Monday, February 20, 2012

The Week They Tried To . . .

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear -- where to begin?  I attempt to reserve most of my political rants for Facebook but this past week has convinced me that I really need to speak up  here  as well.  Women's rights are endangered on many fronts.

Beginning with the all-male contraception hearing in the House and moving on to Virginia's proposed invasive ultrasound law and pausing for comic relief at the suggestion of Mr. Santorum's money bags backer that all women need for birth control is an aspirin -- held between their knees, one wonders if we've fallen into some ghastly time warp that has sent things back fifty or a hundred years.

It's not just about abortion anymore, folks.  It's about contraception, public education, and prenatal ultrasounds, just for starters. (Santorum opposes all of them.)
 
Sharia law, Roman Catholic dogma, Bible-based morality, Latter Day Saints theology -- they none of them should be the basis of our government. That's what separation of church and state means to me.  


You don't want abortion, contraception, public education, prenatal ultrasounds -- fine with me.Don't choose to participate in any of them. But it's not your right to choose for others, based on your own religious views. 


I find this picture below of the panel discussing contraception coverage rather chilling, to say the least.
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14 comments:

Ms. A said...

I don't need anyone to be the master of my uterus, except me!

Martin said...

Some time back, I read an interesting passage by John Pilger. He warned about fundamentalist views of the Occident. Methinks he may well have had Mr Santorum in mind. Hello? This is 2012!

Joan said...

I've decided I cannot stay away from blogging friends any longer..and oh my goodness but I've had some catching up to do here Vicki! I now have the complete set of your books.. and am enjoying them very much.

Julienne said...

This terrifies me!!!!!!

Brian Miller said...

i agree vicki, but it is just one of the arms...what about the law that has already passed that allows for americans to be jailed without a trial...i think you may have mentioned that the other day...put all of these together and we are on our way to a very scary place....

Vicki Lane said...

Welcome back, Joan!

Yeah, this particular guy is really, really scary.

KarenB said...

It is indeed a worrying time. You certainly know how I feel about all these issues. I look at my beautiful 15 year old daughter and fear for her future.

Brenda said...

I'm going to confess that so far I've been observing and listening to the Republican campaign commentary with a measure of glee. Oh yes, please keep making statements about women being unfit for the military because of emotional concerns and comments about contraception...
Maybe I should start to worry, but so far I've just been delighted. I do believe those beliefs are out of touch with the vast majority of Americans.

Wayfarin' Stranger said...

I hope Brenda is correct, but from where I sit it is hard to tell. This right-wing thing has been building for more than 30 years in this country, and it also has been a world-wide trend. Then come the "Arab spring" and "Occupy" movements which seemed to be such a positive sign. Are people finally waking up? The coming election is going to be a critical one. I just hope the Republican candidates can succeed in mortally wounding each other before their convention. Jim

dannie said...

I believe strongly in the separation of church and state. I also resent more than I can express men who feel that they have any right to rule over what I do with my body.This is a very scarry situation but hopefully women will use their vote to express their discontent with these views.

NCmountainwoman said...

Interesting that Rick Santorum is so opposed to ultrasounds when it was an ultrasound that determined the abnormality in his still-born son and his genetically impaired daughter. And interesting that he is totally opposed to abortion in ANY circumstances, yet his wife received pitocin, (a drug to induce labor) when the fetus was not viable. 'Scuse me Rick, but that's an abortion in my opinion.

Frances said...

Vicki, you have expressed yourself very well. I also try to stay away from politics in my blogging. Still, some things that are abroad right do frighten me with their time warp insistence.

I do owe you an email.

Cheers.

Victoria said...

Another scary thing is that one of the sponsers of this heinous Virginia law is a woman. What the?!

Susan M. Bell said...

Yeah, I've been floored by all this stuff going on. Pretty soon they'll be trying to take away our right to vote. Sheesh.