Wednesday, February 22, 2012

I Won't Harp ; Joan Walsh Voice of Reason

Joan Walsh is the voice of reason pointing in these discussions.  Today she thanks Rick Santorum for highlighting how offensive the current Republicans are.  I do want to highlight one thing (if you don't read it all).  Virginia (along with a Texas and a few other states) now require trans-vaginal ultrasounds before abortions, even in the case of rape or incest.  Because (in the words of a Virginia lawmaker) "... they are vaginally penetrated in order to get pregnant".
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But if you women want to vote for idiots like this, by all mean be my guests.
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From Salon

OK, it’s true: Rick Santorum didn’t sponsor Virginia legislation to require that women seeking abortion undergo an ultrasound – and in cases of very early pregnancy, when a fetus is hard to see, a creepy and intrusive transvaginal ultrasound. But seven states have already passed ultrasound requirements for women seeking abortion. The Virginia bill is galvanizing opposition nationally at least partly due to the climate of crazy that’s been fomented by Santorum’s backward candidacy.
The man who calls contraception “a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be” went from being a failed Pennsylvania senator, Mr. “Man on Dog,” to GOP presidential frontrunner over the last month. Now he’s crusading against prenatal testing because he claims it encourages abortion (when in fact most prenatal testing helps women help babies who develop in utero health issues) and claiming President Obama’s policies will ultimately send Christians to the guillotine. (By the way, I apologize for harping on the way Protestants have persecuted Catholics in the U.S., because Santorum reminded me of some of the reason why, with his charge that mainline Protestant churches are a Satan-sponsored “shambles” that are “gone from the world of Christianity as I see it.”) He and Mitt Romney, who’s trying to match him outrage for outrage, having been chasing women voters away from the GOP in droves over the last couple of months.

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