Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Republicans Attack Toddler & Fertility

Scroll down to see the S-CHIP ad featuring Bethany Wilkerson, who was born with a heart defect. The Republicans are saying that Bethany should have never been born.
On the conference call, Dara admitted to me that she and Brian had been talking about having children since before they were married. She further admitted that after they were married she voluntarily left a job at a country club that had good health insurance, because the situation was "unmanageable." From there she took a job at a restaurant with no health insurance, and the couple went on to have a baby anyway, presuming that others would pay for it and certainly long before they knew their daughter would have a heart defect that probably cost the gross national product of Burkina Faso to fix.
How dare they conceive a child when they are not insured, especially when the child was conceived with a future heart defect! Those bastards! And then they went on to have the baby anyway!

Now, seriously, these people are going have to make up their minds. Either they love babies and think people should give birth to them, or they think that only the responsible people with insurance should have them. They can't have it both ways. Presumably the uninsured should not be having sex -- even if they are married -- or is it that they should abort any children they conceive? And please remember, this is the Republican party of George "Abstinence Only" Bush, who just appointed an anti-contraception Susan Orr as acting deputy assistant secretary for population affairs, so you don't get any points for saying "well, they should just use birth control!"

And before you start thinking that this is just a few fringe loonies, remember, that's what we thought when the Republicans swiftboated a little kid last week! (And they continue to lie about it!)

(btw, I called Zach Wamp's office in DC yesterday to encourage him to support the effort to override Bush's cruel veto of S-CHIP funding. Have you called your congressman yet? The battle wages tomorrow.)

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