Saturday, February 12, 2011

GOP: Get Out Of My Uterus!

When I as in High School, I had a friend who got pregnant.  At the time, the options and ramifications of this type of situation had not fully crossed my mind.  In the back of my mind, I knew I would be incapable of giving a baby up for adoption and that an abortion was an option.

My friend chose to have an abortion and asked me to help her.  It seemed like no big deal and the wisest course of action.  I took her to the clinic for the procedure.

I was forced to confront the reality of what was being done as I sat in the waiting room.  I imagined myself in her shoes.  I graphically imagined that procedure being done to me.  I made a choice that day.  I could not live with myself if I had an abortion.  My new reality was that if I got pregnant, I would become a mother.

Despite this strong and emotional shift in my personal feelings on the matter, I did not feel any differently about my friend's choice.  It was her body, her choice and she would have to live with it.  Many people consider abortion murder.  I do not see it as black and white but will not head down that rabbit hole of why here.  Let's just say, it is my body (my uterus) and my choice.  No matter what choice I make, it will affect the rest of MY life and I will have to live with the consequences.

So, why do so many people think they have a right to decide what happens with my uterus?  Why do they think they know better than I do what decision to make?  Are they more intelligent, more ethical, more experienced, or do they just speak directly to "God"?  Probably not.  Yet they somehow think they have the right to make my most personal and emotional choices for me and every other woman.

Further, why are politicians choosing now to push this agenda?  Sen. Richard Blumenthal states, "As families across Connecticut struggle to find work and make ends meet, it is both disappointing and alarming to see some lawmakers returning to the culture wars of the past and trying to restrict access to health care for women across this country."

"This misguided effort to defund the trusted health care providers on whom women rely would leave millions without access to basic preventive health care, including cancer screenings, breast exams, and family planning."

Really?  With everything going on and our country experiencing very tough times, this is when you decide to propose this type of self-serving, gender-biased, unconstitutional legislation?

Get out of my uterus and pull your heads out of your colons!!!

SEN. RICHARD BLUMENTHAL: GOP Dials Back the Clock on Progress for Women:

To see what other bills (besides H.R.217) are being sponsored, go to:
Here is the page for two of the sponsors of the bill referenced above:

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Good Samaratin

Last night we had a healthy snowstorm. Before I went to bed, I shoveled the walkway to my front door to hopefully get a jump on shoveling today.

When I got up, I looked out the front door and saw that someone had walked on the sidewalk. I thought I better get out there and do the sidewalk before more pedestrians trample the snow, making it more difficult to shovel. Of course I gave no thought to the poor pedestrians having to pass through a foot of snow.

So I threw on my snow shoveling attire and grabbed my shovel. As I shoveled my way down the walkway and down the driveway, I began to notice the sidewalk had not been trampled by pedestrians but had, in fact, been cleared by some generous neighbor's snowblower.

Once I got to the sidewalk I looked up and down the street where I discovered that person had no only cleared my sidewalk but had cleared the sidewalks on both sides of the street as far as I could see. Wow!! Thank you kind neighbor!

If you are able-bodied and know of a person in your area who is elderly or physically unable to do their own snow removal, please consider helping them out.