The Love Ends When You're Born in South Dakota

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After South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds signed legislation last week banning nearly all abortions in his state, he made a big culture-of-life statement about how he and the rest of the Religious Right were protecting the weakest among them.

"In the history of the world, the true test of a civilization is how well people treat the most vulnerable and most helpless in their society," said Rounds.

That’s an amazing statement coming from the governor of the state that houses the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, which has long been one of the bleakest places in North America from a socio-economic point of view.

According to U.S. Census Bureau poverty status numbers, Shannon County, which encompasses most of Pine Ridge, has a startling 60 percent of families with kids between the ages of 5 and 17 living below the federal poverty line. In households defined as “female householder, no husband present,” the number of children under five living in poverty is a sickening 68 percent.

This must be what the South Dakota governor was speaking of when he waxed poetic about how a civilized people treats its “most vulnerable and most helpless.”

Due to the lack of sufficient health care, life expectancy on the reservation is 47 for men and 56 for women – numbers that would make us shake our heads at the misfortune of some isolated, third-world nation. That area of South Dakota also has an infant mortality rate that is twice the national average, with some child-welfare sources saying it's up to five times what's seen in the rest of the country.

Unemployment is consistently over 80 percent, adolescent suicide is four times the U.S. average and many families have no electricity or telephone.

Finally, for a state whose leader implies that they are the epitome of a civilized society, you have to wonder why so many of their counties rank among the 10 poorest in the entire country.


Yes, you read that correctly: Half of the 10 poorest counties in America are in South Dakota.

And thus the people who are anti-choice, but typically do the least to support families and help young children once they’re actually born, continue to live their real creed: Love the fetus, hate the child.

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More hypocrite cr*p

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"In the history of the world, the true test of a civilization is how well people treat the most vulnerable and most helpless in their society," said Rounds.

So I guess he's a vegetarian,too, then since he's talking about the most vulnerable and helpless. And fighting for animal rights.

This is all about his SPERM and control over women. The only "least of thee" he cares about is sperm. If men want to put an end to abortion they should:

Use BIRTH CONTROL during sex
Assure that women's wages are equal to men's, AND
STOP violence against women (rape)

But we don't see Rounds doing ANY of those things! That's why he's just another hypocrite.

Prevent Violence Against Women?

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How can we prevent violence against women when we can't prevent violence against babies?

Sucking out a baby's brains.... yeah I would call that a bit violent.

I see, so a cell is a human

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I see, so a cell is a human being?

You are too lazy to make a living on your own that you suck welfare from those of us who actually contribute something to this civilization. You then deride those you feel superior to for the bit of “welfare” they accept.

The deeply sick life you live kills tens of thousands of kids a day through inaction.

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Here are some interesting stats on SD...

http://www.stats.sd.us/doh/Stats/vstats.htm

This one will not come up. You can locate it on google using keywords: birthrate in sd. Scroll down to this url.

http://www.abortionfacts.com/statistics/states/south_dakota.asp

Seems to indicate that the birthrate has fallen far below replacement rate.

Hypocrites

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If pro lifers do nothing to help the unborn after they're born, why are there more women's resource centers than abortion clinics in America?

Why do they offer counseling to post abortive women?

Do abortion clinics do that?

Why do Women's Resource Centers not charge women anything for their services?

Why do Women's Resource Centers give away donated items? (give away= that means women get something for nothing. donated= that means someone forked out money to buy something for someone they don't even know.)

Why is my college conservative group collecting donated items for our sav-a-life center in my town?

Why are my two churches helping too?

Have you ever done that Bob?

Do abortion clinics do that? Or do they just take the $300 and say "Have a nice day, I just got paid"?

What is a hypocrite again? Do you even know the definition?

Are you gonna do more research and actually make sense on this blog?

Sorry but your “charity”

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Sorry but your “charity” amounts to crumbs.

How about simply helping to gain the vast majority a descent income for a hard days labor?

I'm glad to hear that you

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I'm glad to hear that you and your friends are helping. Thats more than we can say for the other 99 percent of the religious right. However, I do not believe that a fetus is human until the third trimester. Does it upset you that my view differs from yours? That this is my belief? That there are many people, perhaps even a majority, that disagree with your "moral" imperative?

If your belief is based strickly on religious dogma, then we have a constitution that says you may not imposed your religious beliefs on me, and that my wife is entitled to privacy in her medical decisions.
There is a long history of privacy cases that have ensured this. Roe v Wade did not develop in a vacuum. It was a culmination of legal rulings based on medical privacy. If you would like I could post links to the court cases that preceeded R v W so that you could learn about such things as your right to privacy and your right to birth control. Somehow, though, I don't think your mind is intellectually open enough for that step yet.

Because, by research, you mean that biblically based crap put out by fundamentalist preachers that want control every aspect of our lives.

I guess I will just stop beating around the bush and say it. GET THE HELL OUT OF MY WIFE'S AND MY BEDROOM AND OUR LIVES.

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Vince,I'll be as delicate:

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Vince,

I'll be as delicate: Her Church is helping as a f@@@ing hobby. There remain a few anti abortion folks who are good people. For most this is a moral hobby. They allow millions to die through inaction as they play church and pump themselves up via fluff morality.

This last election they voted millions into poverty. They ripped tens of million away from the promise of health benefits. They snatched an extra few hundred bucks a month away from inner city men who would have breathed a sigh of relief over an increased minimum wage. Money that would have changed the lives of millions of families for years on end. The list is endless.

They traded it for fluff morality:

-WAR ON SEX
-SAVE THE CELLS
-BLASPHEMOUS IDOLATRY (via coerced State controlled prayers and idols)

How dare these Pharisees trump the little piece of shit crumbs they offer and via HIT and RUN posts no less.

Jim

Welfare recipient

If pro lifers do nothing to help the unborn after they're born, why are there more women's resource centers than abortion clinics in America?

'Pro lifers' definitely do do 'something' to help. They're warmongers and they send them to die in wars. Understand: These are not zygotes they're teaching to carry weapons and shoot down human beings. Zygotes would not get the psychological damage 'pro lifers' cause with their warmongering. No, these kids have to live with what they have seen and done.

First, IF there are more women's resource centers, I would suspect that it's because they're on the government dole. See: Welfare. Secondly, we like to deal in facts here so please offer a link to validate your assertion.

Why do they offer counseling to post abortive women?

First, how do you know what they offer; and second, um...because it's not their dollar.

Do abortion clinics do that?

Did you ask your significant other that question when she got home from the clinic after your nasty ass impregnated her, 'Amanda?' See, I wouldn't know the answer to that question. I suspect you'd come closer to knowing the answer.

Why do Women's Resource Centers not charge women anything for their services?

Because they're on government dole. See: Welfare.

Why do Women's Resource Centers give away donated items? (give away= that means women get something for nothing. donated= that means someone forked out money to buy something for someone they don't even know.)

Women's Resource Centers do get donated items, but that does not mean that somene 'forked out money to buy something for someone they don't even know.' It means that they donated items they no longer have use for. You would know that if you had ever donated to one of the centers.

Why is my college conservative group collecting donated items for our sav-a-life center in my town?

Political spotlight?

Why are my two churches helping too?

Um, they're on the government teet?

Have you ever done that Bob?

Um...he's the last person you should be so uppity with when it comes to women's issues. A better question would be 'Why do you not know how women's resource centers get donations if YOU'VE made them?

Do abortion clinics do that? Or do they just take the $300 and say "Have a nice day, I just got paid"?

Again, I suspect you're closer to an answer than I am.

What is a hypocrite again? Do you even know the definition?

They stand on street corners preaching for all the world to hear. They've received their reward in full, or so I hear.

Are you gonna do more research and actually make sense on this blog?

The blog does make sense. That's why you don't understand it.

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Di, Wow, Amanda left the house

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hope "she" turned the light out.

By the way, what makes you suspect that she might be a he?

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Yeah, we know the definition

Yeah, we know the definition of a hypocrite: A Republican pretending to care about someone other than themselves.

Let's coin a phrase:

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Fluff Morality

OR

No Skin Off My Nose Morality

OR

The Morality Hobby

???

Moral midgets...

Moral midgets...

LOL ;)

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LOL

;)