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Screw the Poor…Literally

BushBCPillow.jpg According to the Missouri legislature, giving the poor the ability to do family planning is akin to "an endorsement of promiscuous lifestyles." Because married people would have no reason whatsoever to try to space their family appropriately for their current economic and personal circumstances.

It’s not enough that the virginity police scream at our public schools for daring to even hint that something other than abstinance exists in the family planning arena. Now, virginity and abstinance are being promoted within the bonds of matrimony.

In Missouri, apparently God doesn’t want you to have sex if you are poor. And if you do, then you deserve to get pregnant. Nice.

And, well, the hell with women who happen to be poor and have an illness that might cause pregnancy to be life-threatening. How dare they think they could have sex — within the sanctity of marriage — and use birth control that the state would pay for under medical coverage. No sex for you, poor women. How dare you want to enjoy yourself as a married person.

Let alone the fact that responsible birth control use could be a major preventative for the prevention of unwanted pregnancies and abortions both inside of and outside of marriage. Oh, except you can’t get an abortion in Missouri either…so if you are poor, and you want to have sex, it’s a forced birth option for you, and that’s it.

FiredUpMissouri has much more. I don’t know about everyone else, but I am sick of a small group of people trying to impose their personal religious beliefs and sexually repressive mores on the rest of the entire population — and I suspect that a majority of Americans are with me on that.

Welcome to the 1800s, women of Missouri. Screw the poor…literally.

(Graphics love to All Hat, No Cattle. Hilarious. Thanks to Crooks and Liars for the heads up on this story. As if I weren’t angry enough this morning…)

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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