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So we all know there are things Obama hasn’t done. Even as a supporter I can say that. I will throw a lot of it on Congress, stonewalling him at as many turns as they could, but I will also say that he came into office with a lot of great plans, but didn’t have a clue to implement them once he got there.
That being said, what has he done? Well, I’ll tell you (some things on this list might not be laws exactly, but they demonstrate the direction society is going):
- Signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, restoring basic protections against pay discrimination for women and other workers
- Significantly increased funding for the Violence Against Women Act
- The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009: a $789 billion economic stimulus plan
- Created more private sector jobs in 2010 than during entire previous administration
- Provided $12.2 Billion in new funding for Individuals With Disabilities Education Act
- Voluntary disclosure of White House visitors for the first time in US history
- Appointed first Latina to the US Supreme Court
- Promoted social responsibility through creation of serve.gov, a national database of volunteer opportunities
- Reversed ‘global gag rule’, allowing US aid to go to organizations regardless of whether they provide abortions
- Signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, giving the FDA the authority to regulate the manufacturing, marketing, and sale of tobacco
- Signed New START Treaty – nuclear arms reduction pact with Russia
- First president to endorse same-sex marriage equality
- Extended Benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees
- Appointed more openly gay officials than any other president in US history
- Provided travel expenses to families of fallen soldiers to be present when their deceased arrives at Dover AFB
- Reversed the policy of barring media coverage during the return of fallen soldiers to Dover Air Force Base
- Launched recovery.gov to track spending from the Recovery Act, providing transparency and allowing the public to report fraud, waste, or abuse
- Provided the Department of Veterans Affairs with more than $1.4 billion to improve services to America’s Veterans
- Signed the Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act, which provides health care to 11 million kids — 4 million of whom were previously uninsured
- Health Care Reform Bill, preventing insurance companies from denying insurance because of a pre-existing condition
- Health Care Reform Bill, allowing children to remain covered by their parents’ insurance until the age of 26
- Issued executive order to repeal Bush era restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research
- Signed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first piece of comprehensive legislation aimed at improving the lives of Americans living with paralysis
- Developed stimulus package, which includes approx. $18 billion for nondefense scientific research and development
- Signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act to stop fraud and wasteful spending in the defense procurement and contracting system
- Issued executive order to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay
- Ended CIA program of ‘enhanced interrogation methods‘ by requiring that the Army field manual be used as the guide for terrorism interrogations
- Established Credit Card Bill of Rights, preventing credit card companies from imposing arbitrary rate increases on customers
- Tax cuts for up to 3.5 million small businesses to help pay for employee health care coverage
- Tax credits for up to 29 million individuals to help pay for health insurance
- Require health insurance plans to disclose how much of the premium actually goes to patient care
- Cut prescription drug cost for medicare recipients by 50%
- Expansion of Medicaid to all individuals under age 65 with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level
- Added 4.6 billion USD to the Veterans Administration budget to recruit and retain more mental health professionals
- Lifted restrictions granting Cuban Americans unrestricted rights to visit family and send remittances to the island
- Eliminated subsidies to private lender middlemen of student loans and protect student borrowers
- Significantly expanded Pell grants, which help low-income students pay for college
- Increased funding for national parks and forests by 10%
- Expanded hate crime law in the US to include sexual orientation through the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act
- Provided stimulus funding to boost private sector spaceflight programs
- Appointed nation’s first Chief Technology Officer
- Signed financial reform law establishing a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to look out for the interests of everyday Americans
- Signed financial reform law requiring lenders to verify applicants’ credit history, income, and employment status
- Signed financial reform law prohibiting banks from engaging in proprietary trading (trading the bank’s own money to turn a profit, often in conflict with their customers’ interests)
- Signed financial reform law allowing shareholders of publicly traded companies to vote on executive pay
So… you know, it’s not like he was sitting around twiddling his thumbs all these years. Just in case you were wondering. The big one, of course, is the location and elimination of Osama Bin Laden, but I’ll let the servicemen keep that one.
At least, I would be if I lived in Arizona. Because I had sex today. Because, science. It was consensual sex too, therefore, I must be extra pregnant…well on my way into the first trimester… because since I chose to have sex and wasn’t forced into it, my uterus didn’t automatically shut it down. Better start saving up for my baby shower, friends, or the funeral; that is, if I get my period because clearly there’s a high probability that I’m flushing out a dead kid at that point.
I know everyone has varying viewpoints on the topic of abortion, but seriously guys? SERIOUSLY?? What the actual fuck, Arizona. Yes, this is also directed at you too, Todd Akin and friends. Can we at least agree to stick to biological fact, instead of imaginative science? Can we please give women that level of respect?
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!
This photo has been blowing up my Facebook all week long. The captions read: “I have a really awesome life…there’s no prenatal test to predict that.” ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME? Look, I am so glad this child has an amazing life. Their parents made a conscious choice to have a child, a child with Down’s Syndrome. Whether or not they had prenatal tests done to determine this is really of no matter to me. They clearly have the resources to take good care of their child. This child deserves an awesome life. But parents have a right to learn if their child will have special needs. They deserve every opportunity to learn about what challenges they will face in order to make an informed choice on whether or not they have the ability to care for their child physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially. This is the ULTIMATE prenatal test: The ability to make this choice, clearly, confidently, and in their individual or family’s best interest.