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Stop playing politics with women’s health in New Jersey

Stop playing politics with women’s health in New Jersey
BY ANNE MAIESE
COMMENTARY

For 90 years, the non-partisan League of Women Voters of New Jersey has been fighting for women's equality. Frankly, we are disgusted with the need for this fight. It is shameful and disparaging that in 2010, we are still debating the economic and social benefits of family planning and basic preventative health care for women.

You would think that women wouldn't continue to be treated as second class citizens 90 years after winning the right to vote. But even as we prepare to celebrate Women's Equality Day on August 26th, we are forcefully reminded that women are not considered equal — at least not where our health is concerned. The fact that our governor vetoed legislation to provide funding for women's health services makes us acutely aware that the fight for equality is not over. And the prospect of our legislature not overriding that veto makes this disparity even clearer.

In the book "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide" Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn point out that after 1920, America's maternal mortality rate began to decrease dramatically. They write, "A society that gave women the right to vote also gave their lives more weight and directed more resources to women's health. When women could vote, suddenly their lives became more important, and enfranchising women ended up providing a huge and unanticipated boost to women's health." Apparently in the 1920s, our lives and health had more worth than in 2010.

 

Purchase of Seaview makes sense for Stockton College

Purchase of Seaview makes sense for Stockton College
BY HERMAN J. SAATKAMP, JR.
COMMENTARY

The question is legitimate and natural. Why would The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey purchase Seaview Resort? The answer drives every College decision of ...

Alan Steinberg to appear on NJN’s ‘On the Record’

Alan Steinberg to appear on NJN’s ‘On the Record’

NewJerseyNewsroom.com columnist will be joined by Ralph Caputo and host Michael Aron

Alan Steinberg, a NewJerseyNewsroom.com columnist, will appear on this weekends broadcast of "On the Record." The Ne...

N.J. tax cap costs too much

N.J. tax cap costs too much
BY JEFF TITTEL
COMMENTARY

The Governor and Legislature are pushing a 2 percent tax cap as a way to deal with the state's soaring property taxes. However, a constitutional cap is not the answer to New Je...

A liberal education is essential in helping the U.S. remain a beacon of democracy

A liberal education is essential in helping the U.S. remain a beacon of democracy
BY PAUL R. SHELLY
COMMENTARY

The ironies of modern life in the United States, and our need to make sense of them, or alter them, to me, are among the best reasons why college-level, liberal education is...

Is Obama in need of some Tom Foolery to not be isolated?

Is Obama in need of some Tom Foolery to not be isolated?
BY PATRICK MURRAY
COMMENTARY

One of the hardest things for a president to do is to stay in touch with the concerns of everyday folk. It's just the nature of holding a public office, but there are certa...

What is the incentive for safe vehicles without New Jersey car inspections?

What is the incentive for safe vehicles without New Jersey car inspections?
BY ED FERNANDEZ
COMMENTARY

Driver safety. Passenger safety. Pedestrian safety.

For those of us in the transportation business, these are our guiding imperatives. For those of us with children, these a...

Balancing budget on backs of suburban taxpayers hurt Chris Christie’s grade for first six months as governor

Balancing budget on backs of suburban taxpayers hurt Chris Christie’s grade for first six months as governor
BY MURRAY SABRIN
COMMENTARY

Recently, The Record of Hackensack reviewed Governor Christie's first six months in office. Reporter John Reitmeyer reviewed the governor's promises kept and promises not m...

This Christie veto threatens New Jersey’s economy

This Christie veto threatens New Jersey’s economy
BY LOU GREENWALD
COMMENTARY

The facts are simple.

Home sales in New Jersey fell 23 percent in May and 27 percent in June. Those numbers are even scarier considering those are typically busy times for the...

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