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Dear Mitt Romney,


I’ve heard you recently said you don’t know how any young person could vote Democrat. I honestly don’t know how any young person, especially a young woman, could vote Republican. In fact, I am actually a registered Republican who is planning to vote to re-elect President Obama (GASP). I was raised in a conservative, Republican home, so when it came time to register two years ago, I just followed in my family’s footsteps. However, I now plan on giving Obama my full support.

For me, isn’t about party lines or republicans vs. democrats; it’s about the issues that matter to me. As a woman, I just can’t bring myself vote for any candidate that does not acknowledge me as a person. I was raised in a Christian home, but I will advocate for anyone’s right to choose. I’m one of the 98% of women who use birth control. I can’t vote or even seriously consider a candidate who wants to take that away from me.

This will be the first election that I am eligible to vote in. I’m happy to know I stand firmly behind my choice. I’m even happier to know that my choice stands firmly behind me.

-Courtney G

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The ‘biblical view’ that’s younger than the Happy Meal

In 1979, McDonald’s introduced the Happy Meal.

Sometime after that, it was decided that the Bible teaches that human life begins at conception.

Ask any American evangelical, today, what the Bible says about abortion and they will insist that this is what it says. (Many don’t actually believe this, but they know it is the only answer that won’t get them in trouble.) They’ll be a little fuzzy on where, exactly, the Bible says this, but they’ll insist that it does.

That’s new. If you had asked American evangelicals that same question the year I was born you would not have gotten the same answer.

That year, Christianity Today — edited by Harold Lindsell, champion of “inerrancy” and author of The Battle for the Bible — published a special issue devoted to the topics of contraception and abortion. That issue included many articles that today would get their authors, editors — probably even their readers — fired from almost any evangelical institution. For example, one article by a professor from Dallas Theological Seminary criticized the Roman Catholic position on abortion as unbiblical. Jonathan Dudley quotes from the article in his book Broken Words: The Abuse of Science and Faith in American Politics. Keep in mind that this is from a conservative evangelical seminary professor, writing in Billy Graham’s magazine for editor Harold Lindsell:

God does not regard the fetus as a soul, no matter how far gestation has progressed. The Law plainly exacts: “If a man kills any human life he will be put to death” (Lev. 24:17). But according to Exodus 21:22-24, the destruction of the fetus is not a capital offense. … Clearly, then, in contrast to the mother, the fetus is not reckoned as a soul.

Christianity Today would not publish that article in 2012. They might not even let you write that in comments on their website. If you applied for a job in 2012 with Christianity Today or Dallas Theological Seminary and they found out that you had written something like that, ever, you would not be hired.

At some point between 1968 and 2012, the Bible began to say something different. That’s interesting.

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Santorum: Obama believes in 'phony theology' not based on Bible

“The Catholic church has a Theology that says this is wrong, and he’s saying no I’ve got a different, I’ve got a different — you may want to call it a theology, you may want to call it secular values, whatever you want to call it, it’s a different moral values. And the president of the United States is exercising his values and trumping the values of the church. If you don’t want to call it a theology, I’m fine, you can have them let me know what they want to call it, but it is a different set of moral values that they are imposing on people who have a constitutional right to have their own values within the church, and that’s not a new low. That’s a reflection of exactly what … it is a new low.”

1. What makes any form of theology “real?” Because I’ve yet to see the existence of any God proven with the scientific method. Santorum seems to think that the Bible makes theology real and that Obama’s interpretation of the Bible is wrong, that his interpretation (though he doesn’t call it that, he calls it fact and something that every Christian must believe to be considered a “good” Christian) is right, and is the only was one may express his or her Christianity.

2. How dare someone who opposes the “oppression” of his religion due to being forced to give women birth control oppress someone else’s beliefs.

3. “’[O]bviously, he is now forcing people to do things that he believes that they have the right, that they should do […]’” No, birth control is not something people should do. Birth control is something is something that some people want to practice and something that this bill protects. I believe the bill is written so that companies are being forced to give people birth control to people who want it, it is not saying birth control must be provided and practiced by everyone. 

4. I find it hysterical (read: frustrating) that Santorum is calling out Obama for not being a “good” Christian for this bill. Meanwhile, what this bill actually shows is Obama’s open-mindedness and acceptance of all beliefs. 

5. In regards to the above quote, it is my opinion a nation of differing values should not be governed by what is considered right by one faction of said nation. I believe the separation of church and state should be enforced here and if anyone believes the Constitution needs to be amended here to fit the “changing times,” he or she needs to consider amending the Bible to fit the changing times first. 

I could go on, but the more I’m reading, the angrier I’m getting and I think I’ve let my emotions influence these points enough.

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In 1973, after Roe v. Wade, abortion became legal but had to be performed in a hospital. That of course was changed later. For the first ‘legal abortion day’ I had scheduled five procedures. While scrubbing between cases, I was accosted by the Chief of the OB/Gyn service. He asked me, ‘How many children are you going to kill today?’ My response, out of anger, was a familiar vulgar retort. About three months later, this born-again Christian called me to explain that he was against abortion but his daughter was only a junior in high school and was too young to have a baby and he was also afraid that if she did have a baby she would not want to put it up for adoption. I told him he did not need to explain the situation to me. ‘All I need to know’, I said, ‘is that SHE wants an abortion.’ Two years later I performed a second abortion on her during her college break. She thanked me and pleaded, ‘Please don’t tell my dad, he is still anti-abortion.’
Physician, Washington State, via The Only Moral Abortion is my Abortion
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People have no problem paying $900 for an iPad, but paying $900 for a drug they have a problem with — it keeps you alive. Why? Because you’ve been conditioned to think health care is something you can get without having to pay for it…

He’s alive today because drug companies provide care. And if they didn’t think they could make money providing that drug, that drug wouldn’t be here. I sympathize with these compassionate cases. … I want your son to stay alive on much-needed drugs. Fact is, we need companies to have incentives to make drugs. If they don’t have incentives, they won’t make those drugs. We either believe in markets or we don’t.

Rick Santorum, speaking to the mother of a young boy in Colorado about the free market and prescription drug prices. She told Santorum her son’s medication could cost up to $1 million per year. 

One drug her son is taking is Abilify, which is used in children to treat schizophrenia; aggression associated with conduct disorder, autism, or other behavioral disorders; and Bipolar Disorder I. We can debate the merits of children taking anti-psychotic medication another time. The fact remains: Abilify is ridiculously expensive.

How expensive?

Visiting Walgreen’s site tells quite the story. All prices are discounted slightly by their prescription price club, meaning the cost at a local pharmacy may be higher or lower:

  • Abilify 2mg: $606.04/mo. | $7,272.48/yr
  • Abilify 5mg: $623.99/mo. | $7,487.88/yr
  • Abilify 10mg: $623.99/mo. | $7,487.88/yr
  • Abilify 15mg: $606.04/mo. | $7,272.48/yr
  • Abilify 20mg: $855.37/mo. | $10,264.44/yr
  • Abilify 30mg: $855.37/mo. | $10,264.44/yr
  • Abilify Discmelt 10mg tablets: $720.56/mo. | $8,646.72/yr
  • Abilify Discmelt 15mg tablets: $720.56/mo. | $8,646.72/yr
  • Abilify 1mg solution: $1329.03/mo. | $15,948.36/yr

And just to put Rick Santorum’s iPad/drug cost claim in perspective, that’s like buying an iPad every single month. It’s illogical and completely specious to compare necessary medication to an unnecessary iPad. But for fun, I’m going to parse it out as a 30-day cost like the prescription drug above:

  • iPad 16GB with WiFi: $499.00 | $41.58/mo
  • iPad 32GB with WiFi: $599.00 | $49.92/mo
  • iPad 64GB with WiFi: $699.00 | $58.25/mo
  • iPad 16GB with WiFi + 3G: $629.00 | $52.42/mo
  • iPad 32GB with WiFi + 3G: $729.00 | $60.75/mo
  • iPad 64GB with WiFi + 3G: $829.00 | $69.08/mo

I bet that mother would be thrilled if her son’s yearly drug costs were that of an iPad.

You’d think Rick Santorum might have more compassion, since he and his wife are parents to a 3-year-old girl with severe developmental disabilities requiring expensive care. Isabella Santorum is also quite lucky that her father, a former U.S. Senator, has a magnificent, comprehensive health care plan courtesy of the U.S. taxpayers. I’d like to see every child afforded the same health care his daughter receives.

And no, I don’t care if my taxes go up to do it. 

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