On Wednesday's show, Rush Limbaugh used an online ad campaign to dust off his misogynistic attack on Sandra Fluke. The ads attempt to attract young people to Obamacare by, in Limbaugh's view, promising fellatio. Read more
As a baby boomer, I grew up in an era where the only women who had access to safe abortions were the wealthy. They could fly somewhere and have it done and be back home before anyone knew they were gone. Women who did not have wealth were forced to use less safe methods to abort the fetus.
PBS has aired the show, Call the Midwife, for two seasons now. Watching that show, I have become a strong supporter of abortion rights. Please understand that I am not an advocate for abortions per se. Abortions are only one option that must remain available for all women.
If you want to see what life was like for women and their families before contraception and abortion was available to women, then you should watch this program. It is horrifying to watch. Yes, I know that abortions are horrifying too. But, so is cancer and stroke and kidney failure. Read more
Abraham Lincoln once said, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Well, in November of 2002 the people of Massachusetts gave a businessman named Mitt Romney political power. And, of course, Mr. Romney is now seeking even greater political power, truly awesome power, power that provides, as Abraham Lincoln found out, an awesome test of a man’s (or possibly someday a woman’s) character. (Indeed, by many accounts Mr. Romney began his quest for the presidency about halfway through his term as governor of Massachusetts, or 8 years ago.) Read more
Ave Maria University campus
"White House Leading Attack on Religious Liberty" was the title of an article by Jim Towey, President of Ave Maria University, a Catholic liberal arts college located just south of Immokalee, Florida. The article appeared in the Tampa Bay Times (formerly the St. Petersburg Times) last Saturday.
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I must tell you; even though I’m a liberal I do not support abortion. I’ll be clear; I don’t support the criminalization of abortion or even for government to get involved with abortion. What I do support is the government helping to end abortion in a way that will not compromise the rights of women and does not enforce edicts upon the physicians who perform abortions.
Government can create programs that can help women make better choices and find ways to make it much less expensive to adopt children.
I don’t believe government at any time should enforce laws upon women who find themselves in a bad situation but instead find ways to keep women from finding themselves in that bad situation. Read more
Last week, the House of Representatives approved an amendment to a 2013 spending bill that would prohibit the National Science Foundation from devoting any of its budget to its political science program, which, according to Inside Higher Ed, allocated around $11 million in peer-reviewed grants this year. The amendment was the brainchild of Congressman Jeff Flake of Arizona, who objected to NSF funding studies that “might satisfy the curiosities of a few academics” without benefiting society. Read more
The chairman of the Republican National Convention Reince Priebus recently compared women to caterpillars when he was confronted by Al Hunt on Bloomberg TV that polls show a huge margin among women for Democrats. Mr. Priebus Responded by saying: Read more
The candidates who are still in the race to win the Republican nomination are an interesting bunch. It might be interesting to wonder who the most likely would be to: Read more
After the midterm 2010 election when Republicans gained control of several state houses and governor seats, they began working on legislation; not to create jobs for the unemployed as many of their campaigns promised, but to introduce new abortion restriction laws and contraception laws, pass legislation to limit the power of unions, passed legislation to take bargaining rights away from public workers, and to restrict voting rights of poor people by passing Voter ID laws and putting more restrictions on voter registration and early voting, and legislation to give more tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires. Read more
In other words, it’ll be a perfect world for Rick Santorum and those who are like him but the rest of us will not be so free.
Maybe someone should explain to Mr. Santorum that though he doesn’t like something or certain people for whatever reason – because he finds it or them immoral or he feels it’s against his religious beliefs –doesn’t mean the rest of us should follow his lead. Read more
Among the many promises from the GOP candidates, Gingrich’s “grandiose” promise to make gas $2.50 didn’t resonate with southern voters as a result of the Mississippi and Alabama–and Hawaii–primaries. Santorum took Alabama with xx percent and Romney took Mississippi with xx percent.
A third of Tea Party (a big deal!) voters went for Santorum and women voters faired the same. The unapologetic social conservative defied the Left who predicted his focus on reproductive health would turn women away. Read more
In a debate on the floor of the Georgia State house over a bill to force women to bring all pregnancies after 20 weeks to term, even in cases of dead or non-viable fetus, this Georgia representative reaches a new low. State Rep Terry England seems to be suggesting pigs and cows do it, why can't humans?
Rep. Terry England compares women to cows, pigs and chickens. from Bryan Long on Vimeo. Read more
If this was Putin’s Russia or many of the countries that are being ruled by dictators or regimes that are determined to stay in power, even if it means cheating the voting system in those countries, Voter ID laws would make a lot of sense. But, we’re not one of those countries. Our voting system is a very accurate system compared to other countries systems and especially to those countries ruled by dictators, if there is a vote at all. Read more
Back in the year 2000 the Republican Party successfully put George W. Bush in as their president but that was after a debacle in Florida that ended up questioning the legitimacy of the winner of that presidential election, and that was because the United States Supreme Court ended up choosing the eventual winner of that race, not the American people. In actuality, Al Gore won the majority of the vote and even Florida but the process to figure that out was stopped by the five justices in that court. Read more
I’m pinching myself to be sure I’m actually not dreaming as I watch the Republican Party hand over the 2012 election to us Democrats.
Back in 2010, Republicans took over the U.S. House of Representatives and state houses across the country. They did this on a platform of providing jobs and opposition to the new law on the books; the Affordable Care Act. But nowhere was there any talk about social issues, such as abortion and especially not contraception. Yet here we are; Republicans are introducing and passing laws all across the country to block abortions and funding for contraception for women – it would seem they had a secret agenda that they predetermined wouldn’t help them get elected. Read more