Awareness, Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 11/17/2009

Stop Stupak

health care

health care

Usually, when I come down to the kitchen for a snack (also known as an excuse to take a study break) I  can tell what mail my Mom is sorting through by the look on her face. The annoyed-pursed-lips-eye-roll is usually elicited by a Home and Garden magazine of some type (Martha Stewart is defiantly not listed amongst my Mom’s personal heroes). Glazed over, resigned boredom  can usually be attributed to a water or electricity bill. But the truly depressed, pissed off face of injustice can only be caused by one thing.

My family has struggled with the issue of health care ever since I can remember. Because of a pre-existing condition my Mom has and the fact that my Dad is independently employed, the business of staying healthy has put a huge financial strain on my family.  Our government essentially charges us a small fortune to stay alive, and it has been ingrained into my head since my youth that this is nothing less than a violation of a basic human right. So, naturally, when we heard the news of a Health Bill passing, we were pretty excited at what this could mean.

Until we heard of the Stupak amendment.

According to Planned Parenthood, “the Stupak amendment would restrict millions of women’s access to abortion coverage in the newly created health care exchange, undermining the ability of millions of women to purchase private health insurance that covers abortion, even if women pay for all or most of the premiums with their own money.””

Obama...where areee youuu?

Obama...where areee youuu?

To which I respond: Government…what the hell?

And I’m not the only one.

Senator Barbara Boxer stated about the amendment, “This amendment is unfair and discriminatory toward women. It singles them out as a group and would deny women access to a legal medical procedure by dictating what a woman can do with her own private funds.”

Hell yeah it is. Here is the way I see the issue of choice: while personal opinions on whether or not abortion is right or wrong are not irrelevant I honestly think they should be separated from whether or not abortion is legal and available. It’s a choice and it should be available for women to make.

And I don’t think I’m alone on this one. Of course teens, like the rest of the population, have a wide span of opinions on the matter. I have friends who are pro-life and who are pro-choice and the amazing thing about all of them is they can agree on the fact that everybody needs to stay the heck out of everybody else’s business. If you don’t believe in abortion, don’t get one, the consensus seems to be. If you decide that abortion is the best option for you, then make that decision.

Now that’s not the rule, but it seems like my generation is more flexible on the matter, more understanding of others’ opinions than ever before. Maybe it’s the increasing global perspective, maybe it’s the frustration we have with previous generations’ inability to get shit done, but more and more my generation wants justice, and the ability to choose definitely falls under that category.

Rachel Maddow

Rachel Maddow

More and more, we’re siding with people like Rachel Maddow when she states that the Democrats would face serious consequences, especially from our generation, “if they don’t get women or anybody who’s pro-choice to ever vote for them again” in facing “the biggest restriction on abortion rights in a generation.” Also, when she tells us that the health care the Republicans have enjoyed since 1991 (Cigna) covers abortion, we’re more than a little bit pissed off.

So pissed off, in fact, that the generation all the adults in my life deem as too addicted to facebook to get off the computer and do something…are actually doing something!

Harvard freshman, blogger at amplify and here at the fbomb and all around badass Leah Reis-Dennis is just one student who is taking an active role in opposing this horrendous amendment. On November 18th (Wednesday…tomorrow…) she’s holding a Students Stop Stupak rally at the Harvard Square T-Stop during rush hour (3:30-5:30). As she puts it, “We’ll hold coat hangers, signs, and circulate petitions as commuters and students filter through the Boston subway system. We’ll get media attention, and force our representatives to understand that students and voters care and are angry.” You can check out more on her blog for Stupak – Student Stop Stupak.

And if you’re not in the Boston area, you can call your senator (see how they voted here) or sign Planned Parenthood’s petition.

As Sojourner Truth said, “If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these together ought to be able to turn it back and get it right side up again.”

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  • Toongrrl @ at 1:05 pm, November 17th, 2009

    Good Lord. 1st George Tiller, someone said to be a lovely man and a compassionate doctor, was killed.
    2nd my mom, me, and my brother were in a accident that really (I am not exaggerating) could have killed us
    Now Stupak (Stupid?) is making it hard for sistas!!! This brings me back to when I was a naive high school student attending catechism, where I and a few other girls were being convinced that if a boy wants to have sex with us that he’s abusing us, Women’s Lib caused date rape, the pill could kill us, and that homosexuals live an unhappy lifestyle. Then I grew up and started community college, where I discovered I’m a closet bisexual (love girls a lot!!), that I am a liberal libertarian, a feminist, and that I realize it’s preposterous to force girls to go on with a pregnancy if they live in an unsafe environment especially.
    What I’m saying is that, none of us have no right to judge who gets what, because of what we believe in. We know nothing about that person, I quote Mo’Nique on the Ellen show.
    I hope all you kids’ high school years will go better than mine and that ya’ll know who you are so no one will convince you of some b.s.
    Oh, Julie, thanks for Rachel Maddow. I love her like a child loves candy. Peace be with you

  • Steph @ at 3:14 pm, November 17th, 2009

    Oh, Rachel Maddow is freaking brilliant. I can only catch rare snatches of her program, but I look forward to them hugely.

    Also, yeah – Stupak is NOT a good idea, or even a logical one. Seriously, you guys need to adopt socialized healthcare, and FAST.

  • Tea @ at 3:47 pm, November 17th, 2009

    I am pleased to note that my representative voted nay.

  • Alex F @ at 6:22 pm, November 17th, 2009

    My rep said Nay :)

  • Kati @ at 10:27 pm, November 17th, 2009

    I’m not pleased to note that my Representative voted in favor. Yeah, wrote him a long letter explaining why he’d just lost my vote, and it included his support of DOMA.

  • KS @ at 9:49 am, November 18th, 2009

    disturbing… I really don’t understand why abortion is even an issue to thisday. US is built on the principle of choice and abortion definitely falls under that. Supporting pro-choice does not mean that us pro-choice-ers want fetuses to die –it merely means that we want women to be able to make their own decisions for their own security and health. And don’t even get me started on the whole “state’s right” argument… All humans have basic right to choice and right to abortion should not vary depending on where you live.

  • Corduroy Skirts are a Sin | Awareness | fbomb @ at 11:19 am, November 25th, 2009

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  • Adam @ at 5:51 pm, November 30th, 2009

    You need to do a lot more research on the Health Care bill. Universal Health Care won’t make Health Care cheaper for you. It just makes it free for people who don’t pay their taxes. And before someone spouts rhetoric, it’s a simple argument. Universal means across the board. Those who can pay will have to pay for it. The government relies on taxes (or multinational loans) to pay for everything it does. Healthcare will be payed for by us. So you will be paying for yourself and at least one other person you don’t know. Which means your taxes will go up significantly.

    Furthermore STUPAK is nothing compared to them trying to get women to avoid screenings for cancer until after they’re 50. It’s called rationing Health Care.

  • Bafter @ at 6:20 pm, December 6th, 2009

    “If you don’t believe in abortion, don’t get one, the consensus seems to be. If you decide that abortion is the best option for you, then make that decision.”

    Do your friends who are “pro-life” really believe that women should be able to have the right to choose to have an abortion? Because if they do, then they aren’t pro-life, they’re pro-choice.

    The terminology should be changed to from “pro-life” to “anti-choice.” Pro-lifers want to remove the option of abortion, and therefore should have a moniker that reflects their mission.

    I identify as pro-choice, yet am not sure I would ever choose to have an abortion. I guess my view point technically makes me “pro-life” but it certainly doesn’t makes me “anti-choice.”

    By changing our usage of terminology the entire issue of abortion could be clarified and made a more savory argument for a wider spread of the population.

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