Thursday, March 22, 2007

Connectitude Part 2…

Keeping with the theme of my beloved Connections, I give you the following…

Immoral Healthcare Cuts + Missouri Conservatives on the Hunt + the Show Me State Governor from Hell = Women denied access to Cancer Screenings?

What…the…fuck?

Two words say it all - Matt Blunt.

Okay, so it should come as no surprise that this bitch can not stand the current nightmare on two legs that is Missouri’s Governor, Matt Blunt. His version of family values has resulted in my mentally disabled brother no longer having dental coverage (and I soooo look forward to teaching his autistic self how to deal with dentures…not) and my brother no longer having the option to work within the community (because Gawd forbid autistic adults earn $100 a month contributing to society…who knew Bill was such a money hungry spend-monster?). Add to that the fact that his train-wreck of an administration has set about destroying social programs whilst doing little to nothing to promote job growth, the economy, infrastructure, the environment or education.

No doubt about it…he’s an asshole!

So we have Matt Blunt.

Matt, in support of his so-called family values, cut over 100,000 working poor Missourians off of Medicaid. Many of these cuts impacted rural families.

Way…to…go.

So working women who do not get healthcare through their jobs lost healthcare through Medicaid, which would have saved us all money since it costs a hell of a lot more money to treat than to prevent…but Matt is not one to opt for logic.

Which connects to Missouri Conservatives ongoing jihad against Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood provides affordable healthcare to women including STD screenings and cancer screenings. Conservatives are more concerned with the fact that some Planned Parenthood locations provide abortion services.

Pause.

To be honest, these people dislike the entire family planning thang…birth control, emergency contraception, sex education and abortion services. They are at war with the notion of planned parenthood.

Now connect that with the cuts Matt made to Medicaid and you’ll see a picture develop. Women cut from Medicaid were going to Planned Parenthood for screenings and healthcare.

After the cuts more women were seeking healthcare through these providers.

Missouri Conservatives weren’t trying to hear that and called Matt I owe them my political life Blunt…who announced that funding for Planned Parenthood to provide free cancer screenings through a state program has been cut.

Yes.

Cut.

Missouri Governor Matt Blunt (R) announced Monday that he will end funding to Planned Parenthood offices for a program that provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings to women. The money that went to the "Show Me Healthy Women" program -- a play on the "Show Me" state's motto -- will now go to other organizations because "patients should not have to go to an abortion clinic to access lifesaving tests," Blunt asserted. (Feminist Daily News Wire)

Never mind that the facilities getting the funding from this program did not provide abortion services.

Never mind that early detection of cancer is the key to survival.

And never fucking mind that these women are mothers, sisters, wives and partners and that this move is without defense given the already unacceptable healthcare conditions facing too many of my sisters in rural Missouri.

Lawd, have mercy!

If you’re a Missourian let your elected officials know how you feel about this.

Missouri House

Missouri Senate

And y'all be sure to let Matt Blunt know how you feel about this too.

"Promoting a culture of life" my angry black ass...

7 comments:

~Macarena~ said...

Has anyone pointed out to Blunt that the reason women "have to go to an abortion clinic" is because he left them no other option (until he removed that option as well)? And I know the antiabortionists think clinics are evil, but do they think there's a side of abortion with the cancer screening?

I don't have any experience with Planned Parenthood, but it's my understanding that they actually care about women, and it's the perfect place for anyone condescended to or otherwise treated like shit elsewhere.

These Connections remind me of Conspiracy Theory. It's creepy that the intel is out there and most of it is passing us by, though people who see it will be dismissed as paranoid.

Jeff said...

Oh hon, you know their "culture of life" ends right outside the womb, at which point they don't give a damn what happens to you, especially if you have no Y chromosome and aren't one of their contributors.

Blue Girl, Red State said...

I went nuts when I learned about this. The little bastard is pandering to his right-tard base and it's sickening. He is sacrificing poor women at the alter of the wackos, and neither clinic he cut off from funding has ever performed abortions.

I hope there is a hell, and he eternally does the backstroke in a lake of fire.

Akasha said...

ABB- you must run for city council, mayor, govenor, president. You love your state, this country, the world and people too much not to.
Bring some sanity to the situation. Please. I will go door to door if I have to in order to collect funds for your political career.

Akasha said...

Did I mention that I would go door to door barefoot in a full on blizzard with no coat on to raise funds for your campaign if necessary?

Maya's Granny said...

Somehow, when I reached the line with (R), it didn't surprise me at all.

I used Planned Parenthood in the early 60s, and it was wonderful. I recommended them to my daughter and my nieces and every young woman I knew who I had anything to do with on that level.

BigAssBelle said...

right wing nutjobs are only concerned about lining the wallets of the already rich AND protecting against the coming muslim horde.

lining wallets of the rich occurs with heartlessly and thoughtlessly cutting services to those desperately in need.

but defending against the muslim horde? honey, that takes a bit more thinking. since birth rates are down overall, and since rich folks' kids don't fight wars anyway, there has to be some method of increasing the birth rate among those whose kids will become the army-navy-airforce-marines of the future, i.e., the children of the poor and working class.

aha! eliminate access to birth control, cut women off of state medical services and voila! the army of the future. gotta keep those poor kids coming, ya know.

a year ago, i'd have written that with tongue firmly in cheek. today i am, seriously, this paranoid.