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9th-Apr-2011 05:40 pm
"Dear friends of the Earth Observatory,

As you may know, the U.S. government is facing a shutdown due to the
end of funding. As a result, the Earth Observatory site will not be
updated for the duration of that shutdown (and may not be available at
all) which may begin tomorrow, Saturday April 9.

We hope that there will be a quick resolution to this crisis and we
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No, seriously, wtf guys?  Is this GOP/tea party shit?
9th-Apr-2011 04:19 pm (UTC)
I'm very pro-choice and I would love for Planned Parenthood to get off the Federal money, because if you don't take Federal money, they have less hold over you. I would love to see Planned Parenthood funded solely by private donors so if even more Conservatives get elected, they can't threaten to cut them off because they aren't taking any money.

The big problem is that Clinton, when president, could have done something about abortion rights and accessibility, but wimped out and kicked it to the states to individually decide, which is why you have South Dakota instituting this 72-hour waiting crap law.

Don't think that Republicans are automatically anti-choice. I'm a Republican, but I'm pre-Reagan Republican. Before Reagan came along, Republicans were pro-choice (and so was Bush the elder) until Reagan made him an offer to join him as VP on the 1980 ticket unless he changed from pro-choice to pro-life. Reagan was the one who got the Conservatives in the South, who traditionally voted for Democrats and were anti-civil rights and pro-life, to switch to the Republican party. In the 60's, it was the Republicans who pushed through the Civil Right Act and the Democrats in the South who fought it.

So where the whole GOP and women's reproductive rights thing comes in, you can say it's Reagan's fault. He was a religious man who latched on to those evangelical preachers who railed against a woman's choice.

Barry Goldwater, who was a Republican Senator from Arizona back in the 50's-80's was the classic, old school Republican, which is now called Libertarian.

To quote from wikipedia: By the 1980s, the increasing influence of the Christian right on the Republican Party so conflicted with Goldwater's libertarian views that he became a vocal opponent of the religious right on issues such as gay rights and the role of religion in public life.
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