Posts Tagged ‘pro choice’

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.


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:

From this page you can link to the actual petition at

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

Reading Recommendations

November 10, 2009

Recommended reading:

Melissa McEwan of Shakesville on the Stupak Amendment & Obama’s Response I also recommend reading the other posts on Shakesville addressing this.

I want this book: Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape

Where is your line: An online project I’m just starting to explore about mutual consent and affection… respect too!

An article by GimliGirl on Shakesville

Not the Man I Know” (or He wouldn’t do that)