As I write this post I feel such sadness, anger and an incredible level of frustration towards not only the men in power making some very, VERY bad decisions but also the women in this country who are supporting these men. These women are rallying behind the Pro Life banner without taking the time to see what else these men have hidden & wrapped up in the banner which include basic freedoms and protections of our rights. To me whether or not you happen to be Pro Life or Pro Choice I really want to believe that you ARE for basic freedoms and protections of our rights as women. Let me site some examples of what I'm talking about.
The House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) on February 16, 2011 refused to allow women to testify before the House of Representatives in a hearing about the Obama administration's new regulation requiring employers and insurers to provide contraception coverage to their employees. Chairman Issa stated that he would not let any women testify before the committee on the basis that this was not a reproductive health issue but a religious freedom issue. Apparently women don't have a right to have a voice about religious issues.
If you'd like to hear the contraversial testimony that Sandra Fluke was planning to make, here it is
But wait! There's more... Virginia is all set to pass a pair of anti-abortion bills that will require women to be subjected to what is called a "trans-vaginal ultrasound," but only if the "egg-is-a-person" bill doesn't pass first.
Republican Senator Chuck Grassley from Iowa has blocked reauthorization of a bill that protects women from domestic violence. Apparently Senator Grassley doesn't want gay's to have the same protection as women so he's willing to take that protection away from women as well to make sure of it.
In Oklahoma Bill 1433 was passed which effectively bans ALL abortions. This includes life saving abortions where the mother will die if she has the baby, Invetro Fertilization would qualify as mass murder - couples will no longer be able to BECOME pregnant.
Last week Rush Limbaugh went on a long rant about contraception, abortions and women on his radio show. The diatribe(s) of intolerance that this man utters is without end. Here is a sample of this weeks gems from the Huffington Post...
Limbaugh was indignant about the hype around the issue. "Why is contraception so important that it must be paid for by somebody else?" he demanded to know. He asked why contraceptives are "a must-have" in comparison to toothpaste, hotel rooms or a car.
"Why are so many people afraid of birth?" he wondered.
Limbaugh then asked why the Democratic party would want to limit pregnancies, arguing that it makes money from abortions. He alleged that Planned Parenthood is part of "a money-laundering operation for the Democrat party" and that the organization "is rolling in dough" from providing abortion services. "So why would the Democrat party want to make sure that there aren't any pregnancies?" he challenged.
He asked why Democrats seem to "fear" pregnancy, claiming that they treat it like "a disease" and a "great health risk for women."
"Could it be that Democrats fear kids?" he wondered. "I mean, they are aborting their own people. The vast majority of people having abortions are Democrat voters."
I wonder if he ever actually listens to what he says. First he says that Democrats make money from abortions yet questions why Democrats support birth control. Um, excuse me but wouldn't Democrats be AGAINST contraceptives and birth contro if they were interested in making money from abortions?
I'm not quite through yet - On Thursday afternoon MSNBC aired quotes from Rick Santorum super supporter Foster Friess:
In a simpler time, there were other ways to deal with female sexual desire. "Back in my day, they used Bayer Aspirin for contraceptives. The gals put it between their knees and it wasn't that costly," he said Thursday on MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports, setting the host back for moment.
The general conversation was about Santorum's past statements about contraception, who once said that it was "harmful to women."
Who knew that an aspirin between the knees was all it took to prevent a pregnancy!
These men in power even want to Re-Define what constitutes as rape. Wow REALLY? I don't know about YOU but MY definition of Rape is having sexual intercourse against my will. PERIOD.
Ladies, we make up 52% of our Nations Population, if we don't start standing up RIGHT NOW for our basic rights and freedoms we won't have any to stand up FOR.
I've now put my Soap Box away...... For now that is ;o)
Here's to you in Fitness, Wellness and Health!
Jennifer Malocha CEO of Fun at Wuhoo Fitness
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