I am going to wade into uncomfortable waters in conservative Chester County. I found a post on the Phoenixville Patch that is worth discussing. It is by a woman name Lisa Longo. Apparently Politics of the Uterus is the key to 2012 politics in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
I have to say, I never expected the GOP to so totally torpedo itself.
How could they have mishandled everything to this extent? First they unleash their extreme caucus, also known as the “tea” “party,” which leads to the birth of the Occupy Movement. Then they decide to take the party right off the cliff by picking a fight with women, and not just any one woman, they made ALL of us angry over the non-issue (to women) on their issue of contraception in health care.
And now some State Legislators are attempting to pass heinous, invasive and unconstitutional bills that will insist a woman be given a mandatory ultrasound prior to abortion. It is beyond offensive….
Which brings me to another interesting movement born recently, the call for a nationwide day of protest in state capitals. Karen Teegarden had an idea, to bring women together and raise our voices and let legislators know we have had enough. What started as the We are Women march has now become the United Against the War on Women March, and it is going to be one amazing day of nationwide protests. More info at: https://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/UniteWomen?sk=wall
This day of national protest will be our message to the GOP: stop assaulting my rights! And to tell you the truth, I feel constantly assaulted by the GOP. Starting with my arrest at the first Tar Sands, and the constant fight to get the FRAC Act passed, the repeated fight to stop the Keystone XL, the cuts to education, health and welfare, and now this, the final insult, they want to take away my right to control my own body…..The bill in PA is scheduled for a March 12 vote. Between now and then we need a fast, and furious, campaign, to make sure the GOP is put on notice: vote yes on this bill and we will do everything we can to make sure you are not re-elected. It is time to explain to legislators in no uncertain terms that the GOP has no business in my uterus.
What a woman chooses to do with her own body is a personal matter and neither legislators, or men in clerical (methinks the Catholic Church needs to deal with it’s out of control and pedophile priests before they open their mouths further) or judicial robes should decide what is best for her. My choices as a woman are not necessarily the ones another woman would take, and while among female friends we might discuss what we do, that is not to say we presume to tell other women what to do with their bodies.
And yes, I am Catholic and I am a registered Republican. My views are my business, but I do not feel any of us have the right to tell other women what to do unless they are abusing a privilege.
Perhaps I would not have a feeling on this if I were not a breast cancer survivor. But I am. And as a survivor of not yet a year I can tell you sometimes it bugs me when non-medical professionals who are not of my inner circle or family presume too far in telling me what to do. It’s a walk a mile in my bra kind of thing. Don’t play politics of the uterus – which incidentally did not work so well for monster charity Susan G. Komen recently, did it?
As a woman, it is hard to get the medical treatment you want at times, even with health insurance. I think that politically driven legislation like HB 1077 in the PA House is dangerous to women’s health initiatives overall. Already there is enough we can’t get coverage for on a regular basis as a woman.
Not all women are meant to be mothers. Not all women can afford to be mothers. Life and medical issues precluded me from being able to bear children. Yet I do not feel as a woman I have the right to judge other women in this area. Unless of course they treat their kids like litters of stray kittens dumped in a box on the side of the road. Then I might have something to say just because as someone unable to have their own children I am astounded when women do not recognize how lucky they were to be able to choose to become a parent.
Anyway, the furor over HB 1077 grows. Bills like this reduce all women to being mindless brood mares. It is also because of legislation like this that yes, movements like Unite Against The War on Women and We Are Women March- PA (and other states) are growing. Much like the protests of the 1960s and 1970s, I feel these protests are going to be monsters. And are they all wrong?
Any discussion, here? I am irked that as someone who needs routine ultrasounds of all kinds that I have to jump through AMAZING hoops for approvals and proper codes with health insurance, yet a politically driven bill like this means that women who might not CHOOSE to have an ultrasound will get one whether they want one or not!
The primary sponsor of this bill is ironically a woman. Kathy L. Rapp.
Here are the rest of the sponsors:
INTRODUCED BY RAPP, KULA, TURZAI, STERN, DENLINGER, CUTLER,
ADOLPH, AUMENT, BAKER, BARBIN, BARRAR, BEAR, BENNINGHOFF,
BLOOM, BOBACK, BOYD, BROOKS, R. BROWN, CALTAGIRONE, CAUSER,
CHRISTIANA, CLYMER, COX, CREIGHTON, DAY, DiGIROLAMO, DUNBAR,
ELLIS, EMRICK, EVANKOVICH, J. EVANS, EVERETT, FLECK, GABLER,
GEIST, GIBBONS, GILLEN, GILLESPIE, GINGRICH, GODSHALL, GRELL,
GROVE, HACKETT, HAHN, HARHART, HARKINS, HARRIS, HEFFLEY,
HELM, HENNESSEY, HESS, HICKERNELL, HORNAMAN, HUTCHINSON,
KAUFFMAN, KAVULICH, F. KELLER, KILLION, KNOWLES, KOTIK,
KRIEGER, LAWRENCE, LONGIETTI, MAHONEY, MAJOR, MALONEY,
MARSHALL, MARSICO, MASSER, METCALFE, METZGAR, MICCARELLI,
MICOZZIE, MILLARD, MOUL, MURT, MUSTIO, OBERLANDER, PAYNE,
PEIFER, PERRY, PICKETT, PYLE, QUIGLEY, READSHAW, REED, REESE,
REICHLEY, ROAE, ROCK, SACCONE, SANTONI, SAYLOR, SCAVELLO,
CULVER, SCHRODER, SIMMONS, K. SMITH, S. H. SMITH, SONNEY,
STEVENSON, SWANGER, TALLMAN, TAYLOR, THOMAS, TOBASH, TOEPEL,
TOOHIL, TRUITT, VEREB, VULAKOVICH AND WATSON
Adolph is Delaware County and serves part of Radnor Township. Truitt is Chester County. Lawrence is Chester County. Schroder is Chester County. Hennessy is Chester County. Barrar is Chester County. Kllion is Chester County.
Dan Truitt has two websites I found. One for campaign and one for “state-related” matters. John Lawrences also has two websites. The campaign website where he tells you how he will fight for affordable healthcare and his state spot. Check out the rest of the Chesco kids on this helpful page called Chester County PA Legislators.
I found a website called Chester County Politics which may have some politician info on it – haven’t delved into it, did not know it existed until today.