Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Abortion, Playboy and Palin (oh my?)

Rachel Maddow had some great segments tonight about Dr. George Tiller's assassination and what it means as related to a variety of issues. Her interview with Frank Schaeffer is worth watching (he also wrote a column for the Huffington Post today that discusses the same topic), but the segment of her show that most concerned me is her interview with Dr. Susan Wickland about how much less accessible abortion is for women now than it was 20 years ago:

Scary stuff, and I can't see it getting any better anytime soon. That interview goes well with this excellent article from Salon.com, "
Where Will Women Go Now?" Some women drive hundreds of miles for a "regular" abortion. Those needing late-term abortions have approximately two choices left for where to have the procedure in this country. From the article:
Susan Hill, President of the National Women's Health Foundation, who knew Dr. Tiller for over two decades and referred girls and women to his clinic, said in a phone interview, "We always sent the really tragic cases to Tiller." Those included women diagnosed with cancer who needed abortions to qualify for chemotherapy, women who learned late in their pregnancies that their wanted babies had fatal illnesses, and rape victims so young they didn't realize they were pregnant for months. "We sent him 11-year-olds, 12-year-olds who were way too far along for anybody [else] to see," said Hill. "Eleven-year-olds don't tell anybody. Sometimes they don't even know they've had a period."
It's so easy for anti-choice people to decry late-term abortions as nothing more than killing babies. They don't understand, or don't want to understand, how hard the decision is. In some cases it's literally your life or the babies life. But not both. Read some of the case stories about Dr. Tiller's patients; these aren't families who don't want to be "inconvenienced" by having a baby. These are gut-wrenching stories made even more complicated by the fact that the women have to travel across country to find a doctor to help them.

One last note about the Tiller story, for now: O'Reilly couldn't have displayed less class today if he tried.

Onto Playboy, who today published on its Web site a story called "10 Conservative Women We’d Love to Hate-Fuck." I imagine the title says it all. The writer,
Guy Cimbalo, who I assume is not a conservative, fantasizes about "hate fucking" said 10 women. I'm not a Playboy fan to start with (if you're sitting there thinking you actually read it for the articles, you're living a lie), and this is a great reminder of why. The women listed in the article -- well, the ones I know by name, I don't know who some of them are -- are either professional journalists or broadcasters or politicians. I probably don't agree with 98 percent of what comes out of any of their mouths, but they certainly don't deserve this kind of immature sleaze. They had things written about them like "The Hate Fuck Rating: You get this one pregnant, she stays pregnant. Karma’s a bitch, isn’t it?" (Get it? Because she's a conservative so she's not going to have an abortion ... ?)

Guy Cimbalo, you're my Worst Person in the World today. You beat out O'Reilly. Congrats for being a complete misygonistic asshole.

By the way, the backlash against this article was so immediate and so strong that Playboy pulled it from its site after a couple hours. Hilarious. I'm sure the article exists elsewhere if one really needs to read it. My recommended reading on the subject:
  • A somewhat good criticism from Salon.com, that has this great line in it: "If bashing conservatives makes sexism okay, irony makes it even more so; Cimbalo can’t be a genuine misogynist if his jokes are so hep, dig." But the best part of the article is the last two paragraphs.
  • Accuracy in Media's post, "Proof that Playboy is broken."
  • Hot Air's "It's Official, Playboy is a Hate Site."
  • Smart Girl Politics weighs in too.
Finally, let's tie this all in with a look at how Sarah Palin reacted to Tiller's death, and how she reacted to Carrie Prejean being "attacked" by liberals. Read both statements here. Interesting stuff.


jim treacher said...

You don't think Carrie Prejean has been attacked. True, it's been more of a welcoming committee, hasn't it.

Razor said...

Well, she got her 15 minutes of fame out of it. She should be thankful.

Julie Pippert said...

Great article and analysis! Thanks for letting us quote and refer for our WomenCount Blog Talk Radio Show!

Captain USpace said...
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Rosie said...

Sorry Uspace, I hate to delete comments, but no one gets to joke about rape on my blog.

Rosie said...

Julie, you're welcome. Glad to have helped. :)


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