Obamacare did not survive the Supreme Court challenge because of legalities; Obamacare survived because of politics. Nine million people stood to loose their health insurance, if the court ruled that federal subsidies for affordable health care were illegal. Most of those nine million people live in states where their Republican representatives are up for re-election. What this tells me is the vote, yours-mine-ours, still matters. Why do you think the ALEC controlled Republican Party are so consistently chipping away at the Voting Rights Act? And successfully too, I might add.
This week’s passage of the ALEC supported TPP destroyed any lingering hopes and dreams I had of a fair and level playing field for all. Racism, environmental destruction, poverty, misogyny, intersectionality—every social ill we face is a direct/indirect result of an economic system meant to serve the few on the backs of many. That so few make the connection between social issues (I include religion under social issues) and economics boggles the mind. That so few make the connection between legislation passed in Washington and the quality of their lives scares me. We are not controlling the narrative— profit is—and profit will always spin social unrest to profit’s benefit: “us versus them.”
I am a straight, white, 62 year old woman and I was devastated by what happened in Charleston. I got an email saying, “not all white people.” What I wrote back was, “not all white people,” is akin to a man saying, “not all men,” on the subject of rape. Why does someone think it’s all right to kill people because of the color of their skin? How can anyone blame life’s difficulties on people of color, different sexuality, and women? I have held these questions since I was eleven years old and still I have no answers, just anguish and tremendous sadness. In my experience though, the ugly side of people is they need to feel superior to someone— us versus them—and when that superiority is threatened they kill it.
I am thrilled beyond belief that gay marriage is now legal across the United States. But know the ALEC controlled Republican party is in the process of writing model legislation to chip away at the new law at the state level, in the exact same way they eviscerated the Voting Rights Act and unions, and Americans United for Life (ALEC’s baby sister) eviscerated women’s reproductive freedoms. “Us versus them,” the godly versus the godless and the godly’s are feeling threatened so they kill the godless. You see how it works?
The good news is the progressive party grows stronger daily.
From my heart to yours.
Live loud, love fierce, and suffer no fools. Katherine Manaan MAWT
This morning when I read that 235 anti-choice bills have been introduced in state legislatures since January. My first thought was where’s NARAL? NARAL needs a spokesperson like James Carville who argues with such flamboyance, charm, and intelligence he plays the other side for fool. I am unduly angry with NARAL and I blame them for not doing enough, which I know is completely unfair, because they don’t have the money to do what they need to do. My next thought was how come the pro-choice movement doesn’t have the kind of money and organization that the anti-choice movement does? The liberal elite has every bit as much money as the Republican 1%, and God knows they give lip service to supporting women, they won the last presidential election on our ovaries, so why aren’t they coming out in droves for women’s reproductive freedom? Geez, even the Republican women in Congress refused to get behind an abortion bill they felt was too extreme, during the most recent Roe versus Wade anniversary, for fear it would cost them votes in the upcoming election.
The anti-choice movement has been extremely clear about their agenda and how they planned to implement it. The two paragraphs below are from a piece I posted 4/16/2012 on Addicting Info.
"The juggernaut of legislation we have been witnessing is clearly part of a perfectly coordinated and precisely executed strategy to chip away at abortion rights at the state level. It’s quite brilliant actually, why take on abortion at the federal level where a win is not guaranteed when with the right language in the right states, a win is guaranteed. This is the thinking of Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans United for Life. “You don’t have to overturn Roe to actually make progress at state level,” she said. The point is to make Roe “crumble under its own weight and become irrelevant.”
“AUL, the legal wing of the pro-life movement are the players behind the bills for pre-abortion ultra-sounds, trans-vaginal ultrasounds, forced viewing of an ultra-sound, abortion waiting periods, parental notification, required viewing of state established anti-choice websites, re-defining gestation time, the question of fetal pain, abortion causes breast cancer lies, required pro-life counseling, and clinic regulations so restrictive that clinics have to close their doors. The effectiveness of the bills is due in large part to the language, what is called “model language” and that language is spelled out in AUL’s annual report, Defending Life: Proven Strategies for a Pro-Life American. Once the bill is written, and AUL will provide lawyers to help, it’s just a matter of getting it into the hands of a pro-life elected official, in a state friendly to anti-abortion measures, to move it through the legislature. Any state run by Republicans is a magnet for anti-choice legislation.”
I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that AUL is ALEC’s baby sister and has access to the same kind of monies that ALEC does. AUL took a page from the ALEC playbook when it decided to attack choice at the state level. ALEC attacks at the state level to chip away existing laws protecting the environment, unions, education, and humanity. Both ALEC and AUL are extremely successful at getting their agenda passed in state legislatures and I feel powerless to stop the slow but consistent chipping away of democracy and reproductive freedom. (Yes, they are coming for your birth control.) I keep writing, I keep disseminating information, because I'm pit bull stubborn, and if enough of us keep writing we'll have a record for future generations of what really happened, what was responsible for the downfall of the country, and subsequent enslavement of her people. Oh dear, I’ve digressed.
Anti-choice legislation is firmly rooted in the soil that women can’t possibly make their own decisions about their bodies without government regulation. Doesn’t that absolutely infuriate you? It certainly infuriated a million plus back in the 2004, ergo the march on the mall. Given the fact that anti-choice has been so clear about their strategy and its implementation wouldn’t it make sense that pro-choice organizations would plan their own strategy to beat it? Again I hear lack of money and no I don’t think changing the term “pro-choice,” into something other is going to help at all though that seems to be where the conversation is headed.
I wish I had a concrete answer for why there isn’t a progressive equivalent of AUL. (or ALEC for that matter). Obviously religion plays a huge part, as does apathy, willful ignorance, and young women who are clueless about what they stand to lose, but I also think money, the making of money, and profit plays an insidious, shadowy role. I would wager the monied liberal elite think that if they come out for abortion, if they fund a pro-choice equivalent of AUL, it will adversely impact their bottom line. As ever pro-woman and pretty much anything else that has to do with benefitting humanity and the planet comes in second to profit. The Handmaid's Tale feels more and more like a reality everyday.
From my heart to yours.
Live loud, love fierce, and suffer no fools.
Katherine Manaan MAWT
When I read a few weeks ago that Planned Parenthood suspected yet another sting was going on I wondered what that little, lying viper Lila Rose and her anti-abortion group Live Action were up to now. The last hoax of a sting led by Rose was part of the AUL report that would become the grounds for opening up a Congressional Investigation into Planned Parenthood. That would be the investigation Susan G. Komen would use as the excuse for defunding Planned Parenthood.
It’s no coincidence that Rose’s Live Action latest video was released to coincide with the Prenatal Discrimination Act up for a vote on the floor of Congress tomorrow, Wednesday, 5/30/12. This is simply the next move in the war against women’s rights. The video claims that, “the search-and-destroy targeting of baby girls through prenatal testing and abortion is a pandemic that is spreading across the globe. Research proves that sex-selective abortion has now come to America. The abortion industry, led by Planned Parenthood, is a willing participant.” According to NARAL, the Prenatal Discrimination Act bill would, “subject a doctor to five years in prison for failing to determine if sex is a factor in a woman’s decision to choose an abortion,” and “threaten any medical professional who does not report even a suspected case of sex selection.”
Here is a link to the video:
Sex selective Abortion? Seriously? There is no issue with sex selective abortion in this country but in China it is a huge issue because of China’s One Child Policy. It is as much an issue in Taiwan, India, Korea, and Pakistan. Enter the right wing Susan B. Anthony List and their Charlotte Lozier Institute, which is the anti-choice movement’s Guttmacher. According to a Lozier Institute Poll, 80% of the respondents would support banning sex selective abortion. This was clearly an angle that needed to be played, ergo yet another transparently deceptive Lila Rose, scary music, video implying Planned Parenthood is pushing sex selective abortion, when it does no such thing. I watched the video and clearly the counselor is not pressuring the young woman, who claims to want an abortion if the baby is a girl, to have an abortion. The counselor is warm, helpful, and answers the young woman’s questions non-judgmentally. My heart sank for her as I watched because she was so nice and doing everything she possibly could to help, and had absolutely no idea she was being played or that she might be doing something wrong. I don’t know what the standard Planned Parenthood procedure is, I understand the counselor in question has been fired, but it looks to me like she was guilty of a compassionate heart and a huge desire to help another woman. As for explaining the ins and outs of Medicaid, I have heard the same conversation between friends on the DeCamp bus going into the city, in the locker room at the gym, in the kitchen of a restaurant I once managed, and between nurses with whom I periodically work. The insurance game is a game that people play that we wouldn’t have to play if we had an effective single payer system.
As for the Prenatal Discrimination Bill, which is being promoted as a means to stop sex selective abortions, what’s it’s really about is legislating at the federal level the reasons why a woman would not be allowed to legally terminate her pregnancy. AUL is the legal wing of the anti-choice movement and writes all anti-choice legislation. According to AUL’s 2012 Defending Life that is going to be the focus of their legislation this year, new laws at the state and federal level, to legislate the reasons underlying a woman’s decision to get an abortion. Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO of AUL, calls Lila Rose a modern day Upton Sinclair, a female muckraker connecting the dots between the slaughter houses of Chicago in the early 1900’s and modern day abortion. I can think of a lot of things I’d like to call Lila Rose, muckracker isn’t one of them. Blindly ambitious, self-righteous, a woman who has no problem fabricating reality to suit her needs and goals, Ms. Rose is a female mirror image of her friend James O’Keefe, and like O’Keefe, Grover Norquist, Karl Rove, Mitch O’Connell, and Eric Cantor, Morton Blackwell’s Leadership Institute. The Leadership Institute is the Mothership of Dominionism; Lila Rose is its Crown Princess.
Please sign the petition to stop the passage of The Prenatal Discrimination Act.
From my heart to yours.
Live loud, love fierce and suffer no fools, Katherine Manaan MAWT
The Lies of Lila Rose was an editors pick at Open Salon
THE BILL WAS DEFEATED IN THE HOUSE MAY 31ST, 2012
The nationwide juggernaut of anti-abortion legislation we witnessed in 2011, and are witnessing daily in 2012, is clearly part of a perfectly coordinated and precisely executed strategy to chip away at abortion rights at the state level.
It’s quite brilliant actually; why take on abortion at the federal level where a win is not guaranteed when with the right language in the right states, a win is guaranteed. This is the thinking of Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans United for Life. “You don’t have to overturn Roe to actually make progress at state level,” she said. The point is to make Roe “crumble under its own weight and become irrelevant.”
This is why all the legislation you’re seeing is geared towards making abortion, a heart wrenching and remarkably hard choice to begin with, as horrifically difficult and humiliating as possible.
AUL, the legal wing of the pro-life movement and Charmaine Yoest, its President and CEO for the past three years, are players behind the bills for pre-abortion ultra-sounds, trans-vaginal ultrasounds, forced viewing of an ultra-sound, abortion waiting periods, parental notification, required viewing of state established anti-choice websites, re-defining gestation time, the question of fetal pain, abortion causes breast cancer lies, required pro-life counseling, and clinic regulations so restrictive that clinics have to close their doors. The effectiveness of the bills is due in large part to the language, what is called “model language” and that language is spelled out in AUL’s annual report, Defending Life: Proven Strategies for a Pro-Life American. Once the bill is written, and AUL will provide lawyers to help, it’s just a matter of getting it into the hands of a pro-life elected official, in a state friendly to anti-abortion measures, to move it through the legislature. Defending Life just happens to rate the states friendliest, and not so friendly, to anti-abortion legislature.
AUL under Charmaine Yoest put together the report, The Case for Investigating Planned Parenthood, which reads a lot like my divorce papers wherein my ex-husband described my daily Buddhist chanting as “strange rites and rituals involving loud noises and loathsome odors.” Along with accusing Planned Parenthood of misusing federal funds, which is impossible as Planned Parenthood is audited every year due to the Hyde Amendment, the report accuses the organization of “assisting those engaged in prostitution or sex trafficking,” “failure to report criminal child sexual abuse,” “willingness to provide women with inaccurate and misleading information,” and “willingness to refer to substandard clinics.”
It also accuses Planned Parenthood and its affiliates of plotting to defeat common sense federal and state laws and legislation meant to protect women and families in order to “enrich their bottom line with attorney fee awards.” The investigation was opened in September 2011, by the vehemently pro-life Cliff Stearns, (R-FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations for the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Having had the honor of working with first responders I already knew who Stearns was; he was the man who decided that the names of the men who for months on end dug for bodies in the toxic wreckage of the World Trade Center and desperately needed medical care as a result, should be checked against all terrorist lists when they applied for aid under the Zadroga Bill.
On January 31st, 2012, Susan G. Komen announced that they could no longer fund Planned Parenthood as they were under federal investigation and their new guidelines outlawed funding any organization under state or federal investigation. Keep in mind the investigation began in September of 2011, Komen was defunded in 2012 so the guidelines had to have been written after the investigation into Planned Parenthood started. The loudly pro-life Karen Handel, who wrote the new guidelines, was hired in April, 2011. That someone so loudly pro-life and openly against Planned Parenthood was hired as a senior vice president responsible for federal and state advocacy efforts speaks volumes to Komen’s receptivity to the pro-life movement.
Given Ms. Yoest’s remarks after the defunding, I’m pretty sure the next step of the movement was to align themselves with the “cure,” From an article by Sarah Kliff in the Washington Post, “Yoest says the anti-abortion community is exploring ways to support the group (Komen). Her group (AUL) for the first time will have a team in the D.C. Race for the Cure, called. Team Life. “Yesterday we were looking at Komen’s web site and how we can interact with them,” Yoest says, “I want them to get as much benefit as possible. We’ll have T-shirts and a pasta dinner. I’ve run in a couple of marathons, that’s why I always wanted to be a part of their great work.” Team Life disappeared with the backlash.
A married mother of five, a breast cancer survivor, a high-powered career – she testified against Sonia Sotomayor – Charmaine looks like the person you sold doughnuts with to raise money for your child’s class trip and comes across as the kind of reasonable, rational woman you’d believe if she warned you away from the produce at the store on the corner of Elm and Maple, in favor of the produce at the store on Main. Her appearance, her demeanor, her way of answering every question as if she is protecting and empowering women, perfectly masks the true thrust of the pro-life movement namely the harassment, coercion, and intimidation of women and the absolute annihilation of women’s reproductive freedom and choice.
Charmaine Yoest is one of the female faces of the moral authority that is Patriarchy. She is a woman against women.
Live loud, love fierce, and suffer no fools, Katherine Manaan MAWT
1st posted on addicting info 4/16/12
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