Make no mistake: The war on Planned Parenthood is about sex. I’ve said it over and over and I will continue to say it over and over, so long as anti-choicers continue lying, saying it’s about “life” or “protecting women” or whatever bullshit they are trying to distract you with. As Miranda Blue at Right Wing Watch reports, the graphic you see above was released by Priests for Life, which is a major anti-choice organization, in their commentary for the latest Planned Parenthood hoax video. This piece, written by Fox News contributor Alveda King, is some standard unhinged right wing fare, complete with pretending to believe that the Satanic Temple is really about “devil-worshipping”, instead of the cheeky atheist organization it actually is.
It is amusing to see the attempt to shoehorn “racism” in with what really bugs the anti-choicers, which is people having sex without their permission. And it’s interesting that even then, racism is seen strictly through their sex obsession, as being about nothing but fears of interracial relationships. Now people who oppose interracial relationships are the worst, but they are also a small and shrinking minority. Far more pressing concerns are continuing disparities in economic and educational opportunity, police violence, and discrimination.
But I digress. It’s clear that the real purpose here is to float this bizarre argument that non-procreative sex, in all sorts of forms, is a great evil destroying our country. And that’s really what’s going on here, which is why the “answer” to the supposed problem of fetal tissue research is not, as you would expect, to ban fetal tissue research. No, it’s to separate as many women as possible from contraception access. That’s because this isn’t and has never been about fetal tissue research, which is going to remain untouched by conservatives (who correctly believe they can benefit from it). It’s about sex. It has always been about sex and no matter what bullshit they’re on about today, it is always about sex.
After many years and many server changes and finally landing here at Raw Story, which has taken very good care of us, it's time to say goodbye to Pandagon. I've been blogging under this banner for ten years, after Jesse Taylor asked me to join. He, in turn, had been running this joint since he was in college. A lot has changed since then. I became a journalist, moved from Austin to New York and learned to play Dungeons & Dragons. Jesse became a lawyer and, just this past weekend, a married man.
Carly Fiorina defends her lie with a whole bunch of lies
I do like it when Republican candidates sport a resume full of corporate executive work, because it really shows the public how many fools and idiots coast into that position not on merit but on their bullshitting abilities. Donald Trump, Herman Cain, and now we have Carly Fiorina, who just can't understand why her perceived underlings (voters, journalists) won't scurry away, pretending to accept her bullshit like former employees of hers had to do, lest they lost their jobs.
And so it goes that Fiorina, who could make this entire Planned Parenthood controversy go away by saying something like, "I may have misremembered the video, but I still think abortion is wrong," instead is doubling and tripling down. And every time she does, she lies more and more. She was on Meet the Press and, so enamored of the idea that she is perfect and could never do anything wrong, just went to town with the defensive posturing.
Marco Rubio has an astoundingly low opinion of women’s intelligence
At RH Reality Check, I covered this story that I wish was getting more press, about how Marco Rubio goes back and forth between suggesting that women who get abortions are greedy monsters who get pregnant for cash:
I just think you’ve created an industry now … a situation where very much, you’ve created an incentive for people not just to look forward to having more abortions, but being able to sell that fetal tissue for purposes—these centers—for purposes of making a profit off it, as you’ve seen in some of these Planned Parenthood affiliates.