Will Indiana celebrate Leap Year by voting in discrimination

2016-02-28

No, it’s not RFRA part 2.   You see earlier this session Indiana Legislators had the chance to add civil rights protections for LGBT. But they refused to vote on it. So that misnomer of a RFRA “fix” only affects the 11 or so municipalities that have their own Human Rights Ordinances.  And Indiana had the opportunity to enact hate crime legislation- we are one of five states not to have this. But again, our Legislators  think that   Hoosiers value people differently  than those from the other 35 states – so no vote there either.

Let’s see… what discrimination could it possibly be? Actually it is related to RFRA., as RFRA was passed on two prongs- gay weddings with cupcakes and businesses going to hell because they offered health insurance that dared to cover reproductive issues. And so RFRA allows for business to not cover, or not serve people who use fertility drugs, want vasectomies, want birth control, want options,  want to adopt into their same gender family.

And that brings us to Leap year Monday.

HB 1337 “Abortion Matters” The choice to terminate a pregnancy is legal. It is also in a trap.  As in TRAP laws- Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers.  Thee laws put restrictions  on clinics and abortion providers  but exempt  others. Hence the discrimination.

And I am disgusted that Indiana legislators both men and women, Republicans and even some  Democrats  continue to discriminate against those who hold beliefs different than theirs. Especially when it comes to reproduction. THIS bill goes beyond being AntiChoice. It actually adds to the trauma of women who have a miscarriage or receive news that the fetus has an anomaly.

This bill   criminalizes providers who perform an abortion  due to fetal anomaly, sex, or race.

The bill defines fetal tissue. (which one would think is a responsibility of the medial community).The bill mandates that  said fetal remains  from abortion OR  miscarriage – must be buried or cremated. According to the bill  fetal tissue” includes tissue, organs,or  any other part of an aborted fetus. The provider needs to partner with a funeral home. (and no funeral Directors testified either)

It was amended that  if a woman receives diagnosis of fatal fetal anomaly ( meaning die with 3 months) she would be offered perinatal hospice, and all that would be explained. Except paying for this is not addressed.

So to recap- women who have a miscarriage or stillbirth already are counseled on their choice to allow the facility to dispose of the fetal tissue/stillbirth or choose a funeral home. This bill mandates it.

Indiana Legislators believe Hoosier women and families are incapable of making a moral and  informed choice on their bodies.  They may indeed have their own values and religious beliefs, but Legislators are putting into law their values and morality. Legis as Senators Liz  Brown, Young, Holdman and Banks, along with Rep. Cox, Macon, Bates and Judy feel women need to pay – literally- to bury a miscarriage.  It is a fact miscarriages can  resemble a  large blood clot. After a women miscarries at home, a surgical procedure is needed to insure no tissue remains. And now that will need to be buried or cremated via licensed Funeral Director.

People of faith realize the added trauma this bill will cause- the threat of prosecution for providers who know their patients history and respect their legal and civil right to choose termination.

And the bill is just bad legislation. During the one hearing which allowed public testimony, questions were asked . Sen. Stoops said “we have constitutional right” to abortion, yet we have religious mandates being proposed as law”,  There are many unknowns in the bill. There are aspects of the bill that have been enacted by other states, and are currently in litigation towards Supreme Court.

Scenario: TaySachs is a disease that affects the nervous system. Babies born with this will probably “live” past 3 months, but most die by ages 3-4 yrs. They become paralyzed, cannot respond to stimulation, go blind. It  can be diagnosed In Utero . Yet with this bill a woman would be forced to carry to term.  Sen Grooms said Hoosiers have exceptional Christianity. Forcing a woman and family to carry a baby for 40 weeks that will die within months when she prefers to terminate is not the Christianity of many clergy or Hoosiers.

And so again, Indiana Legislators talk about values and the “preborn”and will mandate their own values and beliefs on all of us. They will discriminate and trap women who have a civil and legal right to their health decisions. They will ignore the woman who testified about the trauma of this bill as well as ignore people of faith who who hold differing views.

Unless they hear from us. Unless we speak up.

Follow #HB1337 on twitter, Email your legislator. Call. Educate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Does Clinton’s latest soundbyte on Wall Street mirror what she said to Goldman Sachs?

As the campaigns tightens, HRC said Friday “I take a backseat to nobody in being very clear about what I will do to make sure Wall Street never crashes Main Street again, and that you can count on.”

But does this match what she has said in speeches to Goldman Sachs?

We don’t know.  For over a year, she has been asked by different media and citizens at Town Halls about releasing the transcripts. Like  many in politics, her answer has evolved.

In January she laughed when a  a reporter asked her about releasing them

On Feb. 6th when asked, she said she” would look into it”

And now she says  “I’m happy to release anything I have when everybody else does the same, because every other candidate in this race has given speeches to private groups, including Senator Sanders.”

(For the record, Sanders received less than $2,000 for two speeches and donated money to charity. Clinton made  three speeches and was paid over $675,000.)

 

Clinton insisted and paid a stenographer for transcribing. She has the power to release them.

Whether she does or not,.. well  who am I kidding, she will not release them. And she doesn’t have to.

But  trust is a huge issue for her candidacy. It always has been. It is why she didn’t win the nomination in 2008. it may be why she won’t win now.  In my mind, better to say from the get go that “No, I’m not releasing them till everyone else does.” Instead she is parroting Bernie Sanders line about main street and wall street.

Not sure if it works.

 

 

It’s here!! 219Day in da Region ((( (fans face with hands))))

 

219Enjoy the day.. and be safe Region Rats

 

 HAMMOND 219 REGION DAY

WHEREAS, 219 is the second month of the year, February, and the 19th day of said month, and;

WHEREAS, 219 is the North American telephone area code for the Chicago metropolitan area of northwest Indiana that includes Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Newton and Jasper counties, which constitute the area known as “DA REGION,” and

WHEREAS, living in the 219 Region entitles its residents to cheer for the Blackhawks, Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox, and favor the Bears over the Colts and the Bulls over the Pacers no matter what the odds; and

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WHEREAS, living in the 219 Region entitles people to wear shorts when its 40 degrees outside and mow their lawns wearing socks and sandals; and

WHEREAS, living in the 219 Region insures that your residential block will speak at least four different ethnic languages and all residents will gather around to celebrate whichever groups music and food is the focus of an annual celebration; and

WHEREAS, living in the 219 Region insures that everyone knows how much better drivers they are than people coming from other area codes because we know how to drive around potholes and in snow; and

WHEREAS, living in the 219 Region entitles people to celebrate July 4th as long and as loud as they want; and

WHEREAS, living in the 219 Region enables its citizen to know what a “gapers block,” “dibs chair,” “Indianapolis time,” and “mill traffic” means in normal conversations; and

WHEREAS, living in the 219 Region makes us all the stepchild of the State of Indiana

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that I, Thomas M. McDermott, Mayor of the City of Hammond, Indiana do hereby proclaim February 19, 2015 as “219” Region Day in the City of Hammond.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Hammond, Indiana, on this, the 19th day of February, 2015.

Thomas M. McDermott, Jr.

Mayor, City of Hammond

Civil Rights still under attack in Indiana- Especially Abortion

Abortion IS a Civil Right- even though folks *whisper* it sometimes

 

Civil rights refer to personal liberty. As in legal medical procedures. Abortion is heavily regulated in our country, and States keep trying to outlaw it. (See the movie “Trapped”  and realize how many laws have been passed).

And no state has tried more to infringe their version of religious beliefs via laws restricting Choice. You may have heard that the Indiana General Assembly is not voting on LGBT protections.  Well, not for this year. It will be back. It has been in General Assembly for the past decade in varying degrees. But there is that other civil right which is still being debated, with two laws already passing from one house to the other.

 

SB 313 passed the Senate and is now in the House Committee on Public Policy. Basically this bill criminalizes legal abortion for the reason of disability race, or sex. According to the bills, “a “lethal fetal anomaly” means a fetal condition diagnosed before birth that, if the pregnancy results in a live birth, will with reasonable certainty result in the death of he child not more than three (3) months after the child’s birth.” Yet a disability or disease where the infant will die within a few years is not considered lethal.The bill also provides for Perinatal hospice to supposedly help the woman who wanted to have a legal abortion cope with the emotions of carrying and birthing a baby that will die after 3 months or have a permanent disability.. (No funding for this provided).

So if one of the partners has a genetic marker for a disease, and despite best efforts becomes pregnant, sorry, no legal abortion for you.  So choice is taken away. Legal. Medical. Procedure.  Here is the link for the committee on Public Policy     .

 

Then there is HB 1337. Which is now in the Health and Provider Services. Included in this bill is verification of credentials and admitting privileges. (admitting Privileges usually demand X amount of admissions—MDs who perform abortions usually admit few patients). But the bill also states that     remains of abortions AND miscarriages must be interred or cremated. Most facilities have these in place already. But think about it. A woman miscarries early- less than 10 wks. Non-viable non survivable. But the law now says you need burial arrangements. Senate Committee on Health and Provider services will be voting this week.

The Indiana General Assembly and Governor Pence are quick to use buzzwords: respect, dignity, commitment to life, dedication to protecting religious freedom. RFRA passed on 2 prongs- cupcakes at gay weddings and birth control /fertility/abortion.  Please make your voices heard regarding a woman’s autonomy in choosing legal medical options. Time to stop whispering and shaming Choice.