July 16th, 2008

Go Obey Your Husband You Stupid Republic

No, Really.

Elizabeth Dole Proposes to Memorialize Jesse Helms on New HIV/AIDS Bill
This week, the Senate considers S. 2731, the Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde United States Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008. The bill would authorize spending for fiscal years 2009 through 2013 to provide assistance to foreign countries to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.

On Monday, Elizabeth Dole (R-DOES NOTHING) proposed an amendment to add Jesse Helms' name to those legislators honored in the title of the bill.
To echo annoyinghandle, Jesse Fucking Helms.

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HHS Moves to Define Contraception as Abortion
SOURCE: http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/blog/2008/07/15/hhs-moves-define-contraception-abortion
In a spectacular act of complicity with the religious right, the Department of Health and Human Services Monday released a proposal that allows any federal grant recipient to obstruct a woman's access to contraception. In order to do this, the Department is attempting to redefine many forms of contraception, the birth control 40% of Americans use, as abortion. Doing so protects extremists under the Weldon and Church amendments. Those laws prohibit federal grant recipients from requiring employees to help provide or refer for abortion services.

The Religious-Right-run US Department of Health and Human Services is redefining contraception as abortion, in order to make it harder -- or impossible -- for women to avoid pregnancy. They're doing this by claiming -- without any evidence -- that hormonal contraception acts to prevent implantation of a fertilized egg in the womb, and they're defining "prevention of implantation" as abortion because they're defining "the beginning of human life" as fertilization.

Feministing has plenty to say about this:
You might think Bush has done all the damage he possibly can to reproductive rights. But he's not done yet:
The Bush administration wants to require all recipients of aid under federal health programs to certify that they will not refuse to hire nurses and other providers who object to abortion and even certain types of birth control.

Under the draft of a proposed rule, hospitals, clinics, researchers and medical schools would have to sign "written certifications" as a prerequisite to getting money under any program run by the Department of Health and Human Services.
The rule defines "abortion" so broadly that it could also apply to birth control pills and emergency contraception. And because the rule would apply to federal health programs, low-income and uninsured women will be most affected....
Read her full post here, she has lots more to say on the subject and has more links.
What the fuck has happened to this country that we've allowed this kind of regressive bullshit - are we more collectively stupid than I thought?

I wonder how many are aligned with these dumbasses.