Posts Tagged ‘abortion’
I am so completely disgusted with this man’s murder because I can not understand the mindset of the deranged lunatics who say that having an abortion is murder, yet actually murdering a life that has been sustained for years is a-ok. As I was at the gym today, C-SPAN was on the t.v. and they were discussing the murder, along with Judge Sotomayor’s nomination (and her stance on abortion) and the comments that were coming in from the public were mostly on the side of “this guy was murdered and the murderer should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law”, but of course there were the typical Fundamentalist wack jobs who fully supported this man’s murder. One woman in particular came out and said that she felt sorry for his family, not him but his family, and that if we look at the statistics, there’s only been 7 abortion providers murdered as opposed to the millions of babies that have been killed by them.
Are you seriously telling me, that as a Christian, you support someone going out and murdering others? I thought it wasn’t our job to judge nor seek vengence because God’s vengence is mightier than mans? Seriously, what is wrong with people? Would they be ok with the woman who was getting the abortion to die along with the baby she was trying to abort because she could not obtain the abortion and her life was at risk? Oh wait, she might just be martyred.
Would you like to pay more money in taxes because that woman who can’t afford to have children got preganat (becuase we all know that abstinance only education works so well) and was forced to have it, forcing her to go on welfare to provide for herself and her newborn? What about helping this woman out with any financial, mental, emotion, and child care support instead of just forcing her to have a child?
In my opinion, forced pregnancy is just as bad as forced sterilization. There is no difference between the two, because in the end it is not the woman’s choice about what she wants for her future, instead the choice is placed with the religious minority wing-nuts who believe it is their right to force their morality on a woman who may not share the same views.
Here’s a good article regarding all this regarding Francis Kissling.
I am so incredibly tired today, emotionally, physically, and in every which way I could possibly tell you. On our campus for the past two days we have had people from the [WARNING POSSIBLE TRIGGER!!!] Center for Bio-Ethical Reform on our campus as part of their Genocide Awareness Project. These people are so completely ignorant and so extreme in their beliefs, it was mentally draining that they would even attempt to engage me. As secretary for our NOW campus chapter, I was there all day today and for an hour yesterday protesting them being there with a lot of other people. Let me give you the bulk of extremely ignorant things that were said to me.
Firstly, I had a woman actually say to me, “You know, because some women provoke rape, and then get an abortion.” Great. Here’s an older woman actually using the age old tactic of punish/blame the victim for something that was done to her. I immediately told her I could no longer speak with her if she was actually going to propose that women ask to be raped. I couldn’t engage this. Afterwards, one of “those people” actually engaged me in a battle of the mind on how life begins at conception, to which I told him that was not my belief, but then asked him what was his position on birth control. The answer I received was “birth control is against my moral beliefs.” Ok Mr. Intelligent pro-lifer, then how do you propose we stop abortions? His answer: “don’t have sex. Sex education is like a green light for kids to have sex.” So, abortion is bad, birth control bad, and we need to go against human nature so that we don’t offend your morals???!!
I’m drained. I was part of a panel afterwards with the director of the Women’s Studies department on campus where we wanted to discuss what these people were saying, the lies they were spreading, the warped theologies, and the fact that they were in a high traffic area in our school when this was extremely offensive to several students and faculty as well. Not to mention where they were on campus was right near the children’s learning center where children younger than 4 (I think) are. So not only are these people imposing their views on the student body, faculty, staff, and administrators, but they are also sucking children into it and saying things like, “Well maybe they shouldn’t walk by here then.” THIS IS OUR CAMPUS!! It’s that child’s right to be able to walk around the campus with their parent or teacher and not have to ask questions about all the dead bodies on GIANT billboards!
Below I’ve placed some pictures of their so called “exhibition”. Also notice the one with the supposed “Free Speech Board” that was not about free speech because one of the College Republicans (who invited these people on our campus by the way) was going around and crossing out pro-choice messages and adding things like “MURDERER!” next to or over it, so how is that free speech?
The thing that pissed me off even more is that they asked my very wonderful and intelligent black friend how she would feel about being lynched, because lynching and abortion are the same thing. After she told me this I wanted to deck these people because that was over the line. That was spreading hate speech in order to get their point across and that was unnecessary. That was there to instill fear in her and that pisses me off? They forget that women are not property. Women can not be told what to do with their bodies. Womens’ bodies are their own, not their fathers, husbands, or male relatives. It’s theirs and theirs alone and their entire concept is that the fetus’ life is more important than the womans.
What gets me is the fact that they were on our campus 4 days before election day, in a traditionally red state, and on a college campus when it’s a big given that the young vote will be the deciding factor in this election, so please someone talk me down and tell me it wasn’t politically politically motivated.
I really need to get myself into the habit of posting more. It’s been really crazy in my part of the world, so you’re going to have to excuse me. School is leading me to pull my hair out, it’s so hectic.
Enough about me though. I’m having some serious issues with everything going on lately with the McCain/Palin camp that I just have to voice it.
Firstly, debate 3.
Did anyone catch this?
Did anyone catch McCain’s snide remark about the *air quotes* “health” of a women?? Does women’s health not matter to McCain? I mean this is the same guy who was responsible for calling his wife a trollop and a cunt at a party for making a comment in passing about his thinning hair.
And how about this one?
Did you catch it? In case you didn’t, here’s the direct quote:
“I would consider anyone in their qualifications, I do not believe that someone who has supported Roe v. Wade that would be part of those qualifications, but I certainly would not impose a litmus test.”
So, he wouldn’t impose a litmust test, but clearly anyone who supports Roe v. Wade is certainly not qualified to be a Supreme Court Justice under McCain’s rule.
I was dumbfounded and numb after this comment. He claims he’s a Federalist and that this decision should be up to the states. I call bullshit. Again, this goes back to the cunt/trollop comment. If he’s capable of calling his wife a cunt and a trollop, he clearly has no respect for women, therefore he must be (in my opinion) among those in society who believes that women are incapable of making this decision for themselves. They’re clearly incapable of making this decision with the advice of their family, their doctors, and/or whomever else they decide to seek advice from. They clearly are just running to the abortion clinic to have the fetus taken out of them without putting any thought into it at all.
…And women’s brains are smaller than mens, therefore we’re incapable of reasoning…
I don’t know what annoys me more, McCains snide comments or Palin calling herself a feminist.
Now, I want to imply my own analysis here regarding McCain’s behavior as of late. Has anyone else noticed the tantrum he’s throwing? I surely have, and I have to wonder how much of that has to do with his privileged status? I have to wonder how much of this hate spewing his been tossing around in his rally’s lately have to do with the fact that he felt he was entitled to the presidency because of this privilege? And what truly bothers me, and what I still truly feel, is that this man chose a woman for the vice presidency in an attempt to get all of the Hilary supporters to vote for him, even though Palin doesn’t come near Hilary on the issues, what she stands for, and as a true feminist. He chose the most anti-woman running mate he could which is a slap in the face to all women who truly supported Hilary because of her issues, not just her gender. I feel as if he really thought women would naturally gravitate towards him because of this and just close our eyes and say “YAY A WOMAN!” without truly looking into where she stands.
I am still highly sickened by this man and the more he speaks, the more confident I feel with my choice to vote for Obama.
Quick Edit: I just saw this over at Feministing and felt I had to share, especially since I live in a swing state that usually gets elections all wrong; Florida, need I say more? Warning, possible trigger.
This is a really great video. I found it over at How Much Time Should She do? and I feel it’s really interesting how they view the penalties that should be imposed should abortions become illegal. Watch it and leave me your thoughts.
First off, let me start with a huge apology for not writing any sooner. It’s been a bit hectic here around the Feminista household as coming into finals week, the stepson has had a TON of Boy Scout events and trips, and life’s just been incredibly busy for me. I do need some really positive vibes from all you wonderful people out there because I interviewed today for a job that will not only afford me the time I need to be able to finish school an entire semester earlier, but will also help me save in gas and car mileage, since I drive about 25 miles a day on average, and it would dramatically drop if I were to get this job. So please send me good vibes because I really want this job!
Now, for the reason I’m upset. Within the last week or two (I forget as my weeks are meshing right now), I sent off letters to the members of Congress in my state over the latest Bushism that’s going on where the conservative, right-wing, dweebs in office are trying yet again to tell me what is the right thing for my body and what values and morals I should have without even so much as getting to know me first.
In the proposal, obtained by The New York Times, the administration says it could cut off federal aid to individuals or entities that discriminate against people who object to abortion on the basis of “religious beliefs or moral convictions.”
Now, here’s my issue with this: when you take an oath to practice medicine or pharmacology, you’re taking an oath to do what is in the best interest of the patient, not your own moral beliefs. If you have a problem with someone who is seeking birth control or is seeking to have an abortion performed, why did you enter this type of medicine then? And I have to wonder if these same people would object to such body modifications as breast enhancements, liposuction, etc., that really has no medicinal value (except in extreme cases) other than that of vanity. I live in Miami, I see thing things walking around the street all the time and I can’t honestly say that these people look as if they feel any better about themselves after they had all these modifications done, but the men sure do like to look at them! As a matter of fact, I know someone who recently had breast augmentation surgery and underwent a HUGE depressive episode after the surgery. But I’m veering off topic here. Body image issues is another topic for another time.
So I went on this letter writing thing using the Naral letter, and I received a response from my Senator. Here’s what he had to say to me:
Dear Ms. FEMINISTA:
Thank you for contacting me regarding President Bush;s proposed new Health and Human Services regulations. I appreciate hearing from you and would like to respond to your concerns.
Throughout my career in public service, I have been consistently and strongly pro-life. Every human life is precious, and I believe that the sanctity of life is a critical characteristic of a strong nation. These are beliefs I have held both personally and professionally throughout my entire life, and they are beliefs that I will continue to hold and promote.
Our country is currently divided over the issue of abortion rights and my views are not shared by all Floridians. I understand your concern about the availability of contraceptives and birth control. However, I am opposed to drugs that can destroy an early embryo and is abortive in nature. I believe the public has the right to access health information and services, and I will continue to support measures, such as abstinence education and adoption programs, that promote a culture of life in America.
Again, thank you for sharing your views with me. If you have any additional questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me. In addition, for more information about issues and activities important to Florida, please sign up for my weekly newsletter at http://martinez.senate.gov.
United States Senator
[all emphasis mine]
Ok, so let me break down this letter piece by piece. First he says that he believes human life is precious and believes that the sanctity of life is a critical characteristic of a strong nation. Firstly, considering he was born in 1946, he was around for all the “coat hanger abortions” and knows about the lives lost due to the desperation these women were underwent, so he can’t claim ignorance. What about the sanctity of those lives? What about caring what will happen to the mother who not only can’t get pregnant-for whatever reason-but is also not allowed birth control? What does this woman do than? Not have sex?! Sorry, that’s not an option.
Now, as we all know, abstinence education does not work. Abstinence education leads to kids being undereducated about safe sex and the options they may have and these leads to a lot more teen pregnancy, because again, assuming that these kids will not have sex simply because that’s what you’re supposed to be teaching them, is also not an option.
Adoptions are all great and dandy, but the truth of the matter is that there may be a lot of good parents who are willing to truly love and care for these children, but there are also a lot of bad families from bad homes who will raise unstable deviant children that will be a burden on society, and Goddess forbid, take another life later on. What about the sanctity of that life? Granted, this is a very extreme situation, but it does happen, and it is possible. Gangs are based on the neediness of adolescents and the lack of attention and affection that they receive at home, and these kids will do anything for their family/familia.
The on thing that sticks in my head most when I think about the adoption issue is the movie I watched called I Had an Abortion from Women Make Movies. There was this one woman that they interviewed who was Christian and she ended up pregnant. With everything that she was brought up to believe, when she became pregnant she decided to seek adoption for her unborn child, and the moment the interviewer found out that the baby would be interracial, they wanted nothing to do with her. So, under certain circumstances, again, adoption is not an option.
Now I skipped a little because the last statement I want to discuss really shows me this man either has a lack of education or immense gullibility, I’m not sure which one yet. It is just about every pro-lifer who believes that contraceptives are a type of abortifacient, when it is not. Chemical birth control does not cause and abortion, it deters an egg from implanting, or it does not release an egg, as is the case with the pill and others like it. Is Mr. Martinez telling me then that life begins at fertilization? What truly bothers me is that from his standpoint, an embryo that could not come any where near sustaining life outside of my womb has more rights than I do. When will this kind of control stop?! I say that the moment men start menstruating and start worrying about pregnancy and whether or not it’s the right time for them to conceive, and what they can do in order to avoid getting pregnant, or abstain all together when they have a partner who is threatening to leave because you won’t “give him some” is the moment that these men can tell me what to do with my body. They are not me, they do not understand my circumstances, nor my reasons to not want to conceive at this time. Therefore they can not feign to know what is right for me, and there will be no lack of sex in my life right now so to take all these options away from me is not an option.
Va. Catholic bishop sorry after abortion mixup – 07/01/2008 – MiamiHerald.comI’m glad this happened. I’m glad there was a “mix up” and this girl was able to have the procedure. I don’t agree with the bishop apologizing for it because this was the girls call not his, and the charitable workers who helped her should be applauded not reprimanded. Click on through and read the article.