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The image of five religious male officials testifying on women's health perfectly frames the assault on women's health. It is men dictating to women and deciding what's best. It is a particular religious view of conception imposing itself on women's health. And it needs to stop.
How long will it take for women to be free to control their own bodies? How long will it take before government backs out of bedrooms? How long will it take before women rise up and fight the assaults on their freedoms? History and 2011's increase in reproductive restrictions do not present reassuring answers to these questions.
During the Iranian Hostage Crisis a ticker ran with the days the hostages had been held, in NY there is a ticker with the national debt soaring upward, and on the Guttmacher Institute web pages there is a list of the ever-growing anti-abortion legislation that is being considered.
Yesterday I boarded a 6:00 am train from Newark to DC to attend the Pro-choice Advocacy Day. I eagerly looked around for placards, buttons, t-shirts, or groups of women and men who were on a mission. Instead I saw briefcases and business suits.
As the politics of 2011 unfold, the Republican Party elected to focus on building jobs and growing the economy has, like stage magician waving their wand to distract the audience, instead focused on attacking women’s rights. Clearly, this is not a new agenda for socially conservative advocates but why this intensity? Why now when our economic recovery is fragile and unemployment is still very high? Then it struck me--18,000,000 cracks.
I am confused about how to find the check-off box on the Federal Income Tax form that designates where you want your tax dollars to be spent. I actually have spent some time looking for it and cannot find the box to check off my preferences. It must be there as the recent onslaught of anti-abortion bill sponsors are loudly proclaiming that tax dollars should not be used for abortions and that tax payers object to paying for them.
In the days leading to the November mid-term elections, the highly charged issues were government intervention in health care (ObamaCare), the soaring fiscal debt and the lack of jobs. Republicans promised that their first priorities were jobs, jobs and jobs. Next they would tackle health care by introducing a better plan for Americans. In the time that they have been in office, the only decisive action is ---- against women.
Tomorrow is the 38th anniversary of Roe vs Wade becoming law of land. And it is still being debated as if the Supreme Court had not ruled and as if it were still up to states and the US legislatures to take away a woman's basic right to own her body.
The first urgent business for the incoming 112th Congress was supposed to be a call to repeal the health care bill. Proclaiming a mandate, newly elected Congressional members and incumbents were on message about ObamaCare and what the American people want. They decried the mandatory purchase of health insurance and the penalty for refusing to do so. While they focused on the "will of the people," they were very busy planning the will of the conservatives to enact new, highly restrictive abortion laws.
The countdown for the 112th Congress to convene is 3 days away. In listening to the rhetoric on the airwaves, it appears the country is poised to become a conservative orderly society for the wealthy, the business community and the anti-choice forces. The Republicans are threatening to enforce their mandate, which they proclaim is to roll back "Obama Care," cut spending and read the Constitution on the first day in session.
Ho, ho, Merry Christmas to all. The past few days the Lame-Duck Congress has given out gifts to the American public. In the realm of who is naughty and who is nice, it is clear that women fall into the ranks of the naughty.
In Sunday's New York Times, buried on page 34A, Robert Pear outlines what we can expect with Representative Joe Pitts as chair of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health. Pitts' path is a straight line to denying women their fundamental rights. He wants to get rid of a woman's right to make her own determinations about her health and reproductive life.
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