2 Boobs in Texas

4 Feb

Gail Collins makes an astute point in her NYTimes Op-Ed piece today regarding the Planned Parenthood/Susan G. Komen unbridling, observing that “…everybody likes breasts – infants, adults, women, men. Really, it’s America’s most popular body part”.  So how the heck did these lefties and righties become entangled in the war between Red and Blue?  Boobs, left to their own devices, get along quite nicely and counter-balance each another.  True, the divide between the two sides vary from wearer to wearer, but there’s a natural harmony regardless.

Texans love boobs too, and yes, bigger is better. But we have other values and cultural mores: open spaces, big possibilities, firm handshakes, rugged independence, UT Longhorns, heat, and icy cold beer. These attributes, along with the Alamo, were enthusiastically celebrated when I was growing up just a couple of blocks from Floore’s Country Store in Helotes. Conservative, catholic, republican, I was nonetheless taught to value the best of both sides, right and left, red and blue, one piece and two, western and english saddles.  Small town but not small minded, we were taught to celebrate the core American ideals alive in The Constitution and The Bill of Rights. Heck, we even believed in separation of church and state back then, even in this biggest/best of all states.

With that idyllic state of mind in mind, what’s up with our leaders “messing with Texas”?  This week, yet another prominent (republican) Texan joined Governor Perry in the contest to become biggest boob in the state.  Nancy Brinker, though founding the life saving Susan G. Komen race for The Cure in 1982,  went from a (metaphorical) AA to a DD when she made known her antiabortion agenda by pulling  long-standing funding provided to Planned Parenthood for mammograms. That was actually round two in her campaign, after last year’s hiring of Karen Handel, former pro-life candidate for governor of Georgia, to serve as senior vice president for public policy. Though left breathless and repentant after getting bucked off on the national stage, it remains to be seen whether she and her organization will be able to reclaim their formerly well deserved ten gallon halo of advocacy for women’s health.

If she’s feeling low, however, she can take heart that Texas Governor Perry is still sitting high in his anti-rights, anti-personal liberty, anti-get the hell out of what is none of your business-human rights, saddle. The Texas Governor (aka self-appointed Christian & Chief) led the Texas Legislature to enact the most aggressive anti-abortion rights law since I strummed “Kumbaya” at Holy Spirit in 8th grade mass.

From The Texas Tribune: “The abortion sonogram law, which lawmakers passed last legislative session, requires doctors to perform sonograms and describe what they see, including the size of the fetus and the length of its limbs. The measure has been in court almost since it passed, with opponents arguing it violates doctors’ First Amendment rights by forcing them to disclose information that isn’t medically necessary and that the woman may not want to hear.”Gov. Rick Perry also praised today’s ruling, calling it “a victory for all who stand in defense of life.”He added that the sonogram measure “ensures that every Texas woman seeking an abortion has all the facts about the life she is carrying, and understands the devastating impact of such a life-ending decision.”  The Texas Tribune Judges: Texas Can Enforce Sonogram Law Now by Emily Ramshaw1/10/2012

Hmmm. Pretty judgy for someone who can’t hold more than two thoughts in his head. He, partnered with his trusty sidekick, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, is steadfastly riding the range, herding the cows and branding them with his demigod hot iron.  Bum Steer indeed.

Folks, we need to get a grip on the reins. Pro-choice is not pro-abortion. Only women know how it feels to slip into those stirrups, and only we can, and should, decide on our bodies, our beliefs, our destiny and our health.  Saddle up for personal liberty:  right or left, red or blue, english or western, AA or B, C or D. Don’t be a boob.


3 Responses to “2 Boobs in Texas”

  1. Cgard February 5, 2012 at 1:30 am #

    I stand behind you on this one. Pro-choice is simply that.

    Your Aggie friend.

  2. LHardin February 5, 2012 at 3:54 am #

    I still can’t believe the timing that Komen chose on this one. Poor choice all around. I agree that as a private Non profit they can fund as they choose, but you would expect that choice would be driven by the Mission Statement that the organization/reputation has been built upon – rather than personal agendas. Don’t even get me started on the Perry, “Hey Drs, bring your surroundsound s
    speakers to the sonogram'” Bill.

  3. lneesvig February 5, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

    Hi Suzy. Nice blog. Komen reversed their decision on Friday, February 3, and have now decided that they will continue giving grants to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screening and education; so that has ended well for now.
    Since I have not lived in Texas for awhile, I haven’t been following Texas politics. I was unaware of the law concerning sonograms for those seeking abortions. I don’t think, however, that giving women all of the facts is a bad thing. In addition to discussing what the fetus looks like, the doctors should also discuss when a fetus is considered to be sentient and viable. Abortion is a serious decision and should not be taken lightly. It should not be used as a form of birth control. That said, I do believe that women should be able to make their own choice, and should be as educated as possible about the choice when they make it, including about the altenatives to abortion.

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