tl;dr: a pro-life woman applies for a nursing job at a family planning clinic that requires nurses to prescribe birth control to patients, but refused to do so because she believes that birth control = abortions. so, she’s suing them for not hiring her for a job she refuses to do.
Well, they did take away her Jebus (and SCOTUS) granted right to shame and harass women and other people with uteruses for their reproductive choices. HOW DARE THEY?!
Unqualified Person Sues Clinic Because They Suck at Job Hunting
"Unqualified, Lazy Moocher Wants to Be Paid for Not Doing Her Job."
That deep-held distaste for women’s health providers led Texas lawmakers last year to slash $73 million from all of its family planning services and shift the money to other areas of the budget. This blunt instrument hit all of the state’s women’s health providers, but was meant to target Planned Parenthood and deny it taxpayer dollars—even though the clinics that received state subsidies for care never performed abortions.
This may be in line with their staunch opposition to what they see as a baby-killer, but that ideology comes with quite the price tag. News has surfaced that for the two-year period between 2014 and 2015, poor women are expected to deliver nearly 24,000 babies that they wouldn’t otherwise have had if they had access to state-subsidized birth control. Those extra births will cost taxpayers as much as $273 million, with between $103 million to $108 million of that hitting the state’s general revenue budget alone. Much of the cost comes from caring for those infants through Medicaid.
One annoying habit of (male) political pundits is a tendency to lump everything related to women’s reproductive health together as “social issues” ignoring the very real economic policy stakes….[T]his Martha Bailey, Brad Hersbein, and Amalia Miller paper [shows] that contraceptive access is an economic question for women on both the cost side and the labor market side:Decades of research on the U.S. gender gap in wages describes its correlates, but little is known about why women changed their career paths in the 1960s and 1970s. This paper explores the role of “the Pill” in altering women’s human capital investments and its ultimate implications for life-cycle wages. Using state-by-birth-cohort variation in legal access, we show that younger access to the Pill conferred an 8-percent hourly wage premium by age fifty. Our estimates imply that the Pill can account for 10 percent of the convergence of the gender gap in the 1980s and 30 percent in the 1990s.
The Mississippi amendment alters the state’s Constitution so that “the term ‘person’ or ‘persons’ shall include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the functional equivalent thereof.” Nearly identical language appears in three bills that have been endorsed by scores of Republicans in Congress, including top House committee chairmen Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.) and Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and presidential candidate Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.).
Like the Mississippi measure, these bills, which are not constitutional amendments, would extend the rights of legal personhood—including equal protection under the law—to a zygote, the single cell formed when a human sperm fuses with an egg…
Like the Mississippi amendment, none of the personhood bills being considered in Congress contain any exemptions for victims of rape or incest.
Sixty-three House Republicans, or over a quarter of the GOP conference, are cosponsors of HR 212, Rep. Paul Broun’s (R-Ga.) “Sanctity of Human Life Act,” which includes language that directly parallels that of the Mississippi personhood amendment. That bill declares that “the life of each human being begins with fertilization, cloning, or its functional equivalent…at which time every human being shall have all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood.” Five committee chairmen, including budget wunderkind Ryan, support the bill. “There is no greater protection that we as a government can give to protect human beings all the way from the time of fertilization until they have natural deaths,” Broun says.
Rep. Duncan Hunter’s (R-Calif.) HR 374, an ever-so-slightly tweaked version that includes a clause that says it does not “require”(although it does allow) “the prosecution of any woman for the death of her unborn child,” has even more cosponsors—91, including Bachmann (R-Minn.). Nearly 40 percent of House Republicans back this bill, which, like HR 212 and the Mississippi amendment, has language saying that “human persons” exist from “the moment of fertilization” or from any “other moment at which an individual member of the human species comes into being.”
In the Senate, Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) has introduced S 91, a companion bill to HR 374. Wicker has said he hopes his bill will “settle this important life issue once and for all.” More than a quarter of Senate Republicans back the proposal.
(All emphasis mine)
Should these bills become law, not only would abortion—a constitutional right—be legally equivalent to murder, but so would the morning after pill/Plan B and intrauterine devices (IUDs). Indeed, even spontaneous abortions/miscarriages in the earliest stages of pregnancy could be criminally prosecutable if there’s evidence that the women in question were doing anything that might have contributed.
The redefinition of zygotes as legal ‘persons’ is a de facto redefinition of women as zygote-carriers. Republican lawmakers are trying to give more self-determination and protection rights to cells than to women. The GOP is anti-woman and pro-zygote—don’t ever forget that.
(Source: Mother Jones)
An Alabama pharmaceutical company has issued a “massive” recall of 1.4 million packs of birth control pills. In short, the pills are packaged in the wrong order, which means “the daily regimen for these oral contraceptives may be incorrect and could leave women without adequate contraception, and at risk for unintended pregnancy.”
Check this list if you are on the pill. Reblog to signal boost.
Colbert on the shift in health care regulation mandating that birth control be covered as preventative care.
Pure gold, as usual.
Great News of the Day. As per new recommendations by the Dept of Health and Human Services, birth control, as well as other methods of contraception like voluntary sterilization, will be covered by health insurance plans as preventative care. All plans beginning on or after August 1, 2012 will include this and the new requirements will go into full effect in January of 2013. Katie Rogers at WaPo is absolutely right to call this a “historic development in the debate over women’s health care.” It’s pretty monumental. (CBS News photo).
Read the Washington Post story.
Ready to hear arguments of why this plan will morally send the country down the toilet in 3…2…1….
You know what else is free? KEEPING YOUR LEGS TOGETHER, YOU SLUTS!
I’m kidding. Huzzah!
The moon will punish us for making it easier for her daughters to forsake her. Mark my words. Mark them well.
“…Personhood bills intend to enshrine into law what I call the male-centric view of baby-making, the belief that a man creates a baby by ejaculating and that a woman’s contribution of nine months of pregnancy and childbirth are just a delivery system for the man’s efforts…”
It’s so true. That’s why personhood laws essentially outlaw any form of hormonal birth control options, which in the US, are currently only available for women.
Men are the bakers. Women are just the ovens. SMH.
That’s why I dislike the expression, “when you were just a twinkle in your father’s eye”. It suggests that whatever makes you you came only from your father’s sperm and that your mother’s ovum, pregnancy, and birthing had nothing to do with making you a person too. It’s such a bizarre throwback to an era when people thought sperm contained tiny humans curled up inside.