House Bill 2613 was an attempt to give grieving families the opportunity to obtain a “certificate of birth resulting in stillbirth” rather than a certificate of death. And that’s all it was supposed to do. GOP Rep. John Doll hoped that the bill wouldn’t become embroiled in his party’s fight over abortion. But one Senate Republican couldn’t let the legislation pass without turning it into a threat against women across the state.
Instead of allowing Doll’s bill to pass untainted by anti-abortion fervor, state Senator Mary Pilcher-Cook changed it. She added language that amounts to legalizing persecution of women who have miscarriages.
According to the Topeka Capital-Journal, the amendment “extended the bill’s reach to pregnancies at any stage and added mandatory reporting requirements for miscarriages that occur at medical facilities or for the physician who sees a woman immediately following a miscarriage.”
This bill is now a tool that would allow Republicans to persecute women
In short, the bill would force doctors to report women who have a miscarriage to the state. They would have their names entered into a database that state officials could use as a tool to go on witch hunts. The privacy of these women would be violated. The nightmare scenario is that women would be investigated by the state and could be arrested and jailed for miscarriages. Such a law would undoubtedly cause many women to not seek medical attention.
Hysteria is undoubtedly the first mental disorder attributable to women, accurately described in the second millennium BC, and until Freud considered an exclusively female disease. Over 4000 years of history, this disease was considered from two perspectives: scientific and demonological. It was cured with herbs, sex or sexual abstinence, punished and purified with fire for its association with sorcery and finally, clinically studied as a disease and treated with innovative therapies. However, even at the end of 19th century, scientific innovation had still not reached some places, where the only known therapies were those proposed by Galen. During the 20th century several studies postulated the decline of hysteria amongst occidental patients (both women and men) and the escalating of this disorder in non-Western countries. The concept of hysterical neurosis is deleted with the 1980 DSM-III. The evolution of these diseases seems to be a factor linked with social “westernization”, and examining under what conditions the symptoms first became common in different societies became a priority for recent studies over risk factor.
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A human trafficking survivor joined U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) Saturday to advocate for a bill that would send the IRS after pimps and traffickers for tax evasion, and provide aid and protection to survivors.
In a news conference at the Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse, at 40 Centre St. in downtown Manhattan, Maloney was joined by sex trafficking survivor Shandra Woworuntu in talking about the Human Trafficking Fraud Enforcement Act of 2014.
The bill would give the IRS more funding and resources to target pimps and traffickers for taxable income, and give financial aid and whistleblower protections to survivors of human trafficking.
Maloney noted that Al Capone was eventually busted using tax evasion charges, and the IRS can also be used to follow the money and catch sex traffickers too.
While discussing women’s reproductive health and the government’s role in adminstering health care, a Republican state senator said he believes birth control is used by people “who don’t necessarily want to act responsibly.”
State Sen. Pete Kelly is pushing for a state-wide effort to combat and prevent fetal alcohol syndrome in Alaska by placing state-funded pregnancy test in bars, restaurants and private businesses. But when asked if he would offer the same resources for birth control, Kelly said he does not believe in increasing access to contraception because “the thinking is a little opposite.”
“Birth control is for people who don’t necessary want to act responsibly,” the lawmaker said in an interview with Anchorage Daily News. “I’m not going to tell them what to do or help them do it. That’s their business.”
When asked by the reporter if the act of using birth control itself was a responsible act, he disagreed with the notion.
“Maybe, maybe not,” Kelly replied. “That’s a level of social engineering we don’t want to get into.”
Social Engineering? —how does acknowledging the Right of Individual Choice of Parenthood become Social Engineering. I thought it only became Social Engineering when the State or a Religion mandated the use or non-use of contraception.
National Coalition of American Nuns Announces Support for Contraception Access via Obamacare - Cosmopolitan
Sister Donna Quinn, the head of NCAN, told religiondispatches.org that “it isn’t ‘faith and freedom’ when reproductive autonomy isn’t extended by the Catholic Church to women.” She added, “It isn’t freedom when a woman can be held hostage by the owner of a business.” The petition (which is extremely close to reaching its goal of 5,000 signatures) also had this to say about religious freedom: “We know that religious freedom means that each person has the right to exercise their own religious beliefs; religious freedom cannot mean that an individual or a corporation gets to impose their religious beliefs on their employees.”
The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the two cases, Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood v. Sebelius, next week. Both involve for-profit companies refusing to provide their employees with mandated coverage because the companies’ Christian owners do not believe in birth control. If that sounds stupid and terrible to you, that’s because it is.
The NCAN nuns, though, are amazing. Bravo to Sister Donna and her cohorts for taking a brave and positive stand on this issue.
Sandra Fluke, infamous victim of Rush’s self destructive “slut shaming”, is considering running for the House in California.
Of course, the mainstream right’s base reacted exactly how you would expect them too - they lost their goddamned minds and spouted hate filled, bigoted memes, most of which have no basis in reality and are disgustingly offensive to everyone not themselves. Of course:
(EDIT: I’ve tried to pick out some of the least offensive and insane quotes from the article, which already picked out some of the least insane and over the top, misogynistic comments from the cesspool that are the mainstream right’s comments pages. However, I’ll use a phrase I absolutely hate and give a Trigger Warning for the below and linked articles.)
amerisad: Another sl u tty politician is just what California needs.
imspartacus: They have Abortion Barbie in Texas, now Condom Barbie in Kaliforinia. The dumocrap party is doing so well. LMAO
Tommie: When will she have time? She will be exhausted. The Navy’s 7th fleet can keep her occupied.
SKinGN: She will be running as the standard bearer for the Slut Party
joeblow: It’s a fluke anybody cares about this dopey broad. Also, why do lesbos need birth control?
SandyH20: This slut and Abortion Barbie in Texas think women are nothing more than vagina’s that others are responsible for caring for!
The GOP’s base wants a war on women, so much that some of them are actively talking about repealing the 19th Amendment. They are trapped in this spiral of stupidity, ignorance, and hate, conditioned to respond to anything with rage and disgust, no matter how trivial… and how made up the trigger.
And worse, the saner heads can’t steer the ship — Fox News, NewsMax, and a host of other professional grifters make so much money off this manufactured outrage that they simply cannot abide anything but the most extreme personalities in the party. We’re literally 2 or 3 election cycles from seeing the GOP become a minor, regional party in America at this point — if Texas flips blue or even heavy purple, it’s game over.
In other words… how’s that rebranding working out for you, GOP?
Thanks to harsh new abortion restrictions in place in Ohio, doctors are warning that they can’t provide the best care for their patients — and sometimes, women are being forced to carry nonviable fetuses to term against the recommendations of medical professionals.
Last year, Ohio enacted several new laws that further regulate the way that doctors are allowed to practice. Abortion doctors are now required to obtain transfer agreements with local hospitals, an unnecessary requirement that is forcing clinics out of business. And doctors are prohibited from performing abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy unless the fetus is nonviable; by 24 weeks, abortion is outlawed altogether.
Since the new law doesn’t adequately distinguish between elective abortions and medically necessary abortions, doctors warn that it’s forcing them to withhold critical health services from their patients. Sometimes, serious fetal abnormalities aren’t evident until women are past the legal limit for termination. Thanks to Ohio’s new law, however, doctors’ hands are tied when they encounter those situations.
Dr. Jason Melillo, an OB-GYN who does not perform elective abortions because he is religiously opposed to the procedure, told the Columbus Dispatch that he will still refer patients to abortion services if it’s medically necessary. For instance, he had a recent patient who discovered that her fetus had a fatal chromosome condition, and he recommended that she should terminate to avoid the risk of future complications. But it was too late.
“By this point she was 27 weeks. The doctors were saying they can’t do it. There wasn’t even a medical debate about it. Everyone agreed she shouldn’t deliver but were afraid they would run afoul of this law,” Melillo explained. “What if she gets a blood clot? What if she needs a cesarean section? Now you’re putting this woman through risky medical procedures for no good reason.”
“Nobody likes to end a pregnancy for a fetal problem. But it’s worse to leave a patient without medical care because doctors are afraid of violating the law,” he continued.
Jennifer Roback Morse of the Ruth Institute - a former wing the National Organization for Marriage dedicated to “making marriage cool” - is preparing for a conference this month that will bring together “victims” of the sexual revolution. She discussed the event in an interview with the National Catholic Register yesterday, in which she claimed that the sexual revolution is a “totalitarian” movement pushed by “hipsters” and “radical feminists” that victimizes professional women who build their lives “around the lies.”
As an example of this “totalitarianism,” Morse points to the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage mandate, which she claims is a government effort to ” control people’s behavior and even people’s thoughts.” By requiring that insurance plans cover contraception, Morse argues, the government is” stifling dissent by essentially saying: ‘This society will be built around contraception, and there will be no dissent from that.’”
Which groups have been pushing this sexual revolution?
A mix of people have promoted it: population controllers (who think there are too many poor people); hipsters (who just want to be libertines); radical feminists who think babies are keeping women from being “equal.” All these groups have one thing in common: They’re controlled by elites, people who want to re-create the world in their own image.
The sexual revolution promised freedom and fun. Yet you say it was — and is — a totalitarian movement. Why?
Because its goal — to separate sex from reproduction and both from marriage — is impossible. When men and women have sex, babies have a way of appearing. So the government has to step in and control people’s behavior and even people’s thoughts about what’s possible, desirable and realistic. The HHS mandate is just one example of the government stifling dissent by essentially saying: “This society will be built around contraception, and there will be no dissent from that.” That’s one example of totalitarianism coming straight from the government and literally shutting down people who disagree.
- See more at: rightwingwatch.org
Christian Post contributed Larry Tomczak is upset that First Lady Michelle Obama is a fan of Beyoncé, who has increasingly come under fire from Religious Right activists.
Tomczak writes in an op-ed that the first lady should distance herself from the singer because, he suggests, Beyoncé’s music will “lead naive young girls on a dangerous path that could lead some even into sex trafficking” and ultimately “abuse, abortions and abasement-sometimes death.”
This past weekend, the first lady turned 50. Prior to a star-studded White House party, ABC News offered “50 Ways to Honor Michelle Obama on Her Birthday.” First on the list: “Dance to Beyoncé!”
Michelle Obama and pop music’s No. 1 female megastar are BFF (best friends forever). Michelle extols her as a “true role model for children” and thanks her publicly for “being a role model who kids everywhere can look up to.”
Having two daughters as Mrs. Obama does, I humbly submit that this singer’s persona and music are harmful-not helpful-for emerging young ladies across America.
- See more at: rightwingwatch.org
The fact that there has to be training in not saying idiotic things (which comes from believing idiotic things, but that’s another story) speaks volumes about where the Republican Party is today.
It’s more than making sure Todd Akin doesn’t rear his ugly head again. It’s about leap frogging 20 or 21 centuries.
A GOP aide told Politico that the NRCC held “multiple sessions” with incumbents’ aides on messaging in races where the challenger is a woman. By Politico’s count, at least 10 male GOP incumbents in the House of Representatives face Democratic women challengers in the 2014 midterm elections.
House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) top aides also held a meeting with GOP staff to discuss how legislators should talk to female constituents, although a Republican staffer who attended the meeting told Politico that “some of these guys have a lot to learn”
In other news, water is wet.