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Friday, March 2, 2012

Kansas and the slop wallow

Far be it for me to bag on Kansas. The state gave us Dennis Hopper, Elvira and Charlie Parker, amongst many other fine citizens. Ethel Mertz was from Cherryvale. S. Clay Wilson went to school in Lawrence. Many of my closest buddies have roots in Dodge City, including Steve and Sue, Ken Seals and the late Avis Stokes.

But I am awful glad that I don't live in the Sunflower State. And I am sure that Kansans feel the same way about me. Because the state skews to the right of Attila the Hun.

This week the Kansas House of Representatives passed a bill making it allright for a doctor to lie to a patient about procedures that could potentially be life threatening to her, if it meant saving a baby from being aborted. Doctor's will not be able to be sued for malpractice if any of these tragic events occur.

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback was asked about the sixty nine page bill, which he said that he intends to sign if it crosses his desk and his retort was that he hadn't read it. Didn't intend to. He says that he ran on a pro life platform and had pledged to sign any pro life bill that crosses his desk, apparently having read it or not.

"I am pro-life," Brownback said. "When I campaigned I said that if a pro-life bill got to my desk, I will sign it. I am not backing away from that."

Now I have to wonder about the competency and intelligence of any government official who is willing to sign anything that he has not read but then again, I don't live in Kansas. And I wonder why Dorothy ever wanted to go back?

From Huffpo:

Among the provisions is one which would exempt doctors from malpractice suits if they withhold information -- in order to prevent an abortion -- that could have prevented a health problem for the mother or child. A wrongful death suit could be filed in the event of the death of the mother.

Other provisions include requiring women to hear the fetal heartbeat prior to an abortion, taking away tax credits for abortion providers and removing tax deductions for abortion-related insurance. The bill also requires that women be told that abortions would increase the risk of breast cancer, a controversial theory that the World Health Organization, the National Cancer Institute and gynecological groups in the United States and the United Kingdom have said is incorrect.

So the state once again puts itself right square in between a doctor and a patient, requires the dissemination of debunked scientific information and shows us once again why governing and theology are such a lethal mix.

"What does it say about the college co-ed Susan Fluke [sic] who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex -- what does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute," Limbaugh said. "She wants to be paid to have sex. She's having so much sex she can't afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex."

In the continuing GOP war against women, Rush Limbaugh is taking fire, even from some in his own party for calling Georgetown student Sandra Fluke a slut who should broadcast her casual sexscapades on Youtube. Unfortunately the bilious one never bothered to actually listen to Fluke's story, which Rep. Darrell Issa never let her deliver to his House Committee on Religious Liberty.

Fluke was describing the travails of a classmate, who needed contraception to prevent the continual regrowth of ovarian cysts.

This thing is getting beaten to death but I have a question? Why is the girl a slut? What about the male participant in a sexual interaction? Boys will be boys? They have no responsibility? Limbaugh offers to buy aspirins for the girls to put between their legs a la Foster Freeze.

"A Georgetown coed told Nancy Pelosi's hearing that the women in her law school program are having so much sex they're going broke, so you and I should have to pay for their birth control. So what would you call that? I called it what it is," he said. "So, I'm offering a compromise today: I will buy all of the women at Georgetown University as much aspirin to put between their knees as they want.""So Miss Fluke and the rest of you feminazis, here's the deal," he said. "If we are going to pay for your contraceptives and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch."

It will be interesting how this all plays out in November with the women of America. The Republicans have certainly got the troglodyte, misogynist pig vote buttoned down.

1 comment:

Ken Seals said...

A lot of this ultra right wing religious stuff out of Kansas in the last 20 years is very embarassing to me as a Kansan. Especially the religion over reason part.

Ken Seals
Dodge City Senior High School
Class of 1962