And Who are the Judges?

“If anyone had any doubt that there was demonization of Israel at the United Nations, here is the entire truth before our eyes,”

UN hypocrisy.
Women in Israel

UN Claims Israel is World’s Worst Violator of Women’s Rights
At least that is the view of the UN’s top women’s rights body, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). CSW ends its annual meeting on Friday, March 20 by condemning only one of the 193 UN member states for violating women’s rights –Israel. So who is calling the shots at the Council? A closer look at its members reveals human rights luminaries like Qatar – that bankrolls the terrorist organization Hamas – along with China, Pakistan, Russia and Saudi Arabia. http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/03/20/un-claims-israel-is-worlds-worst-violator-of-womens-rights/

Worst abusers according to women’s right organizations:

Muslim women
And who are the judges?
Congo, Iraq, Nepal, Sudan, Guatemala, Mali, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia. Afghanistan. http://www.feministezine.com/feminist/international/Ten-Worst-Countries-for-Women.html

“If anyone had any doubt that there was demonization of Israel at the United Nations, here is the entire truth before our eyes,” said Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor. “There are 193 member states in the UN, and they include countries that butcher men and women, jail both male and female journalists, execute female oppositionists and legislate laws against women.” http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/UN-womens-rights-panel-singles-out-Israel-in-one-sided-resolution-394590

"Heritage Foundation scholar Brett Schaefer has pointed out, countries that together pay less than 1.3 percent of the total are able, under U.N. voting rules, to pass the budget over the objections of countries that contribute a combined 98 percent." http://cnsnews.com/news/article/us-taxpayers-will-continue-pay-more-one-fifth-un-budget
As of the end of November 2010, the United States owed $1.182 billion, accounting for just over a quarter of all the money due the world body. Washington paid nearly half a billion dollars of what it owed for peacekeeping, the regular U.N. budget and other items.

I really have nothing to add. My conclusion: DIVEST THE UN! 

Hypocrites

“The Tribune reported last Tuesday that more children died of abuse and neglect in Illinois in fiscal 2013 than at any time in the past 30 years. The increase represents a 23 percent spike over the two previous years and is the highest since the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services began keeping such data in 1981, records show.”

Where are pro-lifers when you need them?

Child abuse
Daily Wisdom
Not real religion.
Hypocrisy or stupidity?

The Tribune reported last Tuesday that more children died of abuse and neglect in Illinois in fiscal 2013 than at any time in the past 30 years. The increase represents a 23 percent spike over the two previous years and is the highest since the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services began keeping such data in 1981, records show.”

“Nationally, the number of child deaths from abuse and neglect has remained steady. The most recent national estimate is 1,545 such deaths. But some experts warn that the data collection is flawed and say national death totals could be much higher.”

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-11-16/news/ct-met-dcfs-child-deaths-1117-20131117_1_abuse-and-neglect-child-abuse-hotline-child-welfare-officials

Address to the anti-abortion crusaders.

Where are you?

Don’t you scream that every life is precious?

Don’t you kill abortion doctors to show that you value life above all else?

How come you are silent when children are dying because of neglect and violence?

Do you really care?

Do you?

Don't want abortions then adopt these kids.

Conservative Turtles.

“Pro life” ideology and caring for our children. The demagogues who shoot doctors don’t rally care for children. They are against women’s rights and equality. For these fanatics women are useful for procreation and as sex objects.

GOP obstractionism
A little Turtle that doesn’t.
Poverty and children in the US
Where are the pro-lifers?

A friend sent me a picture of a turtle on a beach.
It came, laid the eggs in the sand and then it was gone.
So the young are on their own.
Reminds me of the pro-life fanatics.
They are crying about the unborn.
As soon as the baby is born the pro-lifers are gone.
The difference is that turtles are programmed this way by nature.
Republicans are mostly hypocrites.

 

America's shame.

On their own

Embryonic Personhood? What Is Going On in the USA?

Here is how I explain the absence of general outcry. Abortion is not a pretty subject. An embryo or fetus, while not a fully developed person, has the potential to become one. No one is “pro-abortion.” At the same time, there are circumstances under which a girl or woman feels strongly that her pregnancy is untenable—that she is too young, too poor, too burdened, too ill to properly mother a child. Women have abortions because they take motherhood seriously.

The author of this article is a psychiatrist I knew when I worked at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago. I have great respect for her values and opinions. Please read this article before you vote.

Embryonic Personhood? What Is Going On in the USA?
By Nada Logan Stotland, MD, MPH | September 4, 2012
Dr. Stotland is a Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Rush Medical College.

Nada Stotland, MD, on abortion and acute psychiatric illness.

I have discussed psychiatric aspects of abortion on this blog in the past. Suffice it to reiterate that there is no credible scientific evidence that induced abortion is a cause of psychiatric pathology. Not surprisingly, abortion is associated, in a non-causal way, with disadvantage and pathology; women overwhelmed by existing responsibilities, women without social supports, women who are abused are more likely to have abortions than pregnant women in happier circumstances. Women with acute and severe psychiatric disorders are at increased risk for unplanned and unwelcome conception; they may be taking large doses of psychotropic medication; and they may reasonably have concerns about their ability to care for a baby while they are acutely ill. Nevertheless, alleged psychiatric sequelae are used as rationales for laws restricting access to abortion in several states, and some states require that physicians performing abortions provide this misinformation to their patients, under pain of prosecution.

Republican platform
GOP platform

The Republican Party has just adopted a breathtaking platform, including a plank demanding a constitutional amendment declaring that the fertilized ovum has all the rights of a human being. That would rule out abortion for rape, incest, and/or the life of the mother . . . but that is not all.

Would we be obligated to try to gestate every fertilized ovum? Would we prosecute and incarcerate women for child abuse when they fail to provide the optimal intrauterine environment—not only substance users, but also those who smoke, have a glass of wine, gain too much weight, or work too hard as medical residents? Probably those who support the platform would exempt those exhausted from caring for the children they already have, rather than providing maternity leave, day care, and other essential family supports.

If a fertilized ovum is a person, the law might well require a woman to have surgery on the fetus if it is found to have a condition possibly remediable by surgery. It is important to remember that our laws forbid the most miniscule invasion of an unwilling individual’s body for the benefit of another individual. We cannot legally force a person to give a drop of blood to save the life of a genius who is about to develop a cure for cancer.

Interviews of some delegates to the Republican National Convention (possibly not representative) by cast members from The Daily Show (possibly not neutral) indicate profound ignorance—including that notion that rape only extremely rarely results in pregnancy. There has been a lukewarm response to Todd Akins’ assertion that rape only very rarely results in conception and to the assertion by some candidates that contraception itself is wrong.

Remarkable ignorance of many GOP members
And the judges are

No doubt readers are aware of the platform and of at least some of the Draconian anti-abortion laws that continue to be passed by state legislatures and signed into law by state governors—and that are often upheld by state courts. It is not an exaggeration to say that the Republican Party, whatever else its virtues and flaws, is waging a war against women and, though not acknowledged or recognized, by extension on their families. The American Psychiatric Association has an official pro-choice policy, but I am not aware of any efforts on their/our part to fight these frightening developments.

It is up to each and every one of us to be informed about the scientific facts and to inform our medical and mental health colleagues, our communities, our elected representatives—and our patients. One of 3 women in the United States has an abortion at some time in her life. That’s 1 of 3 of our female patients.

OK . . . there’s a brief recap and an exhortation. Another psychiatric aspect of abortion under the current circumstances is an attempt to understand how policies restricting and even ending access to a medical procedure used by a third of women fail to evoke or at least female general consternation. The most cynical answer is that one political party, motivated by financial and selfish concerns, is demonizing abortion as a way of pandering to the far right and garnering votes from people who would be better served by the policies of the other party.

Psychodynamically speaking, there is a lot of rage against mothers. There are people who feel unwanted and unappreciated, and identify with the “unborn babies” they are trying to protect. I have a pro-choice friend whose dedication to that position is tempered by the fact that she was adopted as an infant and might well not exist had her biological mother had access to abortion. There are genuinely misogynistic motivations: intolerance of women’s sexuality and terror of women’s potential power.

Nevertheless, where are those one-third of American women who themselves have used abortion services? The percentage must be significantly increased if one includes those whose friends and/or relatives have had abortions. At least some, if not most, of their male partners must have recognized the importance of abortion availability.

Here is how I explain the absence of general outcry. Abortion is not a pretty subject. An embryo or fetus, while not a fully developed person, has the potential to become one. No one is “pro-abortion.” At the same time, there are circumstances under which a girl or woman feels strongly that her pregnancy is untenable—that she is too young, too poor, too burdened, too ill to properly mother a child. Women have abortions because they take motherhood seriously.

Rape and insets.
Legitimate rape

In every place and at every time in history, many women have felt this so strongly that they accept pain, fear, and the possibility of death or prosecution to end pregnancies. Differently phrased questions asked by pollsters get very different responses. Many subjects report that they oppose abortion—but many or most people endorse the idea that no one but the pregnant woman can know her circumstances and that only she can decide whether to carry the pregnancy. Women can oppose abortion in the abstract, get abortions when the circumstances demand, and go back to opposing abortion. I was told by physicians who perform abortions in clinics besieged by anti-abortion picketers that every such physician has performed at least 1 abortion on a picketer—who goes back to picketing. It’s what I was taught in my psychoanalytically oriented residency is a vertical split. The conflicting feelings exist side by side.

Let me repeat my mantra. I have respect for people with heartfelt religious or philosophical objections to abortion. They have every right to make those arguments. I have no respect for what is going on in our country now—the all-too-successful attempt to sell abortion restrictions to the public on the very paradoxical basis of the well-being of women and to lie and force physicians to lie about its risks.

For the Love of Life

The rapist gives life. The abortionist mother snuffs it out. We need not ask about a moral comparison. There simply is none. In fact, we should have some compassion for the rapist whose child was murdered; sure, the rapist ought to be punished, but we must ask ourselves – Hasn’t he suffered enough?

By William Lazarus

Bill

Todd Akin has it right, if he just weren’t such a wimp. Okay, forcing raped women to carry their baby to term is a step in the right direction – freedom and human respect for all human life! The rapist must be punished, but never the fetus. Murderess mothers who would destroy the human life they bear must be stopped.

Do they really value human life?
Personhood white knights

After all, rapists are rapists. Rape is a terrible wrong. No question about that, and, of course, we all sympathize with those who are the victims of rape, at least legitimate rape.

But we must always remember that rape is not murder. Murder is murder. And a woman who chooses an abortion commits murder.

We’ve got to keep things in perspective, and retain our sense of balance. The woman who destroys the rapist’s child is far worse than the rapist. She ought to be, must be, put to death. Only in that fashion will we have a society that shows its respect for the sacredness of all human life.

Sure, some will squawk, and wimps like Todd Akin undoubtedly will be unwilling to join the struggle for equity. But it’s time to call a spade a spade, and dig up those burial plots that are strewn with the remains of dead babies — babies who died simply because they were born of a mother who opened her legs and undoubtedly became pregnant because, deep down, she really wanted it (otherwise her natural defense mechanisms would have taken hold, as Akin noted before he wimped out). The rightful fathers of those children must have their rights recognized. These men, even the rapists among them, wanted to be fathers, and yearned for life for their unborn children. Their rights must not be defeated by abject murderers.

Remember what the bible teaches us: An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a limb for a limb and, yes, a life for a life.

The rapist gives life. The abortionist mother snuffs it out. We need not ask about a moral comparison. There simply is none. In fact, we should have some compassion for the rapist whose child was murdered; sure, the rapist ought to be punished, but we must ask ourselves – Hasn’t he suffered enough?

So put the murderers to death! This, admittedly, may seem at the outset a harsh penalty for a woman who did not wish to be impregnated, and who had no choice in the matter. Only by imposing the ultimate punishment for destruction of human life can we prevent further murder, and, thus, protect life.

Without the vision, and the guts, to keep life sacred, millions of unborn children will continue to be murdered. We must act to prevent this holocaust. We must act now.

 William Lazarus, www.lazaruslegal.com, is an attorney and sometimes playful writer who practices law and lives in Flossmoor. 

Does She Know?

Does Ann Romney know what it means to decide to work instead of staying at home, because this is the only way to get health insurance for one’s children? So, instead of bashing Hillary Rosen for misusing words, we should talk more about what women do care about and what Ann Romney’s husband is offering.

The author
Anna

Can a man win the National Presidential Election if, on women’s issues, he consults his wife?

Mitt Romney:  “Well, you know, my wife tells me that what women really care about are economic issues, and when I listen to my wife, that’s what I’m hearing.”

This phrase alone makes me think,  “How much does Mitt Romney know about 99% of women?”

In a bubble.
Financial consultant

Ann Romney is lucky to have a husband that provides for the whole family and more, and she can make a choice to stay at home and raise the children.

How many women can do that?  52% of working women feel bad at not spending enough time with their children.  Does Ann Romney know what it means to make a decision to go to work instead of staying at home, because there is nobody else to provide for food and home, or because one paycheck is not enough to make ends meet?  Does Ann Romney know what it means to decide to go to work instead of staying at home with the children, because you want your children to go to college and subsequently to achieve in life more than their parents?

Does Ann Romney know what it means to decide to work instead of staying at home, because this is the only way to get health insurance for one’s children?

So, instead of bashing Hillary Rosen for misusing words, we should talk more about what women do care about and what Ann Romney’s husband is offering.

Many women don't have a choice. They have to work to support the family.
She doesn't do it by choice.

What do women care about?

  • Healthy family
  • Healthy food on the table
  • Decent paycheck
  • Affordable and accessible healthcare
  • Good education for the children
  • Safe neighborhoods
  • Clean environment

What can Romney as President offer to these women?

  • Cuts in Medicaid for children
  • Cuts in regulations
  • Running the country like a business:  no auto industry bail-out, letting the process of foreclosure run its course, destroying unions.  “Corporations are people, my friend.”
  • Market driven healthcare.  Cuts to family planning programs.
  • Privatizing education.  If you cannot afford a college education, you should not go to college.
  • Give firearms to everybody to protect themselves.  No gun laws.

I was a working mom.  I wanted to work.  I was lucky to have a college education, to get a job that paid enough to have our children in good day care, and to be able to build an American dream.

I always admired women who decided to stay at home and raise their children.  This is a much tougher job than my choice.  I admire Ann Romney for having 5 boys and for raising them – they look like good boys.  She should be proud of her job and achievements.  But she cannot claim that she knows what average American women struggle with.  No matter how many times she says that what women really care about are economic issues, we have to keep reminding our political leaders that we, the women, care about health, education, the environment, freedom of choice and equal pay.

Mitt Romney, if you want women’s votes, listen to the majority of women, not just your wife.