The Hysteria Overload These Days Is Killing Me….
Is it just my imagination or is the hysteria/fear mongering on the rise lately? It seems everyday there is a new threat of something or other. I’m about ready to just chuck it all in and head for the hills somewhere to remove myself from the madness.
I mean everything today seems to be an epidemic, pandemic, disaster, catastrophe, end of the world as we know it. It’s tiring. My brain can only handle so much trauma before it wants to go into overload and explode.
Not to make light of this at all, if there’s one thing the “war on smokers” has taught me is that people with an agenda are sneaky as all hell. Give them inch they’ll come back for your life. I mean everything today seems to be an epidemic, pandemic, disaster, catastrophe, end of the world as we know it. It’s tiring. My brain can only handle so much trauma before it wants to go into overload and explode.
I saw a piece about a week or so ago on the Huffington Post, and then got busy and forgot about it.
Then today I read an article on Common Dreams. The Common Dreams headline from Truth Dig wasn’t quite as shocking, but reading the articles one gets the impression that the government is about to ban birth control. They’re not………..at least just not yet.
Published on Tuesday, July 29, 2008 by TruthDig.comby Marie Cocco
From the people who brought you the Terri Schiavo spectacle, the stem-cell research stalemate and the atrocious waste of tax money on abstinence-only sex education that has been shown not to work, comes a sequel: a proposal to redefine abortion to include some of the most common forms of birth control, and to potentially penalize with funding cuts hundreds of thousands of doctors, hospitals and other health care providers who expect their employees to give women full reproductive care.
This parting gift to the religious right comes in a proposed rule by the Health and Human Services Department, which says it is merely revising existing federal rules that allow health-care personnel to opt out of performing an abortion if they have a moral or religious objection to the procedure. From that minimalist and unobjectionable clause, a monster grows.
The draft regulation would redefine abortion to include “any of the various procedures — including the prescription, dispensing and administration of any drug or the performance of any procedure or any other action — that results in the termination of the life of a human being in utero between conception and natural birth, whether before or after implantation.”
That led me to do a search on “abortion redifined” which brought up 287,000 results. Most of what I found were blogs discussing it. But this headline is what first got a reaction out of me…………….
The Latest Right Wing Trend? Attack Birth ControlSOURCE: iStockphoto
The Bush administration has taken its latest swipe at contraception, but again under the pretense of opposing abortion. By manipulating scientific facts, the Department of Health and Human Services hopes to enshrine in federal law a conservative, ideological interpretation of pregnancy that has the potential to significantly limit women’s access to contraception.
In 2004, Congress passed a budget rider commonly known as the “Weldon Amendment,” named after its sponsor, Rep. Dave Weldon (R-FL). This provision prohibits recipients of federal funds from “discriminating” against individuals or institutions who, due to reasons of conscience, refuse to provide abortion services, coverage, counseling, or referrals, even in an emergency.
Although the Weldon Amendment already places substantial obstacles in the way of women seeking reproductive health services, the Bush administration did not want to stop with abortion. In an eleventh-hour gift to radical right organizations, who have been pressuring the administration to cut family planning funding, HHS has proposed a regulation implementing the Weldon Amendment that would vastly expand its scope.
So while I find this headline to be premature in hysteria over nothing……..yet, it could in fact turn into something and in the near future no less. Nothing wrong with foresight and warning……….but geeeze, do we really need to instill panic to do so? Or is this country, if not the world, really in such a state that the average person is basically under attack from all sides, and especially from our/their own government?
It’s enough to drive whatever almight diety you prefer to booze and drugs just to escape the madness!
Being on the receiving end of the “war on smokers”, I can actually see the points being made here. Especially since we are talking about the Religious Right. They’d love nothing more than to see us females thrown back into the dark ages………hell, they’d probably bring back the “burning times” (witch hunts) if they thought they could get away with it. So I don’t find it too much of a stretch of the imagination to take this to the next step these ‘holier-than-though’ folks would like to go:
The proposed rule defines abortion as the termination of pregnancy from the point of conception: “the Department proposes to define abortion as ‘any of the various procedures—including the prescription and administration of any drug or the performance of any procedure or any other action—that results in the termination of the life of a human being in utero between conception and natural birth, whether before or after implantation.’”
The upshot of this revised definition is that any form of contraception that may interfere with the implantation of a fertilized egg could be categorized as a form of abortion. This means that any health care entity or provider, on the grounds of their opposition to abortion, could refuse to provide women with access to 40 percent of the most commonly used methods of birth control in the United States—the pill, the IUD, emergency contraception, the patch, the shot, and the ring. In other words, our best tools for preventing the need for abortion would suddenly be redefined as abortion.
So while I do think the headline is a bit over the top, I can’t say I disagree with it.
Yes, I can indeed see them claiming that birth control IS the same as abortion, as when I was reading the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) draft, THAT is exactly what I got from it, even though it didn’t say that.
The rule itself talks about protecting those in the medical field and pharmacists from job discrimination because they are morally appalled with the idea of having anything to do with abortion, including filling a woman’s prescription for the “morning after” pill, or sterilization. It is to guarantee their right to hold to their beliefs even on the job, while not doing their job. Nice to be protected from not doing the thing you are trained to do all in the name of your “right to your belief”; but I notice they have no problem forcing their belief on the customer who may just need that prescription and that’s the only pharmacy in town.
Now my first thought is then these people shouldn’t be working in the field. But then I realize that I can’t be free to practice my beliefs if they aren’t. But this leaves a dilemma. Should these doctors and pharmacists not wish to contribute or help a woman in this manner, that’s all fine and good; but apparently they are also not wanting to counsel the woman as to where they can go or even make a referral. In terms of pharmacists, then I think the pharmacy has an obligation to make sure there is always another pharmacist on hand to fill the woman’s prescriptions. After all, the customer has just as much right to have their prescription filled as the holier-than-thou pharmacist has to refuse to fill it on religious grounds.
And what about these really Religious Zealots who actually believe the birth control itself is a sin? This could in fact lead to the hysterics the headlines are already screaming about being true.
Understand that this rule has NO bearing on me whatsoever as I had a complete hysterectomy 20 years ago (which technically given the definitions in this rule could also constitute sterilization and it wouldn’t matter to them that I was in severe pain otherwise). I am still horrified by the prospect.
The day they legislate the male penis is the day they can THINK about trying to tell me what I can do with my body. The day they start really holding the men fathering these kids responsible is the day they THINK about trying to legislate what I can and cannot do with my own body. The day all these pro-lifers start taking care of all the unwanted children, helping the single mother feed, clothe and raise that child, and put them through college, is the day they can TRY to think about dictating what I can and cannot do with my own body.
Ever notice how “pro-lifers” are only ever concerned with the fetus? You never hear them bitching about all the innocents killed in wars. You never hear them bragging about how they care for all the orphans and poor children whose fathers ran out on them. No, they ONLY want to force a woman to have the child, even IF that child is the result of incest or rape. Now THAT’s twisted logic if ever there was any.
And don’t think I missed how it is ONLY females who will affected by this. You notice they never complain about Viagra prescriptions or condoms.
Quoting Captain Kirk on Star Trek: “Scotty, beam me up”