What Do You Think? – The Debate to Classify Honor Killings as a Federal Offense in Canada

Canada is currently debating whether or not to add Honor Killings to the Federal Criminal Code. Some say this is a milestone, others say that murder is already illegal and a special classification would unfairly target Muslims and immigrants.

Take a look at the articles below and tell us what you think.

The Truth About Honor Killings – Salon.com

Muslim women’s group opposes addition of honour killings to Criminal Code – Calgary Herald

Overhaul Will Lower the Costs of Being a Woman

Peggy Robertson and her sons, Sam, 9, and Luke, at their home in Centennial, Colo. An insurance company rejected Ms. Robertson because of her Caesarean, explaining in a letter that she would have been eligible if she had been sterilized.

By DENISE GRADY
Published: March 29, 2010 in NY TIMES

Being a woman is no longer a pre-existing condition. That’s the new mantra, repeated triumphantly by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senator Barbara A. Mikulski and other advocates for women’s health. But what does it mean?

In the broadest sense, the new health care law forbids sex discrimination in health insurance. Previously, there was no such ban, and insurance companies took full advantage of the void.

“The health care industry and health care insurance in general has been riddled with the most discriminatory and unfair practices to women,” said Marcia D. Greenberger, the founder and co-president of the National Women’s Law Center. “This law is a giant leap forward to dismantling the unfairness that has been a part of the system.”

Until now, it has been perfectly legal in most states for companies selling individual health policies — for people who do not have group coverage through employers — to engage in “gender rating,” that is, charging women more than men for the same coverage, even for policies that do not include maternity care. The rationale was that women used the health care system more than men. But some companies charged women who did not smoke more than men who did, even though smokers have more risks. The differences in premiums, from 4 percent to 48 percent, according to a 2008 analysis by the law center, can add up to hundreds of dollars a year. The individual market is the one that many people turn to when they lose their jobs and their group coverage. Click here for full article.

Chicago NOW’s Statement about Health Care Reform

The health care reform bill has the potential to have a monumental impact on our nation’s health and healthcare. The bill will expand health care coverage to many of our nations neediest and hardest working people. Though the health care reform bill has many positive aspects, one cannot ignore that there is still work to be done to ensure reproductive freedom for all women. Despite the fact that the Stupak-Pitts Amendment was not accepted as written by the House of Representative, the Nelson Amendment drafted by the Senate extends the Hyde Amendment to ensure that no federal funds are used to pay for abortion in the health care bill. Women who need access to abortion the most will find the clinic doors closed to their needs. While the Chicago Chapter of the National Organization for Women supports and celebrates the passage of health care reform, we commit to reopening the clinic doors and reproductive choices for all women in the United States. We look to you, our members and supporters, to join us in this endeavor. Please write to your congress members and tell them that the time for reproductive freedom is NOW.

Representatives who voted YES on health care reform

* Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ)
* Rep. Ed Pastor (D-AZ)
* Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ)
* Rep. Harry Mitchell (D-AZ)
* Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ)
* Rep. Vic Snyder (D-AR)
* Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)
* Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA)
* Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)
* Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA)
* Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA)
* Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-CA)
* Rep. Diane Watson (D-CA)
* Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA)
* Rep. George Miller (D-CA)
* Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA)
* Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA)
* Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA)
* Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA)
* Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA)
* Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA)
* Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA)
* Rep. Joe Baca (D-CA)
* Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA)
* Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA)
* Rep. Laura Richardson (D-CA)
* Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA)
* Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA)
* Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA)
* Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA)
* Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA)
* Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)
* Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA)
* Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA)
* Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
* Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA)
* Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA)
* Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA)
* Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA)
* Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)
* Rep. Betsy Markey (D-CO)
* Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO)
* Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO)
* Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO)
* Rep. John Salazar (D-CO)
* Rep. Christopher Murphy (D-CT)
* Rep. James Himes (D-CT)
* Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT)
* Rep. John Larson (D-CT)
* Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)
* Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL)
* Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL)
* Rep. Allen Boyd (D-FL)
* Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL)
* Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)
* Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL)
* Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-FL)
* Rep. Ron Klein (D-FL)
* Rep. Suzanne Kosmas (D-FL)
* Rep. David Scott (D-GA)
* Rep. Henry Johnson (D-GA)
* Rep. John Lewis (D-GA)
* Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA)
* Rep. Mazie Hirono (D-HI)
* Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL)
* Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL)
* Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL)
* Rep. Debbie Halvorson (D-IL)
* Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
* Rep. Jerry Costello (D-IL)
* Rep. Jesse Jackson (D-IL)
* Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL)
* Rep. Melissa Bean (D-IL)
* Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL)
* Rep. Phil Hare (D-IL)
* Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN)
* Rep. Baron Hill (D-IN)
* Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-IN)
* Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-IN)
* Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-IN)
* Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA)
* Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA)
* Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-IA)
* Rep. Dennis Moore (D-KS)
* Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY)
* Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME)
* Rep. Mike Michaud (D-ME)
* Rep. C.A. Ruppersberger (D-MD)
* Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
* Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD)
* Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD)
* Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD)
* Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD)
* Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA)
* Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA)
* Rep. James McGovern (D-MA)
* Rep. John Olver (D-MA)
* Rep. John Tierney (D-MA)
* Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA)
* Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-MA)
* Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA)
* Rep. William Delahunt (D-MA)
* Rep. Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-MI)
* Rep. Dale Kildee (D-MI)
* Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI)
* Rep. John Conyers (D-MI)
* Rep. John Dingell (D-MI)
* Rep. Mark Schauer (D-MI)
* Rep. Sandy Levin (D-MI)
* Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN)
* Rep. James Oberstar (D-MN)
* Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN)
* Rep. Timothy Walz (D-MN)
* Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS)
* Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO)
* Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-MO)
* Rep. William Clay (D-MO)
* Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV)
* Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-NV)
* Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH)
* Rep. Paul Hodes (D-NH)
* Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ)
* Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ)
* Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ)
* Rep. Robert Andrews (D-NJ)
* Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ)
* Rep. Steve Rothman (D-NJ)
* Rep. William Pascrell (D-NJ)
* Rep. Ben Lujan (D-NM)
* Rep. Martin Heinrich (D-NM)
* Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY)
* Rep. Bill Owens (D-NY)
* Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY)
* Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)
* Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY)
* Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY)
* Rep. Dan Maffei (D-NY)
* Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-NY)
* Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY)
* Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY)
* Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY)
* Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)
* Rep. John Hall (D-NY)
* Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY)
* Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY)
* Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY)
* Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY)
* Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY)
* Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY)
* Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY)
* Rep. Scott Murphy (D-NY)
* Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY)
* Rep. Timothy Bishop (D-NY)
* Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY)
* Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-NC)
* Rep. Brad Miller (D-NC)
* Rep. David Price (D-NC)
* Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC)
* Rep. Mel Watt (D-NC)
* Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-ND)
* Rep. John Boccieri (D-OH)
* Rep. Betty Sutton (D-OH)
* Rep. Charles Wilson (D-OH)
* Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH)
* Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH)
* Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy (D-OH)
* Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH)
* Rep. David Wu (D-OR)
* Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
* Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR)
* Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR)
* Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA)
* Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA)
* Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA)
* Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA)
* Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA)
* Rep. Robert Brady (D-PA)
* Rep. James Langevin (D-RI)
* Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI)
* Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC)
* Rep. John Spratt (D-SC)
* Rep. Bart Gordon (D-TN)
* Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN)
* Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN)
* Rep. Al Green (D-TX)
* Rep. Charles Gonzalez (D-TX)
* Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D-TX)
* Rep. Eddie Johnson (D-TX)
* Rep. Gene Green (D-TX)
* Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX)
* Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX)
* Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX)
* Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)
* Rep. Solomon Ortiz (D-TX)
* Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-TX)
* Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT)
* Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-VA)
* Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA)
* Rep. Robert Scott (D-VA)
* Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA)
* Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA)
* Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA)
* Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA)
* Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA)
* Rep. Norman Dicks (D-WA)
* Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA)
* Rep. Dave Obey (D-WI)
* Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI)
* Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI)
* Rep. Steven Kagen (D-WI)
* Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)

Representatives who voted NO on health care reform

* Rep. Artur Davis (D- AL)
* Rep. Bobby Bright (D-AL)
* Rep. Jo Bonner (R-AL)
* Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL)
* Rep. Parker Griffith (R-AL)
* Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL)
* Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL)
* Rep. Don Young (R-AK)
* Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ)
* Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ)
* Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ)
* Rep. John Boozman (R-AR)
* Rep. Marion Berry (D-AR)
* Rep. Mike Ross (D-AR)
* Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-CA)
* Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA)
* Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA)
* Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA)
* Rep. David Dreier (R-CA)
* Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA)
* Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA)
* Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA)
* Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-CA)
* Rep. Gary Miller (R-CA)
* Rep. George Radanovich (R-CA)
* Rep. Howard McKeon (R-CA)
* Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA)
* Rep. John Campbell (R-CA)
* Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA)
* Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)
* Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA)
* Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA)
* Rep. Wally Herger (R-CA)
* Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO)
* Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO)
* Rep. Mike Castle (R-DE)
* Rep. Adam Putnam (R-FL)
* Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL)
* Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL)
* Rep. C.W. Young (R-FL)
* Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL)
* Rep. Connie Mack (R-FL)
* Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-FL)
* Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL)
* Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)
* Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL)
* Rep. John Mica (R-FL)
* Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL)
* Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL)
* Rep. Thomas Rooney (R-FL)
* Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL)
* Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA)
* Rep. Jim Marshall (D-GA)
* Rep. John Barrow (D-GA)
* Rep. John Linder (R-GA)
* Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA)
* Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA)
* Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA)
* Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA)
* Rep. Thomas Price (R-GA)
* Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID)
* Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL)
* Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL)
* Rep. Don Manzullo (R-IL)
* Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL)
* Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL)
* Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL)
* Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL)
* Rep. Timothy Johnson (R-IL)
* Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN)
* Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN)
* Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN)
* Rep. Steve Buyer (R-IN)
* Rep. Steve King (R-IA)
* Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA)
* Rep. Jerry Moran (R-KS)
* Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS)
* Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-KS)
* Rep. Ben Chandler (D-KY)
* Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY)
* Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY)
* Rep. Geoff Davis (R-KY)
* Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY)
* Rep. Anh Cao (R-LA)
* Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA)
* Rep. Charlie Melancon (D-LA)
* Rep. John Fleming (R-LA)
* Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-LA)
* Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA)
* Rep. William Cassidy (R-LA)
* Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD)
* Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA)
* Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI)
* Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI)
* Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)
* Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI)
* Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI)
* Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI)
* Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-MI)
* Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN)
* Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN)
* Rep. John Kline (R-MN)
* Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN)
* Rep. Gene Taylor (D-MS)
* Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS)
* Rep. Travis Childers (D-MS)
* Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO)
* Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MO)
* Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO)
* Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO)
* Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO)
* Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO)
* Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT)
* Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE)
* Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE)
* Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE)
* Rep. Dean Heller (R-NV)
* Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ)
* Rep. E. Scott Garrett (R-NJ)
* Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ)
* Rep. John Adler (D-NJ)
* Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ)
* Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ)
* Rep. Chris Lee (R-NY)
* Rep. Michael Arcuri (D-NY)
* Rep. Mike McMahon (D-NY)
* Rep. Peter King (R-NY)
* Rep. Heath Shuler (D-NC)
* Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC)
* Rep. Larry Kissell (D-NC)
* Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC)
* Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC)
* Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC)
* Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC)
* Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC)
* Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH)
* Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH)
* Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH)
* Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)
* Rep. Michael Turner (R-OH)
* Rep. Patrick Tiberi (R-OH)
* Rep. Steve Austria (R-OH)
* Rep. Steven LaTourette (R-OH)
* Rep. Zachary Space (D-OH)
* Rep. Dan Boren (D-OK)
* Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK)
* Rep. John Sullivan (R-OK)
* Rep. Mary Fallin (R-OK)
* Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK)
* Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR)
* Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA)
* Rep. Charles Dent (R-PA)
* Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA)
* Rep. Jason Altmire (D-PA)
* Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-PA)
* Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-PA)
* Rep. Tim Holden (D-PA)
* Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA)
* Rep. Todd Platts (R-PA)
* Rep. Bob Inglis (R-SC)
* Rep. Henry Brown (R-SC)
* Rep. J. Gresham Barrett (R-SC)
* Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC)
* Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-SD)
* Rep. John Duncan (R-TN)
* Rep. John Tanner (D-TN)
* Rep. Lincoln Davis (D-TN)
* Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
* Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN)
* Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN)
* Rep. Chet Edwards (D-TX)
* Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX)
* Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX)
* Rep. John Carter (R-TX)
* Rep. John Culberson (R-TX)
* Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX)
* Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX)
* Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX)
* Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX)
* Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)
* Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX)
* Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX)
* Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX)
* Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX)
* Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX)
* Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX)
* Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX)
* Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX)
* Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX)
* Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX)
* Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX)
* Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT)
* Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT)
* Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT)
* Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)
* Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA)
* Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA)
* Rep. Glenn Nye (D-VA)
* Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-VA)
* Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA)
* Rep. Robert Wittman (R-VA)
* Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
* Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA)
* Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA)
* Rep. Shelley Capito (R-WV)
* Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI)
* Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)
* Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI)
* Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY)

Chicago NOW Health Team Meeting

Event: Chicago NOW Health Team Meeting
What: Club/Group Meeting
When: Tuesday, March 30, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Where: T’s Bar and Restaurant

RSVP: chicagonow.org@gmail.com

Come Make a Difference!
This will be a fun, casual meeting where you can meet like-minded feminists and learn about our upcoming volunteer opportunities in Women’s Health. We are interested in hearing your ideas as well!

About us:
The Chicago NOW Health Team aims to have an impact on health issues that affect women disproportionately in order to improve the health of all women in Chicago.