It’s not a good year for lovers in Virginia.
You would think the United States citizens voted into office by their peers would have the sense to acknowledge modern sentiments toward sexuality and enact laws to best serve the public. You would be wrong.
Let’s play “Who Said It?”, shall we?
“We need to take sensationalism out of this topic so that it can no longer be used by militants who have no real knowledge of the voluntary nature of the program but, rather, are using it as a political stepping stone. If family planning is anything, it is a public health matter.”
Any takers? Nope, not Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards during Komengate (but please take this reminder to go donate). Not Virginia House Delegate Jennifer McClellan, a vocal opponent of HB 1 (personhood bill) and HB 462 (mandatory transvaginal ultrasound bill), either.
Drum roll, please! It was: George H.W. Bush, speaking in support of Title X. As a congressman from Texas, Bush sponsored the law that still funds family planning for the poor and passed in the House by a vote of 298 to 32. It was unanimously passed in the Senate. Republican President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1970.
Ann Gerhart writes in WaPo this week about the chilling consequences of Republicans’ regressive tactics to curtail reproductive rights in the 2012 election. It’s a scary time to be a young adult reliant on birth control, and the recent decision of the Virginia House of Delegates may force me to relocate to a state that supports my right to choice.
RVA locals gathered in protest of the shocking legislation yesterday at the state Capitol for Speak Loudly with Silence, and the discussion on HB 462 that was slated for the same day was delayed for later in the week.
As Ann poignantly notes: “Who says you can’t turn back the clock?”