Saturday, January 29, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
There are many things that can make me feel old. There's the gray hairs that sprout around the crown of my head and my temples about two and a half weeks after I get it colored. There's the chin hairs that seem to sprout overnight although I just plucked my chin before I went to bed, there always seems to be more of those buggers in the morning. There's the creaky noise my knees sometimes make when I get up from sitting on the couch too long. There's the moaning noise I hear myself make when I get up from the floor that I at some point started making in my mid forties.
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It has to be forcible, to qualify for a federally funded abortion:
Rape is only really rape if it involves force. So says the new House Republican majority as it now moves to change abortion law.Because the term "forcible" is one without proper definition, lots of other types of rape might not qualify, either. For instance, raping someone who is drugged, raping a mentally handicapped person who doesn't know how to resist, raping a paralyzed patient in a hospital. Most types of date rapes would not qualify.
For years, federal laws restricting the use of government funds to pay for abortions have included exemptions for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest. (Another exemption covers pregnancies that could endanger the life of the woman.) But the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,"�a bill with 173 mostly Republican co-sponsors that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has dubbed a top priority in the new Congress, contains a provision that would�rewrite the rules to limit drastically the definition of rape and incest in these cases.
With this legislation, which was introduced last week by Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.),�Republicans propose that the rape exemption be limited to "forcible rape." This would rule out federal assistance for abortions in many rape cases, including instances of statutory rape, many of which are non-forcible. For example: If a 13-year-old girl is impregnated by a 24-year-old adult, she would no longer qualify to have Medicaid pay for an abortion. (Smith's spokesman did not respond to a call and an email requesting comment.)
I had this sudden flash in my head where I imagined some Republican politician agreeing to model this definition for us. I could do various things to him and then he would say when I had crossed into the area of "forcible" rape. And we'd write that down on a piece of paper.
Which means that I find the whole topic truly repulsive. Of course what it really is about is the view that women lie about rape and that wily women will try to get federally funded abortions for just your basic sex-gone-bad.
That's why you have to have an eye gouged out to prove that you are raped and that's why mental illness cannot be seen as the kind of health threat that would justify federally funded abortions as life-saving. Women lie, you know. And in any case, mental illness leaves the uterus perfectly functioning.
As Atrios points out, the exemptions for rape and incest have always been based on something else than the forced-birth idea that human life begins when the sperm is properly housed in the egg. That would demand no exemptions at all. Even the case where the woman will die would be one where we just let the fetus and the woman duke it out.
But that view naturally results in the treatment of all women as aquaria, to be kept clean and under inspections, in case they have a sperm swimming in them.
Where the American legal concepts went wrong was in adopting the idea of privacy as the basis for legal abortions. The proper concept would have been equality, because an aquarium cannot be equal to a person.
A coalition of health CEOs released a plan to reshape spending in state's huge Medicaid program.
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Imagine you are pregnant. You are now at full-term and it is time to give birth. The closest health care center with obstetrical services is well over an hour away and transportation is scarce. That might sound horrible, but such is the harsh reality for women of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in South Dakota.
For approximately ten years, these women have made this so-called "hell ride." The lucky ones make the journey strapped to a gurney in the back of an ambulance; the others have to find private transportation, no easy task on the reservation, where the cars are limited and the poverty severe. A higher than average number women choose ?�or are coerced by doctors ?�to induce labor, in an attempt to avoid the hell ride altogether.
So what led to this hellish situation? It seems that the reservation and its 14,200 residents have been without obstetrical facilities since 2001, thus�necessitating�the over 90-mile trek to St. Mary's Healthcare Center in Pierre, South Dakota, whenever a woman needs to give birth. The overall situation on the reservation is so bad that Fordham law school professor Chi Mgbako compared it to that of women in developing nations.
Supposedly, a hospital and birthing center have been in the works for the reservation for a decade. However, when the ACLU asked the Indian Health Service (IHS) to reveal the plans for the project, they refused. Last fall, the ACLU sued under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Since then, only a few documents have been released to them.
The situation for the women of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is unacceptable. They deserve access to comprehensive reproductive health care. Ask the IHS to turn over all documentation relating to the proposed hospital immediately. One hell ride more is one too many.
Photo credit: Neeta Lind
Thursday, January 27, 2011
LinkedIn, the largest networking website for professionals, may pave the road for other internet companies expected to sell shares to the public in the coming years. Companies considering an IPO include Groupon and Facebook.