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She's a young mother, pregnant with her second child, who relies on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children -- WIC - for food and medicine when her son gets sick. When the federal government shut down she became one of almost nine million mothers, and their children under five, who lost their vouchers for food, baby formula, and breastfeeding support.

She's a victim of domestic violence who has nowhere to go for help because funds usually available under the Violence Against Women Act have been reduced or eliminated.

She's Michele Langbehn, a beautiful young mother who told her story on CNN and then started a Change.org petition to try to save her life.   Having endured multiple surgeries, nine months of chemo, and two cycles of radiation to stop the spread of her rare form of cancer, she was under consideration for a clinical trial of a new medication that just might save her life when the shutdown hit the National Institutes of Health. 

From http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b01AZqlcqjE: Goverment Shutdown - Michele Langbehn's Cancer Continues Untreated
Goverment Shutdown - Michele Langbehn's Cancer Continues Untreated by YouTube

 

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Elayne Clift is a writer,lecturer, workshop leader and activist. She is senior correspondent for Women's Feature Service, columnist for the Keene (NH) Sentinel and Brattleboro (VT) Commons and a contributor to various publications internationally. (more...)
 

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Why indeed?  In spite of the old adage "women... by patricia win on Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 at 9:36:18 AM
"They are cutting off their nose to spite their fa... by Meryl Ann Butler on Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 at 10:12:42 AM
Thanks for a great article Elayne, stunning!... by Meryl Ann Butler on Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 at 10:13:03 AM
Egads! Typical misandry in words again.So it is we... by Bill Johnson on Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 at 3:59:14 PM
Women and children are being raped, symbolica... by Meryl Ann Butler on Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 at 4:32:47 PM
Great response Meryl Ann!... by Amy Schreiner on Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 at 4:52:10 PM
Thanks, Amy!... by Meryl Ann Butler on Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 at 5:35:58 PM
I agree with Meryl- AnnBut in all fairness the&nbs... by Mark Sashine on Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 at 5:27:36 PM
Thanks, Mark! And yes, I agree about Hillary and C... by Meryl Ann Butler on Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 at 5:40:22 PM
I wonder why they do not care about any assistance... by Bill Johnson on Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 at 6:24:36 PM
It is because, man  you  pay to much att... by Mark Sashine on Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 at 7:11:41 PM
Don't knock Hef! Hef is a result of such evil. He ... by Bill Johnson on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 12:11:43 PM
Single fathers are just as eligible for assistance... by Amy Schreiner on Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 at 7:48:16 PM
You keep saying and suggesting fathers are abandon... by Bill Johnson on Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 at 8:33:09 PM
The reason these moms need help with programs such... by Amy Schreiner on Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 at 5:29:16 PM
Excellent point, Amy!... by Meryl Ann Butler on Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 at 5:40:55 PM
Wow!  Thanks everyone for your comments and c... by Elayne Clift on Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 at 6:39:37 PM
63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes --... by Bill Johnson on Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 at 6:39:49 PM
71% of pregnant teenagers lack a father.63% of you... by Bill Johnson on Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 at 6:40:31 PM
Exactly.  These things happen when fathers ab... by Amy Schreiner on Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 at 7:20:31 PM
Yes, you are right, Amy, women do realize it's abo... by Meryl Ann Butler on Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 at 8:35:40 PM
Thanks for this info.  Very interesting, as I... by Amy Schreiner on Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 at 9:43:24 PM
Amy, check out our own Joan Brunwasser's fabulous ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 9:53:58 AM
Back in the days when I was working internationall... by Elayne Clift on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 12:34:20 PM
In your two comments above, you've listed 18 state... by Amy Schreiner on Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 at 7:37:35 PM
I'm not. The text was copied from a website that I... by Bill Johnson on Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 at 8:30:18 PM
My statistic prof said"There are lies, damned lies... by Rob Kall on Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 at 9:36:53 PM
I'd say this has EVERYTHING to do with your Mom an... by Daniel Geery on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 8:17:22 AM
Respectfully, Bill, it's clear that you are very a... by Meryl Ann Butler on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 9:31:01 AM
Strange, but no "statistic" on this more-than-thre... by Sheila Samples on Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 at 10:48:47 PM
I don't understand why any of you would try and sp... by Bill Johnson on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 9:16:48 AM
Digression;Folks, if I mayDue to Mr. Johnson we di... by Mark Sashine on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 9:35:28 AM