Category Archives: Pro-Life

>Just a Thought: Indiana Congressman Thinks Women Lie About Rape

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Up in Indiana, when the Legislature isn’t voting to ban the already banned gay marriage, the Indiana House is also considering what would be one of the nation’s most restrictive anti-abortion laws. The new bill will ban all private insurance coverage–I’ll say it again, private insurance coverage–of abortion, and it would require abortion providers to tell women that the procedure carries a risk of breast cancer–although the American Cancer Society says there is no evidence of a link between the two–and that a fetus can feel pain.

Women will also be told that there are couples “willing and waiting” to adopt children and that those couples might pay for prenatal care and childbirth. And abortions would be illegal after 20 weeks, except to preserve the life of the woman.

But, before the law was passed, it’s sponsor, GOP asshat Representative Eric Turner, objected to what he called a proposed “loophole” in the law, whereby in the cases of rape and incest, the victims of those crimes could proceed with terminating their pregnancy. In fact, Turner went so far as to say that women will fake having been raped in order to get free abortions:

“I just want you to think about this, in my view, giant loophole that could be created where someone who could–now I want to be careful, I don’t want to disparage in any way someone who has gone through the experience of a rape or incest–but someone who is desirous of an abortion could simply say that they’ve been raped or there’s incest.”

Yes, Eric Turner thinks all women are so cavalier about abortion that they will blatantly lie about being raped, or being the victim of incest, in order to get an abortion.

This sent one of his colleagues, Congresswoman Linda Lawson–who was a sex crimes investigator for the Indiana police for six years–into a rage: “Women don’t make this up! My Goodness! This is the state of Indiana!”

Now, women in Indiana do not have the right to decide what to do with their own bodies. The Legislature has decided that Indiana women will have to pay high out-of-pocket costs for abortions, even if the procedure is necessary to save their life or the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest. 

How have we come to the point where a politician can call half the people, half the voters, in his state, liars? How is it that we’ve come to the point where women, all women, will stand by and let men dictate what they can and cannot do in terms of their own bodies?

Women are not so cavalier about abortion that they simply schedule it as part of their day. They don’t squeeze it in between shoe shopping and Cosmos with the girls. I have known women who’ve chosen abortion, for their own personal reasons, and not one of them came to the decision lightly, or without careful thought. And not one of them ever felt the need to lie about their reasons for choosing to end a pregnancy. And not one of them, after the procedure, went out to celebrate.

How is it that politicians don’t see this? Mainly because it’s male politicians, who seek to control their women, all their women, of their state.

Once again, I’ll say it: if the situatuon were reversed, and men were the ones who got pregnant, we wouldn’t be having this discussion, because men would never let anyone, even a wingnut like Eric Turner, tell them what they can do with their own bodies.

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Filed under Abortion, Asshat, Eric Turner, GOP, Indiana, Just A Thought, Linda Lawson, Pro-Choice, Pro-Life, Wingnut

>South Dakota Wants To Legalize Murder

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You know, just when you think Arizona and Utah, and, well, okay, South Carolina, have cornered the market on ridiculous in legislation, along comes another state that makes those three, and so many others, seem perfectly normal.

Case in point: South Dakota. There is a new law under consideration in South Dakota that would expand the definition of “justifiable homicide” to include killings that are intended to prevent harm to a fetus. This would make it legal to kill abortion doctors.

Legalized murder.

Of course, this is a Republican proposal; it passed out of committee on a nine-to-three party-line vote, and is expected to face a floor vote in the state’s GOP-dominated House of Representatives soon.

The sponsor of the bill, one Republican wingnut, Phil Jensen, a committed foe of abortion rights, alters the state’s legal definition of justifiable homicide by adding language stating that a homicide is permissible if committed by a person “while resisting an attempt to harm” that person’s unborn child or the unborn child of that person’s spouse, partner, parent, or child. 

So, a man whose wife, girlfriend or lover is having an abortion can shoot the doctor and it’s all just okay. A girl’s father, brother, uncle, cousin, could commit murder and get, not even a slap on the wrist but a pat on the back.

What galls me about these Pro-lifers, is their lust to kill doctors in what they see as an effort to protect unborn children. See, to them, as Dennis Miller once said, it’s wrong to terminate life in the first, second, or third trimester, but perfectly acceptable to do it in the two-hundred-third trimester.

Seriously, South Dakota. What’s next? Will it become acceptable to kill the pharmacist who gives out the morning after pill? Can you shoot a doctor who prescribes birth control? Will the use of a condom now be considered a capital offense.

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>Oklahoma Reverts To Neanderthal State

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Just when you thought Oklahoma, the Land Of Sally Kern, couldn’t be a more backward thinking neanderthal out-of-touch semi-square state in the middle, they sink just a wee bit lower.

On November 1, 2009, a new law will go into effect in Oklahoma. This new law will collect personal details about every single abortion performed in that state and post them on a public website. Yes, folks, Oklahoma will take your personal, private medical history and let everybody know you business.

Bad as that sounds, and believe me, it sounds bad because it will one day lead to Oklahoma publicly posting who is HIV+ or has AIDS or cancer or anything else they want to publicize, but implementing this new bill will cost the state $281,000 the first year, and then a quarter of a million dollars for every subsequent year.

Apparently they have an excess of state funds in Oklahoma because they couldn’t think of a better use for these millions of tax dollars. So, let’s take a gander at the questions these women must answer, shall we:

  • Date of abortion
  • County in which abortion performed
  • Age of mother4. Marital status of mother(married, divorced, separated, widowed, or never married)
  • Race of mother
  • Years of education of mother(specify highest year completed)
  • State or foreign country of residence of mother
  • Total number of previous pregnancies of the mother, including live births, miscarriages and abortions.

Now you may notice that they don’t ask for the woman’s name, or address, or what they deem as any information that would “specifically identify the patient,” but just these eight questions could be used to identify the patient if she lived in a small town, or community in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma, you’re not Okay.

Not okay at all.

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>Bar Fights. Date Nights. Women’s Rights.

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Up in Ohio, Warren County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating whether an attack that left a young man bloodied, his nose shattered, is a hate crime; the victim is gay.

Ronnie Robertson’s nose is broken, he has deep cuts and scratches around his eyes and cheeks. All this because he chose to go out with friends to a so-called ‘straight’ bar.
Kelly Coffey says her friends, a mix of gay and straight people chose Tabby’s bar to play sand volleyball, but were harassed by a man who continued to ask who in the group was gay. When her brother finally admitted he was gay, the man “lost it, went crazy and started attacking my brother and pushing him out of the bar.”
Two women, Sarah Goldsberry, and Tammy Lingle ,were arrested on the spot and charged with felony assault, and disrupting police business. They say it was just an ordinary bar fight. The sheriff’s office is reviewing the security tapes to look at what happened and for the two men also involved.
Saddest of all, Ohio’s hate crime laws do not include gays and lesbians as a protected class.
So, if you’re gay and in Ohio, you’re fair game for a beatin’.
Be warned.
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This story, well, not the story, but the Repug reaction to it, pisses me off.

Here’s the gist:
During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama made a promise to Michelle, that if he won the election he’d take her to New York to see a Broadway play. And this past weekend he did just that.

The president and first lady took a date night flight to New York late Saturday afternoon, aides and media in tow, and, after dining at Blue Hill, a West Village restaurant, the Obamas headed to the Belasco Theater to see “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone.”

As the motorcade drove through the city, crowds of people waved as the Obamas passed. Some cheered. Cab drivers opened their doors and stood on the frames of their taxis to glimpse the president and first lady.

Sounds lovely, no?

Not to the Repugs who blasted Obama for using taxpayer money for his date night.

Seriously? This is all you got, Repugs? Date night rantings? Where were your rants when, during the first eight months of his presidency, before the 9/11 attacks, when George W. Bush spent roughly 30% of his presidency on vacation?

Where was your outrage then?

Oh yeah, outrage is partisan. My bad.
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A 51-year-old Johnson County man, Scott P. Roeder, could be charged with murder and aggravated assault in the shooting of abortion doctor George Tiller. Tiller was shot inside his church on Sunday. The gunman also threatened to shoot two men who tried to apprehend him.

Roeder was arrested about three hours later, three hundred miles away.

Now, this is what I don’t get. These pro-Life folks who have no concern for the life of anyone other than a fetus. I mean, if you’re going to call yourself pro-Life, at least be pro life. And that means the life of anyone, whether it be an unborn child or an adult with whom you have some grievance, whether it be because they are Pro-Choice, or even a prisoner on death row.

How is the life of this doctor, of any human being, any less valuable than the life of the unborn child.

If, as the Pro-life groups are always saying, a life is a life, then why don’t they care about life after birth?

Now, before anyone gets all hot’n’bothered and twisted up, let me say that I consider myself a pro-Choice individual, but also one who is against abortion. I just wish woman had more options, from early sex education classes so they can prepare themselves for having sex and all that that entails; from support for her decision to give up the child if that’s her choice; and support for her if she chooses abortion. And what about prevention?
I don’t think any woman takes the thought of abortion lightly.

But it is her choice. Choice.

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Filed under Hate Crime, Michelle Obama, Ohio, President Obama, Pro-Choice, Pro-Life, Republican