anti-abortion zealots

Gun-loving anti-abortion zealot resigns from NC Legislature

A dash of good news in an otherwise depressing news cycle:

Republican N.C. Rep. Jacqueline Schaffer, who championed gun and social legislation during two terms in the state House, resigned Friday, citing business responsibilities. Republican Scott Stone, who won the GOP primary to replace her, said he wants to fill out her term.

Before being elected in 2012, Schaffer worked in Washington as counsel for government affairs with the American Center for Law and Justice, a conservative legal group also founded by (Pat) Robertson. It specializes in constitutional law and promotes traditional values.

I was going to say, "Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out," but I've been trying to refine my approach to commentary, so I won't say that.

The twisted mind of J. Peder Zane

The hate is strong with this one:

The righteous anger that poisons our national politics was turbocharged in Raleigh on June 15, 2010. That’s when protesters took over a meeting of the Wake County Board of Education, denouncing the duly elected board’s policies as “morally wrong.”

Their disruptive efforts continued through the summer, spawning the Moral Monday movement in North Carolina. Soon, the Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter movements erupted nationally.

What Zane doesn't tell his readers could fill volumes. That particular Board of Education meeting was the culmination of a long, racially-tinged "crusade" partially financed by Art Pope and Bob Luddy, to overturn policies put in place to reverse trends of poverty and inequality in mostly African-American neighborhoods, and to re-institute some bent "separate but still not equal" segregated school system. Oh no, he can't tell readers that, because it would provide a sound reason for the protest that took place. What's even more alarming about Zane's point of view is not the people he feels the need to denigrate, it's the people he's proud of:

Long live Planned Parenthood

Justice!The grand jury investigating Planned Parenthood indicts anti-abortion extremists instead.

Posted by BlueNC on Monday, January 25, 2016

First in extremism: NC's role in domestic terrorism

It may be a hard pill to swallow, but the truth often is:

Another terrorist attack. Another grim tally of the dead and wounded. Another killer full of hate, from a land that breeds such men. Like millions of migrants before him, the perpetrator crossed the border unchallenged. And like others, he struck our country without warning.

Our politicians say they’ll stop these killers. They talk about building walls and vetting refugees. If we were serious, we would do it. We would seal our borders against North Carolina.

I had a very similar conversation over the weekend, in which I listed a half-dozen or so North Carolina-bred terrorists. And (of course) mental illness was mentioned more than once, which has become our default rationalization. It's not a corollary or cause & effect formula, they both exist independent of each other: We don't dedicate enough resources to treat the mentally ill, *and* we have developed a society that views (Christian) religious extremists as "very faithful" instead of dangerous. And when they cross the line, we don't blame the pastor who pushed them over the line with his teachings, we say he wasn't wired right. Unless he attacks an abortion clinic, which way too many of our citizens view as justifiable:

Advocates for womens' choice eyeing Supreme Court case

The struggle continues:

Legislators in this state in recent years have tried to enact the two provisions that are the legal issues in the Texas case: requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, and requiring abortion clinics to meet the same building standards as same-day surgery centers.

Neither of those provisions survived in bills that became law in North Carolina, although a string of controversial new requirements limiting access to abortions have been enacted.

This may seem more like a "technical" issue than one of rights gained/lost, and that's exactly what the ant-abortion movement is counting on. The real-world impact of Texas' law caused the closure of over half of the geographically huge state's clinics, and it would have a similar effect here in NC. And the purely deceptive tactics of the anti-abortion zealots needs an airing, too:

Promises, promises

Governor McCrory broke his promise to women in 2013. What will he do this time?

Posted by Progress North Carolina Action on Monday, April 27, 2015

Progress NC petition to Governor McCrory on Vetoing new abortion bills

Via e-mail:

It was a simple question and a clear, one-word answer from Governor McCrory.

“If you are elected governor, what further restrictions on abortion would you agree to sign? None."

Unfortunately, less than a year later, Governor McCrory broke that promise and signed a bill that mandated new abortion regulations. Now there is another, even more radical, bill moving through the General Assembly and Governor McCrory again has a chance to keep his promise. HB 465 would triple the already unnecessary waiting period, and would prevent any employee of UNC or ECU medical schools from performing abortions in almost all circumstances. This would severely undermine the high-quality medical education that students and residents receive.

If you’re tired of the attacks on women and the University System, then stand with us.

Here's the link to the petition. Go ahead and sign it, and then you can explain to me and others how petitions don't accomplish anything, how the energy would be better spent getting out the vote or getting out of town, or whatever other plan you have. ;)

NC GOP's new anti-abortion tactic: Get women to write anti-women bills

Divide and conquer, on steroids:

North Carolina Republican state Rep. Pat McElraft explains why she filed an extreme anti-choice bill yesterday despite the fact that her party’s leadership has said they want to focus on jobs and the economy. The bill would triple the state’s waiting period from 24 to 72 hours, require only OB-GYNs to provide abortions, and prohibit faculty at the East Carolina University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill medical schools from performing or supervising an abortion.

As a Planned Parenthood spokesperson explains, that means it would “prohibit two of the finest medical schools in the the country from providing doctors with the training necessary to provide safe abortion care.”

It does no good trying to sift through the nonsense in search of even a tiny grain of logic; the goal of the GOP is to get rid of abortion entirely. No matter what bad outcomes result from their arbitrary and patently unhealthy dictates, it's all gravy for this crowd. And even a comment as stupid as this one:

The anti-abortion zealots are not done yet

As the upcoming session of the NCGA will soon demonstrate:

The rules also require written agreements with nearby hospitals for emergencies – or proof that the clinic tried to obtain those agreements. That’s important, because hospitals in other states could effectively shut down a clinic by declining such agreements.

A handful of speakers, however, were critical. That included North Carolina Values Coalition executive director Tami Fitzgerald, who said the rules don’t go far enough in protecting women. Specifically, Fitzgerald wants stiffer certification requirements and no exceptions for clinics that don’t obtain transfer agreements with hospitals.

Nothing gets under my skin worse than a double-talking hypocrite. Tami Fitzgerald doesn't give a damn about "protecting women," and every time lies like that slide out of her mouth, her "values" are exposed for what they are, nothing more than the ravings of a brainwashed cult member.

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