Normally, I don’t get too heavily into politics here on ‘sugarleg’ because I already spend a lot of time reading politics and watching politics and talking politics and writing emails about politics and blowing gaskets about politics, and then I really need a run to cool out, and then I just don’t want to talk about it after that.  But this morning, a story that has been on my back burner came to a full boil, and I will burn the house down if I don’t share a few key pieces of information.

Many of you may have heard that the Republican led House of Representatives is trying to dismantle the new health car law and since they failed at a full blown repeal, they are trying to de-fund it piece by piece.  Although they got elected on a wave of concern about keeping that nasty big government off our backs  and promises to get the 10% of unemployed Americans working again, they are instead up to their old tricks of being in recess except for when they want big government to get inside my uterus.

After a massive public relations failure last week when they tried to re-define rape, a bill called H.R. 3 or “The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” wants to use the tax code to ensure that no tax breaks are given to provide abortions.  This is basically another layer of de-funding which already exists in the Hyde Amendment to the health car law (that says no federal funds to be used for abortions).  There is another bill called H.R. 358, “The Protect Life Act” that wants to reinforce the Hyde Amendment.  But here’s where it gets really scummy.  From the Washington Post, “The “Protect Life Act” would prohibit federal funding of abortions under the national health care overhaul. It also would prevent funding from being withheld from institutions that are opposed to providing abortions.” Yeah, re-read the last part about “institutions opposed” and think about what institutions are pro-choice and those opposed.  Opposed will get the money and pro-choice will not.  And who is on the not-get-the-money list?

Yep, PLANNED PARENTHOODThey are going after Planned Parenthood AGAIN.  By using the tax code.  Funny, I don’t seem to recall them having a lot of love for tax codes, or tax paying, or the IRS, but now they want to use the tax codes to keep funds away from a partially federally funded institution that serves women and families because they believe that that institution encourages abortion.  And then they want to turn around and give tax breaks and dollars to institutions that oppose abortion.

Dear White Republican Overtly Religious Usually Wealthy Oft-Divorced Congress MEN (and a few of your women colleagues):

F**K OFF.  My body is none of your business.

Have you ever even been in a Planned Parenthood?  Because I have.  When I started having sex way too young at age 15 and was terrified to tell my mom, but knew how babies were made thanks to SEX EDUCATION IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS and my parents candor, I found a friend to take me to PP to get on the pill.  I went to PP all through high school and then after college when I had no health insurance, no longer had access to my PUBLIC UNIVERSITY health clinics or to be on my parents’ insurance (which thanks to the new health care law young adults up to age 26 CAN be) and needed excellent, low-cost health care and birth control.  That MY tax dollars were funding!

Would you have preferred that I didn’t get a yearly pap smear?  Maybe lady parts you’re not merely objectifying make you squeamish.  Would you rather I risked pregnancy and STDs? Oh and I know you would have thrown me a fantastic baby shower had I gotten unintentionally pregnant.  Or, maybe not… unwed baby mommas are all just doing it to be on the dole right?

And now you use rape as a way to chip away at a woman’s right to make personal, private health decisions that sometimes include abortion.  Like I said, f**k off.

For those of you who did not see the brilliant and hilarious piece on The Daily Show last week about this, watch and learn.  (WordPress won’t let me embed it, grrrr.  Click above.)

Please feel free to vent with civility in the comments.

10 thoughts on “Hypocrite-Hypocrites

  1. Preach!! What STUNS me is the premise of the “No Taxpayer Funding” B.S. is that if you are raped because you are drunk, mentally disabled, date-raped, etc., then you really should be fine with carrying the resulting pregnancy to term. And this latest one is aimed at squarely at women who can’t afford to pay out-of-pocket for the full cost of an abortion. GRAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

    1. I have been so speechless for the last week of this b.s. that I am surprised I could even get this rant out. who the f**k do they think they are?!?!?!! it is SICKENING. because fetuses are more valuable than the woman already here on the planet? no. it is all about money. bottom line. m-o-n-e-y. trying so hard not to name call.

  2. you continue to be one of the smartest people i know and i love you JH aka Sugarleg. proud to have you in my inner circle. this may be my fav. post of yours yet. don’t hold back – you are my teacher. love u.

    1. Wow to you EE.C that made me tear up. Not hard to do I realize but thanks for sharing that specific tidbit about it being your fave and that I teach you. I don’t often get too political here because I want to make sure I’m saying it right not just ranting and angry and it takes a lot out of me.  Makes me have more courage to write more stuff like this. Thanks sister. xoxo.

  3. “Dear White Republican Overtly Religious Usually Wealthy Oft-Divorced Congress MEN (and a few of your women colleagues):

    F**K OFF.”

    I would have spelled the 4 letter word all the way, but what can you do. I try to stay away from politics too, because it is just something that gets people angry. I am as left as they come, and get angry at Religious Hypocrites. They don’t know how silly they are acting as know-it-alls, when they really are a lot closer to know it nothings. :) lol

    1. I had spelled it out and then went back and “bleeped” it. trying to keep it somewhat classy, unlike those lame-o’s. it is just SO FRUSTRATING to even have to have these fights. oh and they are proudly listing $298 million (drop in the bucket btw) cut for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, because that is so fiscally responsible. arrrrghhh. makes me want to kick things.

  4. Keith and I had this EXACT convo this morning driving to Albuquerque. (sidenote: Woot! New Mexico!) Complete with flying F bombs. What began this conversation you ask? A little (huge) billboard that read “Vote Pro-Life”. Because, you know…the government should stay out of it when a gun is to be bought or schools need to provide a healthier lunch menu but when it comes to women’s rights, step right in. Hypocrites!

    1. you’re so f**king CORRECT!!!!!!!!!!!!! argh, my god it pisses me off SO MUCH. and the whole “forcible rape” thing is still in the f**king bill too. because rape is not actually rape unless you were forced. WTF. (and yes, yay New Mexico! except for the weird billboard and the concealed carrying laws, oh and that lame Governor Martinez, ha! will see you soon.)

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