oblivietto: (so say we all)
Oh, Iowa. You've disappointed me. What is this "justifiable homicide" bullshit??

It seems that there are two proposed pieces of legislation (House File 153 and House File 7), which, in combination, would serve to create a loophole that would make it legal to use "deadly force" to protect a fetus. In other words, murdering abortion providers could be considered a justifiable homicide. This is just not okay. All providers of this completely legal procedure would live under constant threat of attack by deadly force. So would any woman who entered a clinic where abortions are performed. I am incredulous and sickened that this is even being considered by our legislature. This is wrong.

Please join me in signing this petition, entreating Iowa lawmakers to vote against House File 153 and House File 7. It's easy to sign, and will only take a moment of your time. You can help protect lives and women's rights. As a woman and an Iowan, I appreciate every single signature on the petition, and I thank you. Please share this information and petition in any forum you can.
Pax et bonum,

Iowa girl

Feb. 3rd, 2011 06:41 pm
oblivietto: (so say we all)
As you may or may not know, the Iowa Legislature is preparing to vote on whether or not gay marriage will continue to be legal in our state. I was proud when it became legal; most people were amazed that this legislation would come out of the heartland. Most people don't think about Iowa politics except at the beginning of each presidential campaign, when we caucus. (which is a thrilling sport, and not to be taken lightly) Most people do not expect Iowa to have a liberal bent, but we do, both politically and (to a lesser degree), socially. Every now and then we surprise the rest of the world and pull something fantastic out of our collective feed cap. The gay marriage ruling was one of those fantastic things. Now, unfortunately, some Iowans want to reverse that legislation. But here's something else to make me proud to be an Iowan. This young man says it all:
Pax et bonum,

oblivietto: (so say we all)
For the first time in a long time, I can feel proud of something the US government has done. The bill to repeal the terrible Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy passed, 65-31, in the Senate today! Eight Republicans crossed the aisle to vote for the repeal:

Scott Brown, Massachusetts
Susan Collins and Olympia J. Snowe, Maine
Lisa Murkowski, Alaska
Mark Kirk, Illinois
John Ensign, Nevada
Richard Burr, North Carolina
George Voinovich, Ohio

I plan to write to each of these Senators, thanking them for their votes. It will take awhile - months, at least - for the repeal to go into effect, but it will happen, and that is something worth celebrating.
Pax et bonum,


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