Showing posts with label Reproductive Rights. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Reproductive Rights. Show all posts

Saturday, February 19, 2011

The GOP's War on Women's Rights and Poor Children; Democratic Representatives Moore & Speier Fight Back

     Do you remember October and November, when Republicans said that the election was about job creation?  Well, the past month has shown their true agenda.  One of the groups they are targeting is women.  How is this for the Gospel According to Hate?

     MoveOn.org compiled the following report:

Top 10 Shocking Attacks from the GOP's War on Women

1) Republicans not only want to reduce women's access to abortion care, they're actually trying to redefine rape. After a major backlash, they promised to stop. But they haven't yet. Shocker.
2) A state legislator in Georgia wants to change the legal term for victims of rape, stalking, and domestic violence to "accuser." But victims of other less gendered crimes, like burglary, would remain "victims."
3) In South Dakota, Republicans proposed a bill that couldmake it legal to murder a doctor who provides abortion care. (Yep, for real.)
4) Republicans want to cut nearly a billion dollars of food and other aid to low-income pregnant women, mothers, babies, and kids. 
5) In Congress, Republicans have a bill that would let hospitals allow a woman to die rather than perform an abortion necessary to save her life. 
6) Maryland Republicans ended all county money for a low-income kids' preschool program. Why? No need, they said.Women should really be home with the kids, not out working. 
7) And at the federal level, Republicans want to cut that same program, Head Start, by $1 billion. That means over 200,000 kids could lose their spots in preschool.
8) Two-thirds of the elderly poor are women, and Republicans are taking aim at them too. A spending bill would cut funding for employment services, meals, and housing for senior citizens.
9) Congress just voted for a Republican amendment to cut all federal funding from Planned Parenthood health centers, one of the most trusted providers of basic health care and family planning in our country.
10) And if that wasn't enough, Republicans are pushing toeliminate all funds for the only federal family planning program. (For humans. But Republican Dan Burton has a bill to provide contraception for wild horses. You can't make this stuff up).

Sources: 

1. "'Forcible Rape' Language Remains In Bill To Restrict Abortion Funding," The Huffington Post, February 9, 2011http://www.moveon.org/r?r=206084 
"Extreme Abortion Coverage Ban Introduced," Center for American Progress, January 20, 2011http://www.moveon.org/r?r=205961 
2. "Georgia State Lawmaker Seeks To Redefine Rape Victims As 'Accusers,'" The Huffington Post, February 4, 2011http://www.moveon.org/r?r=206007 
3. "South Dakota bill would legalize killing abortion doctors," Salon, February 15, 2011http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2011/02/15/south_dakota_abortion_killing_bill 
4. "House GOP Proposes Cuts to Scores of Sacred Cows," National Journal, February 9, 2011http://nationaljournal.com/house-gop-proposes-cuts-to-scores-of-sacred-cows-20110209 
5. "New GOP Bill Would Allow Hospitals To Let Women Die Instead Of Having An Abortion," Talking Points Memo, February 4, 2011http://www.moveon.org/r?r=205974 
6. "Republican Officials Cut Head Start Funding, Saying Women Should be Married and Home with Kids," Think Progress, February 16, 2011http://thinkprogress.org/2011/02/16/gop-women-kids/ 
7. "Bye Bye, Big Bird. Hello, E. Coli," The New Republic, Feburary 12, 2011http://www.tnr.com/blog/83387/house-republican-spending-cuts-pell-education-usda-pbs 
8. "House GOP spending cuts will devastate women, families and economy," The Hill, February 16, 2011 http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/economy-a-budget/144585-house-gop-spending-cuts-will-devastate-women-families-and-economy- 
9. "House passes measure stripping Planned Parenthood funding," MSNBC, February 18,2011 http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/02/18/6080756-house-passes-measure-stripping-planned-parenthood-funding
"GOP Spending Plan: X-ing Out Title X Family Planning Funds," Wall Street Journal, February 9, 2011http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2011/02/09/gop-spending-plan-x-ing-out-title-x-family-planning-funds/ 
10. Ibid. 
"Birth Control for Horses, Not for Women," Blog for Choice, February 17, 2011http://www.blogforchoice.com/archives/2011/02/birth-control-f.html
    Here's Representative Gwen Moore (D-WI) speaking out against #9 on the above list, from her own experience of becoming a teenage mother in poverty.  She calls the GOP out on their claim that they are helping black babies and both parties for the gutting of support programs for low income mothers.


     Here's Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA) speaking on the floor of the House of Representatives calling the Republicans out for their hypocrisy of speaking about job creation while attacking people's private medical decisions.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Saddle(broke)back Church & Homo "Lover" Rick Warren


     Pastor Rick Warren is at it again, that is talking out both sides of his scraggly (and oh-so-closeted-gay) goatee. Yesterday on Meet the Press host David Gregory asked Warren if he would work to fight the legalization of marriage for same sex couples were it to come up on the California ballot again.  Warren responded:
     Well, again, I'm not a politician. I didn't fight it in the last issue. What was misunderstood is people, people on both sides tried to make me the campaign leader. I only mentioned it one time, and I mentioned it to my own congregation when I was asked, "What is our position on this?" and I made a video for our congregation. Well, that was dumb, because it immediately went everywhere and then all the sudden it looked like I was the big campaigner.
     The video was dumb indeed, and Warren is a liar.  No one with Warren's level of media savy can honestly claim that they believe making a video and publishing it on a publicly accessible website during the internet/media age and during a campaign is an in-house, non-political event.  He knew exactly what he was doing when he released this video:



     Furthermore, Pastor Warren is a liar because he spoke out more than once.  Has he forgotten that he also told the press in an interview that he was against marriage rights for same sex couples, while comparing homosexuality to incest, pedophilia, and bestiality.  So, much for coming out against marriage equality as being a one time thing.  So yesterday on Meet the Press, Warren AGAIN lied to everyone.  Interesting that in his fondness for quoting scripture, he conveniently forgets to quote Exodus 20:16, "Thou shalt not bear false witness."  How easy it is for beloved holy men and women to overlook that one.  Didn't he memorize those Ten Commandments in kindergarten?  Here's a video that shows Warren's infamous statement that homosexuality is the same thing as incest, pedophilia, and bestiality:
 


      After claiming not to be a politician and that his job is "to love everybody"and not to be involved with political legislation, Warren went on to compare abortion to the holocaust.  That sounds like being quite involved in political legislation to me.

     But Warren's hypocrisy goes even further.  Like the Catholic church, the loving Rick Warren supports programs in Africa that are leading to the deaths of many people. Warren has strong ties to Ugandan Pastor Martin Ssempa, who is backing a legislative bill in Uganda that will make the death penalty the legal punishment for certain homosexual actions.  Ssempa has appeared at Warren's Saddleback Church and been embraced by Warren and his wife.

     The history of Warren and Ssempa is even more incidious (the following paragraph is paraphrased from The Daily Beast).   In the late 90s, Ugandan President Museveni had a successful HIV-prevention program called ABC, which emphasized abstinence, monogamous relationships, and  using condoms as the best ways to prevent the spread of HIV.  This resulted in a 10% drop in Uganda's HIV/AIDS rate.  After Museveni's wife Janet became a born-again Christian in 1999 and dedicated her life to the "lordship" of Jesus Christ, she went to Washington, D.C. and promised Republicans that abstinence was the reason that ABC was working so well.  Our Congress gave Uganda $200 million for AIDS-prevention for the "exclusive promotion of abstinence education."  Pastor Ssempa was given $40,000 of that money to be on the new task force, and he set to the streets and college campuses burning condoms "in the name of Jesus!"   By 2006, HIV-infection in Uganda had spiked, in thanks to the the "decreased credibility" of condoms by fundamentalist groups.

     But the crusade didn't stop there.  As reported by The Daily Beast:
     In August 2007, Ssempa led hundreds of his followers through the streets of Kampala to demand that the government mete out harsh punishments against gays. “Arrest all homos,” read placards. And: “A man cannot marry a man.” Ssempa continued his crusade online, publishing the names of Ugandan gay rights activists on a website he created, along with photos and home addresses. “Homosexual promoters,” he called them, suggesting they intended to seduce Uganda’s children into their lifestyle. Soon afterwards, two of President Yoweri Museveni’s top officials demanded the arrest of the gay activists named by Ssempa. Terrified, the activists immediately [went] into hiding...when Uganda’s Anglican bishops threatened to bolt from the Church of England because of its tolerant stance towards homosexuals, Warren parachuted into Kampala to confer international legitimacy on their protest. “The Church of England is wrong and I support the Church of Uganda on the boycott,” Warren proclaimed in March 2008. Declaring homosexuality an unnatural way of life, Warren flatly stated, “We shall not tolerate this aspect [homosexuality in the church] at all.” 
     After taking sides in that political argument, Warren now claims that he "never takes sides" and that it is "not his calling as a pastor in America to comment or interfere in the political process of other nations."  So, when the issue at hand is Uganda's proposed law legalizing the death penalty for certain homosexual acts (like having sex when HIV positive), Warren claims the pastoral fifth.

     Hypocrite!



Saturday, November 28, 2009

The Manhattan Project's True Bomb


     There is brave editorial  in the Los Angeles Times today.  The editorial calls conservative Christian churches, including the Catholic church, to accountability for their recent actions to derail healthcare reform, civil marriage rights for same sex couples, and women's reproductive rights that culminated in the release of the Manhattan Declaration last week.

     Concerning the Declaration's call for civil disobedience in order to get the nation to adhere to Christian religious laws, the Times editorial concludes:
     This apocalyptic argument for lawbreaking is disingenuous, but it is also dangerous. Did the Roman Catholic bishops who signed the manifesto consider how their endorsement of lawbreaking in a higher cause might embolden the antiabortion terrorists they claim to condemn? Did they stop to think that, by reserving the right to resist laws they don't like, they forfeit the authority to intervene in the enactment of those laws, as they have done in the congressional debate over healthcare reform? They need to be reminded that this is a nation of laws, not of men -- even holy men.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Paying for Prayer: Your Tax Dollars

As soon as a coin in the coffer rings, a soul from purgatory springs.

     I first heard of this story over the weekend on the Freedom from Religion Foundation's show on Air America (which you can download for free on iTunes).

     The following text is a reblog of a post by Dan Savage on Monday, Nov 23, 2009 at 10:13 AM at The Stranger.  He said it so well, that I couldn't improve upon his words.  Thanks Dan!

     Here's what Dan has to say:

     The government isn't going to cover abortion—or allow you to buy a plan that covers abortion—but it is going to pay for... prayer?
    Leaders of the Church of Christ, Scientist, are pushing a proposal that would help patients pay someone like Lewis for prayer by having insurers reimburse the $20 to $40 cost.
    The provision was stripped from the bill the House passed this month, and church leaders are trying to get it inserted into the Senate version. And the church has powerful allies there, including Sens. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), who represents the state where the church is based, and Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah), who said the provision would "ensure that health-care reform law does not discriminate against any religion."
     Faith healing. Deficit hawk Orrin Hatch and John Fucking Kerry (!) want health insurers to pay people to pray. Because not paying people to pray somehow amounts to religious discrimination? Jesus Christ, it's time to start a new religion that has just two sacraments: abortion and homosexual sodomy. It might be the only way to protect choice and secure gay rights in this lunatic asylum we call a country.