so i was watching the news and this 2nd grader wrote this to the president, vice president, and a congressman. biden was the only one to respond yet. LITERALLY.
Appearing before Planned Parenthood’s annual convention last Friday, President Obama pledged his continuing support for women’s reproductive rights. In a speech before the National Academy of Sciences on Monday, Mr. Obama promised to keep science a sphere “not subject to politics” or “skewed by an agenda.”
On Wednesday, his administration betrayed both reproductive rights and science. The Justice Department announced that it would appeal a federal court ruling that would make morning-after pills available without a prescription for girls and women of all ages.
The administration’s continued stubbornness may please some conservative groups critical of the president. But it will hurt girls and women and is bound to undermine Mr. Obama’s credibility when he calls for principled, evidence-based policy-making on other issues, like global warming."
From the New York Times Editorial Board today.
I, too, am deeply disappointed in President Obama’s administration today.
The President has again and again vowed to restore scientific evidence to its rightful place in guiding public policy.
Here’s what the medical/scientific experts say on access to Plan B:
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College) and the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) oppose the U.S. Department of Justice’s May 1 decision to appeal a recent U.S. District Court ruling requiring that emergency contraception products be made available over-the-counter without age restriction. The medical organizations stand behind their support of the Court’s ruling, citing strong scientific evidence on the safety and efficacy of emergency contraception for all women of reproductive age.
Abortion seems to be the only medical procedure that people want to deny you based on how you got in that situation.
Drove drunk, got in an accident and need an organ transplant? No problem.
Messing around with a gun, accidentally shoot yourself in the leg and need surgery? Of course.
Smoke tobacco for most of your life and need treatment for lung cancer? Yep.
Climb a tree, fall out and break your leg? We’ll fix that right up.
Have sex and get pregnant when you don’t want to be? YOU GOT YOURSELF INTO THIS SITUATION AND YOU DESERVE NO MEDICAL HELP OR COMPASSION! THIS IS YOUR FAULT AND YOU WILL DEAL WITH THE CONSEQUENCES!"
“Worry about your own uterus” wise wise words.
[leaves this here and backs away]
Stephen Colbert reacts to Jeremy Iron’s argument against gay marriage.
Goddamn, I love Colbert SO MUCH.
I LOVE HIM SO MUCH. SO MUCH.
This is an amazingly powerful, clear and well-researched article that exposes how the “pro-life” movement is anything but.
bell hooks (via ethiopienne)
wasn’t bell hooks straight, which means she actually doesn’t know what’s relevant to the health needs of poor gay folks
(i mean like plenty of queer folks have said this and even though i think they’re wrong too can we actually quote someone who has a real stake in this)
did u kno that if one person in a couple has access to health care, that couple is automatically “very class-privileged”?
there are no working-class people with health insurance or property, none
and yep, there are just so many people out there claiming same-sex marriage is a better solution to people’s lack of access to health care than universal health care! it’s not like lgbt people just want the rights we’re entitled to that have been withheld from us by cis straight people or anything
real tired of the “poor people don’t get married or pay taxes or see doctors!!!!111!!” nonsense.
also real tired of straight people (bell hooks this means you) telling me it’s my JOB as a lesbian to NOT get married, like that’s going to singlehandedly solve inequality and poverty and oppression. my gay marriage or lack of marriage is doing fuck all for homeless kids.
that would def be illegal