Posts tagged ‘abortion’

February 21, 2011

Planned Parenthood is not synonymous with abortion

by d
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Planned Parenthood has a really descriptive name. It does exactly what the name implies. We don’t talk much about “family planning” these days, and we should.

Before modern science kicked in, conception was, for the most part, a game of roulette. Folk remedies and leather condoms weren’t nearly as effective as people wanted them to be, but they kept trying. All it took was some observation and life experience to see how inconvenient–and dangerous–the lack of control could be.

When a woman gives birth too young, she and the child suffer. (18 is the minimum recommended.) If she has children too close together, she and both children can suffer. Doctors and midwives knew these things; parents knew them. But what do you say to a couple who have had the number of children they want? Spend the rest of your lives together in separate beds? More babies happened.

Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood’s first president, was a remarkable woman who saw the effect this had on people, particularly poor people and women. She also saw this suffering as, at best, unnecessary. At worst, it was a deliberate means of keeping women in subjugation.

In 1912, after a fire destroyed the home that William designed, the Sanger family moved back to New York City, where Margaret went to work in the East Side slums of Manhattan. That same year, she also started writing a column for the New York Call entitled “What Every Girl Should Know.” Distributing a pamphlet, Family Limitation, to women, Sanger repeatedly caused scandal and risked imprisonment by acting in defiance of the Comstock Law of 1873, which outlawed as obscene the dissemination of contraceptive information and devices.

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November 14, 2010

Paganism — Not What You Heard

by V

Comic by Roxy!

 

Paganism is often depicted as evil and Satanic, despite the prevalence of peace and equality throughout the majority of Pagan religions.

(A giant programming note: pagan religions are generally very peaceful. That’s not to say that there aren’t people who engage in “Devil worship” but these are usually not people who honestly believe in what they’re doing. They think they’re being rebels, they’re doing it to go against the grain, to shock people, and to rebel against their parents, society, their church, their school, whatever it is that they feel needs to be taken down a peg. They get their information from Hollywood and myths perpetrated by Christians. And the only way you can consider them to really be pagans is to use the broadest sense of the word “pagan” which is anything other than Christianity. Which also includes Hindus, Jews, and Buddhists among other non-Christian faiths.)

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October 29, 2010

No, really, you need to vote.

by d

If you’ve paid any attention to this year’s US elections you know that there is some crazy shit going down.

The stats tug my heart in different directions. We’ve seen record numbers of women filing to run for office, and the numbers remain high as we go into the elections next week. There are also way, way too many candidates who can best be described as anti-woman. And too many of them are themselves women.

The ‘anti-woman’ term is a loaded one, but here’s how we’re defining it today: anti-abortion, even in cases of rape or incest, or incestuous rape. This includes the likes of Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell, and, 79 others.

Also at stake are education and health care in general. Many candidates want to roll back both. Yes, the rumors you heard were true–more than one loon out there wants to disband the Department of Education. And they think so-called ObamaCare is going to destroy this country, never mind that it will provide maternity coverage and guarantee care for children with “pre-existing conditions.” Keeping women and children healthy and educated is pro-woman, pro-child, pro-humanity. These candidates are not.

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September 18, 2010

Women Only Vote For Women Who Are Pro-Woman

by d

We’ve run several posts recently about women achieving in politics, both through election and appointment. But there are plenty of women getting ahead in politics right now who I am not happy to cheer for. I’m talking about women like Sharon Angle, Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachman, Christine O’Donnell–the list is growing apace, which is itself highly unusual. When did women become so ubiquitous in US politics? And why on earth are so many of them conservative?

There’s a notion floating right now that conservative women are ‘taking back’ feminism. They’re gonna wrench the womens movement out of the hands of screechy, man-hating, too-ugly-to-get-a-date-so-I-went-lesbian feminists, and turn it into a means to justify the lifestyles they themselves are now leading (lifestyles made possible by those feminists). I am happy for these women who are taking to politics, but I’m not happy about the ones who use their soapboxes to work against womens’ interests. There’s nothing like the hypocrisy of, say, Ann Coulter, who says women are too stupid to vote or manage money, yet she herself has made quite a pretty penny telling people how they should vote.

This year’s influx of female candidates is so anti-abortion, they qualify as anti-woman. Too many do not support the one clause that usually makes anti-abortion legislation more widely palatable–they don’t support exceptions in the case of rape or incest.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow ran a segment this week about “Women Candidates vs. Womens’ Rights.” Go watch the video here, or continue reading for quotes. There are some beautiful ones from both her and her guest, Melissa Harris-Lacewell.

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September 4, 2010

Alveda King speaks at Glenn Beck’s 8/28 Rally

by V

Let me say that I respect the gist of Alveda King’s speech at Glenn Beck’s rally, which was held on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech. She (and her uncle, the Rev King Jr.) are both right when they say that a prejudice against any person is a prejudice against all people. That the “check” her uncle spoke of has not yet been made good.

We are closer to the dream than before, but we are not there yet.

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September 1, 2010

Ballot measure to ban abortion in Colorado

by V

This is ridiculous! I hope that this ballot also gets shot down in the voting booths. but damn

DENVER – A ballot measure that would ban abortions in every circumstance goes before Colorado voters this fall. And on Tuesday, opponents and supporters of the so-called ‘Personhood Amendment’ squared off at the State Capitol.

“Amendment 62 is dangerous,” Vicki Cowart of Planned Parenthood told a large crowd gathered on the west steps of the Capitol. “It eliminates a woman’s right to make personal, private decisions about her body and her health.”

“This deeply personal and painful moral decision is best left to a woman,” said Rev. Dawn Riley Duval of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, “And her doctor…and God!” she shouted to loud applause.

“We consider this to be the civil rights issue of our century really,” said Amendment 62 backer Gualberto Garcia Jones, who is director of Personhood Colorado.”

Amendment 62 would grant fertilized human eggs a full spectrum of legal rights. Its authors claim opponents are using “scare tactics” from what they call ” abortion profiteers.”

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July 18, 2010

Call for action: Abortion Coverage in Interim US Health Care Pools

by d

A lot of fuss has been made about so-called “Obamacare,” the US’s new health insurance legislation. It went on for months, etc., etc., and was finally passed in March. Now they have to sort out how they’re actually going to carry it out, including the transitional programs that will help people limp along until the full bill comes into effect.

NARAL Pro-Choice America warns:

The Obama administration just announced it will exclude abortion coverage in the temporary health-insurance pools that will transition us into the new health-care system.

This policy means that women who are part of these pools because they have significant health problems, such as diabetes or cancer, will not be able to access abortion care, even if their health is at further risk

The administration’s policy is similar to the ban proposed by anti-choice Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.). That’s unacceptable – even if it applies to a program that will last only about three years.

Abortion is the most common surgical procedure women receive. At a time when the country is on the cusp of implementing nationwide health-insurance coverage, we should not treat abortion care differently in the new high-risk pools.

Help us fight back. Tell President Obama that the abortion-coverage ban was not part of the agreement on health reform and that he should not exclude abortion coverage from newly created high-risk pools.

They have a petition to sign here.

I did not know that “Abortion is the most common surgical procedure women receive.” That’s actually really scary. It shouldn’t be. I’m pro-choice, and pro-abortion in a number of circumstances (for instance, when the parents-to-be are still in effing high school), but that doesn’t mean I don’t find abortion regrettable. It is.

I am 100% pro-contraception. Prevention is the better part of cure. We wouldn’t have to worry so much about abortion is we educated our children and made contraceptives more available to everyone.

As for using federal money in health care programs to fund abortions, well, I can sympathize with people who don’t like that. But then I’d like to be able to chuck Viagra from the plan, too.

July 13, 2010

Secret Life: She didn’t go thattaway.

by d

"It's NOT Ricky's baby? Are you sure? You can tell me, I already know he gets around."

Subterfuge reviews the ongoing saga of teen pregnancies that is ABC Family‘s The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Season 3, episode 6, “She Went That A’way.”

Adrian’s gonna do it! She’s going to the clinic! She’s in the waiting room! She–she’s crying, and talking to someone.

Well, fuck. ABC Family has pussied out again, because Adrian has a big heart (so said Grace). Adrian’s decision to go through with the pregnancy is surprising, but it’s the way she behaves after making the decision that is pissing me off.

Have the baby, ok. But WHAT HAPPENED TO ADOPTION?! This girl wants to go to law school!

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July 8, 2010

When life gives you lemons, make rape-incest babies

by d

I don't have to live with the consequences of your actions!

I have been eager for the chance to talk about conservative Senate candidate Sharron Angle (Republican, Nevada, challenging Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid). For the purpose of this blog, I wanted to have a really good reason to lay into her. So I bided my time, and now it has come.

It’s not secret that Sharron Angle is anti-abortion. Way anti-abortion. She has stated before that she believes abortion interferes with God’s plan (with audio):

MANDERS: Is there any reason at all for an abortion?

ANGLE: Not in my book.

MANDERS: So, in other words, rape and incest would not be something?

ANGLE: You know, I’m a Christian, and I believe that God has a plan and a purpose for each one of our lives and that he can intercede in all kinds of situations and we need to have a little faith in many things.

Now news is breaking of another interview, where Angle told teens raped by their fathers to ‘make lemonade.’

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July 7, 2010

Congrats Mikhaela, we will miss you!

by d

Mikhaela E. Reade is one of my favorite political cartoonists. For the past eight years she has blogged weekly cartoons eviscerating the stupid, racist, sexist, homophobic, right-wing, trickle-down Reaganomics bullshit that goes on in the world. She’s been published in newspapers, magazines, and online, has won awards and was even elected Vice-President of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists.

She’s currently on hiatus, simplifying her life and taking time to regroup. Oh, and she and her husband have just had the most adorable little girl, born last month. As my mother says, life moves in phases, and you focus on different things at different times. We want to wish Mikhaela, Masheka, and Baby Z well.

Meantime, here are some excellent Mikhaela comics for you to enjoy. And please consider buying her book, as that would certainly help them with baby expenses.

View her whole archive on Flickr.

Thanks for the comics, Mikhaela. We look forward to hearing from you again!

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