Tag Archives: Anti-abortion

Anti-abortion activists are using public record laws to pry into private medical records

mississippi-abortion-rights2Well, this is new, from ProPublica. From that link:

Abortion opponents insist their tactics are generally not aimed at identifying women who have abortions but to uncover incidents involving patients who may have been harmed by poor care or underage girls who may have been sexually abused. They say they are trying to prevent situations such as the one involving Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, who was convicted in 2013 of murdering three babies after botched abortions and of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a woman.

“This is about saving the lives of women,” said Cheryl Sullenger, senior policy adviser for the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue, which is based in Wichita, Kansas. “A lot of people don’t understand that. It’s a systemic problem within the abortion industry today for abortion providers to cut corners on patient care.”

And thanks, Leftover, for the link.

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Evangelicals (my people!) are late-comers to the anti-abortion fight

imagesAs I’ve repeated over and over again, I grew up in a conservative fundamentalist church. We were considered evangelicals, and never — not once — did the topic of abortion come up in my church — not in sermons (I went to three a week), not in Sunday school, not even in those embarrassing youth group discussions that made me squirm.

Evangelicals really only came to the party after they organized against Pres. Jimmy Carter’s attempts to deny tax exemption for segregated Christian schools. Then in stepped that bloviator Jerry Falwell, aided by opportunistic Republican party operatives.

This is long, but so worth it. Progressive evangelicalism. Remember that?

And thanks, DickG., for the link.

How are you going to pass legislation that directly affects women…

…if you don’t know how their lady-parts work?Male Politician Thinks that Your Vagina and Stomach are Connected

During a recent House State Affairs Committee meeting, Idaho Rep. Vito Barbieri asked if a woman could swallow a camera so that her doctor could make diagnoses on her who-has. The hearing was on a bill that would have banned doctors from prescribing abortion-inducing medication via telemedicine. The bill was approved and now goes to the full state House.

Rep. Barbieri (bless his heart) later said the question was rhetorical. Barbieri sits on a board at a crisis pregnancy center in northern Idaho.

On second thought, I WILL write about vaginas:

No means no, but recently, when Michigan state Rep. Lisa Brown tried to speak out against a massive anti-abortion bill in her state, and a fellow legislator said her statement and the word “vagina” were offensive, and not something he’d discuss in “mixed company” (that means both the vagina-blessed, and the vagina-less, I guess).

Rep. Brown was later barred from speaking about a different bill.

So — thanks to suggestions from Meh and DickG. — we should probably come up with a legislator-friendly word for a woman’s “down-yonders” (though I could also go with “nuu-nuu”). Meh suggests “Sinful Birth Digeridoo.” You?