Conservatives Anti-Abortion Obsession Will Cause More Abortions, More STDs and More Misery

but then we all already knew that, right?

Nicholas Kristof’s column this morning makes several shrewd observations:

TO appreciate the dumbing down of American politics, consider this: Conservative Republicans, indignant about abortion, are trying to destroy a government program that helps prevent 345,000 abortions a year.

And:

In other words, Title X prevents an abortion about once every 90 seconds.

And

Family planning investments also offer hedge fund-like returns, for a condom or IUD can avert more than $12,000 in average Medicaid spending on a childbirth. Guttmacher calculates that every $1 invested in public family planning services saves $7 in public expenditures. This is a program that saves money as well as lives.

The paradox of conservative Republicans falling all over themselves to condemn Planned Parenthood for a practice that many Republicans voted to authorize while also threatening to defund and destroy a program that prevents hundreds of thousands of abortions perfectly exemplifies the self-defeating nature of conservative policy.

Mark Summer at Kos sums up the conservative obsession perfectly:

For them, abortion has never been an issue. It’s AN ISSUE. It’s not about babies, after all, it’s about (sotto voce) S-E-X. Any program that helps women with… women things, is something, something, somehow a Very Serious Threat that women should fail in their defined role as the guardians of virtue. After all, how many little girls out there are thinking right now “well, I would be a total sex-crazed slut if only there was someone standing by with federal funds to help me not catch chlamydia.” Se… (ahem) S-E-X should be scary. And is something that should be reserved to old male Congressmen who have the money to pay for it.

It seems to me there’s a deeper force at work.  In Republican Gomorrah, Max Blumenthal described it as the culture of personal crisis. It should not be lost on us that conservative states have higher rates of unintended pregnancy and teen pregnancy than do progressive states, it should not be lost on us that divorce rates are higher in conservative religious Alabama than they are in liberal Massachusetts. Texas’ conservative, overtly religious political culture produces policies which reliably produce higher rates of teen pregnancy, unintended pregnancy and divorce which creates the feedback loops that drives Texas’ conservative, overtly religious political culture. Opposition to abortion, and more broadly any honesty about sexuality, is not driven by rational concerns and doesn’t connect to rational policies.  When faced with an angry constituency wanting to know why they haven’t done anything about Roe v. Wade, conservative Republicans have no rational policy response so they’ve lashed out at a government policy that is about sex and therefore must somehow alleviate the anger. Then, when the policy response fails, conservatives will, no doubt, decry the culture of personal crisis their policies have created and deepened.  It’s a great racket.

  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on August 2, 2015 - 12:43 pm

    When I think of “conservatives”, I think of for-profit prisons, for-profit gun laws, for-profit land use, for-profit communications, for-profit schools, for-profit healthcare, for-profit wars, ect…

    I guess being anti-Planned Parenthood and thus, pro abortion isn’t transparently for profit, but it has, without question, been used as a very successful political tool of the “conservative” right, ever since women achieved privacy under Roe vs Wade. It’s never really been about fetuses; if I was, there would be a modicum of concern for infants and children.

    I guess you could call it the politics of despair. Everything the right stands for causes deep suffering for somebody else, and they never have any trouble finding support. It’s enough to make you cry for your country.

  2. #2 by Larry Bergan on August 2, 2015 - 12:51 pm

    Glenden said:

    Then, when the policy response fails, conservatives will, no doubt, decry the culture of personal crisis their policies have created and deepened. It’s a great racket.

    Exactly! A slight twist on “disaster capitalism”: Disaster conservatism.

    Create a welfare state and blame it on the victims.

  3. #3 by Larry Bergan on August 2, 2015 - 1:49 pm

    Pat Bagley nails it with a cartoon and commentary:

    Since publishing this cartoon I’ve been called a Nazi, Dr. Mengele, monster, ghoul, murderer, baby killer. Here are the facts:
    One in three women will have an abortion
    Over 90% will later say it was the right decision
    Fetal tissue used in research is freely donated by these women
    Planned Parenthood makes no money off fetal tissue
    Virtually EVERYONE has directly benefited from fetal tissue research
    The biggest beneficiaries of fetal cell research are, ironically, fetuses.
    Treatments and possible cure for diabetes, Parkinsons and a host of other diseases depend on continued legal access to fetal cell lines.
    When Ronald Reagan was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Nancy Reagan went public with her support for fetal tissue research.
    If you don’t like abortion (who does?) then you should be fiercely supporting Planned Parenthood whose primary focus is preventing unwanted pregnancies.

    • #4 by brewski on August 3, 2015 - 7:45 pm

      Actually no, he doesn’t nail it. He misses the point entirely. Incredibly dishonest. Very say anyone would buy that lie.

      • #5 by Larry Bergan on August 3, 2015 - 11:23 pm

        Oh, brother. That was a brilliant debunk. :(

  4. #6 by Ken Bingham on August 2, 2015 - 8:36 pm

    STDs is an epidemic and the left’s obsession with creating the impression than sex comes without consequences is responsible.

    • #7 by Larry Bergan on August 2, 2015 - 8:53 pm

      What’s that condom word I keep hearing about, Ken?

      If you want more STD’s, abortions and cancer deaths keep stoking the Reagan era political scam.

  5. #8 by Ken Bingham on August 3, 2015 - 4:01 pm

    Baby Killers and eugenicists. Progressivism was born out of racism and Eugenics. Nothing has changed.

    • #9 by Richard Warnick on August 3, 2015 - 4:48 pm

      Josh Marshall once described the signature right-wing ideology as “up-is-downism.” Maybe up-is-down syndrome? 😉

      • #10 by Larry Bergan on August 3, 2015 - 5:00 pm

        I like that Richard, but I would go further and say that Republicanism – which includes most Libertarians – is, itself, a syndrome.

        Partisan vote shuts down this purely political ploy for now. I didn’t know the Democrats had it in them to point their middle finger at the real baby killers, but I’m proud of them.

  6. #11 by Richard Warnick on August 4, 2015 - 2:51 pm

    How the Planned Parenthood debate could cause another government shutdown

    This could happen. Consider that the Tea-GOP never paid a political price for their last government shutdown. They see themselves as actually benefiting from economic sabotage. We’ve never seen this kind of dynamic in national politics.

  7. #12 by Larry Bergan on August 14, 2015 - 11:46 pm

  8. #13 by Richard Warnick on August 15, 2015 - 10:14 am

    “The allegations against Planned Parenthood are deeply troubling.”

    Does he mean the “allegations” that they broke no laws, helping medical research with the informed consent of their clients?

    And then the Tea-GOP says, “What war on women?”

  9. #14 by Larry Bergan on August 15, 2015 - 2:16 pm

    What’s deeply troubling is how Republicans can walk under a snake with a top hat on during an election season. McConnell and others voted for fetal tissue research before they decided they could win elections with lies manufactured in the corporate media mill they dominate.

  10. #16 by Larry Bergan on August 17, 2015 - 9:13 pm

    Whew! Somebody’s just a ticked off as I am about this:

  11. #17 by Larry Bergan on August 18, 2015 - 9:37 pm

    From Bagley:

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