I started writing this blog at the peak of election season, so it has been a bit of a challenge to keep myself from writing about politics. This is not a political blog, and I will not by any means claim to be sufficiently well informed to blog regularly and thoughtfully about politics. There are plenty of professionals out there, and I’ll leave that to them.
I am, however, someone who writes about living a healthy lifestyle, and several of the many crucial issues tackled this election season relate to healthcare and access to it.
Those of you who are familiar with my Twitter feed know that I’m quite pleased with the outcome of yesterday’s presidential election. You may have even gleaned that I am a little bit liberal. I am also a little bit country (okay, not really) and a little bit rock and roll — but that is neither here nor there.
Let’s put aside for a moment the simple matter of which boxes I checked at the ballots yesterday and talk about the box that I check on every single form that I ever fill out. EVER. It’s the little box that appears next to the word FEMALE.
As a woman, and as a lawyer, there are certain rights that I believe are essential to women. I am not a single-issue kind of girl, but there is at least one sticking point that makes it pretty much impossible for me to ever get on board with the GOP. I am, always have been, and always will be pro-choice. MY BODY. MY CHOICE.
So you can imagine my glee when I awoke this morning to find out that the following charmers were defeated in yesterday’s elections:
Richard Mourdock, a Republican candidate for Senate from Indiana, who believes that pregnancy as a result of rape is “G-d’s will.”
Todd Akin, a Republican candidate for Senate from Missouri, who believes that a woman cannot conceive as a result of “legitimate rape.” WTF is a legitimate rape??
Rep. Joe Walsh, a Republican from Illinois running for reelection, who is pro-life even in the case of rape or incest.
John Koster, a Republican House candidate from Washington State, who I will quote directly: “On the rape thing, it’s like, how does putting more violence onto a woman’s body and taking the life of an innocent child that’s a consequence of this crime — how does that make it better? You know what I mean?” I sure don’t.
Paul Ryan, Vice Presidential candidate, whose budget plan would cut all federal funding to Planned Parenthood. And also, he’s a runner who lies about his marathon time. Who does that??
I’ll leave Mitt Romney out of this. I’ve got 99 problems, but Mitt ain’t one.
As sophisticated as it may sound, and as much restraint as I am demonstrating here, I ask that you sing it with me…