I’ve mostly kept my mouth shut in this latest round of calls decrying misogyny after the tragedy in Santa Barbara on Friday night, but a variety of reasons. Chief among those reasons is the fact that I am a straight white middle class dude who is the absolute embodiment of “privilege” in American…
Bill Halsam, Asshole of the Day for May 1, 2014
The GOP has been on a mission to make sure women can’t get abortions. Technically it remains legal, but they keep putting all sorts of restrictions that force clinics to close and that harass women trying to get them, such as invasive transvaginal ultrasounds. Many of these laws have been passed at the state level, only because the GOP has the control to pass them— Congressional Republicans want to control women’s bodies and choices too, they just can’t get the Democratically-controlled Senate to go along.
And it’s not just about abortion. The GOP has also fought long and hard to stop health insurance from covering birth control pills, with the big Hobby Lobby case still before the Supreme Court.
Against this backdrop, Tennessee passed a new law regarding pregnancy:
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill Tuesday that will allow criminal charges against women who struggle with drug dependency during their pregnancy.
The measure will also single out users of illegal street drugs, despite the fact that 41 percent of infants born addicted to drugs in Tennessee have that condition because their mothers are addicted to prescription painkillers.
Reproductive rights advocates had called on Haslam to veto the bill because it will discourage addicted pregnant women from seeking treatment, and is written in such a broad way that it could allow criminal charges for any poor pregnancy outcome, even if a woman is not addicted to drugs.
There’s just so many problems here, so let’s highlight the big ones:
- Women who struggle with drug dependency might not want to have a baby, but thanks to the GOP, birth control is hard to get and abortions even harder. But for her, getting pregnant will send her to jail.
- The law penalizes women addicted to street drugs but not to prescription pain killers. This is outrageous. If you care about the health of the baby, then it doesn’t matter which dangerous drug it is, only that it’s present. Why the distinction? The RH Reality Check post suggests it’s about race and wealth.
- The law also allows mothers to avoid charges if they get into a treatment program. But, as Asshole of the Day contributor @GirlGetALife asked today, “are there enough treatment programs to serve these women? I think the money spent prosecuting/imprisoning these women would be put to better use by funding more treatment programs, so they can get help.”
- Like all things regarding pregnancy, this law will only hits women. There’s no discussion of the charging the man who impregnated the drug addicted woman. Only the woman suffers.
It’s a flawed law that will hit women who already have enough problems to struggle with, and offers no help. The governor was pressured not to sign it, but he did. And for that, Bill Halsam is the Asshole of the Day.
It is Gov. Bill Halsam’s first time as Asshole of the Day.
Full story: RH Reality Check
Last week I wrote this piece for Comic Book Resources about the new Teen Titans #1 cover. The point of the piece was hey, there’s a broad demographic DC *could* be hitting with this book but the cover is certainly not made for that potential demographic. Instead, it’s more of the same-old,…
Make Your Move is an effort from Missoula’s Intervention in Action Project, a group of community organizations dedicated to ending sexual violence. Its campaign’s goals are to: 1) Engage men and women as allies to prevent sexual violence by increasing awareness and education about the dynamics of sexual violence and 2) Encourage bystanders to foster healthy non-violent relationships and interrupt attitudes, language and actions that support sexual violence.
Reblogging this so hard
Pass it on!
This should be an Industry Standard.
That’s it. I’ve figured out what I want to do with my life.
Cover art for Hell On Earth (Hellscape book 2), coming from Samhain Publishing on June 17. I totally had a girly-flail moment when I saw this, because, WOW. I mean, OMG, DID YOU SEE THIS JUST NOW??? **dies** This guy is my Sandman! My one-eyed, dangerous, sexy-badass Gutter boy! And the city ruin in the background is PERFECTION! I could not possibly love this cover any more. **pets it**
made by filmmaker David F. Sandberg
Someone described it as “I normally can’t stand horror stuff, but this one was short enough to stomach. Once. After that, it’s all nope nope nope, and I’m never turning my lights off ever again.”
Not clicking that link no no fuck no.
THIS IS FUCKING AWESOME.
Fantastic news for people who suffer regularly from migraine headaches. The FDA has just approved a wearable electrical stimulation device for sales in the United States — a headband that prevents the onset of migraines when worn for just 20 minutes each day.
A device like this is definitely long overdue. Some 10% of people worldwide suffer from migraines, a condition characterized by intense pulsing or throbbing pain in one area of the head, accompanied by nausea or vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound.
Developed by STX-Med in Beligum, Cefaly is a compact, portable, battery-powered, prescription device. It’s placed at the center of the forehead, just above the eyes, using a self-adhesive electrode. The headband then delivers transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) to the trigeminal nerve known to be involved in migraine headaches. The only known noticeable effect is a tingling or massaging sensation where the electrode is applied. It can only be used by people age 18 or older and should be used no more than once per day for 20 minutes. [x]
I appreciate the fact that they got a designer to make it look like a space tiara. They didn’t have to go that extra mile, but they did, because they care.
IS THIS REAL
I NEED THIS
My mother is on the verge of losing her job because the migraine medication she is on makes it harder to think, thus she can’t work as fast as they want her to. If this works, it will be a miracle.