By the numbers, this is what “pro-life” looks like:
• 22: Texas clinics – providing preventive health care services to women – completely defunded
• $19 million: Remaining annual state budget for family planning, down from $50 million
• 60,000: Women whom the Department of State Health Services estimates can be served with that amount, compared with the average 244,000 served annually since 2005
• 184,000: Women served by the federally funded Women’s Health Program in 2010, now in danger of losing services because of state’s insistence on excluding Planned Parenthood clinics (2011 estimate: 185,000-200,000)
• 11: Texas Planned Parenthood clinics – none of which provided abortion services – closed for lack of funding
• 33,974: Screenings for sexually transmitted infections provided by those 11 clinics
• 1.5 million: Number of Texas women in need of basic, preventative health care service; before last year’s cuts, about 15% of those women were receiving services
• 22%: Anticipated increase in the number of Texas abortions in the absence of access to reproductive health services
It is difficult to summarize how hypocritical and counterproductive is the right-wing assault on women’s health care, disguised as a righteous defense against abortion or Planned Parenthood.
From the page:
Whether it’s “Quiverfull”-style Christianity, Roman Catholicism as taught by the bishops, some branches of Mormonism and Islam, or ultra-Orthodox Judaism, one of the most consistent themes of fundamentalist religion is to deny women agency and control of their own bodies and coerce them to have as many children as possible.
The believers who advocate this are steeped in the suicidal faith that miracles will save us as long as we follow God’s decree by procreating with no thought for the consequences. In their minds, to plan for the future is a sin. Thankfully, most women already reject this insane view.
“Ultimately, the claim that a fertilized egg is a person is an insult to rationality and morality. It is irrational to the point of absurdity to grant a microscopic clump of cells, a fertilized egg, the same legal and moral status as an actual person living and breathing in the world.”
Stonefly‘s comment, “Pro-lifers trying to take another angle, and this one really pisses me off. Is a black woman’s right to chose qualitatively different? Lets talk a bout black feminism shall we? What do we suppose bell hooks has to say about all of this? Black genocide my ass.”
• Fundamentalist groups lose ground in Kuwait polls
• Four candidates returned in ‘sweeping victory for women’
“The victory marked the first time women have won parliamentary seats since given the right to vote and run for office in 2005. For the past 50 years Kuwait’s parliament has been the sole preserve of men.”
I wouldn’t say this is news exactly, but I’ve noticed there has been a collective effort to publicize this type of tragic violence toward women recently.
From the page: This month in Afghanistan, men on motorcycles threw acid on a group of girls who dared to attend school. One of the girls, a 17-year-old named Shamsia, told reporters from her hospital bed: “I will go to my school even if they kill me. My message for the enemies is that if they do this 100 times, I am still going to continue my studies.”
From the page: “Barbie’s body would have room for only half of a liver and only a few inches of intestines, as opposed to the usual 26 feet. The result: chronic diarrhea and death from malabsorption & malnutrition.”
OK, that was funny. But seriously, if Barbie had a 39″ bust, she couldn’t fit into a size 4 dress. Trust me on this one.