Saturday, 4/21/12, Public Square


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12 responses to “Saturday, 4/21/12, Public Square

  1. “And so what we’ve done is force the Republicans and their conservative allies to reveal their true agenda. They don’t just want to wage a war on choice, they want to wage a war on contraception. They are against family planning , in the 21st Century, they want to prevent women from having access to the tools they should have to determine their own reproductive futures.

    And I think it’s important to continue pointing that out. We cannot let them hide behind their positions without making it cleat what their real agenda is. Because the fact is, today, the United States has one of the highest unintended pregnancy rates in the industrialized world, Half of all pregnancies are unintended and nearly half of those end in abortion.

    Anyone truly committed to reducing the need for abortions should be committed to whatever it takes to reducing unintended pregnancies — regardless of politics and regardless or ideology.

    And we know who’s paying the price for these policies — women around the world suffering because they no longer have access to reproductive care; women right here at home who want to plan their families and who want to prevent unintended pregnancies but no longer have access to contraception.

    This is not just an affront to women’s rights — it is an affront to human rights, to our most fundamental values as a nation.”

    Hillary Clinton

    • prairie pond

      Sigh. It always makes me sad to think how different things might be if Hillary were president, not sec. of state. Maybe it would be no different, but I think she would have been a fighter not a lackey. And I can’t imagine the attacks on her would be any worse than the attacks on our current president.

      I guess we’ll never know. We had one shot to elect a woman. It will be a long time before we have another one. There’s really no one else in the pipeline right now. We may have blown our chance for a Democratic woman president for another generation.

  2. indypendent

    I suspect the bottom line for Republicans is nothing more than their FEAR of women having too much control.

    Because, let’s face it, look at the Republicans’ in Congress – how many women do they have and are these women following the lockstepping dance of their male counterparts?

    There’s been a few times Republican women have spoke out – but only a few and then – like Lisa Murkowski – she is a Republican – but had to run as s independent to keep her current seat.

    THAT fact alone should tell Lisa Murkowski and Republican women everywhere – that the GOP do not care about women.

    Oh, I forgot, the old white men do love their cheerleaders though – preferably dressed in short skirts and low-cut blouses.

    • indypendent

      IIRC – Bob Dole was in a television ad for Viagra – remember the old fart sitting and watching Britney Spears (I think?) dancing around and good ol’ Bob pats his dog and says something to the effect of – down boy..

      Can you imagine if that had been Obama doing that same ad?

    • prairie pond

      It’s always hard to remember how much men fear uppity women. I think the recent vatican crackdown on those uppity nuns is a good reminder how desperately some men need to control women and/or feel superior to us. I worry this war on women is going to get worse before it gets better.

      And then the next generation will still have to fight it all over again. I don’t think we can ever feel secure that the war on women is won for good. It’s always one step forward and two steps back. We just can never gain equality once and for all. Too bad it is so frequently other women who at best don’t support us and at worst fight against us. We’d be a lot better off if we learned to stick together.

      • “Uppity women?” Those who would even imagine they are equal human beings, let alone speak about it out loud?

        I know you’re right. It would have hurt to witness the treatment of a President Hillary Clinton, but it hurts to see the treatment of female Hillary Clinton so I too don’t know how it could have been worse for her, or that she would have been treated more poorly than President Obama. There’s some powerful hate behind those that demand control over others.

        The tendency to not stick together is one of our greatest challenges as females. I watched it in the corporate world, I’ve seen it in neighborhoods, and just about anyplace groups of women are represented. I’m guilty! I refuse to accept someone like Palin who is anti-woman, and would do more damage than good. She speaks loudly about her support for government being allowed to make decisions about my reproductive health. She speaks loudly about the repression of the LGBT community. She puts the hate in religion.

      • Give ’em hell, Sister! I think they could have bigger problems than what prescription medications a woman uses. I suppose all the stories about the priests who abuse children are stories of following the church teachings?


        “I’ve no idea what they’re talking about,” Sister Simone Campbell, head of Network, a Catholic social justice lobby, told the BBC.

        “Our role is to live the gospel with those who live on the margins of society. That’s all we do.”

        On Wednesday the Vatican announced a crackdown on US nuns long considered too liberal by the church hierarchy.

        Sister Campbell suggested that her organisation’s vocal support for President Barack Obama’s healthcare bill was behind the slapdown.

        “There’s a strong connection,” she said. “We didn’t split on faith, we split on politics.”

        Archbishop Sartain said, “I hope to be of service to them and to the Holy See as we face areas of concern to all.”

        But Sister Campbell suggested a difficult time ahead: “It’s totally a top-down process and I don’t think the bishops have any idea of what they’re in for.”

  3. “Making it harder for our young people to afford higher education and earn their degrees is nothing more than cutting our own future off at the knees. Congress needs to keep interest rates on student loans from doubling, and they need to do it now.” — President Obama on student loans