A breath of reality

An adult survivor of sexual abuse by clergy has shown up in the comments after a self-serving, self-pitying blog post by Archbishop Dolan, of New York, with some blunt words for the Roman Catholic Church. The link skips straight to that comment. You probably don’t want to read either the cleric’s whiny post about how the church is being picked on, nor the sycophantic agreements or mild criticisms of most commenters.

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Republicans for rape

There’s a web site listing U.S. Republican senators who voted against a law that would let their contractors call police if raped. It would prevent corporations from requiring contractors to sign away their right to press criminal charges if raped by other employees of the same corporation.

Where senators voted for protecting rapists

In pro-rape states, both senators voted against the bill.

Pro-rape states:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Mississippi
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Wyoming

All men. All eager to deny the protection of law to women. And, coincidentally, many of them from anti-choice states.

Video: “Why do women give McCain a zero?”

The McCain Clinic:

More at http://TheREALMcCain.com/

John McCain’s record on reproductive rights couldn’t be more appalling. There, we said it! We said it because the corporate media won’t confront McCain on the real issues in this election. They won’t tell you, for instance, that McCain has consistently received a big fat zero from NARAL on its pro-choice scorecard. Nor will they tell you that McCain has flip-flopped on Roe v. Wade and now supports overturning this all-too-crucial case.

Because the corporate media has failed to do its job, we have to work extra hard to do ours. And so we’ve created McCain’s Clinic, a sneak peek at what a women’s health clinic could look like if McCain were elected.

We must spread awareness about McCain’s record now, especially considering a recent Planned Parenthood poll found that half of female voters in 16 battleground states don’t know enough about McCain’s views on reproductive health. What’s more, one in four pro-choice McCain supporters would be less likely to vote for McCain after knowing he opposes Roe v. Wade and backs abstinence-only education.

Here’s what you can do: send this video to everyone you know and Digg It! By taking these steps, you can help educate female voters in battleground states about McCain’s anti-choice record.

We’re talking about a man who has voted anti-choice 123 out of 128 times. A man who wouldn’t require prescription coverage for birth control. A man who voted against allocating $100 million to preventative health services that would have reduced unintended and teen pregnancies. A man who could irreparably damage women’s rights in our country unless we get the word out about him now.

Sisters team up to provide children for their sister

A wife made infertile by cancer has been given children by her sisters. One, a twin, provided eggs, which were fertilized in vitro by the husband and then implanted in the older sister. They’ve had two children this way, which will be the family of the infertile couple. This occurred in the U.K.

That’s a very loving solution.

Of course, some people would say it was contrary to God’s will. They can just butt out.

Jimmy Carter on abortion

Reviewer of Carter’s book:

Carter is opposed to abortion, as what he calls a tragedy “brought about by a combination of human errors.” But the “pro-life” forces compound rather than reduce the errors. The most common abortions, and the most common reasons cited for undergoing them, are caused by economic pressure compounded by ignorance.

Yet the anti-life movement that calls itself pro-life protects ignorance by opposing family planning, sex education, and informed use of contraceptives, tactics that not only increase the likelihood of abortion but tragedies like AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. The rigid system of the “pro-life” movement makes poverty harsher as well, with low minimum wages, opposition to maternity leaves, and lack of health services and insurance. In combination, these policies make ideal conditions for promoting abortion, as one can see from the contrast with countries that do have sex education and medical insurance. Carter writes:

Canadian and European young people are about equally active sexually, but, deprived of proper sex education, American girls are five times as likely to have a baby as French girls, seven times as likely to have an abortion, and seventy times as likely to have gonorrhea as girls in the Netherlands. Also, the incidence of HIV/ AIDS among American teenagers is five times that of the same age group in Germany…. It has long been known that there are fewer abortions in nations where prospective mothers have access to contraceptives, the assurance that they and their babies will have good health care, and at least enough income to meet their basic needs.

Ah, well, you see, it’s not about the sanctity of life: it’s about punishing women for having sex.

Sarah Palin’s sex-education results

Here you go–Jessica Hagy shows what happens with abstinence-only sex education:

shotgun weddings vs. abstinence-only sex education

shotgun weddings vs. abstinence-only sex education

She has the perfect title, too: “Just pray it doesn’t happen to you.”

A big wave of the hat to The Digital Cuttlefish.

Republican VP candidate demonstrates abstinence-only sex education

Sarah Palin, the relatively inexperienced running mate of John McCain, is demonstrating in her own family the worth and efficacy of her choice for education. Palin believes in abstinence-only sex education. McCain plans to fund abstinence-only sex education, which has been proven not to work. Palin’s teenage daughter is pregnant out of wedlock. Ignorance of birth control does not reduce teen pregnancies. It makes teens more likely to engage in anal sex and just as likely to get sexually transmitted diseases. It doesn’t work. Why spend money on something that doesn’t work? Oh, yeah. “Star wars.”

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