I just had to share this
“These same people who tell us we must defend the lives of the unborn–they are the same people who seem not so interested in defending anyone but themselves after the accident of birth is complete! These same people who profess their love of the unborn’s soul–they don’t care to make much of a contribution to the poor, they don’t care to offer much assistance to the unwanted or the oppressed! How do they justify such a concern for the fetus and such a lack of concern for unwanted and abused children? They condemn others for the accident of conception; they condemn the poor–as if the poor can help being poor. One way the poor could help themselves would be to be in control of the size of their families. I thought that freedom of choice was obviously democratic–was obviously American!”~John Irving, from “The Cider House Rules”
During the past decade, anti-abortion rights groups have expanded their agenda to oppose contraception programs and women’s health services. In just the first half of 2011, 162 new laws were enacted which restrict women’s reproductive health care — the majority of which were attacks on preventive health care services and providers. While the media pays close attention to these issues as they are debated in Congress or in the state legislatures, little attention is paid to the important role city governments can and do play in this political struggle.
What I don’t understand about the pro-life idiots is that if they can’t trust me to make a choice why the hell would they trust me with a child? If you feel you need to regulate reproduction then masturbation needs to be out-lawed, so does birth control such as the pill and condoms. You can’t tell someone, “You live in a free country, HOWEVER, I am going to tell you what you can and cannot do to your own body.
You can’t say, “You live in a free country BUT…” Because THEN IT”S NOT A FREE COUNTRY. You are either free or you are not. If you want a LARGE Government that dictates morals of the majority then you are not living in a free society. You might as well be living in Saddom’s Iraq.
Yes I am in the minority. I am a woman and I’m a Pro-Choice independent atheist. I believe abortions should be legal up until fetus viability. If the fetus cannot live and breathe on it’s own it is merely a parasite incubating inside the woman’s body and it us up to her whether or not she would like to sustain said parasite. I know it sounds cold and uncaring, however, when you take your dog or cat in to be fixed and find out that it was already pregnant you don’t stop the spay or neuter. You have no qualms about it even though the Bible said you cannot ‘fix’ any animal and it is a sin against god. Yet these animals won’t go to heaven either.
If you don’t believe in abortions: Don’t have one. If you don’t believe in abortion you have every right to do so but do not take away the rights to my own medical care. You think of a fetus as a baby, I do not. If I want it gone that is MY choice and not yours. We have HIPPA for a reason. Our medical records are private because they are OURS not yours. My body my business my right. However, once that fetus can survive outside the womb all bets are off unless my life is at stake.
People place black and white in this issue when it’s anything but black and white, why? Simply put, you cannot restrict another human beings choices pertaining to medical treatments they want or need. Otherwise you do not live in a free democratic nation. We have already let the corporations take over politics, do you really want to go against the founding fathers and let the church and other religious bigots take over as well?
It’s always been hard to live in Montana, if you’re born here that is. All my life I’ve been told if you could move here with money you can live like a king, but if you’re born here you’d better be damn lucky or a heartless bastard to make the money. Well Obviously I’m neither. I’m educated, I have a good head on my shoulders(aside from the emotional difficulties). I’m smart, I’m talented but I can’t figure out how to make it work in this valley. There are no mental health services for people like me and I’m struggling. I cannot afford meds so how can I afford the counseling that is recommended and I KNOW I need? I can’t.
I’m suffering some severe anxiety, panic attacks. I have no health insurance and am finding harder and harder to hide my instabilities from my employers. I can’t focus or make it on time anywhere no matter how important it is, I’m constantly losing track of time and making little mistakes that shouldn’t be made, period. I’m scared of two of my bosses, to the point that I have panic attacks when I think I have to speak directly to them. I get scared thinking about spending more than 18 hours away from home. I know whats wrong with me, Anxiety combined with Adult ADHD. They told me over and over again that I would grow out of it but I was diagnosed a third time in college. There’s no help here. I am too embarrassed to actively look for a counselor by calling around.
I don’t know, maybe this is too damn personal to put on my blog and I should really stick to political and random happenings in the ‘root. I’m scared of so many things and my emotional problems only exacerbate all of them. My student loans are amazingly scary and a huge huge burden. I’m working three jobs and am finally breaking down, I have to quit one or two for my sanity, but can I afford it, probably not. Should I move out of Montana? Follow my soldier, though everyone would have a conniption fit because we aren’t married. He won’t marry me unless I can get my student loans ironed out and not damaging out financial future.(I doubt that’s even possible for me) Also, the east coats is a HUGE change: Can I handle the stress of such a long distance move? Can I make a living finding something that makes me happy but sued by student loan banks or do I keep working myself sick to make ends meet?
I’m not asking for hand outs. I don’t think the world owes me anything. Don’t get me wrong, if there was a way to temporarily ease my load until I could get back on my feet I would take it. There isn’t, not here in the valley. My soul is here but my heart is sad. It’s being bogged down by the daily cost of being a young native Montanan. Not all young people these days are lazy and have an entitlement complex. I want to work, I want to do a good job that I can be proud of, but if I’m working myself to death all my jobs suffer and I feel trapped in s sick cycle that only leaving the valley will cure. Will I be able to be happy leaving these mountains simply because I’m with a man I love?
I have so many questions and all I’m told is just keep my head down and shoulder to the grindstone but I feel like if I keep doing that I’m pushing my troubles toward disaster. I remind myself that breakdowns are only for the rich. I can’t afford to break down but I can’t seem to stop this speeding car….
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Starting next August, all private insurance plans will cover birth control without a deductible or co-pay.
It’s a part of President Obama’s health care overhaul that focuses on preventative care. In addition to birth control, the plan covers breast pumps for nursing mothers, an annual “well woman” physical, counseling on how to avoid sexually transmitted diseases and other services at no cost to the patient. It also includes emergency contraception like the so-called morning-after pill. The cost of the new coverage will be spread among people with health insurance, which could mean higher premiums. But supporters of the change predict that instead of added costs, it will actually bring about bigger savings. They argue we’ll see a drop in the number of people needing treatment for sexual transmitted diseases and lower costs tied to unwanted pregnancies.
The Obama administration announced the new mandate Monday after a panel of experts recommended the changes. It’s getting a strong reaction from some local organizations. Planned Parenthood is calling it a victory for women’s health rights, the catholic church is condemning it and what they are calling for is taking it a step back.They believe that birth control is immoral because Catholics believe life starts at conception. What the government is defining as preventative care, they believe is abortion.
A church official is quoted as saying: “Fertility is not something that should be suppressed. Pregnancy is not a disease. This is not health care. What we’re talking about is something that will result in termination of life with many of these contraceptive devices which are abortifacient.” (Roll eyes here)
They don’t believe their insurance premiums should go up for the benefit of contraception. Planned Parenthood and the government, on the other hand, say this will save money on health care costs. Those without insurance will not receive the benefit of free birth control until the health care law takes full effect in 2014. The government does say there is a proposal on the table that would allow religious organizations to buy group health insurance that doesn’t cover contraception. The change takes effect next year, but the free coverage may not kick in for some until January 2013.
Even if you have to wait to benefit you have to realize what a huge step forward this is in a Congress controlled by conservative hate/fear mongers(have you been paying attention to the debt ceiling dramedy?). I am happy, hopeful but very very cautious. Anna on TYT said it best when she said as Happy as she is she can’t help but look for a conspiracy or something along those lines when the GOP does something that benefit the average citizen, especially the poor. I have high hopes that this is a sign of the winds changing ever so slightly in the right direction. I remain cautious simply because I’ve been taken advantage of before. I am poor, I have gone to bed hungry and I have had the love of my life enlist because the Army was hiring. I’m proud of him. He chose to work when all the conservative republicans around bitch about my generation being lazy and sucking the tit of welfare. Knowing full well I work multiple jobs and he has always done his best to contribute.
College has yet to do me any good financially. I have no solid job, no insurance and no security or stability to speak of. These were all things that college was suppose to bring. I have begged and borrowed just to be able to give Planned Parenthood $25 every time I go because as much as I need a free pap-smear I can’t in good conscious leave without paying SOMETHING, those people work too and they have bills to pay and your lord knows that the Government doesn’t pay all their bills like the GOP would have you believe.
I am so grateful that this was passed, I will remain wary until full utilization and full fallout from the right-wings. I believe we still need to look closer at Canada and Germany to fix out health-care system. I just have to keep telling myself, “Just let them keep taking those baby steps, even if the baby is an unwanted bastard conceived out of unholy wedlock. Let them take the baby steps.”
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It’s been way too long people! I am so sorry I haven’t been able to be around. I’ve been working really hard and not really taking care of my self but I will have to start watching that closer. One of these days I will make a living on one job. 3+ is killing me.
I found this story the other day. It’s really interesting, well to me at least. (c;
So what do you think? Secularist have less guilt and inhibitions and therefore have better sex? I think so. I know that when I figured out there wasn’t an all seeing daddy in the sky is was so much easier to climax without worrying about all that bullshit. I can truly be in the moment and I feel no guilt at all.
I hope that wasn’t TMI for anyone. I figured that it was valid considering the topic. (c;
So I went to visit a couple of friends today in their business. I was reduced to three things within this discussion. 1. I am irrevocably biased by my atheism. 2. My “leadership quality” of expecting people to question authority is expecting too much. 3. Because I am a Progressive I am more prone to “media religion/politics truthing” Meaning I believe whatever the “Liberal Secular” media tells me. Which insults my intelligence and completely contradicts the idea that I have any leadership qualities. Lets call my friends Thomas, Caleb and Nate.
That was hard to take, Caleb and Thomas are fairly close friends of mine. Caleb is nearly family and I hold his opinion in a really high regard. He’s the big brother and friend I’ve always wanted and I wish we were closer. Nate is relatively new friend who seems to me is a nice guy, however he does hold thinly veiled amused contempt for my atheism and always makes a joke or a comment at the expense of said atheism. He is catholic, and he feels that he is more evolved than the other christians secs. Simply, catholics are the first and true christians. His words not mine.
This is a huge reason why I refuse to come out publicly with my atheism at this point in my life. I cannot handle the constant need to put me down, which I do not make quips against religion simply because he is around. It’s usually brought up in a manner such as, “Well, you wouldn’t agree with this because it is a church thing and you’re an atheist.” Haha and now the joke or whatever comes next is always on me and they do expect me to defend myself and my point of view merely because it is in opposition to theirs. Although I dearly love Caleb and Thomas, who are a couple, they have never noticed or even defended the fact when the discussion turns serious I’m the only “Liberal” Atheist in the room and therefore it’s okay to bombard me with reason after reason why I’m wrong or questions where I have to defend my beliefs and my questions on their are always vaguely answered (save Caleb who is extremely articulate about such things)
Now as I was constantly on the defensive I can’t give you a lot of specifics on the conversation. When I gave an example yes it was a conservative example. They compared Bill Clinton and Monica to Reverend Long molesting boys and since I didn’t think Clinton’s indiscretion was as important as a REVEREND molesting boys my argument was moot. Every time I tried to defend my stance we would get off track and no matter how I tried to make my point they would find a way to make it moot on one of two facts. I was blindly following the liberals or I held the wrong people to too high of expectations. Sheepeople, if you excuse the term, weren’t supposed to think for themselves and ignorance and the media were to blame is all. However, free higher education and universal healthcare were too liberal but government controlled media were okay? I’m confused. Big government is the problem or it’s not. Nate and Thomas do get more invested in these conversations because they grew up very conservatively. The identify with that, Nate I get, Thomas I don’t so much. From what I’ve heard it took a while for Thomas to “Come out” because of the conservative community, but I could be wrong and I never really felt close enough to ask him.
I will say that that we did agree in some areas. Spending is the issue, Social Reform is needed not cuts. Healthcare is a mess and running for political office needs to be publicly funded with caps and the government needs to be completely transparent so media such as Fox “news” cannot manipulate whats happening. Also, the people no longer have a real voice in government and our officials are no longer working for us, but for corporations. I am frustrated because I feel like I care more about gay civil rights than Caleb and Thomas and civil rights as a whole over any religious ideal obviously and somehow I always feel slightly condemned and I hate feeling that way. That I’m the one that needs to learn a lesson. I’m the crazy one. I’m the one who needs more education. I am sick of it. I love Caleb and Thomas, but there are times when I feel like I’m not respected since I “came out” as an atheist. I will always have something to prove, maybe I had hoped that as gay men they would be a little more understanding as a minority. I try to live and act like this strong put together person. If that were true I wouldn’t be anonymous I wouldn’t have the raging insecurities when I’m told I’m just ignorant and need more education of the facts. One of these days I will post some excerpts from conversations with my uncle on facebook. I know it’s in-part good fun for him but it’s in-part serious.
Most of all I feel incredible silly for wanting to cry because my friends not only disagreed with me but were dismissive and tried to point out where I was wrong and that I was too biased to have an opinion about certain subjects; ie religion and politics. I do try hard not to shame the people I love for believing what they do, but when I think I’m having a perfectly normal conversation and my mother says “You have to stop talking, I disagree with you so much this is pissing me off.” I come up short. We were talking about an abortion bill which we are completely against however discussing the Republican party’s need to legislate morals based on christianity in a supposedly secular government I’m so far into left I just need to shut up. I listen and agreed with a lot of Nate’s points. However I really don’t believe he was actually listening to my arguments, more just listening for loopholes in my points just to unravel them.
What am I even doing here? Is there anyone listening? Does my voice count? I feel so alone. I wish my soldier was here. He’s the only real ally and the best friend I’ve ever known and never doubted. I hate boot camp… How do people like me find out we are not alone in the blogginverse?
When I heard this story, my first reaction was: “Wow, that was really cleaver. Not bad and it’s always and option. ” Wait, what?? I was really taken aback when I actually processed what had just come out of my mouth. What does that say about me? I’m not lazy. I’m working 3 jobs. (Four if you count my freelancing on the side.) This is where I first learned of this story, Cenk on MSNBC. If I think going to prison for health care is reasonable, since joining the armed forces for me is physically impossible… does that make me desperate? What exactly does that say about me?
Now after I saw this I started looking around for reactions. This one ends on a weird note but pay attention to his telling of the story first. I will copy and paste some of the reactions and comments below.
#I think prisoners should get healthcare. This story (I’m pretty sure this has happened before) just highlights the perverse situation in America regarding healthcare, and the lengths people have to go to in order to get treatment. The solution is universal healthcare for every citizen in America. Tax dollars well spent.
GeneralSticky1990 2 days ago
#@GeneralSticky1990 I absolutely agree! After all, not every prisoner deserves to be in prison. There’s a huge gray area here, and I mos def am all for the humane treatment of prisoners. I’m just not super thrilled about paying for dudes who decide to be there. Y’know?
1Mackinley 2 days ago
#NO! This is an example of a profit-driven healthcare system that allows people to suffer and die because they are poor! Absolutely the most selfish, smug, morally reprehensible comment I have ever heard. Not that you care, but you just lost a sub.
sonvolt48 2 days ago
#@sonvolt48 Yikes. Look, PRISON healthcare is not UNIVERSAL healthcare (which I am all for). Relax, dude.
1Mackinley 2 days ago
#@1Mackinley Then why did you make the moral of your story the “waste” of your tax dollars. The moral is that in this country people are so desperate for health care that they have to resort to measures as desperate as this poor man? Having said that, re-subbed for your support of universal care for all. Sorry for the earlier rant, but just had a bee in my bonnet all morning after initially reading this story.
sonvolt48 2 days ago
#@sonvolt48 Sorry to rile you up! Admittedly, the end was a bit vague. It’s not a big deal–I’m all about ethical treatment of prisoners, and good healthcare options–I’m just not nuts about the idea of paying for some guy who DECIDED to go to prison for the “benefits”. Y’know?
1Mackinley 2 days ago
#@1Mackinley Disagree buddy. Had I been in his shoes, I would have done the exact same thing. I feel that no one should ever have the decision of life or death. This is a perfect example of what America has become: Greed. No one gives a fuck about you and your health unless you have the money to pay for it. And no one wants to imagine what it’s like to be in their shoes because of everyone’s selfishness.
vunley 1 day ago
#@1Mackinley Gotta disagree with you a bit here. He felt like he didn’t have any other options (which he didn’t given the state of healthcare right now, honestly). Desperation leads to things like this. It wouldn’t shock me if this doesn’t start happening more, if it isn’t already.
CMatt420 1 day ago
#@1Mackinley Yeah, but you know why he decided to be there? He had no other fucking choice. Its death or jail. He couldn’t get health care from anywhere else and had worked hard all his life. Now he had no job and was not able to work or find a job because of his ailments and so had no health care. So you complaining about your “hard earned tax money” in this case just makes you sound like a selfish bitch.
Hamhark98 1 day ago
#Did you even read up on the story before judging???? The man had TRIED numerous times to get is own health care, this was a desperate decision. I myself, am very blessed to have health care but I know people who are not so fortunate. I understand you are a “blogger” and want the controversy for the views but posts like this just make you look desperate and unintelligent.
bre12345ify 2 days ago
Now the discussions on YouTube didn’t end there. I fount a new show called MidweekPolitics and I think I am going to subscribe to them. These guys have a complete and intelligent conversation.
Now of course there are videos about how this guy doesn’t deserve free healthcare. This is sad if we have reduced health to a reward only for the rich and deserving. This should make all Americans mad as hell. Not because this guy figured out how to work the system, but because this the only way he had to make the system work for him.
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