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  •  Republican war on women (7+ / 0-)

    Republican pols are pandering to the base's fundamentalist instincts.

    This pandering has successfully united bible thumping southerners with their less than natural allies, Papist Catholics.

    The long term political gains from this pandering are less than rosy considering they declared war on over 50% of the population.

    look for my DK Greenroots diary series Thursday evening. "It's the planet, stupid."

    by FishOutofWater on Sat Feb 05, 2011 at 12:15:18 PM PST

    •  in this case... (2+ / 0-)
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      julifolo, trashablanca seems much more strategically planned that just the convenient byproduct of pandering.  This is the piece that bring the Conservative Catholics.

      Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

      by a gilas girl on Sat Feb 05, 2011 at 02:17:04 PM PST

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      •  conservative Catholic hospitals (3+ / 0-)

        ACLU & others were raising alarms about how standard practice in some Catholic hospitals was based on ideology rather than best practices determined in clinical studies.

        The safest way to deal with a diagnosed eptopic pregnancy that hasn't ruptured is a drug, a chemical abortion. That would be a direct abortion, however, and not "moral" (accorting to doctrine). Rather they insist on surgery, less safe, & impacts future fertility ... but that's OK as long as the abortion isn't direct. They don't want to be told they have to use the drug.

        They don't want to be told they can't wait until there's no fetal heartbeat. It's OK if they let the woman die, or nearly die & be crippled, as long as they don't directly kill the doomed fetus.

        And they don't want to get sued for malpractice, so they push legislators to pass such "concience" laws that mean they're above the law. pfft.

        Giving birth (giving life) should be a gift not an obligation or women and poor people are 2nd class by definition

        by julifolo on Sat Feb 05, 2011 at 05:28:27 PM PST

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    •  not so sure about the long term gains or losses (1+ / 0-)
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      as the mid-term costs don't appear to be that great, since Democrats and Democratic voters have never appeared willing to go to the mattresses on this issue.

      Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

      by a gilas girl on Sat Feb 05, 2011 at 02:18:07 PM PST

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