Some days the intertubes are not good for my blood pressure. Today was one of those days.
It started when my email contained a plea from the National Women’s Law Center sent me an email with the title “Breaking News: Abortion at Risk in Health Care Reform”
“As you are reading this, there’s language on the brink of being included in health care reform that will take away coverage of abortion that millions of women currently have. We must not let this happen because comprehensive reproductive health care is basic health care for women. Call and email your Senators and the White House TODAY. Tell them to protect women’s coverage of abortion care in health care reform!”
A few hours later came a succession of stories with the message that if you or your mother was unfortunate enough to marry someone who you/she were better off without, then you are practically a whore who deserves to be beaten by your husband, all in the name of cheap health insurance.
A slightly less inflamed translation of those stories: If you were raised by a single mother, it’s in your genes that you’ll sleep around as a teenager; and, worse yet, getting assaulted by your husband is a pre-existing condition and a reasonable excuse for health insurance companies to drop your coverage, according to Republican senators and nine states.
Are you mad yet? I am. And I’ve got a couple of Senators who’ve been hearing from me today.
Fortunately, I’m not the only one getting worked up today. I absolutely adored this rant from the formiddable @nparmalee on Twitter:
Because cheap shots at single parents REALLY piss me off, and because it’s a national past-time…I submit the following.
You won’t find on this planet a harder working, more dedicated class of people, who daily rip their own hearts out over what’s best for kids
And for career, home, life, generally putting themselves last. So while we may seem distracted at times, overall capacity is…stand back.
So when someone decides to take that cheap shot. Not only only it say so much about them. Given the overall intensity/skill/heart…
In my exp, if someone with that much capacity is forced to turn 100% of their attention to an asshat problem, the person who generated it…
Is so fucking fucked. So don’t mess with us.
Hear, hear! As the perfectly functional daughter of a single mother, I won’t put up with single parent bashing for even one minute. And I’m glad to know that despite the general asshattery of the day’s news stories, I’ve got allies out there who are working amazingly hard to raise good kids, do good science, and/or make our world a better place.