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Virginian women – be scared!

What is it with Republicans? Why do they think they have the right to insist (at least in Virginia) on what a women does with her body?

Have a look at this recent New Scientist article.

It seems there has been such an outcry about this subject that Republicans have been forced to water down the bill.

We are talking here about the earliest stages of pregnancy so shouldn’t be too controversial. However, Republicans in Virginia seem to want to inflict some sort of revenge on a woman who wants a termination. Now apparently the invasive ultrasound is to optional…

It seems the Republicans are on a bit of a crusade over abortion issues and another one that caught my eye was the callous removal of state funding for low-income women who wanted an abortion because the baby would be born with severe mental or physical defects. Check it out here. It’s not even though this is a financial issue as there were only 10 approved abortions done last year costing a grand total of $2,800…!  On the same website (HamptonRoads.com) there seems little sympathy for the women involved. Here are a couple of comments:

How about personal responsibility? I’m not going to be nor should I be required to be responsbile for everything everyone else in this country decides to do? I’m crying “uncle” over have to give my hard earned money to everyone else for everything that they decide to do that is their personal responsiblity! Taxes, the abysmal economy, inflation are killing me and now you want me to fund abortions (which I’m against expcept in rare cases). STOP the insanity and take presonal responsiblity for your actions! ENOUGH already! I’m too broke and too poor to take care of everyone else, it’s tough enough taking care of my own family.” (williamjm3)

Low income women should not be having children in the first place. You want an abortion then you pay for it. If they child has a birth defect then it’s your problem and responsibility to take care of it, not mine. We didn’t have alot of the social welfare BS programs in the early 20th century and people did just fine. They learned how to do without and relied on help from family and friends. Let’s go back to that and let those who want to help do so and leave the rest of us that don’t want to help alone.” (blacknproud)

Wow! Scary people…

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The iplayer video expired on me…bah!

But I thought this was an interesting debate about the recent furore of PIP implants. The Health Minister (Anne Milton) seemed in control of a sometimes (understandably) hostile room full of women some of which have got PIP breast implants – one even claimed hers had burst and some of the silicone had leaked into her lymph nodes (yuk…). All were concerned that the UK government wasn’t doing enough to help them as they had been fobbed off by their GPs and other healthcare workers – one woman claimed a nurse turned to her during a scan and said that she was wasting tax-payers money by being there…Anne Milton kept on saying there was no evidence that these PIP implants would harm their health and to go back to their GPs if they were not happy…basically she was also washing her hands of them.

As I say Anne Milton seemed in control until the author/feminist Naomi Wolf layed into her and pointed out that there was 25 years worth of data that breast implants have a negative effect on womens health, but this evidence has been ignored due to clinics cashing in on this lucrative market. She got her point across well much to the chagrin of the Minister who at time seemed to seethe.

What wasn’t really answered was Jeremy Paxmans question (aimed at Katie Price/Jordan) about WHY do women want bigger breasts in the first place. The ‘answer’ was “I just feel better with bigger breasts” with lots of women nodding to this comment. Actually, this doesn’t matter one way or the other as it is the women with the PIP implants who have been stuffed over this. The Government should request that all these women who want to remove/change their PIP implants should do so on the NHS as I feel it’s not worth asking these women to risk their health until the UK Government gets the evidence it needs. By then it may be too late.