Bob Marshall Approves!

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If you live in Virginia, go ahead and punch a Republican in your state for me. Anyone who would vote for this idiotdeserves a good punch*.

State Delegate Bob Marshall of Manassas says disabled children are God’s punishment to women who have aborted their first pregnancy.

He made that statement Thursday at a press conference to oppose state funding for Planned Parenthood.

“The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically. Why? Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children,” said Marshall, a Republican.

This guy uses religion (Catholicism) to support and promote the belief that if my mother had an abortion before she gave birth to me that I should be smited with a disability? This sounds like a fair religion and a reasonable god to people? Seriously? While one could say he’s just a crackpot, there is actual biblical scripture to back up this kind of unjust punishment. This is why religion and religious leaders scare me. Next thing you know, they’ll be trying to enact laws to punish children for the sins of their fathers!

I’m sure this insanity is not supported by any scientific fact. I’m sure this insanity is offensive to everyone who has disabled children. Getting past the “disabled child is a punishment” fact, which is bad enough, is this dude suggesting every woman with a disabled child is hiding the fact that she’s had an abortion? I’m sure that’s going to go over well with his constituents! I wonder how many pro-lifers have disabled children? Guess we know what THEY’VE been up to! Ha!

But getting past all that, what exactly is he suggesting then?“If you already had an abortion, just keep having abortions, or you’ll end up with a disabled child”? I think he is! Why else would he warn you? It’s not like you can “take back” your abortion, just like Bob Marshall’s mother can’t “take back” her choice to give birth to him. It sounds to me like Bob Marshall is giving you fair warning so you can avoid your punishment. I’m thinking he supports you aborting all subsequent pregnancies. So go ahead ladies, have as many as you want. Bob Marshall approves!

Seriously, who votes for these idiots? Yea, I know all politicians are idiots, but some clearly more than others.

*No, don’t actually punch anyone, even if they do deserve it. I’m sure “God” is fully capable of making sure they are punished for voting for this guy. Perhaps he’ll give them disabled children.

Share your sterilization experience stories!

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Now that I posted the information on the childfree-friendly doctors, I have been getting a lot of requests for more information about people’s experiences with various procedures (Essure, Vasectomy, etc) and the costs. I know that everyone’s experience and cost will be different, so I decided to start this thread for you all to discuss your experiences.

If you could, briefly, give people an overview of your experiences from IUDs to vasectomies to abortions. Start about by explaining what you had done, how it was done, how much pain or discomfort you were in, what your recovery time was and how soon you felt back to normal. Did you have an complications? If your insurance covered all or part of it, what insurance do you have? If you found some charity or program to help cover the cost, please include that information. If you paid the whole thing outright, how much did it set you back? When talking amongst your friends who have had similar procedures done, what is the average cost of these procedures?

Thanks for helping share this information with the childfree community!

Combating Crisis Pregnancy Centers

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This month,

Austin [Texas] City Council Members unanimously voted to require CPCs [Crisis Pregnancy Centers] to post signs disclosing the services they don’t provide – becoming only the second city in the nation with this protective measure!

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What an awesome new law! Baltimore (Maryland) is the only other city to do this. Now women who want to be informed of all their options will not be mislead, lied to, or have their time and money wasted!

What’s wrong with full-disclosure? Patients should be made aware up front of what services are provided and who could argue with that? After all, if these Crisis Pregnancy Centers are so against abortion and refuse to provide the service, they should be proud to proclaim that! I mean, unless they intend to intentionally defraud customers. That’s the only reason they’d have a problem with this, right?

And guess what, they do have a problem with this!! I think that says a lot about them.

They are doing a lot of “This is unconstitutional! What happened to free speech?!” arguments. What free speech are they defending? The right to LIE to customers and mislead them about what services you provide? Classy! You aren’t allowed to circumvent “Truth In Advertising” laws in the name of “Free Speech!” Otherwise McDonald’s would have the “Free Speech” right to tell you that Big Macs might be a great diet plan! Phillip Morris certainly wasn’t able to win the “Free Speech” argument when they were forced to put Surgeon General’s warnings on their cigarette packs! How is this any different, really?

While one might argue that everyone knows that CPCs are (in most cases) unlicensed and thus unable to offer any medical services. But not everyone knows that! Even if it was common knowledge, then putting the sign out front to reiterate what everyone already knows won’t hurt a thing, will it?

Keep in mind, this law does NOT force these CPCs to offer abortion services or abortion referral services. The law is not asking them to do anything against their own “morality” (unless you consider lying to be part of your moral code – apparently many of them do). All it asks is that they are up front about what they refuse to offer. Period.

How brain-damaged (or unethical) do you have to be to have a problem with this? Do you realize that these CPCs take money (at least in Texas) from the government under the “Alternatives to Abortion” program? They do. And then… they don’t really provide any services.

Indeed, in 2005, lawmakers took $5 million that would otherwise go to providers of traditional family-planning services for low-income women to create the new Alternatives to Abortion program as a way to directly fund CPCs and task them with “promoting childbirth.” In a series of articles, the [Austin] Chronicle found that the money hasn’t exactly done much to provide women with any real services – aside from referring them to other state and federal programs and providing a nice annual raise for Vincent Friedewald, the executive director of the Texas Pregnancy Care Network, which administers the state contract.

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Are these CPCs all run by teenagers? They certainly have the typical teenaged attitude down pat: “Gimme money but keep your nose out of my business and don’t tell me what to do!

Oh, wait! NOW I get it! These CPCs are nothing more than a get-rich-quick scheme! Step 1: Open up a phony “pregnancy counseling center.” Step 2: Collect state funds. Step 3: Offer no real services, thus keeping costs down. Step 4: Pocket the money and go on a shopping spree! Wheeeee!

The bottom line is that these folks are afraid that once people find out they don’t provide any services (well, maybe they buy home pregnancy tests and administer them – how much can that cost?) they’ll have to shut down and stop getting free money. If these groups were forced to get licensed and offer some form of medical care, why, there would be far less money to line everyone’s pockets! Can’t have that, now can we?

I find this really outrageous and offensive and –

I’m sorry, I lost my train of thought. I just realized I live in Texas (not Austin) and I just figured out a new early retirement scheme plan. I gotta go.