Defund It All, Let God Sort It Out


As the tale is told, during the crusades, a monk was asked how soldiers could separate the Catholics from their enemy.  The monk infamously replied, “Kill them all. For the Lord knows them that are His,” the anecdotal origins of the phrase “Kill them all, let God sort it out.”

We’re in the midst of a new crusade, just as religious, and growing to be just as dangerous – the crusade against sexuality, fertility and human rights.  Sex, our newly empowered conservative leaders seem to believe, is something that should only happen for procreation, should never involve people who aren’t either married or willing to be married should they get pregnant, and should definitely never occur for the sake of pleasure and intimacy.

To push their agenda, they’ve replaced their swords with the newest and sharpest weapons they own – their tax dollars.  Their new rallying cry is to defund: Defund Planned Parenthood!  Defund Sex Ed! Defund Websites! Defund Prenatal Care! Defund WIC! Anything that in any way is associated with the sex or procreation with which they disagree should be defunded, disbanned and eliminated.

Even when these projects actually support their goals.

They state they want to eliminate abortions, then demand defunding Planned Parenthood, which provides the very services and supplies most needed to prevent unintended pregnancies.  In Indiana, they are willing to give up over one million dollars in family planning and reproductive health care funding for low-income residents, simply to ensure Planned Parenthood does not receive the other three million.  Thousands of women will lose the ability to obtain affordable birth control so that money that never went to abortions will now disappear entirely in order to “guarantee” it doesn’t go to abortions.

In Oklahoma, they will literally take the food out of babies’ mouths to ensure “their” tax dollars don’t go to the health care provider.  They would rather cut off a supplier of formula for low income babies, endangering the health of the infants about which they care so greatly, on a crusade to stop other “babies” from being “murdered” by birth control pills and IUDs.

In Nebraska, the concern for the unborn stopped the moment it became an issue of citizenship.  Rather than potentially provide health care to women who might be in the country illegally, the state stripped prenatal care from the lowest-income women, affecting not just potential illegal immigrants, and not just their children, who would be citizens of the United States, but a group of the absolute poorest women in the state – women who were in fact citizens and caught in the anti-immigration backlash.  No tax dollars that could potentially go to illegal immigrants, they argued.  Defund it all.  When the state had their first rash of stillborns in decades, they shook their heads and refused to change their minds.  Not with my tax dollars.

Now, in Massachusetts, they are demanding the removal of a website that provides teens with information on sex, preventing pregnancy and STI’s, and options if a girl gets pregnant.  They call it disgusting, crude, and obscene because it uses actual terms a teenager would use when having sex, like “cum.”  They call it pornographic for showing how to put on male and female condoms properly.  They claim it advocates for secret abortions, despite the fact that it encourages young girls to first try to talk to their parents, tells them to consider adoption, and explains resources for raising a baby on her own.  They ignore that it encourages abstinence, that it promotes personal responsibility.

“Defund it!” they demand.  “Not with my tax dollars.”

Defund it all.  It doesn’t matter if it will hurt teens, women, men.  It doesn’t matter if it provides information that could protect future fertility, that groups help prevent unintended pregnancy that will bring down abortion rates.  It doesn’t matter if they provide food to babies, health care to mothers, help healthy infants be born into stable lives, or help teens simply be teens and not parents.

It doesn’t matter if innocent victims are affected in their zeal to end sex for any reason but procreation.

Defund it all.  Let God sort it out.

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  • reproductivefreedomfighter

    It’s a ridiculous Catch-22 that nearly everyone can see. No birth control, and no abortions.  That just doesn’t work logically.  I’m so damn sick of my relatives saying “Well, if you can’t control yourself, I don’t want to pay for your babies.”  Babies as punishment for sex.  No, punishment for the audacity of women to ENJOY sex.  That’s what it’s all about, you’re absolutely right.

  • susmart3

    What used to be absurd, illogical or even clearly satire is no longer, because we’re legislating insanity.

    Instead of the old tried-and-true “she asked for it” rapists will now be able to claim they have an uncontrolable “biological need” to procreate. Woman willing or not, what should it matter?

    Men have uncontrolled needs and urges, and women are now communal property. Men don’t have to watch utrasounds of the baby that THEY are responsible for creating, men aren’t held responsible for… anything. 

    Clearly, the logical thing to do is to offer (meaning, legistlate) these options for all men. Easy as A,B,C: abstinence, birth control, cut <snip snip>.

    Women really are not out there getting pregnant on their own. 

     

  • arekushieru

    Su, I see this as a shift towards a more public demonstration of what anti-choicers have always supported.  Rape isn’t a crime, to them.  After all, how could it be?  They want to legislate a non-consensual relationship between two related strangers through a sexual reproductive organ, one that happens to need more time invested in it than the duration of a definitive sexual encounter, regardless of the ‘trappings’ of being wanted/unwanted, and is one of the most dangerous medical conditions that a woman can experience.

  • forced-birth-rape

    ~ Pro-forced-birthers adore rapist, they are rapist, they collaborate with penis rapist. ~

    ~ They capitalize off of rape, even rape of a child. ~ 

    ~ If we do not get pregnant from a penis rape, pro-lifers condemn us, even children. ~ That is just their way. ~

     

  • andrews

    It would seem as if this struggle of ‘conscience’ enacted through RvW is unwritten with a life on it’s own, be it enacted by and through the socially dysfunctional, the apologist or the political simpleton. Far be it from me to point out the standing issue of federal fiscal population control as a policy, yet I do direct your attention to the fact that the financial support of the feminist well is dry and the policy is fulfilled or squandered choose your poison.  The political return on investment in the product has been effective and the statutory municipal or corporate laws are changed to reflect the newer mindset of revenue.  You have served your purpose to make females a creature of general rent and/or fear as opposed to individuals.  Having served the purpose one should consider and prepare for the journey back to being controlled by the real patriarchy and that does not or never has needed a pee pee.

  • arekushieru

    Uh, what.  You make no sense, whatsoever.  How have ProChoicers made ‘females of general rent and/or fear’ in contrast to individuals?  Imho (and probably the more correct one), ProLifers make women someone to fear, by presenting them as the enemy to be punished and controlled by holding them hostage to their uteruses. 

  • prochoiceferret

    Ah, Markov text generators. You gotta love ‘em.

     

    Here’s what I get when I feed Robin’s article into such a beast, and ask for ten sentences:

     

    For the concern for the ability to ensure In the crusades, a monk was asked how soldiers could separate the other three million.  It disgusting, crude, and options supplies most needed to mothers, help teens in Indiana, they state midst of a monk was asked how soldiers could separate the tale is told, during the lowest income residents, simply to women who might be citizens of women will hurt teens, the lowest income the state unborn stopped the newest and options if it doesn’t will literally take the very services and growing to in Oklahoma, they provide health care from the midst of the state they want to obtain affordable birth control so that could separate the religious, and growing to babies, health care from the unborn stopped the food to in family planning and supplies most needed to babies health care to be ensure in the tale is told, during the country illegally, the food to abortions then demand defunding Planned Parenthood, which provides teens, with the United States, but a monk was asked how soldiers could separate the Lord knows them all?

    Rather than potentially provide health care to prevent unintended pregnancies.

    They are His, We’re in family planning and growing to women in the crusades, a new crusade, just as the very services and STI’s, and options if a website that all.  Thousands of the monk absolute poorest women affecting not just as religious, and options if a group of the crusades, a new crusade, just their goals; citizens of women in the absolute poorest women affecting not just their goals: over one million dollars in Nebraska (the Catholics from the unborn stopped the tale is told during the concern state now in the midst of the Lord knows them all).

    In order to obtain affordable birth control so that are provide health care to prevent unintended pregnancies.  For the ability to eliminate abortions, then demand defunding Planned Parenthood, which provides the crusades, a monk was asked how soldiers could separate the unborn stopped the Lord knows them all.  For low income residents, simply to women who might be citizens of the Lord knows them all.  As religious, and not receive the ability to ensure in their swords with the lowest income residents, simply to in the tale is told, during the moment it all.

    They provide health care to mothers, help prevent unintended pregnancies.

     

    It’s about as close to a word-Blendtec as you can get. “Lifesite! Will it blend?”

  • andrews

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  • arekushieru

    Was the blending as bad for you as it was for me?  ><;  However, I was unaware that a machine could automatically generate responses to posts in the thread…. 

  • prochoiceferret

    At least I haven’t considered and prepared for the journey back to being controlled by the real patriarchy… even if it never has needed a pee pee. =^_^=

     

    However, I was unaware that a machine could automatically generate responses to posts in the thread….

     

    Ohh, yes, sadly. It’s a technique known to spammers.

  • rebellious-grrl

    Thanks PCF. I had no idea about text generators. Weird. You are one smart ferret.

  • andrews

    It is good to see an engaging conversation with Guru’s of the virtual world who provide virtual scores for vacuuos arguments with virtual ideas using virtual delusions, with virtual philosophies who have virtual sex.  I do like the label as a markov fembot, as this does not reveal my cold war origins nor the size of my strap on woody, made of real wood don’t you know ! does that make me envoirenmentally friendly.

  • prochoiceferret

    The smarter-than-the-average-bears have nothing on us! We’re just more easily distrac—DRYER VENT HOSE! *runs inside*

  • prochoiceferret

    Of course, when the Markov text-generators get good, it becomes hard to tell them apart from the more randomly-minded trolls, or at least someone suffering a stroke.

  • andrews

    One does realize that a DRYER VENT HOSE is a patriarchal product and should be handled with gloves and immediately ejected, as should all objects foreign or domestic that provide the post industrial comforts that give added value to ones miserable medean existence.  Perhaps as we observe the depletion of public largesse and goodwill diverted to essential causes of beauracratic self preservation to expense the suffrage of all corporate peons, we may yet ponder our worth.  No longer squandered on the machinations and missions of those with ecumenical ideas of a different creed, we may also yet see fruit that humble and not raise ire.  I do not quarry with cause but only those that mislead for in the whole of this iteration of democracy ‘she’ despite the constitutional bluff has no status but remains without doubt  [something more than slavery in the strict sense of the term; they include also serfage, vassalage, villenage, peonage, and all other forms of compulsory service for the mere benefit or pleasure of others.]  One shall be the all consuming vassel of incorporation and vote in lieu of rights albiet for malls, earthly visual pleasures all in the name of the gods of Moloch and Malthus but never have I observed for the self, only in entitlement.

  • colleen

    You are one funny woman, PCF

  • next-door-solutions