posts tagged "war on women"
Todd Akin thinks doctors perform abortions on women who aren’t actually pregnant
In a 2008 Speech, Todd Akin Said Doctors Give Abortions to Women ‘Who Are Not Actually Pregnant’.
It turns out that Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment might not be the most inaccurate and stupid statement of the Missouri Representative’s career. In a 2008 speech on the House floor, Rep. Akin said (emphasis mine):
“You find that along with the culture of death go all kinds of other law-breaking: Not following good sanitary procedure, giving abortions to women who are not actually pregnant, cheating on taxes, all these kinds of things.”
“All of these things are common practice,” Akin continued, “but all of that information is available for America.”
Just think about that for a second. “Abortions to women who are not actually pregnant.” Absolutely mindboggling.
He also compared abortion to slavery.
“There will be a day - just as there is today, where people say, ‘Who would ever support slavery?’” Akin said. “In the future, there will be a day when men will say, ‘Who would have ever supported something so un-American as abortion?”
Physicians, both as individuals and as a profession, should stand with their patients. They should make it clear that they will not perform procedures, such as ultrasound examinations, unless they are medically indicated and desired by their patients. And they should refuse to provide inaccurate information about the consequences of abortion, or to follow any other prepared script in counseling their patients, particularly when it involves treating women like children.
Such acts of civil disobedience by individual doctors should be only the starting point. The profession as a whole, as represented by its professional organizations, needs to become involved, so that physicians are not left to fend for themselves.
It is time for the American Medical Association and, particularly, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to take a public position on behalf of the patients they are pledged to serve, and to support their members in doing so.
I actually agree with this except in cases of rape I think the government should pay. BUT…it might have a rebound effect of some girls thinking they can pin their careless actions on guys who are truly innocent and consent was given. Really though if you don’t want the government regulating anyone’s sexual function…don’t have them pay for your stuff. Now with that said…I know someone will bring up meds. Meds and birth control are two differ things. Don’t try to blend them because you can’t.
KBURD. Get comfy while I explain to you why your argument is bullshit.
When Sandra Fluke talked about the use of birth control, she was referring to it as a doctor’s prescription for hormonal treatments used as a medical aid. Contraceptives deal with a wide range of health problems, rather than just a form of preventing childbirth.
Also, you decide for me whether this usage of birth control constitutes as being a ‘slut’ in your terms:
“Contraception when it first became available was a revolution in this country,” said Fluke. “It allowed women to enter employment and educational opportunities that had previously not been accessible because they were unable to control their reproduction in the same way. I just cannot imagine rolling back the clock on that progress.”
Did you think she was referring to JUST having children? Here’s what birth control- progestogen treatments, specifically- can ALSO be used to treat:
- Abnormal uterine bleeding
- Amenhorrea (absence of periods)
- Breast, uterine or kidney cancer
- Loss of appetite and weight due to AIDS and cancerIn fact, if memory serves me, she was speaking for a friend of hers who actually does suffer an adverse health condition and needs birth control to treat it. If birth control is outlawed, guess what, they could no longer treat this condition, and she, along with the millions and millions of other women who need this birth control to survive, will suffer, and in alot of cases die.She is speaking in favor of birth control usage so that the women can live long enough and be healthy and active enough to contribute to their communities without any of these conditions to interfere with their lifestyles.And if you want the government to stay out of your bedroom, well, maybe you should talk to them about illegalizing Viagra too. That’s still covered by medical insurance, you can go take that up with them, too.So yeah. You’re wrong. Please, feel free to educate yourself on what the issue of birth control really entails before going around talking about sexual lives and promiscuity of other women (which, might I add, is none of your business to begin with).
I’ll add to this.
When we say that we want the government to stay out of our uterus, we mean that we don’t want the government to dictate for us what we can and cannot do with it. These are completely separate issues with the second being a demand for EQUAL health care coverage. Women generally pay 50-100% more than men for the same health care AND we don’t have something as basic as contraception covered with many insurance companies. I don’t want my senators (Rand Paul AND Mitch McConnell…) to come personally hand me my birth control pack every month. I want them to fight the insurance companies with me and help me get equal coverage. I want to be able to afford a pap smear. The government IS trying to interfere with our health care in the opposite way by knocking out services that help us afford contraception. Someone needs to work on their reading comprehension skills, OP.
Commercial Parody of the Day: “What about my right to choose to not have a choice?”
Kate Beckinsale, Judy Greer, and Andrea Savage take aim at Republicans’ War on Women with this satirical take on the debate over reproductive rights.
(Not Safe For Work, “Get in my vagina!”)
Love it, Dr. Walton. Love it. I’d call to thank you, but I rather think your phone is busy. On Saturday, we had our first visitor to the new house (Jocelyn, of course) and my first political freak-out, which consisted of me briefly yelling (then mercifully stopping myself) about the WAR ON WOMEN’S HEALTH.
In Sunday’s New York Times
“Smart strong women are coming after you”
I need that on a bumper sticker.
This. This is what I’ve been feeling so much lately.
1 Year Anniversary of Texas Ultrasound Law
In light of the one year anniversary of Rick Perry signing in the Mandatory Ultrasound Law in Texas (yep…it’s almost been a year) we’re calling for a day (or two) of online action. I thought your readers might be interested!