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The Abortion Ministry of Dr. Willie Parker

Eventually he came across the concept of “reproductive justice,” developed by black feminists who argued that the best way to raise women out of poverty is to give them control of their reproductive decisions. Finally, he had his “come to Jesus” moment and the bell rang. This would be his civil-rights struggle. He would serve women in their darkest moment of need. “The protesters say they’re opposed to abortion because they’re Christian,” Parker says. “It’s hard for them to accept that I do abortions because I’m a Christian.”
He gave up obstetrics to become a full-time abortionist on the day, five years ago, that George Tiller was murdered in church. The Abortion Ministry of Dr. Willie Parker – Esquire

Shut up, Hobby Lobby

Massive grats on raising the number of abortions performed in the United States, #HobbyLobby1.

“A new study by investigators at Washington University reports that providing birth control to women at no cost substantially reduces unplanned pregnancies and cuts abortion rates by a range of 62 to 78 percent compared to the national rate.”
WUSTL: Access to Free Birth Control Reduces Abortion Rates

Seeing the Supreme Court acknowledge that the “religious beliefs” of a corporation are completely irrelevant when it comes to blood transfusions, or any number of other medical treatments that are also none of their business makes this decision even more disgusting. It would be one thing if their ignorance of medicine was consistent — it would still be wrong and idiotic, but at least then it would just be the garden-variety stupid we’ve come to expect.

Radical conservatives and Hobby Lobby would never settle for garden-variety stupid — their moral compass, magnetized by misogyny, guides them through the wilderness of equality for all Americans towards bullying in the form of institutionalized slut-shaming.

It isn’t all bad news though; the more galvanized and defined their prejudices are, the easier it becomes to dismantle and dispose of these temporary obstacles to equality, dignity, and liberty. These attempts to find some solid footing on their moral high ground is especially difficult for them because they’re thrashing in quicksand. While it looks like they may have been handed a rope; it’s just enough to give an equally gruesome alternative to drowning.

It’s important to have a choice.

Shut up, Rick Perry

I can’t even tell if that thing on his head is a dunce cap or a hood at this point, but since both are signs of ignorance, does it really matter?

The louder they scream, the more we know that we are getting something done.
— Governor Rick Perry, Gold-Medal Winning Misogynist, notable Grand Wizard of Texas

and Texans whine about the $1B in social programs for all these damned kids as if they were villains finally unmasked at the end of an episode of Scooby Doo.

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Governor Perry’s recent comments about Wendy Davis and others who support reproductive rights for women1 are intended to be demeaning and denigrate all the men and women who stood up to a room of bullies, bigots, and burros who don’t understand medicine, the Constitution of the United States, or high school biology.
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These idiots believe they’ve been voted into office to write laws contrary to all of those subjects — which is definitely helping, since Texas is a state where teaching basic biology and contraception is completely optional, teenaged girls are getting pregnant at alarming rates.
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Mr. Perry saying that Ms. Davis should “know better” than to support reproductive rights because she was the daughter of a single mother and a teenaged mother herself who went on to Harvard is a non sequitur. It’s like saying Rick Perry should know better than to block education efforts and funding for his state because he sold books door to door in the 70s. It doesn’t matter what Ms. Davis did; it matters that women are entitled to make that choice, and it matters that 66% of the young women in his state who get pregnant drop out of school and live in poverty, and it matters that only 1.5% of young women who get pregnant in their teens will get a college degree by the time they’re 30 years old. Ms. Davis’s success is representative of about 0.001% of teenaged mothers in Texas.

Furthermore, Mr. Perry commenting that “Even the woman who filibustered was born into difficult circumstances,” constitutes an egregious case of mansplaining if I’ve ever seen one. He is telling Ms. Davis not only that she’s wrong in her political convictions, but that she’s wrong about the meaning and lessons she draws from her own life. It’s not enough that he wants to dictate to women when and how to have children; he also now needs to micromanage the narratives they tell about those events, saying, [pullquote align=right back=1]”She managed to eventually graduate Harvard Law School and serve in the Texas Senate. It’s just unfortunate that she hasn’t learned from her own example.”[/pullquote]

So personally, I applaud Ms. Davis for all of her achievements: choosing motherhood, choosing Harvard, and choosing to run for office. But ultimately it doesn’t matter what I think of her personal choices — which is kind of the whole point. The only decision of hers that’s relevant to the conversation is that she chose to stand up for the women of Texas so that they could also choose their own destinies.

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  1. and really, anyone who supports the right of a woman to have any doctor-patient confidentiality