>Hey kids! What time is it?

Howdy Doody time!

No, sorry! It is Blog for Choice Day! This year's topic: What is your top pro-choice hope for President Obama and/or the new Congress?

I don't really know where to begin. I'm just glad that the Bush administration, which re-defined birth control pills and IUDs as "abortions" are gone, and that logical people are in charge. If I could have it all, I'd love it if Congress would overturn the Hyde Amendment, but I'm not going to hold my breath. Shit, we've got people protesting the words"freedom of choice" in a fucking doughnut ad, so I really don't think that allowing Medicaid to pay for abortions is a realistic goal. I think it is fair - and the argument that we shouldn't use taxpayer money for something that is morally objectionable to some doesn't apply because then I could say that I object to using my taxpayer money for Guantanamo Bay, Iraq, and other murderous Bush policies, and you could say you object to using it for nuclear power plants and so forth, and no one would pay for anything - but the shit storm would potentially fuck us over, so to speak. Yeah, happy 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, assuming you have a clinic that is in your community and a way to pay for what I consider to be health care.

Anyway, I will aim for something more achievable. I can't wait for the overreaching new "morality clause" to be revoked, for the global gag rule to get yanked, and maybe even for restored funding to family planning clinics to make birth control affordable for uninsured women. Also, I like the acknowledgment that people of faith are pro-choice, too, not just "nonbelievers"* like me. Any of those (and all of them) would rock.

*Sorry, but what the fuck was with that? I love that those of us who profess no faith in god got a shout out as a worthwhile humans who contribute to society, but I do believe in things. "Nonbelievers" sounds sociopathic, or like we're cynical assholes just sitting around criticizing shit, which may be true in my case, but whatever. Why not call us secularists or something flattering? Yeesh.