Butterfly Cauldron

Friday, July 21, 2006

What??

Why haven't I heard of this before? I work at a damned newspaper and I haven't seen this on any wire services.

Please call or email your senator as soon as you receive this message. The so-called Child Custody Protection Act or as we more correctly refer to it: The Teen Endangerment Act may be voted on by the Senate as soon as tomorrow. The House has already passed their version (H.R. 748).

The current version restricts a young woman's ability to obtain an abortion outside of the home state even if the closest city is across state lines. In addition, it does not allow for an exception necessary to protect health, requires a 24-hour to 72-hour waiting period in many cases and imposes criminal penalties for any adults accompanying a young woman across a state line to obtain an abortion unless she has met her home state's parental involvement laws.
(Info via NOW)

If this passes, this is going to totally screw girls in states like Mississippi and South Dakota, where there is only one abortion provider. If those damn protesters somehow managed to close Mississippi's clinic and that damned S.D. bill is upheld and this thing passes, the no teenager in either state will be getting abortions -- even if their pregnancy will killed. Gods dammit, what the hell is wrong with people?

I get so very sick of these things. Where's the fucking bill to require teen age fathers to provide for their offspring? Where's the fucking enforcement on that? Why the hell is it so goddamn hard to get men to step up to the plate and take care of their children? I'm thinking, if you're going to force women to become parents, then dammit, you'd better force the men who got them pregnant to be responsible too. But no. We can't have that, can we? Fucking hypocrites.

Seriously, if you want to force women to become mothers when they'd rather not, then you force men to be fathers when they'd rather not. That means garnishing wages, seizing property, whatever you've got to do to make it real to them. Make men start actually sharing the responsiblity of parenthood and see how fast these law start disappearing. And you know, of course, that if the governors daughter gets knocked up, she's getting her abortion regardless. Goddamn it.

Sorry, but eloquence fails me. I just am so sick of being regulated to second-class status because I happen to possess a vagina.

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posted by Zan at 7:35 AM

3 Comments:

Why would the media cover it? It doesn't effect the men in charge of the world, and if people knew they might protest and put a stop to it, and we can't have that, can we?

3:25 PM  

I get more and more cynical as the days go by. I sit in planning meetings with editors and the things they think are worthy of the front page...*sigh* I realize we're a small, local paper, but that doesn't mean this shit won't affect our readers. I so have to get out of this business. Anyone know of some place hiring? I've got an M.A. and ten years communications/teaching experience. Will relocate anywhere. Except Kansas and South Dakota, of course. *sigh*

7:19 AM  

Some men whose wages are garnished get cash jobs, and their friends/family may also help them avoid paying support.

5:03 AM  

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