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Throwback Thursday-Cheaper by the Dozen (1950)

Our families are at the core of our societies. It is not a stretch to say that stories about families continue to appeal to us generation after generation.

Cheaper by the Dozen premiered in 1950. Based on the book of the same name, the film starred Clifton Webb and Myrna Loy, the film told the story of the Gilbreth family and their brood of 12 children. Living in Montclair, New Jersey in the early 20th century, parents Frank Sr. and Lillian both work as engineers. Their professional training extends to their home life, as everything is done to maximum efficiency. But this is starting not to sit well with their older daughters, who are eager to stretch their wings outside of the family nest.

There are certain movies from this period that modern audiences go back to again and again because they have a timeless quality to them. In a sense, this movie is timeless, but there are scenes that are definitely showing the film’s age.

Do I recommend it? Maybe. As much as I adore some movies from the ’50s, this film is not one of my favorites.

By the way, the movie was remade in 2003 starring Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt. It is as bad as one might expect it to be.

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Abortion is an Essential Procedure

During a normal period, abortion is a topic that is nothing if divisive.

But as the corona-virus continues it’s path of destruction across the country and across the world, some anti-abortion politicians and activists took advantage of the lack of a spotlight. In Texas, abortion was labelled as a non-essential medical procedure.

Abortion is an essential procedure. The fact that we are living through a pandemic does not take away a woman’s right to choose. In fact, it is more important than ever that our rights are upheld and not shoved aside due to a crisis.

Shame on those who would take advantage of our current situation to push their agenda. Now is not the time. When we have returned to normal, then we can return to business as usual.

But until then, we cannot allow special interests to use this crisis to their advantage.

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Thoughts On Sex Ed for Senators

Logic states that when a major decision needs to be made, one completes research and gathers all of the facts before making said decision. Unfortunately, politics and logic don’t always go hand in hand.

In the wake of the Alabama abortion bill and the various fetal heartbeat bill that have passed in other states, I hope that the lawmakers consulted with anyone in the medical community or at least have someone on their staff check on the Internet before signing the bills into law. But hope often springs eternal.

The scary part of these bills is that these lawmakers are putting the lives of America’s women and girls in danger without blinking an eye. If they really cared about us, they would in the very least, speak to a medical professional or ask one of their staff to make sure that they have the right information. But they didn’t and because of that, who knows how many lives could be at stake?

Thank you, Samantha Bee for speaking the truth. If only we could all do the same.

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Thoughts On the Alabama Abortion Bill

Anyone who knows me (or at least has read this blog regularly), knows that my political views are pretty liberal. It’s therefore not hard to imagine that politically, Pat Robertson and I standard very far apart when it comes to politics and other sensitive subjects.

I was surprised to read that he is against the new Alabama abortion bill, stating that lawmakers have gone too far. If Pat Robertson is against this law, that says something.

The thing that strikes me about abortion laws is that they are used by men to control women’s bodies, but men’s bodies are never controlled by women or other men. This idea of a man controlling a woman’s body goes back to the not too distant past when a woman was chattel to her father, husband or other nearest male relative. There are some men (and some women) who still believe that a man has the right to control a woman’s bodies.

The only out that a doctor may have for not potentially going to jail for 99 years is if the abortion is determined to be medically necessary. There is no out for a woman who is raped or whose pregnancy is caused by incest.

The irony of this law is that it was signed by Alabama’s female governor, Kay Ivey (R-Alabama). According to the news report, the lawmakers who supported and signed the bill hope to us it as an avenue to eventually challenge Roe V. Wade in the Supreme Court.

While I respect that those who are pro-life have the right to the opinion, I think that if one is pro-life, why not focus on the children who are already living? There are so many children who are growing up in less then ideal conditions, why not focus your time and energy on those children?

I wish that in 2019, the issue of abortion and the government intervening on woman’s choice on whether or not have an abortion did not exist. But it still does and until the issue does not exist, I an and many others will continue to fight.

P.S. It takes two to tango and two to conceive a child. If these male lawmakers are so concerned about abortion, perhaps they should be making sure that the snakes are kept in the cages or condoms should be made readily available to prevent an unwanted pregnancy and a possible future abortion.

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Thoughts On the Fetal Heartbeat Bill

We all recognize that life is precious, especially the lives of our children. The problem is that we do not recognize or remember that our children grow within their mother’s bodies and it is the mother who is as important in the process as the fetus that is growing inside of her.

Yesterday, Governor Brian Kemp (R-Georgia), signed the Fetal Heartbeat Bill. In layman’s terms, abortion is allowed until a heartbeat of a fetus is detected. The problem is that that a heartbeat is detected within five to six weeks of pregnancy, when many women may not be aware that they are pregnant.

Without directly saying so, Governor Kemp has signed a law that bans all abortions.

I don’t know if the Governor or his team consulted with any doctors, but my heart of hearts tells me with that this is wrong. A woman’s right to choose is an unalienable right. The problem is that many still believe that a woman does not have the right to choose how to live her life (which extends to if and/or when she has a child).

While I understand the point of view of those who are pro-life, I disagree with them. If a woman has an abortion, for whatever reason she has it, that decision is between herself, her doctor, her G-d (if she belongs to a particular faith) and the father (if there is a father). Outside of that small circle, no one has the right to tell a woman what to do with her life or her future.

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Thoughts On the Potential Defunding of Planned Parenthood

Among 1st world countries, the United States ranks 50th in terms of healthcare coverage.

Last week, the US Department of Health and Human Service released its final draft to revise the final Title X rule Family Planning program. This change is designed to hurt, not help millions of Americans who rely on Planned Parenthood.

While Conservatives and those on the right obsess over abortion and Planned Parenthood’s family planning services, they overlook the fact that the organization does much more than family planning. The organization provides much-needed healthcare to those who are unable to afford to visit their local doctor.

You know who claims that he is there for the voters. But the reality is that he is there only for his base and his supporters. If he actually backed up his promises with actions and research, he and those in power who would happily defund Planned Parenthood would realize that they are hurting the voters they promised to help.

The job of a politician, regardless of whether they are representing voters on the local level or the national level, is to be responsible to all voters. This includes the voters whom they disagree with and more importantly, the voters of limited income who rely on the government when they are unable to support themselves.

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Thoughts On the Abortion Comments During the State Of The Union

During the State Of The Union on Tuesday, you know who spoke of multiple topics. He appeared to sound presidential, mature and professional, but as usual, the ten-year old schoolyard bully still made his presence known.

One the topics he spoke of was abortion.

It’s not surprising that he chose to spew lies about abortion.

While I respect my fellow citizens right to religion and speech, I cannot stand idly by while they force their world view on others who believe differently.

I want you to image the following:

You or a woman you love who is of an age to bring a child into the world (your wife, your sister, your daughter, etc) receives a heartbreaking diagnosis from her doctor partway through her pregnancy. The pregnancy is not going as expected. There are two options and neither are ideal. The first option is to end the pregnancy and try to conceive again sometime in the future. The second option is to carry the pregnancy to term knowing full well that the child, if they survive the birth, will not have an easy life.

I’m not a mother, but I can only imagine the heartache that goes with making this type of decision. The only comfort in making this heartbreaking decision is legal abortion allows the mother, if she chooses to end the pregnancy, to do so in a way that is safe and will not potentially kill her.

It’s not up the politicians (especially the male politicians) to decide when and if a woman should have an abortion. It is up to the woman, her doctor and her significant other/family.

No one should be forcing their views on others and no one (especially a man), should be telling a woman what she should be doing with her body and her life.

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Why Are We Still Fighting Over Roe V. Wade?

Today is the 46th anniversary of Roe V. Wade.

It should be a day of celebration. Instead, we are reminded that a woman’s right to control her own body and her own life is a concept that is not exactly universally understood.

While some states (including my home state of New York), have legally affirmed that women are perfectly capable of making decision in regards to their health and their future, other lawmakers in other states believe that they, not the female citizens of their state, have the right to control a woman’s health and future.

The way I see it, it comes down to the fact that for most of human history, women have been seen as less than men. They had no control over the bodies, the health or their lives. This idea that a woman is perfectly able to decide if and/or when to have a child, to take control of her own destiny is an idea that is relatively new to human beings. When an idea is new, it is often considered to be radical, dangerous or just plain weird.

The good thing is that times are changing. Slowly but surely, women and men are waking up. A woman’s right to choose is essential for her future and no lawmaker, male or female, has the right to take that away from her.

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Michelle Wolf Speaks Truth To Power

With the announcement of the retirement of Justice Kennedy two weeks ago, one of the questions with his upcoming retirement was if Roe V. Wade would remain as is or be dissolved.

In a recent episode of Michelle Wolf’s Netflix series, The Break With Michelle Wolf,  not only does she lay out the hypocrisy of the pro-life moment, but she also points out that the pro-life movement is anti-women.

Is abortion a choice? Not always. Sometimes aborting a pregnancy is the only way to save the mother’s life or prevent a child from not living a full life because of one or more potential disabilities.

The fact is that for many generations, women did not have choices like men did. We were supposed to marry, bear children and keep a home. That was it.

From my perspective, the feminist movement comes down to one word: choice. Whether it reproductive choices, career choices or any other choices that women make to take control of their own destinies, there are still far too many people (both men and women) who would prefer that women stay in our little boxes and not ask question about why we cannot make our own decisions about how to live.

 

 

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Thought On The Irish Abortion Referendum

When one thinks of Ireland, forward thinking and progressive is not usually the description that comes to mind.

Last week, the Irish government placed a referendum in front of the citizens. Should the current abortion laws, which only allowed for the procedure when the mother’s life was at risk be overturned or kept as is?

66% of the voting public voted for the law to be overturned.

The fact that 2/3rds of the Irish voters voted for the measure gives me hope. It gives me hope that one day, US voters will do the same. They will trust American women, the spouses/partners and their doctors to make a decision that is at its core a personal one.

From my perspective, those who want to ban or limit abortions do so because they have yet to see women as full-fledged human beings who have the capacity to make their own decisions. While faith and religious observance play a part in on how one might feel about abortion, when it comes down to it, in 2018, are women viewed as intelligent, rational creatures who have the ability to make decisions about their future or are they still viewed as second class citizens who need a man’s guiding hand on all decisions?

 

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