Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Turning back the clock (to the 1800s)

If you're a woman who takes birth-control pills or uses an intrauterine device (examples shown above), you're performing abortions on a regular basis. That appears to be the opinion of the Bush administration, which is working up a proposal that would classify the use of those birth-control methods and others as abortion and, according to Reuters, would "cut off federal funds to hospitals and states that attempt to compel medical providers to offer legal abortion and contraception services to women." Reuters said the Department of Health and Human Services refused to confirm the existence of the draft proposal, but the agency said it must protect doctors and pharmacists who "object to abortion or birth control on religious or moral grounds." I'm wondering if the Bush administration came up with this on their own, or if they had Pope Benedict XVI write it up for them. Rep. Nita Lowey of New York noted that current federal law protects people who don't want to provide abortion services, but she says the Bush proposal goes too far. "By trumping state laws that guarantee women's access to prescription contraceptives, this policy would encourage health-care institutions seeking to limit access to birth control," she said. It's pretty clear that the administration, in an important election year, is pandering to the Catholic church and the religious right. But why stop there? What about designating women who wear slacks (Watch out, Hillary!) as witches and burning them at the stake? Or maybe big, red letter A's on the clothing of adulterers? Wait, I have an idea. We could have warmongers wear big W's, or even display them on their SUVs. Oh, jeez. Now I'm talking crazy.



Blogger Ellipses said...

I wear a scarlet letter A... it stands for Awesome :-)

Good night


July 23, 2008 at 9:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if in the fine print they're also banning the sale of condoms -- but would cowboy Bush dare take away a man's right to ride bareback?

I don't believe the government or anyone else has the right to tell a woman how to deal with contraception.

July 23, 2008 at 9:58 PM  
Anonymous Captain said...

If it were not for women none of us would be here. Period! I agree the only person who should have opinions in this are women...they have to deal with all the negatives that go along with birthing of a child...i might miss some but morning sickness, stress, constipation, backaches, headaches, gestational diabetes, fear, labor pains and labor, possible C-section. destruction of their back, spine, private parts (epiziotomy?) and if c-section scarring and weakend stomach muscles, siginificant stretch marks, if sick not able to take things to help, and so much more....

I believe in pro-choice not beacaue of politics but because its the right thing to do

July 24, 2008 at 6:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a woman I hae to chime in on this. I had a child at 19. Of course I thought about all of my options abortion being one of them. I chose to keep my child and have raised her very well. Most people jump to the conclusion that I am against abortions because of this. I am far from it. I beleive it should be a womans choice to get an abortion or use an IUD. I have one right now. Birth control pills do not agree with me and I cannot have another child due to health problems. I sincerely hope that this counrty does not go down the road of telling me what I can and cannnot use as birth control.

July 25, 2008 at 9:45 AM  

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