Abortion. The subject is contentious at best, deadly at worst. Passions flare on both sides of the issue. Those who firmly believe that a woman's body is her domain, therefore hers over which to make any and all decisions. And those who are staunchly pro-life, believing that no decision making should even enter the equation.
I am 100% pro-choice. That does not make me, as many right-to-lifers would like to grandstand, some rah-rah-PRO-ABORTION cheerleader. It simply means I do not believe I have the right to make decisions about the body of another human being. Not about how they treat a cold, combat cancer, strengthen a boner, pop a zit, or approach a pregnancy.
Should I be allowed to make someone have an abortion? To drag them from their house? What's that? No? Because it's your body and your choice to stay pregnant?
What if you have a tumor growing that threatens your existence. Should I be able to bang my Bible and interfere, stating that I believe God sanctions everything, including that beautiful growth, and that the tumor is simply His way of calling you home? I believe He guides it all, so I forbid you from seeing a surgeon and getting it removed.
Huh? That's not my decision to make? Why not? God is used to hide all manner of personal quackery, why can't I use Him against YOU?
Oh, I see. Surgery, no surgery. Pregnancy, no pregnancy.
It simply is not my body, ergo not my decision to make. Either way.
Sadly, the passions on the other side of the abortion debate see it differently. Whether through the prism of their religion, politics, or personal morals, they do believe every woman's body is theirs over which to rule.
I honestly don't care where you fall in the debate. I ask only one thing: don't bring a sponge to a brain fight.
If you want to enter a dialogue, be it about politics, programs, the Affordable Care Act, education, or abortion, you'd better come with accurate information, an understanding of the issue, and FACTS.
If you cannot do that, sit down and STFU.
Yet another lawmaker (color me shocked, another GOPer), this one in Idaho - Rep. Vito Barbieri - displayed a profound level of ignorance today during an abortion debate.
Like so many ignorant Republican men before him: Todd "the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down" Akin; Steve "never heard of a child becoming pregnant by rape" King; Roger "they rape so easy" Rivard; Henry "the juices just don't flow during a rape" Aldridge - Vito opened his mouth, deigning to preside over a hearing dealing with women's abortion rights, and asked the question of Dr. Judi Madsen: can a woman swallow a small camera for doctors to conduct a remote gynecological exam?
I shit you not.
Now, had I been Dr. Madsen, I would have been hard pressed to not respond with, "Just how fucking stupid are you?"
But she held it together and explained to him that it would be impossible because items swallowed by a woman DO NOT END UP IN THEIR VAGINAS.
His response? I am quoting here: "Fascinating."
No, Vito, not really. Just pretty basic anatomy.
Someone please explain to me what these men, who 1. Do not have vaginas, ovaries, fallopian tubes and 2. DON'T EVEN HAVE A BASIC UNDERSTANDING OF HOW A WOMAN'S BODY IS PUT TOGETHER, are doing legislating WOMEN'S BODIES????
I really do not care what side of the debate you are on, can we at least agree that the people involved in lawmaking, debating, discussing should have, at the very least, a cursory understanding of the body in question?
It is sad enough that these dumbf*cks get into office, but that they are holding court on issues they don't even remotely understand?
Vito, no, I cannot swallow a camera so you can look at my girlie parts, but I guarantee you I could stick a camera up your ass and immediately see your brain.