Don't petition the White House, Use

Don’t petition the White House, Use

Nov 18, 2012 Aaron Krager No Comments
Secessionists. I first want to say thank you for finally learning something from history. The last time so many desired to rid themselves of a tyrannical president they declared war on the Union. Thus, your use of a peaceful means through petitions on the White House’s site is commendable. Furthermore, each state now finds themselves represented by a petition and signatures from people possibly wanting to secede from the United States. Texas leads the way with more than 100,000 people asking the White House to address the issue. This is the same state governed by Rick Perry who drummed up his base of supporters with calls for seceding prior to his Republican bid for President. The irony seemed lost on him. Governor Perry is obviously not a viable option to lead the cause. He hardly put up a fight against a weak group seeking his party’s nomination. I also question...
The Country Moved to the Left Last Night

The Country Moved to the Left Last Night

The whole campaign season did not just depend upon the presidential race that finally came to an end last night. Yes, the country voted clearly to give Barack Obama another four years in the White House. He received more than 50 percent of the vote and won handily in the electoral college. Yet, it is what happened down the ballot that shows the nation’s move toward progressive values. It appears that Democrats will pick up a couple seats in the lower chamber but the real change happened on the senatorial level. Voters said no way to Republicans Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock after they attempted to scapegoat women and downplay the trauma of rape and sexual abuse. Furthermore, women won in Massachusetts, North Dakota, Hawaii, and Wisconsin for their first terms. All four of them will be more progressive legislators than their predecessors. In Wisconsin Tammy Baldwin will be the...
Republicans, Rape, Life, and Control of Women

Republicans, Rape, Life, and Control of Women

Oct 24, 2012 Aaron Krager No Comments
During last night’s Indiana Senate debate the Republican candidate, Richard Mourdock, did more than stick his foot in his mouth. I believe life begins at conception. The only exception I have for to have an abortion is in the case of the life of the mother. I struggled with myself for a long time but I came to realize life is that gift from God, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape. It is something that God intended to happen. Mourdock joined a club made exclusively of Republicans but a club that seems to be growing as the November election nears. Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh made a reprehensible comment about exceptions for the life of the mother following his debate. “There is no such exception. With modern technology and science, you can’t find one instance.” Complete crap as this woman explains. Of course who can forget Missouri...

The Holy Men of Choice

Feb 11, 2011 Aaron Krager 2 Comments

A new Republican House elected on a platform of jobs, jobs and a stronger economy have been anything but – instead the priority is to undue Obama’s legislation and to take away the right’s of women everywhere. Among the first proposals was HR3 which sought to redefine rape as well as limit access through private insurance companies.

Next up is HR358, inappropriately named “Protect Life Act,” that would allow doctors to make the choice of whether to perform an abortion to save a woman’s life or not. No joke. Via Jill at Feministe:

In other words, it gives doctors the green light to let pregnant women die if they have a life-threatening condition and need an emergency abortion. We know that women’s lives have been saved by abortion (and that some number of people don’t approve of the whole life-saving thing). It’s not surprising that a few religious blow-hards think it’s better for women to die instead of receiving therapeutic abortions, but to encode the view that you don’t have to save a pregnant woman’s life into federal law? That is truly sick — and shockingly cruel, even for the usual “pro-life” suspects who regularly use their ideology as a tool to punish women.

The choice is up to the doctor:

a) perform life saving medical procedure to save patient’s life.

b) refuse to do the procedure and let the woman die.

Oh and the fetus wouldn’t have any chance either if the doctor choose b.

But the real issue here is not the potential life inside of a woman.  It is about taking right’s away from women in general and poor women specifically.  It is the poor women with limited access to private health insurance who typically rely entitlement programs to get their necessary health care.  These are the women being attacked by hypocritical men at the top of the Republican Party. Think it is something else?  It’s not:

That $327M for family planning? That would be the entire Title X program–which gives clinics, such as Planned Parenthood, federal funds to provide basic health care like  contraception, STD treatment, and cancer screenings. Funds that are explicitly prohibited from going towards abortion care. Funds that help prevent many unintended pregnancies each year. Funds that save the taxpayers $4 down the road for every $1 spent. Funds that provide much-need primary and preventive to millions of women and men in a health care system riddled with gaps.

All of this harkens back to the day when wives had to receive their husband’s permission just to get birth control.  Take a second to imagine that.

As a man you have sole control of the partnership’s reproductive choices? Republicans are out to take women’s rights away.  This is not a policy argument about being pro-choice or pro-life.  These combined efforts would do nothing to lower the rates of unwanted pregnancies or abortions (legal one’s sure).  It is a fight against the sovereignty a woman has over herself.  I don’t want these rights to be taken away from my legal partner.  I want her to have the final say so over her body.  I guess that is the difference between me and these Republican leaders. I actually want my partner to make her own choices.

Now the party of smaller government is demanding to get into a woman’s body and her doctor’s office to make the decision for her while simultaneously trying to restrict access to ever other form of reproductive care.  Truly disgusting.

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