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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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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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Brett Kavanaugh Should NOT Be Confirmed For The Supreme Court

Despite his Presidential shortcomings, you know who is not as dumb as he sometimes appears to be. He knows enough to know that if Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed as the next Supreme Court Judge, his legacy will be cemented for decades, if not generations to come, regardless of how long he is in office.

Brett Kavanaugh should NOT be confirmed for the Supreme Court. Below are the reasons why:

  1. Judge Kavanaugh would potentially gut the ACA and Roe V. Wade, in addition to cutting back on the hard-won Civil Rights that citizens of color have been fighting for for generations.
  2. Judge Kavanaugh could nullify any charges that are brought against you know who, if he is indicted while still in office.
  3. Judge Kavanaugh is another white hetero Christian male. Just what this country needs in a position of political power.
  4. Judge Kavanaugh believes that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is unconstitutional. Millions of Americans would be defrauded out of their hard-earned money by financial institutions if  this important branch of government is rendered toothless.
  5. Judge Kavanaugh turned his back on one of the fathers of the victims of the Parkland shooting who went up to introduce himself after the hearing.
  6. There are thousands upon thousands of pages missing from Judge Kavanaugh’s record. How is the committee supposed to prepare for the hearing and then make a decision if they do not have all of the facts in front of them?

Only time will tell if Brett Kavanaugh ascends to the highest court in the land. My hope (faint as it is) is that he will not be confirmed But, considering the state of American politics these days, I wouldn’t be surprised if he was confirmed.

P.S. Am I the only one who finds it hypocritical that while Republicans were adamant about not confirming Merrick Garland until the 2016 election, but they are rushing the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh before the 2018 Midterms Elections?

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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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Ladies, We MUST Vote In November

With the mid-term elections coming up in November, it is crucial that Americans vote. Especially women voters.

Vice President Mike Pence had stated and continues to state that he believes that abortion would end in our lifetime. This statement is exactly why every voter, especially every female voter who is over 18, should find a way to get to their local polling station in November.

Undoing Roe V. Wade would force American women back to a time where a woman had thee choices:

  • Back alley abortions which are unsafe and could lead to death.
  • Carry the pregnancy to full term and be the best mother they could be under the circumstances.
  • Carry the pregnancy to full term and give the child up for adoption, hoping that they will be adopted by loving and supportive parents.

The fact is that abortion and the right to a legal and safe abortion is more than the physical act itself. It is a woman saying that she is living on her terms and will not kowtow to the idea that she is there simply to be a man’s sexual playing/cook/housekeeper/baby maker/daycare worker.

We are not going backwards, we are going forwards. The strides that American women have made are to be celebrated. While we celebrate our achievements, we must also remember that there is still much to be fought for. Voting is the easiest way to fight and to make sure that those in power hear our voices.

Ladies, we must all go to the ballot box in November. If you are over 18 and not registered to vote, please register.  If you are over 18 and already a registered voter, please, I implore you, please vote. If not for yourself, for the girls too young to vote and for the girls not yet born. Their future and our future depends on it.

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Earth To Tony Tinderholt

Tony Tinderholt is a Republican member House Of Representatives from Texas.

He also wants to not only throw women in jail who have had abortions, but he wants to take away their voting rights.

This man makes my skin crawl. Not only does he want to set us back to pre Roe V. Wade days, he also wants to take us back to the 19th century.

What he forgets (and so does everyone else who is anti-abortion), is that sex, whether for pleasure or for procreation requires two people. If a couple has sex without protection, finds themselves pregnant and the woman chooses to have an abortion, why must only the woman suffer? It was the man’s sperm that met the woman’s egg, therefore he must suffer the consequences as well. While Mr. Tinderholt also proposes in the law to punish men whose partners/spouses have had abortions, he still needs to get his head out of the clouds.

Would he deny an abortion to a sixteen year old who stupidly had sex without protection and whose life will be forever changed if she chooses to become a mother? Would he really add another case to child services workload by forcing a mother who is already financially strapped and relies on government assistance to get by? Would he be so cold to force a rape or incest victim to carry her attacker’s child and raise it as if it as if the child came out a healthy, loving relationship?

This mas has no heart and needs to come back to Earth.

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Thoughts On The Roe V. Wade Anniversary

Throughout most of history, abortion has been unsafe and illegal, if not also considered to be immoral.

45 years ago today, history changed. Roe V. Wade ratified into law, making abortions not just legal, but allowing them to be done in a way that does not cause long-term harm to the women who were seeking abortions.

Then, as now, Roe V. Wade is a victory. It is a victory over the idea that women do not have complete autonomy over their bodies and their fate. Unfortunately, there are far too many who want to pull us back to the dark ages where abortion was unsafe and illegal.

While I understand freedom of speech and religion, no government has the right to tell its female citizens how to live. Nor can it restrict vital health services, especially to women who do not have the financial luxury of seeing a doctor regularly.

What it essentially boils down to is control over women. For eons upon eons, we have been silent, because we had no voice. Now we have a voice and we will use it.

I will end this post with a question to the male lawmakers who would gleefully overturn Roe V. Wade: If your teenage daughter found out that she was pregnant, why would you deny her the right to an abortion, knowing her age and that her life would forever changed by this pregnancy? If your sister was pregnant and the doctors determined that if the pregnancy went through full term, it would possibly kill your sister, would you still deny her the right to an abortion? Or would you let her possibly die on a principle?

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Donald Trump, Again….But This Time On Abortion

Here we go again, another blog post about Donald Trump and why he is should not be taking the oath of office next January. But it must be done.

This time, it is about a topic that should be a private decision, but unfortunately, it is not: abortion.

First he says that women who have abortions should be punished. Then he says that it is not the woman who should be punished, but the medical professional who performed the abortion should be held legally responsible for the abortion.

First of all, when your President, once you make a decision and/or statement, there is no recanting or going back. You stick to your guns.

Secondly, this man not only is on his third marriage, but he has daughters and granddaughters. Let me offer this scenario: Donald Trump is elected President Of The United States (perish the thought, I know, but go with me for this, please) and he signs legislation on a bill that would not only nullify  Roe V. Wade, but it would also send women and/or their doctors to jail for performing abortions.

Let’s say that a woman of child-birthing age within his personal circle is pregnant, but the doctors have determined that if the pregnancy continues to full term, they could not say with 100% certainty that the mother and/or the child will survive the birth. They abort the pregnancy to allow the woman to have other children in the future. The woman and/or her doctors are arrested and forced to stand trial for saving the life of the mother and any future children she may have.

If this is the future of our country, then I am more than a little scared.

I’m going to end this post with a video from the 2008 election, because it just as relevant today as it was then.

And the Republications wonder why 55% of female voters are voting for Hillary Clinton.

Enjoy your weekend.

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I Don’t Get It

I am not a parent myself, but I imagine that it is the most difficult and gratifying job that anyone would dare to take on.

I have a friend who is trying to get pregnant. She and her husband have been together for a number of years. Due to several complications which I will not further disclose for privacy’s sake, I will only say that they have struggled to get pregnant. It has been a test of faith and courage not just for them, but for the entire family.

Then there are women like Brittany Cherokee Dawn Bell. Three months ago, Ms. Bell gave birth to beautiful baby girl. Now the child is dead and her mother, who has two older children, has been charged with neglect. Her bail was set at a paltry $10,000.

Condoms were invented for a reason. Birth control was invented for a reason.  Roe V. Wade is still legal for a reason. It is legal to drop an infant at a hospital, a fire house or at a police station and not be accused of neglecting the child. It’s called the Safe Haven law.

It’s very simple. If you are unable or not ready to care for the child, you have options.

But Ms. Bell clearly did not think about her options. Now she is in jail, her youngest daughter is dead and her older children may spend the rest of their childhood under the care of the government.

I don’t get it.

 

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