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Critics of an Arizona proposal to limit birth control coverage have given a personalized gift to more than a dozen state lawmakers — a fuzzy, knitted uterus with googly eyes.
Now this is an inventive way to protest. I LOVE IT!
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A month ago, the web was abuzz when Oklahoma State Senator Judy Eason McIntyre protested her own state’s proposed “personhood” bill with a sign that read:
“If I wanted the Government in my womb, I’d fuck a Senator.”
At the time, I said I wanted it on a t-shirt, and that idea prompted Crocktees to create one. They also generously offered me one free since it was my request for the quote to physically be on a t-shirt that prompted them to actually create one.
I accepted their offer, after a lot of communication back and forth, and received it a week ago, on a hectic Saturday. The time from completely working out the details and receiving the shirt was only a week. I didn’t get a chance to take it out of the packaging until today. Armed with this shirt, I believe I no longer have an excuse to not attend the Red Rally at the Texas Capitol this Tuesday:
Crocktees has a number of other t-shirts, and in my correspondence with them, they also let me know that they were working on a few other political shirts. Check them out, and if you don’t see what you’re looking for, they’re always up for recommendations.
They’re also a part of the Tumblr community.
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“One of the ironies of Texas’s anti–Planned Parenthood campaign is that while opposition to abortion sparked it, it leaves abortion clinics unscathed. There are 14 Planned Parenthood clinics in Texas that offer abortion and 51 that provide other sexual-health services. To avoid any commingling of funds, they are run as entirely separate corporations. Because the abortion clinics receive no public money, they’ve been unaffected by the state’s funding cutbacks. Women’s access to other services, though, has been seriously impaired. In Waco, Planned Parenthood’s reproductive-health clinic has gone from three full-time nurse practitioners to one, with another working a third of the time. This year, the clinic is only able to see half the patients it saw last year.”
WOW. I knew that TX had decided to forgo the federal Medicaid money so they could prevent Planned Parenthood from getting money because the state didn’t like abortion. And I knew they were willing to let 130,000 low-income people go without healthcare. But I did NOT know that doing so would have no effect on the abortion clinics at all. I don’t think what they’re doing is right on any level whatsoever; hell, I think the Hyde Amendment should be repealed immediately. But how are they going to justify this even to the most conservative person? If they’re not even keeping money away from abortion providers (the supposed reason for this political play in the first place), then how do they justify leaving their most vulnerable citizens with no healthcare? What the fuck are they thinking? What could this possibly accomplish? And what about the low-income people depending on these clinics for care during their pregnancies? Working class people already have more health risks even before pregnancy. This will surely contribute to increasing “maternal” morbidity, “maternal” mortality, and infant sickness and death. JFC, Texas. You’re just so pro-life it hurts.
You mistake pro-life with ambivalence. Most people I know in this state, don’t know about this, the others… well… *whispers* “We’re not political.” I still can’t believe someone said that to me. Head nearly exploded but I held it together.
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“When I saw that sign out of all of those signs, I was like, I’ve got to have a picture of it,” said McIntyre, D-Tulsa. “I thought if my 87-year-old mother sees this, I’m going to get hell this weekend, but it was too late.”
I read a comment on a democratic forum site that said, there were 1,000 protestors at this rally, but said commenter was dismayed that Senator McIntyre was “the story”. I think it’s foolish to be so dismissive of a “politician” whose actions caused a story to go from the “City and State” section in the Tulsa World to front page news not only in Oklahoma, but throughout the nation.
Also, as a politician, Senator McIntyre has a lot to lose by holding up this sign and being photographed with it. I didn’t live in Oklahoma, but from the time I was around 7, until 13, I spent every summer there, with my grandparents who lived in Tulsa. Did I mention these were my second set of grandparents, the one grandmother I always upset when I turned 16 and discussed politics at Thanksgiving and Christmas, because I was a *shock* Democrat. (Whereever did they go wrong? It started with my mom, in all honesty.)
Anyhow, too few of our politicians stand up, especially on THIS issue. They’ll fight tooth and nail behind closed doors, but publicly? No. They don’t, because they’re concerned about funding issues, especially in a state like Oklahoma.
I support NARAL on a monthly basis. I hope some of my monies go to this woman’s election campaign, because she embodies what an elected official should be all about. They SHOULD be on the front lines WITH us. It’s their government, too, but they don’t own it.
I wish more politicians knew that. Actually, I wish more constituents would SHOW more politicians that.
But, today, the actions of Senator Judy Eason McIntyre have landed her in hero status, and hopefully she will not soon be forgotten as a champion of Women’s Rights. Who better to be honoured during Women’s History Month?
For those that haven’t seen it: I’m highlighting one woman a day for Women’s History Month on First Ladies and Inspiring Women.
However, I’m reblogging this particular one today, to kind of determine, if anyone is interested in me holding a contest, where the winning participant(s) receives a t-shirt with the following quote?:
I’m thinking that if I did the contest, sponsored by a t-shirt company, I honestly have no affiliation with personally, I would use the original blog and the “likes” associated with it, to pick the winners. Just trying to see if there’s any interest out there on this, so if there is, please let me know.
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Yesterday, hundreds of people protested Oklahoma’s “personhood” bill at the state capitol. Among them was State Senator Judy Eason McIntyre — holding a sign to end all protest signs.
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