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~2012 Candidates vs.Women and Womens Health~

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Post by MaryKay on Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:52 am

I am not trying to start a gender war here, really I am not. All candidates seem to have enough for all of us to like or dislike. My attempt with this thread is to keep our Women members informed of the views of local and national candidates and their views on Womens issues.

For many years I haven't felt that the Republican Party spoke for "me" as a women, even though over the years we have had some local candidates that were Republicans who really helped areas I lived in. I was open-minded enough to appreciate what they were doing. They were always very "mute" on womens issues and felt they were personal, never entered the abortion protests etc. Now they all seem to have disappeared, and worse, latetly, in this area, they want to tell me how I have to treat my body and make decisions for me. At 57, I am well past needing any form of birth control services, but it got me thinking alot yesterday about those who are not. I was married in 1984 and unable to have children, so again, birth control and abortion were not on my radar. But like many women, celebrated the right for women who wanted one to have an abortion, not because I think they are fabulous, let's face it, if faced with that decision, you are not doing it for spite, fun or to get even with the government. It's a serious, gut wrenching decision for most, which is why counseling is a must and should be. More should be done on that front.

What occurred to me yesterday, during one of the 5 thunderstorms we had, was that in 2012, more men, especially in Government, most of whom want smaller Government, or say they do, want a big say in our health.
My question is why???? They want a say in birth control, abortion, rape victim services, pap smears, mammograms, ultrasounds, genetic counseling for birth defects and cancer histories. Again this is 8/14/2012 not 1812. It was wrong then, so why would it be right now? Why would they care about this to the point of letting us default on debt to defund Planned Parenthood? My real question is ... what is at the core of this for these "men" of smaller Government? They villify the poor, the unemployed and what's left of the middle class, so what is it they are looking to do, or they are looking for? Do they need total control over our lives? I really have no answers.

I thought this would be a great place to post articles on local and national candidates and their views as it pertains to Women. I received an email that I will post today, hoping you all will as well.

This is not to start a Dem vs. Rep thread in any way. It's really just about the Women's Health issues and information that I think Women on the forum as well as all Women should know before voting. It took us a long time to get the Vote, and a lot of hard work to get it, we should honor those who did the leg work and Vote wisely.

These are just my thoughts and opinions, but I have been feeling this way for quite a while. Please share your thoughts and articles or links.

And, to be fair, to all our Men friends and members, you need to look at the candidates as well. Many of our elected officials have suggested they would be open to cuts for health issues that are critical to men. If you have thoughts on that, post a thread and the articles or pm me and I will do it for you.

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Post by MaryKay on Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:59 am

I get quite a few of these emails during the week, I have registered so many places to get information that I can post here and yesterday it got me really thinking on this issue. I hope it starts getting us all thinking. I have a tendency to focus solely at times on the economy and jobs, because it's my life right now and forget about other things that are important as well.


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In referring to reproductive rights, military metaphors are often used to describe the dynamics between those who support and those who would constrain women. If abortion access is "war", then the state of Mississippi is the frontline, with the recent attempt of the state to implement requirements that abortions be performed by board certified/board eligible physicians in obstetrics and gynecology (OB-Gyn), and who hold hospital admitting privileges at a facility nearby.

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Post by MaryKay on Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:01 am

This is the video that accompanied the email:

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/politics/2012/08/05/jones-abortion-debate.cnn

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Post by Guest on Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:57 am

The so-called pro-life party scares me to death as it takes away a woman's right to choose. Making birth control and preventative medical care unavailable or off limits to women who cannot afford it is discrimination and can't be tolerated. Being raised Catholic and educated in Catholic schools doesn't make me an advocate for abortion, but I don't think my religious views should interfere with someone else's life. We are all accountable for our own actions and no one else should make the choices for us. The mandatory trans vaginal ultrasound before abortion law in some states is barbaric and cruel.

I don't know what will happen if the GOP takes the elections this year. I do know it will set us back at least 50 years in Women's Rights, Civil Rights and Worker's Rights.

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Re: ~2012 Candidates vs.Women and Womens Health~

Post by MaryKay on Fri Aug 17, 2012 3:45 pm










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Post by Guest on Mon Aug 20, 2012 1:00 pm

Hmmmm.... scratch Tis the first time I've heard this theory

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/20/joe-scarborough-todd-akin-rape-morning-joe_n_1810077.html

Todd Akin inserts foot in big mouth over abortion and rape victims and joe Scarborough shares his thoughts on the insanity....and these are supposed to be educated people who hold office and are responsible for the entire country??? This is a joke, right?


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Post by Guest on Mon Aug 20, 2012 1:11 pm

Someone forgot to tell me that there is something in a female body that can stop pregnancy. Guess you wish it away? scratch

Thank goodness I'm not from MO! Senator McCaskill wad just about guaranteed victory when Atkins came out with that blunder.

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Post by MaryKay on Tue Aug 21, 2012 9:30 am

Sick and tired wrote:Hmmmm.... scratch Tis the first time I've heard this theory

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/20/joe-scarborough-todd-akin-rape-morning-joe_n_1810077.html

Todd Akin inserts foot in big mouth over abortion and rape victims and joe Scarborough shares his thoughts on the insanity....and these are supposed to be educated people who hold office and are responsible for the entire country??? This is a joke, right?


Todd Akin and Paul Ryan co-sponsored a very controversial bill with exceptions for abortions, forcable vs.legitimate rape. Didn't really know that rape wasn't rape.

I say, just let them keep talking, I am sure the President feels the same way.

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Post by MaryKay on Tue Aug 21, 2012 10:21 pm





Thanks for adding your name.

Republican Congressman Todd Akin told a Missouri news station:

"First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare... If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

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Post by MaryKay on Tue Aug 21, 2012 10:26 pm

DIRI wrote:Someone forgot to tell me that there is something in a female body that can stop pregnancy. Guess you wish it away? scratch

Thank goodness I'm not from MO! Senator McCaskill wad just about guaranteed victory when Atkins came out with that blunder.

This has, believe it or not, been a tight race, the DCCC has spent some money in MO for her and she has seperated herself at times from the President in an attempt to hold the seat. This may be "the miracle" the republicans claimed Sen. McCaskill needed to retain her seat..

Is this guy for real? Think about this, first it's Ms. Bachman and one of her constituents telling her that her daughter became mentally smart person from the HPV vaccine and now this guy knows a Dr. that assures him a womans body will reject a pregnancy due to rape. Does the Republican party not remember Sarah Palin?? Do they not think that vetting is prudent???

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Post by MaryKay on Tue Aug 21, 2012 10:38 pm

and just another bit of news:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48746014/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/

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Post by MaryKay on Wed Aug 22, 2012 1:31 pm

Not that this will shock our members, but in light of Mr. Akins remarks and the outcry of Republicans against his statement, this comes just three days later:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/21/gop-platform-abortion_n_1815021.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

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Post by elvis44102 on Wed Aug 22, 2012 1:52 pm

we have "the solid south" in US politics.....going back to 1920 none of the southern states even ratified giving women the right to vote....NONE!!

the republican party has moved from "conservative" to the party of Stupid

to quote "morning Joe"

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Post by Guest on Wed Aug 22, 2012 2:35 pm

That frightens me. It is like a cult. I watched Romney and Ryan together at a "Town Hall" on _Monday. If I didn't know better, I think I'd be very confused about who to vote for in November. Those two can charm a snake!

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Post by MaryKay on Wed Aug 22, 2012 3:20 pm

I seriously do NOT get the mind set. It's really wild. Maybe they really think that there will be a huge rallying cry for their brand of policies. I don't get it.

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Post by Guest on Wed Aug 22, 2012 5:30 pm

Just the most nutzo stuff I've heard from the GOP lately. With the baby boom generation no longer having children, are they basically looking for a generation of children that they think they will be able to mold into what (a cult)??

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Post by MaryKay on Mon Aug 27, 2012 1:41 pm

http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/25/13476316-romney-ryan-reach-out-to-female-voters-ahead-of-convention

Finally!!! Let hear what their ideas are!

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Post by MaryKay on Tue Aug 28, 2012 8:57 am

Tonight the fun begins. Hopefully, we won't be hearing what other rights they want to remove from women.

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Post by MaryKay on Wed Aug 29, 2012 1:01 pm

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/the_breakfast_table/features/2012/_2012_republican_national_convention/ann_romney_gave_a_great_speech_in_tampa_but_it_wasn_t_a_great_political_speech_.html

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