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omobob 02:25 PM on 03/08/2012
FYI; Over the past two years the GOP-controlled House of Representatives has launched one of the most extreme assaults on women's choice the U.S. has seen in decades. Republicans voted twice to slash federal family planning funds for low-income women, moved to prevent women from using their own money to buy insurance plans that cover abortion, introduced legislation that would force women to have  Read More...
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ge944
11:14 AM on 03/09/2012
It's so typical of republicans that with the various serious problems this country needs to take care of they are spinning their wheels on something they, quite obviously, do not understand. Don't these clowns have wives and daughters to explain about real life to them?
12:47 PM on 03/09/2012
They would need to be ready to listen. That ain't gonna happen.
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willowraven
It must be something in the water!!
04:44 PM on 03/09/2012
They don't care about their wives and daughters.
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ge944
05:07 PM on 03/09/2012
With their Islamist style disdain of women that is, sadly, very, very true.
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ge944
11:08 AM on 03/09/2012
Apart from women with problems like bachman and palin why on earth would any woman want to be a republican
01:56 PM on 03/09/2012
oh but they DO ! they just put on very deep blinders and listen to the echo chamber.
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Act out
Make love not war.
11:03 AM on 03/09/2012
No one ever mentions one of the second most obvious reasons the right are always putting up barriers to stop contraception and abortion. The lack of white babies for adoption. I have never met a sterile couple that was pro-choice. This excerp was taken from an article in The NY Times. " In contrast, 19 percent of the babies born to unmarried white women were given up for adoption before 1973, the year the United States Supreme Court ruled that states could not ban all abortions. From 1973 to 1981, 8 percent of unmarried white women gave up their babies, the institute said." I am pro-choice and would be very interested to read your response to this article titled Fewer Children Up for Adoption, Study Finds.
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11:10 AM on 03/09/2012
I think it also steams from the fear that one day whites may become the minority.
12:51 PM on 03/09/2012
Which is a midguided thought process. These same people are proposing the dumbing down of the whites by the inevitable breeding that goes on among the very poor who cannot afford the contraceptives. Thus we return to the ACA and free birth control.
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Mara Para
02:23 PM on 03/09/2012
You deserve a fan for that. I am #6.

My husband and I tried very hard to have a baby. We had only failure. It was sad. We looked into adoption, but it was very, very time-consuming and expensive. We opted not to adopt. Our only child (a daughter from my previous marriage) married late. After an unsuccessful try via IVF at age 39, it looks like we will not become grandparents.

There is a part of me that wishes there were more options for adoption here. But I would not force another woman to carry a grandchild for me against her will. Like most people who are pro-choice, we want safe abortions for women but wish there were not so many. Wishing, thankfully, does not infringe on a woman's right to choose.

Thank you for your thought-provoking post.
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Act out
Make love not war.
06:03 PM on 03/09/2012
Very pleased to meet you Mara Para. Thank you for sharing this heartfelt private experience. Sincerely fan 858.
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mike1215
05:30 PM on 03/10/2012
This was a moving, profoundly decent post, clearly from the heart. Thank you, Mara Para,
10:59 AM on 03/09/2012
One of multitude of reasons i'm no longer Registered Republican, this ultra-right wing religion-based attempt to restrict women's abilities to control their own bodies and health. But it is also the whole extreme right-ward turn Repugs have taken since 1980's that totally turned me off. I'm a more Moderate person than far right or far left. Frankly, Extremism either way scares me. But the Republicans these days REALLY FRIGHTEN ME! I will continue to vote Democratic. In fact, for first time i'm going to a local meeting of Democrats next week to meet Dems running for office where i live. First time i've ever done that.
11:24 AM on 03/09/2012
We are glad to have your support = )
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Jay from Ottawa
sovereignty sale, 1.3T OBO
12:12 PM on 03/09/2012
I couldn't help it notice the "1980"... When I got into politics I did some research on the history behind our popular political movements/parties.

Seems that the 80s are the cut off line, where neo-conservatism and neo-liberalism came into play, and both seem far from their roots.

Between neo-liberalism and neo-conservatism, I find it hard not to be a moderate/centrist.
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7dr361
USAF VETERAN Older Than Dirt
10:54 AM on 03/09/2012
If you vote republican you will surely get the shaft, everything you don't want... Be safe Vote democrat across the board........................
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Devin DeWeil
Live, laugh, and LOVE LIFE!!!
12:14 PM on 03/09/2012
100% AGREED. F&F!
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Ex-Fed
10:51 AM on 03/09/2012
Happy international women's day from "God's Own Party"! The right wing war on women continues...
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rlj13
Torn between liberal and libertarian
10:47 AM on 03/09/2012
Great article!
10:43 AM on 03/09/2012
I don't believe anyone has any right to tell an individual what can or cannot be done to someone else's body. My body belongs to me! It'a my personal right to have the ultimate say over my OWN body. Concerning pregnancy or other medical issues of a Female: Men have no right to force their views upon women; Women have no right to force their views on men regarding their physical medical issues. I've been married for almost 48 yrs. We very much wanted three children. But when pregnancy with our last child (almost 46 yrs ago) revealed a serious significant kidney (genetic) problem for me; medical issues continue to this day. We sadly chose to restrict our family to two children. I used birth control pills for three years. However there are medical dangers in using birth control pills for long term. Eventually i had tubal ligation. IT WAS AND IS MY PERSONAL CHOICE to do what i wish to MY OWN BODY! It was me whose health would be in danger had i tried to have third child. Even if i'd gotten accidentally pregnant, it would be MY CHOICE to terminate pregnancy to protect my own health and make sure i'd be alive (and in good health) to raise the 2 kids i'd already given birth to. MY RIGHT!!
dreux62
The GOP - Now 100% Fact Free!
11:30 AM on 03/09/2012
Your story has me wondering. If the Right goes from a position of anti-choice -> anti-contraception, when will it go to a anti-tubal ligation stance because that interferes with procreation? Who cares about the woman's health, she just needs to be able to have children. Just a question, but one worth considering.
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Devin DeWeil
Live, laugh, and LOVE LIFE!!!
12:16 PM on 03/09/2012
Absolutely!! I am sorry for your loss, and commend you for speaking out! A woman's medical health and the decisions regarding it are hers and hers alone. NO ONE has the right to tell you what you can and cannot do with your OWN body. F&F!!!
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pakilolo
The only thing worth saving is wilderness
10:41 AM on 03/09/2012
I am a seventy year old man who is married to an independent progressive woman. I would not have it any other way. Men must stand with woman and fight for their right to choose and for women's health issues. We also need to have research into why breast cancer is so high and what is causing it. Keep in mind that twenty five thousand children starve to death every day. Maybe 7 billion people on our planet are enough...you think? I hope women can drag men into the 21th century.
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Eilis27
The soft minded wo/man always fears change. MLK
11:04 AM on 03/09/2012
I really wish more men were as enlightened as you and valued women as much as you do. Sadly for many this is not the case.

F & F
dreux62
The GOP - Now 100% Fact Free!
11:32 AM on 03/09/2012
I agree. I am a fifty year old man and I do not see how any man with loved ones who are women can sit back and feel this is not also their issue.
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Arbutus
Support peace.
10:31 AM on 03/09/2012
Republicans need to move their thinking into the 21st century. It's not Little House on the Prairie any more. Women have rights to control what happens to their bodies, and it's sad that it has to be a neverending battle to maintain these basic rights.
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CanadjunBeef
Remember Jesus, the radical liberal
10:10 AM on 03/09/2012
I'm astonished there are people still posting a thoroughly discredited argument, that people are forced to pay for contraception. You DO realize the GOP's Blunt Amendment would have allowed ANY employer to chop ANY health service for ANY reason, right? So that's your boss deciding, detail-by-detail, which health services are morally acceptable. All in the name of religious freedom?
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scissorhands
Composting Bull Manure into Fertility for Change
10:09 AM on 03/09/2012
Yesterday on International Women's Day
The Republicans let their fears hold sway.
The rest of us thought "They must be joking",
Wondering too what they could be smoking
And told those crazy Cons to just go away.
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429freckles
My hero is George Carlin
10:06 AM on 03/09/2012
This is so very clearly a war on women. Republicans may try to disguise it as a defense of religion but that is just a mask that the people of America sees through. Enough is enough. Love a woman? Vote for one. We need more representation in our government.
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CanadjunBeef
Remember Jesus, the radical liberal
10:13 AM on 03/09/2012
I don't know if it's a war on women. It's a war against everything decent and enlightened and humane. Women are just collateral damage to them.
Grunty1
Micro-bio this
10:21 AM on 03/09/2012
They haven't passed any laws requiring doctors to hide medical conditions from MALES, so I'm going with War on Women.
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EssEffArr
10:55 AM on 03/09/2012
Women, we can no longer control your votes, so we'll control your bodies.

Minorities, we can no longer keep you from voting, so we'll suppress as many of you as we can. We can't grow our own base, so we'll shrink yours.
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bptrav11
Just hoping common sense wins out in the end!
10:02 AM on 03/09/2012
There is a simple solution to all these Republican laws against women. When they defund women's health clinics, the politician that sponsors the bill should be held liable for the damage to the woman's health that occurs because of it. They should also be required to pay for the upbringing of any children that are born after the woman is not allowed to have an abortion. I think it is time people started looking into the background of these Tea Baggers and Republican politicians and publish any wrong doing or questionable actions in their past. They hold themselves up as guides for the righteous, so let's check and see how holy they really are. The right has shown they can not have a civil discourse of the facts and merits of a debate, so it is time to use some of their own tactics against them. Start by taking the tax exemption away fro any church that holds a rally for any politician or go on the television spouting about their beliefs, as they pertain to the political scene.
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littlestar
What is life without dessert?
09:58 AM on 03/09/2012
That is what I have been saying and thinking all along - what do financially well-off middle aged men KNOW about being a woman? They should live one day in the shoes of a woman and maybe they will have some understanding of the idiocy they are trying to create.