South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley went on the few and made the claim that “women don’t care about contraception.” Um, the hell we don’t! I’ve written odes and sonnets to birth control—I care very deeply about birth control. I’d build an altar and worship it daily if I was into that kind of thing. Here’s what Haley said:
HALEY: Women don’t care about contraception, they care about jobs and the economy and raising their families and all those other things–
BEHAR: Well, they care about contraception too.
HALEY: But, that’s not the only thing they care about. The media wants to talk about contraception.
BEHAR: But when someone like Rick Santorum says he’s going to take it away, we care. [Applause]
HALEY: Well, while we care about contraception, let’s be clear. All we’re saying is we don’t want government to mandate when we have to have it or when we don’t. We want to be able to make that decision. We don’t government making that decision for us.
Okay, she got that last part right, we certainly don’t want that. But there’s something that Nikki doesn’t get there is no government mandate that dictates when women have to have birth control or when we don’t. That’s not the concern, though—the concern is that insurances don’t have to cover it. Some officials are trying to make it so that employer can ask for medical proof that you need it for something other than contraceptive. That’s what we care about!
Now, most insurance companies do cover birth control. It’s good economics to do so at no additional cost because it’s good public health policy. But they do not force them down anyone’s throat. If you need or want them you can have them, to insinuate that Obamacare is forcing women on the pill (which might not be a bad thing) is insane.
The fact that Haley brought up the idea that the media just wants to talk about contraception is laughable as well. Studies show that the majority of Americans (all races, genders, religions and political parties) are for a mandate that covers birth control. Of course we want to talk about it—it’s an important issue—but let’s be clear: Haley’s party made it an issue to begin with! You made your bed, Governor, and I hope you have protection when you lay in it.
A 4th year university student from Montreal, Quebec wrote a guest blog in which she denounced the “ever-limiting title of ‘feminist’.” Here’s why: over the the Christmas holidays, there was a news story that two abortionists in New Jersey and Maryland would be charged with multiple counts of murder for committing illegal late-term abortions. Authorities reported that, in addition to having broken the law regarding abortion post-viability both within New Jersey and Maryland, Steven Brigham and Nicola Riley allegedly also kept the corpses of the children they had murdered at their abortion facility in freezers. The guest blogger that brought this story to my attention, said only one site, Jezebel, covered the story and that’s why she’s done with being a “feminist.” Well, now she has two sites covering it.
This is a disturbing story, and it gets worse – the reason these two doctors are getting attention is one particular case – the case of an 18-year-old woman, identified only as “D.B.” D.B sought an abortion at 21 weeks gestation, which is three weeks later than the upper gestational limit in New Jersey. D.B went to the New Jersey facility where the procedure was to be completed. The procedure outlined that it would induce immediate fetal death via injection of digoxin into the baby’s heart, and it was to be completed the following day at the facility in Maryland. D.B., who was accompanied by her mother “C.B.,” was then “operated on” by Riley.
Like someone out of a movie, D.B.’s mother reported that she heard her daughter “screaming and hollering” for two hours. As reported by Live Action, while Riley was trying to find fetal cranial tissue from what she had removed from D.B., she discovered that she had “perforated D.B.’s uterus, shoved the remains of [her] baby into her abdominal cavity, and pulled out part of her bowel.”
I have an iPhone 4S, and I’ve tried many times to use Siri. Siri is the intelligent software assistant that is designed to let you use your voice to send messages, make calls, and find directions among other things. But she’s more trouble than she’s worth, and usually is very little help to me. I’ve noticed that Siri makes a lot of mistakes and I have to constantly tell her to change the text message I’ve dictated to her. When she messes it up again, I tell her to cancel it and she snaps at me, “Fine, forget it then.” A bit rude for a robot, wouldn’t you say? However, when my boyfriend uses her she down right coos at him. In the two months I’ve had her, she has never once snapped at him. This lead me to think that Siri has alternative motives, or maybe it’s just that she doesn’t like me, but why? When I first got her, we had a lot of fun asking her inappropriate questions. She found us four escorts that were very close to our proximity, but told us that she would not perform any of those types of behaviors herself because she, “wasn’t that kind of personal assistant.” When I told her I felt like killing somebody she told me where I could dispose of the body, finding the nearest “dumps, swamps, mines, reservoirs or metal foundries.” She’ll even tell you the closest pharmacies to find Viagra, but when I asked her to help me find the Plan B Pill she said, “I don’t understand Plan B Pill.” To her credit, however, she did find the Morning After Pill. Yet, when I asked her to find an …
Despite heavy new attacks on a woman’s right to choose, the Obama administration is stepping up its game by trying to negotiate the inclusion of birth control coverage by public and private health insurance plans, whether private or public. The law does state that “preventative health services” must be covered and cannot be charged for. But naturally, there’s already huge argument into whether birth control counts as preventative care in the same way a check-up does.
Unsurprisingly, the administration is facing harsh criticism from the Catholic church. Deirdre A. McQuade, a spokeswoman for the bishops’ Pro-Life Secretariat (a position and department I was unaware existed), vocalized the Church’s stance: “Pregnancy is not a disease to be prevented, nor is fertility a pathological condition. So birth …