The War on Women: A Progressive Man’s View

April 9, 2012
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By Vincent Martin

A (self-admitted) conservative male acquaintance recently asked me what the War on Women means. Herein I will attempt to answer him.

First, let me provide a shortened definition of War: War is an organized, armed, and often a prolonged conflict that is carried on between states, nations, or other partiestypified by extreme aggression, social disruption, and usually high mortality…” For the past ten years or so, there has been a nationwide assault by Right-wing Conservatives in this nation on women’s reproductive health (birth control, abortion, and access those services, etc.) that could certainly fit the definition of War. The political, social, and moral assaults by all strata of conservatism at the federal, state, and local levels of government across the U.S. have been unrelenting in nature and socially disruptive.

This Republican/Conservative sponsored War on Women has reached a fulcrum in the last two years, as state after state has introduced legislation designed to limit women’s access to abortion and or contraceptives and the health clinics set up to administer them. The nation’s most visible women’s health organization, Planned Parenthood, has come under withering, sustained, and unrelenting attack by the denizens of the Right for its support of abortion services to mostly low-income women across the nation.

The morality-based attack (most recently dressed up in the guise of religious freedom and thereby a question of Constitutional freedom) on women’s reproductive health issues across the nation certainly seems coordinated and calculated by the Right-wing and carried out by the Republican Party and their minions (e.g., Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Fox News) to disrupt and or upset established societal norms that were hard fought for and codified in establish law since the mid-1960s.

Below are links to some of the actions taking place on the battle-front:

  1. Texas Loses Entire Women’s Health Program Over Planned Parenthood Law
  2. Arizona Birth Control Bill Penalizes Women for Using Contraception For Non-Medical Reasons
  3. Republican-Controlled Arizona Legislature On Cusp Of Defunding Planned Parenthood
  4. Virginia Senate Passes Controversial Ultrasound bill
  5. Gov. Corbett Defends Pennsylvania Ultrasound Bill Because ‘It’s Not Invasive’
  6. Top Ten Shocking Attacks from the GOP’s War on Women
  7. Over Half Of Women Of Reproductive Age Live In Abortion-Hostile States
  8. Mitt Romney on Planned Parenthood: We Will ‘Get Rid’ of It
  9. Rick Santorum: Women In Combat Could Create ‘Compromising Situation’ Because Of ‘Emotions’
  10. Rick Santorum To Single Mothers: Government Paternity Tests Or No Welfare
  11.  Senate Strikes Down Blunt Amendment on Contraception Rule
  12. Romney clarifies stance on Blunt Amendment: “Of course” I’m for it
  13. Limbaugh Calls Student Denied Spot At Contraception Hearing A ‘Slut’
  14. New Hampshire House Passes A Bill That Falsely Claims Abortion Causes Breast Cancer
  15. Mississippi House Passes Measure Aimed At Closing The State’s Only Abortion Clinic
  16. Idaho Anti-Abortion Bill Could Send Women Seeking Abortions To Crisis Pregnancy Centers
  17. Georgia Republican Compares Women to Cows, Pigs, And Chickens
  18. Kansas Anti-Abortion Bill Threatens Doctors’ Training
  19. Florida Anti-Abortion Bill Faces Uncertainty In Senate After House Passage
  20. Indiana Lawmaker Accuses Girl Scouts Of Pushing ‘Pro-Abortion’ Agenda, ‘Homosexual Lifestyles’
  21. The War on Women in the Courts

For me, the War on Women being waged by Conservatives/Republican Party is neither a moral nor an ethical issue, but one of the fundamental civil and human rights of women. The moral argument fails if the rights of women as full citizens in this nation are to be respected and upheld, and if women are to be afforded equal protection under law! This is a war with abortion and religion at its corrupted core.

Like it or not, detest it or not, support it or not, abortion is legal in the United States as settled by Roe vs. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973). While the language of Roe does mandate a compelling state interest in the third trimester, and does suggest women use their choice in consultation with their medical professional, in the end, a woman has a right to choose if, when, how, and where she will carry a child; her womb, her choice!  A woman’s womb does not belong to the state, nor to society, it is her, inside her body, it is a part of her, like a kidney, a bladder, a heart, a lung.

Women’s wombs are not public property, nor do they belong to the Catholic Church, or to any religion for that matter; and they should not be the subject of public debate or public laws designed to govern their use and disposition.

The current onslaught of proposed and enacted laws is stunning in their seeming hatred and disrespect of women at a primal level, as they not only seek to make it next to impossible to obtain an abortion (Alabama is seeking to close the lone abortion clinic in the state), but to separate pregnant women from all other citizens, thereby creating a class of citizens whose every activity is scrutinized by the state and subject to criminal prosecution, as in the case of (then 15-year old) Rennie Gibbs who faces life in prison in Mississippi over the death of her unborn child.

These onerous and despicable laws not only seek State control over what a woman does with her body, her vagina, her womb, but would give that power to almost anyone else who seeks it as well (e.g., employers, insurance companies, clergy, husbands, boyfriends, rapists); anyone, that is, except the woman. In these legislative proposals, she is but a child, a scatterbrained, emotionally driven female who must be guided through life by level-headed (White) men who know best. These laws are debasing, demeaning, mean-spirited, misogynistic, and hateful; they are an affront to everything this nation is supposed to represent. And they must not be allowed to stand.

Noted feminist, satirist, and media critic Soraya Chemaly encapsulated the War on Women best in a recent article entitled: 10 Reasons the Rest of the World Thinks the U.S. Is Nuts in the Huffington Post, in which she wrote: “Mr. England unlike the calves and pigs for which you expressed so much empathy, I am not a beast of burden. I am a woman and I have these human rights:

The right to life.
The right to privacy.
The right to freedom.
The right to bodily integrity.
The right to decide when and how I reproduce.”

She went on to state: My human rights outweigh any you or the state corruptly and cynically seek to assign to a mass of dividing cells that will eventually turn into a ‘natural’ person. Personhood-for-zygote based bills and related legislation, like Georgia’s and hundreds of others, bills and laws that criminalize pregnancy and abortion and penalize women for being women, violate my human rights.”

Both she and I are pissed!!

I am tired of having to fight for rights that are already guaranteed under the Federal and all fifty state constitutions. Are these laws, these stains on the intellect and common decency of any rational human being, the mark of an “exceptional” nation Mr. Santorum?  I say no, far, far, from it!  I want America to be exceptional, to live out the lofty principles of her founding. But how can we, as a nation of over 300 million diverse people, move ahead when Conservative Republicans seek to drag us back to 1900 (or earlier) with their archaic, openly misogynist laws?

This is not the nation I want to bequeath to my four daughters and my eight nieces; a country wherein they are branded “sluts” and “prostitutes” for daring to have sex outside of marriage like so many men habitually do.  This is not the nation I want to live in now where such hatred towards my wife, my daughters, my nieces, my friends is tolerated and held up as sane when in fact, it is denigrating and degrading to ALL women, and ultimately to all Americans.

At the end of her article, Soraya Chemaly wrote: In an 1851 speech in which she argued for equal rights for women, Sojourner Truth said the following: ‘The poor men seems to be all in confusion, and don’t know what to do. Why children, if you have woman’s rights, give it to her and you will feel better. You will have your own rights, and they won’t be so much trouble.’”

And so, I have joined the battle on the side of the Angels because I truly believe in equal rights for all Americans, not just some. Human rights are universal, and they are not just for those who wield a penis and wear fair skin. We all deserve to live our lives with dignity, respect, and a modicum of happiness no matter where and how we choose to seek it.

Men: women are sexual beings, they want and enjoy sex every bit as much as we do, deal with it! Abortion is legal, and contraception is a medical necessity for a modern American woman’s reproductive health; deal with it. Women are not our playthings, they are not our property; they are human beings who deserve our respect, our understanding, and our support!

And so, I fight side-by-side with women on this issue, I stand shoulder-to-shoulder with my beautiful wife, daughters, nieces, friends, and citizens to let them know THIS man has their backs!  Like them, I will see these laws and these men—and in some sad cases, women—turned out of office, and struck from the airwaves and this hateful, destructive War on Women brought to a swift close with the victory flag waving high on the side of the Progressive, the rational, the sane.

Enough is enough.

Have you had enough? Join us on April 28, 2012 for the National Protest Against The War on Women being held in all 50 states simultaneously.

___________________________

Vincent Martin is a retired 15-year Navy Veteran, who now lives in Aurora, IL with his wife of 12 years.  Vincent works for a mid-sized financial services firm in Chicago, IL.  Vincent has four daughters, ranging in age from 17 – 32.

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396 Responses to The War on Women: A Progressive Man’s View

  1. Kristin lf on April 9, 2012 at 2:55 am

    Thank you.

  2. Kristin lf on April 9, 2012 at 2:55 am

    Thank you.

  3. Kristin lf on April 9, 2012 at 2:55 am

    Thank you.

  4. Kristin lf on April 9, 2012 at 2:55 am

    Thank you.

  5. Shaina on April 9, 2012 at 4:17 am

    Thank you for this.

  6. Shaina on April 9, 2012 at 4:17 am

    Thank you for this.

  7. Shaina on April 9, 2012 at 4:17 am

    Thank you for this.

  8. Shaina on April 9, 2012 at 4:17 am

    Thank you for this.

  9. Joshua Rappaport on April 9, 2012 at 5:29 am

    Thank you. This article is necessary. In the extreme. More and more I find my views, equality and fairness towards all, being met with cynicism and incredulity from my "fellow Americans". It makes me ashamed. That my nation and the men therein act as such. I didn't serve my country for this. I left because of it… The progressive man is a minority I fear in this land of crazy.

    • Vincent on April 10, 2012 at 9:00 am

      That you for taking the time to read the article; I did not serve my country for this either!! Sadly, intellectual discourse, and reasoned debate are a dying art in this, the country with THE most institutes of higher learning than any other in the world! We must reclaim our nation and our sanity from the Conservative hoards that threaten to end the Grand Experiment in ineloquent failure!

      • Elissa Lynn on April 11, 2012 at 1:54 am

        My Dear Mr. Martin,
        How eloquently put. YOU are an example, IMHO, of a real man; one who has compassion and understanding of all human beings, in this case, particularly, women. I applaud your integrity, intelligence, and sincerity. My only disagreement with what you wrote, is that you indicated (white men) are doing this. It's men of all cultures world-wide that have helped to propagate the theory that women are chattel. Other than that, my friend, you have written a beautiful piece of work!

        • Konstanz Kuraz on April 11, 2012 at 12:11 pm

          Yes, yes, yes. I am in total agreement with the above comment. Mr. Martin, you are what intelligent women call a REAL man. You are a dream come true for the women of the world who seek a compassionate man who is strong enough and clear-minded enough to fully embrace them as equals and champion their strengths… a man who is wise enough to trust them rather than fear them. What a glorious example you are for other men! One who is stepping up to the plate of mutual empowerment and the co-creation of a new world that is not built upon control and oppression. I do agree with Elissa in the above comment who states that cultures world wide have contributed to the de-humanizing of women. But I agree with you in that it has played out in America mostly through white men—not to mention the white women who thought that their own way to personal empowerment was through becoming more like these white men. And how ironic that some of the Native American cultures that these white men replaced had traditionally held their women in great respect and given them positions of autonomy and power in their society. Thank you for helping to bring women back to that place so that together we can more accurately role model a home of the free and the brave for the benefit of ALL of humanity, both here and abroad!

          • Vincent on April 13, 2012 at 2:25 am

            Konstanz, I agree this is a growing and sustained issue worldwide and need to be aggressively addressed! But I wanted to limit the article to just the U.S., because our backyard need weeding!!

  10. Joshua Rappaport on April 9, 2012 at 5:29 am

    Thank you. This article is necessary. In the extreme. More and more I find my views, equality and fairness towards all, being met with cynicism and incredulity from my "fellow Americans". It makes me ashamed. That my nation and the men therein act as such. I didn't serve my country for this. I left because of it… The progressive man is a minority I fear in this land of crazy.

    • Vincent on April 10, 2012 at 9:00 am

      That you for taking the time to read the article; I did not serve my country for this either!! Sadly, intellectual discourse, and reasoned debate are a dying art in this, the country with THE most institutes of higher learning than any other in the world! We must reclaim our nation and our sanity from the Conservative hoards that threaten to end the Grand Experiment in ineloquent failure!

      • Elissa Lynn on April 11, 2012 at 1:54 am

        My Dear Mr. Martin,
        How eloquently put. YOU are an example, IMHO, of a real man; one who has compassion and understanding of all human beings, in this case, particularly, women. I applaud your integrity, intelligence, and sincerity. My only disagreement with what you wrote, is that you indicated (white men) are doing this. It's men of all cultures world-wide that have helped to propagate the theory that women are chattel. Other than that, my friend, you have written a beautiful piece of work!

        • Konstanz Kuraz on April 11, 2012 at 12:11 pm

          Yes, yes, yes. I am in total agreement with the above comment. Mr. Martin, you are what intelligent women call a REAL man. You are a dream come true for the women of the world who seek a compassionate man who is strong enough and clear-minded enough to fully embrace them as equals and champion their strengths… a man who is wise enough to trust them rather than fear them. What a glorious example you are for other men! One who is stepping up to the plate of mutual empowerment and the co-creation of a new world that is not built upon control and oppression. I do agree with Elissa in the above comment who states that cultures world wide have contributed to the de-humanizing of women. But I agree with you in that it has played out in America mostly through white men—not to mention the white women who thought that their own way to personal empowerment was through becoming more like these white men. And how ironic that some of the Native American cultures that these white men replaced had traditionally held their women in great respect and given them positions of autonomy and power in their society. Thank you for helping to bring women back to that place so that together we can more accurately role model a home of the free and the brave for the benefit of ALL of humanity, both here and abroad!

          • Vincent on April 13, 2012 at 2:25 am

            Konstanz, I agree this is a growing and sustained issue worldwide and need to be aggressively addressed! But I wanted to limit the article to just the U.S., because our backyard need weeding!!

  11. Joshua Rappaport on April 9, 2012 at 5:29 am

    Thank you. This article is necessary. In the extreme. More and more I find my views, equality and fairness towards all, being met with cynicism and incredulity from my "fellow Americans". It makes me ashamed. That my nation and the men therein act as such. I didn't serve my country for this. I left because of it… The progressive man is a minority I fear in this land of crazy.

    • Vincent on April 10, 2012 at 9:00 am

      That you for taking the time to read the article; I did not serve my country for this either!! Sadly, intellectual discourse, and reasoned debate are a dying art in this, the country with THE most institutes of higher learning than any other in the world! We must reclaim our nation and our sanity from the Conservative hoards that threaten to end the Grand Experiment in ineloquent failure!

      • Elissa Lynn on April 11, 2012 at 1:54 am

        My Dear Mr. Martin,
        How eloquently put. YOU are an example, IMHO, of a real man; one who has compassion and understanding of all human beings, in this case, particularly, women. I applaud your integrity, intelligence, and sincerity. My only disagreement with what you wrote, is that you indicated (white men) are doing this. It's men of all cultures world-wide that have helped to propagate the theory that women are chattel. Other than that, my friend, you have written a beautiful piece of work!

        • Konstanz Kuraz on April 11, 2012 at 12:11 pm

          Yes, yes, yes. I am in total agreement with the above comment. Mr. Martin, you are what intelligent women call a REAL man. You are a dream come true for the women of the world who seek a compassionate man who is strong enough and clear-minded enough to fully embrace them as equals and champion their strengths… a man who is wise enough to trust them rather than fear them. What a glorious example you are for other men! One who is stepping up to the plate of mutual empowerment and the co-creation of a new world that is not built upon control and oppression. I do agree with Elissa in the above comment who states that cultures world wide have contributed to the de-humanizing of women. But I agree with you in that it has played out in America mostly through white men—not to mention the white women who thought that their own way to personal empowerment was through becoming more like these white men. And how ironic that some of the Native American cultures that these white men replaced had traditionally held their women in great respect and given them positions of autonomy and power in their society. Thank you for helping to bring women back to that place so that together we can more accurately role model a home of the free and the brave for the benefit of ALL of humanity, both here and abroad!

          • Vincent on April 13, 2012 at 2:25 am

            Konstanz, I agree this is a growing and sustained issue worldwide and need to be aggressively addressed! But I wanted to limit the article to just the U.S., because our backyard need weeding!!

  12. Joshua Rappaport on April 9, 2012 at 5:29 am

    Thank you. This article is necessary. In the extreme. More and more I find my views, equality and fairness towards all, being met with cynicism and incredulity from my "fellow Americans". It makes me ashamed. That my nation and the men therein act as such. I didn't serve my country for this. I left because of it… The progressive man is a minority I fear in this land of crazy.

    • Vincent on April 10, 2012 at 9:00 am

      That you for taking the time to read the article; I did not serve my country for this either!! Sadly, intellectual discourse, and reasoned debate are a dying art in this, the country with THE most institutes of higher learning than any other in the world! We must reclaim our nation and our sanity from the Conservative hoards that threaten to end the Grand Experiment in ineloquent failure!

      • Elissa Lynn on April 11, 2012 at 1:54 am

        My Dear Mr. Martin,
        How eloquently put. YOU are an example, IMHO, of a real man; one who has compassion and understanding of all human beings, in this case, particularly, women. I applaud your integrity, intelligence, and sincerity. My only disagreement with what you wrote, is that you indicated (white men) are doing this. It's men of all cultures world-wide that have helped to propagate the theory that women are chattel. Other than that, my friend, you have written a beautiful piece of work!

        • Konstanz Kuraz on April 11, 2012 at 12:11 pm

          Yes, yes, yes. I am in total agreement with the above comment. Mr. Martin, you are what intelligent women call a REAL man. You are a dream come true for the women of the world who seek a compassionate man who is strong enough and clear-minded enough to fully embrace them as equals and champion their strengths… a man who is wise enough to trust them rather than fear them. What a glorious example you are for other men! One who is stepping up to the plate of mutual empowerment and the co-creation of a new world that is not built upon control and oppression. I do agree with Elissa in the above comment who states that cultures world wide have contributed to the de-humanizing of women. But I agree with you in that it has played out in America mostly through white men—not to mention the white women who thought that their own way to personal empowerment was through becoming more like these white men. And how ironic that some of the Native American cultures that these white men replaced had traditionally held their women in great respect and given them positions of autonomy and power in their society. Thank you for helping to bring women back to that place so that together we can more accurately role model a home of the free and the brave for the benefit of ALL of humanity, both here and abroad!

          • Vincent on April 13, 2012 at 2:25 am

            Konstanz, I agree this is a growing and sustained issue worldwide and need to be aggressively addressed! But I wanted to limit the article to just the U.S., because our backyard need weeding!!

  13. Greg on April 9, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Well done, Mr. Martin. Clearly and elegantly stated.

  14. Greg on April 9, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Well done, Mr. Martin. Clearly and elegantly stated.

  15. Greg on April 9, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Well done, Mr. Martin. Clearly and elegantly stated.

  16. Greg on April 9, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Well done, Mr. Martin. Clearly and elegantly stated.

  17. Anhelo on April 9, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Thank you!

  18. Anhelo on April 9, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Thank you!

  19. Anhelo on April 9, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Thank you!

  20. Anhelo on April 9, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Thank you!

  21. Darnell Moore on April 9, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Thank you very much for this powerful statement!

  22. Darnell Moore on April 9, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Thank you very much for this powerful statement!

  23. Darnell Moore on April 9, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Thank you very much for this powerful statement!

  24. Darnell Moore on April 9, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Thank you very much for this powerful statement!

  25. Melissa Blanco on April 9, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Amazing. Thank you.

  26. Melissa Blanco on April 9, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Amazing. Thank you.

  27. Melissa Blanco on April 9, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Amazing. Thank you.

  28. Melissa Blanco on April 9, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Amazing. Thank you.

  29. Ceridwyn2 on April 9, 2012 at 11:07 am

    This is great. Thank you. Fortunately, I live in Canada, where the level of sanity of politicians is a little higher, even amongst most of our conservative politicians. Or at least the Canadian bullshit detector is higher. It's not perfect, but it works.

    • Vincent on April 10, 2012 at 9:11 am

      Save me a spot in Nova Scotia!

  30. Ceridwyn2 on April 9, 2012 at 11:07 am

    This is great. Thank you. Fortunately, I live in Canada, where the level of sanity of politicians is a little higher, even amongst most of our conservative politicians. Or at least the Canadian bullshit detector is higher. It's not perfect, but it works.

    • Vincent on April 10, 2012 at 9:11 am

      Save me a spot in Nova Scotia!

  31. Ceridwyn2 on April 9, 2012 at 11:07 am

    This is great. Thank you. Fortunately, I live in Canada, where the level of sanity of politicians is a little higher, even amongst most of our conservative politicians. Or at least the Canadian bullshit detector is higher. It's not perfect, but it works.

    • Vincent on April 10, 2012 at 9:11 am

      Save me a spot in Nova Scotia!

  32. Ceridwyn2 on April 9, 2012 at 11:07 am

    This is great. Thank you. Fortunately, I live in Canada, where the level of sanity of politicians is a little higher, even amongst most of our conservative politicians. Or at least the Canadian bullshit detector is higher. It's not perfect, but it works.

    • Vincent on April 10, 2012 at 9:11 am

      Save me a spot in Nova Scotia!

  33. Grant on April 9, 2012 at 11:07 am

    My man.

    Yes.

  34. Grant on April 9, 2012 at 11:07 am

    My man.

    Yes.

  35. Grant on April 9, 2012 at 11:07 am

    My man.

    Yes.

  36. Grant on April 9, 2012 at 11:07 am

    My man.

    Yes.

  37. Tanya Patrick on April 9, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I'll not only be joining you, I'll be passing it along to every person I can think of! We cannot go continue to let the rights of half the population of the United States deteriorate into the hands of a small group of people.

    I applaud you for speaking out so eloquently for your daughters, nieces and the rights of all women. Thank you again!

    • Vincent on April 10, 2012 at 9:16 am

      Tanya, you are welcome; I too want to live in a nation wherein we are all free to live our lives free from government and societal interference.

  38. Tanya Patrick on April 9, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I'll not only be joining you, I'll be passing it along to every person I can think of! We cannot go continue to let the rights of half the population of the United States deteriorate into the hands of a small group of people.

    I applaud you for speaking out so eloquently for your daughters, nieces and the rights of all women. Thank you again!

    • Vincent on April 10, 2012 at 9:16 am

      Tanya, you are welcome; I too want to live in a nation wherein we are all free to live our lives free from government and societal interference.

  39. Tanya Patrick on April 9, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I'll not only be joining you, I'll be passing it along to every person I can think of! We cannot go continue to let the rights of half the population of the United States deteriorate into the hands of a small group of people.

    I applaud you for speaking out so eloquently for your daughters, nieces and the rights of all women. Thank you again!

    • Vincent on April 10, 2012 at 9:16 am

      Tanya, you are welcome; I too want to live in a nation wherein we are all free to live our lives free from government and societal interference.

  40. Tanya Patrick on April 9, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I'll not only be joining you, I'll be passing it along to every person I can think of! We cannot go continue to let the rights of half the population of the United States deteriorate into the hands of a small group of people.

    I applaud you for speaking out so eloquently for your daughters, nieces and the rights of all women. Thank you again!

    • Vincent on April 10, 2012 at 9:16 am

      Tanya, you are welcome; I too want to live in a nation wherein we are all free to live our lives free from government and societal interference.

  41. Tanya Patrick on April 9, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Apologies for the wrong email. This is the correct one. Thank you again!

  42. Tanya Patrick on April 9, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Apologies for the wrong email. This is the correct one. Thank you again!

  43. Tanya Patrick on April 9, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Apologies for the wrong email. This is the correct one. Thank you again!

  44. Tanya Patrick on April 9, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Apologies for the wrong email. This is the correct one. Thank you again!

  45. Deanne on April 9, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Bravo!! Thank You!

  46. Deanne on April 9, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Bravo!! Thank You!

  47. Deanne on April 9, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Bravo!! Thank You!

  48. Deanne on April 9, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Bravo!! Thank You!

  49. Beverly Diehl on April 9, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Thank you so much for standing up for what's right. Even while my sister and I need need to speak up for ourselves, we welcome the help of our male allies.

    Women's rights are human rights. If you cannot respect a woman – her intelligence, her autonomy, her right to make her own decisions about her own body – you cannot respect yourself.

    • Vincent on April 10, 2012 at 9:18 am

      Beverly, agreed!! Conservative men (and women) need to accept that American women are full citizens who do not need anyone to hold their hands through life!!

  50. Beverly Diehl on April 9, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Thank you so much for standing up for what's right. Even while my sister and I need need to speak up for ourselves, we welcome the help of our male allies.

    Women's rights are human rights. If you cannot respect a woman – her intelligence, her autonomy, her right to make her own decisions about her own body – you cannot respect yourself.

    • Vincent on April 10, 2012 at 9:18 am

      Beverly, agreed!! Conservative men (and women) need to accept that American women are full citizens who do not need anyone to hold their hands through life!!

  51. Beverly Diehl on April 9, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Thank you so much for standing up for what's right. Even while my sister and I need need to speak up for ourselves, we welcome the help of our male allies.

    Women's rights are human rights. If you cannot respect a woman – her intelligence, her autonomy, her right to make her own decisions about her own body – you cannot respect yourself.

    • Vincent on April 10, 2012 at 9:18 am

      Beverly, agreed!! Conservative men (and women) need to accept that American women are full citizens who do not need anyone to hold their hands through life!!

  52. Beverly Diehl on April 9, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Thank you so much for standing up for what's right. Even while my sister and I need need to speak up for ourselves, we welcome the help of our male allies.

    Women's rights are human rights. If you cannot respect a woman – her intelligence, her autonomy, her right to make her own decisions about her own body – you cannot respect yourself.

    • Vincent on April 10, 2012 at 9:18 am

      Beverly, agreed!! Conservative men (and women) need to accept that American women are full citizens who do not need anyone to hold their hands through life!!

  53. Leslie Rubio on April 9, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Thank you Vincent. I appreciate your voice. We will fight against the war on women together and we will find the peace we deserve and share!

  54. Leslie Rubio on April 9, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Thank you Vincent. I appreciate your voice. We will fight against the war on women together and we will find the peace we deserve and share!

  55. Leslie Rubio on April 9, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Thank you Vincent. I appreciate your voice. We will fight against the war on women together and we will find the peace we deserve and share!

  56. Leslie Rubio on April 9, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Thank you Vincent. I appreciate your voice. We will fight against the war on women together and we will find the peace we deserve and share!

  57. M on April 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Thank you. It is good to know that there are progressive men. Men who wish to get involved. Men who believe that women are equal, and will actually say it. And that a woman should have rights to her life and her body over that of a small mass of cells.

  58. Marie S. on April 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Well said, sir! Thank you!

  59. M on April 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Thank you. It is good to know that there are progressive men. Men who wish to get involved. Men who believe that women are equal, and will actually say it. And that a woman should have rights to her life and her body over that of a small mass of cells.

  60. Marie S. on April 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Well said, sir! Thank you!

  61. M on April 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Thank you. It is good to know that there are progressive men. Men who wish to get involved. Men who believe that women are equal, and will actually say it. And that a woman should have rights to her life and her body over that of a small mass of cells.

  62. Marie S. on April 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Well said, sir! Thank you!

  63. M on April 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Thank you. It is good to know that there are progressive men. Men who wish to get involved. Men who believe that women are equal, and will actually say it. And that a woman should have rights to her life and her body over that of a small mass of cells.

  64. Marie S. on April 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Well said, sir! Thank you!

  65. ErinSands on April 9, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Now, Vincent, you will have a light heart and know that you will not be remembered by the women you love for your silence – but for your courage. Well done!

  66. ErinSands on April 9, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Now, Vincent, you will have a light heart and know that you will not be remembered by the women you love for your silence – but for your courage. Well done!

  67. ErinSands on April 9, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Now, Vincent, you will have a light heart and know that you will not be remembered by the women you love for your silence – but for your courage. Well done!

  68. ErinSands on April 9, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Now, Vincent, you will have a light heart and know that you will not be remembered by the women you love for your silence – but for your courage. Well done!

  69. nancee mcpherson on April 9, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Wow, don't know whether to cry ( in gratitude ) or jump up & down! Thank you, thank you for giving me a reasonable, loving response to share. Mine often isn't. This stuff makes me nuts.

  70. nancee mcpherson on April 9, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Wow, don't know whether to cry ( in gratitude ) or jump up & down! Thank you, thank you for giving me a reasonable, loving response to share. Mine often isn't. This stuff makes me nuts.

  71. nancee mcpherson on April 9, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Wow, don't know whether to cry ( in gratitude ) or jump up & down! Thank you, thank you for giving me a reasonable, loving response to share. Mine often isn't. This stuff makes me nuts.

  72. nancee mcpherson on April 9, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Wow, don't know whether to cry ( in gratitude ) or jump up & down! Thank you, thank you for giving me a reasonable, loving response to share. Mine often isn't. This stuff makes me nuts.

  73. Jacque on April 9, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Thank you for this.

  74. Jacque on April 9, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Thank you for this.

  75. Jacque on April 9, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Thank you for this.

  76. Jacque on April 9, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Thank you for this.

  77. Nancy Mead on April 9, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Beautifully and thoughtfully written. THANK YOU!

  78. Nancy Mead on April 9, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Beautifully and thoughtfully written. THANK YOU!

  79. Nancy Mead on April 9, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Beautifully and thoughtfully written. THANK YOU!

  80. Nancy Mead on April 9, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Beautifully and thoughtfully written. THANK YOU!

  81. Leslie Todd on April 9, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Well said, and thank you. I can hardly believe the number of anti-woman sentiments and laws the GOP are voicing. I feel like I went to sleep and woke up in 1930.

  82. Leslie Todd on April 9, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Well said, and thank you. I can hardly believe the number of anti-woman sentiments and laws the GOP are voicing. I feel like I went to sleep and woke up in 1930.

  83. Leslie Todd on April 9, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Well said, and thank you. I can hardly believe the number of anti-woman sentiments and laws the GOP are voicing. I feel like I went to sleep and woke up in 1930.

  84. Leslie Todd on April 9, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Well said, and thank you. I can hardly believe the number of anti-woman sentiments and laws the GOP are voicing. I feel like I went to sleep and woke up in 1930.

  85. snakelady on April 9, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Thank you! I'll be tweeting and facebooking your article!

  86. snakelady on April 9, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Thank you! I'll be tweeting and facebooking your article!

  87. snakelady on April 9, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Thank you! I'll be tweeting and facebooking your article!

  88. snakelady on April 9, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Thank you! I'll be tweeting and facebooking your article!

  89. Jenny on April 9, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Thank you, couldn't have said it better. Your support is very deeply appreciated. I agree, ALL humans deserve human rights, not just some.

  90. Jenny on April 9, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Thank you, couldn't have said it better. Your support is very deeply appreciated. I agree, ALL humans deserve human rights, not just some.

  91. Jenny on April 9, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Thank you, couldn't have said it better. Your support is very deeply appreciated. I agree, ALL humans deserve human rights, not just some.

  92. Jenny on April 9, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Thank you, couldn't have said it better. Your support is very deeply appreciated. I agree, ALL humans deserve human rights, not just some.

  93. Ledo Maine on April 9, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Fabulous, Vincent. You're still standing up for us (women), representing us most accurately, as always. Thanks, again, as always.

  94. Ledo Maine on April 9, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Fabulous, Vincent. You're still standing up for us (women), representing us most accurately, as always. Thanks, again, as always.

  95. Ledo Maine on April 9, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Fabulous, Vincent. You're still standing up for us (women), representing us most accurately, as always. Thanks, again, as always.

  96. Ledo Maine on April 9, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Fabulous, Vincent. You're still standing up for us (women), representing us most accurately, as always. Thanks, again, as always.

  97. Chris on April 9, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Well said. Thank you, sir.

  98. Chris on April 9, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Well said. Thank you, sir.

  99. Chris on April 9, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Well said. Thank you, sir.

  100. Chris on April 9, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Well said. Thank you, sir.

  101. Amanda on April 9, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Thank you, Mr. Martin.

  102. Amanda on April 9, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Thank you, Mr. Martin.

  103. Amanda on April 9, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Thank you, Mr. Martin.

  104. Amanda on April 9, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Thank you, Mr. Martin.

  105. swapna bauman on April 9, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Vincent beautiful article pointing out it is a woman's to decide what happens to her body.

  106. swapna bauman on April 9, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Vincent beautiful article pointing out it is a woman's to decide what happens to her body.

  107. swapna bauman on April 9, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Vincent beautiful article pointing out it is a woman's to decide what happens to her body.

  108. swapna bauman on April 9, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Vincent beautiful article pointing out it is a woman's to decide what happens to her body.

  109. Michael on April 9, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Thank you for collating and summarizing this dreadful trend. I will never understand men and women who hate their mothers, wives, sisters, friends, and daughters as much as our conservative brothers and sisters do.

    • Vincent on April 10, 2012 at 9:24 am

      Michael, I know it saddens my soul to feel and experience such intolerance and thinly veiled distain, hatred, and disrespect for the lives and freedoms of others. We (the USA) hold ourselves up as THE moral example, the shinning beacon of freedom for the rest of the world to aspire to, but Conservatives are acting no better than the Taliban seeking to control every aspect of life!! Shame of them and shame on us if we do not rise up, come together and stop them!!

  110. Michael on April 9, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Thank you for collating and summarizing this dreadful trend. I will never understand men and women who hate their mothers, wives, sisters, friends, and daughters as much as our conservative brothers and sisters do.

    • Vincent on April 10, 2012 at 9:24 am

      Michael, I know it saddens my soul to feel and experience such intolerance and thinly veiled distain, hatred, and disrespect for the lives and freedoms of others. We (the USA) hold ourselves up as THE moral example, the shinning beacon of freedom for the rest of the world to aspire to, but Conservatives are acting no better than the Taliban seeking to control every aspect of life!! Shame of them and shame on us if we do not rise up, come together and stop them!!

  111. Michael on April 9, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Thank you for collating and summarizing this dreadful trend. I will never understand men and women who hate their mothers, wives, sisters, friends, and daughters as much as our conservative brothers and sisters do.

    • Vincent on April 10, 2012 at 9:24 am

      Michael, I know it saddens my soul to feel and experience such intolerance and thinly veiled distain, hatred, and disrespect for the lives and freedoms of others. We (the USA) hold ourselves up as THE moral example, the shinning beacon of freedom for the rest of the world to aspire to, but Conservatives are acting no better than the Taliban seeking to control every aspect of life!! Shame of them and shame on us if we do not rise up, come together and stop them!!

  112. Michael on April 9, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Thank you for collating and summarizing this dreadful trend. I will never understand men and women who hate their mothers, wives, sisters, friends, and daughters as much as our conservative brothers and sisters do.

    • Vincent on April 10, 2012 at 9:24 am

      Michael, I know it saddens my soul to feel and experience such intolerance and thinly veiled distain, hatred, and disrespect for the lives and freedoms of others. We (the USA) hold ourselves up as THE moral example, the shinning beacon of freedom for the rest of the world to aspire to, but Conservatives are acting no better than the Taliban seeking to control every aspect of life!! Shame of them and shame on us if we do not rise up, come together and stop them!!

  113. Autumn on April 10, 2012 at 1:52 am

    Wonderful

  114. Autumn on April 10, 2012 at 1:52 am

    Wonderful

  115. Autumn on April 10, 2012 at 1:52 am

    Wonderful

  116. Autumn on April 10, 2012 at 1:52 am

    Wonderful

  117. Alice on April 10, 2012 at 2:03 am

    Thank you x

  118. Alice on April 10, 2012 at 2:03 am

    Thank you x

  119. Alice on April 10, 2012 at 2:03 am

    Thank you x

  120. Alice on April 10, 2012 at 2:03 am

    Thank you x

  121. Barbara on April 10, 2012 at 3:46 am

    Vincent, from the bottom of this woman's heart, thank you. You "get it."

  122. Barbara on April 10, 2012 at 3:46 am

    Vincent, from the bottom of this woman's heart, thank you. You "get it."

  123. Barbara on April 10, 2012 at 3:46 am

    Vincent, from the bottom of this woman's heart, thank you. You "get it."

  124. Barbara on April 10, 2012 at 3:46 am

    Vincent, from the bottom of this woman's heart, thank you. You "get it."

  125. sibongile on April 10, 2012 at 3:53 am

    Women are not our playthings, they are not our property; they are human beings who deserve our respect, our understanding, and our support!

    YES!!! Excellent piece all around. I have shared it widely. Thank you.

  126. sibongile on April 10, 2012 at 3:53 am

    Women are not our playthings, they are not our property; they are human beings who deserve our respect, our understanding, and our support!

    YES!!! Excellent piece all around. I have shared it widely. Thank you.

  127. sibongile on April 10, 2012 at 3:53 am

    Women are not our playthings, they are not our property; they are human beings who deserve our respect, our understanding, and our support!

    YES!!! Excellent piece all around. I have shared it widely. Thank you.

  128. sibongile on April 10, 2012 at 3:53 am

    Women are not our playthings, they are not our property; they are human beings who deserve our respect, our understanding, and our support!

    YES!!! Excellent piece all around. I have shared it widely. Thank you.

  129. Monica C on April 10, 2012 at 4:10 am

    There are not enough words in my heart to express how thankful I am for your courageous and intelligent words. Thank you, Mr. Martin, for acknowledging that women have equal rights with men, and do not lose those rights and become second class citizens simply due to their ability to bear children. Thank you for standing up for what is right.

    • Vincent on April 10, 2012 at 9:25 am

      Monica, you are welcome!

  130. Monica C on April 10, 2012 at 4:10 am

    There are not enough words in my heart to express how thankful I am for your courageous and intelligent words. Thank you, Mr. Martin, for acknowledging that women have equal rights with men, and do not lose those rights and become second class citizens simply due to their ability to bear children. Thank you for standing up for what is right.

    • Vincent on April 10, 2012 at 9:25 am

      Monica, you are welcome!

  131. Monica C on April 10, 2012 at 4:10 am

    There are not enough words in my heart to express how thankful I am for your courageous and intelligent words. Thank you, Mr. Martin, for acknowledging that women have equal rights with men, and do not lose those rights and become second class citizens simply due to their ability to bear children. Thank you for standing up for what is right.

    • Vincent on April 10, 2012 at 9:25 am

      Monica, you are welcome!

  132. Monica C on April 10, 2012 at 4:10 am

    There are not enough words in my heart to express how thankful I am for your courageous and intelligent words. Thank you, Mr. Martin, for acknowledging that women have equal rights with men, and do not lose those rights and become second class citizens simply due to their ability to bear children. Thank you for standing up for what is right.

    • Vincent on April 10, 2012 at 9:25 am

      Monica, you are welcome!

  133. Marna on April 10, 2012 at 4:52 am

    An excellent heartfelt reply, I applaud you for your courage to speak out on women's behalf every where! Thank you.

  134. Marna on April 10, 2012 at 4:52 am

    An excellent heartfelt reply, I applaud you for your courage to speak out on women's behalf every where! Thank you.

  135. Marna on April 10, 2012 at 4:52 am

    An excellent heartfelt reply, I applaud you for your courage to speak out on women's behalf every where! Thank you.

  136. Marna on April 10, 2012 at 4:52 am

    An excellent heartfelt reply, I applaud you for your courage to speak out on women's behalf every where! Thank you.

  137. lorraine ferman on April 10, 2012 at 5:16 am

    Thank you for me and all women.

  138. lorraine ferman on April 10, 2012 at 5:16 am

    Thank you for me and all women.

  139. lorraine ferman on April 10, 2012 at 5:16 am

    Thank you for me and all women.

  140. lorraine ferman on April 10, 2012 at 5:16 am

    Thank you for me and all women.

  141. Stephanie on April 10, 2012 at 5:24 am

    Very powerful and sane statement. Thank you for those words.

  142. Stephanie on April 10, 2012 at 5:24 am

    Very powerful and sane statement. Thank you for those words.

  143. Stephanie on April 10, 2012 at 5:24 am

    Very powerful and sane statement. Thank you for those words.

  144. Stephanie on April 10, 2012 at 5:24 am

    Very powerful and sane statement. Thank you for those words.

  145. Bess on April 10, 2012 at 5:58 am

    Beautifully written with integrity and conviction! :)

  146. Bess on April 10, 2012 at 5:58 am

    Beautifully written with integrity and conviction! :)

  147. Bess on April 10, 2012 at 5:58 am

    Beautifully written with integrity and conviction! :)

  148. Bess on April 10, 2012 at 5:58 am

    Beautifully written with integrity and conviction! :)

  149. Nancy Owen on April 10, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Beautiful written and you hit the nail on the head in so many respects! Thank you!

  150. Nancy Owen on April 10, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Beautiful written and you hit the nail on the head in so many respects! Thank you!

  151. Nancy Owen on April 10, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Beautiful written and you hit the nail on the head in so many respects! Thank you!

  152. Nancy Owen on April 10, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Beautiful written and you hit the nail on the head in so many respects! Thank you!

  153. Jordana Friedrichs on April 10, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Wonderfully written.. THANK YOU for your support!

  154. Jordana Friedrichs on April 10, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Wonderfully written.. THANK YOU for your support!

  155. Jordana Friedrichs on April 10, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Wonderfully written.. THANK YOU for your support!

  156. Jordana Friedrichs on April 10, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Wonderfully written.. THANK YOU for your support!

  157. Sarah Holt on April 10, 2012 at 9:01 am

    YOU GO VINCENT!!! YOU ROCK!!!

  158. Sarah Holt on April 10, 2012 at 9:01 am

    YOU GO VINCENT!!! YOU ROCK!!!

  159. Sarah Holt on April 10, 2012 at 9:01 am

    YOU GO VINCENT!!! YOU ROCK!!!

  160. Sarah Holt on April 10, 2012 at 9:01 am

    YOU GO VINCENT!!! YOU ROCK!!!

  161. Ashley on April 10, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Thank you!

  162. Ashley on April 10, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Thank you!

  163. Ashley on April 10, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Thank you!

  164. Ashley on April 10, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Thank you!

  165. Jason Valentine on April 10, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Vincent…

    I wish I could say I was surprised that you haven't anything on your list about Wisconsin's Bill 507 which would make being a single "parent" either divorced or out of wedlock (widows have an exception)a causative factor of child abuse. Wisconsin, the birthplace of Joe McCarthy has spawned Ryan, Walker, Grothman and so many other anti-woman, anti-poor legislation mongers I am beginning to wonder what is in the milk. Walker and his Rep entourage actually changed the recall standards to protect themselves.

    • Vincent on April 10, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      Jason, that particular evil Bill came to my attention after I wrote the initial article, otherwise it would made the list as well!!

  166. Jason Valentine on April 10, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Vincent…

    I wish I could say I was surprised that you haven't anything on your list about Wisconsin's Bill 507 which would make being a single "parent" either divorced or out of wedlock (widows have an exception)a causative factor of child abuse. Wisconsin, the birthplace of Joe McCarthy has spawned Ryan, Walker, Grothman and so many other anti-woman, anti-poor legislation mongers I am beginning to wonder what is in the milk. Walker and his Rep entourage actually changed the recall standards to protect themselves.

    • Vincent on April 10, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      Jason, that particular evil Bill came to my attention after I wrote the initial article, otherwise it would made the list as well!!

  167. Jason Valentine on April 10, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Vincent…

    I wish I could say I was surprised that you haven't anything on your list about Wisconsin's Bill 507 which would make being a single "parent" either divorced or out of wedlock (widows have an exception)a causative factor of child abuse. Wisconsin, the birthplace of Joe McCarthy has spawned Ryan, Walker, Grothman and so many other anti-woman, anti-poor legislation mongers I am beginning to wonder what is in the milk. Walker and his Rep entourage actually changed the recall standards to protect themselves.

    • Vincent on April 10, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      Jason, that particular evil Bill came to my attention after I wrote the initial article, otherwise it would made the list as well!!

  168. Jason Valentine on April 10, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Vincent…

    I wish I could say I was surprised that you haven't anything on your list about Wisconsin's Bill 507 which would make being a single "parent" either divorced or out of wedlock (widows have an exception)a causative factor of child abuse. Wisconsin, the birthplace of Joe McCarthy has spawned Ryan, Walker, Grothman and so many other anti-woman, anti-poor legislation mongers I am beginning to wonder what is in the milk. Walker and his Rep entourage actually changed the recall standards to protect themselves.

    • Vincent on April 10, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      Jason, that particular evil Bill came to my attention after I wrote the initial article, otherwise it would made the list as well!!

  169. Jason Valentine on April 10, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Hit enter before I was done..sorry. The reason I am not surprised that Wisconsin is not being portrayed as a second Texas is that Walker has signed his marvelous bills eliminating our Fair Pay Law, blanket bans on any contraception teaching and coverage under a very well controlled media. Texas may be loud..but Wisconsin is the GOP silent beachhead.

  170. Jason Valentine on April 10, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Hit enter before I was done..sorry. The reason I am not surprised that Wisconsin is not being portrayed as a second Texas is that Walker has signed his marvelous bills eliminating our Fair Pay Law, blanket bans on any contraception teaching and coverage under a very well controlled media. Texas may be loud..but Wisconsin is the GOP silent beachhead.

  171. Jason Valentine on April 10, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Hit enter before I was done..sorry. The reason I am not surprised that Wisconsin is not being portrayed as a second Texas is that Walker has signed his marvelous bills eliminating our Fair Pay Law, blanket bans on any contraception teaching and coverage under a very well controlled media. Texas may be loud..but Wisconsin is the GOP silent beachhead.

  172. Jason Valentine on April 10, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Hit enter before I was done..sorry. The reason I am not surprised that Wisconsin is not being portrayed as a second Texas is that Walker has signed his marvelous bills eliminating our Fair Pay Law, blanket bans on any contraception teaching and coverage under a very well controlled media. Texas may be loud..but Wisconsin is the GOP silent beachhead.

  173. Catherine Morrisey Ribeiro on April 10, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Beautifully written and so very important. Thank you for your contribution, for your defense of women and our rights, and for evaluating politics with sanity & rationale.

  174. Catherine Morrisey Ribeiro on April 10, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Beautifully written and so very important. Thank you for your contribution, for your defense of women and our rights, and for evaluating politics with sanity & rationale.

  175. Catherine Morrisey Ribeiro on April 10, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Beautifully written and so very important. Thank you for your contribution, for your defense of women and our rights, and for evaluating politics with sanity & rationale.

  176. Catherine Morrisey Ribeiro on April 10, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Beautifully written and so very important. Thank you for your contribution, for your defense of women and our rights, and for evaluating politics with sanity & rationale.

  177. Diane McCurdy on April 10, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Thank you so much for such a wonderful article, Mr. Martin!

  178. Diane McCurdy on April 10, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Thank you so much for such a wonderful article, Mr. Martin!

  179. Diane McCurdy on April 10, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Thank you so much for such a wonderful article, Mr. Martin!

  180. Diane McCurdy on April 10, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Thank you so much for such a wonderful article, Mr. Martin!

  181. Ohio Tex on April 10, 2012 at 10:49 am

    What an eloquent and right-on statement. Many thanks for this. I'm sharing it widely.

  182. Ohio Tex on April 10, 2012 at 10:49 am

    What an eloquent and right-on statement. Many thanks for this. I'm sharing it widely.

  183. Ohio Tex on April 10, 2012 at 10:49 am

    What an eloquent and right-on statement. Many thanks for this. I'm sharing it widely.

  184. Ohio Tex on April 10, 2012 at 10:49 am

    What an eloquent and right-on statement. Many thanks for this. I'm sharing it widely.

  185. Emily Steen on April 10, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Thank you SO much.

  186. Emily Steen on April 10, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Thank you SO much.

  187. Emily Steen on April 10, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Thank you SO much.

  188. Emily Steen on April 10, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Thank you SO much.

  189. Kristin on April 10, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Great summary of what's going on. Thank you!

  190. Kristin on April 10, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Great summary of what's going on. Thank you!

  191. Kristin on April 10, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Great summary of what's going on. Thank you!

  192. Kristin on April 10, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Great summary of what's going on. Thank you!

  193. Melissa C. Ratzlaff on April 10, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Mr. Martin, thank you. This "war" not only affects me but the future of my beautiful daughter. Not to mention all the woman in my family and my little girl's sisters. Thank you for standing beside all of us women!

  194. Melissa C. Ratzlaff on April 10, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Mr. Martin, thank you. This "war" not only affects me but the future of my beautiful daughter. Not to mention all the woman in my family and my little girl's sisters. Thank you for standing beside all of us women!

  195. Melissa C. Ratzlaff on April 10, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Mr. Martin, thank you. This "war" not only affects me but the future of my beautiful daughter. Not to mention all the woman in my family and my little girl's sisters. Thank you for standing beside all of us women!

  196. Melissa C. Ratzlaff on April 10, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Mr. Martin, thank you. This "war" not only affects me but the future of my beautiful daughter. Not to mention all the woman in my family and my little girl's sisters. Thank you for standing beside all of us women!

  197. GA GOP on April 10, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Abortion has now become de-facto birth control for women who refuse to accept responsibility for their own sexual desires. If you want to have unprotected sex, accept the responsibility that comes with it, namely, a child. The choice should be to keep your pants on, not to dispose of the precious life you created because you couldn't be concerned with acting like an adult. This goes for men as well. For those of us who cannot have a child of our own, every abortion is a dagger to the heart of someone who would have been overjoyed to have the "hassle" of bringing a child into their lives. American society is rapidly going down a road of greed, hedonism, sloth and self-absorption, much like the fall of the Roman Empire. I only pray that there is still time to save what was once a great nation.

    • Vincent on April 11, 2012 at 7:58 am

      GA GOP, first of all I dismiss your unconfirmed conclusion that abortion the “de-facto” form of birth control! Second, responsible adults should be free to have sex wherever, and whenever they wish and if they don’t care to have children birth control in all of it forms should be a readily available option! Keeping ones pants on as a life-style choice for not having children is a stupid and childish remedy that dismisses the human condition!

      I feel for you not being able to have a child, but how should that in any way affect how your fellow citizen choose to live their lives?

    • Jacqueline S. Homan on April 12, 2012 at 11:56 pm

      GA GOP,

      Access to a full array of various contraceptives that are right for each woman, including the option of voluntary sterilization, is MUCH more convenient for the woman who does not want to become pregnant. Abortion is a theater of last resort because it is the most invasive and expensive. No one chooses the most difficult, expensive, and invasive option as a first choice. Therefore, you are a LIAR. Worse, you are a LIAR for a cause — namely, to relegate women as disposable reproductive property with no regard for how the reproductive "livestock" feels about it or IF we even survive the ordeal of pregnancy and childbirth.

  198. GA GOP on April 10, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Abortion has now become de-facto birth control for women who refuse to accept responsibility for their own sexual desires. If you want to have unprotected sex, accept the responsibility that comes with it, namely, a child. The choice should be to keep your pants on, not to dispose of the precious life you created because you couldn't be concerned with acting like an adult. This goes for men as well. For those of us who cannot have a child of our own, every abortion is a dagger to the heart of someone who would have been overjoyed to have the "hassle" of bringing a child into their lives. American society is rapidly going down a road of greed, hedonism, sloth and self-absorption, much like the fall of the Roman Empire. I only pray that there is still time to save what was once a great nation.

    • Vincent on April 11, 2012 at 7:58 am

      GA GOP, first of all I dismiss your unconfirmed conclusion that abortion the “de-facto” form of birth control! Second, responsible adults should be free to have sex wherever, and whenever they wish and if they don’t care to have children birth control in all of it forms should be a readily available option! Keeping ones pants on as a life-style choice for not having children is a stupid and childish remedy that dismisses the human condition!

      I feel for you not being able to have a child, but how should that in any way affect how your fellow citizen choose to live their lives?

    • Jacqueline S. Homan on April 12, 2012 at 11:56 pm

      GA GOP,

      Access to a full array of various contraceptives that are right for each woman, including the option of voluntary sterilization, is MUCH more convenient for the woman who does not want to become pregnant. Abortion is a theater of last resort because it is the most invasive and expensive. No one chooses the most difficult, expensive, and invasive option as a first choice. Therefore, you are a LIAR. Worse, you are a LIAR for a cause — namely, to relegate women as disposable reproductive property with no regard for how the reproductive "livestock" feels about it or IF we even survive the ordeal of pregnancy and childbirth.

  199. GA GOP on April 10, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Abortion has now become de-facto birth control for women who refuse to accept responsibility for their own sexual desires. If you want to have unprotected sex, accept the responsibility that comes with it, namely, a child. The choice should be to keep your pants on, not to dispose of the precious life you created because you couldn't be concerned with acting like an adult. This goes for men as well. For those of us who cannot have a child of our own, every abortion is a dagger to the heart of someone who would have been overjoyed to have the "hassle" of bringing a child into their lives. American society is rapidly going down a road of greed, hedonism, sloth and self-absorption, much like the fall of the Roman Empire. I only pray that there is still time to save what was once a great nation.

    • Vincent on April 11, 2012 at 7:58 am

      GA GOP, first of all I dismiss your unconfirmed conclusion that abortion the “de-facto” form of birth control! Second, responsible adults should be free to have sex wherever, and whenever they wish and if they don’t care to have children birth control in all of it forms should be a readily available option! Keeping ones pants on as a life-style choice for not having children is a stupid and childish remedy that dismisses the human condition!

      I feel for you not being able to have a child, but how should that in any way affect how your fellow citizen choose to live their lives?

    • Jacqueline S. Homan on April 12, 2012 at 11:56 pm

      GA GOP,

      Access to a full array of various contraceptives that are right for each woman, including the option of voluntary sterilization, is MUCH more convenient for the woman who does not want to become pregnant. Abortion is a theater of last resort because it is the most invasive and expensive. No one chooses the most difficult, expensive, and invasive option as a first choice. Therefore, you are a LIAR. Worse, you are a LIAR for a cause — namely, to relegate women as disposable reproductive property with no regard for how the reproductive "livestock" feels about it or IF we even survive the ordeal of pregnancy and childbirth.

  200. GA GOP on April 10, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Abortion has now become de-facto birth control for women who refuse to accept responsibility for their own sexual desires. If you want to have unprotected sex, accept the responsibility that comes with it, namely, a child. The choice should be to keep your pants on, not to dispose of the precious life you created because you couldn't be concerned with acting like an adult. This goes for men as well. For those of us who cannot have a child of our own, every abortion is a dagger to the heart of someone who would have been overjoyed to have the "hassle" of bringing a child into their lives. American society is rapidly going down a road of greed, hedonism, sloth and self-absorption, much like the fall of the Roman Empire. I only pray that there is still time to save what was once a great nation.

    • Vincent on April 11, 2012 at 7:58 am

      GA GOP, first of all I dismiss your unconfirmed conclusion that abortion the “de-facto” form of birth control! Second, responsible adults should be free to have sex wherever, and whenever they wish and if they don’t care to have children birth control in all of it forms should be a readily available option! Keeping ones pants on as a life-style choice for not having children is a stupid and childish remedy that dismisses the human condition!

      I feel for you not being able to have a child, but how should that in any way affect how your fellow citizen choose to live their lives?

    • Jacqueline S. Homan on April 12, 2012 at 11:56 pm

      GA GOP,

      Access to a full array of various contraceptives that are right for each woman, including the option of voluntary sterilization, is MUCH more convenient for the woman who does not want to become pregnant. Abortion is a theater of last resort because it is the most invasive and expensive. No one chooses the most difficult, expensive, and invasive option as a first choice. Therefore, you are a LIAR. Worse, you are a LIAR for a cause — namely, to relegate women as disposable reproductive property with no regard for how the reproductive "livestock" feels about it or IF we even survive the ordeal of pregnancy and childbirth.

  201. Morgan Sheridan on April 10, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    With apologies to your lady wife, sir, I could kiss you for your beautiful and eloquent statement in defense of our integrity.

    • Vincent on April 11, 2012 at 7:58 am

      Morgan, thank you!!

  202. Morgan Sheridan on April 10, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    With apologies to your lady wife, sir, I could kiss you for your beautiful and eloquent statement in defense of our integrity.

    • Vincent on April 11, 2012 at 7:58 am

      Morgan, thank you!!

  203. Morgan Sheridan on April 10, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    With apologies to your lady wife, sir, I could kiss you for your beautiful and eloquent statement in defense of our integrity.

    • Vincent on April 11, 2012 at 7:58 am

      Morgan, thank you!!

  204. Morgan Sheridan on April 10, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    With apologies to your lady wife, sir, I could kiss you for your beautiful and eloquent statement in defense of our integrity.

    • Vincent on April 11, 2012 at 7:58 am

      Morgan, thank you!!

  205. Debra Goodman on April 10, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Vincent-
    This magnificent article is an eloquent and powerful reminder that there are many evolved men out there, linking arms and standing with their mothers, wives, sisters and daughters, in this battle for our freedom and equality, in a world that continues to drive us down. I have lived to, joyfully, see a person of color gracing the highest elected office in the land, but continue to grieve that the last, great 'ism' in this world of ours remains sexism. We need the men in our lives to unite with us in re-calibrating an entrenched patriarchal thought process, and I honor you fully for putting it out there and sounding the clarion cry. Your wife and daughters are fortunate women indeed to have a man in their lives that can celebrate them as you do.. Bowing to you brother.

    • Vincent on April 11, 2012 at 8:26 am

      Debra, thank you taking the time to read my article and for your phrase! Hopefully, together we can win this battle, though I afraid the battle will be a long and hard one having given up some much ground to the Conservative horde!

  206. Debra Goodman on April 10, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Vincent-
    This magnificent article is an eloquent and powerful reminder that there are many evolved men out there, linking arms and standing with their mothers, wives, sisters and daughters, in this battle for our freedom and equality, in a world that continues to drive us down. I have lived to, joyfully, see a person of color gracing the highest elected office in the land, but continue to grieve that the last, great 'ism' in this world of ours remains sexism. We need the men in our lives to unite with us in re-calibrating an entrenched patriarchal thought process, and I honor you fully for putting it out there and sounding the clarion cry. Your wife and daughters are fortunate women indeed to have a man in their lives that can celebrate them as you do.. Bowing to you brother.

    • Vincent on April 11, 2012 at 8:26 am

      Debra, thank you taking the time to read my article and for your phrase! Hopefully, together we can win this battle, though I afraid the battle will be a long and hard one having given up some much ground to the Conservative horde!

  207. Debra Goodman on April 10, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Vincent-
    This magnificent article is an eloquent and powerful reminder that there are many evolved men out there, linking arms and standing with their mothers, wives, sisters and daughters, in this battle for our freedom and equality, in a world that continues to drive us down. I have lived to, joyfully, see a person of color gracing the highest elected office in the land, but continue to grieve that the last, great 'ism' in this world of ours remains sexism. We need the men in our lives to unite with us in re-calibrating an entrenched patriarchal thought process, and I honor you fully for putting it out there and sounding the clarion cry. Your wife and daughters are fortunate women indeed to have a man in their lives that can celebrate them as you do.. Bowing to you brother.

    • Vincent on April 11, 2012 at 8:26 am

      Debra, thank you taking the time to read my article and for your phrase! Hopefully, together we can win this battle, though I afraid the battle will be a long and hard one having given up some much ground to the Conservative horde!

  208. Debra Goodman on April 10, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Vincent-
    This magnificent article is an eloquent and powerful reminder that there are many evolved men out there, linking arms and standing with their mothers, wives, sisters and daughters, in this battle for our freedom and equality, in a world that continues to drive us down. I have lived to, joyfully, see a person of color gracing the highest elected office in the land, but continue to grieve that the last, great 'ism' in this world of ours remains sexism. We need the men in our lives to unite with us in re-calibrating an entrenched patriarchal thought process, and I honor you fully for putting it out there and sounding the clarion cry. Your wife and daughters are fortunate women indeed to have a man in their lives that can celebrate them as you do.. Bowing to you brother.

    • Vincent on April 11, 2012 at 8:26 am

      Debra, thank you taking the time to read my article and for your phrase! Hopefully, together we can win this battle, though I afraid the battle will be a long and hard one having given up some much ground to the Conservative horde!

  209. Concerned on April 10, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    See this is what happens when women can vote… They start thinking like they have rights and ideals, and that their opinion matters some how. Take away this confused woman's computer and put her back in front of a stove where at least when she complains I can ignore her from the living room. In fact while your at it shut her up and have her make me a sandwich and get me a beer. It's too bad. I liked it whens women's minds were put to work only on what dinner would be and there mouth's were reserved for more necessary functions.

  210. Concerned on April 10, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    See this is what happens when women can vote… They start thinking like they have rights and ideals, and that their opinion matters some how. Take away this confused woman's computer and put her back in front of a stove where at least when she complains I can ignore her from the living room. In fact while your at it shut her up and have her make me a sandwich and get me a beer. It's too bad. I liked it whens women's minds were put to work only on what dinner would be and there mouth's were reserved for more necessary functions.

  211. Concerned on April 10, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    See this is what happens when women can vote… They start thinking like they have rights and ideals, and that their opinion matters some how. Take away this confused woman's computer and put her back in front of a stove where at least when she complains I can ignore her from the living room. In fact while your at it shut her up and have her make me a sandwich and get me a beer. It's too bad. I liked it whens women's minds were put to work only on what dinner would be and there mouth's were reserved for more necessary functions.

  212. Concerned on April 10, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    See this is what happens when women can vote… They start thinking like they have rights and ideals, and that their opinion matters some how. Take away this confused woman's computer and put her back in front of a stove where at least when she complains I can ignore her from the living room. In fact while your at it shut her up and have her make me a sandwich and get me a beer. It's too bad. I liked it whens women's minds were put to work only on what dinner would be and there mouth's were reserved for more necessary functions.

  213. Benne the Clone on April 10, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Thank you so much for this eloquent stand on the rights of all women to their own decisions. May other men read your words and wholeheartedly agree, or at least take a step back and *think* about the message. Much respect to you, sir.

    • Vincent on April 11, 2012 at 8:28 am

      Benne, thank you for your kind words! Hopefully the article can make a difference and more men will stand up, link arms with the women in their lives make a difference!

  214. Benne the Clone on April 10, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Thank you so much for this eloquent stand on the rights of all women to their own decisions. May other men read your words and wholeheartedly agree, or at least take a step back and *think* about the message. Much respect to you, sir.

    • Vincent on April 11, 2012 at 8:28 am

      Benne, thank you for your kind words! Hopefully the article can make a difference and more men will stand up, link arms with the women in their lives make a difference!

  215. Benne the Clone on April 10, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Thank you so much for this eloquent stand on the rights of all women to their own decisions. May other men read your words and wholeheartedly agree, or at least take a step back and *think* about the message. Much respect to you, sir.

    • Vincent on April 11, 2012 at 8:28 am

      Benne, thank you for your kind words! Hopefully the article can make a difference and more men will stand up, link arms with the women in their lives make a difference!

  216. Benne the Clone on April 10, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Thank you so much for this eloquent stand on the rights of all women to their own decisions. May other men read your words and wholeheartedly agree, or at least take a step back and *think* about the message. Much respect to you, sir.

    • Vincent on April 11, 2012 at 8:28 am

      Benne, thank you for your kind words! Hopefully the article can make a difference and more men will stand up, link arms with the women in their lives make a difference!

  217. Carol Lemley Montgom on April 10, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Thank you, Mr. Martin. It is obvious that you understand that as long as one group is oppressed, any group can be. I hope to see more men standing for the women and showing what a real man is.

  218. Carol Lemley Montgom on April 10, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Thank you, Mr. Martin. It is obvious that you understand that as long as one group is oppressed, any group can be. I hope to see more men standing for the women and showing what a real man is.

  219. Carol Lemley Montgom on April 10, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Thank you, Mr. Martin. It is obvious that you understand that as long as one group is oppressed, any group can be. I hope to see more men standing for the women and showing what a real man is.

  220. Carol Lemley Montgom on April 10, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Thank you, Mr. Martin. It is obvious that you understand that as long as one group is oppressed, any group can be. I hope to see more men standing for the women and showing what a real man is.

  221. J on April 11, 2012 at 2:01 am

    Thank you. I am going to save this for my 2 year old daughter fo read one day. Very well written!

    • Vincent on April 11, 2012 at 8:29 am

      J, high praise indeed!!

  222. J on April 11, 2012 at 2:01 am

    Thank you. I am going to save this for my 2 year old daughter fo read one day. Very well written!

    • Vincent on April 11, 2012 at 8:29 am

      J, high praise indeed!!

  223. J on April 11, 2012 at 2:01 am

    Thank you. I am going to save this for my 2 year old daughter fo read one day. Very well written!

    • Vincent on April 11, 2012 at 8:29 am

      J, high praise indeed!!

  224. J on April 11, 2012 at 2:01 am

    Thank you. I am going to save this for my 2 year old daughter fo read one day. Very well written!

    • Vincent on April 11, 2012 at 8:29 am

      J, high praise indeed!!

  225. Alexandra on April 11, 2012 at 3:00 am

    I didn't serve my country to come home and be attacked on what feels like all fronts. Conservative politicians love to wave the flag and talk about the greatest country on earth but they are simultaneously undermining the freedoms that separate us from the rest of the world. When all else fails, divert attention and give angry people a new target, preferably a visibly different one i.e. immigrants and women.

    • Vincent on April 11, 2012 at 8:31 am

      Alexandria, thank you for your service!! And you are right, hatred always needs a target, preferably one that is weak and vulnerable. Lucky for US, they choose the wrong targets this time!!

  226. Alexandra on April 11, 2012 at 3:00 am

    I didn't serve my country to come home and be attacked on what feels like all fronts. Conservative politicians love to wave the flag and talk about the greatest country on earth but they are simultaneously undermining the freedoms that separate us from the rest of the world. When all else fails, divert attention and give angry people a new target, preferably a visibly different one i.e. immigrants and women.

    • Vincent on April 11, 2012 at 8:31 am

      Alexandria, thank you for your service!! And you are right, hatred always needs a target, preferably one that is weak and vulnerable. Lucky for US, they choose the wrong targets this time!!

  227. Alexandra on April 11, 2012 at 3:00 am

    I didn't serve my country to come home and be attacked on what feels like all fronts. Conservative politicians love to wave the flag and talk about the greatest country on earth but they are simultaneously undermining the freedoms that separate us from the rest of the world. When all else fails, divert attention and give angry people a new target, preferably a visibly different one i.e. immigrants and women.

    • Vincent on April 11, 2012 at 8:31 am

      Alexandria, thank you for your service!! And you are right, hatred always needs a target, preferably one that is weak and vulnerable. Lucky for US, they choose the wrong targets this time!!

  228. Alexandra on April 11, 2012 at 3:00 am

    I didn't serve my country to come home and be attacked on what feels like all fronts. Conservative politicians love to wave the flag and talk about the greatest country on earth but they are simultaneously undermining the freedoms that separate us from the rest of the world. When all else fails, divert attention and give angry people a new target, preferably a visibly different one i.e. immigrants and women.

    • Vincent on April 11, 2012 at 8:31 am

      Alexandria, thank you for your service!! And you are right, hatred always needs a target, preferably one that is weak and vulnerable. Lucky for US, they choose the wrong targets this time!!

  229. Dana B on April 11, 2012 at 6:18 am

    Any interest in adopting a 35-year-old 5th daughter? Those girls must be so proud to call you their dad. Thank you.

    • Vincent on April 11, 2012 at 8:31 am

      LOL, I have my hands full trying to get the last one through High School, but thanks for the offer!

  230. Dana B on April 11, 2012 at 6:18 am

    Any interest in adopting a 35-year-old 5th daughter? Those girls must be so proud to call you their dad. Thank you.

    • Vincent on April 11, 2012 at 8:31 am

      LOL, I have my hands full trying to get the last one through High School, but thanks for the offer!

  231. Dana B on April 11, 2012 at 6:18 am

    Any interest in adopting a 35-year-old 5th daughter? Those girls must be so proud to call you their dad. Thank you.

    • Vincent on April 11, 2012 at 8:31 am

      LOL, I have my hands full trying to get the last one through High School, but thanks for the offer!

  232. Dana B on April 11, 2012 at 6:18 am

    Any interest in adopting a 35-year-old 5th daughter? Those girls must be so proud to call you their dad. Thank you.

    • Vincent on April 11, 2012 at 8:31 am

      LOL, I have my hands full trying to get the last one through High School, but thanks for the offer!

  233. Linda on April 11, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Thank you –

  234. Linda on April 11, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Thank you –

  235. Linda on April 11, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Thank you –

  236. Linda on April 11, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Thank you –

  237. Maria Medina on April 11, 2012 at 9:24 am

    This is an exceptionally profound and intuitive piece . Mr. Martin "hit the nail on the Head." I am deeply grateful for his support and wisdom !

  238. Maria Medina on April 11, 2012 at 9:24 am

    This is an exceptionally profound and intuitive piece . Mr. Martin "hit the nail on the Head." I am deeply grateful for his support and wisdom !

  239. Maria Medina on April 11, 2012 at 9:24 am

    This is an exceptionally profound and intuitive piece . Mr. Martin "hit the nail on the Head." I am deeply grateful for his support and wisdom !

  240. Maria Medina on April 11, 2012 at 9:24 am

    This is an exceptionally profound and intuitive piece . Mr. Martin "hit the nail on the Head." I am deeply grateful for his support and wisdom !

  241. Aliza on April 11, 2012 at 10:51 am

    I am so moved by this. I have been saying in writing and out loud how important it is for those with power/in the majority must stand up for and support those with less power/in the minority. I'm a straight woman who fights for gay rights. A white woman who fights racism. I am so grateful for you – a man who fights for women's rights, lives and dignity. I don't know what else to say, except thank you.

    • Vincent on April 12, 2012 at 2:04 am

      Aliza, you are welcome, and it so refreshing to see so many enlightened minds, it gives me hope!!

  242. Aliza on April 11, 2012 at 10:51 am

    I am so moved by this. I have been saying in writing and out loud how important it is for those with power/in the majority must stand up for and support those with less power/in the minority. I'm a straight woman who fights for gay rights. A white woman who fights racism. I am so grateful for you – a man who fights for women's rights, lives and dignity. I don't know what else to say, except thank you.

    • Vincent on April 12, 2012 at 2:04 am

      Aliza, you are welcome, and it so refreshing to see so many enlightened minds, it gives me hope!!

  243. Aliza on April 11, 2012 at 10:51 am

    I am so moved by this. I have been saying in writing and out loud how important it is for those with power/in the majority must stand up for and support those with less power/in the minority. I'm a straight woman who fights for gay rights. A white woman who fights racism. I am so grateful for you – a man who fights for women's rights, lives and dignity. I don't know what else to say, except thank you.

    • Vincent on April 12, 2012 at 2:04 am

      Aliza, you are welcome, and it so refreshing to see so many enlightened minds, it gives me hope!!

  244. Aliza on April 11, 2012 at 10:51 am

    I am so moved by this. I have been saying in writing and out loud how important it is for those with power/in the majority must stand up for and support those with less power/in the minority. I'm a straight woman who fights for gay rights. A white woman who fights racism. I am so grateful for you – a man who fights for women's rights, lives and dignity. I don't know what else to say, except thank you.

    • Vincent on April 12, 2012 at 2:04 am

      Aliza, you are welcome, and it so refreshing to see so many enlightened minds, it gives me hope!!

  245. Vivian on April 11, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Joining the chorus here; standing up and clapping my hands! Thank you, well done and bravo! I've been wondering why the men's voices; fathers, husbands and brothers, have been so deafeningly silent. I can't imagine you are the only one with enough… balls… to publicly stand up against this insanity. Perhaps, now that you've broken the seal the others will follow.

    • Vincent on April 12, 2012 at 2:06 am

      Vivian, I hope so, the silence by men has been very disappointing, but I know I am not the only who feels this way. Come November, we will all make our voices heard loud and clear!!

  246. Vivian on April 11, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Joining the chorus here; standing up and clapping my hands! Thank you, well done and bravo! I've been wondering why the men's voices; fathers, husbands and brothers, have been so deafeningly silent. I can't imagine you are the only one with enough… balls… to publicly stand up against this insanity. Perhaps, now that you've broken the seal the others will follow.

    • Vincent on April 12, 2012 at 2:06 am

      Vivian, I hope so, the silence by men has been very disappointing, but I know I am not the only who feels this way. Come November, we will all make our voices heard loud and clear!!

  247. Vivian on April 11, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Joining the chorus here; standing up and clapping my hands! Thank you, well done and bravo! I've been wondering why the men's voices; fathers, husbands and brothers, have been so deafeningly silent. I can't imagine you are the only one with enough… balls… to publicly stand up against this insanity. Perhaps, now that you've broken the seal the others will follow.

    • Vincent on April 12, 2012 at 2:06 am

      Vivian, I hope so, the silence by men has been very disappointing, but I know I am not the only who feels this way. Come November, we will all make our voices heard loud and clear!!

  248. Vivian on April 11, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Joining the chorus here; standing up and clapping my hands! Thank you, well done and bravo! I've been wondering why the men's voices; fathers, husbands and brothers, have been so deafeningly silent. I can't imagine you are the only one with enough… balls… to publicly stand up against this insanity. Perhaps, now that you've broken the seal the others will follow.

    • Vincent on April 12, 2012 at 2:06 am

      Vivian, I hope so, the silence by men has been very disappointing, but I know I am not the only who feels this way. Come November, we will all make our voices heard loud and clear!!

  249. Soraya Chemaly on April 11, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Dear Mr. Martin, am so very happy to see how well travelled your piece is! Thank you so much for writing this!

  250. Soraya Chemaly on April 11, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Dear Mr. Martin, am so very happy to see how well travelled your piece is! Thank you so much for writing this!

  251. Soraya Chemaly on April 11, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Dear Mr. Martin, am so very happy to see how well travelled your piece is! Thank you so much for writing this!

  252. Soraya Chemaly on April 11, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Dear Mr. Martin, am so very happy to see how well travelled your piece is! Thank you so much for writing this!

  253. Line Merrette Vincen on April 11, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    WHY?

    I am Canadian and the war on women has begun already a few years ago here. In April 2012 a motion hypocritically seeking to bestow personhood to embryos (as a Trojan horse to re-criminalize abortion) will be debated in Commons.

    My question is very simple: why? why this war on women? What have we done?

    Is it because they long for the past and are scared of the future?

    I think it is maybe for the same reasons so many people refuse to believe Mr. Obama is a natural-born, Christian (if not show-off about it, which I like) American. Fear of change. Fear of losing their privileges.

    • Vincent on April 12, 2012 at 3:09 pm

      Fear, macho BS, and fear!

  254. Line Merrette Vincen on April 11, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    WHY?

    I am Canadian and the war on women has begun already a few years ago here. In April 2012 a motion hypocritically seeking to bestow personhood to embryos (as a Trojan horse to re-criminalize abortion) will be debated in Commons.

    My question is very simple: why? why this war on women? What have we done?

    Is it because they long for the past and are scared of the future?

    I think it is maybe for the same reasons so many people refuse to believe Mr. Obama is a natural-born, Christian (if not show-off about it, which I like) American. Fear of change. Fear of losing their privileges.

    • Vincent on April 12, 2012 at 3:09 pm

      Fear, macho BS, and fear!

  255. Line Merrette Vincen on April 11, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    WHY?

    I am Canadian and the war on women has begun already a few years ago here. In April 2012 a motion hypocritically seeking to bestow personhood to embryos (as a Trojan horse to re-criminalize abortion) will be debated in Commons.

    My question is very simple: why? why this war on women? What have we done?

    Is it because they long for the past and are scared of the future?

    I think it is maybe for the same reasons so many people refuse to believe Mr. Obama is a natural-born, Christian (if not show-off about it, which I like) American. Fear of change. Fear of losing their privileges.

    • Vincent on April 12, 2012 at 3:09 pm

      Fear, macho BS, and fear!

  256. Line Merrette Vincen on April 11, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    WHY?

    I am Canadian and the war on women has begun already a few years ago here. In April 2012 a motion hypocritically seeking to bestow personhood to embryos (as a Trojan horse to re-criminalize abortion) will be debated in Commons.

    My question is very simple: why? why this war on women? What have we done?

    Is it because they long for the past and are scared of the future?

    I think it is maybe for the same reasons so many people refuse to believe Mr. Obama is a natural-born, Christian (if not show-off about it, which I like) American. Fear of change. Fear of losing their privileges.

    • Vincent on April 12, 2012 at 3:09 pm

      Fear, macho BS, and fear!

  257. Kay on April 11, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Thank you, Mr. Martin, for a beautifully written response to those who do not, or will not, understand.

    I know there are many men who agree with you. Unfortunately, few could or would articulate their support so succinctly and passionately. Women need more voices like yours. I envy the women in your life!

  258. Kay on April 11, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Thank you, Mr. Martin, for a beautifully written response to those who do not, or will not, understand.

    I know there are many men who agree with you. Unfortunately, few could or would articulate their support so succinctly and passionately. Women need more voices like yours. I envy the women in your life!

  259. Kay on April 11, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Thank you, Mr. Martin, for a beautifully written response to those who do not, or will not, understand.

    I know there are many men who agree with you. Unfortunately, few could or would articulate their support so succinctly and passionately. Women need more voices like yours. I envy the women in your life!

  260. Kay on April 11, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Thank you, Mr. Martin, for a beautifully written response to those who do not, or will not, understand.

    I know there are many men who agree with you. Unfortunately, few could or would articulate their support so succinctly and passionately. Women need more voices like yours. I envy the women in your life!

  261. Lynx on April 12, 2012 at 5:18 am

    thank you so much for this article – it gives me hope. From over here in the UK the whole right wing thing in the USA looks barmy, if I can put it euphemistically, especially the assaults on women's reproductive rights. Frankly some look like dark satire e.g. the Georgia 'women as livestock' bill. I wonder when people will come to their senses.
    I feel so sorry for my American friends and do what I can from over here to support them.

    All possible goodwill and good wishes to you

    • Vincent on April 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm

      Lynx, thank you for the kind words and support! It means a lot.

  262. Lynx on April 12, 2012 at 5:18 am

    thank you so much for this article – it gives me hope. From over here in the UK the whole right wing thing in the USA looks barmy, if I can put it euphemistically, especially the assaults on women's reproductive rights. Frankly some look like dark satire e.g. the Georgia 'women as livestock' bill. I wonder when people will come to their senses.
    I feel so sorry for my American friends and do what I can from over here to support them.

    All possible goodwill and good wishes to you

    • Vincent on April 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm

      Lynx, thank you for the kind words and support! It means a lot.

  263. Lynx on April 12, 2012 at 5:18 am

    thank you so much for this article – it gives me hope. From over here in the UK the whole right wing thing in the USA looks barmy, if I can put it euphemistically, especially the assaults on women's reproductive rights. Frankly some look like dark satire e.g. the Georgia 'women as livestock' bill. I wonder when people will come to their senses.
    I feel so sorry for my American friends and do what I can from over here to support them.

    All possible goodwill and good wishes to you

    • Vincent on April 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm

      Lynx, thank you for the kind words and support! It means a lot.

  264. Lynx on April 12, 2012 at 5:18 am

    thank you so much for this article – it gives me hope. From over here in the UK the whole right wing thing in the USA looks barmy, if I can put it euphemistically, especially the assaults on women's reproductive rights. Frankly some look like dark satire e.g. the Georgia 'women as livestock' bill. I wonder when people will come to their senses.
    I feel so sorry for my American friends and do what I can from over here to support them.

    All possible goodwill and good wishes to you

    • Vincent on April 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm

      Lynx, thank you for the kind words and support! It means a lot.

  265. Cecelia on April 12, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Thank you Vincent!

  266. Cecelia on April 12, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Thank you Vincent!

  267. Cecelia on April 12, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Thank you Vincent!

  268. Cecelia on April 12, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Thank you Vincent!

  269. Paul on April 13, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    I'm with you, but if your goal is to convince your conservative friends, there are some points to consider:

    1. Someone who is "pro-life" believes that a fetus should be considered a person. You can disagree about that definition, but if you accept it as a valid position, then abortion means killing babies. Now, there are many good counter-arguments to this and other important factors to consider (rape, health of the mother, quality of life of the baby, etc etc), but simply saying "Trying to ban abortion is an attack on women" isn't going to work when what the other side hears is "Outlawing the murder of innocent babies is an attack on women."

    2. Within the right-wing media bubble, Planned Parenthood is an abortion mill. It's vital to point out the facts: The majority of what Planned Parenthood does is well visits. Abortions are only a small fraction of their budget and visits. Abortions are separately funded – no money from government grants to Planned Parenthood is ever used to fund abortions. Planned Parenthood (unlike, for example, the Komen Foundation) does cancer screenings. Komen helps provide funding for those screenings… by providing funds to places like Planned Parenthood, which do the actual exams. Planned Parenthood also provides counseling to women seeking abortions, making sure they know their options and have the support they need to make the right decision. No one takes abortion lightly. Planned Parenthood counselors have talked women out of having abortions. See also: http://plannedparenthoodsavedme.tumblr.com/

    3. The War On Women doesn't just include attacks on abortion rights and contraception. It's more than vaginal probes. Republicans in Congress voted in lockstep against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (President Obama's very first piece of legislation), a law which requires employers to give equal pay for equal work. (More specifically, it gives women the right to sue if they can show that they are being underpaid for equal work.) It is unconscionable that such a law is necessary in this day and age. It is beyond unconscionable that Republicans voted against it. Including Republican women. Including the Republican Congresswomen Mitt Romney recently trotted out to show that he and Republicans in general support women. Republicans in Wisconsin went a step further, actually *repealing* a similar state law which had been on the books.

    4. As you point out, Conservatives seem to think it's okay for boys to sow their wild oats. But they shame and try to control girls who would do the same. And they stand firmly opposed to gay rights. So just whom do they think these boys are supposed to have sex with?

    • Paul on April 13, 2012 at 9:05 pm

      Oh yes, and it's also worth mentioning that (despite what Limbaugh may think) birth control pills are used for many purposes other than contraception. Fluke's testimony was in part about how her roommate needed it to control ovarian cysts.

      Let's also not forget that Fluke had been called by Democrats to be part of the panel which appeared before Congress to discuss the subject. Republicans refused to allow her in, choosing instead to have an all-male panel to discuss women's issues.

      Also: Thank you for posting this. I realized belatedly that I'd been so focused on providing additional points that I forgot to say that very important thing. Thank you for standing up. Thank you for gathering the information. Thank you for showing that men are concerned about this, too, and that an attack on half our population is an attack on us all.

    • Vincent on April 15, 2012 at 1:37 am

      Paul, all points well taken, however I have come to the conclusion that the Conservative mind is walled off to any tidbit of information that does not support their narrow-minded conclusions. They are not interested in the fact as we know and can prove them, only what they "believe" matters.

      Trying to convince the average Conservative to see the world as it is instead how they "believe" it to be is a fruitless endeavor!

      • Paul on April 16, 2012 at 2:00 am

        I'll grant you that many conservatives have been brainwashed by the Right Wing media echo chamber, which not only repeatedly and systematically lies but started off doing so with the lie that *every other media outlet in the world* is biased against them (therefore making themselves immune to fact checks). However, the entire point of this post is (nominally, at least) to address a question from a conservative. One would hope that means he (and others like him) is at least willing to listen. Moderates and open-minded conservatives do exist, even if we don't hear from them as often. (They're not the ones shouting, and therefore don't get the attention. Not to mention our media's ratings-driven focus on conflict.)

        I won't tell you how to write your posts. But I personally think a message like this is one that should be spread to as many who are willing to listen (or read) as possible, not just the ones already inclined to agree.

        • Vincent on April 16, 2012 at 5:31 am

          I see your point and of course if only one Conservative changes his or her mind after reading this article then it would have worth writing. I have done my best to make sure the article sees wide dissemination, however I wrote the article to let women (in my own life, as well as other nationally) know that at least one man was willing and able to stand up for them and their rights as American citizens!

          • Paul on April 17, 2012 at 1:55 am

            Now that is a very good and important reason.

            Your introduction had me approaching it from a different perspective, but if that was your primary goal, then bravo and well spoken.

            To be clear, my intent here was never to detract from what you'd said but rather to add to it. I hope that came across properly. Thank you for your patience and kind responses. :)

  270. Paul on April 13, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    I'm with you, but if your goal is to convince your conservative friends, there are some points to consider:

    1. Someone who is "pro-life" believes that a fetus should be considered a person. You can disagree about that definition, but if you accept it as a valid position, then abortion means killing babies. Now, there are many good counter-arguments to this and other important factors to consider (rape, health of the mother, quality of life of the baby, etc etc), but simply saying "Trying to ban abortion is an attack on women" isn't going to work when what the other side hears is "Outlawing the murder of innocent babies is an attack on women."

    2. Within the right-wing media bubble, Planned Parenthood is an abortion mill. It's vital to point out the facts: The majority of what Planned Parenthood does is well visits. Abortions are only a small fraction of their budget and visits. Abortions are separately funded – no money from government grants to Planned Parenthood is ever used to fund abortions. Planned Parenthood (unlike, for example, the Komen Foundation) does cancer screenings. Komen helps provide funding for those screenings… by providing funds to places like Planned Parenthood, which do the actual exams. Planned Parenthood also provides counseling to women seeking abortions, making sure they know their options and have the support they need to make the right decision. No one takes abortion lightly. Planned Parenthood counselors have talked women out of having abortions. See also: http://plannedparenthoodsavedme.tumblr.com/

    3. The War On Women doesn't just include attacks on abortion rights and contraception. It's more than vaginal probes. Republicans in Congress voted in lockstep against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (President Obama's very first piece of legislation), a law which requires employers to give equal pay for equal work. (More specifically, it gives women the right to sue if they can show that they are being underpaid for equal work.) It is unconscionable that such a law is necessary in this day and age. It is beyond unconscionable that Republicans voted against it. Including Republican women. Including the Republican Congresswomen Mitt Romney recently trotted out to show that he and Republicans in general support women. Republicans in Wisconsin went a step further, actually *repealing* a similar state law which had been on the books.

    4. As you point out, Conservatives seem to think it's okay for boys to sow their wild oats. But they shame and try to control girls who would do the same. And they stand firmly opposed to gay rights. So just whom do they think these boys are supposed to have sex with?

    • Paul on April 13, 2012 at 9:05 pm

      Oh yes, and it's also worth mentioning that (despite what Limbaugh may think) birth control pills are used for many purposes other than contraception. Fluke's testimony was in part about how her roommate needed it to control ovarian cysts.

      Let's also not forget that Fluke had been called by Democrats to be part of the panel which appeared before Congress to discuss the subject. Republicans refused to allow her in, choosing instead to have an all-male panel to discuss women's issues.

      Also: Thank you for posting this. I realized belatedly that I'd been so focused on providing additional points that I forgot to say that very important thing. Thank you for standing up. Thank you for gathering the information. Thank you for showing that men are concerned about this, too, and that an attack on half our population is an attack on us all.

    • Vincent on April 15, 2012 at 1:37 am

      Paul, all points well taken, however I have come to the conclusion that the Conservative mind is walled off to any tidbit of information that does not support their narrow-minded conclusions. They are not interested in the fact as we know and can prove them, only what they "believe" matters.

      Trying to convince the average Conservative to see the world as it is instead how they "believe" it to be is a fruitless endeavor!

      • Paul on April 16, 2012 at 2:00 am

        I'll grant you that many conservatives have been brainwashed by the Right Wing media echo chamber, which not only repeatedly and systematically lies but started off doing so with the lie that *every other media outlet in the world* is biased against them (therefore making themselves immune to fact checks). However, the entire point of this post is (nominally, at least) to address a question from a conservative. One would hope that means he (and others like him) is at least willing to listen. Moderates and open-minded conservatives do exist, even if we don't hear from them as often. (They're not the ones shouting, and therefore don't get the attention. Not to mention our media's ratings-driven focus on conflict.)

        I won't tell you how to write your posts. But I personally think a message like this is one that should be spread to as many who are willing to listen (or read) as possible, not just the ones already inclined to agree.

        • Vincent on April 16, 2012 at 5:31 am

          I see your point and of course if only one Conservative changes his or her mind after reading this article then it would have worth writing. I have done my best to make sure the article sees wide dissemination, however I wrote the article to let women (in my own life, as well as other nationally) know that at least one man was willing and able to stand up for them and their rights as American citizens!

          • Paul on April 17, 2012 at 1:55 am

            Now that is a very good and important reason.

            Your introduction had me approaching it from a different perspective, but if that was your primary goal, then bravo and well spoken.

            To be clear, my intent here was never to detract from what you'd said but rather to add to it. I hope that came across properly. Thank you for your patience and kind responses. :)

  271. Paul on April 13, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    I'm with you, but if your goal is to convince your conservative friends, there are some points to consider:

    1. Someone who is "pro-life" believes that a fetus should be considered a person. You can disagree about that definition, but if you accept it as a valid position, then abortion means killing babies. Now, there are many good counter-arguments to this and other important factors to consider (rape, health of the mother, quality of life of the baby, etc etc), but simply saying "Trying to ban abortion is an attack on women" isn't going to work when what the other side hears is "Outlawing the murder of innocent babies is an attack on women."

    2. Within the right-wing media bubble, Planned Parenthood is an abortion mill. It's vital to point out the facts: The majority of what Planned Parenthood does is well visits. Abortions are only a small fraction of their budget and visits. Abortions are separately funded – no money from government grants to Planned Parenthood is ever used to fund abortions. Planned Parenthood (unlike, for example, the Komen Foundation) does cancer screenings. Komen helps provide funding for those screenings… by providing funds to places like Planned Parenthood, which do the actual exams. Planned Parenthood also provides counseling to women seeking abortions, making sure they know their options and have the support they need to make the right decision. No one takes abortion lightly. Planned Parenthood counselors have talked women out of having abortions. See also: http://plannedparenthoodsavedme.tumblr.com/

    3. The War On Women doesn't just include attacks on abortion rights and contraception. It's more than vaginal probes. Republicans in Congress voted in lockstep against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (President Obama's very first piece of legislation), a law which requires employers to give equal pay for equal work. (More specifically, it gives women the right to sue if they can show that they are being underpaid for equal work.) It is unconscionable that such a law is necessary in this day and age. It is beyond unconscionable that Republicans voted against it. Including Republican women. Including the Republican Congresswomen Mitt Romney recently trotted out to show that he and Republicans in general support women. Republicans in Wisconsin went a step further, actually *repealing* a similar state law which had been on the books.

    4. As you point out, Conservatives seem to think it's okay for boys to sow their wild oats. But they shame and try to control girls who would do the same. And they stand firmly opposed to gay rights. So just whom do they think these boys are supposed to have sex with?

    • Paul on April 13, 2012 at 9:05 pm

      Oh yes, and it's also worth mentioning that (despite what Limbaugh may think) birth control pills are used for many purposes other than contraception. Fluke's testimony was in part about how her roommate needed it to control ovarian cysts.

      Let's also not forget that Fluke had been called by Democrats to be part of the panel which appeared before Congress to discuss the subject. Republicans refused to allow her in, choosing instead to have an all-male panel to discuss women's issues.

      Also: Thank you for posting this. I realized belatedly that I'd been so focused on providing additional points that I forgot to say that very important thing. Thank you for standing up. Thank you for gathering the information. Thank you for showing that men are concerned about this, too, and that an attack on half our population is an attack on us all.

    • Vincent on April 15, 2012 at 1:37 am

      Paul, all points well taken, however I have come to the conclusion that the Conservative mind is walled off to any tidbit of information that does not support their narrow-minded conclusions. They are not interested in the fact as we know and can prove them, only what they "believe" matters.

      Trying to convince the average Conservative to see the world as it is instead how they "believe" it to be is a fruitless endeavor!

      • Paul on April 16, 2012 at 2:00 am

        I'll grant you that many conservatives have been brainwashed by the Right Wing media echo chamber, which not only repeatedly and systematically lies but started off doing so with the lie that *every other media outlet in the world* is biased against them (therefore making themselves immune to fact checks). However, the entire point of this post is (nominally, at least) to address a question from a conservative. One would hope that means he (and others like him) is at least willing to listen. Moderates and open-minded conservatives do exist, even if we don't hear from them as often. (They're not the ones shouting, and therefore don't get the attention. Not to mention our media's ratings-driven focus on conflict.)

        I won't tell you how to write your posts. But I personally think a message like this is one that should be spread to as many who are willing to listen (or read) as possible, not just the ones already inclined to agree.

        • Vincent on April 16, 2012 at 5:31 am

          I see your point and of course if only one Conservative changes his or her mind after reading this article then it would have worth writing. I have done my best to make sure the article sees wide dissemination, however I wrote the article to let women (in my own life, as well as other nationally) know that at least one man was willing and able to stand up for them and their rights as American citizens!

          • Paul on April 17, 2012 at 1:55 am

            Now that is a very good and important reason.

            Your introduction had me approaching it from a different perspective, but if that was your primary goal, then bravo and well spoken.

            To be clear, my intent here was never to detract from what you'd said but rather to add to it. I hope that came across properly. Thank you for your patience and kind responses. :)

  272. Paul on April 13, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    I'm with you, but if your goal is to convince your conservative friends, there are some points to consider:

    1. Someone who is "pro-life" believes that a fetus should be considered a person. You can disagree about that definition, but if you accept it as a valid position, then abortion means killing babies. Now, there are many good counter-arguments to this and other important factors to consider (rape, health of the mother, quality of life of the baby, etc etc), but simply saying "Trying to ban abortion is an attack on women" isn't going to work when what the other side hears is "Outlawing the murder of innocent babies is an attack on women."

    2. Within the right-wing media bubble, Planned Parenthood is an abortion mill. It's vital to point out the facts: The majority of what Planned Parenthood does is well visits. Abortions are only a small fraction of their budget and visits. Abortions are separately funded – no money from government grants to Planned Parenthood is ever used to fund abortions. Planned Parenthood (unlike, for example, the Komen Foundation) does cancer screenings. Komen helps provide funding for those screenings… by providing funds to places like Planned Parenthood, which do the actual exams. Planned Parenthood also provides counseling to women seeking abortions, making sure they know their options and have the support they need to make the right decision. No one takes abortion lightly. Planned Parenthood counselors have talked women out of having abortions. See also: http://plannedparenthoodsavedme.tumblr.com/

    3. The War On Women doesn't just include attacks on abortion rights and contraception. It's more than vaginal probes. Republicans in Congress voted in lockstep against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (President Obama's very first piece of legislation), a law which requires employers to give equal pay for equal work. (More specifically, it gives women the right to sue if they can show that they are being underpaid for equal work.) It is unconscionable that such a law is necessary in this day and age. It is beyond unconscionable that Republicans voted against it. Including Republican women. Including the Republican Congresswomen Mitt Romney recently trotted out to show that he and Republicans in general support women. Republicans in Wisconsin went a step further, actually *repealing* a similar state law which had been on the books.

    4. As you point out, Conservatives seem to think it's okay for boys to sow their wild oats. But they shame and try to control girls who would do the same. And they stand firmly opposed to gay rights. So just whom do they think these boys are supposed to have sex with?

    • Paul on April 13, 2012 at 9:05 pm

      Oh yes, and it's also worth mentioning that (despite what Limbaugh may think) birth control pills are used for many purposes other than contraception. Fluke's testimony was in part about how her roommate needed it to control ovarian cysts.

      Let's also not forget that Fluke had been called by Democrats to be part of the panel which appeared before Congress to discuss the subject. Republicans refused to allow her in, choosing instead to have an all-male panel to discuss women's issues.

      Also: Thank you for posting this. I realized belatedly that I'd been so focused on providing additional points that I forgot to say that very important thing. Thank you for standing up. Thank you for gathering the information. Thank you for showing that men are concerned about this, too, and that an attack on half our population is an attack on us all.

    • Vincent on April 15, 2012 at 1:37 am

      Paul, all points well taken, however I have come to the conclusion that the Conservative mind is walled off to any tidbit of information that does not support their narrow-minded conclusions. They are not interested in the fact as we know and can prove them, only what they "believe" matters.

      Trying to convince the average Conservative to see the world as it is instead how they "believe" it to be is a fruitless endeavor!

      • Paul on April 16, 2012 at 2:00 am

        I'll grant you that many conservatives have been brainwashed by the Right Wing media echo chamber, which not only repeatedly and systematically lies but started off doing so with the lie that *every other media outlet in the world* is biased against them (therefore making themselves immune to fact checks). However, the entire point of this post is (nominally, at least) to address a question from a conservative. One would hope that means he (and others like him) is at least willing to listen. Moderates and open-minded conservatives do exist, even if we don't hear from them as often. (They're not the ones shouting, and therefore don't get the attention. Not to mention our media's ratings-driven focus on conflict.)

        I won't tell you how to write your posts. But I personally think a message like this is one that should be spread to as many who are willing to listen (or read) as possible, not just the ones already inclined to agree.

        • Vincent on April 16, 2012 at 5:31 am

          I see your point and of course if only one Conservative changes his or her mind after reading this article then it would have worth writing. I have done my best to make sure the article sees wide dissemination, however I wrote the article to let women (in my own life, as well as other nationally) know that at least one man was willing and able to stand up for them and their rights as American citizens!

          • Paul on April 17, 2012 at 1:55 am

            Now that is a very good and important reason.

            Your introduction had me approaching it from a different perspective, but if that was your primary goal, then bravo and well spoken.

            To be clear, my intent here was never to detract from what you'd said but rather to add to it. I hope that came across properly. Thank you for your patience and kind responses. :)

  273. JeninCanada on April 16, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Thank you. Thank you so much for showing what it really means to be progressive. I hope men everywhere read this and finally understand the truth of your words.

  274. JeninCanada on April 16, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Thank you. Thank you so much for showing what it really means to be progressive. I hope men everywhere read this and finally understand the truth of your words.

  275. JeninCanada on April 16, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Thank you. Thank you so much for showing what it really means to be progressive. I hope men everywhere read this and finally understand the truth of your words.

  276. JeninCanada on April 16, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Thank you. Thank you so much for showing what it really means to be progressive. I hope men everywhere read this and finally understand the truth of your words.

  277. LD on April 16, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Great job, and thank you, Mr. Martin. Your daughters are lucky to have you =)

  278. LD on April 16, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Great job, and thank you, Mr. Martin. Your daughters are lucky to have you =)

  279. LD on April 16, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Great job, and thank you, Mr. Martin. Your daughters are lucky to have you =)

  280. LD on April 16, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Great job, and thank you, Mr. Martin. Your daughters are lucky to have you =)

  281. Chester W. Osborn, M on April 20, 2012 at 3:57 am

    I thank my daughter Kathy for sending me Mr. Martin's article. Well done and well said! As a fiscal, right -leaning independent conservative (I suppose that's somewhat like a "cafeteria-Catholic"), I disagree with the Conservative attempts to limit women's rights, particularly their reproductive rights. Reproductive services should be universally available. No woman seeking an abortion does so lightly. It is an important health decision that should involve her and her physician with little interference from the state. I disagree with HHS Secretary's law that disallows sale of the "Just-in-Time" hormone pill to underage women who wish not to terminate, but prevent, pregnancy. That was a political, not medical, decision, so even Progressives don't always practice what they preach. Our leaders on both sides need to get together and work towards fixing our nation's fiscal, economic, and tax problems and let religious leader debate complex moral issues of reproduction minimizing government interference.

    • Vincent on April 20, 2012 at 6:38 am

      Chester,

      Thank you for the complements, for reading reading my article, and taking the time to leave a well-reasoned and thoughtful reply. I agree politicians need to get out of the business of moralizing and reproductive health and leave such decisions to the individual and their doctors. There are far more vexing issues facing the nation that need their immediate attention.

      Well met Sir!!

  282. Chester W. Osborn, M on April 20, 2012 at 3:57 am

    I thank my daughter Kathy for sending me Mr. Martin's article. Well done and well said! As a fiscal, right -leaning independent conservative (I suppose that's somewhat like a "cafeteria-Catholic"), I disagree with the Conservative attempts to limit women's rights, particularly their reproductive rights. Reproductive services should be universally available. No woman seeking an abortion does so lightly. It is an important health decision that should involve her and her physician with little interference from the state. I disagree with HHS Secretary's law that disallows sale of the "Just-in-Time" hormone pill to underage women who wish not to terminate, but prevent, pregnancy. That was a political, not medical, decision, so even Progressives don't always practice what they preach. Our leaders on both sides need to get together and work towards fixing our nation's fiscal, economic, and tax problems and let religious leader debate complex moral issues of reproduction minimizing government interference.

    • Vincent on April 20, 2012 at 6:38 am

      Chester,

      Thank you for the complements, for reading reading my article, and taking the time to leave a well-reasoned and thoughtful reply. I agree politicians need to get out of the business of moralizing and reproductive health and leave such decisions to the individual and their doctors. There are far more vexing issues facing the nation that need their immediate attention.

      Well met Sir!!

  283. Chester W. Osborn, M on April 20, 2012 at 3:57 am

    I thank my daughter Kathy for sending me Mr. Martin's article. Well done and well said! As a fiscal, right -leaning independent conservative (I suppose that's somewhat like a "cafeteria-Catholic"), I disagree with the Conservative attempts to limit women's rights, particularly their reproductive rights. Reproductive services should be universally available. No woman seeking an abortion does so lightly. It is an important health decision that should involve her and her physician with little interference from the state. I disagree with HHS Secretary's law that disallows sale of the "Just-in-Time" hormone pill to underage women who wish not to terminate, but prevent, pregnancy. That was a political, not medical, decision, so even Progressives don't always practice what they preach. Our leaders on both sides need to get together and work towards fixing our nation's fiscal, economic, and tax problems and let religious leader debate complex moral issues of reproduction minimizing government interference.

    • Vincent on April 20, 2012 at 6:38 am

      Chester,

      Thank you for the complements, for reading reading my article, and taking the time to leave a well-reasoned and thoughtful reply. I agree politicians need to get out of the business of moralizing and reproductive health and leave such decisions to the individual and their doctors. There are far more vexing issues facing the nation that need their immediate attention.

      Well met Sir!!

  284. Chester W. Osborn, M on April 20, 2012 at 3:57 am

    I thank my daughter Kathy for sending me Mr. Martin's article. Well done and well said! As a fiscal, right -leaning independent conservative (I suppose that's somewhat like a "cafeteria-Catholic"), I disagree with the Conservative attempts to limit women's rights, particularly their reproductive rights. Reproductive services should be universally available. No woman seeking an abortion does so lightly. It is an important health decision that should involve her and her physician with little interference from the state. I disagree with HHS Secretary's law that disallows sale of the "Just-in-Time" hormone pill to underage women who wish not to terminate, but prevent, pregnancy. That was a political, not medical, decision, so even Progressives don't always practice what they preach. Our leaders on both sides need to get together and work towards fixing our nation's fiscal, economic, and tax problems and let religious leader debate complex moral issues of reproduction minimizing government interference.

    • Vincent on April 20, 2012 at 6:38 am

      Chester,

      Thank you for the complements, for reading reading my article, and taking the time to leave a well-reasoned and thoughtful reply. I agree politicians need to get out of the business of moralizing and reproductive health and leave such decisions to the individual and their doctors. There are far more vexing issues facing the nation that need their immediate attention.

      Well met Sir!!

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