student who was verbally attacked by radical right-wing media personalities like Rush Limbaugh and other Republican extremists for speaking out for women’s health. Fluke  joined the President in Denver, where they highlighted how health reform has helped women get access to the care they need.

Thanks to Obamacare:

  • Over 868,600 women will now have access to free preventive care. That means things like mammograms, screenings for cervical cancer and pap smears are available to women without any cost-sharing.
  • Over 22,100 Colorado women who find themselves in the Medicare doughnut hole coverage gap will have received a discount on their prescription drugs, saving them an average of $577 each.
  • On August 1, insurance companies began to cover eight new women’s health services — including contraception, well-woman visits, breastfeeding support, and more.

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President Obama Fighting for Small Businesses

President Obama held a town hall in Cincinnati, Ohio where he discussed the choice in this election between two fundamentally different visions of how to grow the economy, create middle-class jobs and pay down the debt.

The President also shared his vision for helping small businesses like Tony White’s—owner of a beauty salon and barbershop.  As Tony shared after the town hall, “He’s the first President that’s actually done something to affect our lives—that we can see.”

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Elizabeth Banks on Planned Parenthood, Women’s Health, and Women’s Rights

Elizabeth Banks shares why women’s health security is important and how Planned Parenthood helped her after college. She shares the difference between President Obama’s continuing support for women and Mitt Romney’s plan to compromise women’s rights.

As Elizabeth shares, “Planned Parenthood is something I care very deeply about. Planned Parenthood was my healthcare provider when I didn’t have insurance after graduating from college.”

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