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I am appalled by what I found on a community I belong to... The following is a (long) excerpt of what was posted. Not only are the bushites slowly chipping away at our constitutional rights... ARRRRGGHH! What are we turning into?! I really feel like looking into moving the hell out of this country right now, this is SCARY shit here.

VA Legislative Sentry: Have a Miscarriage, Go to JAIL?
Thu Jan 6th, 2005 at 16:44:34 PST

Imagine the following scenario. You are at home alone at 8:00 on a Friday night. You are 8 weeks pregnant. All of a sudden, you begin to experience heavy cramping and bleeding. You realize with shock and sadness that you are probably experiencing a miscarriage. You are overwhelmed with grief and surprised by the intensity of physical pain involved. When your partner comes home, you break the sad news to him. Over the next few hours, you suffer pain, cramping, and intermittent bleeding. Exhausted, you finally fall asleep in your partner's arms around 4 AM. You sleep until noon.

Guess what? You just earned yourself up to 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine. Why? Because you failed to call the cops and report your miscarriage within 12 hours.

True? Not yet. But if Delegate John Cosgrove (R-78) has his way, HB1677 will become law in a few short months, and this scenario will be reality for many women in Virginia. Incredulous? Outraged? Read on below the jump for more information on this odious bill.

Overview of HB1677, "Report of Fetal Death by mother, penalty"
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Okay, like it says in the subject line, this post is being done in response to a request about an essay I had mentioned previously writing... Let me know what you all think of it. (As an aside, this was written right about the time we were invading Afghanistan.)

War Leaders and Activists

WS 124

TOPIC: Women as warriors, leaders, and protesters for change. How the historical authority of women carries into the present.

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Well, I know it isn't new to some people but it is new news to me so...

I've got a service going with The Washington Post to get updates about computer security issues. One of the blurbs in the email led me to this article:

Jury Finds 2 Guilty of Felony Spam
Loudoun Convictions Are First in Nation
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BEWARE: There will be a series of short rants following the article - a bit of a stream of conscious type of thing going here. Started this post around 2.5 hours ago and have been distracted by other things going on and have finally finished... I think. It was either that or I would've ended up with one of those multi-post days. END.
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I am getting frightened now. I advise all women to go out and have their doctor write their (birth control) prescriptions for the next four years. I then advise you all to go out and fill them, and hide them in a shoe-box under a floorboard somewhere. Because I have a feeling that our right to choose is going to be eroded away at a faster rate, now that GWB has given himself his mandate, now that he has decided to spend his political capital. By the way, by referring to us as capital, the everyday man, he has implied that we are his (and his corporate buddies') property.

To be outraged even further read this.

and, just to give you a taste of the type of guy our president is going to hand our right to choose over to...

President Bush has announced his plan to select Dr. W. David Hager to head up the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee. The committee has not met for more than two years, during which time its charter has lapsed. As a result, the Bush Administration is tasked with filling all eleven positions with new members. This position does not require Congressional approval.

Hager is the author of "As Jesus Cared for Women: Restoring Women Then and Now." The book blends biblical accounts of Christ healing women with case studies from Hager's practice. In the book Dr. Hager wrote with his wife, entitled "Stress and the Woman's Body," he suggests that women who suffer from premenstrual syndrome should seek help from reading the bible and praying. As an editor and contributing author of "The Reproduction Revolution: A Christian Appraisal of Sexuality, Reproductive Technologies and the Family," Dr. Hager appears to have endorsed the medically inaccurate assertion that the common birth control pill is an abortifacient.

there is also a post about this information here

and yes, I realize that the guy was first appointed in 2002, but he was reappointed in 2004, and now GWB is getting cocky.


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