Saturday, February 18, 2006

Condom Broke? Return It To These Dudes

Georgia politicians are lurking around our beds, again. Three of 'em are shown here. Click on a pic for mailing addresses.

Back off Fundies, least someone dare have sex for recreational purposes only here in the Peach State. The nerve. Is there anything more laughable than another uptight, white male Republican so terrified of women (and men presumably) gettin' off that they bluster about all puffed-up with piety, writing up absurdist, childish, time-wasting attempts to legislate our morality for us?

How can you slam the door in the face of these intrusive, Republican, male privacy-mongers, with their highly deceptive attempts to confuse the public and hinder access to birth control? By writing to your Georgia State Senator, find yours here, and asking them to stop Senate Bill 123, which is in committee chats as we speak.

But first, some extremely critical background... do you know the difference between "emergency contraception" and the "abortion pill?" Don't lie. You likely couldn't tell me the difference; I was totally confused myself.

Here's the difference between the two, according to

"The Emergency Contraception Pill, or morning after pill, is a pill that is available as a combination of estrogen-progestin, or progestin only (Plan B is one brand name of this). These are the exact same medications that are contained in normal, daily, birth control pills. They work to inhibit ovulation, fertilization, and implantation of the egg in the uterus. Emergency contraception does not work if a fertilized egg has already implanted (i.e. the woman is pregnant). The pill can be used within 72 hours of sex to prevent a pregnancy.

RU-486, or abortion pill, is a pill taken in combination with prostaglandin. Ru-486 is a high dose of mifepristone, which works to block the creation of progesterone, a hormone that is necessary to create and sustain pregnancy. This triggers the uterus to shed its lining and opens the cervix."

Full definition here.

But SB123 reads like this, totally confusing two very different prescriptions:

First Reader Summary:

A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Code Section 16-12-142 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to requiring medical facilities or physicians to perform abortions and requiring others to assist, so as to provide that a pharmacist who states in writing an objection to any abortion shall not be required to fill a prescription for an emergency contraceptive drug which purpose is to induce and effect an abortion; to provide that such refusal shall not be the basis for any claim for damages; to provide for the duration of the effectiveness of the written objection; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

Is this written to intentionally confuse the public and further a thinly-veiled pro-life, religious agenda? Or is it written just because no senator shown here bothered to do his homework? Or both?

The way this bill is worded, and let's hope this language is changed soon or better yet, just thrown out altogether, a Fundie pharmacist could refuse to fill a prescription that could ultimately PREVENT an unwanted pregnancy by use of emergency contraception, or EC. Emergency contraception won't even work if someone is already pregnant! So it can't induce an abortion at all; that's a job for RU-486, not EC. So opposing abortion on moral grounds is one thing; prescribing EC is another. We're talkin' apples and oranges, folks.

Taking such a righteous, moral superiority-based action thus furthers the possibility of producing yet another abortion if an unwanted pregnancy ultimately takes place and is ultimately aborted. That makes NO sense whatsoever. Seems like anyone honestly opposed to abortion, and not just pushing their religious doctrine on us, would want to work towards preventing ALL unwanted pregnancies.

Don't we all have a common goal of reducing the total number of abortions performed? Put your money where your mouth is, Fundies, and PREVENT the need for abortion in the first place by making more options for birth control readily available to the public.

Or what the hell, just by-pass the political system altogether. It's a free market world now isn't it? Do your own here, but the Spacey Gracey Review does NOT endorse this method. Not while control of one's own reproductive destiny is legal - and safe - at least.

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