Saturday, April 30, 2011

If You Ever Had The Misbegotten Notion...

... that Mitch Daniels is some kind of moderate, read this:

Daniels To Sign Bill Stripping Federal Funds From Planned Parenthood in Indiana
Melissa Jeltsen | April 29, 2011, 5:15PM

Republican Governor Mitch Daniels released a statement Friday afternoon saying he will sign legislation stripping federal funds from Planned Parenthood in Indiana, the first state to make such a move.

The statement reads:
I will sign HEA 1210 when it reaches my desk a week or so from now. I supported this bill from the outset, and the recent addition of language guarding against the spending of tax dollars to support abortions creates no reason to alter my position. The principle involved commands the support of an overwhelming majority of Hoosiers, as reflected in greater than 2:1 bipartisan votes in both legislative chambers.

Once again, a Republan in a powerful position not only sets out actively to discriminate against women, but attempts to justify an infringement on a woman's right to choose abortion by a reference to public opinion.

This is what Roe v. Wade attempted to clarify: abortion is a right. Rights are not subject to public opinion. Rights are not subject to majority rule. Rights cannot be voted on. If something is a right, it may not be suppressed by a plebiscite.

I suppose Daniels is going to run for preznit. Fine; let him... but I hope this incident puts to rest the notion that he is anything less than a full-fledged right-wing nut-case.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana will survive, no doubt with greatly reduced services. There will be thousands (millions?) more women in Indiana without contraception. As a consequence, there will be vast increases in the number of children that have to be supported in whole or in part by the state (or sent out on the street to starve). There will be substantial increases in STD rates in the Indiana population, including, probably, the infection of a few Republan politicians.

And... I'll say it if Mitch won't... there will be more abortions. Many, many more abortions. Great job, Mitch.


  1. How in the hell is it possible to let these fascists know the level of human suffering and misery they are causing. Do Americans even care anymore?

  2. mandt, I believe many Americans do care. But every two years we have an opportunity as an electorate to make a drastic mistake, putting unmitigated liars and hateful bigots into powerful offices. Those people... and their "sponsors" (to put it too kindly)... don't give a good damn who suffers as a result of their despicable actions.

    Like most radical conservatives (i.e., all the Republans in power these days), Daniels has a perverse and wrongheaded notion of cause and effect, or perhaps he only pretends to. How anyone can be fooled by the likes of him is utterly beyond me. But there he is, a governor. And a right bastard.



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