MEDIA ALERT: Bestselling Author Teresa Tomeo
On the HHS Mandate’s Assault on Religious Freedom
WHO: Bestselling author and syndicated Catholic radio host Teresa Tomeo, author of Extreme Makeover from Ignatius Press.
WHAT: Tomeo is available for comment about the ongoing conflict between the Catholic Church, other religious employers and nonprofits, and the Obama administration over the new health-insurance mandate announced Jan. 20 by the Department of Health and Human Services. The mandate requires all employers to provide health insurance coverage that offers free access to contraception, sterilization and drugs that induce abortion. Following a major backlash from Catholic bishops and other clergy, President Obama announced Feb. 10 an “accommodation” under which employers would not be forced to provide the coverage, but insurance companies would be required to provide the services noted above at no charge to any employees interested in receiving them. That change has done little to stem criticism of the mandate.
Komen reversal a messy reminder
Tomeo reiterates need for caution – especially with financial support
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 3, 2012 – Earlier today, the Susan G. Komen Foundation announced that it would “continue to fund existing grants, including those of Planned Parenthood, and preserve their eligibility to apply for future grants, while maintaining the ability of our affiliates to make funding decisions that meet the needs of their communities.”
Don’t lace up to ‘Race for the Cure’ just yet
Komen decision to de-fund Planned Parenthood not without questions
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 2, 2012 – News broke Jan. 31 that the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation has severed ties with Planned Parenthood because of a pending Congressional investigation – costing the nation’s largest abortion provider Komen-generated grants worth more than a half-million dollars annually. Bestselling author Teresa Tomeo suggests that pro-lifers across the country take the news with a grain of salt – for now.
This isn’t just about Catholics vs. Obama – this is also about women
HHS mandate latest salvo in skirmish over life … and human dignity
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 1, 2012 – At least one news report on Catholic bishops’ reactions to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services decision to mandate employer-provided health-insurance coverage of contraception, sterilization and drugs that induce abortions – related to parishes around the country this past weekend – was headlined “Catholics vs. Obama” (The Daily, Jan. 30 edition). Bestselling author Teresa Tomeo sees a battle line drawn against an entire gender – not just this religion or that.
News Tip: Mainstream Misses Money Shot
Major media outlets ignore the throngs who stood up for life
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 25, 2012 – It’s always big news when tens of thousands of people gather publicly for rallies about one of America’s – if not the world’s – most significant issues. Isn’t it?
Apparently not, given the mainstream-media coverage of the Jan. 21 West Coast Walk for Life in San Francisco and the Jan. 23 March for Life in Washington, D.C. The former drew 50,000 participants, the latter upwards of a half-million. What neither event drew, however, was significant coverage from major media outlets.
Supreme Court hears arguments in landmark decency case
Author Teresa Tomeo sees importance of decency guidelines – and their enforcement – for public airwaves
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 10, 2012 – The United States Supreme Court today hears oral arguments in a landmark case testing the Federal Communications Commission’s ability to police the public airwaves.
“The case before the Supreme Court should stop anyone concerned about our culture in their tracks; parents, educators, health officials, religious leaders and any American who owns a television,” said bestselling author Teresa Tomeo. “The public airwaves are just that – public. We have a right to expect at least some sort of guidelines for broadcasters to stay in place.”
CDC’s first-ever national study on intimate partner and sexual violence confirms need for Extreme Makeover
Tomeo responds to disturbing findings and points to the root causes
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 15, 2011 – Research released yesterday reveals that about 20 percent of women are raped in their lifetime and, in most cases, the attacker is someone the woman knows, according to a new survey on sexual violence from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The reality of some TV messages is truly alarming
Tomeo castigates MTV programs using women to vilify women
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 12, 2011 – On the heels of a study from the Girl Scouts that found “reality TV” shows promote bad behavior among girls ages 11-17, the Parents Television Council (PTC) has released a study showing how negative some of these shows’ messages have become.
“This alarming study released by the Parents TV Council comes on the heels of another eye-opening report from the Girl Scouts,” said bestselling author and syndicated radio host Teresa Tomeo. “Both studies raise important issues about the impact Reality TV is having on girls and women. It’s sad to say these studies show how women of all ages can be our own worst enemies when it comes to the objectification and over-sexualization of our gender.”
Working Moms getting worn out – and down – by multitasking
Teresa Tomeo sees the price women are paying for ‘having it all’
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 6, 2011 – Many women “have it all” today – and research suggests that a significant number of them aren’t sure it’s worth the price.
The December issue of “American Sociological Review” reports the findings of a new study of working Moms’ – and Dads’ – multitasking activities. The research revealed that working Moms devote an average of 48.3 hours weekly to multitasking – compared to 38.9 hours for Dads – and that the mothers feel more negative about it than working fathers.
Why are so many people, especially women, hurting?
Tomeo ponders sobering report on ‘America’s State of Mind’
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 28, 2011 – Researches have discovered that the use of prescription medications for mental health conditions is alarmingly high in America – especially among women.
Medco Health Solutions, Inc., a company that manages pharmacy benefits for health insurers, recently released “America’s State of Mind” – a report on research it conducted by analyzing claims for 2.5 million Americans from 2001-2010. Medco found that one in four women ages 20 and older got prescriptions during the past decade for a mental health condition; they joined 15 percent of men.