FS Editorial: Stunning increase in anti-abortion state laws

August 2011

Failing to de-fund Planned Parenthood at the federal level earlier this year, pro-life bigots have moved their battlegrounds to the states. In April alone, 33 anti-choice bills passed into law in nine states. Operation Rescue is already bragging about making Kansas an “abortion free” state. New laws there require costly and unnecessary remodeling to keep… Read more »

Obama ready to bleed money from Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid

October 2011

Well-heeled politicians in D.C. of both major parties spent months trying to terrify everyone about the new plague — government debt and deficits. On July 6, after decades of GOP drooling over Social Security and Medicare funds, the nation’s Democrat president declared his readiness to put these key social programs on the chopping block. On… Read more »

Komen plan to ditch Planned Parenthood foiled by public outcry

April 2012

When Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the country’s leading breast cancer advocacy group, announced in early February that it would no longer contribute money to Planned Parenthood, it ignited a firestorm of controversy. Komen’s grants have helped Planned Parenthood provide breast cancer screenings for 170,000 women a year — many of them poor and… Read more »

FS Editorial: Desperately seeking universal healthcare

August 2012

In a 5-4 decision, a split U.S. Supreme Court issued a split verdict on the Affordable Care Act (known, mostly derisively, as “Obamacare”). The court upheld mandatory fines coercing people to purchase private insurance, but took away the federal government’s ability to force states to join the expanded Medicaid program. Some states are balking, potentially… Read more »

Social Security: high stakes for women

April 2013

Conservatives howl that Social Security is bankrupting the country. And in his State of the Union Address, President Obama called for “reforms,” code for cuts. But as wages and benefits steadily fall and pensions become a thing of the past, no one is talking about who needs this program the most. More working people than… Read more »

Dying for universal healthcare

February 2014

Every year in the United States, 45,000 people die from one eminently treatable condition — healthcare coverage that’s nonexistent or inadequate. That’s more than die from automobile accidents or breast cancer. On the other hand, over 50 countries, both wealthy and not, guarantee medical services to all. They include Rwanda, Thailand, and Mexico. The U.S…. Read more »

ACLU sues Catholic bishops over policy denying reproductive care

February 2014

Catholic Church dogma on abortion endangers the lives and health of women. That’s the basis of a bold lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of Tamesha Means against the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. It is the first such case to go after the bishops directly. Gross negligence. At… Read more »

Freedom Socialist Letters to the Editor, April 2014

April 2014

GREAT REVIEW Antidote to immigrant bashing Thank you for reviewing NoViolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names [Vol. 35, No. 1]. I might not have come across this novel and I now plan to read it. The far-right has made immigrants the subject of some of its most vicious and racist hate speech. After some twenty… Read more »