“I have a question,” Daughter said as we watched the news last night. “How could a president be so stupid?”
Daughter is a very bright child.
Dubya’s statements are often ripe with gaffs. The incompetent way in which he speaks has come to be one of the few things we can count on with this administration. Well… actually… we also can count on our rights being ripped away – one by one. What right is being stripped now? What gaff has this leader presented? An intentional one. He has been waging a deliberate war for years – not against terrorism – against women.
First he stacked the Supreme Court with extreme-right, anti-choice judges – one (Samuel Alito) who, in 1991, while a judge on the 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, voted to uphold a Pennsylvania law requiring a woman opting for an abortion to first notify her husband. This is how women are seen by this administration and its appointees – as second-class citizens who must seek approval or permission before making decisions based on their own needs or wants. Second, he browbeat the FDA into postponing a decision on the already approved Plan B, forced them to make it available by prescription only, and only after a public outcry and several resignations was that overturned to make it available over the counter to women over 18.
And now this. What is it? It’s Dubya’s new definition of abortion – as if the abortion issue is not controversial enough.
An apparent memo from the HHS reads thus –
“The Department proposes to define abortion as ‘any of the various procedures — including the prescription and administration of any drug or the performance of any procedure or any other 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.”
So… by taking the pill, women are having abortions? An IUD is an abortion? Plan B is an abortion?
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I have a ‘bush countdown’ keychain that actually counts the days and hours before he’s finally out of office. i can’t wait for it to reach zero. You can order yours here – Backwards Bush
Unfortunately, despite the pleasure of seeing his time in office tick away, a lot more damage can be done in these remaining days and hours.
Fortunately, there are still some sane people in our government – few as they may be.
What can you do? You can write to your representatives and tell them what you think of this additional attempt to restrain women’s choices. Women’s rights. And you can think long and hard on all the needs of this country when Election Day comes this November… and every November after that.