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THE CENTER FOR MEDICAL PROGRESS VERSUS STEM EXPRESS

Posted in PLANNED PARENTHOOD, THE CENTER FOR MEDICAL PROGRESS with tags , , , , , on 19/08/2015 by sarahbloch

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Conservatives, being powerless to overturn Roe v Wade have turned to a 20th Century gotcha tactic straight out of the playbook of 60 Minutes. The Center for Medical Progress, an ideological organization dedicated to the destruction of Planned Parenthood and an end to a woman’s right to have an abortion in the United States, has produced a series of hidden camera videos which give the impression that Planned Parenthood and a bioresearch company, Stem Express have conspired to gain fetal organs and tissue without the consent of the woman who had an abortion. While there is no definitive proof that either of these organizations have done anything criminal, the court of political opinion on the Right has already made up its mind.

Several calls have been made to defund Planned Parenthood, which receives as much as a half billion federal dollars a year, by a wide spectrum of conservative elected officials. This is a backdoor effort to continue the largest battle of the Culture Wars–one that most Progressives thought was won decades ago. But over the last ten years, the Right has redoubled its efforts to limit the access that American women have to abortions and if necessary to women’s services.

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The truly horrible part of this story is that the blood and tissue and organs harvested for medical research would lead to cures to some of the most deadly diseases affecting hundreds of millions of Human Beings. Those cures, like the health and well being of American women mean nothing to the conservatives. Those on the Right, who feel their religious beliefs must apply to all Americans because their interpretation of their religion trumps any codified secular law, have done violence against those who provide abortion services and will continue, as ISIS does to use corrupt ideas, lies and any other tool they have at their disposal to have a brief moment of bliss at bringing down yet another “progressive” institution. It is a sad commentary on the current state of American society that those trying to do what Human Beings should; extend health and well being to the masses are being made the evil enemy when the real evil enemy are those who think their ideology and religion is more important than the civil rights of nearly 170 million women.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Sarah Bloch, D.S.V.J., J.F., O.Q.H [Jur.]
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THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HATES WOMEN: TODD AKIN IS NOT FIT TO SERVE THE PEOPLE OF MISSOURI IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE

Posted in 2012 US ELECTION, ABORTION RIGHTS, AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM, AMERICANS AGAINST THE TEA PARTY, BIGOTRY, CONSERVATIVE FEAR, CONSERVATIVE HYPOCRISY, CONSERVATIVE IGNORANCE, CONSERVATIVE NEWS, CONSERVATIVE VIOLENCE, COUNTER-THEOCRACY, CRAZY MISSOURI, DIANE VALENCEN OPINIONS, DRUDGE REPORT, ERICK ERICKSON, EVOLUTION CHECK, FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL, FASCISM, FEARSPEAK, FETAL PERSONHOOD, FREEDOM, FUNDAMENTALISTS ACTING BADLY, GOP MELTDOWN, JIM HOFT, JUSTICE, MAINSTREAM MEDIA SHORT ATTENTION SPAN, MICHELE BACHMANN, MITT ROMNEY, NEOCON1, OFFICE OF THE TORTURER GENERAL, PAT BUCHANAN, POLITICS, POOR WHITE TRASH, RELIGIOUS RIGHT, ROCK THE SLUT VOTE, SEX, TEA PARTY, TEA PARTY VIOLENCE, TERRORISM, THE CANCER OF HATE, THE IGNORANT TENTH, THE MATING HABITS OF CONSERVATIVES, THE WAR ON WOMEN, THEOCRACY, VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK, WE DON'T HAVE TO MAKE THIS SHIT UP, WHITE PRIVILEGE with tags , , , , on 20/08/2012 by Diane Valencen, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H [Journ.], ArF J., M.F.

I know politicians are trained not to speak what’s really in their hearts so they don’t alienate certain blocs of voters in the coming elections. The problem with America today is two fold. First members of the US Congress are constantly running for office. Second, the average voter is terribly ill informed. This blog can nothing about the former but we can do something about the latter.

Yesterday on KTVI in an interview with Charles Jaco, Rep Todd Akin [R] MO-2 made the following statement about rape:

“Well you know, people always want to try to make that as one of those things, well how do you, how do you slice this particularly tough sort of ethical question. First of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.”

Here is the video from the Jaco Report:

As horrifying as Congressman Akin’s comment on “the fmeale body” having ways of “shutting down” conception due to rape are there is more to this statement from a man who loves his religion, of which he has no proof beyond his own belief, more than he cares for the rights of the female citizens of the State of Missouri. What I take from this is the pure lack of compassion for intelligent debate about an issue that has been in the forefront of American politics since Roe v Wade. The simple answer to this question from an intelligent person, one who was legitimately qualified to be a representative of the citizens of a state, would be “Yes, a woman who has been raped should be able to receive an abortion.” But this answer would not get you 97% ratings from the American Conbservative Union or a 100% rating from the Family Research Council. Once again old white men with arcane ideals are trying to “put women back in their place.”

I understand that Akin said these remarks were off the cuff and he has walked the comments back in a press release. That’s not enough, nor do I feel that this man who graduated from Covenant Theological Seminary in 1984 really made these remarks from anywhere near his cuff. These are his heartfelt beliefs based not on law but on his faith. Akin’s faith has no place in government when he uses it to force a victim of a crime to bear the burden of someone else’s violence to such an exponential degree as having to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term. Conservatives are always howling about living under the Constitution, however they choose when it suits them, much like how they buffet style the Bible, to live by separate rules that will assure them power over women, minorities, and the GLBTQ community. In this case they are sacrificing all women to their deity who in their eyes must see women as such a threat, and equally must see the decline in white births as such a threat, that they would openly go this far in trying to keep American women barefoot and pregnant even if that pregnancy was the result of force.

Conservative blogger Erick Erickson at Red Statehas tried this morning to make the statements of Todd Akin simply a “dumb statement” while pointing to lies told by the Right like the one by Rick Santorum during the GOP primaries that President Obama was in favor of infanticide. So even Erick Erickson is defending Todd Akin by attacking the President. What a house of mirrors politics has become in the US of A when a lie by a Republican running for office can be used to make the truth spoken by another Republican seem better. As if that’s not enough he even brings up Chappaquiddick to make his dog whistle even louder.

Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit couldn’t even go near the issue of Akin’s comments depsite his 13th century Catholic views on abortion. He chose to make it clear how much Claire McCaskill is in favor of abortion. Hoft chose Whoopi Goldberg as his beard for Akin’s comments.

America you have a clear choice between Conservative Dominionism and Progressive Freedom and you have 81 days to decide. There can be in my mind no going back to the days of white power, or male hegemony and racial lines determining a child’s future or a woman’s reproductive rights. Be informed, be connected and be at the polls this November.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Diane Valencen, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H [Journ.], ArF J., M.F.
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THE SLIPPERY SLOPE OF FETAL PERSONHOOD IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

Posted in CONSERVATIVE FEAR, CONSERVATIVE IGNORANCE, COUNTER-THEOCRACY, FEARSPEAK, FETAL PERSONHOOD, GOP MELTDOWN, HOW HELL WORKS, SEX, TEA PARTY, THEOCRACY, Uncategorized, VULCA, WHITE PRIVILEGE with tags , , , , , , , , , on 22/02/2012 by Cavalor Epthith, Esquire, D.S.V.J

I could not enjoy a late supper at Vulca last night with two of my colleagues from the paper without being interrupted and ask a legal question about Virginia’s bid to enact a fetal personhood law. The questions came like a shower of brimstone. “Would it pass federal scrutiny?” “Is it legal?” “Could fetuses enter into contracts?” And there were sillier and worse questions that I will not even go into at this time.

By the time Joy Sellinger, a junior partner at Pinchon-Davies, the legal experts retained by The Dis Brimstone Daily Pitchfork, plopped down next to Diane Valencen I looked down at my cold, half eaten leepoo cordon bleu and explained a few things. I set down my knife and fork, wiped my mouth and picked up the wine glass and drained the wonderful Medoc that had been suggested by Claudette Teroux, Vulca’s sommelier. I turned my head and cast my gaze upon Ms Sellinger and I spoke.

“What do you think the purpose of fetal personhood legislation is in the United States?”

Sellinger thought for a oment like any good trial lawyer would do and said, “To use emotion to prevent women from having abortions.”

I cocked my head to the side and replied, “Joy, stop thinking like a member of the Hellac Bar for one minute.” I leaned toward her and whispered, “The purpose is to increase a decreasing dempgraphic. That is the bigger picture. That is what all the anti-contraception law talk is about; demographic shifts which in an age of nearly universal suffrage means voting power which is legislative power that was once held firmly in the hands of a certain group. Seeing the decline in birth rates among this privileged group and the radical increase in birth rates among those who have never held the scepter of power in the United States the States, severally due to conservative turn in state legislatures of recent are trying to slow the March of Time.”

Sellinger looked at me wide eyed. I held up a hand so she would not stop my chain of thought, “Consider an undocumented worker form say, Guatemala, in the Commonwealth of Virginia who is 19 years old and becomes pregnant with twins. According to Virginia HB 1 her fetuses are now free to ‘ enjoy all the rights, privileges, and immunities available to other persons, citizens, and residents of the Commonwealth, subject only to the laws and constitutions of Virginia and the United States, precedents of the United States Supreme Court, and provisions to the contrary in the statutes of the Commonwealth.’ That is they are de jure citizens, the are the ‘Natural Unborn,’ of both the Commonwealth of Virginia and the United States of America, from the moment of conception. This then does more to tear down the hope that the ‘browning of America’ can be slowed because there is no measure that demands non brown women have more pregnancies. Conservatives who write such legislation still believe that there are more of those who think like them and that their women are still getting pregnant, but choosing to abort, and in this they are patently incorrect. If they wanted to pass a rule to increase their number they simply need to mandate that conservative women must get pregnant beofre the age of 21 and never have an abortion.”

“That would be illegal!” Sellinger snapped.

“Precisely,” I said and I picked up my plate and waived a waiter over to reheat my meal.

QWu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Cavalor Epþiþ, Esquire, O.B.R.E., O.D.A.J.[1er], O.Q.H.[Journ.], D.S.V.J., J.F.
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FOR THE RIGHT, THE DEVIL IS ALWAYS IN THE LACK OF DETAILS: PRESIDENT OBAMA’S MESSAGE ON THE 39TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ROE V WADE DECISION

Posted in ABORTION RIGHTS with tags , , on 25/01/2012 by Diane Valencen, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H [Journ.], ArF J., M.F.

I used to wince when pundits would refer to those who call themselves Conservatives as the Sheople. That was many years ago and now I firmly realize these individuals would prefer to have a half truth that justifies their worldview than to have the whole truth that makes their worldview seem at best a controlling fantasy. Many right wing blogs covered the statement issued by President Barack Obama marking the 39th anniversary of the Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision of 1973 regarding a woman’s right to choose to terminate a pregnancy by serving the President’s words in a context that made it seem callous toward American women, people of faith and of course dangerous to the unborn.

From CNS News this is what religous conservatives got for their loyalty to a false cause:

President Barack Obama says the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade is the chance to recognize the “fundamental constitutional right” to abortion and to “continue our efforts to ensure that our daughters have the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.”
The 1973 U.S. Supreme Court nationalized abortion law, prohibiting states from deciding on the matter. In his written statement, Obama acknowledged that abortion has been a divisive political issue.

Obama, while serving in the Illinois State Legislature and as president of the United States, has taken a hard line on abortion rights.

In his statement on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade ruling, Obama said it reflects the broader principles of America.

“As we mark the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we must remember that this Supreme Court decision not only protects a woman’s health and reproductive freedom, but also affirms a broader principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters,” Obama said. “I remain committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose and this fundamental constitutional right.

“While this is a sensitive and often divisive issue — no matter what our views, we must stay united in our determination to prevent unintended pregnancies, support pregnant woman and mothers, reduce the need for abortion, encourage healthy relationships, and promote adoption,” Obama said.

“And as we remember this historic anniversary, we must also continue our efforts to ensure that our daughters have the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.”

As a state lawmaker in Illinois, he voted four times against legislation to protect the life of a baby that survived a botched abortion. He voted against such legislation at the state level in 2001, 2002 and 2003.

The 2003 bill was assigned to the Illinois Senate Health and Human Services Committee, which Obama chaired at the time. It mirrored a law passed by Congress, which said nothing in federal law should be construed to undermine the Roe v. Wade ruling.

As president, Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, which would appropriate federal money toward insurance plans that pay for abortions.

On Friday, the Obama administration finalized regulations that order Americans – unless they work directly at a church – to purchase government-approved health insurance plans that cover sterilizations and contraceptives, including those that cause abortions.

Planned Parenthood also marked the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s abortion ruling by setting up a Web site “to show the world exactly what Roe has meant in the past and still means today.”

The “Since Roe” Web site invites women to add their own comments about “how Roe v. Wade has made a difference in your life.”

Jim Hoft at the Gatewaypundit simply echoes the two talking points carved out by CNS News while calling the statement sick. Blogs4Victory, the shell of its former self, does a similar hatchet job placing the raw meat out for its dwindling number of right wing readers. RedCounty took the similar tag line tack but in the end offered a jab about whether Obama would be willing to offend Muslims by issuing an Easter statement. The Anchoress does give the full message but challenges the first few sentences because the Obama Administration’s Health and Human Services Secrtary Kathleen Sebelius demands that contraception be provided for religious groups including hospitals and charities that employ a certain number of people in their health care insurance. Of course it is not mandatory that catholic women take contraceptives it’s just that Elizabeth Scalia doesn’t want anyone using birth control because it is against her religion. And if so many boys and girls gfo unborn who will the priests rape?! Do you see now how silly this great idea of combining religion with race and guns nearly 700 years ago has turned out? Sure Western Civilization has done many cool things but it has also carved out a niche of backward thinking stubbornness that cannot be excised in any simple or painless way.

Here is the full text of President Obama’s statement:


“As we mark the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we must remember that this Supreme Court decision not only protects a woman’s health and reproductive freedom, but also affirms a broader principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters. I remain committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose and this fundamental constitutional right. While this is a sensitive and often divisive issue, no matter what our views, we must stay united in our determination to prevent unintended pregnancies, support pregnant women and mothers, reduce the need for abortion, encourage healthy relationships, and promote adoption. And as we remember this historic anniversary, we must also continue our efforts to ensure that our daughters have the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities as our sons to fulfill our dreams.”

Clearly, this is a different statement, a positive one, when compared to what the right wing media megaphone has to say.

Qu’ul cuda pradex nihil!

Diane Valencen, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H [Journ.], ArF J., M.F.
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