Let's try something new this week. Good news first:
Now brace yourselves. It wasn't all good news this week:
- James O'Keefe pal and wannabe, Lila Rose—she of the doctored "sting" videos of Planned Parenthood—is at it again. And this time she has "proof" that President Obama, not the rabidly anti-woman legislature or Gov. Mitch "I'm shoring up my anti-woman street cred, just in case I ever run for president" Daniels, is to blame for denying health care to women.
Live Action, Lila Rose’s anti-abortion rights group, recently released a video that features “undercover phone calls” aimed at displaying how Indiana’s law defunding Planned Parenthood has no effect on Medicaid beneficiaries. The group is claiming that the Obama administration is exercising an “abuse of power” by threatening to withhold federal Medicaid funds from the state.
The video features recorded phone calls of women asking Planned Parenthood employees whether they (as Medicaid beneficiaries) can obtain the services they would otherwise get at Planned Parenthood elsewhere. Because the clinic lets the women know that they can get the same services at other clinics, Live Action dismisses the need for Planned Parenthood as a Medicaid provider in the state.
Right. So, in other words, it's totally fair for Indiana to defund the state's primary medical provider for low-income women, so long as somewhere out there, women might be able to track down another provider. And somehow, Obama's the bad guy for not allowing Indiana to violate the law and human decency by discriminating against poor women. That's "pro-life" logic for you.
- This map will piss you off.
- Louisiana legislators won't be deterred, just because most of their bullshit anti-woman bills didn't pass this year; they'll just try again next year:
Rep. John LaBruzzo, R-Metairie, is one of the Legislature's hardline abortion opponents. He is vowing to bring back his proposal to ban almost all abortions, even in pregnancies stemming from incest, and says the debate this year helped shape the bill into one that more anti-abortion groups can support.
"Overall it will be easier and better (next year) because I'm expecting more Republicans to be elected," he said.
- In case you missed Magnifico's diary this week, go read it now to see how Republicans "compromise." Short version? They're willing to address budget concerns, but only if they get to throw in some good old fashioned anti-woman, anti-voting, anti-science legislation.
- Aw, poor dads. Now they're the ones struggling with how to have it all:
Though it may come as a surprise to stressed-out working moms, a new report says American men now experience more work-life conflict than women. The Families and Work Institute tries to explain why in a study, The New Male Mystique, that takes its cue from Betty Friedan.
Much like the conflict women felt when they first entered the workforce in large numbers, the institute says men today feel "the pressure to do it all in order to have it all." That is, be the breadwinner, spend more time with the kids, and wash the dishes after dinner, thank you very much.
Maybe I could muster a little more sympathy if I hadn't read and reported this little factoid just last week:
Working moms pick up more child care and household duties than working dads—about 80 minutes more every day. Meanwhile, dads enjoy nearly 50 more minutes of watching TV and other leisure activities on a daily basis.
Gosh, fellas, sorry that pitching in around the house and helping with the kids is cutting into your TV time and stressing you out, but your wives are still doing most of the work.
And just because I always like to end on a good note, or at least a good laugh:
- Ohio GOP Lawmaker Celebrates Being Pro-Life By Driving Drunk:
Republican “moral math” alert! Ohio state representative Robert Mecklenborg was arrested for driving around drunk on an Indiana state highway, which is sort of an “anti-life” thing to do, you might say. But just a few days ago, he also voted for the Fetal Heartbeat Bill, one of those fake “pro-life” thingies that Republicans love. Do they cancel each other out? Mecklenborg thought so, as he failed to tell anyone at the Ohio Statehouse about his arrest. Mecklenborg was also – hey hey! – full of Viagra and accompanied by a lady, presumably on a little super-sanctified sexytime trip to make their own angry fetus. That’s worth a few very literal “pro-life” points! So whatever, Mecklenborg is still against death on balance, why should anyone care?