Monday, July 07, 2008

What a putz.

Yes, I'm breaking out the Yiddish on this one:

Obama and the Acceptable Abortion, by Jill at Feministe. Jill links to !!#@$!!!@*!&*#$*&@, by Melissa McEwan at Shakesville. Melissa links to this AP article by Jim Kuhnhenn: Obama: Mental distress can't justify late abortion.

Here is the quote from Relevant Magazine, in context. Emphases mine, so you know why I have my mad pants on:

[Cameron Strang, Publisher]: Based on emails we received, another issue of deep importance to our readers is a candidate’s stance on abortion. We largely know your platform, but there seems to be some real confusion about your position on third-trimester and partial-birth abortions. Can you clarify your stance for us?

I absolutely can, so please don’t believe the emails. I have repeatedly said that I think it’s entirely appropriate for states to restrict or even prohibit late-term abortions as long as there is a strict, well-defined exception for the health of the mother. Now, I don’t think that “mental distress” qualifies as the health of the mother. I think it has to be a serious physical issue that arises in pregnancy, where there are real, significant problems to the mother carrying that child to term. Otherwise, as long as there is such a medical exception in place, I think we can prohibit late-term abortions.

The other email rumor that’s been floating around is that somehow I’m unwilling to see doctors offer life-saving care to children who were born as a result of an induced abortion. That’s just false. There was a bill that came up in Illinois that was called the “Born Alive” bill that purported to require life-saving treatment to such infants. And I did vote against that bill. The reason was that there was already a law in place in Illinois that said that you always have to supply life-saving treatment to any infant under any circumstances, and this bill actually was designed to overturn Roe v. Wade, so I didn’t think it was going to pass constitutional muster.

Ever since that time, emails have been sent out suggesting that, somehow, I would be in favor of letting an infant die in a hospital because of this particular vote. That’s not a fair characterization, and that’s not an honest characterization. It defies common sense to think that a hospital wouldn't provide life-saving treatment to an infant that was alive and had a chance of survival.

You’ve said you’re personally against abortion and would like to see a reduction in the number of abortions under your administration. So, as president, how would do you propose accomplishing that?

I think we know that abortions rise when unwanted pregnancies rise. So, if we are continuing what has been a promising trend in the reduction of teen pregnancies, through education and abstinence education giving good information to teenagers. That is important—emphasizing the sacredness of sexual behavior to our children. I think that’s something that we can encourage. I think encouraging adoptions in a significant way. I think the proper role of government. So there are ways that we can make a difference, and those are going to be things I focus on when I am president.

Did I miss something? Is this man Barry Obama, M.D.? Is Senator Obama hiding a uterus, ovaries and a vagina under his suit? No? Then in what way is he--or any other man--qualified to lay down proclamations over how women use their bodies?

Also, "the sacredness of sexual behavior"? The "promising trend in the reduction of teen pregnancies, through education and abstinence education"? Did he miss Jamie-Lynn Spears' surprise that having unprotected sex led to her getting pregnant? There are no words for this lunacy.

I'm mad because there is no one this man won't sell out. He knows everyone left of center has to either vote for him or not vote. So first he tells the gays and the lesbians and the rest of the queer community that he will keep them separate but equal. Then he tells sick people that he'll provide health care to everyone who wants it; as if there are people who don't want health care. Then he tells black people that we need to check our own racism and homophobia; because that's the problem with this country: the bigotry of black people? Then he tells our military, maybe I won't end the Iraq war as quickly as I said I would before I became the presumptive Democratic nominee. Now he's imposing his ignorant beliefs on women's bodies and advocating abstinence education for teenagers, even though abstinence education does not work.

Senator Obama, I did read Animal Farm. And right now, you look like a pig walking on two legs.

(Maybe I'll add some more linky-links later.)



Sandra said...

Wow. When did Obama become a psychology expert? He assumed that mental distress does not qualify as a part of health, when it is actually the opposite. One's mental state has a significant impact on the physical state and vice versa - these two factors actually make up one's total health.
Now that I think about it, I can't be mad at him. I expected more out of Obama. I thought he would have more progressive views on health and sex education. He's a man. I guess I should not assume he’ll have women’s rights as one of his top issues.
I look forward to reading what Obama will assume, I mean, speak about next…

lyndorr said...

He said all those things? Ick. A two-party system sounds terrible. If he starts talking more conservatively, who really knows what he will do if elected. Maybe all this talk will make him act differently than he first intended. Hope not. Abstainance education??? Ugh. Considering the stat on feministe, "sixty-nine percent of teens who had sex by age 14 reported some type of abuse in a relationship", telling teens to just not do it or they will lose a part of themself just doesn't cut it for making teens not have sex. Canadian educators need to see that stat too. We learned about anatomy and birth control well enough but no mention of signs of abuse or the best time to have sex (when you both want to, won't regret it...) etc.

Bianca Reagan said...

welcome, sandra and lyndorr!

Senator Obama should have women's rights as one of his top issues. Who else's rights are important? Normal people's rights? It's like that episode of The Cosby Show with Angela Bassett and S. Epatha Merkerson, when Clare invites Cliff to her book club. Cliff surprises her by having read the book. But then he ruins things when he says that women have a need to be saved, and follows that up by saying "there's women, and there's other people." What "other people"?

Renee said...

He really has become king of the flip. He is in this position only because the alternative to him is mcCain, he should thank him for running.