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  •  yes (13+ / 0-)

    he's spoken about women in the military, he's pro-choice and he thinks rape is rape - a vicious crime.  He thinks federal funds should be used for all abortions, it's a women's health issue for him, and most definitely in cases of rape. He's said politicians should not be making decisions about women's health, that it's between her and her physician. He's even said that men can't get pregnant and ought to keep their opinions on reproductive issues to themselves.  (He married Michelle.)

    It's disgusting that women serving our country get raped at all and how military women are treated after sexual assaults that don't even result in pregnancy is beyond disgusting. I believe the military is trying to change its culture, some branches slower than others, but lots of military women are sexually assaulted, and I know one women who had to continue working under the officer who had raped her.  I know two different women who'd been given date rape stuff in their drinks by fellow soldiers, in open bars where there were lots of their peers, and somehow know one knows how they ended up being raped and left naked somewhere else. It's not exclusively gay women, but in my experience it seems to hit gay women the most, so it's also a hate crime.    

    when you enlist you give up civil rights, the government owns you, and with that comes responsibility that isn't always taken seriously.  It's the scandal of our times.  

    reelect the president

    by anna shane on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 01:36:31 PM PDT

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    •  I'd love some links to the fed funded abortions (7+ / 0-)

      if you have them. If not, I'll do some research later.

      I hope he watches The Invisible War. Do you think he will?

      •  i don't know what to say (1+ / 0-)
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        I know our guy is on our side, but to date the bad guys have made the law, the changes are slow, very slow.  

        You can call him out for not making it a bigger issue, but not I think for being unable to change it.  I think he's made it a big issue, but still, there are too many women who aren't getting the health care we need.  

        It has to be seen as women's health, and not as some casual choice.  Men will always try to control women's bodies, and we have our own version of the Taliban, in DC.  

        reelect the president

        by anna shane on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 04:33:13 PM PDT

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        •  Yes, President Obama is on our side, but I (2+ / 0-)
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          am with angelajean.

          When you say:

          "He thinks federal funds should be used for all abortions, it's a women's health issue for him, and most definitely in cases of rape."
          I too, am requesting a link to where/when he said that.

          Because, to my knowledge, he did not.

          President Obama does publicly support Roe v Wade, and the inherent right of American women to choose what is best for them and their families, when it comes to reproductive choice, up to and including abortion.

          But NO ONE in the Democratic Party has said Federal Dollars should be spent on abortions. No one, not for decades now, since the Hyde Amendment became a baseline on Federal Budgets.

          Point of fact: even the PPACA did not reverse this decades long prohibition on using taxpayer dollars to fund abortions, with any Healthcare Plans under the PPACA being legally prohibited from offering abortion coverage as part of any plan. You need an abortion after January 1, 2014, you have to buy private insurance to cover it, in addition to your regular healthcare insurance.

          "Taxes are what we pay for civilized society.''
          -- SCOTUS Justice O.W. Holmes Jr
          "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization"
          -- Angie in WA State

          by Angie in WA State on Tue Sep 04, 2012 at 11:06:29 AM PDT

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    •  That's news to me. (4+ / 0-)

      I did not know that Obama wants to overturn the Hyde Amendment.

      In 2007, some campaign staffers answered a questionnaire and said that Obama

      does not support the Hyde amendment. He believes that the federal government should not [snip] electively withhold benefits because she seeks to exercise her right of reproductive choice in a manner the government disfavors.
      But that's not Obama talking, and he reaffirmed the Hyde Amendment in order to get health reform passed. I do not doubt that Obama would like to see the Hyde Amendment overturned, but I seriously doubt that he would spend any political capital on this issue.
      •  typo in quote: "selectively" not "electively" nt (1+ / 0-)
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      •  Or part of a work in progress... (0+ / 0-)

        ...that in these times of instant (gotchas) and trench-warfare-like battles in the Congress to get anything done much less passed with long range artillery and drones in the form of radio/tv talk show "experts" airmailing their bombs without credentials or concern for facts. More correctly todays modern political warfare is less of defined trenches rather, it's like guerrilla warfare...less shock'n awe, more control the larger population centers and win their hearts and minds and working over time to re-educate the hardcore holdouts. Both scenarios are tactics/strategies over time and continuous change of plans due to wins and losses (think elections and passed laws,etc.).

        Our nations quality of life is based on the rightousness of its people.

        by kalihikane on Tue Sep 04, 2012 at 08:26:58 AM PDT

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