According to the Office of the Speaker of the House, the Bush Administration is drafting a proposed regulation which would curtail funding for domestic family planning centers that do not hire staff members who refuse to provide birth control. [Current law permits doctors and nurses to refuse to provide abortions in accordance with their religious beliefs.] Under this proposed ruling, condoms and birth control pills would be considered the equivalent of abortion. The implications of such a ruling are enormous in terms of women's health and freedom; the incidence of AIDs and other STDs, unwanted pregnancies, and abandoned or abused children; and the social/taxational impact of population expansion in a time of economic downturn, possibly a full blown Great Depression Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who only reluctantly of late encouraged discussion of possible Impeachment, or subsequent indictment and prosecution, of President George W. Bush and factotums of his Administation for their various crimes against innocents around the World, American Citizens and normal taxpayers, was quick and passionate in condemning the White House for the proposal. "If the Administration goes through with this draft proposal," reads Speaker Pelosi's released statement, "it will launch a dangerous assault on women's health. "The majority of Americans oppose this out of touch position that redefines contraception as abortion and represents a sustained pattern of the Bush Administration to reject medical and sound science in favor of a misguided ideology that has no place in our government." She urges the President to join her and other Democrats in helping to prevent "unintended pregnancies" and to reduce "the need for abortion" by supporting the use of family planning services and affordable birth control. Lots of luck, Nancy! Speaker Pelosi, whom I have met briefly, and whom I generally admire, has been so intent upon not "rocking the boat," creating an impression of across-the-aisle harmony, increasing the Congressional Democratic Majority, and maybe getting Barack Obama elected President, that she has ignored what America would look like if and when those goals were accomplished. Without rolling back the policies of the last seven years, and rooting out the criminals responsible in the Bush Administration for fiscal, domestic and war crimes, the next President may very well find the United States of America ungovernable, insuring a swift return (in four years time, or less) to disastrous Republican "Robber Baron-ism," jingoistic triumphalism, and world imperialism. Given its history of cynical, anti-democratic acts and hidden agendas, I would not put the above strategy past the Neocon, Project for a New American Century faction which has taken over the Republican Party in the last thiry years. "Next year, if we see the light, we must indict!" It will be much easier if we hold Impeachment Hearings now in the Judiciary Committee and on the Floor of Congress.
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