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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Bush Administration Says Contraception=Abortion

posted by on July 16 at 13:13 PM

The Bush administration wants to require all health programs, including women’s clinics, that receive federal funding to certify that they won’t refuse to hire nurses and other employees who object to abortion or birth control.

In other words, if Planned Parenthood wants to keep its federal funding, it has to agree to hire people who object to its core mission of family planning.

Even worse: The proposal, citing a 2001 Zogby poll (!!), defines “abortion” as any drug, procedure or action that “results in the termination of the life of a human being in utero between conception and natural birth, whether before or after implantation.” Because hormonal contraception (emergency and otherwise) can, in theory, prevent implantation of a fertilized egg (as, by the way, can menstruation), the proposal effectively defines birth control as abortion.

How much more can this man fuck up in his remaining 187 days in office?

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Just when you thought they had done all the damage possible, here comes this. Holy fucking shit.

Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber | July 16, 2008 1:27 PM

Can we just make menstruation illegal already?

Posted by Will in STL | July 16, 2008 1:32 PM

Hormonal contraception wouldn't even be needed if we just taught people how to assfuck.

Posted by eclexia | July 16, 2008 1:38 PM

We need to go there. People have begun taking the accomplishments of the women's movement for granted. The only way to spur action is to confront them with the reality of what it's like. Ban abortions and contraceptives, let it sit for 10 years and you'll have a whole host of men begging to use contraceptives and allow abortions.

Posted by need to go there | July 16, 2008 1:39 PM

"How much more can this man fuck up in his remaining 187 days in office?"

Uhhh, you don't really want to ask that question. Consider editing it out, please, before he sees it...thank you.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | July 16, 2008 1:41 PM

What kind of horrible fate are you trying to call down on us by asking that question? God damnit, don't stick your finger in fate's eye! We've been fucked enough!

Posted by dave | July 16, 2008 1:45 PM

Aren't these the same people who say that bosses should be allowed to refuse to hire gays and blacks? Apparently religious nurses are the only class worth protecting.

Posted by mattymatt | July 16, 2008 1:45 PM

I totally agree with Will in STL!

Posted by Little Red Ryan Hood | July 16, 2008 1:52 PM

You think this is bad? Wait until he starts the Presidential Pardon Parade. Then we'll have some fun times.

Posted by TacomaRoma | July 16, 2008 1:55 PM

I actually flinched when I read comment # 3.

Posted by Mike in MO | July 16, 2008 1:56 PM


So, A, this is a draft proposal. It probably won't be enacted in its current form.

B of all, I would speculate that this proposal -- and indeed, a lot of the more flamboyantly terrible things the Bush administration will do between now and November -- is a political ruse to try to frame the debate between Obama and McCain. If he takes a position on this issue, Obama can be accused of attempting to curtail the religious freedom of American Christians.

It's a setup. Don't take the bait.

Posted by Judah | July 16, 2008 1:58 PM

I have to admit I'm a little surprised that Planned Parenthood even receives federal funding. Anyway, once I finally receive my tax refund and overdue stimulus check, I now know where at least some of that money is going to go.

Posted by keshmeshi | July 16, 2008 1:58 PM

I think the 2nd part of the proposal is great. Birth control and abortion are morally equal, since people who object to abortion think something magical happens at conception. If you try to overturn Roe v. Wade, you'll have to outlaw birth control pills and spontaneous abortions (much more common than actual abortions) too.

Posted by girlgerms | July 16, 2008 2:07 PM

@10: Flinched, or puckered?

Posted by NapoleonXIV | July 16, 2008 2:08 PM

You don't even want to know the answer to that last question, Erica. None of us do.

Posted by Greg | July 16, 2008 2:14 PM

Having been persecuted and ostracized much of my life for the intrinsic trait of geekiness (until it finally became cool in my late 20's), I am mostly indifferent to the hypothetical question "what if I had been gay?"

Mostly indifferent, with one huge exception--I am immensely grateful that I can enjoy an intercourse-centered sex life without ever coming into contact with anyone's anus, much less anything beyond.

My point being: eclexia @3, ewwwwwww!!!  >_<

Posted by lostboy | July 16, 2008 2:16 PM

Would they be required to hire nurses who refuse to do their jobs, or just ones who disagree with the core mission?

The line between, say, requiring federally funded faith-based charities to hire people who aren't of that faith (something I'd agree with) and this seems, to me, less clear than ECB would like to imply.

Now, redefining abortion to include hormonal contraceptives seems pretty crazy to me.

Posted by Dan | July 16, 2008 2:17 PM

Far-right proposals like this at this time are designed to frame the selection of candidates in the November elections. There are about twice as many Republicans up for re-election this cycle than Democrats. Putting abortion on the table is a ploy to motivate apathetic conservatives.

Posted by inkweary | July 16, 2008 2:30 PM

Not surprising coming from Bush. This is a man who never misses an opportunity to kiss the popes ass. Do you think it's a coincidence that the Bushs have filled the supreme court with papists?

Posted by Vince | July 16, 2008 2:39 PM

@16 just by saying that makes you gay. All straight men want to poke their girl in the bum and by saying you don't that makes you gay. I read it on a t-shirt so I know its true. And by declaring your straightness makes you even more nelly. Power bottom? Maybe?

Posted by Nanook | July 16, 2008 2:47 PM

Can he just say it and it's so, or does this go before congress first?

Posted by elswinger | July 16, 2008 2:54 PM

Wait, my sexual orientation is supposed to go before Congress, now?!

Posted by lostboy | July 16, 2008 3:06 PM

I can see it now: thousands of religious bigots storming the halls of Planned Parenthood, getting hired on, and proceeding to poke holes in every single condom in the building and handing out "You are going to hell for this" pamphlets to women seeking abortions while a few others stand there and lecture the girls on how God does not stand for such acts and that they will make it their sworn duty to ruin their lives should the go ahead with the procedure.

Ahhhhh, its so fiendish, so devilishy evil and disgusting it makes me want to run right out and hop the fence to Canada. And I hate cold winters.

Posted by Johnny Liverwerst | July 16, 2008 3:11 PM

@23: The Cold Winters are like my favoritist band ever, how could you possibly hate them? Their bestest work was on their second album titled "Let the Ground Hog See His Shadow"

Posted by Little Red Ryan Hood | July 16, 2008 3:22 PM

I think butcher shops should be forced to hire vegetarians who, because of their beliefs, will refuse to process or sell meat. In fact I think all companies should be required to hire employees who, because of their beliefs, refuse to do the job for which they were hired. Then I'm going to go get me one of those jobs.

Posted by Don't you think he looks tired | July 16, 2008 3:54 PM

@17 - Sure the nurses could refuse to do their jobs just like the pharmacists that are currently refusing to fill contraceptive and morning after pill prescriptions because other people having sex makes them sad.

Posted by Sad Comment | July 16, 2008 4:03 PM

I think General Motors should be forced to hire Japanese workers who refuse to build medicore cars.

And/or, some anarachists, just to keep things interesting.

I think Wall Street should be forced to hire people who don't think that they should cut every corner and break every rule and put us all at risk, to make us all some money...

I think Christie Brinkley should be forced to hire me as a pool boy...

Posted by CP | July 16, 2008 7:10 PM

Or some arachnids. Or anybody who can spell. Sorry.

Posted by CP | July 16, 2008 7:11 PM

Fuck Yeah-I have been immensely cheered up by all these comments, they have made my crappy and mediocre day! I'm happy there have been no comments from horrified Christians yet, although that would just add some flame to the fire, and keep things going. I suspect that the fuck ups are just beginning to multiply, or in Bush's own words:
"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we,
They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country
and our people, and neither do we."
George W. Bush, 8/05/2004

Posted by DZ | July 16, 2008 9:52 PM

I think that women who use birth control should be informed of the fact that it can prevent implantation. I am Pro-Life and would never have an abortion. In my youth I used the pill, and was only told that it prevented ovulation. Had I known I would never have used them. I think that the reason the conservative/religious right is forced to propose these draconian measures is that the Pro-Choice side does little to truly educate women about all the ramifications of the choices available. Not every abortion is the result of the most dire circumstances; severe deformity of the fetus, mother's life in peril, rape, mental distress of the mother. But when there are debates that is the stand of the Pro-Choice side. Both sides refuse to introduce the absolute truth in the debate. In a culture where we refuse to truly educate, talk honestly, and be willing to really listen, then both sides resort to the most extreme position they can take. It's unhealthy for the nation as a whole, and the people who are hurt the most by this is our young people who don't know what's true, or who they can trust to discuss the issue honestly when they are faced with these situations in their own lives. There is opposition to honest education about sex. There is opposition to make condoms available where kids can feel safe to get them. There is opposition to discussing all the options available to pregnant women and teens. There is opposition to being supportive of teens and women who choose to have the baby and put it up for adoption. There is opposition to being honest about the psychological toll abortions and adoptions have on women who make those choices. There is opposition to providing financial support to teens and women who keep their babies. There is opposition to people of faith who don't want to dispense drugs and services that goes against their beliefs. There is opposition to making sure people who make certain choices know where to go to get those services. It's ridiculous. Until both sides are willing to sit and talk, with everything on the table, and are willing to make compromises, then the rights of women to make choices will always be in jeopardy.

Posted by Stella | July 17, 2008 10:46 AM

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