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Friday, August 1, 2008

Make Sure the Next Woman You Meet Who’s Thinking About Voting for McCain…

posted by on August 1 at 10:40 AM

…reads this.

The Bush administration has ignited a furor with a proposed definition of pregnancy that has the effect of classifying some of the most widely used methods of contraception as abortion.

A draft regulation, still being revised and debated, treats most birth-control pills and intrauterine devices as abortion because they can work by preventing fertilized eggs from implanting in the uterus. The regulation considers that destroying “the life of a human being.”

Many medical groups disagree. They hold that pregnancy isn’t established until several days after conception, when the fertilized egg has grown to a cluster of several dozen cells and burrowed into the uterine wall. Anything that disrupts that process, in their view, is contraception…. Dozens of Congressional Democrats—including presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama—have signed letters of protest blistering the proposal. His Republican rival, Sen. John McCain, declined to comment.

The goal of this proposed regulation? To make it harder for women to come by contraceptives. If standard methods of contraception are reclassified as abortion then laws crafted to allow pharmacists and other medical personal to “opt out” of providing treatments that violate their religious beliefs—morning-after pills, abortion referrals—would suddenly cover the pill and IUDs.

Helloooooo? Straight people? The GOP and the religious right don’t just hate the gays and gay freedom to host gay brunches, enter into gay marriages, and do gay adoptions. They hate your freedoms, too.

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"blistering the proposal" - I know what they mean, but . . . huh?

Posted by Ziggity | August 1, 2008 10:56 AM

So, by these standards - given that the vast majority of male ejaculate produced never reaches an egg to fertilize - wouldn't masturbation and oral sex also count as abortion?

Men, you can now perform your own abortions in the privacy of your own bathroom. Thank you, Bushies for bringing equality to us all.

Posted by ReverendZ | August 1, 2008 11:04 AM

This is ironic because guess who helped set up Planned Parenthood in Connecticut back in the seventies? George H.W. and Barbara Bush, according to Kitty Kelly's book 'The Family' on the Bush family.

Posted by raindrop | August 1, 2008 11:09 AM

@2- They're talking about medication that prevents an already fertilized egg from implantation, like the pill and IUDs do. So the loss of eggs or sperm which haven't met wouldn't be of concern.

Posted by Kyleen | August 1, 2008 11:12 AM

What we really need is a fringe-left group to start advocating mandatory abortions.

Posted by Greg | August 1, 2008 11:22 AM

I wonder where my pro-choice Uncle Ted stands on this?

Too bad he is indicted...

Posted by AK Rob | August 1, 2008 11:23 AM

if i'm to take the internet at its word, the only women who are seriously considering voting for mccain are either A) post-menopausal harpies with a serious axe to grind, or B) anti-choice malkinoids. i'm pretty sure the women who truly care about their reproductive freedom already got this memo.

Posted by brandon | August 1, 2008 11:32 AM

The sheer fact that there is even a close race between McCain and Obama is mind-boggling. I wonder if the news media was so shitty back in the day who we would have had as president.


Posted by Original Monique | August 1, 2008 11:32 AM

Kyleen @ 4- Yer right, of course. However, I think my projection might be an eventual goal for the Abstinence Only Squad - policing "unused" emissions.

An uber-conservative's proverbial "wet dream" - so to speak.

Posted by ReverendZ | August 1, 2008 11:33 AM

Every time I read about this I am filled with so much anger I am rendered speechless.

Posted by meggers | August 1, 2008 11:44 AM

All female demographics, including old white menopausal harpy Hillary fans, are much stronger majorities for Obama than any age group of white men including the youngs. If he loses, it will be THE FAULT OF WHITE MEN.

Too bad that interferes with replaying your misogynist Mommy-obsessed psychodramas. Get over it.

Posted by La Mareada | August 1, 2008 12:02 PM

Speechless is right - what can you say to something as idiotic as this?

Posted by Ivan Ptizelov | August 1, 2008 12:03 PM

We won't support spine-less NO-Bama and will re-defeat him in November!!!

Posted by clintonsarmy | August 1, 2008 12:04 PM

@13: Motherfucking troll.

Posted by Greg | August 1, 2008 12:59 PM

A duck walks into a bar. It sees John McCain sitting at the bar, takes the stool next to him, and orders a drink.

McCain says "Don't see many ducks in here."

The bartender says to McCain: "You getting dementia or something buddy? There ain't no ducks here."

Posted by obamacounterinsurgency | August 1, 2008 1:15 PM

Meh... it's all scary talk and no action with them. They've been trying to overturn roe v. wade since it was first ruled and have accomplished nothing. I know you're never supposed to say "it'll never happen" but... it'll never happen.

Posted by GS | August 1, 2008 4:06 PM

Greg @5; "What we really need is a fringe-left group to start advocating mandatory abortions."

Or maybe not, "One child per couple" would do a lot more to reduce humans impact on the Earth than a fee on plastic bags.

ALL politicians hate freedoms.

Posted by Epimetheus | August 1, 2008 6:53 PM

Dan, I don't see what you are so upset about. They only hate women and heterosexual sex. Both sides of your relationship are free to pop as much Viagra as will fit into your mouths. At the same time, they know that lesbians are not affected by all these rules.

Clearly they love gays and all that gay lovin' they do. Some of them more than others of course. Check the bathrooms around the legislatures to really sort out which are willing to love you the most.

Posted by Jim | August 2, 2008 12:50 AM

Everyone that cares needs to go and get a copy of "The Handmaid"s Tale" by Margaret Atwood. Vote with your uterus, ladies!

Posted by Tracey | August 2, 2008 2:07 PM

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