Bravo to the Netherlands, Canada, Sweden and other countries for providing more money for womens health
to try to make up for what Trump is doing." Nicholas Kristof
We should be able to acknowledge the complexity of private decision making, without threatening the right of private decision making.”
“Violence against abortion clinics and providers has been part of the
so-called pro-life movement virtually since 1973... The National
the professional association of abortion providers has recorded a
staggering 6,948 acts of violence against clinics and providers between
1977 and 2014, including eight murders, 17 attempted murders, 42
bombings and 182 arsons.” Katha
“I am pro-life. I care about the life of every
child: every child that goes to bed hungry, every child that goes
to bed without a proper education, every child that goes to bed
without being able to be a part of the Texas dream, every woman and
man who worry about their children’s future and their ability
to provide for that future. I care about life and I have a record
of fighting for people above all else.” Wendy
"Choosing not to bear a child for whom a nurturing
environment cannot be guaranteed isn't a denial of responsibility— it's
the ultimate assumption of responsibility for oneself and the world." In
Defense of My Right to Abortion in Macedonia
No woman is completely free unless she is wholly
capable of controlling her fertility; and ... no baby receives its
full birthright unless it is born gleefully wanted by its parents."
Alan F. Guttmacher (1898 - 1974)
don't believe in family planning, birth control, gay marriage, or
other population limiting policy.They
are, in many ways, like the Taliban.
Their belief in 'small government' allows imposing
their religious beliefs on women and the rest of us.
Even if it means apocalypse. After all, they are expecting
it, it validates their deepest beliefs, and, being climate deniers, they may accomplish
Republicans claim to value liberty, but won't allow choice if
it is at odds with their ideology. They have a right to practice their religion, but not to impose it on anyone else.
Keep government out of medical practice.Oppose Republicans.
Right to Life
Republicans only seem to care
about the 'right to life' for the unborn. For the 16,000 children who die each day of starvation,
they have said little. In their trade-mark hypocrisy and disdain for
international norms, they strongly favor the death penalty. More Americans are shot dead by toddlers, but Republicans love their guns.
Religious groups, including Roman
Catholic Bishops, have been willing to block any meaningful health care reform in order to impose their
views on abortion. They made no secret of their opposition. Patrick Kennedy
famously may no longer take communion.
The latest Republican tax bill is estimated to throw millions off their health insurance.
That's what 'pro-life' means to them.
Bill O'Reilly, indoctrinated by Catholics, is credited with the death of at least one abortion
doctor. Religion, without a doubt, is a
leading motivation for violence, terrorism, and war. Abortion
has been a major cause of violence in the US. The religious right
All major religions make women second class
Million Children Worldwide Die From Lack of Health Care. (Does the
'pro-life' movement know about this ?)
According to Teresa Cerojano in The Associated Press, "More than
200 million children worldwide under age five do not get basic
health care, leading to nearly ten million deaths annually from
treatable ailments like diarrhea and pneumonia, a US-based charity
said Wednesday." (5/6/2008)
'Pro-life' Republicans can not bring themselves to accept health care as a right. Further, it appears
they are willing to remove millions of people from health insurance to pay for huge tax cuts for the wealthy. If that is not moral
hypocrisy, what is ?
Population growth is a fundamental driver of the multiple disasters that Republicans are fast leading us.
It is population growth that accelerates carbon pollution, forest conversion to cropland, species extinction, that are changing the climate.
It is visible in record heat waves, glacial melting, the shortage of fresh water, droughts, pollution,
forest fires, rising sea levels, fisheries collapse, ocean acidification,
As more areas become uninhabitable there are certain to be more wars, probably nuclear, and massive immigrations.
Just as Republicans deny global warming, doubling down of fossil fuels, withdrawing from the Paris agreement,
continue to build nuclear weapons at a massive scale, ready deep bunkers for high level officials, build walls to
keep 'them' out, they have targeted Planned Parenthood, and refuse to grant women the right to choose.
Christian supremacists including
evangelicals and Catholics (not to mention their Republican benefactors) have held up health care reform so they can impose their
will on the abortion issue. Abortion, one of the most personal of
health issues for women, might better be
thought of as a women's right to choose.
Keeping women in their place is a common thread in right-wing ideology.
You have to wonder about Republican's 'values'. Because a
large fraction of the US population is without access to health care, there are many thousand
unnecessary deaths, untolled suffering, bankruptcies, insecurity,
and economic dislocation. Republicans claim to be pro-life, but
most think the death penalty is
appropriate for many crimes. If Republicans were really
pro-life, they might take action for the 16,000 children worldwide
who die of starvation each day.
When intolerant religious
fundamentalism leads to violence and paralysis of public
governance, it is time to fortify the wall between church and
state. Religious schooling should be subject to public oversight so
that it does not breed ignorance and bombers. Churches that breed
violence, many of them love guns, at the very
least should not be
tax exempt. We are paying plenty for their wars.
should abandon medieval religions where
they are second class members. So should anyone else who cares about them.
Women are not allowed into the
Catholic hierarchy, and tend to be second class members of fundamentalist or evangelical religions
According to one version of 'Freakonomics', children who
are wanted do much better. Considering that population
has already exceeded the planet's carrying capacity and that the environment
is rapidly deteriorating, limiting further population increase is prudent. See the forecast.
It is clear that religious
intolerance concerning abortion has incited terrorism
and violence. Just as the Taliban does.
Since human population has
exceeded the carrying capacity of the earth,
there should be no controversy. The Chinese one-child policy looks
As the bumper sticker says: If
you are against abortion, don't have one.
Bearman and Bruckner ...note that communities with
the highest populations of purity ball attendees also have some of the
country's highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In
Lubbock, Texas, where abstinence-only education has been mandated
since 1995, the rate of gonorrhea has risen to double the national
rate, while teen pregnancy has spiked to the highest level in the
state. A congressionally funded study of adolescent behavior, Add
Health - the most comprehensive of its kind in history - revealed
another dirty secret of the Christian right: White evangelical
women lose their virginity on average at age sixteen, younger than
any group besides black Protestants. (from Max Blumenthal's
Republican Gomorra Page 157)
80 The Global Gag: Family Planning the
“Our continuing research shows the gag rule is eroding family
planning and reproductive health services in developing
countries,” says the Population Action International and a
coalition of other organizations on their Global Gag Rule web
Their campaign deserves close attention.
magazine article is “The Mexico City Policy and U.S.
Family Planning Assistance,” by Richard P. Cincotta and
Barbara B. Crane, from an October 2001 edition. Michele
Goldberg’s excellent coverage in
Salon from June 2002 contains statistics as well as
news item about China is cited by Sierra Club and others.
“Since 2001, the US government has used its power as a
leading donor to family planning programmes to pursue policies in
conflict with global agreements on reproductive rights. Prominent
among these policies is the Mexico City Policy (or Global Gag
Rule), which restricts non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in
developing countries that receive USAID family planning funding
from engaging in most abortion-related activities, even with their
own funds. This paper reviews the history and political origins of
the Gag Rule under several Republican party presidents. The Gag
Rule has not achieved an overall reduction in abortions; rather,
where it has disrupted family planning services, the policy is more
likely to have increased the number of abortions.
This paper concludes that the Gag Rule is a radical intrusion
on the rights and autonomy of recipients of US funding. Regardless
of whether or not it is rescinded in the future, the underlying
issues in the politics of US reproductive health assistance are
likely to persist. NGOs that wish to free themselves from the
constraints it imposes must find the means to end their dependence
on USAID funding, including turning to other donors. NGOs should
also take the lead in opposing policies such as the Gag Rule that
violate global agreements.”
Or try: Exportable
Righteousness, Expendable Women by Ann Hwang – “The
U.S. government is the largest donor to family planning programs
around the world. But the country's backward-thinking "global gag
rule," championed by "right-to-life" opponents of abortion, is
actually likely to result in the deaths of more women.”