December 21, 2012 — Our weekly video roundup includes a unique assortment of Web videos hand-picked by our editors. This week, we feature news on negotiations over the "fiscal cliff" and Violence Against Women Act, as well as a new documentary from Catholics for Choice.
Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) jokes that she thought House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was referring to emergency contraception when he announced his "Plan B" proposal for avoiding the "fiscal cliff" (Kim, "On Congress," Politico, 12/20).
MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry leads a discussion about House conservatives' opposition to new protections for Native American women; immigrants; and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in legislation to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. The panel includes Deborah Parker, vice chair of the board of the Tulalip Tribes; Chloe Angyal, editor of Feministing; and MSNBC contributors Jonathan Capehart and Victoria DeFrancesco Soto (Harris-Perry , "The Melissa Harris-Perry Show," MSNBC, 12/16).
DeFrancesco Soto and Parker also discuss how current law provides little recourse for immigrant and Native American women seeking to escape domestic violence (Harris-Perry , "The Melissa Harris-Perry Show," MSNBC, 12/16).
"The Secret History of Sex, Choice and Catholics" -- a new film from Catholics for Choice -- includes interviews with leading experts in ethics, theology and philosophy. The film explores topics related to Catholic beliefs and practices regarding abortion, contraception, HIV/AIDS, sexuality and other issues in reproductive health and policy (Catholics for Choice, 11/27).
Debra Ness, publisher & president, National Partnership
Andrea Friedman, associate editor & director of reproductive health programs, National Partnership
Marya Torrez, associate editor & senior reproductive health policy counsel, National Partnership
Melissa Safford, associate editor & policy advocate for reproductive health, National Partnership
Perry Sacks, assistant editor & health program associate, National Partnership
Cindy Romero, assistant editor & communications assistant, National Partnership
Justyn Ware, editor
Amanda Wolfe, editor-in-chief
Heather Drost, Hanna Jaquith, Marcelle Maginnis, Ashley Marchand and Michelle Stuckey, staff writers
Tucker Ball, director of new media, National Partnership