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Sunday, April 25

Women's March for Rights



Can you believe in this day and age, we still have to fight for rights?

Well sure you can because we are hurtling back through time and space into the middle ages.

Almost a million people showed up for the March for Women's Rights today in Washington DC. Out of 270 million Americans, that was a decent turnout. Senator Clinton this morning reminded women that they didn't have to march for the past 12 years but now our rights are in danger thanks to President Bush. She also encouraged the 50 million women who care about their rights to get out and vote. 50 million women of voting age did not vote in the last election. Can you imagine if all these women actually voted? WOW!

This morning, Karen Hughes, Mr Bush's advisor stated:
"I think that after September 11, the American people are valuing life more and we need policies to value the dignity and worth of every life," she said. "President Bush has worked to say, let's be reasonable, let's work to value life, let's reduce the number of abortions, let's increase adoptions. And I think those are the kinds of policies the American people can support, particularly at a time when we're facing an enemy and, really, the fundamental issue between us and the terror network we fight is that we value every life."
Ya know I am gonna vomit if the Bush administration doesn't quit politicizing 9/11 and throwing the war on terror into the equation. Let's dissect this statement together:
"I think that after September 11, the American people are valuing life more and we need policies to value the dignity and worth of every life..."
Fuck me. People always valued life! 9/11 didn't make us value it more. It made us scared of being KILLED MORE. Where do they get this stuff? WOMEN'S RIGHTS HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH 9/11, KAREN, YOU IGNORANT SLUT! If we need policies to value the dignity and worth of every life, then why are we killing thousands of innocents in Afghanistan and Iraq? Why do we allow millions of Americans to work without healthcare benefits, with out proper childcare? Why don't we have national healthcare if we value life? Because Republicans don't want to pay for it. We are the only first world country that doesn't have national healthcare. If you ask a Republican about that, they will say that those other countries have higher taxes. Yeah so? Our propaganda machine tells us that the people in other countries with national healthcare have very bad care. Nonsense. Special interest groups and corporations talk in this country.
"President Bush has worked to say, let's be reasonable, let's work to value life, let's reduce the number of abortions, let's increase adoptions."
Absolutely I agree. But Bush has only "worked to say". This means he has done nothing. He just worked to say..... "Let's work to value life." Well duh. The only way to get people to value life is to change societal values. First change societal values by giving women viable alternatives. How can the government, since it chose to be so political about abortion rights, help to make the changes? Well they can make it easier for unwanted babies to be adopted. There are thousands of couples who are infertile and would love to adopt children. It costs more to adopt a baby than it does to have your own.

Adoption is something that needs to be made available and we should encourage women to have the babies and give them up for adoption. Many women can't afford the proper pre-natal healthcare though so here we are back at the healthcare issue. Unfortunately in my wildest dreams, I can't picture Republicans working on this. Sounds like a Democratic thing to me which of course all the Republicans in congress would vote against simply because it sounds like it would cost money and it was suggested by a Democrat.
"And I think those are the kinds of policies the American people can support, particularly at a time when we're facing an enemy"
This is where Hughes really makes me suspect she is a man. At a time when we are "facing an enemy", it is kind of hard to explain to distraught women with unwanted pregnancies that they should have children. Remember, we don't have any real good alternatives in place at the moment.
"and, really, the fundamental issue between us and the terror network we fight is that we value every life."
Is she saying that if you're pro-choice that you are the enemy? a Terrorist? She is. Isn't she? fucking shit on a stick. But we don't want to pay welfare to women who are poor and get pregnant because that will raise taxes. We don't want to give adequate healthcare to poor pregnant women or working women who don't have national health benefits because that will cost money. How about day care? But we manage to scrape up money to invade Iraq don't we?

Know what really makes me insane? When I watch this bitch on tv being interviewed by Blitzer or some other idiot and she makes these wild statements. The so called "interviewer" couldn't possibly be paying attention to what she is saying because they don't even question her on it. If I were interviewing her, I would have put her on the spot, "Mr, I mean Ms Hughes, are you saying that women who are pro-choice are with the terrorists? Or are you simply implying that they are in fact terrorists?"

Abortion is an issue that should be between a woman and her doctor, not between a woman and her president or congressperson. It is the job of the politician to encourage but not legislate a virtuous society. If I weren't menopausal, I'd be PMS'ing over this stuff non stop.

UPDATE: The President of Planned Parenthood Demand Apology from Karen Hughes! Good.

MORE UPDATE: NY Times: Abortion Rights Advocates Rap Bush Adviser Hughes

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