This is another one of those stories I saved as a draft nearly two years ago and never got around to posting. But since Planned Parenthood is such a hot news topic these days, this seems like a good time to share!
This is akin to all those Facebook posts saying “Click LIKE on this picture to send a prayer for the [insert city name here] shooting victims!” Clicking a Facebook button hasn’t done anything to help anyone, ever. If you want to help, send money or volunteer. Same goes for abortion: if you feel so strongly about it, don’t download an app that “prays” for you. You’re actually doing double nothing there — it’s the ultimate in feelgood non-action. Don’t be so gullible/lazy.
Anti-Abortion Phone App Lets You Pray to Accomplish Absolutely Nothing
One of the sad byproducts of the media conspiracy to ignore this week’s pro-life conference in Washington was that we almost missed this new iPhone app for baby-savin’. If only we’d seen it on Wednesday, we could’ve told you how much it sucked sooner.
I’ll admit, the peer pressure was killing me. What does it do, you ask? What doesn’t it do! “Download the Online for Life App to receive real-time alerts on women seeking abortions in your area. Invite your friends to join you in prayer and share the good news when a woman chooses life.” Sounds Big Brother creepy, no? Actually, as my wife and I learned, it doesn’t do a lot.
Predictably, the above story was the target of much snark. Here’s my favorite exchange:
I don’t know who Jim Wright is, but I’m now following him on Facebook because of this lovely bit of writing. He puts anti-abortion conservatives on the spot with their own “pro-life” logic. If you’re really pro-life, you’d do exactly as he says and put womens’ health first. Otherwise you’re just using politics and religion to mask your belief that women are just baby-making machines who should stay barefoot in the kitchen while men run the world.
Okay, hows about we do this:
If it’s REALLY about abortion, if it’s REALLY about life, if it’s REALLY about that, then how about House and Senate Republicans with the willing support of conservative religious leaders amend and fully fund the Affordable Care Act to provide complete and affordable OB-GYN services, cancer screenings, breast exams, birth control, conception assistance, prenatal, delivery, postnatal, infant care, baby leave, child care, family care, and so on, guaranteed to EVERY woman in America without question, caveat, or copay – and we’ll defund Planned Parenthood. ALSO agree to never attempt any further repeal of the ACA without a suitable and detailed replacement ever again under penalty of law. So say we all.
How do we pay for it?
If it’s REALLY about the sanctity of life, if it’s REALLY about that, then conservatives should be willing to buy a few less aircraft carriers and stealth bombers and nuclear missiles and oil subsidies and tax breaks in order to fully fund women’s healthcare.
Yeah, I figured as much.
This reminds me of a classic George Carlin bit on pro-lifers and their “sanctity of life” hypocrisy. I’ll post the full video here but here’s the best quote.
Pro-life conservatives are obsessed with the fetus from conception to nine months. After that, they don’t want to know about you. They don’t want to hear from you. No nothing. No neonatal care, no day care, no Head Start, no school lunch, no food stamps, no welfare, no nothing. If you’re pre-born, you’re fine; if you’re preschool, you’re fucked. Conservatives don’t give a shit about you until you reach military age. Then they think you are just fine. Just what they’ve been looking for!”
Not all conservative citizens feel this way, but it rings pretty damn true if you listen to what’s been coming out of the mouths of 90% of the right-wing politicians. And it’s not just limited to women–they’ve got a thing against just about anyone who isn’t a) straight b) white c) Christian. It’s getting pretty damn scary… I think having a black President (an eeeevil liberal one to boot) really pushed them over the edge and now all their hate is spilling out like an overflowing toilet.
Government Shutdown: 9 Million Moms And Babies At Risk As WIC Program Halts
The government shutdown may be keeping National Parks closed and furloughed federal workers at home, but worse real-world effects could soon be felt by low-income mothers and their infants — already a marginalized group with unstable food supplies.
Listening to these fucktards on the news, you’d think that the worst effect of their government shutdown is that kids and tourists aren’t able to visit national monuments and parks.
They are the scum of the earth, folks. I hope the aftermath of this shutdown business puts an end to their evil party once and for all. But I know that won’t happen…because like a turd that just won’t let go and drop into the toilet, evil has a way of hanging on.
Without Tampons Present, Texas Passes Restrictive Abortion Law
After banning the presence of any female hygiene products from its Senate floor, Texas passed its restrictive abortion law last night, which will ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy as well as install new regulations that will most likely drive abortion clinics out of business.
Another defeat in the right-wing war on women. Yay! Now get back into the kitchen where you belong, ladies. You’re lucky we even let you people vote. *snort*