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    joe wobblie, MeToo

    First Finland.  I am convinced that you can never get the American people to do anything by claiming another country does it better: it goes against the hyper-patriotism that we've built up.  

    If you say "We should do this like county XYZ does" then you have tacitly admitted that the US is not the best at everything in the world, and God knows that spells political doom.

    However, you can say,"If a country like XYZ can do it, we can do it 10 times better!"  GO USA!  Yes, it plays to an unfortunate sentiment, but I think it can work.

    On to pre-natal care, which I am extremely glad you brought up:

    If concern for the unborn is an issue then it ought to be consistent.

    First, finding, stopping and persecuting the monsters who poison them in the womb, like Monsanto (thanks, Lupin).

    Some pro-life pastors are already on board the idea that it is inconsistent to object to abortion and condone poisoning pollutants at the same time, and have taken a pro-regulatory stance.

    Second, if we really want to see the number of abortions go down (and I think lots of people on both sides of the choice issue would like to see that)  then make giving birth a more attractive option. The economic conditions of mothers in the 99%, combined with the unfair treatment of women in the workforce and the pathetically low availability of child care, are among the main reasons for the current rate.  

    Guaranteeing life, health and dignity for all children will do more for the unborn than any attempt to define Personhood in law.

    will do more for children worldwide than the latest Personhood effort would have, just as improving

    Time to tie these things together.

    Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. -Frank Zappa

    by TheGrandWazoo on Sat Dec 10, 2011 at 07:05:38 PM PST

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