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Punishment by Disability


Have you ever had an abortion? Well then, when you do have children, rest assured, they will have some kind of disability, and that will be your punishment, and you will take it like the slutty whore you are.

As is often the case when I read things like this, I’m rendered nearly speechless. There used to be a time when very little could take my words away, but lately, there is so much… So, so much… Just so… much… *head-desk, head-desk, head-desk*

So this jackass, Bob Marshall (R-Va), feels that disabled children are God’s punishment to women who have aborted their first  pregnancy. That’s right. Punishment, damnit. Note that this doesn’t explain the millions of women who have had abortions that go on to have children with no disabilities. Maybe that means God feels some abortions are okay? And on the flip side, what about children with disabilities born to parents who have lived the humblest and most pious of lives?

“When you abort the first born  of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children.”

Seriously? Seriously?!

He wants to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood (shock), because he, like so many ill-informed others, seem to think that PP’s sole purpose in life is to provide abortions. PP reps just snatch women off the street and talk them into having an abortion – even if they’re not pregnant. All part of the PP agenda, don’t you know?

Here’s something that will just make you giggle.  Rev. Joe Ellison, vice president of the Council on  Biblical Principles, said that when he was in college, he paid for girlfriends to  get abortions. He said he still feels guilty about that today. He’s also “declaring war” on Planned Parenthood.

You know, despite the fact that if either the Reverend or any of his paramours (how much tail did he get, anyway, if he’s using the plural?) had stepped inside a Planned Parenthood, they probabably could have avoided the need to pay for anything. Literally, anything. They give condoms out like Halloween candy, and you can get oral contraceptives on the cheap.

However, reason is lost on these people regardless, so that’s pretty much alll the effort I’m putting forth.


Just a little reminder…


Now that the RNC is over… Let’s take a moment to focus on, what I feel, are some of the most important issues. After all, everything else they talked about was a load of crap.

It seems that everyone, including Romney and Ryan, can agree that Todd Akin (R-MO) is a total idiot. I’m happy to know that they have at least one shred of human decency and common sense within them that they – wait, what’s that? They actually feel similarly?

 

 

And Clint Eastwood. Really? Despite the fact that he’s Pro-Choice, doesn’t believe that global warming is anything more than us fucking up the atmosphere, and he supports marriage equality. Yet, there he is,  speaking on behalf of these idiots.


Women’s Health



Republicans Report Real Rape Resists Reproduction


Wait, you didn’t know that? That’s amazing. I would think that everyone on the planet would know that by now – oh, wait, the reason you don’t know is because you have a brain.

I know I should no longer be shocked, but I’m astonished, absolutely blown the hell away by the amount of people – men, mostly (I hate to make it a man-woman thing, but let’s look at the facts, let’s look at the individuals who are making these statements) – who have no idea how the female reproductive system works.

I swore I mentioned some time ago about Stephen Freind (though I can’t find it now so maybe I talked about it somewhere else), state Rep. from Pennsylvania, who said in 1988 that the odds of a woman becoming pregnant from rape are “one in millions and millions and millions,” because the traumatic experience of rape causes a woman to “secrete a certain secretion” that tends to kill sperm. The man couldn’t even name said secretion, and the pathetic use of the same root word as both the verb and the noun in that statement just reeks of ‘I’m pulling this all out of my ass as we speak.’ Luckily, doctors in Philadelphia spoke up and said this is completely baseless. Freind later attempted to retract this statement and cover it up with a fake misunderstanding, that it is actually the lack of a secretion that prevents ovulation from taking place in many rape victims. Basically that the stress of the rape prevents you from ovulating, and therefore you don’t get pregnant. While this may be coming from a place of truth (we’ve all had that messed up cycle during times of stress), it’s so inherently twisted. I’m amazed he even has enough knowledge of the effect of stress on onvulation to make it this far. Yes, if a woman is a day or so before her normal ovulation and she is raped, sure, it may end up delaying that egg from dropping. However, what if she started ovulating that day? Or she ovulated yesterday? The egg isn’t going to suddenly drop out of existence from stress. Nice try Freind, nice try.

Later, in the mid-90s, state Rep. Henry Aldridge, out of North Carolina, supported his opinion that “the facts show that people who are raped — who are truly raped — the juices  don’t flow, the body functions don’t work and they don’t get pregnant. Medical authorities agree that this is a  rarity, if ever.” What medical authorities was this man speaking to? Yes, when women are raped, the juices do not flow. None of the self-lubrication associated with good-time sex is likely to occur. But that doesn’t mean the entire system is shut down. He then took it a step further, saying, “To get pregnant, it takes a little cooperation. And there ain’t much  cooperation in a rape.” This can go two ways. He’s not only saying that you can’t get pregnant from rape, but that if you do get pregnant, then it wasn’t rape.

And now, in 2012, we have Rep. Todd Akin. “First of all, from what I understand from doctors that’s really rare – if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” What I want to know, Akin, first of all, is what makes a rape illegitimate? I need to know, so that I have a basis by which to qualify the legitimate ones. He firmly believes that the punishment should be on the attacker and not the child. Okay, fair enough, but when you imply that if there’s a pregnancy then there was no rape, then you’re saying there was no attacker. There is no spoon! In an adorable attempt to cover his own ignorance, he said that he “misspoke” and that it was an “off-the-cuff” remark. WHAT? One, to say that as a politician, running for office, in a televised interview, you would even make an off-the-cuff comment about rape is just disgusting. Absolutely abhorrent. Two, to say you misspoke means you meant to say something else, and no where in your statement about misspeaking did you make any clarification about what you meant to say.

One study actually shows that just the opposite of all this blathering is true: That a single act of rape may be more than twice as likely to make a woman pregnant as a single act of consensual sex. One possibility is that when ovulating women unconsciously give off signals that attract men – and rapists – which is something that dates back to the stone ages. It was an evolutionary need to bang when you were most fertile, and even though today this is no longer necessary, the vibes still exist, although it’s unclear whether men consciously notice these. In those stone ages, the alpha males (power and control, what rape is all about) sought out those fertile women. Regardless of the reason, none of it means the victim is in some way to blame.

The facts of rape and pregnancy are simple. Five percent of all (reported) rapes result in pregnancy. If you were in a room with 20 rape victims, one of them became pregnant. If she was one of the few amazingly brave women who saw that as some kind of silver lining (my cousin-in-law’s biological mother is one), and she chose to have a baby, and either raise it or give it up for adoption, that’s great. I have nothing but admiration for that. But if she’s like the thousands of others who want no part in that, then her rights should not be taken away. To the anti-choicers who say why should an innocent child have to suffer for something someone else did, I say turn that around: Why should a rapist become a parent?

In all of this, I’m left just wondering… where do these people come from? I know women’s bodies are mythical, and that we’re capable of some pretty awesome things, but self-created contraception? If we were that powerful, we wouldn’t be fighting so hard for the doctor-prescribed contraception that you guys are trying so desperately to take away!


Pro-Choice Re-explained


Pro-Life is a misnomer. It exists solely to undermine the real meaning of Pro-Choice. If it’s supposed to be the opposite of Pro-Choice, then by calling it PRO-Life, it implies that Pro-Choice is ANTI-Life. This is blatantly untrue. Pro-Choice is NOT and never will be Pro-Abortion. So let’s just call Pro-Life what it really is: Anti-Choice. Then let’s take the time to realize that we’re all really… on the same side, just seeing it from different vantage points.  Anti-Choice people want there to be no abortions, period. Pro-Choice people want it so that there is no NEED for abortion.  So… All you self-described Pro-Lifers who believe in contraceptive use, and sex-education about said contraceptive use: Congrats, you’re actually Pro-Choice.

You’re a Woman? Then You Are Always Pregnant


Classic Arizona. First is the allowing doctors to lie to parents about the health of their baby in order to prevent them from seeking an abortion – which again, allows the doctor to just assume that all parents will seek abortion if they find out their baby will have health issues, and this only proves that state legislators would seek abortions in this case, as it’s the only reason they would just assume everyone else would; and also prevents parents from mentally preparing for the work ahead; also potentially threatens the life of the mother. I’m sorry, but if my baby is slowing killing me from the inside out… I can continue to live and try again, no sense in us both dying.

But no, as if that wasn’t bad enough, now they’ve expressly stated that life does not begin at conception – no – it begins on the FIRST DAY of your last period. So what this means, is that the same day that most women regard with either relief or regret that they’re not pregnant, is actually the first day of your pregnancy.

In other words… you are always pregnant. You wake up on Thursday, feeling a little gross, go to the bathroom, and there it is. Yes! You’re not pregnant. Damnit, you’re already pregnant, just in case you get a little frisky in two weeks. It’s fair. We’re all about gender equality, right? Well, guys have premature ejaculation, so we get premature pregnancy.

Yes, most OB/GYN’s start the clock from the the date of the LMP (last monthly period), and this is where we get that pregnancy is actually 10 months, not 9, but they use that as the estimate. For instance, you likely conceived anywhere from two weeks after that date. So while you may be 7 weeks into the pregnancy, your baby’s gestational age will be estimated at 5.

What this means, is that in Arizaon, abortions are effectively banned after 18 weeks, as opposed to the “on the books” 20 weeks. Because, you know after 20 weeks is when the fetus can feel pain, as they’ve all reported to doctors from inside the womb.

What we should do is pit AZ against other states that require ultrasounds. Clearly, if a woman can tell you when her last period was, then she doesn’t need an ultrasound. Also, how does this affect women with irregular periods? What about the woman who still get their periods for a couple months even after they’re pregnant? The fact that AZ is willing to take an OB/GYN calculation and explicitly state, legally, that it’s when life begins, is insane. Granted, only 1% of abortions take place past that timeframe, so technically this doesn’t have that much of an effect, but it does set a precedent. What’s next?

Other parts of the law include, but at not limited to:  education in public schools that prioritizes birth and adoption;  an order for the state health department to maintain a website displaying images of fetuses; and abortion counseling for women aiming to abort pregnancies due to fetal abnormalities, including perinatal hospice information before ending the pregnancy. It also reaffirms existing barriers to access, like the requirement of a notarized parental consent form for minors and a mandatory ultrasound screening within 24 hours of having an abortion.

If life begins when you’re bleeding, how long until birth control, including condom and emergency contraception, are illegal?

 

 


I Consent to Inform


So… with all these shaming laws being pathetically drafted under the transparent cover of “informed consent”, one can’t help but laugh.

These estrogen-free individuals are so concerned about the potential health risks to you, ladies, should you choose to have an abortion, that they want – nay, they feel it is their duty – to make sure you have the whole story. Like, for instance, that abortion causes breast cancer and other scary lies. Misinformed consent, I say.

However…they then turn around and come up with legislation allowing doctors to lie to expectant mothers about any potential health risks that can arise with having a baby.

In short, they think it’s okay to frighten you with fictional death in order to force you to carry a child to term, and also okay to withhold a legitimate threat of death from you to force you to carry a child to term. These politicians need to confer with each other.

Make. Your damn minds. Up.

That’s all I have to say about all of this today. I just…. I can’t… no words.

Oh. I do want to toss a huge thank you John McCain’s way, for being the one to stand up and be like, Hey this is effing ridiculous, let’s talk about legitimately important things. Alas, I’ve found one male Republican politician that I’m at least 60% in agreement with on things.


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