One of those pillars of nonsense being the pro-life movement, which is far far more deadly than society is even close to recognizing. But now we have three factors that will likely force facts down the throats of the oblivious.
1) Trump is the anchor that will drown his own Trumpeteers.
2) The Pope is willing to debate issues that have equally anchored down the (Catholic) Church through the ages and
C) if the Zika virus takes its deadly grip on mainland USA -that will additionally force a recalibration between smart and stupid—between life and death.
I keep making the charge that the Stupidparty is deadly and I keep backing this charge up with fact after fact. Nowhere is this issue nor ironic than within the so inappropriately named pro-life movement. This movement hides behind a nonexistent religious cover. The biblical God that underpins Islam, Judaism and Christianity was absolutely not pro-life. The reverse is true as you will soon discover. Could this juxtaposition be the result of the fact that males have tended to be the winners and get to write the histories? I explain how misogyny has hijacked the teaching of Jesus here.
Did you ever notice how fertility clinics get no bad press? If you are struggling to have a baby you go to a fertility clinic, naturally, virtually everyone is OK with that. But fertility clinics gather fertilized eggs and dispense with the ones that they do not need. Couples can discard these embryo’s (well you can not suggest that women should be forcefully impregnated), can give the embryo over to adoption or medical research, or simply for destruction.
So if the Pro-life movement accepts this, what does that really mean? It means that they are more interested in controlling women’s bodies than promoting it’s novel personhood theme that life begins at inception. Most people would consider a person a person when they can breath, cry, poop and generally become a pest. I guess, at a stretch, an embryo can become an irritant at as early as four weeks when it “decides” it is time for mom to feel nauseous.
Pro-lifers dislike contraception—and this can be seen in all the nonsense spouted about Obamacare on this issues. Evidently, pseudo-Christian businessmen like Steve Green (the Hobby Lobby CEO) and family, feel affronted at enabling women to enjoy sex. It is OK to steal on behalf of this same family of self-deemed saints of female chastity, to pillage Iraqi national treasures on the back of the Bush Jr. illegal War, or to give massive Funding to Liberty University , the educational establishment built on the sands of Jerry Falwell’s hate.
Contraception usually involves “life” before inception—that is the whole point. So why do pro-life people object to contraception? It all goes back to their historic notions of female servitude, that sex is just a bad thing which takes place on rare occasions in order to procreate. This all goes to show that pro-life fundamentalism and contraceptive extremism is all about controlling women’s bodies and their sexuality. Theirs is not such a big divide between the Taliban dress police, the Muslim Burka and the Stupidparty (non-equal) attitudes to women and rape. i.e., the “she had it coming” mentality.
But how is all this dark age misogynist religious claptrap pro-death?
Being “pro-life” actually means being pro-death.
It means more people, more women, more babies and more fetuses will die.Stupidity has deadly consequences.
Stupidity has deadly consequences. Whether we are talking about the economy, foreign policy, environment, bigotry, or in this instance women’s health—people who promote irrational behavior, people who misrepresent scriptures, people who polarize important issues, must be held to account. Politicians who tap into and excite ignorance must be held to account. Phony Christians must be held to account. Stupidparty and its financial backers must be held to account. We need to shine the torch in a way that none of these guilty parties have anywhere to hide.
Stupidparty logic happens to have deadly consequences. By way of example let’s look at a standard Stupidparty argument, Women’s health—why even bother?
Bush told a group of Evangelical Christians that he would strip the vital health organization of federal funding if he becomes president and said we spend too much money on women’s health services:
“The next president should defund Planned Parenthood,” he said. “The argument against this is, well women’s health issues, you’re attacking, it’s a war on women, and you’re attacking women’s health issues. You could take dollar for dollar, although I’m not sure we need a half a billion dollars* for women’s health issues, but if you took dollar for dollar there are many extraordinary fine organizations, community health organizations, that exist to provide quality care for women on wide variety of health issues. But abortion should not be funded by the government, any government, in my mind.”
*$500m = about $3 per woman –and that is evidently too much! Let us put this thinking into perspective:
There are so many things that are wrong with this statement. These comments pander to Evangelicals whose political views tend to be the polar opposite of the values of Jesus–i.e, 80% of Evangelicals have no right to call themselves Christians. Voting for an asset stripping, serial lying, misogynist Mormon would indicate a value system the polar opposite of Jesus, thus the polar opposite of Christianity. Let us begin with the bibles actual views on abortion:
What does the Bible say?
God is pro-choice, but not in a nice way—the Bible places no value on fetuses or infants less than one-month-old:
And if it be from a month old even unto five years old, then thy estimation shall be of the male five shekels of silver, and for the female thy estimation shall be three shekels of silver. — Leviticus 27:6
Fetuses and infants less than one-month-old are not considered persons:
Number the children of Levi after the house of their fathers, by their families: every male from a month old and upward shalt thou number them. And Moses numbered them according to the word of the LORD. — Numbers 3:15-16
Yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay even the beloved fruit of their womb. — Hosea 9:16
Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up. — Hosea 13:16
Because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die. — 2 Samuel 12:14
Tamar thy daughter in law hath played the harlot; and also, behold, she is with child by whoredom. And Judah said, bring her forth, and let her be burnt. — Genesis 38:24
And when he hath made her to drink the water, then it shall come to pass, that, if she be defiled, and have done trespass against her husband, that the water that causeth the curse shall enter into her, and become bitter, and her belly shall swell, and her thigh shall rot: and the woman shall be a curse among her people. And if the woman be not defiled, but be clean; then she shall be free, and shall conceive seed. — Numbers 5:21-21, 27-28
I always feel somewhat uncomfortable using the Old Testament to preach policy, since I find it difficult to respect supposed Christians who use the bible like nut-job Muslims—who cherry pick from the Quran. I happen to believe that Christians have far less excuse since their go-to prophet is massively more impressive than the guy Muslims have latched onto. Ironically it seems most US Christians should be worshiping Mohammad, as by doing so they would be a great less hypocritical since Mohammad represents their view, not Jesus.
A Christian should follow the teachings of Jesus—his actual lessons, unpolluted by various power seeking zealots who have polluted his actual teachings. Nowhere in the New Testament does Jesus discuss abortion. Thus it is not a Christian value. Just like racism, judgementalism, pro-death, war mongering, asset stripping, gun toting, misogyny, anti-knowledge, dishonesty—none of these core Stupidparty values are the values of Christ.
Why is fertilization the Benchmark—aren’t the Sacred Sperm living creatures too?
25 million sperms can be produced in one day by one adult male.
9,150,000,000 are created per year by just one adolescent or adult male.
It takes 75 days of Gods work to create the life in a single Sperm.
Most men, most years, find a way to commit mass spermicidal genocide all the time.
Yes this is often accidental or the fault of a third party, but often it is wanton knowing mass murder—of a living entity that could become the 2nd son of God. But masturbation, premature ejaculation, and condoms are not the only villains. For a man who has carefully protected each and every sperm by having intercourse frequently enough to prevent sperm being allowed to die through want of effort, there is another murderous villain to contend with.
The female body is a veritable merciless killing machine. It thinks nothing of killing off 200,000,000 sperm at a time. It thinks nothing of ignoring and assassinating its own 400,000 eggs—eggs that all want to find their perfect match and live in harmony. These sperms try so hard to communicate with their beloved egg, to talk about their future together, the sperm begging for cooler pastures, the egg playing hard to get—saying “come, enjoy my deadly heat.”
“At twenty-one days old, a human embryo is less than two millimeters long or roughly the size of the circle at the end of this sentence.”
Now, there might be some confusion about the above statement. I mean how big is a full stop?—at the bottom of that question mark. Well, a full stop might vary by font size, by the reading tool one is using; perhaps it varies by whether the full stop is a boy or a girl, spawn of an American football player or a jockey. It also seems because it is so small it is quite difficult to measure anyway. So I decided I needed to create an image that would allow the human mind to put this issue into perspective. Let me begin by providing a picture of my very favorite treat, my addiction.
These are chocolate rainbow nonpareils. I love to have a combination of Milk, Dark, and White chocolate—and it is absolutely taboo to have simply white balls on top. I love each color—I do not discriminate. It is almost a tragedy that I cannot prevent their imminent doom.
I adore each and every chocolate, each and every sprinkle. Now, see how that dark blue one has been lovingly placed on the ruler, to the far left top corner of this ruler. This ruler shows centimeters—which are way smaller than inches. The blue sprinkle covers one millimeter. A human embryo at one week would be 90 percent smaller than that lonely sprinkle—with an estimated size of 0.1 millimeters. Bigger than a speck of dust but smaller than a full stop as it might appear in a typical old-fashioned print book
Now we will put this entire pro-life fundamentalist diarrhea into perspective. The Female egg after conception:
Contraception (even after conception) and sex education are vital tools for empowering women, preventing poverty, disease, and death. Teaching abstinence is not only pointless, but it is deadly. Teens deserve knowledge that can keep them healthy, and to act otherwise is criminal. Researchers at The University of Washington in Seattle found that teenagers who received some type of comprehensive sex education were 60 percent less likely to get pregnant or get someone else pregnant. And in 2007, a federal report showed that abstinence-only programs had “no impact on rates of sexual abstinence.” Societies that repress women tend to be unstable, violent, religiously rigid; and all this nurtures an environment primed for war, disease and death.
Teenage pregnancy rates have been on a steady decline for a while now, as programs like CHOICE and public awareness about contraception grows. The researchers found that their program, in which teenage girls were given free long-term forms of birth control like intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants, led to an average pregnancy rate of 34 per 1,000 teens aged 15 to 19 between 2008 and 2013. The general population, meanwhile, had an average pregnancy rate of 158.5 per 1,000 teens. Birth rates followed a similar trend with about 19.4 per 1,000 participating teens giving birth compared to 94 per 1,000.
Their most significant finding, however, was that abortion rates dropped far below those of the general U.S. population, at 9.7 per 1,000 teens compared to 41.5 per 1,000 teens. This data shows that when teen girls are shown how to properly care for their bodies, and are given the tools to do so, abortion rates go down; and subsequently, risk of the health and social consequences of undergoing one.
So on an international level all this deadly Stupidparty Pro-life nonsense means the that the USA suffers from more Pro- Death outcomes:
So what does Europe have that the USA lacks? Oh, would that be an intelligent, pragmatic laws regarding abortion?
Many European countries, including England, Finland, Denmark, and Sweden, either have a formal state church or church that is nationally recognized as the dominant church, and yet in daily practice, far fewer people in these nations are really religious, much less fundamentalist. Religion is often seen simply as a cultural/historical expression of national or ethnic character, but not necessarily a guiding force in everyday life. Subsequently, while a lot of these nations have abortion laws that formally reflect Christian paternalism about reproduction and women’s roles, in practice, abortion is much easier to get than it is in the United States. You may have to provide a reason for your abortion in many nations, but it’s simply a formality, a box checked and not an obstacle. More importantly, the abortion providers aren’t being hounded out of existence and in many cases, the cost of the abortion is paid for by the state health care plan. Katha Pollitt recently elaborated in The Nation.
i.e., Europe benefits from a lack of religious claptrap. This equates to less death.
In the 2015 Fox Stupidparty debate, virtually all candidates were rabidly pro-death. For example, Rubio would be quite happy to allow a woman to die. He claims that there are plenty of ways of avoiding pregnancy anyway. But the problem is these guys are all gut and no brain:
During a 2012 political fight over the scope of Obamacare’s contraception mandate—which requires all insurance plans to cover preventive services including contraception for women—Rubio co-sponsored The Blunt Amendment, which according to The New York Times would have “let employers and health insurance companies deny coverage for contraceptives and other items they object to on religious or moral grounds.” The amendment was defeated 51 to 48.
So basically women must die because of a guy with an opinion. How about this—before forming ignorant infantile opinions, and before resorting to terrorism, how about getting some knowledge? Why not consider helping organizations that actually help women with their health? Ever wonder why misogynist Catholic priests have a very different opinion about these issues than the nuns–the nuns that actually help poor people with their health issues, with their pregnancy issues? Nuns soon learn that dogmatic opinions do far more harm than good. But nuns sometimes suffer the consequences of male stupidity:
As reported by The Nation:
In 2010, Sister Margaret McBride, an administrator in a Catholic Hospital in Phoenix, was fired and excommunicated after she approved a first-trimester abortion for a woman with life-threatening pulmonary hypertension. What happens in Catholic hospitals when there’s no Sister Margaret willing to risk the bishops’ wrath? With conscience clauses expanding to cover not just individual doctors but whole hospitals, a pregnant woman may find her care is being dictated not by standard health protocols but by a religion she doesn’t even follow. Savita was a Hindu, after all. What about her conscience?
To help, you have to stop being judgmental. Not everyone is a clone of Stupidparty people, not everyone is in that very exclusive club of know-nothings that cannot accept the views of people from outside their parochial club.
Violent crimes have fallen by half over the last twenty years. This trend has nothing to do with more guns. I prove this here. There are however increasing gun deaths and mass shootings—all caused by America’s infantile Gun culture which I explain here and here. So if you tolerate the NRA agenda, you are pro-death. So what does explain reduced violent crime? Well, there are numerous reasons—one of them being Roe V. Wade. Various books have been written on the subject, but in short, making abortion legal has saved countless families from destitution and that leads to a more stable family life.
Jeb!!! and the rest of the clowns want to defund Planned Parenthood, but of course he has no interest in the actual facts:
- Planned Parenthood gets no funding from the government to perform abortions.
- Abortions represent about 3% of their activities.
- Congress defunded Acorn, who had done nothing wrong, and this action has since been deemed unconstitutional (to target a specific entity because of political opportunism).
- Defunding Planned Parenthood, who has also done nothing wrong, would surely also be unconstitutional.
- Planned Parenthood health centers focus on prevention: 80 percent of clients receive services to prevent unintended pregnancy.
- Planned Parenthood helps to prevent approximately 516,000 unintended pregnancies each year.
- Planned Parenthood provides nearly 400,000 Pap tests and nearly 500,000 breast exams each year, critical services in detecting cancer.
- Planned Parenthood pProvides nearly 4.5 million tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, including 700,000 HIV tests.
- Planned Parenthood affiliates provide educational programs and outreach to 5 million young people and adults
Planned Parenthood helps women, saves lives and reduces the demand for abortion. They are the polar opposite of the fundamentalist pro-lifers:
- About 40,290 women in the U.S. are expected to die in 2015 from breast cancer, though death rates have been decreasing since 1989. Women under 50 have experienced larger decreases. These decreases are thought to be the result of treatment advances, earlier detection through screening, and increased awareness.
- Maternity deaths avoided 28 x 5 = 290 per year.
- Women whose cervical cancers were found by a pap test had a 92% cure rate. The cure rate fell to 66% among women who were diagnosed because of symptoms.
- By knowing you have AIDS or a sexually transmitted disease, the vast majority of people will not put other peoples live at risk. Knowledge saves lives. Prayer and pro-lifers save zero lives.
- AIDs in Africa people were taught abstinence, often at the insistence of US Religious charities. African also were encouraged to have faith in prayer and myth. In America, everyone had access to proper education and facts.
The end result—in Africa 1,000,000 people die of AIDS every year. In America, less than 14,000 people die of AIDS every year. If you are determined to block contraception and sex education in Africa – you are guilty of manslaughter on a massive scale.
Jeb!!! supports efforts to allow myopic religious twats from having to allow their employees access to affordable contraception—the very same people who promote deadly faith and prayer as a singular solution. Obama will continue to outwit these idiots on this issue, but electing a Stupidparty leader as president would have deadly consequences.
Oh, you think Jeb is some sort of moderate Stupidparty clown? You still believe that such a person can actually exist inside the Stupidparty?
“I’m probably the most pro-life governor in modern times,” Jeb boasted and he’s not kidding:
After all, we’re talking about a man who once put the life of a disabled woman who’d been raped at risk by intervening legally to force her to carry her child to term, a move a Florida court later found illegal. Despite the fact that the woman was severely disabled, had been raped, and might die if allowed to give birth, Bush felt that the appointment of a guardian for her was not appropriate. Instead, he moved to stop the appointment of the woman’s guardian until a second guardian could first be appointed — specifically, a guardian for the fetus.
In 2005 Bush fought to prevent a pregnant 13-year-old girl, who was a ward of the state, from having an abortion. He was overruled by a judge, and CNN later reported that Bush’s ‘abortion activism shocked some state officials who believed he was reaching beyond the powers of his office.’
Jeb wanted $1 million of the state Department of Health’s $5.7 million family planning allocation to create education grants for chastity counseling. This would have mirrored some federally funded programs in the state that told teens to wait until marriage to have sex, without discussing birth control methods. Those programs, many of which were privately run by religious groups, operated under names like Best Friends, Sex Can Wait, and Everyone’s Not Doing It.
The request would have marked the first time the state would have funded an abstinence-based counseling program. The idea was criticized by sex education advocates and legislators who said teaching abstinence didn’t work. They also said diverting $1 million would keep many poor women from getting HIV tests, pap smears, birth control counseling and other services at clinics and county health departments.
The St. Petersburg Times reported in January 2003:
Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida lost $124,000 last year from its family planning division. Bush diverted the funds to abstinence-only educational programs. Now teens who use Planned Parenthood have a $15 co-pay and must pay $7 for birth control. “We do charge the teens now,” said LaWanda Walker, public affairs coordinator for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida. “That we really, really hate. You need to be able to have services and make it convenient.”
In a tweet, he added, “In line with my FL record – we absolutely must defund PP and redirect those funds to other women’s health orgs.”
But Jeb did not redirect Planned Parenthood money into community health centers providing birth control, pap tests, and other family planning services as he suggested. He diverted money to abstinence-only education and spent millions on crisis pregnancy centers, which are non-medical, religiously motivated organizations dedicated to convincing women not to have abortions.
The charter school (trying to turn education into a for-profit exercise) that was once Jeb‘s pride and joy is now a trash-filled ruin in the Liberty City neighborhood of Miami. It was also the place where the presumptive 2016 presidential candidate found it necessary to remove sex education from the curriculum and replace it with “character education.”
Stephanie Schriock, president of the group Emily’s List, said in an essay on Medium that Bush spent his two terms curbing women’s reproductive and health rights.
It is impossible, it appears, to get more extreme on abortion than Jeb. He must really care about that sacred sperm. He can really say to that idiotic base, “yes, I am your man, look at me.” Like Bush Jr’s imaginary conversation with Billy Graham that led to his invented Christian rebirth, born again for a Jesus who loves the 1%—could it possible that Jeb is just cloning a successful Bush strategy. This is a fair question in the light of the fact that Jeb “was director of a philanthropy that gave tens of millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood and financed its advocacy of “unrestricted access to abortion” around the world. The charity also approved money to global abortion providers while he sat on its board.”
In 2010, Jeb was named one of the founding directors of the Bloomberg Family Foundation, established as a tax-exempt foundation to advance the vision of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He resigned from the board at the end of 2014 to prepare his presidential campaign.
In March of 2014, the Bloomberg Philanthropies announced a $50 million undertaking to expand “reproductive health,” including lobbying foreign nations to loosen restrictions on abortion.
Bloomberg announced a major partnership with Planned Parenthood Global to train and equip abortion activists in pro-life countries. Here is Bloomberg talking about the vital needs of women’s health, the devastating backward steps were taken by various mental midget Red State Governors, and his massive personal efforts to counteract the absurd activities of his own board member Jeb.
No Jeb, you are all talk, no substance, and an empty vessel.
But when it comes to killing people –we have only just begun. Stupidparty does not like Obamacare and does not like the Medicaid expansion. We need to look at what this really means”
The relatively small costs to the states should be easily offsets by a) in 2008 State and local Governments spent $10.6b caring for uninsured people in hospitals; assuming medical inflation of 5% per annum and increasing numbers of uninsured of say 5% per annum. This would mean that that $10.6b would increase to $33b for 2020.
Now let us make the following assumptions for Obamacare. We will keep medical inflation at 5% compound per year and we will also assume that the uninsured continued to increase by 5% per year through 2012. After that, we shall assume that the insured fall by 20% initially then by 40%. This might appear aggressive, but only if you forget that the number of uninsured was projected to carry on increasing quite rapidly if there had been no reform. So actually this number is mathematically conservative since the number of uninsured is trending down rapidly. Therefore the chart below illustrates actual cost savings the States could expect relative to the scenario of having no reform.
I should mention that the above is theory. In reality Obamacare has run into a real life problem that will need to be addressed. The success of Obamacare has created a bottleneck that is presently increasing emergency room visits. On the one hand, this is good, because people need such treatment in an affordable manner. But this is the not the most cost-effective scenario. The problem is being created by a lack of health care physicians—and thus a significant percentage of doctors struggle to take on new patients. A lack of interface time and ability to see one’s doctor in a timely manner had been a growing problem, even before the implementation of Obamacare. This is a bottleneck that needs to be tackled.
But these massive savings are only part of the equation. The fact of the matter is that if people have access to affordable healthcare, they can then act upon health issues before they have a need to go to the emergency room in the first place. Thus the body gets fixed faster and cheaper, less death and disease, a healthier more productive workforce, and less healthcare bankruptcies so creditors get paid. But most important is people live, they get cured, and they do not have to live in pain or in fear.
It is not as if we have to guess. Anyone remember Massachusetts?
Massachusetts Shows That Expanding Coverage Reduces Other Health Care Costs
Massachusetts’ experience with its health reform efforts offers strong evidence that expanding coverage under a comprehensive health reform plan can lead to sizeable reductions in state costs for uncompensated care.
Massachusetts enacted legislation in 2006 to provide nearly universal health care coverage. The legislation combined a Medicaid expansion with subsidies to help low and moderate-income residents purchase insurance, an employer responsibility requirement, and a requirement for individuals to obtain coverage. All of these also are core elements of the Affordable Care Act.
With the expansion of affordable health insurance options and the institution of an individual mandate, spending on uncompensated care decreased significantly in Massachusetts. As part of its health reform effort, the state replaced its Uncompensated Care Pool (also known as “Free Care”) with the Health Safety Net, which provides financial support to public hospitals and community health centers that serve low-income residents who are uninsured or underinsured or who have significant medical needs. In 2008, the first full year of health reform implementation, Health Safety Net payments were $252 million, or 38 percent, less than the previous year’s Uncompensated Care Pool payments.a
StupidParty blind dogma is deadly. It kills countless people, primarily by the pro-death crowd. But all they care about is this:
While 99 percent of such maternal deaths occur in developing countries, the United States is the only country in the world in which maternal deaths increased between 1990 and 2013. In 2013, 28 women were dying for every 100,000 births, compared to 12 women for every 100,000 births in 1990.
By way of example compare Israel with the USA. Stupidparty today feels a kindred spirit with Netanyahu–actually this has only happened because they love that Netanyahu has disrespected Obama and because the Stupidparty has been corrupted by big money. Stupidparty disciples cannot connect the dots. But maybe they should connect this dot:
The nation’s Health Ministry commission, led by Dr. Yonatan Halevy, last week announced its state-subsidized “health basket,” the package of medications and services that all Israeli citizens are entitled to under the nation’s health care system. It was approved by the cabinet on Sunday. The health basket is analyzed and amended on an annual basis, and among the many additional treatments to be offered to Israelis in 2014 are free-of-charge abortions for women ages 20-33.
Israel has always had a liberal stance on abortion, allowing women facing medical emergencies or those who are victims of rape or abuse to receive subsidies to help them terminate their pregnancies. Outside of those regulations, women can apply for abortions for reasons ranging from an emotional or mental threat caused by the pregnancy or for not being married to the baby’s father. All women who seek to end a pregnancy must appear before a three-member committee to state their case, but 98 percent of requests are approved. Women under the age of 20, or over the age of 40, were also previously eligible for subsidized abortions, regardless of the reason.
A study by the Roosevelt Institute shows that U.S. states with high poverty rates have maternal death rates 77 percent higher than states with lower levels of poverty. Women with no health insurance are four times more likely to die during pregnancy or in childbirth than women who are insured.
So where is the safest place to have a baby?
Notice that Florida is a Blue State, so how come Stupidparty rules and Stupidity reigns?
Let us look at the totally avoidable deaths; these deaths are caused by Stupidparty Governors playing politics, except in Virginia where a rigged local congress can override the Governor.
Notice that Maine, Virginia, and Wisconsin are Blue States. So how come Stupidparty rules and Stupidity reigns?
So there appear to be four Blue States that are also putting the health of their constituents way below the importance of attracting big-time donations from the oligarchical donors, and getting cheap votes by pandering to the bigots and the ignorant who have been brainwashed into voting against their interests.
In three of the four states, their constituents suffer this miserable and deadly outcome because of a specific cheating technique that Stupidparty uses to disenfranchise the electorate. On this occasion, I am not referencing Voter Suppression but Gerrymandering. Now look at this chart.
So to recap, what have we learned (and what have we proven) about pro-life actually being pro-death?
We have discussed how many lives Planned Parenthood saves and or make better. Now let us look what happens when a respected charity gets hijacked by Stupidparty logic.
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
Nancy Binker, a prominent figure in the Texas GOP, found that she had to cope with a personal crisis. Her sister had died of breast cancer, and suddenly healthcare issues became important. So she co-founded the amazingly successful Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. It was a great cause, born out of pain from a person who now had good reason to care, who had put pettiness aside. But over time success spoils the chemistry, Stupidparty thinking resurfaces, and that thinking concluded that bringing an insidious, myopic political agenda to a beloved charity was appropriate.
Karen Handle, having lost her effort to become governor of Georgia, is invited to the cancer charity. Oblivious to the fact that a fundamentalist stance on abortion can only lead to polarization, thus making the goal of fewer abortions less achievable. Karen Handle uses her Stupidparty-thinking skillset to encourage the foundation to cancel its relationship with the respected charity Planned Parenthood, who plays a limited role in abortions. This created an uproar. The charity reversed itself after three days, and Karen Handle resigns.
Undaunted, Handle writes a book about the bullies at Planned Parenthood and goes on to come in third in the Stupidparty primary for the 2014 open senate seat in Georgia.
The point here is that while reducing abortions is a laudable goal, attaching an extreme viewpoint onto a fundamentalist religious bandwagon that actually has no foundation in the teachings of Jesus is not so laudable. While I have problems with both pro-life and pro-choice sloganeering, it just strikes me that the evangelically inspired pro-lifers in every other aspect are really pro-death. What do I mean by that? Pro-lifers can rarely be heard on the subject of the actual death penalty, of war, or on affordable healthcare.
Pro-lifers can rarely be heard on the subject of the actual death penalty, of war, or on affordable healthcare.
The proof of Handle’s sad effort was to be in the pudding. Stupidparty is not so good at charity unless it begins at home or on their parochial clubs that they call churches. Bringing Stupidparty thinking to the Susan G. Komen Foundation did not work out so well, especially for people whose lives may depend on the charity. Annual revenues in 2013 fell from $348m to $270m.
Meanwhile, the problems for the charity are ongoing, women preferring to contribute to properly motivated charities. At a time when the foundation was having to cancel its walks, Brinker is securing a 64% pay rise to $684,000. Having married and divorced Norman Brinker, the founder of the Steak and Ale, Bennigan’s, and later taking over the Chili’s restaurant chains, “Brinker doesn’t need the money, as she made out like a bandit in her 2003 divorce… She jets between her home in the Ritz Carlton in Washington DC and her second home in Palm Beach, Florida.” (Palm Beach happens to be the hive of Stupidparty support. I am not sure why anyone would contribute to this charity since there are better options.)
There is so much wrong with Stupidparty.
Stupidparty thinking, ignorant mythical thinking, does not simply destroy the economy—it kills. The more pro-life one tries to be (when your views are based on low hanging baseless dogma), the more countless woman, countless people, die (not just in the USA but across the globe). On issues of life and death, how does Stupidparty perform?