Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Lawmaker blames Planned Parenthood for violence...

Yet another politician has shown her ass through the written word.  Representative JoAnn Windholz of Adams County in Colorado blames Planned Parenthood for the November 27 shooting that left three people dead and eleven wounded.  She posted online...

“Violence is never the answer, but we must start pointing out who is the real culprit. The true instigator of this violence and all violence at any Planned Parenthood facility is Planned Parenthood themselves. Violence begets violence. So Planned Parenthood: YOU STOP THE VIOLENCE INSIDE YOUR WALLS.”

Ms. Windholz, clearly against a woman's right to have an abortion, wrote a longer statement on her Web site, calling Planned Parenthood on the carpet for providing abortions and "selling baby parts".  Basically, she says that Planned Parenthood deserves to be terrorized because it helps women who feel unprepared to be mothers.  It doesn't matter that most of what Planned Parenthood does is not about abortion.  Windholz focuses on the fact that Planned Parenthood is America's largest abortion provider and because of that, the people who work there should accept being targeted by lunatics and religious zealots.

I look at Ms. Windholz's photo and it's pretty obvious that, just like her male counterparts, whether or not to have an abortion is a decision she'll never have to make.  Her sweet bird of youth has obviously long since flown.  Moreover, it's pretty likely that she's not hungry, nor is she unemployed, or struggling to support herself through any of life's many trials.  

I can appreciate that many people find abortion repugnant.  Personally, I find it pretty horrible myself.  However, I can think of plenty of situations that would warrant someone considering an abortion.  Plenty of situations exist that are no one else's business and should really be between the people involved and a licensed physician, not a politician... especially a politician from a political party that routinely cuts funding to services that help poor people, promote health and social welfare, and otherwise cost money to big businesses.

I want to tell Windholz that instead of "praying for women who have abortions and abortion providers", she should be doing her part to make America a better and safer place to raise kids.  We now live in a society where people are so worried about kids being hurt or kidnapped that CPS can be called for parents who let their kids play unattended.  The freedoms my generation enjoyed thirty years ago don't exist for today's kids, even though statistically the world is safer.  

We finally get something done about the cost of medical care and health insurance-- granted, the roll out of "Obamacare" was not smooth and needs tweaking-- and Republicans want to trash that progress.  This is despite the fact that many people who previously could not get health insurance and need it the most (and thus are more able to pay for necessary healthcare that previously turned into "bad debt") can now get coverage.  Obamacare needs work, but it's a start.  We still have a lot of folks who can't afford healthcare or health insurance and yet Windholz and her ilk want more babies to be born in a world where their parents can't afford to take care of them.

We have many bright, young, and hopeful people struggling to find meaningful work, to be able to move out of their parents' homes or pay for education beyond high school.  Those who go to college often emerge with ridiculous debts that make it hard or even impossible for them to support themselves, let alone a baby.

And heaven forbid the baby has health problems, too.  Because in the United States, people have to work and work hard... and there's no time for new parents to stay home with their babies if they are fortunate enough to have a job.  Even those who can stay home often do so at the expense of being able to move back into the work force.  With all my education, I doubt I'd be hired to do what I went to school to do.  What about the teenager who is struggling to launch?  Or the parents who just found out that their developing baby has an incurable and horrible disease that lacks a cure or sufficient (and affordable medical care)?  

What are Ms. Windholz and her pro life cronies doing to help those who have already been born?  What has she done to stop the violence in our schools, movie theaters, shopping malls, airports, and college campuses?  She's concerned about the violence of abortion?  Really?  And she wants to give a pass to people who shoot up abortion clinics because she deems abortion "violent"?

There are far too many idiots in public office these days.  JoAnn Windholz's statements are appalling.  She wants to pray for abortion providers and women who choose to terminate pregnancies?  I will pray that moronic politicians like her get voted out of office, and the sooner the better.


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