Posts Tagged ‘abortion rights’

Health Care

March 21, 2010

Leaving out any opinion of weather health care reform is on the right track or not… I want to point out that I can’t support it as long as it comes with further restrictions, tying women to a status quo where only those who can afford abortions will be able to get them.

Abortion may remain legal, but so called pro-life groups put women’s lives and livelihoods at risk every day as they work to make abortion more difficult to access, more expensive to obtain.  They try to shame women into giving up their rights, to tell women what to do with their bodies, to make others’ decisions for them.  They harass workers and patients at clinics.  They murder doctors and commit terrorist acts at clinics, yet they are for the good?

Quit shouting “Choose Life” when you are making it clear women don’t have a choice. Quit treating a legal medical procedure as a special exception to health care and reform.  Doctors are in the business of medicine, not religious zealots, not bigoted politicians.

I’m so disappointed in our government right now when I see a deal like this on the horizon that will undermine women further.

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Compromise?

December 20, 2009

To sway Nelson, a hard-won compromise on abortion issue

I am sick and tired of politicians deciding that my rights are something that can be compromised.  I’m tired of it being treated like a victory.  Oh, and of abortions being separated from everything else for special “moral” consideration.  Medical procedures are between patients and doctors.  That this one, so specifically gendered, so important to women’s healthcare can be plucked out at a whim for a compromise is disgusting.  It’s legal. So why do we still have to keep fighting?

In the meantime, Nelson gets a nice payoff for Nebraska.

Thanks, Cosmo

November 18, 2009

The last few weeks I’ve been really angry that Stupak is even a possibility, but hopeful every time that I see another person working against it. Today I want to give a tip of the hat to Cosmo. While I am normally scouting around for all the oh-so-wrong things there, I am glad to see that they are standing up for women’s rights on this occasion. Their website boasts this page:

http://www.cosmopolitan.com/advice/tips/abortion-rights?click=cos_new

From this page you can link to the actual petition at ppaction.org

So, while I will continue my practice of not purchasing Cosmopolitan, so long as it reinforces so many other negative standards and messages, I am glad to find this bit of good in it. As far as I’m concerned, the more the merrier and the mightier as far as this amendment is concerned. Now, let’s crush it.

Religion and Healthcare Hand in Hand (Since When?)

November 16, 2009

So one of my latest peeves in this whole Stupak mess is that the Catholic Church can lobby. I don’t just mean members of the church. I mean the church as a powerful, political body (one that apparently is not separate from State). Why is it they can pull these strings and call these meetings and do so much damage? I’m so irritated, because I know the truth, that even Catholic women get abortions, that many Catholics are pro-choice, not adhering to every declaration of the religion. That doesn’t seem to matter though, and I’m just supposed to offer up the rights to my own body so the church doesn’t cause a fuss and help tank healthcare? No way.

Whose Team Is It, Anyway? By Katha Pollitt

Feminism Friday: Politics, Medicine and Religion – Three’s a Crowd

Stupak’s God in Our Government

Today I’m reading…

November 12, 2009

Wimpy, Wimpy Wimpy: Democrats Are Dithering On Issue Of Abortion

anti stupak [I recommend signing the Open Letter.]

When Actresses Turn Ugly [An article provided by CNN on how actresses get down and “dowdy” to win awards, calling their “after” pictures outright ugly and praising them as beautiful in the “dolled up” shots.  According to this writer, gaining 20lbs apparently means “trashing an enviable figure.” Way to suck, CNN.

Oh, and Stupak promises, “There will Be Hell To Pay” if people don’t support his amendment.  I, on the other hand, think there will be hell to pay if they don’t eliminate this because we cannot stand for this kind of ignorant, misogynistic legislation.

A Gathering Storm… A Political Lysistrata

 

Rejecting genre fiction vs growing up [“The attitude talked about here, where women will read books aimed at women OR men, whereas men refuse to even try books written by or marketed to women, is so common as to be systematic. Little girls will happily read books with a male or female narrator/main character; little boys want male leads. Women will respond to ads with voice-overs by men or by women; men will ignore ads voiced by women (unless it’s an extremely sultry voice implying super hotness in an ad for alcohol). Men will get quite shitty with and contradict their GPS navigation system when the voice is female. I am not kidding. They did a study or something.”]

Furious

November 8, 2009

This Stupak amendment has me furious.  When will we stop shoving women’s healthcare and women’s rights aside. Why can’t religion take its nose out of politics and out of my uterus too?  Sure, abortion is still a legal, medical procedure. They haven’t outlawed it, and won’t by introducing this amendment that outlaws any govt funding through insurance for abortion.  What happened to comprehensive healthcare. First the govt gets to decide how people pay? And now they get to say what kind of treatment you can have? Why aren’t other procedures or medicines under attack: viagra, invitro,  lung cancer treatment for smokers (after all, they asked for it right), liver treatment for alcoholics? Oh, wait, I forgot pregnancy isn’t a real medical condition of any sort.

So rich women will still be able to get abortions. Poor women who rely on any govt funding or who just cant afford anything else won’t. I’ve read that you could still buy separate insurance coverage to cover abortions. Wtf? A completely different policy? and for how much more money?

I want fair comprehensive health care, which is supposed to be what reform is about, not a bunch of people working one step closer to eliminating access to women’s healthcare. In the meantime they arent pushing for better contraceptives or reproductive care.

I’m hopping mad.