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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 10:39 AM

Planned Parenthood and DU Valentine Hearts

I'm sure by now you have all heard that Susan G. Komen for the Cure has completely cut its support for Planned Parenthood, only a few months after a new anti-abortion vice president joined the organization. Sadly, this is only the latest attack against Planned Parenthood, an extremely important organization that has been at the forefront of the fight for Reproductive Rights.

You also probably remember that last year the DU Admins announced that we would no longer be doing quarterly fund drives for Democratic Underground.

With no quarterly DU fund drives, people have been asking whether our popular Valentine Hearts promotion would be back in 2012. Over the last week, the DU Admins have been discussing the issue, and trying to figure out if we should bring back the Valentine Hearts even if we are not doing a fund drive for DU. And one of the ideas that we have been discussing is to do the Valentine Hearts as a Charity Drive.

This latest news has convinced us that we need to do something to show our support for Planned Parenthood. So, I think we are going to do the Valentine Hearts this year. But instead of pocketing the money for Democratic Underground, we think it might be worthwhile to collect it all and donate it to Planned Parenthood.

After all, Planned Parenthood is a good fit with Valentine's Day.

What do you think?

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 10:40 AM

1. In a heart beat Skinner

I would donate in a heart beat - pardon the pun.

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 02:38 PM

86. I'd rather give to

 

Planned Parenthood directly....I don't trust middlemen.

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Response to femrap (Reply #86)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 06:11 PM

114. Then by all means, do so. I personally trust Skinner and DU.

(And by the way, Skinner, I'm all in, because THIS IS FUCKING GENIUS!)

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Response to 11 Bravo (Reply #114)

Thu Feb 2, 2012, 09:18 AM

188. In Agreement

And it would probably really po the fine person who made the decision at Komen to get a thank you letter from the collective us!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 10:41 AM

2. I love it!!! K&N and onboard all the way

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Response to NMDemDist2 (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 08:18 PM

135. +1 to all of that!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 10:41 AM

3. Great idea!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 10:41 AM

4. Sounds like a great idea!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 10:42 AM

5. Yes!

I'd donate.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 10:42 AM

6. Sounds like an excellent idea to me. nt

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 10:42 AM

7. Excellent. I'm in.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 10:42 AM

8. Excellent idea

I'm in

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 10:44 AM

9. I'm in.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 10:45 AM

10. Fantastic idea!

I think this will give many of us who are outraged by the Komen Foundation's decision a tangible way to respond. I have sent them an email, but my outrage hasn't diminished. I look forward to the opportunity to donate to Planned Parenthood through DU!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 10:47 AM

11. Sounds good. nt

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 10:47 AM

12. Excellent idea

I would love if there was periodic fund drives to support specific causes. I would love to see a future one for food banks.

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Response to nobodyspecial (Reply #12)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 11:50 AM

39. +1

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Response to nobodyspecial (Reply #12)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 01:41 PM

70. +2

This a great idea.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 10:48 AM

13. Excellent Idea

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 10:53 AM

14. Love it!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 10:55 AM

15. Abosultely!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 10:55 AM

16. I like it n/t

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 10:56 AM

17. Yes! n/t

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 11:02 AM

18. Love the idea

If I have the funds I'd most definitely donate!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 11:03 AM

19. Count me in!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 11:07 AM

20. R#39 & K for, YES n/t

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 11:08 AM

21. What a good idea

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 11:10 AM

22. Brilliant idea



Thank you, Skinner.


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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 11:13 AM

23. Excellent idea n/t

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 11:14 AM

24. brilliant

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 11:19 AM

25. I'm so happy that you're doing this - I lost sleep last night because of these turn of events.

Thank you.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 11:21 AM

26. Excellent idea!!...

K&R!!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 11:22 AM

27. Great idea.

And a perfect fit.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 11:23 AM

28. Yes, yes, and a few more yes's... Great idea. Planned Parenthood is sooo very important to me.

I grew up in a small town in VT. Needless to say that every Dr a young lady could see was someone they knew and knew their parents. If you asked the Dr. for Birth control or asked for any STD testing, there was no anonymity.

However, there was a Planned Parenthood close enough in one of the larger towns that everyone who was 16 went to. They did not tell parents. They did not question. They answered questions, and better yet, they gave free exams and birth control (most of the time they asked for us to pay what we could.. most of us would pay $5.00 for a pack or $15.00 for a 3 month supply of birth control). They also performed abortions at the clinic for anyone who needed discretion and felt they needed to get one. This one PP clinic kept many, many, many young women from needlessly getting pregnant, real information on how to be sexually safe from STD's and such, and in the few off chances that a young lady did become pregnant, there was a "fix" for the problem. Life could remain somewhat on-track, graduation and college were still a dream that wouldn't be squashed by raising a baby way too young. AND like I said, discretion was the absolute best thing about this clinic. No one's parents would be told and the entire town did not have to know one's business. In a small town, that's a really big deal.

I do not want to see Planned Parenthood go the way of ACORN. Its way too important!!! Its the saving grace of many women across this nation. Its the place where women can be treated with respect and dignity. And there are a lot of women out there who have similar stories to my own... where PP was sanctuary and safety and a vital asset. I only wish they had more offices, more funding, and the ability to treat as many women that they could possibly fit into their offices.. especially younger women and poor women. i can't imagine PP not being around in the future. I haven't been to all their offices by a long shot, but the few I've been in have had the amazing feel of comfort. They weren't like other free-clinics which smell too strongly of disinfectant and lighting was all dark and sketchy... Its just too important to lose.

I will probably buy more hearts than I ever have before. They are under attack and that basically means women are under attack. You would think for all the rhetoric about paying for poor people and unwanted babies, this would be funded to the hilt... Avoiding pregnancy before one is ready is a good thing and we all know the religious right only loves the fetus, but as soon as a baby is born, they want nothing to do with paying for the care of that child.... And for all their lofty rhetoric, their own children are accessing PP and utilizing the discretion of the services to keep themselves from becoming pregnant and to access birth control in a manner that their parents wouldn't be able to find out.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 11:28 AM

29. Dude, you rock!!!

What a great idea!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 11:28 AM

30. wonderful idea! n/t

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 11:31 AM

31. Great Idea!

I'll be getting me some hearts. to distribute.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 11:31 AM

32. Good Idea! n/t

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 11:32 AM

33. Yes, please.

And thank you very much. I will be distributing many hearts if you will make this so.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 11:36 AM

34. Oh, please do!!!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 11:39 AM

35. I think it's a great idea! nt

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 11:39 AM

36. Yes!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 11:42 AM

37. Great idea!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 11:44 AM

38. I like it!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 11:55 AM

40. Good idea.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 12:08 PM

41. I <3 this idea

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 12:10 PM

42. I feel it is a very good idea............

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 12:12 PM

43. Like!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 12:12 PM

44. Excellent idea! I might raid my piggy bank for this.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 12:13 PM

45. Wonderful idea!






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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 12:13 PM

46. YES - if the money goes to PP, I'm in!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 12:27 PM

47. Can we do this too?

Here’s a solution to their stupidity:
You can make a donation to Planned Parenthood and request a thank you card be sent to:

Karen Handel
Senior VP of Fail
c/o Susan G. Komen Foundation
P.O. Box 650309
Dallas, TX 75265-0309

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=250286

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Response to LiberalAndProud (Reply #47)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 03:28 PM

98. Brilliant! I second that great idea!!!

Promise to do that and I am in!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 12:31 PM

48. will it work the same way the original version did?

I think it's great and I will donate but I'm just wondering about the details...will DUers getting valentines get stars?

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #48)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 12:36 PM

49. No, the DUers purchaning valentines would be making a donation (through DU) to Planned Parenthood.

100% of the money would go to Planned Parenthood. DU gets nothing.

If someone wants a Star Membership subscription, that would have to be purchased separately, independent of the hearts.

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Response to Skinner (Reply #49)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 12:53 PM

53. so the donation will be in the name of Democraticunderground?

That would be terrific. I retired from the PP here in CT a couple of months after I became active on DU and I used to talk up DU to the VP of Public Policy. She didn't know about DU. I hope she has since found out about how strong we are in the progressive online community and hope she has become a member and supporter. It is my contention, having worked in the prochoice community for many years, that PP needs to enlarge its outreach and become bolder, taking its cue from the Marriage Equality movement and winning more hearts and minds. I am seriously concerned about the eroding support for choice in this country. I have 3 granddaughters and fear for their future...

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #53)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 01:09 PM

61. The donations would be made by DU.

It would be better if people could donate directly to PP themselves so they can get the tax deduction. But there wouldn't be any way to integrate that with our software and automatically assign the hearts. So I think we need to set it up so the money goes to DU first, and then DU bundles it and gives it to Planned Parenthood.

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Response to Skinner (Reply #61)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 01:54 PM

74. Thanks for doing this. I think you'll see a huge response, even in these tough times...

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Response to Skinner (Reply #61)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 06:04 PM

111. Better sooner than later on this...

Timely donations will have more of an impact.
We want to make sure we are both supporting Planned Parenthood
AND spanking the new policy makers at Komen.....

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Response to PassingFair (Reply #111)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 10:48 PM

157. Agreed. I want to see media reporting on the increase in PP donations since this happened. nt

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Response to Skinner (Reply #61)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 07:49 PM

126. Will we get to attach visible comments to each donation?

I have a few choice words to share.

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Response to Skinner (Reply #61)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 08:45 PM

142. I would LOVE this donation to be accompanied by a DU statement

regarding our disappointment with the Komen Foundation.

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Response to Skinner (Reply #61)

Thu Feb 2, 2012, 06:44 AM

185. While you've made a good point there, I think the tax deduction for most of us would end up being

tiny but by combining our contribution efforts through this political site, I think it would hit the radar in a bigger way. I'm willing to give up my deduction for this one, since, as I said in another post, I was before and will soon be giving monthly donations to PP anyway - those can and have been tax deductions but that isn't one bit of the reason I donate.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 12:37 PM

50. Fantastic!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 12:42 PM

51. Great response to this!

K&R

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 12:52 PM

52. It's absolutely brilliant, luv it!! n/t

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 12:53 PM

54. Fantastic!

I heart this!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 12:54 PM

55. This is truly awesome.

That's what I think.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 12:59 PM

56. please do

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 01:01 PM

57. I'm IN. nt

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 01:02 PM

58. I think this is a great idea that can carry forward to different organizations each year. nt

edited to add:

I also like the idea of a card being automatically sent to the President of Komen -- though I don't know if that would cut into the PP donations.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 01:02 PM

59. Great idea, they are due for a donation

from me. Count me in.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 01:09 PM

60. Count me in.

I'll search the sofa cushions for a couple bucks.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 01:15 PM

62. I'm in.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 01:16 PM

63. Absolutely, YES!!

Please.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 01:18 PM

64. Thank you, Skinner!

PP is necessary for all of us who were, are, and will be living in poverty without access to healthcare.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 01:18 PM

65. I Think its a great IDEA!!!!!

I also think you guys rock for thinking of it!

And I'm so happy we get to do the HEARTS!!!!!!!!!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 01:23 PM

66. K&R

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 01:34 PM

67. This is a cause that is near and dear to my heart: I'M IN!

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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 01:34 PM

68. Brilliant. nt

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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 01:39 PM

69. Excellent....




Tikki

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 01:41 PM

71. I'm in.

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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 01:42 PM

72. I love it and I'll contribute.nt

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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 01:44 PM

73. K&R - nt

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 02:04 PM

75. But, wouldn't this kind of, sort of make DU an activist type of site?

Instead of becoming an echo chamber, just another cheerleading section site for President Obama, (as some have suggested at other sites), or rather be just another one of those regular sites that has a forum where people go to post to whine and moan some of the time and call each other names, or just become a mutual admiration society site of sorts?

Aren't you afraid that you are actually going to do something that may be considered to be sort of "hopey changey" and will put every other site on the entire freakin' series of tubes to shame?
Are you sure you want to take advantage of accomplishing something good from the number of motivated, dedicated liberals that have amassed here over the years, some for over a decade?

Because if you are, I'm in.

I mean, gawd help us all, if this actually leads to us ever becoming human beans, and actually showing empathy towards a women's cause here at DU.
Because, after all, everyone has a mother.

This is the best idea you've had in weeks.

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Response to Major Hogwash (Reply #75)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 10:51 PM

158. Good post. Hey. Remember when we sent roses to Barbara Boxer? Another activist move from long ago.

Last edited Fri Feb 3, 2012, 10:53 AM - Edit history (1)

I THINK I might remember something we did to show support for Howard Dean as well.....

I like it when we speak up as a group.


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Response to cyberpj (Reply #158)

Thu Feb 2, 2012, 02:14 AM

171. Yeah, the people here have done some cool shit in the past.

Not the least of which was using a "Google bomb" to flood the cache of Google crap that was claiming that Bubba was responsible for the attacks of 9/11.
Nothing could be farther from the truth.
So, when the Truthout site helped correct that situation, we linked to an article there and helped spread the truth a little bit more here.



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Response to cyberpj (Reply #158)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 12:02 AM

202. I think you mean Barbara Boxer.

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Response to alittlelark (Reply #202)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 10:52 AM

211. OMG. You are SO right. What a horrendous error. Thank goodness DU allows me to still change it!

Must have been one of my senior brain farts.

Sigh........................

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 02:06 PM

76. I'm in if you do it. Great idea n/t

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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 02:08 PM

77. Perfect. nt

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 02:10 PM

78. Excellent idea.

I would support this.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 02:11 PM

79. I am definitely IN for this. Sign me up.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 02:12 PM

80. Excellent!

great idea, I love it!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 02:13 PM

81. SO on board!!

Thanks Skinner!!

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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 02:14 PM

82. I love you Skinner, would love to adopt you...n/t

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 02:20 PM

83. Fantastic idea! AND we could target a new charity EVERY year!

Plus, may I suggest that you keep an official "Thanks For My Heart" thread pinned? It would be helpful bandwidth-wise and improve the chances of the message being seen.

Now, LET'S ROLL!!!


rocktivity

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 02:23 PM

84. Count me in

with both feet.

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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 02:28 PM

85. Excellent idea! n/t

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 02:39 PM

87. I want a Grovelbot Heart.

I'd donate for sure for that.

Great idea, do it!!!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 02:40 PM

88. shweet! n/t

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 02:42 PM

89. Great idea. I gave them $10 this morning.

..but I'll chip in some more if this idea gets off the ground...

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 02:45 PM

90. Last year I recommended Planned Parenthood as the DU charity!

I was so upset when I was unable to get online for the "Planned Parenthood day".

I wholeheartedly support this suggestion; I'm very glad you guys are bringing it up!!!

(I've been donating to them on monthly automatic payments for several years)

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 02:51 PM

91. if grovelbot is in i am in

that robot makes me all frisky

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 02:57 PM

92. Absolutely a wonderful idea!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 03:18 PM

93. Excellent idea

 

do it!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 03:19 PM

94. Awesome idea... I'm there!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 03:20 PM

95. great idea, Skinner!

K&R


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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 03:21 PM

96. +1 from a lurker

Might bring me out of my hidy place a bit more often.....

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 03:21 PM

97. Brilliant Idea!!!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 03:32 PM

99. Oh sure. Right *after* I gave them $100.

Where were you *yesterday*?

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 03:43 PM

100. Oh yea! LOVE the idea! n/t

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 03:47 PM

101. bravo <eom>

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 03:53 PM

102. Great idea. I would participate in this.

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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 03:56 PM

103. Genius!

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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 04:26 PM

104. <3

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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 05:00 PM

105. great idea. nt

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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 05:03 PM

106. I'm appalled how these anti-abortion vigilantes keep taking the law into their own hands.

Not just yes, but hell yes.

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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 05:18 PM

107. You can count me in, Skinner......

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 05:42 PM

108. K&R

Lou

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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 05:49 PM

109. Oh HELL yeah! Count me and my <3 in!

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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 05:52 PM

110. I'm a yes!

Great idea!

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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 06:07 PM

112. great idea!


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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 06:09 PM

113. This sounds like a good idea.

Thanks for the thread, Skinner.

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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 06:22 PM

115. Count me in.

Appalled at what happened.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 06:33 PM

116. Please do this!

My credit card is waiting!

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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 06:33 PM

117. Yes. I would be happy do this.

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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 06:45 PM

118. good idea!

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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 06:49 PM

119. Yes!!!

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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 07:03 PM

120. YES!

This is a wonderful idea!!!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 07:28 PM

121. i am a mammographer& I'm in !

We get many patients from planned parenthood and the Komen funds have paid for follow up care. This is gonna hurt those low income women a lot. The donated time i gave to working in the race for the cure I"ll convert to cash. I sent an email to Komen expressing my strong disapproval of their decision. I am soooo in.

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Response to irisblue (Reply #121)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 11:41 AM

213. 2/3/12 update

my opinion of komen has not changed. i will still send my money to DUs' group donation to PP, and i will never again support komen. no work @ the runs, no work at blues for the cure if the $ goes to komen....shameful RW cover, shame on them

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 07:28 PM

122. Yes, great idea. n/t

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 07:29 PM

123. Great idea! Count me in!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 07:41 PM

124. Brilliant! Count me in!

Thank you for this excellent idea. I can't wait to start buying hearts!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 07:47 PM

125. PINK HEARTS! :0) can we give them to other members like valentines?

i want to send peggy a valentine heart!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 07:50 PM

127. Love it!

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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 07:53 PM

128. YES!

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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 07:57 PM

129. good plan

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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 08:00 PM

130. K&R

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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 08:02 PM

131. Yes.

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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 08:03 PM

132. I'll be happy to donate!

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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 08:16 PM

133. i think it's a really good idea

it will be sweet to learn that PP made more money from komen dropping their program than komen had donated to their program.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 08:17 PM

134. Great idea, indeed!

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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 08:21 PM

136. Yes? Or Hell Yes?

Great idea.

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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 08:22 PM

137. Oh what fun. . Thanks!. . n/t

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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 08:23 PM

138. Great idea!

I'm in

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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 08:27 PM

139. Count me in.

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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 08:35 PM

140. thank you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i LOVE THE IDEA. IT IS A BIRTHDAY PRESENT FROM ME ALSO

my birthday is feb 11th

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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 08:40 PM

141. got my vote

Thank you Mr. Skinner

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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 08:49 PM

143. I just donated $25 to Planned Parenthood but

I will certainly donate again. Awesome idea DU !

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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 08:52 PM

144. Fantastic idea!

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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 09:00 PM

145. Fabulous idea! You guys make me proud to be a DUer! nt

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 09:13 PM

146. Past heart drives have accrued to membership credit, will this contribution include a star?

I ask for any who might wish to become members AND give to the cause.

Will the hearts drive create/renew memberships?

TIA.

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #146)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 09:23 PM

147. That wouldn't make a lot of sense....

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Response to Joe the Revelator (Reply #147)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 09:51 PM

151. It could be done.

It could be that, for examply, 50% of your contribution to Planned Parenthood will be credited toward your membership fees.

Piece of cake.

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #146)

Thu Feb 2, 2012, 09:41 AM

189. No, the DUers purchaning valentines would be making a donation (through DU) to Planned Parenthood.

100% of the money would go to Planned Parenthood. DU gets nothing.

If someone wants a Star Membership subscription, that would have to be purchased separately, independent of the hearts.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 09:23 PM

148. I think this is a great idea

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 09:29 PM

149. I think this is a great fit

and thank you for thinking of it.

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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 09:49 PM

150. I think this is a terrific idea; I'm poor and I'd contribute. Thank you all

for thinking of this!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 09:56 PM

152. I'm in.....

love the valentine hearts. Let's do it.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 10:08 PM

153. ++++++++++++++++++++++++ Wonderful idea, Thank you Skinner

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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 10:33 PM

154. Where do I buy 'em and when? n/t

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 10:40 PM

155. K&R! This is an excellent idea!

The villification of Planned Parenthood in this country is unconscionable, since these clinics, especially in rural areas, may be the only source of health care for so many women. I'm certainly on board and I love DU Hearts!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 10:43 PM

156. Only if each donation comes with an email to the komen foundation

Explaining why they aren't getting the money and PP is.

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Response to Warren Stupidity (Reply #156)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 10:55 PM

160. I like that ider to.

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Response to Warren Stupidity (Reply #156)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 11:16 PM

162. +1

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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 10:54 PM

159. Works for me.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 10:57 PM

161. Is Susan G Komen foundation now approved by JD Powers because it cut it's support for

Planned Parenthood? And I'm sure Chamber of Commerce approves. Nice of them to politicize cancer, cancer treatment and cut funding for abortion, birth control, education programs, breast exams etc. provided by Planned Parenthood. Do you have to belong to the pug party now to get assistance from them?

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 11:35 PM

163. Oh absolutely!

Great idea!

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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 11:59 PM

164. YES!


Perfect and timely

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Thu Feb 2, 2012, 12:12 AM

165. VERY CLEVER !!!!! And I'm all for it! (nt)

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Thu Feb 2, 2012, 12:36 AM

166. I'm in,

even though I give directly. They can always use more donations.

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Response to murielm99 (Reply #166)

Thu Feb 2, 2012, 06:40 AM

183. Thank you for the inadvertent reminder

I changed from a bank to a credit union in November and bits and pieces fell off in the doing of it and one was a monthly donation to Planned Parenthood. I shall get that going again post haste, along with my monthly to the ACLU and DU.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu Feb 2, 2012, 01:18 AM

167. I believe you've just gotten the biggest consensus in DU history.

Except perhaps fuck Bush.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu Feb 2, 2012, 01:23 AM

168. Most excellent suggestion Mr. Skinner.

K&R

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Thu Feb 2, 2012, 01:27 AM

169. I think you guys are pretty cool!

I donate to Planned Parenthood when I can. I will definitely do this with or without hearts.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu Feb 2, 2012, 01:33 AM

170. Great idea! My mother told me I was a Planned Parenthood baby!

I pledged to continue her support throughout my life in her memory. Love to mom and power to PP!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu Feb 2, 2012, 02:32 AM

172. Just DU it!


BHN

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu Feb 2, 2012, 03:20 AM

173. Hell yes!

PP has always been there when I needed them (not for abortion; I've been lucky enough to never need one) but for other basic women's health care services over the last 30 years of my (mostly uninsured) life.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu Feb 2, 2012, 03:27 AM

174. K&R.

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Thu Feb 2, 2012, 03:27 AM

175. great idea!

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Thu Feb 2, 2012, 03:30 AM

176. Works for me!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu Feb 2, 2012, 03:53 AM

177. Yes, yes and yes.

Fabu. Thank you!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu Feb 2, 2012, 03:56 AM

178. Way cool Skinner! Count me in for contributing!

I really, really love this.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu Feb 2, 2012, 04:38 AM

179. TERRIFIC Idea!

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Thu Feb 2, 2012, 05:30 AM

180. Count me in n/t

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu Feb 2, 2012, 05:44 AM

181. Fantastic. When does it start?

Let's see hearts everywhere!

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Response to blue neen (Reply #181)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 12:54 AM

208. WHEN DOES IT START ?????????????????????????????????????????????

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu Feb 2, 2012, 06:37 AM

182. I think that is one of the top ten best ideas you guys have ever put forth

And you've put forth some real good ideas in your time. Call this a vote for doing it!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu Feb 2, 2012, 06:44 AM

184. I think that's an absolutely awesome idea...

I'm not even American and I'll donate for sure. The attacks on Planned Parenthood are disgusting, imo...

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu Feb 2, 2012, 06:55 AM

186. Wonderful idea!

I'll definitely kick in!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu Feb 2, 2012, 08:46 AM

187. I'm in!

Great idea!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu Feb 2, 2012, 09:44 AM

190. I'm in.

County on me.
B

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Thu Feb 2, 2012, 10:02 AM

191. I love it! Thank you all for the great idea! n/t

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu Feb 2, 2012, 10:10 AM

192. Excellent idea

How much goes to DU and how much to Planned Parenthood?
There is the headquarters and then individual PPs...if the $
goes to the HQ, I don't think the individual PP's see it.

I would definitely re-up.

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Response to realFedUp (Reply #192)

Thu Feb 2, 2012, 11:23 AM

195. All of it goes to Planned Parenthood.

None of it goes to DU.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu Feb 2, 2012, 10:37 AM

193. "After all, Planned Parenthood is a good fit with Valentine's Day."

 

Why would you say something like that, Skinner? Exactly how does Valentine's Day have one single thing to do with women's breast health?

Why not Black History Month or say, Groundhog Day which happens to be today and is perhaps more fitting seeing as how political runs against Planned Parenthood keep happening over and over...

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Response to Feldspar (Reply #193)

Thu Feb 2, 2012, 11:21 AM

194. I think you need to educate yourself about Planned Parenthood.

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Response to Skinner (Reply #194)

Thu Feb 2, 2012, 11:44 AM

196. Skinner, with all due respect

 

I would venture to say that I know much, much, much more about Planned Parenthood than you could ever imagine.

How many breast exams, pap smears, cervical cancer treatments and abortive procedures have you undergone at your local PP?

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Response to Skinner (Reply #194)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 12:07 AM

204. And, about DU as well, I'd suggest

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu Feb 2, 2012, 12:00 PM

197. Count me in!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu Feb 2, 2012, 12:50 PM

198. Bush, Obama and the global gag rule - anybody remember?

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jan/23/barack-obama-foreign-abortion-aid

Friday 23 January 2009 16.23 GMT

President Barack Obama today made the most contentious move of his young administration with an order, overturning a ban on federal funds to foreign family planning organisations that either offer abortions or provide information or counselling about abortion.

... It will allow US aid, usually through the US agency for international development, to flow to HIV/Aids clinics, birth-control providers and other organisations that advocate or provide counselling about abortion across the world. It is known as the "global gag rule" because it denies US taxpayer dollars to clinics that even mention abortion to women with unplanned pregnancies.

The rule was signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1984, overturned by Bill Clinton in 1993, and reinstated by Bush. Critics of the rule say it deprives the world's poor women of desperately needed medical care, while proponents say US tax dollars should not promote abortion.


The issue was the same as with PP domestically in the US: the result of denying funding is to deny disadvantaged women access to basic health care services.

Signing the order was the very first thing Bush did after his first inauguration, in 2001.

Repealing it was the second thing Obama did -- after pledging to close Guantanamo.

When Bush signed the order, people worldwide made donations to Planned Parenthood International and other organizations that provided women's reproductive health care in less developed countries ... in George W. Bush's name, so he got the thank-you messages. (Planned Parenthood Canada, which is purely an information and counselling, non-medical organization, launched that campaign here.)

So Skinner, I think the initiative is excellent -- yes of course Planned Parenthood is à propos for Valentine's Day! Its history is the fight for women's reproductive rights, which women must be able to exercise in order to enjoy intimate relationships without coercion of any kind, and it is a favourite right-wing punching bag. Nothing could be more appropriate.



(Of course it does leave us foreigners out in the cold a little, but most of us enjoy the heath care services that PP provides, already ...)

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Response to iverglas (Reply #198)

Thu Feb 2, 2012, 01:57 PM

199. That's what I thought he meant too,

 

"women's reproductive rights, which women must be able to exercise in order to enjoy intimate relationships without coercion of any kind".

That is, after all, what Valentine's Day is really about. Not women's breast health, but the right for women to continue to *enjoy* heterosexual intercourse.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu Feb 2, 2012, 11:58 PM

200. A good idea. n/t

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 12:02 AM

201. excellent, excellent idea!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 12:05 AM

203. YES

Most emphatically YES.

Thank you.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 12:09 AM

205. K&R... Thanks for having a heart D.U.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 12:17 AM

206. Love that idea Skinner

You are awesomesauce!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 12:45 AM

207. I likes saying it with a heart K&R (nt)

 

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 01:55 AM

209. I'm in. I ain't joking.

I'm going to sell a bicycle this week. Instead of spending the $$ at my favorite watering hole/strip club, I'll donate.

Between the "Race for the Cure" defunding stem cell research along with their shitbag withdrawal of funds from Planned Parenthood

I'm thinking the "Race for the Cure" needs to be replaced.

I hope they get driven out of business.

The dancers at the bar I frequent are friends and confidants - I am the same for them.

Just because they work without clothing doesn't make them any less a human being than the creeps that just yanked funding from the

ONLY place most of them get health care. Seems that the "New" "Race for the cure" would exclude -many- women,

including these dancers.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 02:06 AM

210. Hell yeah!

This is a great idea!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 10:54 AM

212. One of the best decisions in DU history.

Standing Ovation!



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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 11:55 AM

214. Very nice!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 01:14 PM

215. REGARDLESS OF TODAY'S GOOD NEWS, I STILL THINK WE SHOULD DO THIS

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Sat Feb 4, 2012, 12:39 PM

216. That's why I've always been extremely proud to be associated w/ DU

I think this is a smashing idea!!!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Sat Feb 4, 2012, 01:57 PM

217. Love this idea!

DU 3 just keeps getting better and better.

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