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  •  I am pro-choice, I make no apologies for that. (30+ / 0-)

    As long as abortion is legal in this country it is woman's right to make a choice for  based on what she believes to be in her best interest.

    I am so fed up with the arrogance of a bunch congressional neanderthals with some idiotic belief that deciding to have an abortion is an easy decision. It is not. I've had to go through with an abortion. It was a case of the baby's life or mine. At the time I had three children at home--one of them a disabled daughter so the choice was a risky pregnancy or my older children having a mother. I hated the decision, I still question myself on having made the right choice. But it was my choice.

    One of the ladies I go to church with thinks if women fall pregnant outside of wedlock then by golly they should have to deal with the shame and then either raise the baby or put the baby up for adoption. Now does it ever cross their minds that putting a baby up for adoption is just has heartbreaking as going through an abortion. Hell no it does not. Nor do they take in consideration the circumstance an unplanned baby may have to live in. They're all about getting those babies here, but by golly after they're born--Meh not so much.

    And as a side note...Boo to the media in North Texas...Every single news outlet is presenting this disaster as the federal government's choice. Oh's all Obama's fault...Leave to Prick Perry to play the white hat idiot...He promises the women of Texas have nothing to worry about. Yeah right. Just access to birth control, std treatment, breast and cervical cancer screening...Yeah nothing to worry about at all.

    •  And these forced birth church ladies really want (14+ / 0-)

      the single woman to give their child up for adoption because there are so many couples waiting for white babies.  

      There is a big push for single women in Evangelical churches to go the adoption route and I think most are selfish and heartless about it. They put a lot of pressure on these ladies and girls for adoption because some of them want to adopt or their childless friends do and they think we need more babies up for adoption.

      Keep in mind, these church ladies want more white babies up for adoption but do not recommend adopting one of the 100 k older children over 3 that are up for adoption at most anytime in this country.  

      •  My older SIL is like that (6+ / 0-)

        She's not rabidly anti-abortion but she is pro-life--because she had trouble conceiving, miscarried twice, and then had to spend several months of her two successful pregnancies in bed. She wanted four kids, only had two.  I wanted to tell her that just because she had problems with pregnancy doesn't mean some other woman should be forced to continue an unwanted pregnancy. I kept my mouth shut because we were both living in MiL's home at the time.

        DH wasn't so kind when she asked him why we hadn't had kids.  HE pointed out that, because their father had been a physically and emotionally abusive asshole,  the success rate of the kids int he family wasn't exactly  thrilling--the two older nieces are beeyatches and meanmeanmean people.  Since one of the nieces is hers, she was irate.

        The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

        by irishwitch on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 05:53:00 PM PDT

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      •  The subject of babies for adoption has been (4+ / 0-)
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        a little more frequent in various women groups in my county as of late. Especially when a number of large churches throughout the state sponsor unwed mother homes--Help is provided, but the mother has to agree to give up the baby in a private adoption. Texas has some of the most lax private adoption laws in the nation. I kid you not, it's amazingly easy if the would be parents can afford to pay the "fees".  I hate to wade into those waters, but it's a reality. No question about it.

        •  Some prospective parents pay fees (5+ / 0-)

          while others make "love offerings" to their local Crisis Pregnancy Center.

          Young women who have mistaken some CPC for a pro-choice agency are often put under a lot of pressure to make private adoption arrangements. One told me about the "counselor" at a CPC taking a sheaf of papers with lists of names and addresses out of a desk drawer.  

          She was told, "Don't even think about having an abortion. You'd be sorry for the rest of your life. And any of these couples would love to adopt your baby and give it a fine Christian home. Just pick a name, any name on this list. I'll call them, and they'll come straight over here to meet you, right now."

          It's a huge racket.

          "Texas is going to shrink government until it fits into a woman's uterus." -- Texas State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte

          by moiv on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 08:34:30 PM PDT

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        •  Must have changed recently (3+ / 0-)

          Texas used to be so problematic that a lot of kids ended up in orphanages because they grew up before a qualified couple was found. For example, we had friends who had to prove they were members in good standing of a religious congregation.

          "There's a crack in everything; that's how the light gets in". Leonard Cohen

          by northsylvania on Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 04:40:19 AM PDT

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    •  Steve Blow of the Dallas Morning News (11+ / 0-)

      stepped up to the plate and hit it out of the park.

      Abortion ploy hurts women more than Planned Parenthood

      Texas is about to get a nose job. And it won’t be pretty.

      Mania over the abortion issue is leading our state into a classic case of cutting off its own nose to spite its face.

      And the real tragedy is that this fit of pique will very likely lead to more unintended pregnancies and more abortions, not fewer.

      This do-it-yourself rhinoplasty is intended to hurt Planned Parenthood, but it’s poor women of Texas who will suffer the most. And ultimately, all Texans are hurt financially by this foolishness.


      Under separate leadership and financial structure, Planned Parenthood also operates 51 clinics in Texas that don’t perform abortions but do provide a wide array of health and family-planning services for women. Those clinics have received public money.

      But on Wednesday, a new state law will take effect that prohibits public money from being used by any entity even affiliated with an abortion provider. Republican opponents of abortion rights make no secret that they’re trying to punish Planned Parenthood.


      It’s worth noting that these changes have not resulted in any of Planned Parenthood’s abortion clinics being closed — just the ones working to prevent unintended pregnancies in the first place.

      Whatever your feelings about abortion may be, Texans who favor common sense ought to say no to this nose job.

      Steve Blow is a good ole Southern Baptist boy, and his readers know it. He done good.

      "Texas is going to shrink government until it fits into a woman's uterus." -- Texas State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte

      by moiv on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 05:24:17 PM PDT

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    •  Breaking news on Tx v. PP (2+ / 0-)
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      The Texas Attorney General is all busted up over the plight of poor women in this state, and he's gonna do right by 'em: Texas sues Obama administration in abortion dispute

      (Reuters) - The Texas attorney general on Friday sued the Obama administration to challenge its decision to shut down a women's health program over a dispute centered on the state's withholding of funds to clinics that provide abortions.


      "This is about life and the rule of law, which Texas respects and the Obama administration does not," Texas Governor Rick Perry, a former Republican presidential candidate, said in a statement on Friday.


      The federal suit argues the agency acted illegally and in a manner that was arbitrary and capricious when it decided to terminate funding for the Texas Women's Health Program, which serves more than 100,000 low-income women, due to Texas law that prohibits funding of entities that promote or perform abortions.

      "(The decision) also violates the Constitution of the United States by seeking to commandeer and coerce the states' lawmaking processes into awarding taxpayer subsidies to elective abortion providers," the lawsuit said.

      Of course, only a dime of each dollar in funding comes from Texas in the first place, but never mind.

      "Texas is going to shrink government until it fits into a woman's uterus." -- Texas State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte

      by moiv on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 08:24:39 PM PDT

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