Thursday, April 19, 2012

Texas Is Not Healthy for Women and other Living Things

Jezebel.com, the premiere abortion rights website has a new article on the most unfriendly states to women, or to put it in their words, people “who have ladyparts.”

It is here, but the faint of heart should stay away as the poster makes use of the F-bomb from time to time.

Right at the top of the list, and I am guessing it is not the worst place to be, is Texas. Texas, it seems, is not healthy for women and other living things. I usually don’t wholesale quote from websites, but this was really well-written

From Jezebel:

“Earlier this year, Governor Rick Perry (who really should go by "Dick," because it's much more fitting) threatened the entire Texas Women's Health Program by refusing to comply with the federal requirement that the state stop excluding Planned Parenthood from funding. And! Texas has enacted some of the scariest, most restrictive abortion laws in the land, which affect women in all parts of the state. But Kingsville stood out for a few reasons. Located in Southern Texas an hour or so from Corpus Christi is Kingsville, a city of about 25,000 people. Women who live here are about three times more likely to get raped than women who live elsewhere, and once the US Army conducted an exercise here that involved live ammunition. In 2008, it's estimated that more than a million women were beaten by their partners in the state of Texas. A woman seeking an abortion in Kingsville will have to drive about an hour in order to get to a clinic in Corpus Christi, and once she gets there, she'll be required, by law, to either listen to the sound of the fetal heartbeat and watch an ultrasound or listen to a description of the ultrasound by the sonogram technician. She then must listen to a speil from the doctor that explains that there's a link between abortion and breast cancer (there's no stronger a link between abortion and breast cancer than their is a link between never having babies and breast cancer), that fetuses can feel pain, and that women who have abortions are emotionally scarred. Then she gets to wait 24 hours, drive back to the clinic (since a woman in Kingsville lives under 100 miles from the clinic, she'd be required to wait an entire day) for the procedure. If an underage Kingsville woman becomes pregnant, she needs to both notify her parents and receive consent from them, and the consent form must be notarized. She can bypass this if there's a medical emergency, but not if she's a rape, incest, or abuse victim. Don't uterus with Texas.”

You gotta love this. This Republican anti-woman meme is all the rage, and the beauty of the fact is this: it’s not a meme. It is truth. Republicans are falling all over themselves trying to alienate voters with ladyparts. This is absolutely amazing. It makes John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin as a running mate pale in comparison.

2 comments:

Edith Ann said...

Excellent post Hal! I may have to shre this on the Facebook Yellow Rose Society page. May I?

Hal said...

Of course.