There’s a good lead piece in the current Nation about the work of Cecile Richards, present head of Planned Parenthood, and daughter of Ann Richards, the late former governor (and last Democratic governor) of Texas. Today’s far right Republican money machine spends billions attacking Planned Parenthood to their own detriment. The organization, which has drawn the ire of the religious right (now largely conservative Catholics and the main body of evangelicals), since Roe V Wade continues to thrive. With Santorum and his reactionary views on women and his reflection of the unmarried male hierarchy in the Roman Catholic Church (most American Catholics, something over 85% ignore the hierarchy and practice birth control), women and lots of men are rushing in droves to support Planned Parenthood. While the right attacks the organization as primarily an abortion provider, the truth is only 3 per cent of the work of Planned Parenthood has anything to do with that purpose. Support for Birth Control until very recently has been a no brainer for the vast majority of the American population. But with the religious right tacking ever more rightward and sexist, the Republicans, despite the support of their umpteen billionaires on any given issue, may well be alienating the majority of American women (over half the population).
One of the things that most puzzles me about the “pro-life” crowd is that these are the same people who choose to ignore the obvious daily evidence of global warming, the extinction of 200 species a day, the turning of our oceans into carbonic acid to the detriment of all sea life. Just what kind of world do the “pro-lifers” expect to be bringing all these babies with rights from the moment of conception into? At the rate of the current worldwide supercapitalism, or industrialism on steroids, is going, we will literally extinguish life as we know it by the twenty-second century. And we will make much of the earth damned uninhabitable within decades. For all those deniers with their heads chronically in the sand, when was the last time Chicago was 80 degrees on March 12, as it was this past week? All you’ve got to do is pick up the very non-political weather map of your local newspaper, or look at the Weather Station online, or Yahoo Weather or any weather service, and you can see how out of wack the weather is. And the world’s “leaders” did nothing in Copenhagen and nothing in Durban. Climate change, for Joe Sixpack and Jane Eyeliner is just too big an issue, so we might as well ignore it, or believe the lies the fossil fuels companies tell us about it, and eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we all die. I for one would like my children and grandchildren to have a world to live in. By the way, the seven billion plus humans, the lethal species, that is ever expanding geometrically, and tearing up the planet on a daily basis, are the cause, as humans have always been the cause, of climate change. Denuding forests in the Middle East in biblical times produced, for example, the deserts that now are the norm there. And with our supersized Caterpillar equipment doing the corporate funded extractive thing all over the world now and reducing what were once mountains and rain forests to something akin to the surface of the moon, this does not bode well for posterity. The oh so holy and righteous among the religious right might consider the Gospel parable of the vineyard, whereby the owner of the vineyard entrusts it to a bunch of renters who despoil it, and he ultimately returns to reclaim it, and the despoilers do not make out so well.