Women’s Rights

Criminalizing Pregnancy

Posted by on Feb 18, 2013 in Getting it Wrong, Politics, Women's Rights | 0 comments

This is the outcome, if not the ultimate goal, of the right wing’s constant dehumanization of women.  They do not care about life.  This is evident in their callous disregard for hungry children, their opposition to education and preschools.  But they do want to control women.  To that end they have gradually and successfully criminalized pregnancy.   Thanks to the radical right and their henchmen the Evangelicals and Fundamentalists we now have judges locking women in jail to prevent them from getting abortions.  Here’s the thing:  Abortion is legal in this country.  So let me say that again:  We have judges putting women in jail to keep them from getting abortions.  Not because they committed a crime but because they talked about getting a legal medical procedure which should be between the woman an her doctor.

http://www.examiner.com/article/report-judge-locks-woman-jail-cell-to-prevent-abortion-other-absurdities

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/03/14/956120/-Iowa-Woman-Jailed-for-Thinking-about-an-Abortion

Is this the kind of country you want to live in?  Seriously?  Because look at where this can go.

If women are required by law to either carry to term every single pregnancy they have or to die trying, then that means the government can requisition the organs of a poor person on the behalf of a rich person.  Crazy you say?  It’s the same idea.  A woman being required to die to provide life support for another being via her own body, whether she wants to or not with no regard for the damage done to her body is the same as slavery.  This is where the so called ‘pro-life’ people want to take this country.  If one person’s life is determined to be worth more than another’s than that person can decide what happens to the body of the less important person.  That’s their argument at its foundation.

 

So we have judges locking up innocent women to prevent them from accessing a legal medical procedure.  We also have hospitals in America letting women die because treatment might harm a fetus.  Of course they lose both the woman and the fetus but what do they care?  They exercised their control over that woman and her body.  If she had to die for them to prove their own control and might, so be it.  Yes the latest story is from Ireland but do not think for one minute this has not happened here in the US.  It has and it will.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/05/09/1090094/-Kansas-bill-lets-doctors-deny-chemotherapy-to-pregnant-women

http://reproductiverights.org/en/feature/the-protect-life-act-allowing-hospitals-to-ignore-women

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2232676/Savita-Halappanavar-dies-Irish-doctors-refuse-abortion-saying-This-Catholic-country.html

 

We also have nurses now organizing so they don’t have to provide medical care but only to women who want or need an abortion.  We already have pharmacists who think they know more than doctors about what medicines women need and for what purposes.  Now nurses too.  If you will not do your job, if you cannot do your job without discriminating against women and lets face this for what it is, power over women, not morality or conscience, it’s bullying when a woman is at her most vulnerable, then you should not be given a job in that field.  These nurses have chosen the wrong career path.  They demonstrably lack compassion.  But they have a belly full of judgmentalism.   http://jezebel.com/5863417/nurses-fight-for-their-right-to-refuse-women-care   

The practical upshot of this is that women cannot trust medical professionals to treat them with their best interests in mind.  No the best we can hope for is that women are vigilant enough to realize that the medical professionals do not care whether women live or die or whether they are traumatized or are in the middle of a crisis they are making worse.  The best women can hope for is to be educated enough to demand proper treatment because the politicians and religious leaders have decided what medical treatments women can have when and how.

This isn’t just about a woman’s right to her own bodily autonomy  this is about a woman’s human rights.  This is about the right wing trying to enslave women and reduce them to nothing more than walking incubators for their rape fantasies.

 

 

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Spreading Propaganda Promotes the Fascism Gun Nuts Claim to Guard Against

Posted by on Jan 20, 2013 in Politics, Social Issues, Women's Rights | 0 comments

Twice in the past two days I’ve run across the meme being circulated by the Right Wing trolls that compare Obama to Hitler.  First Obama was the Antichrist, now Hitler.  All the Antichrist meme showed me is that the fools who fell for it didn’t care enough about the Bible to actually read what it has to say.  But they still consider themselves good Christians.  Even though they don’t actually follow Christ.  Likewise the meme comparing Obama to Hitler because he signed some executive agendas, not even orders yet, for common sense gun laws shows me that the people spreading them around are not only  ignorant of history but they are so caught up in the lies they are being fed that they are now spreading propaganda.  They have become more like Hitler than Obama ever has.  Hitler, for the record; never disarmed German citizens.  He disarmed Jews and Jews only.  No one is trying to take away the guns that people already have.  For those people who actually care enough about America and their civil rights, the President of the United States of America, duly elected by the majority of Americans, has suggested that we close gun show loopholes so that everyone has to have a background check.  He has also suggested every gun be licensed  you know, like a car.

What these people have proven to me is that they like the lies, the propaganda they are fed from their frothing fanatical far right ideologues and they don’t care what the truth is.  What they have demonstrated to me is that they will spread propaganda.  They willingly become part of a right wing propaganda machine that they know is evil.  Otherwise they wouldn’t revile it and attempt to smear people who disagree with them by accusing them of doing it. Truth matters and this is why.  They fear Hitler but they are willingly becoming part of a propaganda machine just like what Hitler used to make the German citizens look the other way while atrocities were happening.  Like right now how people are looking the other way while women are denied their civil rights, while pregnant women are being prosecuted for murder when they have a miscarriage.   What kind of civilization can last long that attacks its own women?  What kind of people criminalize pregnancy?

That is the propaganda of pro-life.  The lies they espouse about rape, legitimate rape, god given rape and all that biological nonsense about the woman’s body shutting it down when rape happens.   That is also all propaganda.  Lies with a political agenda designed to spread hate, to vilify and dehumanize an oppressed social group.  In the case of the pro-life propaganda it’s women they hate, pregnant women above all.  In the case of President Obama, it’s racism and a hatred of liberals, of a political viewpoint that doesn’t agree with theirs.  In both cases it is propaganda pure and simple.  Lies upon lies and that these people choose to believe and spread, then they tell themselves they are patriots but what it tells me is a lot about the kind of people they really are.

Also the same people who fanatically deny women access to adequate health care in the name of “pro-life” are the ones who love their guns more than the children gunned down by mass murderers.  The truth is that they don’t care about life.  All they care about is control.    It’s all of a piece when you realize what their real concern is.    It is vital that everyone speak out against propaganda.  Truth matters.  Propaganda must be countered with the truth at every turn.  That doesn’t mean getting into arguments or name calling.  It means stating the facts in a precise manner.  These people, by not just believing but actively spreading propaganda are party to the fascism they claim to fear.  The only palliative is the truth.

 

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Hate filled “Pro-fetus” Protesters Drive Women Away From the God They Claim to Follow

Posted by on Jan 18, 2013 in Getting it Wrong, The Christian Church, Women's Rights | 0 comments

You can’t call them pro-life because if they were they wouldn’t gleefully condemn full grown women to tragic deaths by denying them access to potentially life saving and legal medical procedures.  You can’t say they follow Christ because they spout hate and judgement at women they don’t even know.  They hurl vile false accusations at strangers for going into a particular building regardless of what the woman is going there for.  You can’t claim they work for the glory of their self proclaimed god because what woman, in desperation, who goes to a clinic where these hate filled and Oh so self-righteous protesters are, after being reviled, verbally savaged and bullied by these cruel fanatics would turn around and say, “you know something?  I think I’d like to know more about their god and what he stands for.”     No women and their friends, families and loved ones would be angry and reject such a cruel, unjust and hatefilled god.  And rightly so.

For example:  http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/01/18/1467591/alabamas-abortion-clinic-escorts/

Pro-choice marchers recalled a particularly painful event last month when a woman whose baby had died en utero was coming to the clinic to have it removed. In an awful coincidence, that was the day, Watters said, when the pro-life demonstrators collected a children’s choir on the sidewalk to sing “Happy Birthday Dead Baby” to anyone driving in.

“Will had to physically restrain the father,” Watters said, nodding to one of the men marching in a pro-choice jacket. “And by the time she walked through them, she was an emotional wreck.”

I’m sure that family will never set foot in a church again.  I know I wouldn’t.  And expect them to tell any children they do manage to have too so we’re talking about generations who will think of the church as a cruel and hateful place to go.  This is the real result of the “Pro-life” movement in terms of the church.

The pro-life god hates women with a passion so intense it’s almost holy.  What sane woman wants to follow a god who hates her for being a woman.  In theory god created women too.  In theory god would understand what women go through, if such a god had created them.  The “pro-life” god is incapable of having created women.  Then again the Evangelical and Fundamentalist god is equally incapable of having created women.  It’s just not possible for a god who hates women, who teaches and expects women to be nothing more than incubators for the sacred sperm of men to have created sentient beings with intelligence and their own inherent dignity and self awareness as women demonstrably are.  The behavior of the “Pro-life” movement beg the question:  what kind of god creates an intelligent, sentient being with complex thinking skills and emotional capacity only to decree that it be treated like nothing more than a mindless, meaningless incubator with no other purpose in life?

No god I would follow.  And no god any sane woman would follow.  Also, not the God that Christians who actually follow their God follow.  Christ said to love one another.  Christ said exactly zero about abortion.  If it were that important to Him one might imagine He’d have said something about it.  So who do the “Pro-lifeers” actually follow?  Since they are actively driving not just individual women but entire families away from Christ I have to assume it is some other god.

These same people cry “religious persecution” whenever anyone says anything bad about their reprehensible behavior.  The churches they go to cultivate, quite deliberately, a persecution complex so no one can say anything to them about the truth of what they do.  This is what real persecution looks like:  http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/2013/s13010072.htm   A 15-year prison sentence was  given to a woman and her seven children by an Egyptian court for converting to Christianity.  That is persecution, not being thwarted in your bullying attempt to force your employees to abide by your arbitrary and Biblically unfounded stance on birth control Hobby Lobby.

And do you know where this all leads for women?  Do you know about the women in Texas who cannot access health care at all because the Governor and the Republican legislature is so very “pro-life” that they’ve defunded the clinics that assisted the poor?  This leads to women who cannot get health care at all and that leads to death for real living human beings.  All in the name of the fetus.   Christians, those who actually follow Christ, should be rising up right now and speaking out about this en mass.  Some are but not enough.  I am but one and I know there are others but this is a crime against humanity, it is a crime against women and it is a crime against God.

This is the future for women:  http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/23/ireland-abortion-idUSL5E8MN7YM20121123

Savita Halappanavar, a 31-year old dentist, was admitted to hospital in severe pain on Oct. 21 and asked for a termination after doctors said her baby would not survive, according to husband Praveen, but in a country with some of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws, surgeons would not remove the foetus until its heartbeat stopped days later.

Husband Praveen Halappanavar, who believes the delay contributed to the blood poisoning that killed his wife on Oct. 28, has said he would not cooperate with an investigation already launched by the country’s health service because he did not believe it would be neutral.

This is what the “pro-life” agenda really is.  Women dying when they could have been saved by medical treatment.  This isn’t the first incident.  There have been many where women with cancer were denied treatment because they were pregnant.  This resulted in both mother and fetus dying.  See the fetus cannot survive if the mother dies.  But the “pro-life” people only care about the fetus.  Because neither they nor their hate-filled god, whoever it is, does not consider women human beings.  http://now.msn.com/pregnant-teen-with-cancer-dies-after-doctors-delay-chemotherapy-because-it-may-have-terminated-her-pregnancy  It’s two deaths for the price of one really.  They get to murder a pregnant woman all the while falsely accusing her of being the murderer.  Is there any thing more morally bankrupt?  Is their anything that flies more in the face of what Christianity is supposed to be?

Here’s another http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2010/feb/24/nicaragua-abortion-ban-amalia

On 2 February, a 27-year-old woman was admitted to a hospital in Leon, the second largest city in Nicaragua. She was diagnosed with an advanced case of cancer, which had metastasised and may have spread to her breasts, brain and lungs. She was told she couldn’t be prescribed an aggressive chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment because she was pregnant. Under Nicaraguan law, any medical procedure to save the life of a mother is banned if it jeopardises the life of the foetus: it is technically considered akin to a therapeutic abortion.

These are not isolated incidents.  This is what the “Pro-Life” people are actually after.  Just look at all of the laws they have passed to pull an end run around the Roe V. Wade Supreme Court decision.  They don’t care that they are violating women’s human rights.  They don’t care that women will die.  They actually brag about how women are like cattle and deserve to die in back alleys if they have abortions.  So you tell me, who is the murderer, really.  http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/03/12/442637/georgia-rep-compares-women-to-animals/

State Rep. Terry England was speaking in favor of HB 954, which makes it illegal to obtain an abortion after 20 weeks even if the woman is known to be carrying a stillborn fetus or the baby is otherwise not expected to live to term.

That bill was passed by the way and there is no exception for rape or incest.  This is shameful.  It is wrong.  It is an atrocity and people wonder why our culture is rightly described as “rape culture” when we dehumanize women so much that our government officials think nothing of comparing women to livestock.  This is not Christian.  I don’t know if it’s American.  I would like to think not but then again the Steubenville Ohio gang rape case makes me wonder.  http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/steubenville-students-laugh-alleged-rape-article-1.1232113  The parents of the boys are all on about how this could ruin the boys lives.  Not one thought is given to the victim except that maybe she was asking for it.  The justice system of Steubenville tried to brush it all under the rug because–football!  Shameful.  But then again when have women been considered human beings?    Thankfully that poor girl does not live in one of the state where pharmacists can refuse to fill legal prescriptions for emergency contraceptives on “moral” grounds.  And by “moral” they mean ignorant judgmentalism not based upon any known holy text.  http://www.ncsl.org/issues-research/health/pharmacist-conscience-clauses-laws-and-information.aspx

This is how much America hates its women.  This is what the Tea Party Republicans did after campaigning on Jobs, Jobs, Jobs.  This is what single issue “pro-life” voters have wrought.  Shame on them.  This is wrong on every level.  America hates its women so much that there are 31 states in which a rapist can sue his victim for visitation rights.  That’s right a rapist has more rights than his victim.  Why?  Well because she’s a woman and therefore not fully human.  http://www.alternet.org/gender/number-states-which-rapists-can-sue-custody-and-visitation-rights-31-and-other-shocking-rape

This is all of a piece.  This is all about dehumanizing and vilifying women. This is the culture we have created.  A culture where pregnancy is criminalized and rapists have more rights than their victims.  http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2011/02/miscarriage-death-penalty-georgia

Georgia State Rep. Bobby Franklin—who last year proposed making rape and domestic violence “victims” into “accusers”—has introduced a 10-page bill that would criminalize miscarriages and make abortion in Georgia completely illegal. Both miscarriages and abortions would be potentially punishable by death: any “prenatal murder” in the words of the bill, including “human involvement” in a miscarriage, would be a felony and carry a penalty of life in prison or death. Basically, it’s everything an “pro-life” activist could want aside from making all women who’ve had abortions wear big red “A”s on their chests.

That is the pro-life movement’s goal in black and white.  Also Utah is considering a similar bill.

Is this the kind of culture and society we want?  Because it’s up to us to change it.  It’s up to us to actually follow Christ if we are Christians and love our neighbor, even the women.

 

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Of Gun Control, the War on Women and a Good Year For Movies

Posted by on Jan 10, 2013 in Doing the Right Thing, Politics, Women's Rights | 0 comments

I’ve been tempted to go on several rants of late.  Gun Nuts vs. Sane Gun Owners and you know the difference.  I won’t insult your intelligent by pretending you don’t.  The morons who don’t understand that raising the debt ceiling doesn’t add to the national debt, it just pays for what we’ve already borrowed, and the House Representatives who lead those ignorant fools on even though they know better.  The fact that people are crying “Nazi” and “Hitler” about regulating, not taking away, just regulating guns but they vote time and again for legislators who want to take away the civil and human rights of women and they are so selfish and blind they don’t see the irony in that.

But instead I think I’ll say this:

 

Pacific Rim.    That’s right, I can hardly wait for that movie to come out.  This year is going to be fantastic for movies.  We’ve got the next Star Trek movie coming up, what is it?  Into Darkness?  Also the next Iron Man movie, Thor 2 with Christopher Eccleston as the main Dark Elf and a whole passle of others that promise to be excellent.

 

I’d also like to say that it appears to me, getting back to the original topic thread, that people in America are starting to see through the smoke and mirrors.  Fox News has been widely discredited as a reputable news source to all but the fanatical few who want to believe the lies.  Christians are starting to see through the false prophets who preach gospels of prosperity (Mammon worship) and contraception (Baalism?  It’s forcing patriarchal control on others and denying them their human rights.  I don’t know the exact name of that god) and hate (embracing our GLBT brothers and sisters as we should have been all along).  This is good news.  It seems that the majority of Americans are decent, compassionate people.  If the anti-American Republicans hadn’t Gerrymandered to within an inch of their molecular integrity they would not have a majority in the House of Representatives.  Their continuing war on women is proving that they are living in a bubble that more and more Americans are starting to see through.  I have high hopes for our future.  And it’s going to be an excellent year for movies of all kinds.

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Pro-life Pro-gun, any sane person can see that can’t possibly work

Posted by on Dec 29, 2012 in Local Issues, Politics, Social Issues, Women's Rights | 0 comments

I have some friends, well one that I am thinking of as I write this, who is all butthurt because people are starting to talk, just talk mind you, about regulating the sales of assault weapons in the United States.  People are just starting to talk, talk mind you, about closing the gunshow loopholes and actually enforcing the laws already on the books and maybe, just maybe reinstating the assault weapon ban.  This friend is more than willing to sacrifice any number of other people’s children to defend his “right” to bear arms.  If you call him out on that truism though he gets his feelings hurt.  He doesn’t like feeling like a monster.  Maybe he should value children as much as he values his guns.  Of course he only knows half of the 2nd amendment to the constitution but that is the only part that’s important to him.

This same friend likes to think that allowing religious fanatics to legislate what potentially life saving medical procedures women can access makes him somehow “pro-life.”  I guess that’s how he looks at himself in the mirror in the morning.  Take away a woman’s rights to her own body, make sure if she gets raped she carries that rape baby and ;condemn her to a hell he doesn’t even believe in if she so much as asks for financial help raising that child.  He doesn’t think women should be able to make decisions about what happens to their own bodies but he want’s me to feel sorry for him because someone is talking about maybe regulating his murderous toys.  Boo fucking hoo.

 

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States are not petitioning to secede. How does a group of yokels pass for news?

Posted by on Nov 16, 2012 in Getting it Wrong, Politics, Women's Rights | 0 comments

I’ve been watching, with a certain amount of disbelief and possibly horror, the news story making the rounds like a bad chain mail about how “31 states petition to secede.”  If this were true, if this were real; if STATES were actually doing this then yes, this would be news.  It is not states though, it’s a small group of local yokels in some states, many of whom are signing petitions in every state they can, many of whom don’t even live in the states they’ve signed petitions in.  It is a petition, but it is not an official petition.  It’s not on any of the petition sites that specalize in grass roots petitions where they gather signatures to send to retailers or others to bring about change.  No it’s a form on the Whitehouse PUBLIC website.  So anyone with an axe to grind can post anything there.  Yet somehow, the news sites, especially that bastion of making up stuff that has no basis in reality, Fox News, is carrying this as front page news.  How is this journalism?  How is this responsible reporting?  How is this even news at all.  Despite all of the lamenting done by journalists after Fox got caught completely unaware by reality on election night just a short week and a half ago about being “forced” to cover non-news as news because of all of the right wing fantasy news sources, here they are once again following the piper.  They could have done a brief segment debunking the whole thing and moved on to real news.

There’s plenty of real news in the world every day.  They could actually inform people about poverty, human trafficking, the tragic and preventable murder of  young mother Savita Halapannavar.  http://www.thenation.com/blog/171275/when-pro-life-kills#  How was that not front page news?   Yes I said murder.  She was murdered by the Catholic Church.  She was murdered by the laws of Ireland that forbade doctors treating her and forced them to leave her to die in agony.  These kinds of laws are a real danger here in the United States.  In Arizona they have already passed a law telling a doctor he has to lie to a woman about possible birth defects of a fetus.  That is the kind of law that leads to murder and everyone who supports such law is party to the murders that result.  There is nothing pro life about forcing a woman to die rather than performing a medically indicated abortion on a dying fetus.  Rather than aborting one, already dying fetus, and saving the woman’s life, Savita Halapannavar, they murdered her and lost two lives.  Like I said, it’s a two for one deal for the control freaks who think women’s lives have no value and have found some kind of  religious sounding way to force their beliefs on others.  These are beliefs they don’t even hold for themselves.  They are beliefs they only and solely hold for others to be forced to conform to.  Look at Rick Santorum who got an abortion for his wife but wants to outlaw abortion in all cases for everyone else.  The people who think like that, the people who support putting laws on the books that draconian, are murderers in their hearts.  They are not pro life in any way, they are pro control women’s sexuality and punish them with death if they don’t behave according to the rules these men have set.

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