"We request that WGAN, which currently has 1 female host and 15 male hosts, show its support for the women of Maine by pulling Limbaugh's show from the airwaves effective immediately--and replacing his noon to 3 pm radio show with one that has a woman host."
So reads the petition, signed by 2,244 irate listeners so far, that's headed to the desk of Jeff Wade, program and news director at WGAN talk radio.
We thought Obama's compromise on religious organizations and birth control would quiet the ridiculous few who haven't caught up with the fact that ALMOST EVERY WOMAN USES SOME TYPE OF BIRTH CONTROL IN HER LIFETIME.
We were wrong.
Rather than let the issue drop and move on to, oh I don't know, MORE IMPORTANT THINGS, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Regulation assembled a panel this morning to beat this horse to death.
In the wake of cuts to both Title X, the federal family-planning funding mechanism that provides more than $300 million for health screenings, birth control, and prenatal care (but not abortions) nationwide, and Planned Parenthood (which gets about $75 million annually from the federal government -- none of which can be spent on abortion services), the Maine Choice Coalition held a press conference today, encouraging Mainers contact senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins and urge them to vote against such cuts when a similar bill comes before the US Senate.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the birth-control pill (or at least, of FDA approval of the Pill), and you can read its history in this Time magazine article.Consider these sobering stats, though, buried at the end of the article:
A study by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned
Pregnancy found that 86% of young men and 88% of young women say it is
important to avoid pregnancy in their lives right now.