Last-Minute Bush Abortion Move Sparks Protest Inside Government

20 11 2008

“Sister Carol Keehan, president of the Catholic Health Association, said that in recent years, “we have seen a variety of efforts to force Catholic and other health care providers to perform or refer for abortions and sterilizations.” … Pharmacies said the rule would allow their employees to refuse to fill prescriptions for contraceptives and could “lead to Medicaid patients being turned away.” State officials said the rule could void state laws that require insurance plans to cover contraceptives and require hospitals to offer emergency contraception to rape victims…The Ohio Health Department said the rule “could force family planning providers to hire employees who may refuse to do their jobs”, a concern echoed by Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “

It isn’t about the doctor’s rights – it’s about the patient’s health. If you don’t want to be in the position of possibly performing an abortion, then be a veterinarian. Be an orthopedist. Be an orthodontist. Be a plastic surgeon. Be a brain surgeon. There is only one area of one type of job that you shouldn’t be in – and that’s an OB/GYN. If you don’t want to run the risk of shooting someone, don’t be a cop. If you don’t want to run the risk of being asked to perform an abortion, don’t be that KIND of doctor!


All Hail, King of America!

5 11 2008

Well, that was fun.

I hope everyone enjoyed the festivities last night, because now it’s time to focus on still-President Bush’s last days in office – his parting gifts, if you will.

From closing Guantanamo Bay to providing birth control pills, from protecting the endangered Gray Wolf to keeping coal plants away from national parks, Bush (read: Cheney) is going to do everything in his still-expanding power to make his last days count. Think of it this way: he has nothing to lose. Reputation? Legacy? Re-Election? After all, he is the tyrant our mothers warned us about, and he’s not burdened with face-saving displays of centerism that are required when running for re-election. He, and his administration, are the hard core, git ‘er done, christian fundamentalist conservatives – and they have plans. Plans that can be executed right up until the last minute as far as they’re concerned. It doesn’t matter if they are popular – there are no more contests left to win. Bush can no longer hurt McCain by being divisive, extreme, and deaf to half the country. He, and his administration, are in the final days of an presidency marked with exclusion, extremism, lawlessness, opacity, fear-mongering, and pridefulness, and they plan on going out with a bang.

There is no tomorrow for the Bush Administration. In fact, arguably they view the incoming Obama presidency as the apocolypse – a slap in the face to their sacrosanct healing of American Liberalism that was infected into our government and society by the Clinton administration, among others.

While the Republican machine has suffered losses, it is by no means deterred. In fact, the few who remain, and who are by definition not up for re-election any time soon, are probably all the more convinced that they are the saviors who will bring the heavenly Bush administration in for a landing.

Let’s not and say we did.

A stitch in time is within our grasp. We can avoid having to undo damage later if we can prevent it from happening now. This is the time to take a deep breath and sprint to the finish line. This is the time to speak your mind, even if your voice shakes. This is the time to speak truth to power. There are people making monumental decisions about our civil liberties, abortion rights, and the environment, and these people have publicly available e-mail addresses.

Don’t forget your newspapers, local or otherwise. One letter can be ignored, but one thousand cannot. In New Jersey we have over 550 towns. If one person from every other town wrote a letter to the Star Ledger, New Jersey’s state wide paper, that would be over 200 letters. No newspaper is going to ignore 200 letters about anything, and a few will even be published.

Start now. Start tiny. Write an e-mail to your member of congress. Write an e-mail to both of your senators. Write e-mails to every elected official that in any way represents you, and send paper mail if you must. It can be as simple as “Hello, my name is, and these are the things that are most important to me this year:”. It doesn’t have to be the great American novel – 50 words or less will do. Go to blogs and furiously comment on every article that you feel passionate about. Practice arguing with people virtually so that when you encounter a face-to-face confrontation about that subject you are better prepared. None of this will help end something like discrimination tomorrow, but it can help end discrimination sooner than if you did nothing. The small and definate actions will outweigh the lofty and imaginary on any scale.  

Don’t let it be the thing you wish you’d done.

Hostage to Abortion Politics

3 09 2008

Marie Wilson – what a woman. On Gov. Sarah Palin as the choice for Republican VP:

“It reveals a deep distrust in women to make their own decisions about their bodies, and selecting this particular woman largely based on her stance on one issue is the latest insult not just to Governor Palin, but to women as a whole–and to our democracy.

“The crusade against choice pivots around the deep societal fear of women’s power to act as the authors of their own lives, the keepers of their own bodies. As Kristin Luker wrote in “Abortion and the Politics of Motherhood,” the real issue at stake is the fear that women will abandon their traditional role and decide not be mothers, if given the choice. ”

Pure gold.
More on Sarah Palin
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

The Choice to Spit

25 07 2008

And for your viewing pleasure – a superb example of the women who are fighting against contraception and the venomous anti-woman rage they bring to the table, entitled “Natural Family Planning”.

Here comes the backlash – Hit it, boys! (no pun intended):

Natural Family Planning

I don’t understand? When you were created, you and every other woman were give a natural cycle of fertility, right? So, use it. Give yourselves more credit as thinking, intellectual human beings and use what your creator gave you as a gift. “…the sparrow has everything it needs to sustain its life…and are you not greater than all the sparrows…” It’s really simple, and you don’t have to take any medication with side effects to do it – it’s natural! Pretty neat, huh? Oh, but wait, no company can make any money from it because there is nothing to sell or create – it’s all already right there in your wonderful body! Here’s the other part – you and your loving husband get to practice it together and if you are trying to space children or wait – he has to find other creative ways to love you – other than what men love (penetration). You’ve got to be kidding me… You mean there is a system that is natural, created by God (who is all loving) and my husband (during my fertile period where we are trying to NOT get pregnant) will try to “court” me in very loving creative ways because that’s how men respond naturally/sub-consciously when they can’t have whatever whenever!!!? Wow. Sweet. Sign me up. What? I’m already signed up – cool. TRUST IN GOD AND ALL WILL BE REVEALED.

Submitted by Truth on July 24, 2008 – 11:35am.

Love conquers sex – regardless of what pesky science has to say about it. Whatever you say, doc.

It’s a Free Cuntry

25 07 2008

Absofuckinglutely amazing.

That’s what I have to say about what might be one of the biggest events to cross the feminists’ path in my lifetime.

Many people have now written, very eloquently I might add, about the potential contraception catastrophe. It stems from the U.S. Department Health and Human Services’ proposal to allow pro-life doctors to deny birth control to women for “moral reasons”, using anti-discrimination law to bolster an oxymoronic claim of valuing life as a reason to elminate contraception. 

Hillary Clinton’s address was spot on, and Sarah Wildman’s piece was brilliant. The article by Robin Summers goes a bit farther, calling all feminists to arms:

“Each and every one of us must make our voices heard, or else live with the knowledge that we gave our rights away.  We must shout from the rooftops that we will protect our rights and that we expect our elected leaders to do the same.  We must choose to stand up and be counted, for it is the most important choice we will ever make.”

RH Reality Check’s latest piece brings to the fore what is perhaps one of the most critical and easily shirked problems – not general apathy (as is so often the case in American politics), but a false sense of security:

“That which we take for granted is too often gone, erased from our lives by our own ignorance.  We will cry that it was taken from us, stolen in the dark of night by thieves both radical and cunning.  In truth, however, we will have only ourselves to blame, for we not only left the front door open, we left our rights in a box on the front porch and went to bed with dreams sustained by the certainty that the box would still be full in the morning.”

With a handy link to an web form that generates a letter to Mr. Michael Leavitt (who is skyrocketting to the top 10 section of the feminist shit-list like he was David Bowie’s “Low”), Summers reminds us that this is our fight to win or lose, no matter how ridiculous it is that we should have to fight for this in the first place.

“Yet many Americans, especially American women, do not realize that one of their most fundamental and cherished rights – the right to choose for themselves whether or when to have children – is under attack.  Unfortunately, this war is very real, and the battlefield is expanding daily.  The potential HHS regulations are just the latest salvo in the “War on Contraception”, brought to you by our friends who hate abortion but want to limit access to common-sense measures like family planning, which reduces unintended pregnancy and thereby reduces the need for abortion.”  

Still, if feminist voter turnout for primary elections is any indication, men may need to get used to the idea of absinence as a household word.

Ah, to be young and free in America.

Well, to be young anyway.