The latest round of republican rhetoric regarding contraception has left my head spinning. Sure, I expect the social conservatives and elements in the tea party to brush off the abortion issue every four years but the out and out open attack on contraception and Planned Parenthood was beyond my wildest imaginings. Its a horrifying thing and proof positive that freedom can not be taken for granted for so much as a minute These are issues that I thought were settled either before I was born or shortly thereafter - nearly 50 years ago!
It truly is astounding to realize that those who are screaming wild-eyed under the banner of “freedom” from the health care insurance requirement seem to think it is perfectly acceptable to deny access to basic contraceptive methods. They aren’t flying the flag of freedom, they are promoting theocracy.
If there was ever a compelling reason to vote for Obama and the democrats it is the knowledge of what the far-right wing would do to us should they gain power in the House, Senate as well as the Presidency. In the words of Thomas Frank in his new book “Pity the Billionaire”.
The scenario that should concern us most is what will happen when the new, more ideologically concentrated Right gets their hands on the rest of the machinery of government. They are the same old wrecking crew as their predecessors…..but now there is a swaggering, an in your face brazenness to their sabotage.
Although Frank was making primary reference to economic policy, the same holds for women’s health issues.
The video below is amazing and expresses the very real issues and lives that are on the line in this budget and this election cycle. I want to thank Karen Anne Stone for blogging about this issue on her blog Women’s Health Care: Will We Be Denied? The video she found is stunning in how it gets to the core of this issue. I’m embedding it here to spread it around. For those of you who blog, I suggest you do the same. This should be every channel every hour on the hour until the message sinks in.
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