NOW endorses Obama. It’s unprecedented for NOW to endorse a candidate in a national election, the president of National Organization of Women said. I think that should help shine some light on how truly anti-woman the McCain/Palin ticket is. I can understand being against abortion. It’s your right. It’s your uterus. You have the right to govern your uterus. And by that same token, I have the right to govern mine. The freedom to choose – I would suspect that if we polled 100 women that exercised this “choice” they’d say it wasn’t a decision they came to lightly nor was it a choice they’d want to make again – is incredibly important to women’s health.
Abortion is an easy target. It garners headlines. Your position on abortion is often an indicator of your position on reproductive health.
Limiting a person’s access to information about their own reproduction health choices is wrong. Sex education in the schools is necessary. Of course it should be supplemented at home. It should actually start at home, but I’m trying to be middle of the road here.
Abstinence only sex education programs do not work. Sex ed programs that are developed by people with abstinence only agendas promote fear and ignorance. In 2004 the Washington Post published
Many American youngsters participating in federally funded abstinence-only programs have been taught over the past three years that abortion can lead to sterility and suicide, that half the gay male teenagers in the United States have tested positive for the AIDS virus, and that touching a person’s genitals “can result in pregnancy,” a congressional staff analysis has found.
I can see how a botched, back-alley, clothes-hanger abortion might lead to sterility. But one performed by a medical professional in a sterile setting? Hardly.
Comprehensive sex education is effective. Family planning clinics work. Women and men need the resources to protect their bodies, their selves and their families. And when planning and prevention fail, we need the option to make hard choices.
McCain is scary, he wants to overturn Roe v Wade. Palin is Anti-Choice (yes, my liberal bent is shining through, I cannot call her Pro-Life, that would suggest the rest of are a bunch a pro-abortion baby killers, and we’re not). McCain and Palin are anti-woman, period. They do not speak to me and I hope they do not speak for me come November.
An interesting site that I was going to use, but couldn’t make it fit in is Catholics for Choice. They’re doing good deeds on all our behalves.