You know what’s missing from this story? ANITA Perry saying she misspoke on a woman’s right to choose. Actually, Rick, she seemed pretty clear. Rick Perry speaking for his wife to the press like this tells you all you need to know about his attitude towards women.
Ironic As Hell GOP Ad Against Obamacare Says The Government Should Stay Out of Womens’ Vaginas (Unless The Government Is Republican)
NOTE: This article was written by Jezebel's Erin Gloria Ryan.
Now that Obamacare’s implementation is all but inevitable, conservatives are doing all sorts of nutty shit to try to stop it at the last minute. They’re threatening to shut down the whole government over it, which is the political equivalent of cutting off one’s head to spite one’s face. They’re filing a metric crapton of lawsuits against it. But my favorite conservative freak out is where they tell people not to sign up for it — with this unbelievably ironic video aimed at young women. “Obamacare is letting the government into your vag!” says the party of the transvaginal ultrasound. Let’s go on a journey through the destruction of irony, like, as a concept.
Here are other ways that this ad is among the most hilariously self-implicating pieces of propaganda:
"OPT OUT" as the name of a conservative-helmed program when, like, it’s written right into the GOP’s platform that women who become pregnant should not be able to OPT OUT or pregnancy. Other things women seeking abortions would not be able to "OPT OUT" of, if the conservative party had its way: listening to a fetal heartbeat, looking at a fetal ultrasound, a transvaginal ultrasound, a condescending lecture from a doctor about scientifically debunked non-dangers of abortion. One proposed Texas law suggested women who seek abortions should have to take a mandatory adoption class. OPTING OUT!
"Don’t let the government play doctor," says the tag line of an ad created by the same people who do exactly that, like, fucking constantly.
Uncle Sam long ago became young women’s creepy uncle when the government first got into all this vagina policing in the first place.
Remember when Rick Santorum was all “birth control pills give women a license to ‘do things’” and by “things” he meant “fuck”? Creeeee-pyyyyy.
What if we replaced the soundtrack of this ad with Republicans talking about female bodies? It would actually be a better ad.
Planned Parenthood responded swiftly and without pity. Here’s a statement from Eric Ferrero, VP of Communications for PPFA,
“It is hard to tell if this is real or if it’s a ‘Saturday Night Live’ parody about the hypocrisy of extremists who want to be in every exam room in America but don’t want to expand access to quality health care. These are the same extreme Koch-funded political groups who have tried to pass transvaginal ultrasound laws and other laws allowing politicians to interfere with people’s personal medical decisions. These videos are the height of hypocrisy, but more importantly they are irresponsible and dangerous, designed to spread misinformation and discourage people from getting access to high quality, affordable health care.”
Guys. Guys. This ad contains literally the most projection I’ve ever seen, and the other day stood next to a train to a male hipster reading Oscar Wilde who whispered “fag” under his breath as a trans woman deboarded. This is madness.
So, no group supports abortion clinic bombings ideologically?
Ever heard of an organization named Army of God? Click the last two photos in the set to view the pages listing Scott Roeder as an “American Hero” and murderers, arsonists, and bombers as “Heroes of the Faith.”
Really, stop trying to bend over backwards to exclude anti-choice terrorists as TERRORISTS. What do you call a man like Clay Waagner, who mailed over 200+ threatening letters, supposedly containing anthrax, to Planned Parenthood clinic? What, is he just a prankster?
This lone wolf bullshit needs to stop. Christians bombing abortion clinics in the name of God are terrorists. Muslims who commit bombing in the name of Allah — same thing. The biggest difference is that every time an incident of terrorism motivated by extremist anti-choice ideology takes place, Christian pro-life groups aren’t forced to launch a media blitz to clarify that the terrorist does not represent Christians.
Muslims do not get the same courtesy in the U.S. If an act of terrorism is even speculated to be committed by a Muslim, the media immediately demands Muslim-Americans roundly condemn the attacks and explain how that person is not a Muslim — this, of course, operates under the Islamophobic notion that EVERY MUSLIM EVERYWHERE supports the terrorist acts of the very, very few.
Scott Roeder, Army of God? Eh, lone wolf, not a real Christian, etc.
Just stop. This is not a hypothesis you can defend and still be a decent goddamn human being.
Hi I’m panicking right now because I think I may be pregnant and I have no means for an abortion and it’s early enough for an abortion pill but it costs around $300-$800 and I don’t have that kind of money. Is there anything I can do because I know planned parenthood still makes you pay. Please if your followers have any suggestions about what I can do monetary wise it would be a big help.
First, call the closest clinic to you. Ask if they know about private funds. Explain your situation. If they can’t help, call as far away as you can feasibly travel if you have to — they’re usually willing to direct you. Make sure you are not calling a crisis pregnancy center — these places will mislead you. Also, try the state chapter of NARAL where you live.
Followers, feel free to chime in! In your case, it sounds like there’s time to get around most restrictions, but not much. I hope this helps. If it doesn’t, write me back here or at my email, email@example.com and we’ll see what we can dig up.
This is crazy… As a physician, I don’t make laws, since I’m not qualified. By the same token, legislators should stay the fuck out of making (bad) medical decisions for women.
Dr. T, posting on my friend’s Facebook about the Indiana legislature’s consideration of another mandatory ultrasound bill that would not only demand transvaginal ultrasounds before certain types of abortion, it would also mandate another unnecessary transvaginal ultrasound two weeks later.
Testimony in favor of the bill culminated with Indiana Right to Life Director Sue Swayze saying she “doesn’t understand the problem with the procedure. I got pregnant vaginally. Something else could come in my vagina for a medical test that wouldn’t be that intrusive to me. So I find that argument a little ridiculous.” I dare her to say that to someone who is a survivor of rape.
This is like saying since she herself once consented to sex, she’s consented to have sex with everyone because that’s not intrusive. Not to mention being penetrated by a hard plastic probe in a doctor’s office usually differs from consensual sex. Oh, and did the state legislature dictate the position and manner that you and your partner were to use to conceive? Oh, no, because that’s a private choice, amirite?
The physician above nails it. Doctors should care for patients without legislators mandating how it should be done or denying patients care they seek from qualified physicians.
Apparently it took a female Republican to come up with the most vicious way to punish women who had the audacity to get themselves raped.
Wednesday, state representative Cathrynn Brown of New Mexico introduced a bill whose sheer audacity makes Todd Akin look as harmless as an ill-informed teenager groping his way through puberty.
The proposed legislation, House Bill 206, would make it illegal for a woman to have an abortion after being raped because the fetus is evidence of the crime. A women who does choose to have an abortion would be charged with the third-degree felony of “tampering with evidence,” which carries up to a three year prison sentence in New Mexico.
As the bill states:
"Tampering with evidence shall include procuring or facilitating an abortion, or compelling or coercing another to obtain an abortion, of a fetus that is the result of criminal sexual penetration or incest with the intent to destroy evidence of the crime."