Monday, March 2, 2009

Donkey Punches and Abortions

(How's that for a title?)

Remember that horrible “right of conscience” rule the Bush Administration left us with?
The outgoing Bush administration is planning to announce a broad new “right of conscience” rule permitting medical facilities, doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare workers to refuse to participate in any procedure they find morally objectionable, including abortion and possibly even artificial insemination and birth control.

For more than 30 years, federal law has dictated that doctors and nurses may refuse to perform abortions. The new rule would go further by making clear that healthcare workers also may refuse to provide information or advice to patients who might want an abortion.

It also seeks to cover far more employees. For example, in addition to a surgeon and a nurse in an operating room, the rule would extend to “an employee whose task it is to clean the instruments,” the draft rule said.

Well it looks like President Obama is making plans to repeal it.
A Health and Human Services official said the administration will publish notice of its intentions early next week, and open a 30-day comment period for advocates, medical groups and the public. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official notice has not been completed.

Even though it’s not set in stone, it still warms my heart the Obama Administration is doing something about this.

I understand the need for some level of protection for doctors, but this rule was blatantly irresponsible in its broad scope.

On another note, have you seen this trailer for the movie Donkey Punch? If not, watch it.

It’s just precious.



“After meeting at a nightclub in a Mediterranean resort, seven young adults decide to continue partying aboard a luxury yacht in the middle of the ocean. But when one of them dies in a freak accident, the others argue about what to do, leading to a ruthless fight for survival. Donkey Punch is released in UK cinemas 18th July 2008 from Optimum Releasing.”

I don’t even know what to say. I never really thought of myself as a feminsist, but it just gets clearer and clearer that violence against women is still a joke to most people.

I’m all for rough sex, but I can’t even see the appeal of donkey punching a woman. What is the point?

It doesn’t make any sense to me at all.

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