Friday, January 31, 2014

Uh Duh!

Yep!  You guessed it!  Women actually have brains and can think for themselves!  It's not rocket science, however elected officials feel that the more restrictions they put in place, the better off a woman will be.  What they are failing to realize is that they cannot control matter how hard they try.  If a woman has chosen abortion, she will seek an abortion.  She will travel to another state if there are no providers where she is.  She will pawn her valuables, if she doesn't have enough money.  She will look at an ultrasound, and still make HER decision.  So as these "so-called" elected officials haven't gotten the clue....they may indeed need to take up rocket science!  Focus on minimum wage, the SNAP program, unemployment benefits, affordable housing, the military spending productive!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

HR 7

HR 7, also known as the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act" passed in the House of Representatives earlier this week. This bill would essentially restrict private insurance from covering abortion. The Hyde Amendment already restricts federal funds from covering abortion with exceptions for rape, incest, and life endangerment. If the bill were to pass in the Senate (slim chances in the majority Democratic Senate), President Obama has vowed to veto it! Even though Republicans know this bill won't go anywhere, they're using it to send the message that their war on women is ongoing with full steam ahead. I suggest they use the time, effort and taxpayers money to introduce/ pass bills elsewhere such as *ahem* unemployment benefit extensions or early childhood education or raising minimum wage!!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

A Mother's Struggle

I used to wonder how I could ever go back to college while raising three young children, working part- time and sharing a two-bedroom apartment. "If I go to school I'll miss out on seeing my children for nearly 15 hours per day. I can't look for a full- time job because I'm in school and working part- time already and we all know looking for a job is a full- time job. Who is going to look after my children while working and in school? Sure, there are daycare centers but they close at 6 p.m. How will I afford two baby sitters when I can barely afford one? I didn't get my period this month. Please don't let me be pregnant!!! I am trying my best right now and I am barely making it. I can't mentally or physically become a mother again at this time. What will I do? If I have an abortion how will I pay for it. My half of the rent and utilities is due. I'm already short on those. One of my children is sick and her primary physician's office is closed. Maybe I can take her to the clinic next to gas station. Sure it's not well maintained and is a bit dirty but at least there open. Or I could take her to the emergency room and sit for 7 hours because her illness isn't "life threatening." Now I have to reschedule my own doctor's appointment because I was at the emergency room all night. Oh , no, there was a shooting near the girls school today. I hope my boss will let me leave early so that I can safely get the girls home and make it to class in time to take my final exam. There has to be another way."

These are not fabricated or exaggerated thoughts. These are the thoughts of a single mother trying to raise her children the best way she knows how with limited resources. These were my thoughts and true events. Being a parent is one of the hardest tasks I've ever faced. With limited or no resources, the job is much harder.