Virginia Gets Temporary Reprieve From Stupidity

By Adele

If Richmond makes national headlines, it’s always for thinking backward. Last night Brian Williams’ Nightly News featured a woman at the state capitol, screaming in protest at having her rights trampled, being dragged off by police.

But caving in to national outrage and ridicule, the state legislature did modify its pre-abortion ultrasound bill to eliminate transvaginal probing.

They also backed down on declaring embryos fully-functioning, legally-protected “persons” — by kicking that bill into 2013.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reinforced its Republican-rag cred by disingenuously declaring on page 1 today that the “personhood” bill was “scrapped” in a “stunning turnaround.”

In fact, the bill was just postponed.

The obvious intent is to fool women into thinking, “Oh, good. They dropped it. Never mind,” so the misogynistic General Assembly can slip the outrageous legislation past everyone next year.

But this month there was a THIRD assault on women, led again by none other than Del. Kathy Bryon. She sponsored a bill to repeal the state law mandating vaccinations for young girls against the human papillomavirus.

That’s because Republicans want to protect a woman’s right to cervical cancer.

The Richmond TD reported that, in making her case to colleagues earlier this month, “Byron noted that Virginia, which enacted the provision in 2006, was still the only state to require vaccination. She claimed that the ‘longterm safety and effectiveness’ of the vaccination is still unknown and said lawmakers should not ‘intrude’ in the decision to vaccinate, which she said should be left up to parents.”

Byron thinks a shot in the arm’s an “intrusion,” but ramming a probe into a pregnant woman’s vagina isn’t. Priceless.

If anybody in this century deserves to be figuratively tarred and feathered in the next election for criminal insensitivity and hypocrisy toward her own sex, it’s Kathy Byron.

Fortunately, several medical experts were allowed to testify and blew Byron’s ignorant assertions out of the water — just like they did when Michele Bachmann claimed the vaccine causes mental retardation — and Byron’s repeal bill was defeated.

Unless voters stop these maniacs by kicking every last one OUT, it’s soon going to be too dangerous to be female in Virginia.

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8 Responses to Virginia Gets Temporary Reprieve From Stupidity

  1. annie pelfrey says:

    yes, this “personhood” bill is a new low. don’t you love that people get PAID to dream up such nonsense?
    isn’t there already a law for intentional murder of a viable fetus? oh wait, eggs and sperm are considered “viable” by the religious right…
    by the way, why aren’t boys required to get the vaccine? it takes two to spread the disease.

  2. catsworking says:

    The kicker is that it’s the TAXPAYING VOTERS who keep paychecks flowing to these monsters who do nothing but stab citizens in the back every chance they get.

    I think boys don’t have to get the vaccine because it hadn’t been proven that it was as effective with them, but I think I just read a headline that they’re discovering it may be worth vaccinating boys, too.

    The other day we caught a sound bite of Santorum bemoaning the dubious statistic that “90% of Down Syndrome babies get aborted.” Like the world needs a much GREATER population of defective people. Of course, he didn’t go on to say who would take responsibility and pay for their lifelong care. But out of the other side of his mouth, he’ll talk about all the government programs he’d CUT that might help the handicapped and never see any disconnect in logic there.

    And just when you think things can’t get any crazier, the Mormons start trying to “save” Anne Frank’s immortal soul!

  3. annie pelfrey says:

    exactly! if you’re not christian, you’re going to you know where!

  4. Britta says:

    It’s all a bunch of political crap. Why are candidates getting into these personal issues? Why are we taking such a huge step backwards in the name of campaigning? Why does any politican believe that they have the right to make a personal decision for a woman who is facing a pregnancy…unwanted or otherwise. That is so big brother, and so scarey.

    Think about it, some huge pharmaceutical giant has lobbied to gain the endorsement for a vaccine that has, frankly, not been well tested and proposes to solve the problem of an unknown percentage of cervical cancer incidences. There have been so many HPV strains identified that do not contribute to this outcome yet that information is not readily available to the general public. Only the fear factor is promoted. Hmmmm. While it should be an option, it should not be a mandate. Gardisil is not proven or well tested, so why do folks feel so comfortable giving the vaccine to their child? What about promoting preventative methods?

    I recall research I did concerning Paxil several years ago. All of the European entities had weighed in that due to the risk of suicidal ideation, it should not be prescribed to those under the age of 18. Yet, with our big drug lobbyists, while they identified in trial studies that this patient population reliably reported suicide and attempted suicide, it continued in the US to be a protocol for treatment of depression and other related psychological disorders. If you search now, you will learn they have reversed their position and no longer recommend for patients 18 and under.

    If we didn’t have our brood who are unable to relocate, I would seriously consider crossing the Canadian border….and I may opt out when we reach retirement age. I am so tired of the political BS that is a hallmark of how America does business. It has nothing to do with citizens and everything related to political, egotistical, evangalitsical posturing.

  5. catsworking says:

    Britta, Karen here. While it’s true that American drug makers are totally without scruples when it comes to selling their products no matter how deadly they turn out to be, when we were kids, getting vaccinated before starting school was routine and I don’t remember there being any debate about it. As a result, polio and a bunch of other diseases were virtually wiped out.

    But now that parents are second-guessing and refusing to inoculate their kids, these diseases are making a comeback. Score one for ignorance.

    If I had a daughter and were faced with getting her vaccinated against some sexually-transmitted disease that could kill her, I’d absolutely do it without a second thought. Teaching “prevention” to kids is wasted breath. (Cue Bristol Palin.)

    We all know that many parents are too stupid or preoccupied to even have kids in the first place. Unless we start testing them and making them get licenses to prove competence before they’re allowed to procreate, we have to protect the children from their ignorance and neglect.

    But I’m with you. I am so SICK of listening to the uninformed insanity that passes for political discourse, Canada looks better to me every day.

  6. Britta says:

    Hi Karen,

    I see your logic but the reality is, Gardisil does not treat all forms of HPV and cervical cancer is one of the more slower growing cancers. Annual tests pretty much negate that it would ever advance to a life-threatening disease..ask any GYN who isn’t being bought off by his or her drug company. I would just hate to see some nasty genetic or other side-effect materialize 10 years from now and a whole generational co-hort of young women are wondering why they chose to vaccinate when there were other options.

    There has been huge concern over HIV vaccines developed for women that failed to do what they have been touted to do. When approved for prevention, that endoresement created a false sense of security that those under medication could engage in sex without worry. Such is also the case with Gardisil. Okay, I can have sex without protection. Not….

    Small Pox vaccinations went through a similar period of failure during the Civil War. Again, a false sense of security.

    H1N1, a recent example of a vaccine that had unpredicted side-effects, resulted in numerous cases of permanent disorders of the central nervous system.

    That is why I am saying that lack of sufficient testing, however eager the drug companies and other stakeholders are to see the drug approved, can create a bunch of longterm issues.

    And yeah, I agree on your prevention point, kids will do what they choose to do. I certainly did.

  7. adele says:

    A friend of mine told me that the wife of a Virginia legislator refused to have sex with him after she found out that he’d voterrd “yes” for transvaginal ultrasounds prior to abortion. Wouldn’t it be good if all the wives of the personhood/no contraception/no abortion wingnuts would follow suit?

  8. catsworking says:

    Adele, you know, that thought did occur to me, too. If the men want to mandate that all women MUST risk pregnancy, then they leave the women no choice but to abstain. Problem solved. And soon doctors would see a huge spike in repetitive stress injuries in men’s wrists.

    Britta, of course you have a valid point about not knowing the long-term effects of the vaccine — yet. It’s a shame that drug companies are such shameless profiteers that we can trust NOTHING they tell us about the safety of their products because we know they will releast only the self-serving results of their own testing.

    The H1N1 vaccine (and flu shots in general) seem totally profit-driven. At first, they were recommending people undergo 3 rounds of H1N1 shots for 3X the profit (I believe we blogged about that). I’ve never had a flu shot because I don’t trust that they can predict a year in advance which 3 strains of flu will be prevalent.

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