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Since Nebraska has seen fit to deny it's citizens reproductive freedom, I have written to Danielle Conrad (Sate legislature NE-46) and asked her to introduce two new bills.

Text of letter below the fold.

Senator Conrad.
I am not a Nebraskan, but am a concerned U.S. Citizen.

In light of the two laws passed this week designed to infringe on the reproductive freedom of Nebraskans, I think it is important to make sure that the state promises to care for the children it is forcing on your populace.

I would like to recommend that you introduce two new bills to the legislature:

1.) Please introduce a bill that guarantees universal prenatal care, including mental health services to residents of Nebraska. While various state and federal programs provide for many women to get this much needed care, access is not universal.  Nebraska has taken a bold step in denying it's citizens their reproductive freedom. Those who are forced to bear children they do not want should not have to bear the cost of prenatal care alone.

2.) Introduce a bill guaranteeing universal health care, regardless of the child's physical or mental conditions for the first 5 years of a child's life and corresponding care for the child's mother for one year after birth. Mental health services should be included in this program too.

Too many law makers in our nation, and specifically in your state are ebnt on forcing women to have children they do not want, and can not support. One of the laws passed this week implies that a mentally unstable person should be forced to have a child.  The State of Nebraska needs to stand behind it's decision to deny that woman her rights, and care for her and her child.

If the Republicans in your legislature balk at supporting the children they insist be born, then you can hammer them on this issue. It is unjust and immoral to force an unhealthy child into the world, and then abandon him and his mother in theor time of need.

Thank you.

Long Beach, CA.

p.s. I have posted this recommendation on my favorite political blog.

While traditionally we try to fight laws like this to make them go away, there is no reason to not have universal health care for all children in Nebraska.

Something tells me that the Republicans in Nebraska will refuse to fund any services for the children in their state.

Morality for most of these haters of reproductive freedom stops at the birth canal. Once the child is born, he is on his own (or her own depending)

Originally posted to mungley on Thu Apr 15, 2010 at 09:22 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    Can't we all get along? - R. King.

    by mungley on Thu Apr 15, 2010 at 09:22:23 AM PDT

  •  Forced pregnancy: (2+ / 0-)
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    fumie, mungley

    the latest unfunded mandate from the state of Nebraska.

  •  Good letter (4+ / 0-)
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    fumie, mungley, martydd, MotleyC

    I'm unclear on why someone deemed "unfit" to choose abortion is therefore entirely fit to be a parent.

    (Yeah, I know, it all goes back to control over women and no regard for actual children...)


    by Ratmum on Thu Apr 15, 2010 at 09:36:24 AM PDT

    •  That is the most bizarre aspect of the law. (2+ / 0-)
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      martydd, HylasBrook

      Why would you force an unstable person to give birth, then force that person to raise a child?  Maybe that's how you guarantee that the child grows up Republican.

      Can't we all get along? - R. King.

      by mungley on Thu Apr 15, 2010 at 09:40:57 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Astute observation. (1+ / 0-)
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      The anti choicers assume that motherhood is the highest, and only calling, for women.

      Giving birth turns us all into selfless caregivers, fierce protectors, complacent nest builders and, most of all, blissfully happy once we accept that destiny.  Having a child makes us happy.  Nothing else does, or will.

      "Real" mothers never suffer from depression, always sacrifice everything for their children, learn to happily cope with limited resources, have spotless and nurturing houses, and don't work outside the home because they can't bear to abandon their children.

      Does that sound like any reality you've ever seen?  Me either.  Motherhood is an ideal to them, not a reality.  

      My dogs think triciawyse is smart and pretty. They think I'm a strange, frumpy woman wth limitless snacks.

      by martydd on Thu Apr 15, 2010 at 09:47:41 AM PDT

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  •  Here is an idea (3+ / 0-)
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    mungley, Sandino, HylasBrook

    How about introducing a law that will require a mental evaluation for a prescription to Viagra and other drugs just like it.

    We need to be sure that men are in the right state of mind if they are going to be putting themselves in the position of fathering children.

    •  Just make Viagra illegal. (1+ / 0-)
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      If it's God's will for you to be impotent, then you have to deal with that.

      Face it. Limp Republicans mean that God is telling the world: We don't want more people like you.

      Can't we all get along? - R. King.

      by mungley on Thu Apr 15, 2010 at 10:26:44 AM PDT

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  •  While the Nebraska unicameral (2+ / 0-)
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    mungley, Sandino

    was passing these strictures on abortion, they were also passing a law which denied Medicaid payment for prenatal care to undocumented immigrants.  The governor signed that one too.  Don't be fooled by all this concern for mothers and babies.  The real concern is control of women.

  •  You're missing the point. See, life is SUPPOSED (1+ / 0-)
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    to be tough.

    Just come here to Lower Hooterville and ask some of these people.

    (Of course if they just happen to be collecting farm subsidies, then that doesn't count. They're entitled to that money. It ain't welfare. Just ask 'em.)

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