Posts tagged politics
Posts tagged politics
Karl “Turd Blossom” Rove forgets his own history, yet again.
THIS IS THE BEST
REBLOGGING THIS EVERY DAY UNTIL THE ELECTION
Doin’ it right 101
a cup of tea
I don’t force my personal sense of subjective morality onto others and neither should you. If a legally elected state government wants to make a stupid decision on behalf of the people who elected them, then it’s their right to do that. Proponents of a minority view within government are using a loophole in the system to make everyone abide by their view. This is not ok, and most filibusters end with the loophole being closed shortly after. It’s all dandy when they’re abusing the legislative system over something that causes lefty rage, but it’s the same people who are in indignant outrage when a climate change bill is filibustered.
Secondly, this piece of legislature isn’t even that bad. There are two important components to the bill:
Firstly, abortions will be banned after 5 months gestation.
This isn’t really very extreme. There are similar limits in place in most states of Australia. The idea is that if you’re going to have a non-medically necessary abortion, you should do so as soon as possible. Doing so later makes the process more expensive and risky, and raises ethical concerns as to how sentient the foetus is. This point has been the most belaboured of this filibuster issue, but it is the less important of the two.
Secondly, the bill will require that abortion clinics are kept to similar standards as hospitals.
What kinds of standards? Those such as corridor widths, doorframe widths, and building infrastructure. These may seem petty, but they’re designed to allow spaces to be safe and manoeuverable.
This second point is more important because the argument is that the majority of abortion clinics in the state aren’t up to this code, and will require significant investment to meet these new standards.
So what? Abortion clinics are healthcare providers, not beauty salons. People die having abortions. I’d want them to be meeting America’s lax building standards at an absolute minimum already. It’s terrifying that they don’t. There’s no evidence that the supporters of this bill are trying to ‘illegalise abortion’. Their stated aims are to increase abortion safety standards, and none of their actions so far have been inconsistent with this goal.
I’ve been following this bill for a while and have written about how it’s ‘not such a bad thing’ before, but couldn’t find it in my archives. I did however find an old entry from the time internet feminists thought Apple’s Siri was a misogynist because it didn’t direct them towards abortion clinics. Similar arguments, equally divorced from reality.
Rob Borbidge, former Premier of Queensland, put his political career on the line in order to take a stand for gun control in Australia.
Meanwhile, American politicians bow under the pressure put on them by the NRA.
“Look, there are Australians alive today because we took that action. I mean, how much is a life worth?”
There’s a third part to this series coming and I CANT WAIT BECAUSE THIS HAS BEEN SO AWESOME SO FAR
Trying not to post too much about gun stuff, but this is important.
Also note that the person calling Murdoch out is one of our conservative politicians.
Boom! About time the Prime Minister got angry. She has every right to be.
Gillard on Tony Abbott’s sexism and misogyny. This has to be the best parliamentary performance by a Prime Minister since Keating. Hear hear!!
Yeah so this is probably the best thing our Prime Minister has ever done, and that’s all I’m gonna say about this whole matter. Watch the video. She destroys him.
Perfect. Honest. Fucking brutal.
Abbott’s a master of the media cycle and public indifference. He’s double-talked about everything all along, and gotten away with it. If this righteous stomping gets much traction, I’ll be really really pleased.
One of these things is not like the other things.