Planned Parenthood, its in the name

Opposition to PP is but a symptom of a larger issue which we as a society are too ashamed or prideful to address. Defunding PP will not end abortion. History tells us that.

While conservatives will applaud band aids and short sighted solutions as victories they fail to recognize that PP is not the cause of abortion and therefore “defunding”  it will not end abortion, especially given the fact that they are not the major purveyors of the procedure.

I’m sure it comforts those who’d rather not know,  to think that abortions only happen in ramshackle clinics full of poor irresponsible people but the REALITY is that most major medical provides offer abortion services (Kaiser, Sutter), not to mention the procedure itself is needed to remove fetal tissue from a woman who’s miscarried but not expelled the fetus. It is neither a right to life issue or even healthy at that point for a woman to carry what amounts to dead tissue in her body to satisfy the “rights” others want to impose on that clump of dead cells. Furthermore the “PP sells baby parts” videos have been confirmed to be untrue and if anyone who GENUINELY cared would put forth the effort to research better than headline making news. Additionally PP is not government funded, they simply receive funds via low income people (the serve men too!) that come in with Medicaid/Medi-Cal, so while “defunding” it may certainly cause its budget to tighten it will not cause them to close. They receive funding from many sources including women with private insurance who choose to go there for their regular check ups. Because guess what? they do those too!

Want to prevent abortion? Teach your children about their bodies and how they work instead of talking about sex as a vague mystery that happens when you’re married. Even married people should know about sex, pregnancy, birth control and std prevention. That just commonsense. I’m married and I chose to have one pregnancy and one biological child. It would have been nice to have another child but it also seemed economically unfair to have more children than feasible. I have an IUD which costs quite a bit more than drugstore birth control options but you know what? It’s long term. Its not permanent. And it reliable. Of course the defenders of “life” would have people believe that IUDs “cause abortions.” This is such a profoundly ignorant statement I almost cant dumb myself down enough to respond. IUDs do not “cause abortions.” True if a woman gets pregnant with an IUD in their uterus it may cause miscarriage…so will a lot of things, and if someone wants to use the “God is in charge of all life” argument than surely its in Gods hands if a woman gets pregnant with an IUD & if that pregnancy remains viable, no? But back onto the subject of “IUDs cause abortions.” This is a stretch at the very best. If a woman is pregnant & gets an IUD implanted it may cause the pregnancy to terminate. That said, a woman would have to be in the very early stages of pregnancy/be unaware of said pregnancy for that to even be a possibility. Refer back to my “if you’re going to use the argument God is in charge of all life” statement so I don’t have to repeat myself. Other than THAT scenario, the REALITY is abortions as a whole are NOT performed that way & NO doctor would KNOWINGLY terminate a pregnancy this way. Now if conservatives want to argue “oh but a fetus is at risk then if a woman is unknowingly pregnant!” Well then, if that’s the bar we need to reach, its a low bar. One that would then involve banning just about anything that may or may not cause miscarriage prior to a woman knowing they’re pregnant. Good gosh that’s a long list.

 

I should add that personally I’m pro life and in fact am Christian, but I disagree with the philosophies and approaches used by my conservative counterparts. I would not want to be pregnant at this point in my life but if that happened I wouldn’t choose abortion. However my circumstances cannot be applied to everyone else who may face that same situation.I also look to other places where abortion is legal and available, but rare. What do those places do differently than us? Many things, namely communication in not being afraid to talk about sex with their kids  and comprehensive sex education in schools. Yes itd be great to eradicate abortion, or rather the need a woman would feel to have one, but that is not done by banning it.

Talk about how pregnancy does and does not happen. Teach boys about consent and don’t allow “boys will be boys ” attitudes about casual sex and the treatment of women. Teach girls that if they are going to engage in sex how to protect themselves and prevent pregnancy. Hold men accountable for the children they father both financially AND emotionally so that they don’t perpetuate a cycle of children with abandonment issues seeking love elsewhere. Stop crucifying women on welfare as entitled, while ignoring the missing part of the equation (the men) and letting that person (the father) off the hook of criticism. Stop talking about single mothers as irresponsible while holding up families with 19 kids as God’s gift and an ideal for trusting God with the size of your family. I’m NOT saying that’s not true but if that is the ideal shouldn’t it be true for everyone?

How are married couples on food stamps because they have more kids than they can afford not also “entitled “?
The thing is our society is perfectly comfortable with the idea that men don’t have to be fathers but deeply uncomfortable with the fact women may not want to be mothers, and that right there is the issue.

Electoral College, a bygone institution

“For diehard Democrats holding out hope that they won’t have to live through a Trump presidency, there is a last, incredibly long shot for them latch on to — a surprise twist in the Electoral College. Though Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 200,000, Trump has won the minimum of 270 electoral votes necessary to be elected president. As of late Wednesday, he had 290 to Clinton’s 228. According to the Constitution, chosen electors of the Electoral College are the real people who will vote for president, when they meet on Dec. 19 in their respective state capitals. However, there is nothing stopping any of the electors from refusing to support the candidate to whom they were bound or by abstaining … ” – New York Post

As of yesterday, CNN put the popular vote figures at 47.5% Trump and 47.7% Clinton. It’s a small margin but it’s there. Hillary won the popular vote. Yet our “modern day” election system is based on an archaic historic election system rendering the votes “for the people and by the people” obsolete. It’s time to change this.

While the electoral college had its uses back in history, it’s use is questionable now. It does not serve the people. It serves the ruling class. This is not a democracy.

While we can still appeal to electors to change their votes before December 19th when they meet, this is a longshot.

Another longshot, but a worthwhile cause, is abolishing the electoral college once and for all.

Created  in 1787, the Electoral College supersedes the popular vote by organizing votes on a state-by-state basis. Historians say it was created as means to protect slavery (according to WGBH).  Hillary Clinton is the fourth president to lose the White House because of the Electoral College, despite having more votes.In a recent poll by the Metro News, 75 percent of readers said the presidency should be determined by the popular vote.

It would seem difficult to end something long revered as a cornerstone of our country’s history, but its time. And it can be done. The Electoral College is enshrined in the 12th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and therefore requires a constitutional amendment, outlined in Article 5. Congress can propose an amendment with a two-thirds majority vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate or by a constitutional convention called for by two-thirds of the state legislatures.It must be ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three-fourths.Finding a majority in a victorious Republican-held government might be a problem, though, but in two years there will be another election and more members could be swapped out.

In 2005, Representative Gene Green from Texas introduced the Every Vote Counts Amendment. The text of it reads  “Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to abolish the electoral college and to provide for the direct popular election of the President and Vice President of the United States.” This is what a government “for the people and by the people” should be. I understand the electoral college has its place in history. Perhaps we could retain it and give them a symbolic vote, but currently our system gives the people only a symbolic vote, ad that is not a democracy.

I personally spent the morning calling and writing to senators and representatives to reconsider the Every Vote Counts amendment, and I will continue pushing this agenda even if it takes another four years.

Its not about losing

I have a lot of respectful friends, conservs included.(thank you) but mostly  as a liberal leaning moderate, I feel stand alone politically. Currently I know several people blowing up their Facebooks to rail against those upset about the election, how “she didnt get the votes!” (yes she did) & how only people upset are only people who “want freebies” & are “hysterical for nothing.”
I gave them both the same response…to these middle class white guys with well paying  jobs, no pre existing conditions, no kids and secure housing.
“Trumps views on women have very real consequences. Trumps SCOTUS appointments will have very real consequences. People who have pre existing conditions and insurance for the first time have the right to be worried. LBGT people who are finally, legally married have very real worries. Women who need & deserve access to affordable birth control and family planning services have a right to be worried. It is terribly unfair for a middle class white guy with a full time job, no disabilities, no kids & no worries to rail against against people with very valid ones.I’ve tolerated 8 yrs of tantrums from the GOP Congress for not getting their way, but its very unfair to tell real people with real stakes that dont apply to you, not to be upset.”

to Hillary and to Donald

I just want to say thank you to hillary for being so questionable, DNC for being so corrupt….you used scare tactics to force a false unity. You know what? People were united, and you took our candidate away. I hope you learn next time to take “we the people ” seriously.
To the people blaming third party voters. No. Blame the system rigged against us that that seems like a valid excuse. We deserve choices. Maybe just maybe next time we will have them.
This started long before now. Think back to when we questioned what’s a “legitimate ” rape. Back to scotus proceedings on birth control. Back to Kim Davis and her “rights” over others.
Occupy. Black lives matter. These groups didn’t spring up without cause. They were responding to things unseen by factions of our nation.
I hate trump with every fiber of my being but hes a reflection of society that’s been headed this way a long time.
And he answers to us now. I hope he was lying his way through the campaign and I certainly think he was. I hope so.
But don’t forget there’s more of US than him.

Election thoughts

I truly believed the votes would be far more split. I figured there would be an even number of Clinton and trump supporters but I truly thought Johnson was pulling from conservatives and his percentages were far more than Stein etc that was what gave me hope. I never in my life predicted there would be Bernie supporters who’d protest vote with Trump. (Really? How could you?) I feel very sad and worried for a country that elects a man endorsed by the America nazi party and kkk. Very sad. But still I rise.

Election night thoughts

I’m exhausted. I stayed up watching news. I couldn’t sleep. I cried half the morning. Now I’m just tired and quiet I guess. Sad, but reflective. Nothing will change overnight. Obamas still the Pres til January. I’m certain in Jan all those GOPers will hot the ground running though. I feel privileged to live in CA, where I think if the rest of the country is against something there’s a chance the state may still allow it (I mean we have legal marijuana, I’m sure we can keep things legal..like equal marriage, safe access to abortion and birth control, medical care for the poor, etc. Heres hoping.