I'm so angry I can't think of anything to say...except that I had more than one abortion Before the Pill, and Before Roe v. Wade. Even if all methods of contraception and abortion were made completely illegal tomorrow, women would still find ways to terminate unwanted and/or dangerous pregnancies. Or they would do what I was thinking of doing before somebody helped me...commit suicide.
"Pro-lifers" are really Pro-Liars. (I don't see any of them standing in line to adopt unwanted children.)
From the Freedom From Religion Foundation:
Feb. 21, 2012
Infamous Virginia House Bill 462, currently in a Senate committee but expected to pass and be signed into law, imminently forces women to undergo invasive ultrasound imaging prior to an abortion. The bill would essentially require women to have a transvaginal ultrasound — a lengthy procedure that involves a doctor forcing a probe into the vagina — for no valid medical reason. It has been pointed out, correctly, that this is tantamount to rape and torture. Transvaginal ultrasounds are dreaded by patients. This antiabortion bill was introduced to penalize women seeking abortions, and to raise the cost and number of required appointments. The bill has received a lot of press, but not much has been said about its proponents or their motivation.
Delegate Kathy Byron R-Lynchburg, is the “chief patron” of the bill.
A closer look at the sponsor’s connections may reveal an answer. It turns out that the original sponsor is in bed with the Falwell Evangelical Empire. Byron is from Lynchburg, Va., home of
According to her Facebook page, she is a member of Thomas Road Baptist Church. In 2008, Byron was the chief sponsor of a bill honoring what Christopher Hitchens called, “the empty life of this ugly little charlatan.” That bill honored Falwell, the “Chaucerian fraud,” because “Falwell presented the Gospel of Jesus Christ to millions of people over the course of 50 years,” was a zealous proponent of Christian education, established the Moral Majority in attempt to unite Christianity and the United States government, was an advocate of a particular sect of Israeli politics “in adherence to the Abrahamic Covenant,” and was a man of faith, prayer, and a devotion to God. (See Hitchens for a critique of Falwell’s “support” of Israel.) Byron also unveiled the “Jerry Falwell Parkway” sign on June 30, 2008, and this year she sponsored HJ 196 officially honoring Jerry Falwell’s cousin Warren. Currently, Byron is a named co-plaintiff alongside Falwell’s Liberty University in a challenge to the universal healthcare law that is before the Supreme Court.
The most terrifying aspect of this unholy alliance is Liberty University’s plans for a “Center for Health and Medical Sciences” which Emily Heady, a dean at Liberty, calls “a great ministry opportunity.” The proposed ministry received a $12 million grant from the Virginia Tobacco Commission in September 2011. Who sat on the Commission at the time? Kathy Byron, of course. One would think that steering a $12 million grant to your church empire would amount to a conflict of interest. The vote came just before her term expired in January 2012, but as Byron said, “It's a project that has been worked on for more than a year now -- shovel ready to go, from a university that's established itself as a leader.”
This university is not a leader in academia, it is a leader in indoctrination that wishes to expand to indoctrinating physicians. According to Jerry Falwell Jr., its chancellor, Liberty University is “the largest Christian university in the world. Liberty was founded in 1971 by my father, the late Dr. Jerry Falwell, Sr., with a vision to train Champions for Christ as a world class university.” This hereditary kingdom “promotes a lifestyle of Biblical morality” and has a doctrinal statement that will make you cringe.
Byron claims that the transvaginal ultrasound mandate is solely designed to give a patient seeking an abortion all the information: “a woman has a right to have all the information available to her before making that decision.” Hypocritically, Byron is also sponsor of a bill that eliminates a mandate for giving patients "all the information" in another medical set of circumstances. Current Virginia law requires parents to give their children the HPV vaccine, but allows them to opt out “after having reviewed materials describing the link between the human papillomavirus and cervical cancer.” Byron’s bill, HB 1112, removes the “informed consent” requirement, allowing parents to opt out of the vaccine without reading of the elevated risk of cervical cancer. Byron proposed both bills this session, which makes it clear that she is not the least bit genuine in her claim about getting patients all the information.
HB 462 is not about informed consent. It's about the State putting women seeking abortion through a barbaric test to punish and burden them. Like the religious backlash against the birth control mandate, this bill is about forcing others to conform to the biblical worldview of a small cabal of ultra-conservative Christians. Freethinkers don’t believe in prophets, but Hitchens’ obituary about Jerry Falwell seems prescient: “The evil that he did will live after him. This is not just because of the wickedness that he actually preached, but because of the hole that he made in the ‘wall of separation’ that ought to divide religion from politics.”
Virginia's Roman Catholic Governor has already promised to sign the bill into law. (Under the Virginia system he can amend laws after final passage by the legislature, but there's no way to amend this bill to make it palatable.) Gov. Bob McDonnell is in contention for a GOP Vice Presidential nomination.
• Contact information for Gov. McDonell is available here.
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Veto HB 462 – a punitive, barbaric, costly and medically unnecessary invasion of privacy of pregnant women, which will immediately be tied up in litigation. This bill declares war on women's rights in the the name of religion.
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You have a point. Anything to control women while pretending to be concerned for our welfare....because we're too stupid to think for ourselves. Yeah. Right.
There must be a secret law that men who become politicians must have IQs lower than their body temperatures. Although a few smart ones do squeak through. (Bernie Saunders comes to mind.)
Whatever happened to Jesse Ventura? I thought he was pretty thumbs up from what we saw of him in Canada, which of course wasn't that much.
The problem I have with all of this is, I do not understand how it is a religious freedom being kept from christians to not be allowed to shove their religious beliefs down other people's throats. I guess I didn't understand I was supposed to have the freedom to accept THEIR religion....that wasn't what I thought that meant....
As for the contraception stuff, I find it odd that certain tests(to find problems with a pregnancy) are seen as a waste of time and tax payer money, while an ultrasound should be forced on a woman and not considered a waste because it might make a woman change her mind and have a baby she is not ready to have. How is that not a waste of money? Or are these people planning on charging the woman for it if she has the abortion anyway???
As Roy Zimmerman says in his fantastically snarky song "Defenders of Marriage", they're an "army of dicks with a military stance...let's get the government out of our lives and into our pants!" Even though the song is about gay marriage, it's just as apropos of the war on women.
As an RN, I'm outraged that women should have to run a gauntlet of government-imposed medical scare tactics consisting of blatantly false information about conception, pregnancy, and abortion risks vs. childbirth. Why not grill the fathers in this situation? Force him to sit through some graphic propoganda, and mandate that he pays half the medical bills? And when it comes to birth control - why not put men on the spot at the pharmacy when they want to buy condoms or spermicidal foam or whatever? How about some lectures on the sinfullness of pre- or extramarital sex and wasting their precious sperm? And, as famously proposed, how about requiring a prostate exam prior to obtaining Viagra?
Damn it, I'm just so fucking mad about this, I can't even be professional. I even had this crazy protest idea - a "No More Pussy" protest against this legislature. Women all over America tightly crossing their legs against sex. That's right - no more sex for these asshole conservatives until, their balls purple with frustration, they withdraw their grubby, greedy little clutches from our reproductive rights. This should work even on those conservatives with submissive, Stepford-like wives, because they'll quickly find out that they ain't gettin' it from their mistresses and even prostitutes have better things to do. It would be even better if we could get the gay community to join in and refuse sex to those congresspeople who like to get it on the down low.
Okay, so it's just an impractical fantasy - but wouldn't it be great? You liberal, progressive, secular, intelligent guys would be getting it all night long and thumbing your noses at the blue-balled repugs. Fantastic.
I've written my letter and I hope it helps. I'm thinking that the next target on the hit list for these assholes is the right to vote. I wouldn't at all be surprised.
Another thought I just had - I wonder if medical professionals will be able to challenge this law on the grounds that it violates their professional oaths and rights. My opinion is that it violates the Nursing Codes of Ethics as set forth by the ANA (American Nurses Association) for my profession. Being forced to administer unnecessary medical procedures, giving patients inaccurrate information on abortion, pregnancy, and contraception, is a violation of the ethical principles of autonomy, justice, benevolence, and veracity, just to name a few. Nurses assist in procedures and are responsible for patient teaching, and I don't know how nurses in the state of Virginia could square this law with their professional oaths and ethics. Even if a nurse is personally against abortion on religious or moral grounds, giving false information to a patient ought to give an ethical nurse pause.
The Lysistrata tactic has been suggested, and it's a wonderful thought, but a) the Stepford Wife types would never go along... Or maybe they would; they've been indoctinated to hate their bodies and to believe that non-reproductive sex is evil, anyway. About prostitutes...hmmmmm the poor girls have to make a living, and most of them are near-prisoners to their pimps as it is. They couuld get hurt...badly.
As it stands now, the (Catholic) governor of Virginia has backed off, and said he won't sign the bill if it reaches his desk. That very statement might cause the legislature to drop the whole idea.
What p*sses me off the most is that these sex-related legislative discussions and proposals are ALL distractions to get our attention so we won't notice what our so-called lawmakers all over the country are really doing - picking our pockets; giving churches a free ride while we are overtaxed, and letting corporate giants (always conservative!) take over the elective process.
I'm waiting for the GOPhers to quit fooling around with jokers like InSanitorum and Romney-the-Dog-Abuser, and trot out somebody who is worse than either of them, but has a real chance of beating Obama in November. I don't know who that could possibly be, but I'm waiting...
If they can't come up with somebody who at least looks reasonable pretty soon, then I think "The Party of Lincoln" is dead.
Rush "Tubby" Limbaugh has always been a boor when it comes to the way he talks about wome, but this time he has gone too far... again:
When Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown Law School student, testified before Congress to protest rightwing attacks to limit women's access to birth control, Rush Limbaugh called her a "slut" and a "prostitute."
Here's what Limbaugh actually said:
"What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute... She wants to be paid to have sex. She's having so much sex she can't afford the contraception."3
Unfortunately, what Rush Limbaugh says matters. He has a bigger audience than any other commercial radio host in the country, and what he talks about on air has the power to drive the Republican agenda — an agenda that is already obsessed with radical backslides of womens' ability to protect their own health.4
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Rash Limpballs is a bloated, pustulent pig who should be force-fed his own manure. Here's the Oxycontin king pissing about medication costs for women. Here's the man on his fourth marriage talking about sexual excesses. Here's the uneducated blowhard loudmouth who doesn't have the slightest clue how contraception works. He seems to think a woman has to take a birth control pill each time she has sex, so that women who have more sex need more pills. This level of stupidity is unbelievable in this day and age. If this is the level of intelligence of his audience, it sure explains a lot.
The fact that he apparently has the largest radio audience in the US, and has had for decades, scares me nearly to death. Some people say they listen to him because they think his ignorance is "funny," but the Soviet propaganda machine had it right - "Tell a lie often enough, and loud enough, and people will believe it."
I'm glad I'm old; I'm not glad that I'm relatively healthy.
I picture a busted-down sofa in a trailer sagging under the weight of drooling, toothless, beer-drinking mouthbreathers staring glassy-eyed into space as Limpballs pukes out his putrid pearls of wisdom into their wax-filled ears. Yeah, I know that's a stereotype, but seriously I cannot imagine anyone stupid enough to take him seriously or hard-up enough for entertainment to listen to him. It's like camping out beside a nasty curve on a highway hoping to see a gruesome car accident.
It's like camping out beside a nasty curve on a highway hoping to see a gruesome car accident.
Errrrmmmm...hmmmm. I think that's why most people go to the Indy 500 and NASCAR races. I can't even watch horse races anymore.
Latest word is that an amended form of this shitty legislation has passed, one that is still just as shitty, nevertheless. Apparently some frosting made this turd go down easier. The frosting consisted of allowing women seeking an abortion to opt out of the transvaginal probe (i.e., rape) ultrasound in favor of an external ultrasound:
Republican message on Women's Day: "Women - Your uteri and the contents thereof belong to the state - not you. Deal with it." I wonder what would happen if women tried to legislate what men could do with their genitals. No insurance coverage for Viagra, completely humiliating exams before prescribing it, forced accountability for sex. Or, how about a tax levy based on the number of unwanted pregnancies carried to term in each county? You know, to pay for the costs of raising those fetuses. Repubs have a horror of taxes - they scream about how taxpayers are being forced to fund abortions by some arcane magic by which insurers pass on the cost of coverage to consumers via the tax code. I say, make them pay the much larger cost of raising children to adulthood.