June 27, 2014

This week on To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbe, our panelists discuss USAID, Abortions in Film, PAST Act.

On the panel this week joining host Bonnie Erbe is The Gender Equality Project’s Megan Beyer, Libertarian Commentator Nicole Kurokawa Neily, World Economic Forum Global Shaper Erica Williams Simon, The Daily Mail’s Francesca Chambers, SVP for Programs and Innovation at The Humane Society of the US Holly Hazard.

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New USAID agenda aims to spend more money improving child birth and maternal health worldwide.

  • Megan Beyer: "It saves children. It’s bipartisan. It’s metrics-based. It’s outcome oriented. It’s transparent. I mean, what’s not to like?”

  • Francesca Chambers: "I’m always in favor of reviewing government programs and finding out how we’re using the money and putting it to the best use possible.”

  • Nicole Kurokawa Neily: "I’m optimistic that this could work. I just wish that government accountability weren’t such a rarity.”

  • Christy Turlington Burns: “[A]fter a very good pregnancy and a great delivery, in fact, I hemorrhaged. So the unexpected happened. And it was that unexpected experience that illuminated that there was a global tragedy.”

  • Erica Williams Simon: "I’m a fan of the program. I think the new alignment of resources, private and public together, is a step in the right direction.”

  • Rajiv Shah: “If America can help lead the world to end child death, that is both the morally right thing to do, but it also helps keep us stable and secure.”

  • Bonnie Erbe: Will this realignment, meaning this putting together of the three billion dollars, will this produce results?”  

Abortion In Film

A new film, Obvious Child, is the first since 1982 to portray a successful abortion.

  • Megan Beyer: "Negative myths and culturally negative ideas about abortion that are not factually true are perpetuated in film and I think that may change because of the responsiveness in social media.”

  • Francesca Chambers: "Even within progressive culture its [abortion] still looked at as something to be ashamed of.”

  • Nicole Kurokawa Neily: "Who are the women who are actually making these decisions? These are not single women in the inner cities, these are often married women, these are often older women and so I am optimistic that Hollywood will catch up to reality.”

  • Bonnie Erbe: “Why is Hollywood so behind the times in terms of you can show war, you can show peoples heads being blown off, you can't talk about a woman having an abortion she wants and is happy about having?”

  • Erica Williams Simon: "This is not a question of pro choice or pro life, this is a question about Hollywood film, art, culture really reflecting the totality of women's lives and on that regard Hollywood is far from liberal.”


A stalled bill aimed at ending practice of soring which tortures Tennessee Walking Horses.

  • Bonnie Erbe: "In this day and age, how could people want to do this to animals?”

  • Holly Hazard: "The cruelty is right at the core of the industry. It’s with the industry leaders. It’s with the organizations that fund and promote the practices.”

  • Priscilla Presley: "The public does not know what goes on behind the scenes of the Tennessee Walking Horse. They need to know the abuse that goes on.”

  • Rep. Jan Schakowsky: “Why would we continue to allow this inhumane practice to continue...They actually burn and hurt, injure, the horses. So that it hurts for them to put their feet down.”

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