Sunday, February 19, 2012

Republicans = Neanderthals

The more that the Republican presidential candidates talk, the more they keep distancing themselves from the views of the typical American woman.  Rick Santorum wants to take funding away from elementary and secondary schools. He'd prefer that children be homeschooled.  (This is just another way for women to stay home. Without having access to birth control, women would once again be having babies every year.) Take a look at the latest bit of idiocy from Rick Santorum.


...The former Pennsylvania senators had told supporters on Saturday that the Affordable Care Act just created the requirement “because free prenatal testing ends up in more abortions and therefore less care that has to be done because we cull the ranks of the disabled in our society.”

“You sound like you’re saying the purpose of prenatal care is to cause to have people to have abortions, to get more abortions in this country,” CBS host Bob Schieffer told Santorum on Sunday. “I think any number of people would say that’s not the purpose at all.”

“That’s simply not true,” Santorum replied. “The bottom line is that a lot of prenatal tests are done to identify deformities in utero, and the customary procedure is to encourage abortions.” 

First, Rick Santorum is not a doctor, and not even a scientist.  He is just pulling another opinion out of his a** and trying to frame it as a fact.

Secondly, Santorum's own personal anecdote doesn't qualify as a scientific fact.

This is from NIH (the National Institute of Health):

Prenatal testing provides information about your baby's health before he or she is born. Some routine tests during pregnancy also check on your health. At your fist prenatal visit, your healthcare provider will test for a number of things, including problems with your blood, signs of infections, and whether you are immune to rubella (German measles) and chickenpox.

Throughout your pregnancy, your healthcare provider may suggest a number of other tests, too. Some tests are suggested for all women, such as screenings for gestational diabetes, Down syndrome, and HIV. Other tests might be offered based on your:
  • Age
  • Personal or family health history
  • Ethnic background
  • Results of routine tests...

Some women might be experiencing all the signs of a pregnancy, but might actually have cysts, tumors, or other problems. There are hundreds of reason why a woman might need pre-natal testing.  

Santorum, and the rest of the conservative Republicans that want to deny women health care, which includes birth control, exams, testing, screenings, etc., are determined to set women's health back several hundred years.  Rep. Darrell Issa and his circus of a hearing last week on women's birth control was a waste of time and money because you cannot discuss birth control when women are not even testifying!!!!!!! 

If you are looking for a brighter future for yourself and your children, you might as well take your gaze off of the Republican candidates. Because the Republicans are unable to provide any new solutions for our country's problems, they are waging a culture war. The GOP has become the party of white men that want to have power over women and minorities while their rich buddies get tax cuts.

If the Republicans are so interested in personal freedom, why are they against the rights and freedoms of women?  Women, we need to stick together and fight off the Republican Neanderthal agenda.