Assholes. Where does the state get the money to pay them? Your tax dollars at work, people.
Holly Morgan, director of media relations and communications for Planned Parenthood in Dallas, said their McKinney health center located on Eldorado Parkway was “attacked” between 10 and 11 p.m. Tuesday with an incendiary device.
The person or persons involved in the attack threw a Molotov cocktail, consisting of diesel fuel in a glass bottle with a lit rag, at the building. Morgan said the device did not penetrate the front of the clinic but did cause some serious damage.
Worth mentioning is that this clinic did not provide abortions or any form of surgical procedure. It is strictly a preventative care office. But the rhetoric against Planned Parenthood has gotten so vile, the terrorists on the right are not going to distinguish between clinics that do and do not offer abortion services. They’re just going to attack every building with PP’s name on it, and if people die in the process, oh well. Disgusting.
Yesterday, Congresswoman Nita Lowey introduced the Global Democracy Promotion Act of 2011, a bill that would permanently repeal the Global Gag Rule (GGR), a policy that has been applied and revoked via executive order at each change in the White House, beginning with Ronald Reagan and leading most recently to repeal by President Obama in 2009.
The GGR prohibits international health care providers from receiving U.S. international assistance for family planning if those organizations use other (non-US) funding to provide abortion counseling, referrals, or services, or seek to change laws regarding abortion care in countries in which abortion is a leading cause of death among women ages 15 to 49. Access to contraception and to family planning counseling and information helps [people] and their partners to plan the number and spacing of children they want to have and to avoid unintended pregnancies that lead to abortion. As such, by denying U.S. international assistance to groups that also provide safe, legal abortion, the GGR actually increases the number of abortions, rather than reducing them.
These facts notwithstanding, as we reported last week, House Republicans are seeking to enshrine the gag rule into law. First, the included it in the 2012 State Department Authorization bill which passed out of committee las week. This week, apparently not wanting to leave any doubt about their desire and intentions to undermine women’s health and rights to self-determination, House leadership also included language in the House FY2012 appropriations bill that would make the GGR permanent law. And just to be sure, leadership also included in that bill a ban on U.S. support for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and cuts to international family planning assistance. The bottom line of all these policies if passed would mean less support for family planning and more constraints on evidence-based programs, at a time when 215 million women worldwide want to plan their families but have no access to contraception, a set of conditions that again, will not reduce the number of abortions. This bill is expected to be marked up in committee today.
The GDPA would do the opposite, by ensuring under U.S. law that U.S.-funded international family planning programs would be free to deliver services based on public health and medical evidence and in a manner that promotes the basic health and rights of women. In countries where complications of unsafe and illegal abortions are leading killers of women ages 15 to 49, it is irresponsible to say the least to force medical practitioners to remain silent about these issues.
Fox’s anti-birth control “expert,” Family PAC Federal Vice President Sandy Rios, however, found her own reasons to lambast the policy as “ridiculous.”
Here’s my favorite of the many unbelievable things she said:
“Why in the world would you encourage your daughters, and your granddaughters, and whoever else comes behind you to have unrestricted, unlimited sex anytime, anywhere and that, somehow if you prevent pregnancy, that somehow you’ve helped them. I would submit to you that uncontrolled sexual behavior is what is harming our girls, not our lack of birth control — which by the way they don’t seem interested in taking anyway. Having a baby is not the worst thing. I think having multiple sex partners without any kind of restraint or responsibility is much more damning, why would you support that?”
To that I reply:
“Have you had an orgasm? Don’t you wish for every person in your life to experience that as much and as often as they want?”
AND “Have you had to raise a child when you were 16 or when you weren’t financially stable or when you were with an abusive man or when you just plain didn’t wanna?”
I am personally convinced that no one on FOX News had ever had an orgasm in their lives.
Stand up and support Dr. Carhart! We do. It’s the Summer of Choice.
MY BODY is NOT Your Battleground.
I do not think that I can add enough emphasis on, “MY BODY.”
I wish the language was more inclusive, especially because this was posted on Feministing (where being inclusive in the reproductive rights movement has been the subject of multiple posts including these two amazing ones: here and here).
Otherwise, this is badass.
[PS - I should say there is a transcript at the Feministing link]
It’s times like this I wish Jesus Christ would come back down to earth and smack the shit out of these people.
Well, the assholes are just multiplying today… ugggggggggggggh.
I know I have been beyond absent but this came through my inbox and wanted to share.
WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
Whole Woman’s Health, an excellent abortion clinic in Austin that has recently been under outrageous attack by Operation Rescue, NEEDS YOU! Starting on September 28 an anti abortion organization called 40 Days for Life will be targeting the clinic in Austin and in cities all around the country. Whole Woman’s Health would like to greet them with positive words and murals on their fence.
One of our allies, artist Heather Ault, has brought us some wonderful ideas for a way to bring a totally new and positive spirit to define who we are as supporters of reproductive justice. We want to gather a group of feminist artists to help us transform the outside of the clinic. www.abortioncarenetwork.org/germantown.jpg/view
If you want to be part of a fierce, fabulous group to take on this project very quickly, please contact April—firstname.lastname@example.org, or Andrea—email@example.com.
House Republicans are laying the groundwork for another battle withover spending and domestic policy with a bill that would cut some of his favorite health and education programs, tie the hands of the National Labor Relations Board and eliminate federal grants for Planned Parenthood clinics.
The bill, which finances the Departments of Labor, Education and Health and Human Services, would prohibit Mr. Obama from spending more money to carry out the newuntil all legal challenges to the law were resolved.
The bill stipulates that no more federal money could be spent on the government’s main family planning program, Title X of the Public Health Service Act, established more than 40 years ago. The program provides services to more than five million people a year at more than 4,500 clinics.
Under the bill, no money “may be made available for any purpose” to Planned Parenthood clinics unless they certify that they will not perform abortions. The clinics provide a wide range of health services and perform more than 300,000 abortions a year.
@ClinicEscort tweeted:Some of you are thinking “the Senate will stop
#HR538, it’s political theater, what’s the point.” Point is: ALL of you need to vote in 2012.
My response to this brilliant tweet is simply: THISTHISTHISTHISTHISTHISTHISTHISTHISTHISTHISTHISTHISTHISTHISTHISTHISTHISTHISTHISTHIS.
““…when the Republicans vote for this bill today, they will be voting to say that women can die on the floor of health care providers … it’s just appalling,””
On HR 358
I haven’t posted anything about HR 358 for several reasons:
1) Probably because I’m in denial that such ridiculous legislation is being considered, let alone passed by the House. It’s like the House Republicans got together and were like, “Dudes, we’ve got to enact some jobs legislation but it can’t be Obama’s jobs bill because then we’ll lose all of the financial support from the top 1% that we’re getting. I know! If there are less people in this country, we’ll be freeing up jobs for people to take…I’ve got it! Let’s kill women (because we’re cissexist and don’t realize that gender is a spectrum and not a binary). More importantly pregnant women because then they won’t need maternity leave. I’VE SOLVED THE JOBS CRISIS GUISE!”
2) I know that this won’t pass and be enacted into law because my country is currently run by a President who cares about reproductive rights and the freedom of choice and he will veto it.
3) As someone who identifies as a woman and who also wants to work in medicine, I find it disgusting that legislation is being enacted to protect health care providers from allowing someone to die when they could save that person’s life. My less cynical side wants to believe that doctors, specifically, would be more educated on abortion procedures and have their critical thinking skills honed throughout their education so that a person would never be allowed to die by a doctor while they bleed to death during a miscarriage. But my more cynical side knows that there are people who have gotten into the health care field specifically to manipulate pregnant people and who would watch someone die and then mourn over the fetus that was lost. I know that they are out there and I find it abhorrent and a disgrace that these people work in the medical profession; one that is supposed to treat human life with dignity and respect.
I just…I don’t know what to say. It’s clear that the millions of people who can’t find work and are protesting all over the world in solidarity right now because the top earners are sucking this country dry aren’t as important as things that could really and truly be put on the back burner right now.
And I’m not trying to wipe abortion rights off the table or derail this conversation; by all means, the pro-lifers can bring this fight any time they fucking want (because abortion rights will remain intact with even the most conservative of Supreme Courts) but there comes a time when you really are just wasting money and time for people who are trying their damndest to keep their heads above water. That situation isn’t going to get better if a family is suddenly forced to provide for another child when they’re just barely making their mortgage payments. That situation isn’t going to get better if a recent college grad gets pregnant when they are already struggling to make their loan re-payments.
Passing “symbolic” legislation like this does nothing but waste time and money and it also tells people who can get pregnant that republicans would rather they be treated as brood mares or that they just fucking die.
I’m so disgusted. Write letters to your representatives. Call their office. Mail them letters, E-mail them, leave voicemails. Make sure they hear you. The last thing we need right now are symbolic legislative actions that are a complete waste of time and accomplish nothing productive. We need jobs. We need health care premiums to stop rising by double digit spikes. We need corporations to pay the taxes they should that loopholes allow them to get out of. We need the top earners to pay the same tax rates as the rest of us. We need congress to do their goddman job and help their constituents.
I’m reminded of this comic:
I really just don’t know what to say anymore. People are protesting in the streets because finding a job is goddamn impossible but NO. We need to make sure doctors will be protected if they let a pregnant person die on the floor of their hospital because GOD FUCKING FORBID a fetus could die (even though it will anyway).
What Rabble said (like always).
So much THIS.