“...Contrary to the claims of many conservatives, the Affordable Care Act is prohibited from funding abortions and may actually mean that fewer women have abortion coverage….”
The Pink Flamingo swears one of the problems with the hard right is the fact that they don’t understand human nature. They appear to be willing to make the assumption that We the Little People of the United States of America are as S – T – U – P – I – D as are they. The more the GOP keeps pushing their extreme anti-abortion and anti-woman agenda, the more it is backfiring on them.
Thanks to the news, and well meaning conservative males, a number of potential laws popped up, that would literally criminalize the fact that a pregnant woman had a miscarriage. It happened in Utah. In 2010, a potential law in Georgia would have required the death penalty for a woman having, not an abortion, but a miscarriage. In South Carolina, up to 300 women have been charged with a crime – for having a miscarriage.
“…If every miscarriage is a potential homicide, how does Utah avoid launching a criminal investigation every time a woman has a miscarriage? And women have a lot of miscarriages: one in four pregnancies end in a miscarriage. And how is Utah supposed to know when a pregnant woman has had a miscarriage? You’re going to have to create some sort of pregnancy registry to keep track of all those fetuses, Utah. Perhaps you could start issuing “conception certificates” to women who get pregnant? And then, if there isn’t a baby within nine months of the issuance of a conception certificate, the woman could be hauled in for questioning and she could be indicted for criminal homicide if it’s determined that she intentionally or accidentally induced a miscarriage. Of course, lots of women miscarry before they even realize their pregnant… so Utah will have to pass another law, one that compels all sexually active women—actually, let’s just say all women, Utah, since some sexually active women claim they’re chaste—to come in for mandatory monthly pregnancy tests…”
Why are up to 70% of Americans now saying that Roe v.Wade should stay in place? Well, let’s just put the blame where it belongs, at the feet of the far right religious (I refuse to call them Christian) conservative loons who don’t like women. There, I said it. THEY DON’T LIKE WOMEN. Men have a right not to like women, the way women have a right not to like men. But, they just plain old don’t like women. We are looking at a culture of men who are terrified of the future, because they are no longer lord of the manor. They can’t cope with the fact that they no longer can control every aspect of a woman’s life, culturally and socially, so they are now doing it via legislation.
“…Last week, the National Advocates for Pregnant Women released a report whose title is as frightening as its contents: “Arrests of and forced interventions on pregnant women in the United States 1973-2005” published in the Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law. The report documents more than 400 cases where women have been locked up in jail or psych wards or forced to undergo medical intervention while carrying wanted pregnancies (and they’ve unearthed 250 more in the last 7 years, which did not make it into the report).
Some highlights: A woman gets pregnant while on Depo Provera, miscarries, and is imprisoned for a year on murder charges; a woman is involuntarily committed because she failed to get a recommended follow-up test for gestational diabetes; a woman planning a home birth is court-ordered to undergo a cesarean and taken against her will to the hospital for forced surgery….”
In a way, it is rather humorous and disgusting at the same time. By demonizing abortion and making threats to end funding for contraceptives, somehow thinking that there is nothing really wrong with rape (a psychological topic all its own) they have made the American people realize that, no matter how repugnant and distasteful abortion is, it must remain legal. No, I would rather it not be legal. But, I understand why it must be. There are times when it is necessary.
So, please pardon my mirth when I see something like the following:
It is insanity, irresponsible, over the top, abject irrational stupidity like this that will insure the eventual demise of extreme gun ownership. Americans are rational enough to understand that there is nothing wrong with owning a gun. There is something wrong, though, with not comprehending that there must be limits placed on gun ownership, rational, safety limits, in order to prevent the increasing slaughter of the innocents.
The bitter irony here is the fact that, there are many of us who argue that gun control should take into account the tremendous advances in technology since the Second Amendment was written. We are told our reasoning is a joke. So, The Pink Flamingo finds it ironic that these same individuals, the same mindset is using that very argument to restrict the rights of pregnant women in this country.
“…It is unclear how long the law can continue to distance itself from the implications of fetal medical treatment. As sophisticated pre-natal treatment becomes increasingly common and successful, medicine and scientific research will continue to foster greater recognition of the individuality and health rights of the fetus. Continuing to restrict legal recognition until birth appears to be logically incompatible with the insights gained from these developments in fetal medicine. In particular, the assumption on which the “not-one-but-not-two” entities model is based, viz. that the special dependency of the fetus diminishes her legal rights, is not substantiated by any objective evidence. The assumption remains theoretical and is contrary to the fundamental principle of equality before the law.
The law will be left in a position of trying to continue the artifice that the child with all her human rights (including the right to medical care) suddenly appears at birth. In the late twentieth century world of 3-D ultrasound technology, such a denial of medical reality will verge on the absurd. As the fetus becomes more and more visible in the field of medicine and research, and her status as a patient emerges earlier and earlier in pregnancy, her legal invisibility before birth will become increasingly difficult to sustain. Dramatic advances in medical practice, especially in fetal surgery and in the survival and care of extremely premature infants, attest to the basic continuity between fetal and infant welfare. The depth of evidence of this continuity exposes the artificiality of the law’s current distinctions between the child before and after birth. There will be a growing disjunction between medical and legal treatment of the fetus unless and until the law recognises this evidence; only then can a real and coherent framework of human rights, duties and responsibilities concerning pregnancy be achieved….”
It makes one wonder if the far right is even self aware these days. If they were, they would realize they are behaving like fools. The Pink Flamingo thinks that 99% of all abortions are murder of an innocent life. This said, I also recognize the fact that there are times when one is necessary. Because of that 1% or so, and the stupidity of the far right, I’m now in that 70%. So are most pro-life women I know. That’s what the GOP and its stupidity has done. When men of the GOP now want contraceptives banned, and women jailed for a miscarriage something is terribly wrong. These same people think it is just dandy to let a person with serious mental problems have access to enough guns and ammo to take out a small city.
Am I the only one who thinks the GOP is lost in the land of stupid?
One good thing about the whole gun stupidity is the fact that, if the far right continues on its current course, gun rights are going to be as popular as banning all abortions. Yep, rational individuals are funny that way. We’re not as stupid as the scared little white men of GOP thinks we are.
Keep it up guys, you’re destroying the party beyond repair.