The Right Wing decided it wanted to play Monday Morning Quarterback with my lady parts this year. It seems like an odd choice for a recreational activity, especially since there’s no legislative or medical reason to suddenly introduce radically restrictive and dangerous legislation on women’s health and bodies. Maybe someone should introduce them to Pinterest instead.
Here are our Top 10 Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Attacks on Women’s Rights (just in the last 6 months!)
The Blunt Amendment. Reasonable religious exemptions weren’t enough for (Republican) Roy Blunt. This amendment would have allowed your employer – not your doctor - to decide what kind of health care you could get based on his or her own personal moral or religious convictions.
The All-Male Birth Control Panel, or the Man Panel. (Republican)Congressman Darrell Issa convened a panel to discuss the coverage of birth control – but refused to include any women.
Susan G. Komen Foundation defunds Planned Parenthood. Komen opted to cut off funding to the largest provider of reproductive health services in the US because of their new VP’s objection to a mere 3% of their activities.
Rush Limbaugh Calls Sandra Fluke a Prostitute and a Slut. After Sandra Fluke stood up for women everywhere, Rush Limbaugh took to the airwaves and called her a prostitute and a slut for speaking out in favor of birth control coverage. He also said she should have to put videos of her having sex online to compensate the taxpayers who “are going to pay for your contraceptives.” Classy.
Forced Trans-Vaginal Ultrasounds. Republican legislators in Virginia invited the commonwealth into the exam room when they proposed a bill that would require women seeking abortions to undergo an invasive, medically-unnecessary vaginal probe before their procedure.
Women in the Military Should “Expect” to be Raped. Responding to a 64% increase in the reports of rape and violent sexual assaults in the military, Fox News pundit Liz Trotta responds, “What did they expect?” She goes on to say that there is a bureaucracy of people to support these women who are being “raped too much.”
Foster Friess Suggests Women Put Aspirin Between Their Knees. Rick Santorum supporter, Foster Friess, reminisced about back in his day when ladies put aspirin between their knees for birth control. Back in his day, people also died of polio.
Mitt Romney doesn’t understand a woman’s reproductive system. Romney has publicly supported “personhood amendments,” which would ban abortion by declaring life begins at conception. When asked about how this affects birth control, Romney seemed to be completely unaware that hormonal forms of birth control stop implantation, not conception and would be banned under any personhood amendment.
Last week, I posted on 450 elephants were brutally hacked to bits for their tusks in recent weeks in a wildlife park in Cameroon, Africa. Below is a partially encouraging update. I say “partially” because it seems that nearly all the elephants in the park were killed…
African Countries Make War on Elephant Poachers
“Three African countries - Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Kenya - are taking up arms against elephant poachers, who have killed hundreds of elephants within the past few weeks.
More than 100 government soldiers entered Cameroon’s Bouba N’Djida National Park Thursday in a military offensive against elephant poachers to secure Cameroon’s sovereign territory, the local people and the elephant population.
The action was taken in response to the killing of hundreds of savanna elephants in the northern Cameroon park over the past eight weeks.
Government authorities say heavily armed poachers have entered Cameroon’s sovereign territory illegally across the park’s border with Chad to obtain ivory.
The poachers, who are reportedly Arabic speakers travelling on horseback, are believed to be from Sudan. The tonnes of ivory stripped from the bodies of their victims is likely headed to Asian markets, says the global conservation group WWF, which has been working with the government to combat poaching.
The Cameroon government has been under pressure from the European Union, civil society and environmental groups, and members of the international and diplomatic community to take immediate action to stop the massacre of elephants and secure Cameroon’s borders.
Lamine Sebogo, WWF’s Africa elephant coordinator, says the remaining elephants in the country’s northern region are key to the survival of the subspecies.
“The future of conservation of savanna elephants in Central Africa lies in Northern Cameroon. This area alone accounts for 95 percent of the population of savanna elephants in Cameroon, and around 80 percent of the total population of savanna elephants in all of Central Africa,” said Sebogo.”
When I went in to see Cowboys and Aliens, I thought it would be the most ridiculous movie ever made since Once Upon a Forest, but it actually turned out to be pretty good. I feel like watching again, but I’ve discovered that not a lot of people like it.
And why not?
It has cowboys fighting…
I love the film! 1880’s cowboys versus machine welding aliens!