Aggressive Pro-Life-Until-Birth Crusade Against Women and Girls

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In sixth grade I had to write a paper on Home Remedies for my English class taught by Mr. Rotollo. We were sent to interview family members and at the time I had at my disposal many great Aunts…and both grandmothers were alive, so my home remedy report was substantial to say the least. At the time it struck me as odd, every woman family member I talked to had a remedy to bring about abortion. Now, it speaks volumes to me!

These were mostly poor, Catholic women…who would risk their lives with these absurd remedies to end a pregnancy they knew they could not afford to have. One of the remedies was to drink turpentine, straight, in large quantities!

So here are some updates regarding the ongoing assault of women and girls.

The New York Times has issued a response to the disgusting article that we have discussed here on Sky Dancing.

Gang Rape Story Lacked Balance – Arthur S. Brisbane – The Public Editor –

The viral distribution of the story was, at least in part, because of the intense outrage it inspired among readers who thought the piece pilloried the victim.

My assessment is that the outrage is understandable. The story dealt with a hideous crime but addressed concerns about the ruined lives of the perpetrators without acknowledging the obvious: concern for the victim.

While the story appeared to focus on the community’s reaction to the crime, it was not enough to simply report that the community is principally concerned about the boys and men involved – as this story seems to do. If indeed that is the only sentiment to be found in this community – and I find that very hard to believe – it becomes important to report on that as well by seeking out voices of professional authorities or dissenting community members who will at least address, and not ignore, the plight of the young girl involved.

The article goes on to state the obvious issues that we had with the NYT piece.

These elements, creating an impression of concern for the perpetrators and an impression of a provocative victim, led many readers to interpret the subtext of the story to be: she had it coming.


Philip Corbett, standards editor for The Times, told me earlier today that the story focused on the reaction of community residents and that there was no intent to blame the victim. He added, “I do think in retrospect we could have done more to provide more context to make that clear.”

“I do think in retrospect we could have done more to provide more context to make that clear.” Oh…you think you could have done more? These reporters and their editors are pathetic. No apology for the horrible treatment of the NYT article? For shame.  The NYT Public Editor goes on to say:

The Associated Press handled the story more deftly, I think. Its piece on the crime also noted the community view that the girl dressed provocatively and even the view of some that the girl may have been culpable somehow. But the AP also quoted someone in the community saying: “She’s 11 years old. It shouldn’t have happened. That’s a child. Somebody should have said, ‘What we are doing is wrong.’”

The Times, I have been told, is working on a followup story. I hope it delves more deeply into the subject because the March 8 story lacked a critical balancing element. If upon further reporting it is found that the community of Cleveland, Tex., universally believes that the 11-year-old girl was culpable in this crime, then that would be remarkable indeed. But if it proved to be the case, The Times should take care to interview mental health and legal experts who can provide context to a story about a vicious sex crime against a young girl.

I still think this is a sorry ass response to the story by James C. McKinley Jr. He should be fired. There is no excuse for his disgusting portrayal and utter disregard for the victim of this horrible crime.

In my home state of Georgia, the assault against women has been in high gear for years. Y’all know about the “Life Amendment” and Miscarriage is Murder items that have been proposed by State Legislators.  I wrote my representative about these, and he did respond. More on that later….

In the Georgia Senate two new bills were introduced that can be described as disturbing, as follows:

Georgia abortion clinics shuttered under Senate bill  |

Sen. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, introduced Senate Bill 209 March 3, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks. But as the Senate Rules Committee met to consider it this afternoon a new version was handed out that says abortions could be performed only in hospitals licensed to do so.


Senate Bill 210, which says that any doctor who performs an abortion that has not followed a series of state stipulated actions, such as notifying parents of a minor getting an abortion or performing an ultrasound for the women, can be sued for wrongful death.

According to MS. Magazine:

Feminist Wire Daily Newsbriefs: U.S. and Global News Coverage

Janelle Yamarick, community services director at the Feminist Women’s Health Center of DeKalb County, GA, pointed out that 95 percent of abortions are performed in private doctors’ offices, licensed surgical centers, and clinics. Yamarick clarified, “To put it in a nutshell abortions would be legal in Georgia, you just couldn’t get one.”

More on this from  Georgia to Essentially Eliminate Abortion

It looks like the Rules Committee has tabled Bill 209, but Senate Bill 210 is still very much on the menu, and looks like it will pass with no problems.  Push to limit abortions in Ga. stalls after change

Senate Rules Committee chairman Don Balfour, R-Snellville, said after a committee meeting that he decided to table a Senate bill because of concerns about changes to the bill that would effectively shut down abortion clinics in the state.

“We were moving too fast on an idea that we need more time to think about and consider,” Balfour said.

From the Atlanta Journal Constitution: Senate panel blocks bill to ban abortion clinics from Georgia  |

Senate Bill 209 was tabled by the Rules Committee after more than two days of often-heated debate. Tabling it at this point in the session makes it extremely unlikely it would reach the full Senate this year.


A separate abortion bill, Senate Bill 210, could still advance. The Senate Rules Committee could decide Friday afternoon to send it to the full Senate on Monday. That bill says any doctor who performs an abortion that has not followed a series of state-stipulated actions, such as notifying parents of a minor getting an abortion or performing an ultrasound for the women, can be sued for wrongful death.

Imagine, being sued and charged with wrongful death? The fact that these bills are even being proposed should be enough for the Democratic Party to get their act together and stand up to these PLUBs.

A few other recent articles of interest:

The video on this link is difficult to watch: ThinkProgress » Woman Forced To Watch Her Baby Die Because Nebraska Anti-Abortion Law Prohibited Doctor From Acting

….because of Nebraska’s law prohibiting any abortion after 20 weeks, the doctor could not assist or he would “face criminal charges, jail time, and lose his medical license.” Her doctors told her “she’d just have to wait.” So she did, in “torture,” and gave birth to Elizabeth at 3pm, watched her gasp for breath, and then watched her die at 3:15pm on December 8, 2010. “The outcome of my pregnancy, that choice was made by God,” said Deaver, but “how to handle the end of my pregnancy, that choice should’ve been mine.”

She is right, the choice should have been hers!

Virginia Politics Blog – Speedy process for new abortion clinic rules outlined

Health Commissioner Karen Remley told the board’s 14 members (a 15th seat is currently vacant) at their quarterly meeting in Richmond that a law adopted by the General Assembly last month requires that rules be written no more than 280 days after Gov. Bob Mc­Don­nell (R) signs the bill into law. He has until March 29 to do so and has said he supports the measure.

Remley said that timeframe triggers the state’s emergency regulatory process — rather than a more plodding standard process that typically takes more than two years.

The emergency rule writing process significantly expands the power of the health department and gubernatorial staff in writing the regulations.

It means the Board of Health — which at present includes eight members appointed by Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine (D) — has just one opportunity to formally weigh in before rules go into place. It will occur Sept. 15, when the group reviews, amends and ultimately votes on a draft of new rules written by staff members.


Public comment also is more limited during the emergency phase — rather than offering written comments, the public will have one opportunity to speak to the Board of Health. It will take place on Sept. 15, the same day the board will take action.

So, these PLUBs will speed this through the process and in return leave women, mostly the poorer ones, out looking for a clinic that actually “passes” these new rules.

“This is going to happen so very fast,” said Paulette McElwain, President and CEO of the Virginia Leauge for Planned Parenthood. “There’s very little we can do.”

I think that the party usually thought of as protecting the rights of people, women and poor women…the Democrats…have let us down completely. No surprise with all the other stuff they are letting happen.

We all know the war against women has been in full swing for a while now, as this article by Armella Gottschalk, sociology senior, points out: | COLUMN: Senate vote denies women’s rights

I, as a woman, do not support the Pence Amendment. The recent abortion laws in Oklahoma were enough of a slap to the state’s women that the federal government does not need to intervene and revoke even more resources that were once available to us.

In the House of Representatives, there are 360 men and 75 women; in the Senate, 83 men and 17 women. This law was created by a man, and has been voted in by a predominantly male body.

I, as does every woman in this nation, wonder: why do men hold the power to dictate what rights we [women] have to our bodies, when men will never understand what it’s like to be a woman?

Since when do men know what’s best for women’s rights and bodies, better than women? Never.

I wholeheartedly disagree with this course of action taken by the House of Representatives. Whether pro-abortion rights or anti-abortion, we need to recognize that Title X was not funding abortions but contraception, tests and screenings for diseases as well as teaching preventative methods for pregnancy and diseases.

What’s so horrendous about that?

She is right, nothing horrendous in that.

In an op-ed by Gina Burell, published on the St. site: Letter: Stop lawmakers from denying women’s health rights |

Editor: The Right Wing/Tea Party Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are waging an attack on women’s health and reproductive rights this instant. They want to deny millions of women access to contraception, life-saving screening for cancer and cut nutritional help for millions of newborn babies.

This is just the beginning.

The budget bill that passed the U.S. House on Jan. 26, 2011, included defunding Planned Parenthood. This was an amendment by a Republican male from Indiana. A recent sting operation on a Planned Parenthood clinic by an anti-abortion group uncovered an errant employee who was immediately fired.

This is no reason to cut off funds to all Planned Parenthood clinics throughout the U.S. They do not use federal funds for abortion services. They serve one in five American women some time in their lives.

The terrible cuts in the U.S. House resolution includes the elimination of support for Title X, which is the family planning program for low-income women. This program provides birth control, breast and cervical cancer screening, and testing for HIV and STDs. In the absence of Title X, many women will die.

Another bill offered by a Republican male in the U.S. House will allow hospitals receiving federal funds to refuse to end a pregnancy, even to save a woman’s life. The Right-Wing Republicans also want to cut 10 percent from the successful Women’s Infant Children Program (WIC), which serves 9.6 million low-income women.

Well, I have to say I did write to my representative Stephen Allison, about my disgust at Georgia’s proposed legislation to make miscarriage murder….I also questioned his support for the proposed amendment to the Georgia Constitution that makes “life” and personhood at the moment of fertilization.

This was the answer I got…which does not offer me any kind of encouragement that these PLUBs will stop the crusade against women and girls…he also spelled my name wrong.

Ms. Waltz,

Representative Franklin introduces this bill every year and it never makes it out of committee and onto the floor. This bill posses no threat. I am Pro-life, but I also understand that certain medical circumstances do occur. These circumstances are unfortunate and I would never condemn a woman for receiving necessary treatment that protects her life. I assure you that this bill will not pass! I am very sorry that you have suffered these two tragic events. Please understand that any representative may draft a bill that can say anything. However, many of these nonsensical bills will fail to make it out of the committee process and be voted on by the legislature. I appreciate your message and would love to hear your concerns on any other bills.


Stephen Allison

So, I guess it is just part of the game, to take up time and effort and taxpayer money to bring these “nonsensical” bills to the floor? This response is wrong…there is no excuse,  none whatsoever,  to dismiss the lawmakers repeated attempts against the constitutional rights of women.  It is as simple as that.

14 Comments on “Aggressive Pro-Life-Until-Birth Crusade Against Women and Girls”

  1. Pat Johnson says:

    Fabulous post, Mink. Your passion is coming through loud and clear.

    Just wish our own Dems possessed the same amount of outrage against this “war on women” that is no longer just a catchphrase but a soon to be reality.

    This should never be happening in our nation but sadly the wrong people are in charge. Hope we all get their “message” this time around and act accordingly.

    • dakinikat says:

      We definitely have more to worry from our own religious fundamentalists than we do from those living abroad. Too bad Republicans don’t see their own reflections in the Taliban and the Iranian theocrats.

  2. madamab says:

    Dear Minx,

    Don’t worry your pretty little head, dear. These bills will never pass. They’re ridiculous, unlike the laws we’ve already passed restricting your right to choose, which were totally reasonable and awesome.

    Also, that is totally my real hair.


    Stephen Allison, PLUB-Georgia

  3. Minkoff Minx says:

    AFP: Women’s rights at risk in Arab revolts: US

    Women are being shut out of political life in the aftermath of democracy revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday.

    Clinton, speaking at the Women in the World conference in New York, said that the two North African countries had “inspired” with their recent overthrow of decades-old regimes.

    However, she warned that women, despite taking part in the street protests, now risked a reduction in rights. Clinton is due to travel to Egypt and Tunisia next week.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Thank goodness for Hillary, or we wouldn’t have anyone in power talking about women’s rights.

  4. bostonboomer says:

    The Times shouldn’t fire James McKinley. They should make him cover every horrible story about violence against women–make him talk to the victims and hear the effects they have suffered. Make him interview rape counselors and write about the issues they deal with. Don’t let him get away with just being fired.

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      I just got this from

      Dear JJ,

      Big news! After a massive outcry from more than 40,000 members — which led to news coverage in the Huffington Post, Village Voice, and even London’s Daily Mail — New York Times public editor Arthur S. Brisbane has issued a strong rebuke of the victim-blaming in a recent article by reporter James McKinley about the gang-rape of an 11-year-old girl and her community’s response.

      Brisbane wrote said that the outrage was “understandable” and that the piece conveyed “an impression of concern for the perpetrators and an impression of a provocative victim” that “led many readers to interpret the subtext of the story to be: she had it coming.”

      The apology isn’t perfect — it decries the lack of “balance,” as if the paper should be providing equal voice to the concerns of the victims and her alleged attackers. And unfortunately, while the story ran in section “A” of the Times, Brisbane’s commentary showed up only online, not in his weekly column.

      But because the Times is so high-profile, this condemnation still sends an important message to reporters all around the U.S. that readers will hold them accountable for insinuating that victims are somehow responsible for playing a role in their own sexual assaults. And you made this happen.

      We have much more to do together as we fight for the rights and security of women everywhere, but we’re proving we can make real progress. If there’s a campaign you’d like to start, click here to create your own petition:

      Thanks for taking action,

      Shelby and the team

  5. Sophie says:

    OT but interesting nonetheless.

    This is what class war looks like.

  6. HT says:

    delurking – I have one question – why are male politicians so enthralled by women’s reproductive systems when they cannot ever stimulate jobs for the too many unemployed? Their prostate doesn’t entrance me, nor capture a cry for vasectomies. Why do they insist on legislating an area that they would vehemently resisit if it were directed at men? They are perverts. Anyone who obsesses about sexual organs are perverts.

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      Glad to see you HT! I think these men have control issues. To feel superior they have to make women subordinate. Personally I would like to see them strung up by their precious balls, and pummeled with rotten eggs and horse manure.

      • HT says:

        Minx, I’m here every day, just don’t comment cause everyone else types what I would have typed.
        BTW, you are being too kind in your imagined scenario. REmembering that most of these dung beetles have had mistresses or prostitutes (of both sexes) on the side, I’m all for drawing and quartering each and every one of the sanctimonious dregs. The fact that any of them gets elected says a lot about their supporters. We need a peoplicide that is fatal for these numbnuts, yet will leave enlightened folks alone. Dreaming, you betcha.

      • HT says:

        and btw, when I refer to peoplicide and it’s toxic affects, it should also be created to include repellent for kool-aid addition.