Round Up: How the Shutdown affects Women’s lives

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We put together a roundup on how the shutdown affects women’s lives:

NPR, Shutdown Leaves Program Feeding Women And Infants In Lurch

Among those affected by the chaos of the government shutdown are 9 million low-income women and children who may be worrying where next week’s meal is going to come from.

They rely on the government for food assistance through the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, known as WIC.

And according to Douglas Greenaway, president and CEO of the National WIC Association, some of the state programs that serve these women and children may run out of money by next week, while others may have enough funds to offer the food benefits through the end of the month. But across the country, he says, anxiety is rising as both program administrators and participants wonder how long they’ll be in limbo. Read more here .

Huffington Post,  WIC Programs Shutting Down As Federal Government Comes To Halt

WASHINGTON — The federal government shutdown already has led at least one state to shutter a nutritional food program for struggling women and infants on Tuesday.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Saturday that a shutdown would hobble the $7 billion Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. The program, known as WIC, provides healthy-food vouchers, nutrition education and breastfeeding support to roughly 9 million poor women and their children.

States administer the program and each will handle the federal shutdown differently. On Tuesday morning, Utah’s Department of Health announced its WIC program would be closing its doors to new clients. Read More here.

Slate, Seven Ways the Government Shutdown Will Hit Women Hardest

After watching the N’Sync reunion at the MTV Video Music Awards, Republicans decided they wanted a part of the ’90s nostalgia craze. So they’re jumping in the only way they know how: government shutdown. As with most schemes concocted by the right, the shutdown is going to hit women particularly hard. Here are some of the ways.

WIC payments. Republicans are all about how babies are so great that women shouldn’t be able to say no to having one—so much so that another attempt to make it harder to avoid unwanted pregnancy was in the spending bill that forced the shutdown. However, they clearly don’t love babies enough to make sure the alive ones are fed. The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is on the “non-essential” list of government services to be shut down starting this week. Since 53 percent of infants in the U.S. rely on WIC to meet their full nutritional needs, this is a massive shortfall that could leave a lot of babies hungry and mothers scrambling for food.  Read More here

Rolling Stones, Republicans Shut Down the Government, But They Can’t Stop Obamacare

Is there anything as exciting as a government shutdown? Not for Tea Party Republicans. As the hours ticked away prior to the first government shutdown in 17 years last night, the nation’s most extreme right-wing legislators were already congratulating themselves on expressing the so-called will of the people by grinding the federal government to a halt. “We’re very excited,” Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota) told the Washington Post. “It’s exactly what we wanted, and we got it.”

In many ways, a shutdown was inevitable from the moment the GOP’s extremist fringe took over the party a few years back. The Republican class of 2010 was elected with the explicit intention of driving the government straight off a cliff.  The only question was how many passengers they were taking with them and whether they were going to hit the gas as they headed over the edge. This week, we found out. Read More here 

Forbers, Government Shutdown: 9 Million Moms And Babies At Risk As WIC Program Halts

The government shutdown may be keeping National Parks closed and furloughed federal workers at home, but worse real-world effects could soon be felt by low-income mothers and their infants — already a marginalized group with unstable food supplies.

On Tuesday, the government stopped funding the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, known as WIC.

Over 8.9 million moms and kids under five living near or below the poverty line rely on the program’s supplemental vouchers for healthy food, breastfeeding support, infant formula and other necessities dispensed at clinics nationwide. Read more here. 

Jezebel, How the Government Shutdown Will Crap All Over You

Last night, after what seems like years of cheesy prop and sign-aided grandstanding, Congress failed to reach an agreement on how to fund the government and they shut that whole thing down (aside: imagine if Todd Akin were a Senator. LOL). But this GOP temper tantrum isn’t all all humorously dramatic pandacam mourning and petulant government nerd pants-shitting; this shutdown is going to affect a lot of people, many of whom are not furloughed federal employees — many of whom are just regular women, like you and me. Here’s how we’re all about to get crapped on. Read More here. 

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