Ready to be outraged?
1. Republicans do a hearing on the legislative issues of the new provision that birth control pills are now required to be provided, (but maybe not so much if your boss is a religion) and do not let any WOMEN speak at the hearing. Not even one that has personal experience with this legislation. All the "expert witnesses" are male and church officials. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/16/contraception-hearing-house-democrats-walk-out_n_1281730.html
2. The Virginia Legislature has passed a vote that requires a woman to have in invasive intrauterine ultrasound (they stick a metal wand up the vagina) in order to "show her the fetus" before aborting it. http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?121+sum+HB462 and http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?121+sum+SB484
3. The Virginia Legislature (on the same day as above) passed a bill that states life begins at conception "Provides that unborn children at every stage of development enjoy all the rights, privileges, and immunities available to other persons, citizens, and residents of the Commonwealth, subject only to the laws and constitutions of Virginia and the United States, precedents of the United States Supreme Court, and provisions to the contrary in the statutes of the Commonwealth." So, basically they are saying that fetuses are "persons" but the women that conceived it from rape isn't and can be forcibly required to look at the fetus during a very stressful time.
4. I recently underwent an intrauterine ultrasound as part of the diagnostics to figure out why we are having trouble getting pregnant. It was incredibly difficult and, yes, invasive. And I did it because I wanted to. I cannot even imagine having to go through the process because you need to abort a fetus.
My reps in the VA legislature voted nay on both these bills, but I am concerned of the trend this country is heading in.
I am seriously wondering if doing a crowd-funded campaign would be viable. I am sick and tired of the male politicians thinking they and their christian views are the norm for everyone.