Old fashioned values. Turning back the clock. Reproductive justice was just one of the frames used in the 2010 elections to focus voters who are really just wishing that we could go back and relive the 50’s. Don’t believe me? Check out this letter from Montana.
The same people who promote sex education today were the free love generation of the ’60s. The progressive viewpoint promoting open sexuality created sex education in the schools and the tolerance of girls coming to school visibly pregnant (these girls used to have a home school teacher). These progressives mocked, and still mock, the moral values of the ’50s. These progressives who are “all-knowing” have overseen an increase of unwed pregnancies and venereal disease. The verdict is clear, it is time to stop listening to these “all-knowing” progressives and go back to those morals which promoted sexual restraint. These morals saw much less unwed pregnancies and venereal disease. Parents need to, for the sake of the children, stand up to these “all-knowing” progressives and just say “no.” These “ all-knowing” progressives will say that it is the media that sexualizes our children. As they very well know, media follows the culture, not the other way around. When promiscuity is not tolerated in our culture it will not be in the movies. Parents need to stand up and, for the sake of their children, just say no to progressive sex education in our schools.
Want to see all the ways that the GOP could potentially turn back the clock, in this case as a means to move us away from a secular society? The “On Faith” columnist lists them over at the Washington Post:
Here’s a roundup of the potential bad news:
Sex. Abortion. Parenthood. Power.
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* The Republicans slated to head House committees are not only religious and social conservatives; many embody the most extreme right-wing brand. Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, who will almost certainly be the new chair of the House Judiciary Committee, is one of the hardest-line conservatives in Congress. He has long been an opponent of all abortion rights (receiving a 100 per cent rating from the National Right to Life Committee). He’s the sort of anti-choice right-winger who opposes not only abortion but embryonic stem cell research–and judges whose decisions would allow that research to continue. He has been a consistent and strident critic of all in the federal judiciary whose decisions, on matters ranging from the teaching of creationism in public schools to religious school vouchers, run counter to the religious right’s assault on the separation of church and state.
* In the new Congress, there will be almost no moderating Republican voices on any committee. Many moderate Republicans throughout the country were defeated by Tea Party candidates in primaries. On the judiciary committee, the chairman will be backed up by members like Rep. Steven King (R-Iowa), who recently attacked the federal district court judge who struck down the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.
* Look for an endless stream of amendments to vital appropriations bills designed to promote favorite right-wing causes like abstinence-only sex education. and to favor faith-based social spending over programs administered by secular organizations.
* Forget about any possibility of ending “don’t ask, don’t tell” in the next two years. The Republicans aren’t going to listen to any high-ranking military officials who have already testified against the policy, and the military knows which side its bread is buttered on. Obama, who has always waffled on these issues, is certainly not going to press this battle while he is struggling to retain his presidency.
* Worst of all, from a secular point of view, is the unlikehood of Obama being able to affect the federal judiciary during the next two years. The Senate, of course, still has a Democratic majority, but it has already been demonstrated that in the absence of a super-majority, any appointment can be blocked by any senator. Given the Republicans’ stated objective to make Obama a one-term president, they can endlessly delay any judicial appointment proposed in the next two years. Should any of the four far-right Supreme Court justices drop dead during the next two years, I believe that Republicans will stall the confirmation of his successor. Why wouldn’t they? They scent blood in the water, and it’s hard to imagine that the voting public will punish them for keeping a seat vacant on the Supreme Court until 2012.
And that’s only half of the examples. Be sure to follow the link for even more.
Speaking of going back to the same place in time, in case you had any doubt, Colorado will be seeing a Personhood amendment on the 2012 ballot again, as they declare victory in 2010 because, well, they had more people vote for it than in 2008, and, oddly enough, because Ken Buck lost his senate race.
Conventional Wisdom: Only 15% will support a personhood 100% abortion ban.
Colorado’s 2008 vs. 2010 Campaigns: The “Yes on Personhood” vote grew by 10% as compared to our 2008 Yes votes, in that 27% of the 2008 vote is now 30% of the 2010 vote, and that encourages us!
In 2010 on Amendment 62: 30% of Colorado voted Yes to ban all abortion, and that is with the opposition of the biggest names in the pro-life industry.
Join Us: in praying for the wisdom and resources to build on this increase the Lord has given us (ten percent growth in those who voted Yes) so that we can reach even more people to protect every precious child by love and by law.
Regarding Ken Buck’s Close Loss: After breaking every pro-life campaign promise he made including by promising to confirm pro-choice judges if elected, Ken Buck told the Amendment 62 proponents, “I’m not going to cater to personhood for 2% of the vote.”
Of course, the conservative voting turnout percentage in 2010 was much larger than in 2008, yet they only gained 3 percent vote change, but we won’t let facts get in the way of a good spin, right?
Mini Roundup: In a belated Halloween roundup, one church has some pretty creepy ideas what belongs in a haunted house. You can bet that they didn’t hand out condoms as treats, either.
November 5, 2010
- Obesity and Risky Sex Linked in Young Mothers – PsychCentral.com
- Handout on Halloween stirs debate about teen sex – Statesman Journal
- Circumcision programme a success – Times LIVE
- Antiabortion-Rights Activists Plead Guilty In NC, Wash., Clinic Plots – Medical News Today (press release)
- Q&A With the Last Remaining Doctor Who Performs Late-Term Abortions – TIME
- Briefing will address plight of youths too old for foster care – Honolulu Star-Advertiser
- Sex Work Flourishes In Post-Earthquake Haiti – Latin America News Dispatch
- Pope heads to a less Catholic Spain – The Associated Press
- South Africans develop tool to detect cervical cancer – Coastweek
- We need a more robust effort to eradicate female genital mutilation – The Guardian
- Health ministry acts to address maternal care – Namibia Economist
- Return to moral values of 1950s America needed – Helena Independent Record
- So Long to New York’s HIV Care Networks – TheBody.com
- Getting Schooled in Sex Ed – The Student Life
- Rape, abortion in church ‘Haunted House’ – Ninemsn
- Arrivederci, reproductive rights – Daily Cardinal
- Chicago braces for heated mayoral campaign – EDGE Boston
- Health on the hill: Information STDs and STIs – The Crusader (subscription)
- Social issues can wait; fix the budget first – The Union Leader
November 4, 2010
- Obesity and Risky Sexual Behavior Are Linked in Young Women – HealthCanal.com
- Amnesty warns Indonesian women denied reproductive health rights – Radio Australia
- Chlamydia test funds withdrawn – Sydney Morning Herald
- Cancer Treatment Out of Reach for Ugandan Women – Inter Press Service
- Retreat helps men share, learn about surviving cancer – Tundra Drums
- Investigation Uncovers Birth Control Problems – KOCO Oklahoma City
- Colorado’s Personhood Amendment Was Defeated, But Was Amendment 62 Part of a … – Big Think
- Same sex marriage isn’t unreasonable – Iowa State Daily
- Iowa removal of judges sets bad precedent – Tampabay.com
- All-GOP government in Kansas heralds new abortion limits – MiamiHerald.com
- Sexism remains a problem for women seeking office – Washington Post
- The World’s Most Powerful Feminists And Least Powerful Women – Forbes (blog)
- WRHR scholar to study contraception availability for female veterans – Genetic Engineering News (press release)
- For Democrats on Abortion, Votes Have Consequences – LifeNews.com
- US Government Expands HIV/AIDS Support to Zimbabwe With US$50 Million Program – Voice of America
- Key to Long -Term Survival with HIV/AIDS Discovered – Voice of America
- ‘Christian Osama bin Laden’ admits to posting bomb-making info on Facebook – WIS
- What does the election mean for population and reproductive rights? – Grist Magazine
- UN Agency Promotes Sex Ed From Birth – Lifesite
- NARAL Pro-Choice America to John Boehner: Don’t Even Think About It – Common Dreams (press release)
- Cutting Medicaid in Idaho – The Spokesman Review
- Secretary Clinton Speaks At The Women’s Empowerment Event – NewsBlaze
- India is worse than Pakistan on gender equality – Times of India
- Planned Parenthood clinics now offer HPV vaccine – Fog Horn
- Demonstration Calling on Republicans, Especially GOP Leader Boehner, to Follow … – PR Newswire (press release)
- Kamala Harris Declared Vicotory But Official Outcome of AG Race Up in the Air – SheWired
- Anti-Abortion Extremist Posted Bomb-Making Instructions on Facebook – Switched
- Family planning policy stays – Shanghai Daily
- Study Says Girls Want to Talk to Their Dads About Sex — Do You? – Lemondrop
- Tweeting your abortion – Salon
- The Exchange: Rebecca Traister on What the Election Means for Women – New Yorker (blog)
- Democrats Were Fired for Lack of Results, Not Philosophy – U.S. News & World Report (blog)
- Misguided Children’s Advocates Make Mischief at the UN – Heritage.org (blog)
- All Politics is Now National – FrumForum
- US women brace for abortion fight with new lawmakers – AFP
- Election 2010: Pro-Choice Sustains Big Losses; Abortion Not Deciding Factor – Ms. Magazine
- If Rick Perry is so ‘fed up,’ why doesn’t he leave? – Dallas Voice
- Epilepsy drugs in pregnancy linked to teen school troubles – msnbc.com
- Assessing our first female speaker of the House – Washington Post (blog)
- Canada drops to 8th in UN quality of life ranking – CTV.ca
- 2010 electoral results bad news for secular Americans – On Faith
- After rape, they call the forensic nurse – Hamilton Spectator
- ‘Sex in the Kitchen’ modestly educates students – GSU Signal
- Guided Therapeutics Awarded Federal Grant – MarketWatch (press release)
- Mixed News on Teen Pregnancy in Illinois – MyFox Chicago
- Chlamydia test funds withdrawn – The Age
- Hannah’s plea to lower age for cervical cancer screening in young women – Cornish Guardian
- Botswana Defence Force Launches Annual HIV Campaign – U.S. Africa Command (press release)
- Colo. Voters Reject ‘Personhood’ Amendment For Second Time – Medical News Today (press release)
- Life Expectancy For Zimbabwe Women Falls – RadioVop
- Panel of Global Experts Recommends Best Practices to Combat Postpartum … – EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)
- After the Bruising: Where Obama Goes From Here – TIME (blog)
- Dubai Health Authority Supports Women’s Health at Dubai Meet – Zawya (press release)
- Shanghai says second-child trial unheard of – Shanghai Daily
- WFP In North Korea; Maternal Health In Indonesia; Possible Vaccine … – Medical News Today (press release)
- Colorado Election Results 2010: Colorado Senate Race – Dots Period
- Catholic group bats for RH law – ABS CBN News
- The Return of the Catholic Vote – American Spectator
- Indonesia: New report- denial of access to sexual health services proving deadly – Amnesty International UK
- Girls’ vaccinations resume – Belfast Telegraph
- Probe called over NB abortion policy – Times and Transcript
- Evidence shows abstinence-only campaigns do not work – MMSA – Malta Independent Online
- Social Democrats say sex education should begin in primary school – The Copenhagen Post
- Namibia: Govt Races to Cut Down Maternal Deaths – AllAfrica.com
- New Menopause Documentary, Hot Flash Havoc, Selected to Screen at 25th Annual … – PR Web (press release)
- GOP’s surge in Austin to resurrect divisive bills – Dallas Morning News
- NC works to prevent Latina teen pregnancy – The Daily Tar Heel
- Birth control pill scare flares up – World Radio Switzerland
- Bishop: HIV is God’s will – Mirror.co.uk
- Schools’ safe sex program leaves out crucial facts – Farmington Daily Times
- Lithuania may ban public promotion of homosexual relations – Bay Area Reporter
- GOP says economy and jobs to be a focus – The Union Leader
- Barriers prevent Indonesian women from achieving reproductive health – Amnesty International