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For those that follow politics, I thought you’d enjoy the irony of some Virginia State Senator using the image of Helen Keller as an argument against state funded abortions. This guy tried to say Keller, being born deaf and blind (she wasn’t) could have been aborted with the use of state dollars.
Besides getting the born deaf and blind thing wrong, he apparently doesn’t know she was a supporter of birth control was a friend of Margaret Sanger the founder of Planned Parenthood, and was a founding member of the ACLU.
It seems to me this is exactly the kind of person Sen. Garrett would want to have aborted.
The part I like the best is she was an advocate for birth control AND for those with disabilities. There is no contradiction in wanting to keep abortion safe and legal and caring for humanity.
A Virginia Senate Committee killed a bid to prevent Medicaid patients from having abortions when doctors determine the fetus has profound deformities that make survival unlikely.
The Republican-run Education and Health Committee voted 8-7 against banning state-funded abortions for women with fatally flawed fetuses. Virginia Beach Republican Sen. Harry Blevins joined the panel’s seven Democrats.
The bill’s sponsor, Louisa County Republican Sen. Tom Garrett, argued that Helen Keller would have been subject to a state-funded abortion under existing state law. Democrats called the claim ridiculous.
By the same ratio, the committee refused to reverse laws mandating pre-abortion ultrasound exams and holding abortion clinics to standards hospitals must meet. It also rejected a bill that would have adopted in state law a broader federal Food and Drug Administration of birth control.
…Helen Keller was not born blind and deaf; it was not until she was 19 months old that she contracted an illness described by doctors as “an acute congestion of the stomach and the brain,” and which might have been scarlet fever or meningitis. The illness did not last for a particularly long time, but it left her deaf and blind…..
Keller went on to become a world-famous speaker and author. She is remembered as an advocate for people with disabilities, amid numerous other causes. She was a suffragist, a pacifist, an opponent of Woodrow Wilson, a radical socialist and a birth control supporter…..
To all, please check out Mark Taylor’s article in the sports section of today’s RT. Excellent. Thank you Mr. Taylor.
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Thu, 20 Jun 2013 04:10:42 +0000