It’s not just that one book they don’t like. They want to burn the library down too.

07 May 2012 07:11 pm
Posted by: Donna

Per EJ Montini today:

According to Brewer, “This is a common-sense law that tightens existing state regulations and closes loopholes in order to ensure that taxpayer dollars are not used to fund abortions, whether directly or indirectly.”

Indirectly?

It’s like when townsfolk get out the pitchforks and torches and try to shut down the local art museum because they object to a single work of art. Or when a mob wants to burn books because of a single novel it finds offensive.

It’s classic cut-off-your-nose-to-spite-your-face.

In this case, Brewer and friends took aim at Planned Parenthood, fired, and hit poor women.

On one level Montini’s analogies of book burning etc. are useful, to the extent they reveal the sheer stupidity of anti-choicers demanding that Planned Parenthood get de-funded on the basis that every health service provided there has abortion cooties on it because of the abortions Planned Parenthood performs using 100% private funds. But the problem with such analogies is that they present at face value the anti-choice claim that their only objection to Planned Parenthood is abortion. The mass right wing meltdown over contraception this year should put that assumption to rest for all time, even if the steady drumbeat of abstinence and anti-contraception propaganda over the past several years hadn’t already demonstrated the full scope of the “pro-life” agenda to you. In other words, if abortion became illegal or Planned Parenthood suddenly stopped performing them, do you seriously think anti-choice legislators would suddenly be eager to fund the organization? The same people who just voted in Arizona to allow your boss to deny you birth control?

Also remember that for several years now the “pro-life” movement has spread blatant lies about hormonal contraception that conflate it with abortion. They claim that the pill extinguishes fertilized eggs and the morning after pill is an abortion pill. So the seamless transition from abortion to contraception as the locus of anti-choice antipathy has already happened to a large extent. As long as Planned Parenthood is in the business of helping low income women plan when they want to be parents and treating all sexually active people with respect and dignity, conservatives are going to hate it and attack it relentlessly. It’s a feature of their program, not a bug. It is the whole library they’re after, not just that one book.

2 Comments

  1. Comment by Timmys Cat on May 8, 2012 10:58 pm

    The great god Unintended Consequences is smiling.
    Setting precedent by specific legislation intended to harm one company. (yes wingers, PP is a company, not Satan. “Let the market police itself”…blah blah..puke.}
    If the Dems ever get the votes (yeah yeah) some Goopers favorite sugardad….um….industry might get cut off from tax dollars. Lets start with private prisons.

  2. Comment by Timmys Cat on May 9, 2012 9:34 am

    • The services provided at publicly funded clinics saved the federal and state governments an estimated $5.1 billion in 2008; services provided at Title X–supported clinics accounted for $3.4 billion of that total.[5]

    • In other words, nationally, every $1.00 invested in helping women avoid pregnancies they did not want to have saved $3.74 in Medicaid expenditures that otherwise would have been needed

    See! See! You lie-berals! Republicans are think farers..er, um anyway when it comes to their tax dollars.
    You didn’t know all tax dollars are Republican!!??? 111!!
    Duh, only they get to decide who gets them.

    Facts are so Haaaarrrrddd

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