for the right, academic freedom = conservative indoctrination

May 26, 2011

Fascinating article by Brian Tierney — Attacking the Memory of Workers’ Struggle details the smear campaign against two U. of Missouri labor relations professors, Judy Ancel and Don Giljurn. Footage of their lectures were doctored by Andrew Breitbart (right-wing blogger) to distort their statements. Both almost lost their jobs. Did Andrew Breitbart ever have an ethics class in college? Did he ever go to college? Ah, yes — B.A. in American Studies from Tulane. Tierney writes this:

On one level, this was just another sleazy attack by Breitbart and his cohorts. Recent attacks like this one involved edited videos to disparage ACORN, Shirley Sherrod, Planned Parenthood and NPR – attacks that revealed the vile racism, Islamophobia, and anti-women bigotry that are the bread and butter of right-wing attack dogs like Breitbart and his ilk.


no men allowed to legislate on rape, abortion, birth…

May 5, 2011

Let’s just get this over with. Will somebody please make it illegal for men to legislate against women’s bodies?
The House just passed HR 3. Here’s a summary from the Credo Action email. I’m too spitting angry to summarize the stuff myself:

The Republican bill — which was supported by 16 anti-choice Democrats — represents a vicious assault on women’s rights. “The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” or H.R. 3 goes far beyond any other anti-choice measure that has been proposed in the House, including the Stupak Amendment that passed the House last year.

H.R. 3 would sharply reduce access to safe, legal abortions for women in this country by virtually eliminating insurance coverage for abortions. The redefinition of rape could be used to block women who were victims of incest involving statutory rape from using Medicaid to pay for an abortion. And in some cases, the bill would force women who were sexually assaulted into the hellish scenario of proving to IRS agents that they were victims of “forcible rape” or incest.

Let’s be clear about what the anti-choice supporters of H.R. 3 want. They want to “redefine rape.” The want to make it impossible for low-income women to have access to abortion services. They want to force women whose pregnancy is causing major health risks short of death (such as blindness) to go through with the pregnancy. And they want to eliminate insurance coverage for abortion in order to make reproductive care unaffordable for women.