55 Flash non-Fiction Friday: Whore Pills

I’ve been in the same committed relationship for thirteen years. We would like to limit the joys of parenthood to two children. Without birth control pills, I get intensely painful corpus luteum cysts each month, but Republican Debbie Lesko of Arizona would like to allow business the ability to fire employees for taking whore pills.

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55 Flash non-Fiction Friday: Counterintuitive Health Care

Almost one in five Americans lives without health care, how is this pro-life?
Even with insurance, contraception isn’t always covered.
“Conscience clauses” allow doctors and nurses to withhold both services and information from patients that are contrary to their beliefs such as contraception.
Why don’t republican’s care about people’s rights AFTER they’re born?

*** Update – I was informed that my 55 was actually a 53, so here is the revised 55 ***

Almost one in five Americans lives without health care, how is this pro-life?
Even with health insurance, contraception isn’t always covered.
“Conscience clauses” allow health providers to withhold both services and information from patients contrary to their own beliefs such as contraception and STD prevention.
Why don’t republican’s care about people’s rights AFTER they’re born?

Almost 1 in 5 Americans Going Without Health Care
12.03.07, 12:00 AM ET

“People tend to equate access to care with insurance,” said report author Amy Bernstein, chief of the analytic studies branch at the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. “But access to care is more than insurance.”

“People assume that if you have health insurance of any kind that you’re okay, but that’s not the case,” she added.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: News Release
Thursday, August 21, 2008

“This proposed regulation is about the legal right of a health care professional to practice according to their conscience,” HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt said. “Doctors and other health care providers should not be forced to choose between good professional standing and violating their conscience. Freedom of expression and action should not be surrendered upon the issuance of a health care degree.”

North Dakota Abortion Center Says it Will Do Record Number of Abortions
by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
October 2, 2008

Tammi Kromenaker, Rid River’s director, tells the Associated Press that the center is on pace for its highest number of annual abortions and is doing about 25 abortions a week.

She contends the number of abortions is on the rise because college students have seen funding for birth control and contraception cut.

Carly Fiorina’s fuzzy McCain-speak
By Cathleen Decker
July 10, 2008

“Let me give you a real, live example, which I’ve been hearing a lot about from women. There are many health insurance plans that will cover Viagra but won’t cover birth control medication. Those women would like a choice,” she said.

But as the abortion rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America was happy to point out, McCain twice voted against measures that would have required insurance companies to cover birth control – in 2003 and 2005.

Birth Control Foe To Head Family Planning
Bush Pick For Contraceptive Program Called Birth Control Part Of “Culture Of Death”
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18, 2007

Orr has been criticized for public statements which have indicated an anti-contraceptive view in areas of education, public policy and health insurance.

In 2000, while working as a policy director at the Family Research Council, she objected to a Washington, D.C., city council bill requiring health insurers to pay for contraceptives. By not including a “conscience clause” allowing employers to withhold contraceptive coverage, Orr said the council would force employers “to make a choice between serving God and serving the D.C. government.

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I have a Vagina, Vote for me!

Democrats are focusing too much on Palin’s “lack of experience”. She may be from banjo-playing saw-toothed red-neck-central “small town America” and it may take some adjusting to with the big city D.C. folks but I have a feeling she’ll fit right in. Hell, just look at how well our current “C” average high school student did. Prior to being governor of Texas, Dubya’s only experience was running oil companies into the ground digging around for oil where no one else would risk drilling. Bless our look-the-other-way souls, we gave little Napoleon another chance. In fact, at least 50% of Americans enjoyed his smug smirks and simultaneously ignorant and arrogant sound bites. Palin closely follows Dubya’s footsteps by surrounding herself with people like her that “would not allow others to disagree with her”, protecting her from “haters”. She is also as absent from the state capital as Dubya is from the national one. You see, she’s totally ready to be a heartbeat away from the highest office in the country.

Like many people, I don’t fit neatly into the republican or democrat mold. I do agree with a lot more of what the democrats say they stand for and would like the things they promise (health care). During the primaries, I was hoping that McCain would be the selected republican. I figured if we have to have another one of *them* in office he seemed the least offensive. I guess I don’t pay close enough attention to the enemy. After he won, the media meat market frenzy began with his selection for running mate. I was appalled when I read the news. I thought for sure that he picked Sarah Palin solely to pick up the shattered dreams of the rejected Mickey Mouse Hillary Clinton club. I wasn’t a fan of Clinton but I was offended at the thought that McCain might actually believe women would vote for anything with a vagina.

Palin will ‘help me shake up Washington,’ McCain says
Published: Friday, August 29, 2008

Palin made an immediate play for support from Democratic women, mentioning that she followed in the footsteps of Geraldine Ferraro, who was the Democratic vice presidential running mate in 1984.

There are so many similarities between Palin and Ferraro. It’s so obvious, how could anyone miss them? Geraldine Ferraro grew up in New York and her father died when she was eight, forcing her mother to move them to the Bronx. Palin grew up in a small town. As an attorney, Ferraro headed a bureau that dealt with sex crimes, domestic violence and child abuse. Months after becoming became mayor of Wasilla the former Miss Wasilla beauty queen fired the police chief, Irl Stambaugh because he ‘intimidated her‘ and hired Charlie Fannon. Wasilla then became the only town in Alaska that charged rape victims for tests to collect evidence of the crime in order to avoid causing any burden to the taxpayer. In congress, Ferraro focused on legislation to bring equity for women. Palin’s reputation was built by standing up to oil companies by imposing higher taxes, though she’s in favor of opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development and she initiated a lawsuit over the federal listing of Polar bears as a threatened species for fear it would affect proposed natural gas pipeline. She also allowed Chevron to increase the amount of toxic waste it pours into the waters of Cook Inlet even though the number of beluga whales in the area has dropped significantly. She is also accused of abusing her power for firing Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan possibly because he didn’t fire her ex-brother in-law after a messy divorce from Palin’s sister. Ferraro was the running mate for the Democratic Party and Palin for the Republican Party; yes, the similarities just don’t seem to end.

She also referred favorably to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, who drew 18 million votes in her unsuccessful run against Obama for the Democratic nomination.

Cause she has a vagina too! *eye roll* Like I said, I wasn’t a fan of Hillary. I can understand people choosing Hillary based on her platform, but some of the women blogs I read after she lost to Obama were freakishly insane. I read one that was upset because blacks received the right to vote before woman did. Seriously, this race isn’t about abortion rights or the Iraq war, but which minority group archives presidency first? Are you fucking kidding me?!? People complain that everything on TV is so superficial and revolves around sex but then they reduce political candidates to skin color and genitals instead of their accomplishments and political position. Yesterday it showed up in my local newspaper. An article that made me furious. They do exist. Those people that vote for genitals.

Love her or loathe her, Americans can’t stop chattering about Sarah Palin
By Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press

But Kidd’s mother, a former Hillary Rodham Clinton supporter, likes Palin — partially, her daughter said, because of her personal qualities and also, she said, because she’s a woman.

And that’s an issue that Kidd, like many women, is struggling with: Wouldn’t it be thrilling to see a woman VP, no matter what her policies?

I’ll make this simple so you understand – OH HELL NO! MYGOD, how can anyone who was ready to vote for Hillary go to the republican side so easily? Unless of course she was only going to vote for Hillary because of rumors, that she has a vagina. And what exactly would make it so fucking thrilling? Watching her turn back time with Roe vs. Wade because she’s against abortion even in cases of rape and incest? Headlines of her church putting gays back in the closet by trying to convert homosexuals through prayer? What the Fuck decade does she live in?

Wagner decided long ago that she was voting for Obama. But her friend Katy Huggins isn’t so sure anymore. Huggins, also a mother of four, admires Obama, and though she’s a registered Republican, she had been planning to vote for the Democrat.

Then she watched Palin’s convention speech.

“I was like, wow, I want YOU to be president!” said Huggins, who adds that she isn’t much of a McCain fan. “I could completely relate to her on a lot of levels, especially as a mom. That’s what my world is about now.”

LEAPING LIZARDS Batman! Seriously, you’re picking her because she’s a mom? Lady, there aren’t words to describe the simplicity of your brain functions. Oh look, shiny object! Really, I’m floored at the stupidity. I vote that in order to vote you must be able to correctly answer a few questions about the person or topic in which you’re voting. Maybe then I won’t mind the individual votes of small states counting for more than the more populated states, maybe.

There was a rally against Palin in Anchorage on Saturday. This gives me some hope. Unfortunately, no one gave a specific number of protesters. The Seattle Times says there were “at least 500 protesters” and that, “The protest, outside a public library, came hours after the governor held a morning rally attended by as many as 1,500 supporters in downtown Anchorage, then flew to Nevada to resume campaigning.” USA Today didn’t list any specific number of protesters, but did mention what some of the signs/protesters said.

Some of the signs spoke out against Palin’s anti-abortion position. Laura Kimmel, a 40-year-old Anchorage woman expecting her second baby in April, wore a clothes hanger with a sign attached that said, “This is not a surgical instrument. Keep abortions safe and legal.”

Whoa, now that’s a statement! I’d love to meet that woman! ;-)

The Washington post also covered the protest. They also didn’t give a specific number of protesters but did say that it was, “in the high hundreds — perhaps surging past a thousand”