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Editorial: How the "family values Legislature" is destroying families

Extremist demagoguery is always counterproductive:

The simplest and best way to reduce abortions is to avoid unwanted pregnancies. The best way to avoid an unwanted pregnancy is through sound family planning, access to contraceptives and good affordable health care for women. It is not complicated and shouldn’t be controversial.

But it is, largely because one of the best providers of these services and information to help women avoid unwanted pregnancies happens to be an organization that also offers legal abortion services to women – Planned Parenthood.

If this was merely an anti-abortion debate, Republicans would be tripping over themselves creating clinics that offered affordable health care for women, supplied various contraceptive methods, and rendered first-class prenatal and neonatal treatment to ensure healthy babies. The fact they don't speaks volumes about their true motivations, which is to perpetuate an outdated patriarchy in which women are merely vessels for procreation, and should be totally reliant on a husband to provide the things she needs. If a third party (the government) were to provide these things, the importance of that husband fades, and with him the entire social construct fades. And that construct is so important to these men that putting lives at risk is a small price to pay to strengthen their primacy:

Long live Planned Parenthood

Justice!The grand jury investigating Planned Parenthood indicts anti-abortion extremists instead.

Posted by BlueNC on Monday, January 25, 2016

Advocates for womens' choice eyeing Supreme Court case

The struggle continues:

Legislators in this state in recent years have tried to enact the two provisions that are the legal issues in the Texas case: requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, and requiring abortion clinics to meet the same building standards as same-day surgery centers.

Neither of those provisions survived in bills that became law in North Carolina, although a string of controversial new requirements limiting access to abortions have been enacted.

This may seem more like a "technical" issue than one of rights gained/lost, and that's exactly what the ant-abortion movement is counting on. The real-world impact of Texas' law caused the closure of over half of the geographically huge state's clinics, and it would have a similar effect here in NC. And the purely deceptive tactics of the anti-abortion zealots needs an airing, too:

Idiocy Not Limited To Food Stamps

Rep. Pittman, from Cabarrus County, takes today’s prize. He suggested Planned Parenthood “gave out” contraceptives that don’t work so they could “get more business.” That’s right, folks.

There was “bargaining” in the videos, he said, and “oh, I want a Lamborghini...” so we have to sell more women on an abortion to get that tissue.


“The very idea that Planned Parenthood would want to reduce abortions is ludicrous...they’re making money off of it....”

The fetus fetish

I'm down to my last nerve dealing with Fetus Fetishists trolling the Internet and lying about Planned Parenthood. Listen. If you want to join the FF club, knock yourself out. But if you're going to lie about what Planned Parenthood does and try to force the rest of the world to accept your perversion, then you're going too far. Planned Parenthood knows more, cares more, and does more to prevent unplanned pregnancy than any organization in the world.

If responsible family planning is not part of your agenda, you might want to consider this simple question:

More on Tillis' attack against Planned Parenthood

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Using female veterans to engage in right-wing kabuki theatre:

"I was disappointed yesterday to see my Republican colleagues try and manipulate a good veterans bill — a noble bill — for political purposes," the Democratic leader said, adding that Republicans "put Fox News ahead of the welfare of American veterans."

But Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), who lead the Republican push to change Murray's bill, quickly fired back, saying his amendments weren't "political attacks."
Three amendments he said were focused on improving government efficiency, while another would prevent the VA from working with organizations "that take human aborted babies' organs and sell them."

Pardon my French, but what a putain de idiot. In one sentence he says it isn't political, and the next he throws out the newest and stinkiest political meme. If Thommy boy is trying to style himself after Donald Trump, he's off to a good start.

Are 'Women's Issues' Necessary?

What is it that sets women and their 'issues' aside?

Civitas writer, Becki Gray thinks that “Women’s ‘Advocates’ are holding women back.” She has written about this in NC SPIN, October 4, 2014. Ms. Gray seems to think misogyny is over just as the Supreme Court thinks racism is over. Both are mistaken.

Making women’s rights an article of law is not ‘nanny care,’ it is a fitting and proper act of government, whose duty it is to protect all citizens. Women’s rights are just like everyone else’s rights, but not every person wants to admit that, let alone support it and live by it. If even she admits she had to ‘work hard to be seen and treated as an equal,’ than something is wrong with our society’s outlook on women. It wasn’t ‘women’s advocates’ she needed to persuade of her equality.

Janet Colm is retiring from Planned Parenthood

You'll find an extensive and thoughtful interview by Indy Week's Bob Geary with Janet Colm of Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina. And a bit of sad news too:

"When she (Hagan) wins, I think it will be a statement to North Carolina about our belief in progressive policies overall, and it will be a statement to the country that we're not this crazy state that's been on The Daily Show for the last few years." Colm's political comments were made in her role as head of the action fund. In a few weeks, she'll be retiring from that job and as CEO of the Planned Parenthood affiliate after 32 years at the helm. Her plans are to make no plans for six months.

My wife Jane Brown has served on the board of Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina for many years. During that time, we have both become big fans of Janet Colm, and for good reason. Janet has done more than any other person alive to protect the rights of North Carolina women to make her own reproductive health decisions.

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