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Pro Life, Really

I’ve spent the last few weeks listening to the right wing blather on about their so called pro choice views. I’ve watched as they have passed (or tried to) anti-choice legislation all across the country. Something just occurred to me; they need to put up or shut up. Being pro life doesn’t begin and end at opposing abortion. No, there’s much more to it than that.

If being anti abortion is the totality of your advocacy for life, then we need to start referring to that opinion as “pro breathing”. Being pro life should be about advocating for a life. When people talk about their lives, they’re not referring to their ability to breathe. They’re usually talking about their emotional entanglements, professional situation, financial standing, family, and about a million other things. As a legislator, if you’re not working to increase the stability in these areas for your constituents, and your “pro life” advocacy begins and ends at preventing abortions, then you’re not pro life. You’re a simpleton and an asshat.

Let me give you some examples. You can’t be anti-union and pro life. If your legislative agenda is to neuter unions, then your goal is to lower wages for workers. Lower wages equals a shittier life, which is the whole second half of your “pro life” slogan. Lower wages increase the necessity for two wage earners in a household. Two wage earners means that there’s nobody at home to raise and create a meaningful life for your kids. We used to be able to raise kids on the wages of one parent. We can’t do that anymore because wages are either flat (if you’re lucky enough to be highly skilled) or going down. I don’t know if you’ve noticed this or not, but we’ve got a generation of assholes on our hands now. That’s right, America is raising a generation of self entitled, spoiled, rude, fucking assholes. I’m of course, not referring to your kids. Your kids are fabulous. It’s everyone else’s kids that are assholes. They’re assholes because no one has the time or the energy to raise them properly. Kids need attention and guidance. They don’t receive the attention required to turn them into thoughtful human beings when both parents have to work, just to feed them. Here’s a quote from Rick Santorum, circa 1994,

“What we have is moms raising children in single-parent households simply breeding more criminals,” he said. When Santorum wasn’t comparing single mothers to animals, he still pressed the issue of out-of-wedlock births and crime. He told the Philadelphia Inquirer in 1994 that “we will never solve the crime problem unless we solve the welfare problem. They are deeply intertwined.” […]

That’s a pretty fucked up thing for Rick Santorum to say. Why the emphasis on Rick Santorum in that sentence? Because I would find that statement significantly less offensive if it came from a legislator who spends their career working on ways to improve people’s lives, thereby creating more stability and decreasing the number of “broken” homes. Financial woes are a big factor in driving divorce rates up.

You can’t be “pro life” if you’re pro cutting taxes for the wealthiest among us, while raising “fees” for everyone else in order to make up for that revenue loss. That’s how republicans like to do it. The fee for me to get my first driver’s license was $15. The fee to renew my driver’s license this year will be $160.  They love fees, but “hate” taxes. Sixty years ago, US corporations paid 40% of the total tax revenue collected in America. Today, they pay 9%. You wanna guess who pays 42% of the revenue collected?

This didn’t happen accidentally. That happened because of actions taken by our legislators. If you’re a legislator that espouses pro life views while enabling this to happen, then you’re a lying sack of shit, and you’re anti-life.

If you’re anti-contraception and anti-choice, your goal is clearly to punish women for having sex, and you’re definitely not pro-life. But you’re definitely a fucking moron since, in your quest to punish women, you forget that you’re also pummeling men. Nothing erodes the self esteem of a man as effectively as feeling inadequate. And nothing makes a man feel more inadequate than not being able to support his family. Let’s not forget that the GOP isn’t taking a stand against giving single women access to contraception. They’re taking a stand against denying any woman access to contraception, which diminishes the notion of family planning. Sorry couples, you must accept that every time you have sex, you may end up with a child, whether you’re in a position to have one or not. So men, you’d better get to working harder and earning more if you want to hang onto your dignity and masculinity. And if you’re a man whose wife suffers from endometriosis, you’re going to have to work extra hard to pay for your wife’s birth control pills because if you don’t, those ovarian tumors might make it impossible for her to ever have your kids.     

I am totally fucking fed up with anti-life advocates calling themselves pro-life, simply because they work toward making abortion a nearly impossible procedure to have. People don’t choose to have abortions because they’re fun. They choose to have abortions because circumstances make it too difficult to actually have that child. These so called pro-lifers need to stop pretending that women have abortions on a whim, or simply because they’re assholes that enjoy having their uteri vacuumed out for kicks. That is a bullshit position taken by people that are too fucking lazy to think beyond their self-loathing fueled beliefs.

If you’re not working toward making people’s lives better so that they don’t have to choose abortion out of necessity, you can go fuck yourself. I’m sick of listening to your hypocritical bullshit. And I’m not letting you get away with referring to yourself as “pro-life” just because you’re anti-abortion. If you’re a voter who is genuinely appalled by abortion, you should be demanding the same thing I’m demanding. And if you’re not, you can go fuck yourself too.

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The Absence Of Faith

Someone needs to help me out with this birth control controversy because I’m completely fucking flummoxed by it.

Here’s how I understand the situation; HHS (health and human services) passed a law mandating that insurance companies must cover birth control pills at 100% (meaning there are no copays involved). So far, so good. HHS has exempted churches from this requirement (they lost me on this part, but I’ll get to that later), but did not exempt religious organizations that employ people. So the Catholic church does not need to have the type of insurance that covers the pill, but Catholic Charities does. That last part is where the controversy that eludes me lies.

I worked for Catholic Charities at one point in my career. I’m Jewish, so I have no interest in living my life according to the tenets of the Catholic Church. Their belief that the use of contraception (yes, it was condoms back then too) is wrong had nothing to do with me, just like my abhorrence of pedophilia and the covering up of pedophilia apparently has nothing to do with the Catholic church. There’s no fucking reason on the planet why my insurance coverage should cover less than anyone else’s, just because I work for Catholic charities. If I can put my disgust with your covering up a world wide epidemic of child rape in your church, you can put up with my desire not to get pregnant.

But clashing beliefs aside, what’s the big deal? Why can’t the nuns themselves have access to free birth control pills? Aren’t they Catholics? I thought they didn’t believe in birth control? Does the church really believe that the $10 a month copay is the only thing keeping the nuns faithful? Seriously, what the fuck? Is the church so fragile that their beliefs can’t stand up to free birth control? How fucking insecure about your faith are you? This isn’t about practicing your faith. This is about limiting people’s options in an effort to make them bend to your will.

And let me mention that the most effective way to minimize abortion is through birth control. That’s a demonstrable fact so don’t give me any of the bullshit abstinence crap. So if you’re against abortion, you must be for birth control. If you’re opposed to both birth control and abortion, then your goal is clearly to punish women for having sex. I would tell those people to to go fuck themselves, but I’m pretty sure that their hatred of women stems from the fact that they can’t get any to fuck them, so they’re fucking themselves plenty.

But anyway, I digress. I don’t understand the controversy. If you don’t believe in the pill, don’t use it. And if you believe in your faith, then have some fucking faith in it. Free birth control will not  bring your religion crashing down on you because it will not tempt believers away from you.

And right wing media – please, for the love of god, stop with the nontroversies. They’re becoming tiresome, and you’re shrinking your base with each and every one.

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