friday, 18 February, 2011
The wintry cold snowy weather has broken here in the Midwest. Thoughts of spring starting to come alive, and signs have begun to peep up. No, not crocuses or daffodils. Nope; Home Depot is hiring for its heaviest season of selling.
With the impending change of seasons, I am now applying my nose to the grindstone [so to speak], and am busy working on replenishing my stock of cards and journals. So the drawing is to accompany a collage for a Native American card. Oh, and here’s the saying for that card; “Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view and demand that they respect yours.” This is attributed to Chief Tecumseh.
A nice segue [transition] into what is on my mind: abortion. And the Pence Amendment now in Congress- which cuts off funding to Planned Parenthood. [As of 30 minutes ago, the House voted to stop federal funding of P.P.] The organization is being held responsible as the force behind abortions being performed in the United States. What I know personally about P.P. is that they provide information. They can provide an exam for a woman who has low income and no gynecologist. They can provide contraception at extremely low cost, and again: THEY PROVIDE INFORMATION. Any idea how important it is for a young man and woman to know that by using a condom he may prevent spreading the human papilloma virus to the woman? Ask me, because my body harbors that virus, and I didn’t know it was spread during sexual intercourse on a bare penis. Let’s give young women a vaccination, instead of this information. That should stop the virus, doncha think?
Watch and listen to Representative Jackie Speier as she relates her story. She says: “to suggest that this is a procedure is either welcomed or done cavalierly or done without any thought is preposterous….American people if they are listening are scratching their heads and wondering what does this have to do with me getting a job? What does this have to do with reducing the deficit? Nothing at all…Planned Parenthood has a right to operate.”