July 31st, 2008

Moose With Mug

Ah, The Fundie Funnies

I've been saying for years that my experience back in college with the nut-job, fundamentalist Christian right really opened my eyes to how far-reaching their goals were. They want nothing more than the transformation of America into a theocratic state in their image. Today, in the news, more proof of their attempts to turn back the clock to those wonderful pre-Civil Rights Era years:

The Bush Administration has ignited a furor with a proposed definition of pregnancy that has the effect of classifying some of the most widely used methods of contraception as abortion.

A draft regulation, still being revised and debated, treats most birth-control pills and intrauterine devices as abortion because they can work by preventing fertilized eggs from implanting in the uterus. The regulation considers that destroying "the life of a human being."

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The draft regulation, circulating within the Department of Health and Human Services, would have no immediate effect on the legality of the pill or the IUD if implemented because abortion is legal. But opponents fear it would undercut dozens of state laws designed to promote easy access to these methods of birth control, used by more than 12 million women a year.

Let's be clear. The fundies in this country learned a long time ago that the best way to restrict reproductive rights was to do so incrementally, not in one giant fell swoop. This is the first step in getting birth control pills redefined as a form of abortion, and thus outlawed. This is their goal because they view birth control as immoral and against God's will.

By the way, another little nugget for all you former Hillary supporters who might still be frothing at the mouth about supporting McCain because you're still in a tizzy about the fact that Obama become the nominee:

Dozens of Congressional Democrats -- including presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama -- have signed letters of protest blistering the proposal. His Republican rival, Sen. John McCain, declined to comment.

Yeah, McCain is a much more sensible Presidential candidate than Obama when it comes to protecting a woman's right to choose what to do with her body. He knows he needs the religious right to win, and there's no way he's going to upset them by opposing these new DHS guidelines.