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Right-Wing War on Women: States Encourage Doctors to LIE to Stop Women’s Abortion Choices

Those well-studied, fact-filled state legislators in Kansas and New Hampshire have now either passed or are about to pass bills that force doctors to lie to women wanting abortions. These doctors, against all the medical information they have, are still obviously not as well-informed as the right-wing, non-medical, professional politicians about how women’s bodies react to various procedures.

Therefore doctors will be forced to lie to women and tell them the untruth that abortion increases their risk of breast cancer.

See this article by Eric Zorn, in the Chicago Tribune: The undisputed nerve of anti-abortion state legislators

Zorn lists medical organization after medical organization that describes studies showing no extra risk of breast cancer for women who’ve had abortions than there is for women who have not. But those non-medical right-wing professional politicians still know better than medical researchers, I guess.

Or they gnash their teeth at the thought that women are independent and can actually choose both when to have sex and when to be parents. And — worst crime of all, which the right-wing male Republican professional politicians absolutely cannot abide — they are not under the control of men.

This resentment has been festering for a long, long time, and right-wing men have finally found a way (they think) to get those damn uppity women back under male control.

One of the methods is by coercing doctors to go against all their knowledge — and lie.



March 21, 2012 Posted by | * War against women | , , , | Leave a comment

War on Women: Arizona Hatred Legislator Wants to Throw out Patient Confidentiality

Terri Proud

Sure, let's savage doctor-patient confidentiality for our anti-woman politics!

Note this article in the Huffington Post:

Abortion Bill: Arizona GOP Legislator Says Women Should Witness Abortions

It reports that in an email from right-wing Arizona Republican Terri Proud, she says this:

“Personally I’d like to make a law that mandates a woman watch an abortion being performed prior to having a “surgical procedure”. If it’s not a life it shouldn’t matter, if it doesn’t harm a woman then she shouldn’t care, and don’t we want more transparency and education in the medical profession anyway? We demand it everywhere else.

No, chickie, we do not “demand it everywhere else.” Everywhere else, we respect a patient’s right to privacy and confidentiality.

But these right-wingnut clowns, as was evidenced in my previous post, are eager to throw out and literally savage the medical profession and all doctors. And now, clearly, they want to invade the bastion of privacy between patients and doctors — all to attack women and make political points.

And you know why Ms. Proud (a woman! shame on her!) likes this idea. If such a bill were to pass, they’d get to punish and humiliate TWO independent woman at once! They would try to shame and inflict mental torment on the woman who wants an abortion, and inflict utter humiliation and public display on the woman already having one. Bonus!

There is no end to the right-wing hatred of women. And to see a woman helping these idiot men attack other women is the real shame.

Shame on you, Terri Proud!

March 21, 2012 Posted by | * War against women | , , , | Leave a comment

Right-Wing War on Women: Medical Community Speaks Up — FINALLY

How many months has it been, again, that the neo-Con Republicans and their ilk have been attacking women right and left, with opposition to contraception (a battle that women won forty years ago, for gods’ sake) and unnecessary, invasive medical procedures meant to do nothing except try to shame women and punish them for having sex?

Well, finally the medical establishment is starting to make itself heard.

Medical community: Oppose the mandatory ultrasound bills

In helping to delay the Pennsylvania mandatory ultrasound bill, the medical community there made some important points:

  1. Ramming this bill down women’s throats — pardon me, up their vaginas — would jeopardize physician-patient confidentiality.
  2. It would also be medically irresponsible to insist on gratuitous ultrasounds when no medical purpose whatsoever would be served by them.

Which demonstrates what we all know — that the women’s actual health is not the goal of these male Republicans. Bills like this are right-wing men’s attempts to bully and try to make these women feel ashamed, both for having sex and for not wanting to be mothers.

That’s a given. But what I want to know is this: where have these doctors been all this time? Sure, it’s nice that a few of them are finally opening their mouths. But are the people who took the Hippocratic Oath themselves so frightened of these male Republicans, so afraid of losing their jobs or good salaries, that they will silently jeopardize their female patients’ health rather than open their mouths?

This had better be the first salvo in a battle of responsible doctors against ignorant male Republicans. Or we’ll know that the American medical community, too, is more about power and money than about health. The state of the American “health” system already suggests that. I’d like the doctors in the U.S. not to confirm it.


March 19, 2012 Posted by | * War against women | , , , | Leave a comment

Right-Wing War on Women: John McCain Has No Principles Except Power

Power-hungry John McCainJohn McCain is a slavering. power-hungry snake.

First, he votes for legislation that would let employers use their religion to prevent female employees from having contraception covered in their health insurance.

But now he sees that — *gasp* — women are voters too, and aren’t going to stand for it much longer, having male Republicans’ hands stuck up their vaginas! So, always with a keen eye for who to pander to, to try to get lots and lots of power (can you say “Sarah Palin,” anyone?), McCain is now counselling his fellow Republicans to let up on their war against women.

After Backing Anti-Birth Control Blunt Amendment, McCain Now Says GOP Needs To ‘Get Off’ War on Women

On Meet the Press, when asked if he thinks there’s a Republican war on women, McCain said:

I think we have to fix that. I think that there is a perception out there because of how this whole contraception issue played out — ah, we need to get off of that issue, in my view. I think we ought to respect the right of women to make choices in their lives and make that clear, and get back onto what the American people really care about.

Nice try, Johnny boy. But women have noticed. And do you think they’re so simple-minded that just shutting your mouths till early November is going to make them forget that you had your hands all over their genitals?? Not bloody likely, bucko.

You used to have some principles, John. How low the principled have fallen.

March 19, 2012 Posted by | * War against women | Leave a comment

Right-Wing War on Women: Doonesbury “abortion strip,” Day Six

Sorry, I didn’t realize the strip would go on Saturday too, even though I should have remembered that.

So without further ado, Doonesbury “abortion strip,” Day Six.

“The Republican party is hoping you get caught in a shame spiral, and change your mind.”

March 19, 2012 Posted by | * War against women | , , , | Leave a comment

Right-Wing War on Women: Beautifully Thorough Attack on Anti-Woman Republican Legislators

I hardly have a word to add to this piece on the Huffington Post, by Soraya Chemaly: 10 Reasons the Rest of the World Thinks the U.S. Is Nuts.

Just a few gems:

Just because you cannot get pregnant does not mean I cannot think clearly, ethically, morally, rationally about my body, human life or the consequences of my actions. Just because you cannot get pregnant does not mean that I do not have rights when I am pregnant. I have responsibility but am powerless. You have power but are irresponsible with my rights.

Or how about this:

I gestate humans, you do not. I know how it feels to be pregnant. You do not. I know what happens to a fetus in a womb. You do not. I have carried three fetuses to term. You have not. What I experience when I am pregnant is not empathy. It is permeability. The fetus is me. And the state is you, apparently. But, no matter what you say or do I have fundamental human rights. What makes you think that you, who cannot have this fully human experience, can tell me anything about gestation or how I experience it? Especially when you compare my existence and experience to that of brutish animals.

Or this:

Property, control, sex, reproduction, morality, defining what is human. Sounds a lot like issues surrounding slavery 170 years ago. It is no surprise that of the 16 states that never repealed their anti-miscegenation laws, but rather had them overturned by the Supreme Court in 1967 more than half have introduced personhood bills. Like anti-miscegentation laws, anti-choice laws and bills that humiliate women, that treat them like beasts, that violate their bodily autonomy, are based on ignorance, entitlement and arrogance. These laws are not about “personhood” but “humanity.” That women of color are massively, disproportionately affected by these assaults on their bodies and rights should also come as no surprise – their rights and their bodies have always been the most vulnerable assault.

This is about keeping women’s wombs public and in other people’s control — the exact opposite of private and in their own control.


I salute and thank Soraya Chemaly with all my heart. This is one of the most well-reasoned attacks on the War Against Women that I’ve read so far.

March 17, 2012 Posted by | * War against women | , , | Leave a comment

Right-Wing War on Women: Doonesbury “abortion strip,” Day Five

Doonesbury “abortion strip,” Day Five.

“Shall I describe its hopes and dreams?”

“If it wants to be the next Rick Perry, I’ve made up my mind.”

Thank you for this, Garry Trudeau!


March 16, 2012 Posted by | * War against women | , , , | Leave a comment

Right-Wing War on Women: Good Christian Rick Perry Happily Sacrifices Millions of Poor Women’s Health

“May the ghosts of Molly Ivins and Ann Richards rise to haunt Rick Perry all his days.”

All poor American women in the saintly state of Texas who rely on Medicaid for their health services are losing all health services because good, saintly Christian governor Rick Perry wants to stop a few abortions.

Texas Loses Entire Women’s Health Program Over Planned Parenthood Law

The Department of Health and Human Services announced on Thursday that it will cut off all Medicaid funding for family planning to the state of Texas, following Gov. Rick Perry’s (R) decision to implement a new law that excludes Planned Parenthood from the state’s Medicaid Women’s Health Program.

By federal law, no state can restrict women’s choices of provider for their health services. But good Christian Rick Perry insists on excluding Planned Parenthood, because some of their clinics provide abortions. It doesn’t matter that, despite right-wing lies to the contrary, abortion is a relatively minor percentage of what Planned Parenthood provides (most of what it does involves women’s general health, including breast health and matters relating to contraception).

Nope, good Christlike Christian Rick Perry would rather let millions of women die to make sure a small percentage of those women can’t possibly get an abortion. (And does he really think they still won’t?? Back-alley abortions, here we come! But a lot more women will die because they resort to that — which is probably what Perry is hoping for anyway. Millions of women die! Men get to rule unopposed! Hurrah!)

As my friend Pat Washburn said, when she posted this news link on Facebook:

“May the ghosts of Molly Ivins and Ann Richards rise to haunt Rick Perry all his days.”

Amen, sister! And good saintly Jesus-follower Rick Perry — may he burn in his beloved hell. And may we women get to watch.

March 16, 2012 Posted by | * War against women | , , | 1 Comment

Right-Wing War on Women: Rick Perry and the Texas Taliban (“This is pure evil”)

Rick Perry, woman-hating leader of the Texas Taliban

Woman-hating leader of the Texas Taliban, Rick Perry

The Texas Taliban, otherwise known as the right-wingnut theocratic regime of Texas governor Rick Perry, have this torture of a woman laid solely at their doors. No doubt they would chuckle in glee when they read this, because that’s what the Taliban does.

A triumph for the Texas Taliban:

From the moment he was born, my doctor told us, our son would suffer greatly.

But did the state of Texas, under the godly, merciful regime of Rick Perry, care one whit? No.

My counselor said that the law required me to have another ultrasound that day, and that I was legally obligated to hear a doctor describe my baby.

The counselor could no more change the government requirement than I could. Yet here was a superfluous layer of torment piled upon an already horrific day, and I wanted this woman to know it.

But did the state of Texas, under the godly, merciful regime of Rick Perry, care one whit? No.

“I’m so sorry that I have to do this,” the doctor told us, “but if I don’t, I can lose my license.”

When the description was finally over, the doctor held up a script and said he was legally obliged to read me information provided by the state.

As Ophelia Benson, author of this blog post, says, “This is pure evil.”

This is gleeful, wanton torture of a woman, by the godly, merciful, theocracy-based regime of Rick Perry, to badger and force her to have a baby whose future will be nothing but suffering — a baby that Rick Perry’s state will abandon and refuse to help from the moment they force it to be born.

This is — this is — this IS — pure evil.

March 16, 2012 Posted by | * Religious violence, * War against women | , , , | Leave a comment

Right-Wing War on Women: Women Ask Republican Legislators for Advice About Menstruation

Poor little Republican legislators! They’ve made such pompous pronouncements about how they know what’s best for pregnant women — not to mention knowing whether those women should or should not use birth control — so why are they getting squeamish when women are taking their word for it?

Women have been flooding male Republican legislators’ Facebook pages, seeking advice on everything from tampons to birth control to female anatomy.

Have a look at this Alternet post (Women’s Health Supporters Hilariously Flood Republicans’ Facebook Walls With Sarcasm (“Can You Help Me Choose a Tampon?”)) for some screencaps. They’re great.

March 15, 2012 Posted by | * War against women | , | Leave a comment