Neither can we, my badass friend. Neither can we.
That last one though.
(Also, “Proud of Texas, Ashamed of Rick Perry” is a better descriptor for being from Texas than anyone would know.)
In this country, they would support the recriminalization of abortion with the overturning of Roe v. Wade, and they would limit access to contraception and other services. But they have also promised to promote policies abroad that would affect millions of women in the world’s poorest countries, where lack of access to contraception, prenatal care and competent help at childbirth often results in serious illness and thousands of deaths yearly. And the wreckage would begin on Day 1 of a Romney administration.
“In the vast majority of states — 31 — men who father through rape are able to assert the same custody and visitation rights to their children that other fathers enjoy. When no law prohibits a rapist from exercising these rights, a woman may feel forced to bargain away her legal rights to a criminal trial in exchange for the rapist dropping the bid to have access to her child.” (via CNN)
Paul Ryan co-sponsored a national ban on contraception, on all abortion and on in vitro fertilization [See Bill Text, 112th Congress (2011-2012), H.R.212.IH]. When Paul Ryan was on Meet the Press back in February, David Gregory asked him whether the Republican Party was maybe focusing too much on contraception; maybe that might hurt them in November. Paul Ryan’s answers as to whether he was concerned about that was, No.
“The decisions that affect a woman’s health aren’t up to politicians or insurance companies they’re up to you.”—President Obama in Denver, CO today
And we’ve got to understand this is more than just about fairness. Women are the breadwinners for a lot of families, and if they’re making less than men do for the same work, families are going to have to get by for less money for childcare and tuition and rent, small businesses have fewer customers. Everybody suffers.
81% of the people quoted regarding abortion this election year in US media have been men.
Thou shalt not mess with a woman’s reproductive rights.” — Fallopians 4:28
[Courtesy Arizona Women Unite Rally April 28th, 2012]
* trigger warning for abortion *
The painful decision to terminate a pregnancy is now—thanks to Texas’ harsh new law—just the beginning of the torment.
Can I just say that I am thrilled to pieces that Texas is finally getting national attention for some of the ass-backwards legislation the Republican majority has passed here.
The art: Barbara Kruger, Untitled (No) from the “Untitled Portfolio,” 1985. I featured a JPEG of the entire portfolio on 3rd of May a few weeks ago, but I thought today’s news story (below) made for a good time to run this individual print.